Natasha Audrey

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Terror at Alton Towers

Before I start this blog post I want to say this isn't a sob story, this isn't to slate Alton Towers and it isn't to put anyone off going to the theme park. This is my blog and I want that to be a true representation of me and my life experiences so I have vowed to be honest and genuine with every post I write. I started a blog to have a space to write how I think and feel about things so that is what I am going to do in this post. 

Robert works for John Lewis and because of that he gets some good perks and benefits. Once a year, before the season starts, John Lewis hire out Alton Towers for the day so their partners can purchase discounted tickets. 

I'm not a massive ride fan, and would most definitely not describe myself as a thrill seeker! However because the tickets were so cheap compared to normal entry price I agreed to go along with Robert. He really likes rides and had been before a long time ago so we thought it would be a nice day out together. 

When we arrived it wasn't exceptionally busy so we were able to enter the park without queuing too much and go start on the rides. We went straight to Runaway Mine Train as Robert thought that I would like this ride compared to any of the other bigger rides. It was lots of fun and I'm glad we went on this first as the queue time for this ride increased later on in the day. 

Next Robert wanted to ride Galactica so we headed over to the that part of the park. The park is set in the Staffordshire countryside and is a very picturesque location however it is very spread out so be prepared for lots of walking. On route towards Galactica there is a cute spot with a bandstand which looks over the grounds towards Alton Towers, nice spot for a selfie haha! 

Before we arrived at Alton Towers I had said to myself I would go on every ride apart from Oblivion (how hilarious that is now) so had planned to ride Galactica but as soon as I saw the ride I could feel my anxiety increasing and was talking myself out of going on. Also when we got to the ride entrance it said you had to wear the VR headset (I later found out this wasn't true) which I wasn't keen on as I sometimes suffer with motion sickness, so I decided to wait for Robert outside whilst he enjoyed the ride. 

Top Tip:  Go on the App store and download the Alton Towers App as it has up to date queue times 

Next we went over to the section of the park where Rita & Thirteen are, at this point I was feeling quite annoyed with myself that I had only been on one ride. So decided I would at least attempt Rita. In my mind Rita just shoots you at high speed (I believe 62mph) and then goes back to the station however this isn't quite what happens (I think I was actually confused with the ride stealth). So again I was looking at the ride and thinking I don't want to do this. Robert talked me into going on the ride so i joined the queue and luckily the queue length wasn't very long at all,  5mins-10mins tops!

Unfortunately when we got through the barrier and were climbing into the ride, I freaked out and decided I couldn't go ahead with the ride. Yet again poor Robert had to ride alone! I must say that all members of staff that I came across were very friendly and didn't come across as judgmental which was very nice.

Robert was VERY white when he came off of Rita and I'm not even 100% sure he really liked it that much so perhaps it was a good idea that I came off when I did haha.

Next was Thirteen and by this point I just thought to myself there isn't any point queuing for the ride so I waited for Robert whilst he went ahead with this one. I did meet a lovely lady and her sons whilst waiting for Robert and she told me she also didn't like rides and was happy to be the bag holder for the day. Her husband was also riding Thirteen solo, so I didn't feel quite so guilty about Robert doing all of the rides by myself. Talking to this lady made me feel a lot better as I was feeling quite stupid for coming to a theme park when you don't like rides haha!

Once Robert  had finished riding Thirteen (he told me, it drops you down in the pitch black, no thanks!) We checked the queue times and noticed Oblivion had only a 5 minute queue time  so rushed over to that part of the park so Robert could ride that and I wouldn't have to wait a long time for him

There is a very cool spot just in front of Oblivion where you can film and photograph the ride coming down, I stood here for awhile as I wanted to see if I could see Robert coming down on the ride. He is so brave going on this ride as it literally hangs you over the edge and then drops you straight down, something I know I would absolutely hate. 

Because the queue time wasn't very long for Oblivion or Smiler I was able to wait inside the Smiler shop whilst Robert went on both rides, I will warn you though the song they play around the ride and in the Smiler shop is very very annoying and will get stuck in your head! 

By this point we only had about an hour left until the park was due to close at 5pm and Robert wanted to ride Galactica again, and I thought I might give it a go as I had only been on the one ride all day. This time I joined the queue and had convinced myself I could go on the ride and nothing bad was going to happen to me and if I hated it then it would be over in a few minutes. 

