The Making of Harry Potter: Warner Bros Studio Tours

When we were in the UK, we had a couple of days to ourselves in London.  In addition to some city centre sightseeing, we knew that we wanted to do the tour of the Harry Potter Studios.  We had an amazing time there so I wanted to be sure to write a blog to share a few things with you.  I always find it helpful to read about other people’s experiences, especially at busy tourist venues, so I’m fully prepared to have an enjoyable day.

I did make sure to book our tickets in advance (£46.50 each for the complete studio tour package), and I’m quite glad that I did as some of the days we wanted to go were actually booked up already.  We ended up getting a date but our entry time wasn’t until 4pm.  We didn’t mind this too much as it did give us the day to do other things too.  The website recommends that you allocate around 3 hours for the tour, and that you plan to arrive a little earlier.

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Back to Blighty

We’ve been back in Alabama for just over 2 weeks after our big trip back to the UK…I’ve only just caught up with my sleep!  We had booked our holiday quite some months ago and started organising a few things in advance.  It was Adam’s first time back to the UK since we moved to the USA in 2014 so we knew that we would have a lot of family and friends to catch up with.  He was also his best friend’s best man so we knew that he would be needed for a few wedding duties, and a stag do!  This meant that we couldn’t plan too much on a strict schedule.  We seemed to be so busy during our time over there that I didn’t really take that many photos, and a lot of what I did take will be in a separate blog post completely; just for those Harry Potter fans like me. 🙂

Mobile airport is only 45 minutes away from where we live so we flew from Mobile to Atlanta, then Atlanta to Heathrow.  The regional plane was the smallest I’ve ever been on!

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After a few days of visiting friends & family, we had 2 nights in Sheffield City Centre.  We both went to University in Sheffield so it was nice to be back in the city.  We stayed in the Leopold Hotel, which is right in the centre, is good quality & a reasonable price too.  One of our favourite restaurants in Sheffield is a ‘conveyor’ style Japanese restaurant called Sakushi, so of course we had to eat there.  We also tried Bill’s one morning for breakfast.  I think there’s quite a few of these around the country; great decor and atmosphere but I wasn’t too impressed with the food.  It was still a treat to have a full English breakfast though!

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Atlanta Travelling…The Right Way

Baaahhh…this post was supposed to be finished a few weeks ago as we went to Atlanta at the end of Feb!  I’m still putting it up though as hopefully you’ll still find it interesting 🙂

Since moving to Alabama, we’ve been up to Atlanta every year to watch the Supercross at the Georgia Dome.  Atlanta is a 5 hour drive away for us and each time we’ve been, we have driven up on the Saturday morning and travelled home Sunday morning after we’ve visited Ikea.   This year, we wanted to experience Atlanta properly and do something more than just the supercross, so we decided to stay for 2 nights and do a few ‘touristy’ things.

On the Friday morning, we dropped the dogs off at their daycare place and started our journey.  After searching a few things to do on Pinterest, I found a Google Maps tour of The Walking Dead filming locations.  Quite a lot of them were grouped together and they were on our route anyway so we decided to go and have a look as we are quite big Walking Dead fans!  A couple of locations were just derelict buildings/streets and weren’t too exciting.  Then we managed to find Alexandria, some abandoned train tracks and the town that is Woodbury in the show!  If you’re a fan of the show you’ll definitely recognise some of these locations.  To top our experience off we ate in Norman Reedus’s restaurant and visited a themed gift shop, which had actual show props in the basement!

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California Dreaming – January 2017

Last weekend Adam and I went over to California for a long weekend away.  After our busy December, we were so ready to just get away and ‘almost’ relax.  Our main reason for heading to Anaheim was to go and watch the third round of the 2017 Supercross season; something we try to go and to each year.  My brother was also on holiday and was going to the Supercross so we also met up with him a couple of times while we were there.

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Paddling Through The Block

For over a month now I’ve only been blogging via Sunday Sevens.  I do love Sunday Sevens as it does allow me to keep my blog active, but it’s not what I wanted this blog to be about.  I think I’ve had a spate of writer’s block!  It’s almost like I’ve been putting off blogging about other things as I know that I haven’t written about sewing for A VERY LONG TIME!  This week I’ve reminded myself that I made this blog to share sewing projects but also to document my lifestyle.  You may notice that my header has changed slightly in the hope that I won’t worry about blogging about other things.  My main ‘worry’ was that someone would visit my blog and think that it would be primarily focused on sewing, and they would actually find a lot of non-sewing related posts.  I’ve changed my mindset to think… “Why am I worrying?…it’s my blog!

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Threads = sewing

Bobbins = other bits & bobs (yes, I know that bobbins also = sewing but just don’t think about that part!

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Blakeley & Bugs

Independence Day is something we have never celebrated before and now it ia national holiday that we get to be involved in! Adam got Friday off work so we had a great 3 day weekend 🙂

We knew that we weren’t going to be heading out to watch any fireworks as we couldn’t leave Maisy alone so we ended up going for a nice walk & an explore Saturday morning.  We headed to Blakeley State Park, which is around a 10 minute drive from us.  It was $3 per adult to enter and we got a map, a self-guided tour and a bit of historical literature.  We parked up and decided to have a wander on our own rather than use the guide.  It was so hot and we knew that we wouldn’t get it all done in a couple of hours.

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