I promise to do my best

It was quite a busy year for me and my guiding family so I decided all the events were going to be fabulous….

sponsored walk

Brownie and Rainbow sponsored walk from the Water Tower to Bristol Suspension Bridge and back again. In aid of the Grand Appeal to provide funds to improve the decoration on ward 34 in Bristol Children’s Hospital


Brownie day out to Legoland Windsor

guiders beauty and the beast

Special guiding screening of Beauty and the Beast

rainbow birthday ball

The Rainbow Princess Ball at Badminton School to celebrate the 30th birthday of the rainbow guides


and of course guiding stays with us forever even when someone leaves guiding, so we had a fabulous reunion of old Ranger guides at the local pub and reminisced about the good old days

ranger reunion

Chin Chin

Few things beat a night out involving the consumption of cocktails, so of course they would need to feature quite heavily in my birthday celebrations. To this end I planned a Fabulous at Fifty cocktail crawl starting at the Severn Shed in Bristol Harbour side and then seeing where the night took us.

Which turned out to be nowhere! We were very happy in bar number one, decided to stay put and work our way down the list of cocktails. As an added bonus there was a group of Brazilian ex pats having an annual get together that included live music and dancing.


In addition to this fabulous event there were spur of the moment nights out with one of my besties Jane, lovingly known as Tart, involving cocktails. Including a cocktail masterclass…. like we really need that !

Weekends in the Big Smoke


The year 2017 didn’t just bring a landmark birthday for me, Selena was also fabulous at 50 and Deb was sensational at 60. So with our collective age of 160 years we decided to challenge ourselves by climbing over the O2 in Greenwich.

Trussed up in our harnesses and wearing our special boots we hooked ourselves up to the central rail and began the very steep climb to the summit on what resembled a ridged blue groundsheet. Luckily our boots had a sole that seemed to cling to the walkway. But oh boy wasn’t it worth it ……The views were amazing and we had 20 minutes to enjoy them, take photos and mainly to recover from the effort needed to get up there. Getting back down was a challenge as it was so steep there was a special knack of walking either backwards or sideways. If we were in any doubt of our advancing age it was confirmed when I referred to the O2 as the Millennium Dome, I was faced by a blank stare from a young lady selling tickets who was clearly not even born when it was last called that.


The following day we had a lovely time looking around Kensington Palace, Diana’s dresses and memorial gardens. We had the most fabulous time all weekend celebrating our special birthdays.

kesington palace



My other London weekend jolly was with my lovely friend Bev. We took advantage of some free audience tickets from Applause Store to watch Jimmy Carr’s Your face or Mine.

We travelled up the day before the show so we could have a mooch around,but not before we had a bottomless prosecco lunch at the London Grind on London Bridge. We got an hour and a half to drink as much prosecco as we liked to wash down some lovely food. Our dinner was not quite so classy as we left it too late to find a place still serving food, so we ended up sat in our pyjamas eating Burger King and drinking some more bubbles out of our hotel tooth mugs!

Fortified by breakfast we made our way to the London ITV Studios for the filming, it was so funny. A fabulous way to spend cherished time with a very good friend.