beach huts westgate on sea

When I saw Tara’s prompt on Friday I wished I could have been in Dublin or London or a place where there are some really exciting doors but I was at the beach and of course there are lines and lines of beach huts along the promenade, each one decorated to reflect the owner’s personality.

I love looking at them and secretly wishing one was mine, I love to walk past them and peek inside. Beach hut owners go to great lengths to add a bit of ‘fun and home to make their day at the beach that little bit more special.

I haven’t yet managed to spot the Italians outside there’s yet, I wonder if they have an espresso machine in there?

beach huts

Along the other walk in the opposite direction are the council owned beach huts which can be rented for varying lengths of time. They may look the same on the outside but on a busy day when all the doors are open the insides once again different. Some with bunting, some with gas fired cookers, shelves, kettles, pictures on the walls and signs lots of ‘Beach Hut’ signs.

My last door photo for you isn’t new and It’s not even of the whole door but it is a very special door indeed. An exciting door, which hides a secret room in central London where you can eat chocolate until your heart is content.

choccywoccydoodah secret room

Nip over to Sticky fingers to find plenty more doors today

Sticky Fingers Photo Gallery

Wow already on to week 5 and the year has started to pass us by, it’s February!

WHAT a week, Saturday saw the arrival of a long attended date in my diary, the Choccywoccydoodah meet up where a group of bloggers had put their money together to book up a visit to the London Secret Room and boy was it worth it!

Liberty LondonJust to prove I’m not all chocolate ALL the time, I took these snaps of Liberty as I hurried on my way to the meeting point. I adore this building and have a look inside whenever I can, check out the ship on the top of the building and the beautiful flowers always outside the front door.

Sunday I was ill, I had the Bug and for the first time I remember I didn’t even get dressed but lounged in my pyjamas all day. This bug has been particularly difficult to shift, it has made me feel weak and tired all week, maybe I should have had that flu jab offered to me in October after all? One thing I did do is put our old table on eBay for sale, something I’m not used to doing and reverted to Facebook during the week for tips on how to sell. I did sell it for £40, I wish I’d got a bit more but hey ho, at least it’s out of the way now.

vintage table

Monday – kids back to school and I have a long To Do list to catch up on including all the housework and ironing – plus I’m not feeling 100% yet so something will not get done. Some fabulous products arrive in the post to review by Seascape, Alice’s lips are red and sore after feeling poorly, I encourage her to use the Peppermint lip balm and it goes down a treat. We all have a go and give it the thumbs up.

seascape peppermint lip balm

Tuesday – I choose a WeightWatchers recipe for Salmon and prawn bake from the Fresh and Easy book and it’s very easy to make, only 6 Propoints and delicious too, even husband-to-be gives it the thumbs up

salmon and prawn bake

Wednesday – This lack of energy is persisting, I feel absolutely washed out this week. I cancelled Zumba on Monday and now swimming today. I’m hoping to get some of my drive back soon and stop feeling so washed out. The girls are studying fairy tales at school and this week it’s the turn of the Gingerbread Men and they proudly come home with their gingerbread biscuits.

gingerbread men biscuits

Thursday – Freezing cold weather and lots of rain too makes for evenings spent at home in the warm. Alice really enjoys using her white board she got for Christmas and wrote her name across the top. I then prompted her to write some other 3 letter words easily sounded using the phonics system. Mum, Dad, ted, pot, cat, dog (not finished!)

learning to write

Friday – End of a long and tiring week. I cancelled Bocwa (exercise class) too today as I’m far too behind on everything this week and need to spend the day catching up. But Kate the Social Media for Britmums reminds me it’s #Rockupinred day for the British Heart Foundation so I change into as many red pieces of clothing I can find and take my photo which is then published to my Facebook page and my Twitter timeline.

rock up in red BHF

One last important message this week is for #TeamHonk, Tanya Barrow, Annie Spratt and Penny Alexander are off to Ghana for Comic Relief this week to show the #goodwork that is being done over there and report back to us. Please keep an eye out for it and help spread the good word.

choccywoccydoodah shop LondonLadies and gentlemen you are in for a massive sugar rush as I wax lyrical about chocolate.

You all know how much I love the stuff and how I will never give it up for good. So when I saw Mummy Barrow was organising a meet up in the London Secret Room of the Choccywoccydoodah shop I got straight in there.

I heard of Choccywoccy a few years back when I saw one of their magnificent wedding cakes in a magazine, with a name like theirs it’s not one you forget in a hurry. In fact on entering the shop I was gob smacked by all the fabulous cakes on show. This is one shop that doesn’t hold back on decadence and indulgence. It is decorated in sexy red and black and everywhere you look you are invited to chocolate,  you can imagine it can’t you? I Was In My Element.

choccywoccydoodah shop London

Choccywoccydoodah have recently turned their third floor into an Alice in Wonderland playroom which is available to rent for ‘tea parties’ or should we call that a chocolate feast? £250 for a minimum of 10 people and each extra person thereafter an extra £25.

choccywoccydoodah shop London

You enter into a magical dimension leaving the outside world behind you and are embraced with a table of sweets, cake, popcorn coated in chocolate and a zillion other sweet delights. We were wined on champagne and dined on ice cream, to finish off the most fabulous hot chocolate ever, you could choose between white choc, milk choc or dark. I went for dark and didn’t regret my choice one tiny bit.

choccywoccydoodah shop London

choccywoccydoodah shop London

The bloggers had come from as far as Southport – Cakes Photos Life to join in the fun and I had the enormous pleasure of meeting Tamsyn Wood who is constantly busy raising money for her husband Alex, their story is VERY touching and can be found on Making Waves for Alex in a nut shell…

Imagine your man going to play a game of rugby, he gets a knock to the head in a scrum. Imagine that from that knock a rush to A&E; scans on the brain, clots, a massive brain bleed. Imagine two life saving operations and 10 weeks in a coma. Alex is battling hard to defy doctors’ initial devastating prognoses of, among other things, irreversible paralysis and dumbness, and making very encouraging progress.

Tamsyn is raising money via a ball amongst other initiatives for the ongoing care of her husband and their four children, the NHS cannot cover all of the care he desperately needs to make sure his recovery is as complete as possible. ALL donations are gratefully accepted so please head over.

choccywoccydoodah shop London

Back to Choccywoccydoodah, the London Secret Room has infinite secrets to discover, green bunnies, secret doors, pink flamingoes and bowls and bowls of your favourite sweets, go discover, if you have a special event coming up and you’d like to treat yourself I would thoroughly recommend  an afternoon London Secret Room party, it will be a party you will never forget.

This isn’t a sponsored post, a group of bloggers who like chocolate and exciting venues got together and decided to meet up. We each paid £25 and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and ate + drank Choccywoccydoodah out of house and home. Look at Becky from Mummy Adventure how she ended up! (Only joking there’s a little boy in there due in about a month’s time)

choccywoccydoodah shop London