Saturday, 23 November 2013

The Full Tour!

Hello friends
Apologies straight away...a photo heavy blog post and, if you are not a 
Harry Potter fan, this may not mean a great deal to you!
As mentioned, for my birthday the boys and I took a trip to 
Harry Potter Studios (near Watford).  
Elliott and I have been before but it was Mitchell's first trip.

I am huge fan and more so recently as I've been listening to the audio books
expertly read by Stephen Fry.  I cannot begin to tell you how many sleepless nights I have 
had since Elliott was diagnosed but a good friend recommended audio books to help induce sleep 
and I am very thankful.  I go to bed each night with Stephen Fry ....reading to me!

So here we's like those times when friends offer to show you their holiday snaps!
The boys in front of the HUGE Christmas tree in the foyer.
A Christmas feast in the Great Hall, fully prepared by house elves.
I want a house elf!!
 One table was laden with savoury, the other with sweet...
 Ice cream anyone? 
Keeping score with the house points.
 The door to the entrance of the Chamber of Secrets. Elliott and I.
 No 4 Privet Drive in the rain.
 An empty Diagon Alley - being on the first tour we had the place to ourselves.
Mitchell captured Elliott and I deep in talk outside Flourish and Blotts!
It's us again!
And again....!!  The Hogwarts model - it is incredible.
Finally it is Mitchell!  Wearing the Sorting Hat.
And this is Hermione's Bag, during the Deathly Hallows she used an Undetectable 
Extension Charm so she could fill the bag with everything needed - clothes, books, a tent! 
You can purchase this bag, I must admit I'm really quite partial to it ..although I doubt if
the charm is included, shame - I could do with it for storing all my craft stuff!
I hope you enjoyed all the photos.  
I will be back soon to announce the winning number for November's Charity Add-On Kit and, 
of course, announcing the news of the special December kit very soon.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend - keep warm and take care friends.


Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

Fabulous pictures Christine I know my step-granddaughter would love it! Susan x

Magzeeann said...

Hi Christine, I've really enjoyed your photo tour~ thank you!Have a good weekend, I'll be thinking of you all and sending love and prayers for the start of Elliott's treatment next week. Take care.
Maggie x

Anne O said...

Hi Christine
I enjoyed your pics - I know exactly what you mean about Stephen Frys narration. You truly get lost in the story.
Anne O

Mrs B said...

Hi Christine. Brilliant pics. We will get there one day! Audio books are great aren't they. At least they, and Stephen Fry, have helped you rest a little at night. Hope you have a good weekend. Take care.

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
What great photographs, not a HP fan myself but it does look incredible.
Have a good weekend.

hazel young said...

Stunning photos Christine they would make some lovely Christmas cards or even scrapbook pages. Have a good weekend xx hazel

Lucycat said...

Hi Christine,
Your photos are lovely,really nice ones of you and the boys too.
I hope you have a good weekend, and good luck next week. Take care. x.

ros hodgkins said...

Hi Christine, lovely photo's all the more so with both your boys sharing your birthday treat.
You, along with Mitchell and your parents will be in my thoughts and prayer's as Elliott starts his treatments. How long does each session last and will it be finished before Christmas?
X Ros

ros hodgkins said...

Hi Christine, lovely photo's all the more so with both your boys sharing your birthday treat.
You, along with Mitchell and your parents will be in my thoughts and prayer's as Elliott starts his treatments. How long does each session last and will it be finished before Christmas?
X Ros

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Christine, I love all these piccies, Elliott looking fabulous and yourself and Mitchell also, enjoying the day, I wish I could go, it looks ab-fab. I will have to put this trip on my 'Wish List', also I'm going to be asking for the audiobooks too, I'm greedy haha.
Have a lovely weekend, huge hugs to you all.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

marg said...

Hello Christine
Lovely pictures to treasure!
Lovely day for the boys to remember on your birthday Christine!
Love Marg

EmmaT said...

