Monday, 12 May 2014

Feeling lucky and blessed!

Hello friends

A holiday update today - we arrived safely on Saturday afternoon having driven
through torrential rain and bright sunshine!
The only traffic delay was driving past Stonehenge because everyone drives slower to look...
and we did too!
We had one pit stop...guess where!  
No doubt the first of many McDonalds if Elliott gets to decide the menu.
Upon arrival we were greeted with huge hampers of goodies and a fridge stacked full of treats.
We have been really spoilt by the owners of the holiday apartments.
 Zero calorie holiday cup cakes!
This is the view from our apartment... gorgeous.
We ventured out into the rain and realised that we are a steep hill away from Torquay town centre.
That's why the cakes will be zero calories - all that hill walking!
Within half an hour I had made a purchase for the shop!
We are going to have an amazing week, it will recharge our batteries and Elliott
is one very happy young man right now.

Other news: Ronald McDonald House, Camberwell wrote a lovely article on Facebook about 
our fundraising...
Christine and Elliott Emberson secure 48 nights accommodation for other families with children in hospital; The remarkable family spent time in our House last May and have gone on to raise an amazing £1,200 in various ways,including Charity Craft Kits sold at Hope & Chances Creativity Massive Team Camberwell "Thanks" for your passion and continued support 

The Charity Kits will continue and it is so rewarding to know that the money raised is
helping families who are in the same position we were a year ago.

And here is the latest kit made up by Christine Collins.
 Christine chose to change the embellishments so they would match her daughter's home decor
and she will later use the die cuts on other projects.
That is the beauty of these kits - they can a starting point, you can mix and match etc.

I will be back again soon, in between a lot of photos crop up on Facebook!
Take care friends and thank you so much for all your holiday wishes.


Lacelady said...

Oh, Christine, it's so nice to hear good reports of your time on holiday, great that you were treated to hampers of food to get you going, and lovely to have a sea view, even if you are used to something similar at home. And to top it off, a very honourable mention from Ronald MacDonald house. Elliott must be really chuffed. Enjoy the rest of your stay (PS. I only just avoided a shunt going past Stonehenge once)

Anonymous said...

Great to hear that you are having such a lovely time and enjoying yourselves. Take care. Claire

Janice said...

Morning Christine
It looks as though you are all having a fantastic time away, thank you for sharing your photos with us. Great review from Ronald Macdonald house too, well deserved.
I look forward to reading more of your Torquay adventure on here and on Facebook!
Have fun.
Janice x

Stamping Bubbles said...

Morning Christine
So pleased to hear that you are all enjoying your holiday. I always find lots of zero calories cakes when I am on holiday - it all adds to the holiday fun!
The Facebook article is great too - all credit to you, Elliott and your family.
Enjoy your break.

ElizabethS said...

Hi Christine, thanks for the update. It looks wonderful.
Well done on the article too you must be very proud.
Elizabeth x
P.S. I love the zero calorie cakes.

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear your hols have got off to a good start. We had zero calorie cream tea when we were in devon last week ;)
A very well deserved write up for all the hard work that has gone into the fundraising. Enjoy the rest of your hols. JuliaT x

PharmacyMichele said...

The views looks great, cupcakes look amazing & a brilliant review! Hope you all enjoy your week away.


sue jones said...

Wonderful!!! Have a Fab well earned week - Fingers crossed for great weather too xxx

Ann said...

Hi Christine

So pleased your having a wonderful holiday the view from the window is amazing. What a lovely review from the charity well deserved you are a star.
Enjoy the rest of your holiday hope the weather stays fine.

luv n hugs Annxx

Carole Z said...

Hi Christine, so please to see you are having a fabulous time..thanks for sharing your photos and what a great and well deserved piece for Ronald Macdonald House, hugs Carole Z X

marg said...

Hello Christine
It looks glorious,have a lovely rest.
Elliott looks happy with his McDonald treat...nice treat from the Hotel owners too!
Enjoy ......
Take care
Love Marg

Chris said...

