Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Road Trip

Hello Lovelies! 
I hope you're having a fantabulous week and that your Easter weekends were full and fun packed?!
It's been a little while since I last posted! 
I started back at work after having a couple of weeks off. I had a few bits and bobs to catch up on, so my blog was temporarily put on hold. 
I'm back now, coffee at hand and munching on some yummy marmite on toast as I write to you guys. I thought I'd come and share some of those holiday snaps that Dennis I took the week before last, when we went on a little road trip.

We had such a lovely time!! This vacation was very last minute as we had to wait and see how Dennis was feeling after he had surgery to remove some nasty kidney stones. 
Once he was in the all clear, we hired a car, packed our bags and drove south. 
It was amazing to leave Stuttgart and explore some of the areas a little further afield from the city. 
Our first stop was Lake Constance (Bodensee). What a treat this was!! 
Considering we had only driven for a couple of hours, it felt like I was in a totally different country! 


 The sun was shining and the water was crystal clear


It was postcard picturesque and very energising being close to water.


It was lovely spending the day here, walking along the harbour and stopping for some delicious tapas by the waterfront.


Dennis and I spent a long day enjoying Constance before waking up early the next morning and continuing our journey... towards The Alps!
We drove along paths of winding roads, singing along to the radio and taking in the glorious scenery. 
Quite suddenly we could see mountains!! I found this very exciting!  Massive snow capped peaks, towering high above the roads!! How jolly exciting!!


The views were like being in the movie "The Sound of Music". Not so strange considering that were were driving so close to the Austrian border. 

We drove to our next hotel which was in a small town of Grainau, close to the highest mountain in Germany. It was so beautiful. We got to work exploring the surrounding landscapes over the next couple of days. 







It was heavenly being out of the city! Walking for hours and enjoying the fresh air! The perfect place for a little get away.

After spending time in Grainau we started to make out journey back home to Stuttgart.
We drove towards home making a slight detour to visit Neuschwanstein, the home to the castles of King Ludwig.


It was stunning!! I couldn't imagine a more beautiful landscape and the castle were like something straight out of a fairytale.


It was amazing to take the tour inside of the castle and learn all about the life of King Ludwig! He sounded pretty extravagant! 

After the visit to the castle we continued on home feeling energised from our road trip. I really didn't realise how beautiful a landscape Germany had. So many amazing places to visit and so close to Stuttgart. We will definitely be hiring a car more often, to make more of these trips. Next time maybe we will drive to Switzerland or France? That would be nice!!

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Transformation!

Hello Lovelies! I hope you're enjoying the lovely Spring weekend? I'm sat outside lapping up the last of the late afternoon sun as I write this, BLISS!

I have a little something to share with you all!
Last week whilst walking home with our food shopping, Dennis and I passed a large pile of rubbish that was sitting outside of the local pub. Amongst the bags and bric a brac, I spotted this old and dirty wooden chair.


It was just crying out to be rescued! So with the big heart that I have, I decided to adopt it and give it a second chance at life.
I knew that underneath the dust


And old paint flecks (but maybe bird poop?!?!?!) there was a chair that was bursting with clean crisp energy.


Showing that I'm not just frilly ribbons, flowers and rainbows, I made a trip to the hardware store to pick up some sand paper and a little can of paint. 



I got to work cleaning the dirt off and sanding down the chair to make it nice and smooth. I got rid of any splinters and totally removed the old thinning varnish. 



Once all of the heavy duty work was done (It was harder work than I thought!!) I gave it a fresh coat of paint.


I chose a lovely bright turquoise called Pacific Turquoise.

It really set the chair off and made it look very fresh!


Once the first coat of paint had dried I gave it a second to make sure that it was nice and evenly painted. It was all finished!!
TA-DAH!!!


Quite a transformation!!! 
I'm so pleased with it!! I've wanted a bright wooden chair like this for a while now, but they are soooo expensive to buy in the shops. 
This one cost me under 5 euros!!!
It looks perfectly at home in our apartment and loves to snuggle up with my granny square blanket.



A real treat of a project that brought me instant satisfaction and a real transformation for this old chair! I can't get enough of that turquoise!!!