The queue time said an hour but it was more like 20 minutes so this was good in terms of my anxiety building up. We reached the front of the queue very quickly and soon it was our turn to ride. I sat down in the seat and a member of staff came over to strap my harness down over me. As soon as he did this I panicked and felt trapped and really wanted to get off of the ride. Luckily for me people were still taking their seats so a member of staff was able to come and unlock me. I didn't ride Galactica and I'm still really annoyed at myself for letting my anxiety and fear build up that much, but who knows maybe one day I'll give it a go. 

Personally I feel that Alton Towers has lots of family rides aimed at small children with CBeebies Land and they have lots of big rides for true thrill seekers and not a lot in between for people like me who like some rides, but not the crazy big ones.   

Please don't comment on this post and say why did you go to a theme park if you don't like rides because as I previously said I only went along as the tickets were heavily discounted with John Lewis.  Also i think it's important that in a relationship you do things the other person likes and it just so happens that Robert likes rides and had a really good time! 

If you are going to Alton Towers in the future or have been before then please feel free to leave a comment and let me know what Galactica is like and whether I should brave it next time. 

Lots of Love 



Sunday, 4 March 2018

Our Snow Day!

So this weekend we were supposed to be going to Harrods for a cream tea, as my brother had kindly brought us a virgin experience gift! Unfortunately we had to reschedule our experience as the UK has been battered by the "Beast from the East" and "Storm Emma"! For most of the week we thought we had got away lightly compared to the rest of the country but by Thursday/Friday evening the snow had hit us to! 

Work sent me home earlier on the Friday so that I could get home safely which was kind of them, as it had taken me 90 minutes to travel a 30 minute journey the previous evening! Although we might have been able to travel to London by the Saturday morning we both felt it would be safer just to reschedule and enjoy the experience without stressing about the weather! 

So instead we decided to embrace this weather that had hit us and head out into the back garden and build a snowman together! We are both big kids and don't care what anybody thinks when it comes to having fun! Although I would say that Robert is definitely the bigger kid (I like to think I'm the serious one haha)

We have been together seven years this month and I don't think we have ever built a snowman together! 

Hope you all had fun and enjoyed your snow days! I vote that now is a good time for some warmer weather and some summer vibes!

Lots of Love, 



Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Magical Trip To London

I'm a massive massive Harry Potter fan so when I heard about the Exhibition at the British Library I knew I wanted to experience this for myself! Robert & I watched a documentary around Christmas about the exhibition so we knew what to expect. It was a mix between J K Rowling's work and the history of magic through the ages! 

Unfortunately due to having paid to enter the Exhibition we were unable to take any photos or videos of the displays, which was very disappointing as it was such an amazing exhibition and had been put together so well!  My favourite part of the exhibition were the illustrations drawn by Jim Kay (link opens in a new window), his work is amazing and the illustrations that they had on display were fantastic. It really helped to make the exhibition come alive. 

It was fascinating to see the connection between the history of magic and Harry Potter, and how J K Rowling came up with the ideas for her best selling books. Many of her original ideas and scribbles were on display (her writing is very hard to make out though haha), it's incredible how she transformed a small plot idea into a best selling book and how long that process took! 

Memo board outside that people had drawn on!

It took us about an hour to walk around the exhibition and read all of the displays, but you could definitely spend longer in there if you wanted to. The exhibition is set out into different magical subjects so you don't have to see anything in any particular order. Which is quite handy as some of the displays did get quite crowded. If you have tickets booked, make sure you take 5 minutes to observe a very detailed drawing of Diagon Alley as it really is amazing! 

I'm not going to say much more about the exhibition itself as I don't want to spoil it for anybody.  All i will say is that if you are a  Harry Potter fan or even a slight interest in magic then you should visit the Harry Potter: A History of Magic  exhibition (link for the British library opens in a new window). 

If you decide to go or have been to the exhibition then leave a comment below, I'd love to hear about your experience! :)

Lots Of Love, 



Sunday, 21 January 2018

Our Wedding Day

So it's been five months since we said I do and became Mr and Mrs and that time has really flown by. It's strange how you spend all that time planning your special day and it comes and goes within the blink of an eye. We got married on the 19th August 2017 at a beautiful venue in Oxfordshire, Thame called The Oxfordshire.

One of the reasons we decided on this venue was because of the spectacular views it had from the venue across the Oxfordshire countryside and for the opportunity to have our photos taken beside the lake in the middle of the golf course, Robert was allowed to drive one of the golf buggies down to the lake! (something he was very excited about)

Whenever I thought about wedding dresses I never thought I would pick the dress I wore on our wedding day, I'm not a very girly girl so I don't think people expected me to have a blush champagne ballgown dress but I knew as soon as I saw it. It was the one I wanted to wear.