Morning Christine, thank you for sharing these photos as im a big potter fan as well, it got me thru a rough patch, the audio books sound like a great idea to help take you mind of life for a little while. Emma

Sue Yorkshire said...

Great pictures Christine... scrapbook time again????

I am not a Harry Potter fan, never having watched any of the films but I do like to see the magic of what they have created there... looks wonderful

Thinking of you all
Sue xxx

Anonymous said...

Lovely photos Christine. It looks like a fun time. Definitely Scrapbooking material.
Enjoy your weekend.
Love Val x

Jean Z said...

Looks like you all had a good time, It looks a great place to visit, love to you all and good luck to Elliott for his treatment next week will be praying for him love Jean Z xx

Maid of Kent said...

Lovely photos. I would enjoy a visit there although I not in the first flush of youth (or even the second) lol. The place looks amazing. Good luck to you all for next week. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Crafty hugs Ann x

nattyboots said...

Wow Christine it all looks fantastic i may even take a visit myself , can i also say" what handsome sons you have "
You will be in my thoughts and prayers next week
Stay warm and take care
Elaine H X

Janice said...

Hello Christine, it looks like all 3 of you had a great time. Glad you were all able to have a day off from worry and just enjoyed yourselves. Janice xx

Pat S Witney said...

Hi Christine
Fabulous pictures. Although I'm not a Harry Potter fan, my grandchildren would love this tour.

SusanP, Kent said...

Love HP and I'm (well) old enough to know better! Wasn't keen on the books, perhaps I'd enjoy them more if they were read to me. Great photos Christine; I'd love to visit. I hadn't heard of the venue before your blogs - maybe WB should pay you commission!

Lacelady said...

It looks an amazing place Christine, I'm so glad you got to spend a bit of time with your boys. Stay strong, you have made it this far!

CraftyJo said...

It looks like you all had a wonderful time...and I could use a house elf too, let me know when you find where to get them :)

Mac Mable said...

Love the photos and it's now on my To Do List x Good luck next week and enjoy dozing off with Stephen Fry !
Looking forward to the December Charity Kit coming x

Debbie said...

Wow,it looks like an amazing time was had by you all.the pics are out of this world.Some beautiful memories there I'm sure.No apologies needed.Family is everything.Hugs Debbie x

Elizabeth said...

Hi Christine, wonderful photos they were great to see. My daughter (who is 31!!!) would love to go.
Have a great weekend.
Elizabeth x

Anonymous said...

I glad you had a fab day it look fun and looked magical.

Tracey mcintyre x

Laura O said...

such lovely photos and a fab place ,looks like you all had a great day,Best of luck next week .Laura O

Carole Z said...

Hi Christine, thanks for sharing your super photos, it looks quite magical!! I must get there sometime! Hugs Carole Z xx

baconbits said...

Hi Emberson clan
Looks like a great day was had by all, I really must go along.
Amanda x

LoraineC said...

Looks like a fun place to visit, I loved the films but haven't read the books. Have a good weekend x

AnneRD said...

Looks like a great day was had by one and all! Lovely photographs yet again Christine. Anne x

Anonymous said...

Looks amazing Christine really glad you had a good day, fab photos x

Sarah said...

Looks amazing - we're going soon and I'm so excited!!

Sally said...

Hi Christine, so glad you had a great day. It is lovely to see you all having good family time together and putting all your worries on the back burner. Take care Sally xx

Janice said...

Morning Christine
So pleased you had a great day together, Your photos are excellent, you must have.quite a collection now!
Will be thinking of you all this week, hoping all goes as well as possible for Elliot. Enjoy your Sunday.
Janice x

Layerlass67 said...

Wonderful pictures Christine. I haven't read any of the HP books though we have them but this doe s look incredible and worth a visit. Have a lovely weekend, GemmaC xx

Mary by the Sea said...

Hi there, a day late..... the pictures are brilliant. You all look like you're having a great time. Really must visit this myself.

Fingers and everything else crossed for the start of the treatment on Monday Elliott.

Mary xx

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