Well it looks like summer may finally be on the way after a week of sunshine and quite warm temperatures here in the South East. It's a shame it didn't arrive a couple of days earlier in time for my day trip to Brighton last Friday, then I could have worn my TSV Birkenstock sandals – they are selling fast, so I hope you got yours. I shouldn't complain as it wasn't too cold and anyway the weather certainly didn't spoil our fun.
We've always enjoyed trips to Brighton as a family but last week we took Sophie's flatmate Gilly, who is American, with us and it was fun showing her around as she had never been before.
First stop was the pier where we went on the dodgems, which I really enjoyed, and the ghost train, which was not very scary although I did let out a small squeal when one of the 'ghosts' sneezed on us … ugh!
Then we had a go at kicking footballs through holes which were a bit on the snug side. Needless to say we were as unsuccessful as my team Crystal Palace have been in front of goal lately – if we make the play-offs we'll have to hope for a return to striking form for Glenn Murray.
Having failed at that we tried our hand at throwing bean bags at a stack of tin cans. Daniel and Sophie were both pretty close to knocking all the cans down however I had the attendant climbing all over the place to retrieve the missiles I had launched, much to the amusement of the people watching.
Everywhere we went a crowd seemed to gather but that could have been because there were five of us so we were already a small crowd. We were trying to win a stuffed toy for the girls' cat, Oskar, so we opted for hooking the ducks next because you were guaranteed a prize… we ended up with quite a few for him to choose from!
After a quick break for a hot doughnut, or two, we went inside the arcade to play. The best value for money had to be the air hockey game. We played it in rotation so that when a goal was scored that person was out and the next player took over. It was very energetic, as was whacking the Batman characters with a mallet, so I was glad to sit down for a rest to play Deal or No Deal.
We must have spent several pounds in 2ps on the slot machines but the most frustrating game was trying to grab a cuddly toy. We were close several times before Daniel managed to ensnare Eeyore… another treat for Oskar. As we made our way off the pier we couldn't resist having our photos taken with the cardboard cut-outs, particularly this one (top photo) which is very reminiscent of my role in Citizen Smith years ago!
After a tasty Italian meal we headed back to the sea front and somehow Sophie managed to persuade her dad and brother, neither of whom are fond of heights, to go on the Brighton Wheel. It's like a smaller version of the London Eye with commentary by the comic actor Steve Coogan. It certainly gave a panoramic view of the pier with the ghostly remains of the old West Pier further along the beach.
I think Gilly enjoyed her first outing to Brighton and it was lovely to do something we hadn't done for a while. I wonder what your favourite day trip is??
Well I had better head in to work. I have a show full of summer sandals in my Fashion on Friday today… Birkenstock, Holster and Lotus will be featured so I hope you can join me. I'll also be popping in tomorrow as a guest during Simon's QVC Selection show at 2pm as my book is in the line-up and I'll be mentioning a sponsored swim I'll be doing in July for British Polio Fellowship and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.
Enjoy your weekend, and if you are a footie fan I hope your team does you proud,
Much love, Julia xx