Our colour scheme was pastel, so I decided to buy my bridesmaids a different colour dress each which I think looked fab on the day. The dresses were all the same design just different colours, which I think allowed the girls to look individual but was still obvious they were part of the bridal party.

We also carried the pastel theme on with our cakes, we had a cupcake tower with a small cake for us to cut together and seeing as Robert is lego mad we had a lego bride & groom as our topper!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing part of our wedding day, and if you are planning your wedding I hope you have a magical day!  I'd love to hear about your plans, so please feel free to leave a comment below :)

Lots of Love

Sunday, 31 December 2017

New Years Eve

NEW YEAR..  here we are again just 12 hours until we are officially in the new year and 2018 is upon us. Everyone is different, some people love NYE and have parties and really celebrate the new year coming,  whereas others really hate the whole concept of new year and have an early night! 

Personally I think it's important to remind ourselves that although the new year seems a good idea for changing things and having a fresh start, YOU can make the decision to change something at any point in the entire year.. 

This being said, I personally love the celebrations that a new year brings and we always have a little gathering at our home since becoming homeowners three years ago! My husbands family is Scottish and we all know that Hogmanay is HUGE in Scotland - I always say to Robert that we must spend a NYE celebration in Scotland one day! 

He can play the bagpipes and when the clock strikes twelve he will go outside and play a few tunes for me and our guests. I'm not sure it's something all of our neighbours appreciate but there has been a few come out and listen to him play in the past.  

I'm not sure if i really like the whole term of new year resolutions as I think this just encourages people to set themselves targets that they will probably get bored of within the first few weeks of January and then give up. HOWEVER I do think it is important to have something to focus on and a goal you would like to achieve in 2018. I just think you have to be realistic when you set these so you can maintain them throughout 2018 and onwards. 

Robert and I have been redecorating our house recently so our home is definitely going to be something that we have as our focus for the next year. We brought our house three years ago but due to wedding plans, time constraints and money constraints we haven't been able to really make our house the way we would like it. 

Look out for the blog posts on here as I document what we do to our home :)

I have also signed up for a bootcamp starting the 8th of Jan which consists of a basic meal plan and 2x 45 mins gym sessions a week on a Monday and Wednesday mornings for 12 weeks, as I have enjoyed working out this year and so wish to continue that into 2018 - i love all naughty foods so we will see how well I get on with the meal plan haha!

The best part of new year is that Robert buys me a new planner for Christmas and this year I have a gorgeous planner from Carrie & Co (link opens in a new window). I can't wait to start filling this out! :) 

My Carrie & Co Planner

Whatever your focus or goals are this 2018 I hope you have all the happiness and success in the world!

I'd love to hear how you prepare for a new year so feel free to leave me a comment below!


Lots of Love 


Sunday, 24 December 2017

Christmas Afternoon Tea At Dobbies

Robert & I  act like an old married couple who are 70 years old and have been married for years and years when the truth is we are both 27 years young and have only been married for four months haha!

So much so that we hold a membership at our local Dobbies Garden Centre and we often spend our weekends, having a look around, and enjoying a coffee with yummy cake! So when they emailed me back in November with an offer to book a Christmas Afternoon Tea I jumped at the chance to get in the festive spirit with yummy treats.

I booked our Afternoon Tea for the 23rd of December (as Robert was working on Christmas Eve) and I'm glad I did as it really helped start our Christmas festivities.

Check out the pictures below to see all the yummy treats we enjoyed and just how festive it was! :)

Robert can't wait to start... 

Afternoon Tea

How cute are those mince pies!

Mini Christmas Pud! 

Our menu was as follows... 

Finger Sandwiches:

- Brie, grape and cranberry
- Mature cheddar and chutney
- Smoked salmon and cucumber
and of course 
-Turkey and stuffing! 

Sweet Treats:

- Mini Christmas pudding
- Mince pies
-Mini black forest
-Fresh fruit pavlova
and the best bit
-Christmas scone with clotted cream and jam!

I thought i'd pop that there (saves you squinting at my photos, trying to see what we had haha)

Yes we felt sick after, but it was oh so worth it!

If you get the chance you should definitely book next year to go with your loved ones :)

Merry Christmas

Lots of love... 


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