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Expedia Travel Profile!

Hi everyone, me again!

Just a quick one to let you all know that I have entered an exciting competition with Expedia, the firm I pretty much always use to book any trips, hotels and flights, for the chance to win £1000 in vouchers.

I dont usually enter these competitions, although this one particularly caught my eye due to the nature of it which, as a keen traveller, definitely appealed to my sense of adventure! The aim is simple, Expedia will use your Facebook profile and take information from your timeline to see how far you have travelled over the past few years, taking all relevant check ins, posts and photos in to account to create a final ‘total points’ figure. The higher the points figure, the better chance you have of winning! Friends can also view your profile and Like or Vote for you to win, so I guess maximum exposure is also helpful!

 

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Please click on the link below to view my travel profile, and if you like what you see please vote for me to win! NB. you may have to be logged in to your Facebook account to view this correctly.

https://www.facebook.com/Expedia.co.uk/app_1529036310650177?app_data=http://goo.gl/B5owmq

I was impressed to learn that I had travelled a total of 7105 combined travelling miles since I started using & recording them on Facebook back in 2008 and this covered holidays to Spain, Greece, Cyprus & Belgium to name but a few! I also have details of my favourite hotel, beach and most interesting place I have visited, all of which I have chosen from a selection that I was offered from my timeline.

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I really enjoyed putting this profile together and I too hope you like what you see! I am keen to expand my travelling with plans to go to America next year and widen my horizons so here’s to hoping that I am a) able to acheive that and b) lucky enough to win this competition as that £1000 would help me massively!

Thanks for reading – wish me luck!

Love Jess x

Family Day Out to Minster Lovell

Howdy bloggers!

Today’s blog post details information on a recent family day out that I enjoyed with my mum, dad, sisters and our pet dog in one of our local villages. With all the wonderful weather we have been having lately we decided to head over to the cute little village of Minster Lovell to have a picnic and to do a spot of sunbathing! We parked at the wash meadow pavillion where the local cricket team play and walked over towards the river to find a good spot where we could enjoy our picnic as well as watch the cricket in the background – my dad was particuarly interested in this, but us girls not so much!!

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After our yummy picnic we strolled up the hill towards the famous Minster Ruins where we had our desserts (homemade white chocolate brownies and strawberries courtesy of my little sister!) whilst watching the various kids and dogs running in and out of the river Windrush splashing around and soaking up the glorious sunshine. The ruins are such a pretty place, and it was lovely to sit and just take in the atmosphere- I often wonder what it would have been like for the Lovell family to enjoy the grounds all those years ago and it’s quite haunting really to think of it like that. There is also a Dovecot which is equally as eery along with the surrounding pond, fields which are home to the resident Donkey and of course the flowing river Windrush.

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For those of you who are unfamiliar with the site, the Minster Ruins was once named Minster Lovell Hall, home to the Lovell family who resided in the village during the 15th century. Minster Lovell Hall was originally home to Richard III’s henchman Lord Lovell, one of the richest men in England. Although designed to serve as a symbol of great wealth, following several changes of hands the hall was abandoned – then dismantled and demolished – in the 18th century, leaving only the fascinating remains that stand today.

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The four-storey tower at the south-west corner is thought to date to the later 15th century, the period of Francis Lovell’s ownership. Access to the first floor was by external stairs, the two upper floors being reached by the octagonal turret in the angle between the tower and the west wing. To the west and south-east of the ruins two large fish ponds, which supplied the household with fresh fish, survive. The manor’s 15th century dovecote, a small circular building with a conical roof, survives intact to the north-east of the site.

Source: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/minster-lovell-hall-and-dovecote/history-and-research/

After an hour or so we decided to head back home as we had plans for the evening, but it was really lovely to spend the afternoon in the sun at such a lovely place; it is somewhere we have visited for many years as a family and I am sure that we will continue to do so! If you would like to know more about my day out at the Minster Ruins please leave a comment below or visit the English Heritage website for factual information on the site.

Thanks for reading everyone!

Love Jess x

My week ahead…

Hey everyone

Sorry for the lack of posts lately but I haven’t really been anywhere for the past couple of weeks so haven’t had much to say! This has now changed however as I have a jam packed week ahead and am so excited to share it with you all! So, what am I up to I hear you asking? Well, take a look below to check out my super cool plans!..

1) London river cruise!
Tomorrow I go to the best City in the world, London, and I’m so excited! Me and my best friend are going on a posh river boat cruise across the Thames and are going to have the pleasure of enjoying a three course lunch and champagne which is all paid for courtesy of my ex boyfriend’s family… Thanks!! I got this voucher as a birthday gift from red letter days and have just got round to having a few days off work so am able to squeeze it in this week.. fingers crossed the weather stays sunny for us! We’re also planning to hit Oxford Street to do some serious shopping so ill let you know if I make any decent purchases!