Hi Christine, lovely to see you holiday photo's, and lovely to read your write up from Ronald McDonald House, you have chosen a great way to raise money for this Charity.
Chris xx

nattyboots said...

Hi Christine
I read the Review on Facebook ,i think it so nice to appreciate all of your efforts .
Enjoy the rest of your Holiday .

Take Care
Elaine H X

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine,
I am really pleased you are having a great time,what a wonderful gift of goodies.
Thank you for the photos.
Christine's charity kit looks great,really pretty.
Lovely to read the write up from Ronald McDonald House,Well done.
Have a lovely day. take care. x.

Anonymous said...

Looks lovely Christine and so nice that the charity mentioned you on fb xx hazel

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
Pleased you are all having a fab time, and a whole load of goodies a lovely treat. I know what you mean about no calorie cakes, that what they always sell on holidays.
A well deserved write up from McD's.
Take care.

Sandra said...

Good morning Christine, Elliott and Mitchell,
Wow what a lovely surprise arriving to find those delicious hampers, how very thoughtful!
I saw the Ronald McDonald house article about you both, what a huge achievement, when they explain how many nights you have managed to secure for families that have had the same needs as yourselves it makes it seem more real, not just an amount of money, you have made a huge difference to other peoples lives and should be so proud of yourselves!
Enjoy the rest of your week
Sandra x

val jones said...

Hi Christine. Sounds as if it´s a wonderful break for you all. The place looks lovely and wHat a beautiful view.
Continue having a lovely time.
Love Val in Spain x

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Christine, Fabulous piccies and I'm so glad you are all having a great time.
What a brilliant accolade from Ronald McDonald House for all your help for fundraising, well deserved !!
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Jean Z said...

Hi Christine, love the view you have looks great, I hope your holiday goes well and you all deserve it love Jean Z xxx

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Christine
glad you are all having a lovely time.

Debbie Tinks said...

Love the pics have a great time ...x

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Christine, glad you are enjoying yourselfs, just chillax, you all deserve it. Gorgeous heart made up. Hugs Emma x

baconbits said...

Morning Christine
So glad you are having a good time you all deserve it.
Amanda x

Layerlass67 said...

Morning Christine, Elliott and Mitchell. Glad to hear you got to your holiday destination safely. Sorry that the weather wasn't good to start with but the forecast is that it is going to improve and get better and better as the week progresses, so hope it's the same in Torquay. Whatever the weather though, this will give you all a much needed rest and some quality time together to recharge you batteries. Have a lovely time. Love and best wishes. GemmaC xxx

Maggie said...

Hello Christine. So lovely that you can share this special break with us. Thank you. I love calorie free cupcakes, sadly they don't work for me I've noticed! Well done on that article. We all think you are wonderful for raising that money and if we can help a bit by buying the lovely kits we shall continue to do so I'm sure. xxMargaretxx

Laura O said...

looks lovely Christine ,have a great time and relax,Laura O

Janice said...

Looks like its the start of a wonderful weeks holiday which is well deserved by you all. The area looks really nice. Hope the sun is out today as it is here in Kent. Janice xx

Maggie Phillips said...

Hi Christine, hope you all have a wonderful holiday ~ love all of your photos. Any chance of the next kit containing the recipe for those calorie free cupcakes(lol)? Christine's heart is super! hugs for you all,
Maggie x

LoraineC said...

I think you are going to have a great time the weather is set to improve as the week goes on. What a super hamper the cupcakes look yummy!! Off to order my charity kit I am usually quick off the mark,not sure what I've been doing this month !! X

Anonymous said...

Have a lovely holiday Christine, you all really deserve it.
Carole N xx

AnneRD said...

Torquay looks lovely, will have to plan a visit there myself!
Have a wonderful, restful break, you all deserve some time together. So pleased you had some official recognition for all the hard work you have put into the fundraising. Anne x

Clare Willcocks said...

Looks like you're having a lovely time! I know that hill well so I definitely think you're right about the cakes being zero calories! Enjoy the rest of your holiday :)

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