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2) Oxford day trip!
A little closer to home this time, but still just as beautiful, is my home city of Oxford which I’m heading to on Wednesday with another of my best friends for a day of shopping and lunching. We always hit the mahoosive primark first in search of some summer bargains so we’ll definitely be doing this to start with, then we’ll work our way up the high street before stopping for some well deserved food! Haven’t been to Oxford for ages now so I’m looking forward to it.. ooh and I heard there’s a brand new H & M in town too… goodbye bank balance!!

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3) Race for Life event!
So on Sunday I’m back to Oxford to take part in my first ever race for life event for cancer research UK and I’m buzzing for it! I’ve never ran a competitive race before (no Jess, coming 3rd out of 4th on junior sports day year after year really doesn’t count!) so I can’t wait to get stuck in. I’ve been training a lot over the past few weeks so will be trying my absolute best to finish the race in a good time. I’ve managed to raise over £200 so far but I don’t want it to stop there as I want to raise as much as possible! If you have a spare moment and would like to donate to Cancer Research to support all their amazing work then please click on the link below to visit my Just Giving page! Thank you in advance! https://www.justgiving.com/jessicabuck/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=jessicabuck&utm_campaign=pfp-share

That’s all for now peeps, I’ll post details of my adventures later on in the week so keep your eyes peeled!

Bye for now!

Love Jess x

P’s. Photos above are courtesy of Google images, but the ones that I will post with my next articles will all be mine!

Last weekend.. only a quiet one they said!!

After a few hectic weekends during May & June (what with going to Liverpool, Cardiff & Barcelona to name but a few!) I decided to have a chilled one last weekend and really made the most of the beautiful sunshine that we were lucky enough to be smothered in! I chose to stay at home during the morning and catch up on a few bits and bobs, but then ventured out to the lovely town of Burford for a drink and an ice cream and to meet up with my cousin and her boyfriend as we hadn’t seen them for a while!

 

Photo courtesy of : http://www.visitbritainsuperblog.com/2012/07/a-visit-to-the-beautiful-village-of-burford-in-the-oxfordshire-cotswolds/

Photo courtesy of : http://www.visitbritainsuperblog.com/2012/07/a-visit-to-the-beautiful-village-of-burford-in-the-oxfordshire-cotswolds/

 

For anyone that doesn’t know Burford, it is labeled as the Gateway to the Cotswolds, and for good reason too! It is a beautifully historic town which began in the middle Saxon period with the founding of a village near the site of the modern priory building. This settlement continued in use until just after the Norman conquest of England when the new town of Burford was built. On the site of the old village a hospital was founded which remained open until the Dissolution of the Monasteries by King Henry VIII. The modern priory building was constructed some 40 years later around 1580. In 1649, the church was used as a prison (during the Civil War),when the New Model Army Banbury mutineers were held there. Some of the 340 prisoners left carvings and graffiti, which still survive in the church.  Source: Wikipedia 

We got an ice cream from the ever popular Mrs Bumbles which is a bakers, green grocers and ice cream parlour all rolled into one! I had the creme brûlée cone which was to die for… I almost went back for another! After making our way up the high street and stopping off at a couple of the little shops we headed to The Mermaid which is a lovely traditional English pub serving excellent locally sourced food. My cousins boyfriends family actually own the pub, so I’m not biased at all! 😉  anyway after a couple of soft drinks in the sun we could feel our back’s burning and decided that we better make a move before we ended up like lobsters!

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After a tad more sunbathing in my garden at home I received a text from my close friend asking me to join her and a few others on a night out to Oxford, and so I obliged as I felt it rude not to!! I hadn’t been planning on going out as have been short of funds lately, but I can usually do a night out on the cheap so thought I could get away with it! We headed to Thirst bar first of all and had a couple of cheeky cocktails whilst dancing to the latest chart music… Their apple bomb’s are a must-definitely my drink of this year!

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Once we had left Thirst we crossed over to our usual haunt, Lava Ignite, which is host to three separate floors each playing different music (grime/rap, chart/club anthems and, my favourite, the cheesy room playing pop tunes from the 80s, 90s and 00s).  We didn’t plan on staying too late but, as ever, once we started dancing to the cheesy tunes and letting our hair down we just didn’t want to leave. It’s true what they say.. Girls really do just wanna have fun! (Sorry, was that too cringe?!) anyway we had a  brilliant night and ended up catching the last bus home and strolling into bed at almost 5am! Only a quiet one they said… Ah well you only live once!

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For now I’m hoping that this weekend will be a little more relaxed as all this travelling and these late nights are taking it’s toll on my body!  As ever, thankyou for reading and I do hope you’re enjoying it!

Speak soon!

Love Jess x