Category: The click tick list

The Click Tick List – Go Disneybounding

First of all for anyone who does not know what Disneybounding is I better explain. You use everyday, normal clothes to create outfits inspired by a particular Disney character. Usually you’d pick a colour, style of top, dress, skirt etc. It’s a creative way to join in the Disney fun without looking like you’ve gone all fancy-dress. Of course you could do it every single day. Or like me focus on that trip to Disney to try it out.

Above is my nod to Nemo. Orange, black and white. You can’t really see it clearly from the photo but that top has a fine black stripe running through it. I found it in a charity shop and knew that it would work for this character and then as a great warm winter top!

I must admit that since I learned about Disneybounding I have thought about it a lot. Maybe too much for an alleged sane person………. How I could use clothes I already owned to play along during our trip. What could I find in charity shops. Which characters to pick? I think I drove Gav crazy. I even had a Pinterest board going with ideas. I was throwing myself wholeheartedly into this idea.

Anyway for all my thinking about it all the ‘bound’ above was a complete accident. Here I am at 1900 Park Fare, Grand Floridian resort during a character breakfast. And who comes along but Mary Poppins all dressed up in her ‘Jolly Holiday’ outfit. When I looked at the photo afterwards I couldn’t believe how I matched! Even down to the lacy-ness of my t-shirt. Win!

This orange skirt was always going to be Tigger. Add a black t-shirt and there you have it.

One film that I watched and loved from my childhood was The Rescuers.  Evinrude, the dragonfly and Orville, the albatross. So cute. I even had a mirror in my room with a transfer of Orville on it. And then of course Bernard.  Above is my take on his cute jumper, the grey skirt forming his lower body and my sun hat his cap. Such fun!

Alice.

And Moana. It was sheer luck that I’m stood in front of a sea like background and that my hand mirrors hers.

Chip!

Chip and Dale were perhaps my most favourite characters when I was little.

And last was Minnie. She isn’t in her traditional costume here as this was at Chef Mickeys breakfast buffet. Where she dresses as a chef of course!

I found that red and white polka dot material in the sale and thought a simple tube style skirt would be easy to make. It was my first time sewing stretchy material possibly my last! But it worked and was so comfortable.

Something I realised during this adventure was that I have rather boring clothes! I mentioned that I found a top in the charity shop which made up an outfit and obviously I did come up with several of these fun ‘bounds’ but I’d have loved to try out some of the princess’s outfits I just don’t own items in those colours. I will definitely look out for pastel colours in my charity shop trips and who knows I could be headed for a whole disneybound wardrobe…… Not really but it was so much fun doing this and anything that brings a smile to your face is worth it!

The Click Tick List – Have my Hand Painted in Henna

This one sounded easy but after a little research it turned out to be more of a challenge.

Although I had found places that did the ‘tattoo’ they were not using traditional henna. A genuine henna tattoo is orange-brown but all the ones I was seeing were black. Apart from the fact that the black ones do not, in my opinion, look as good as the real ones, the added ingredient to make it black can cause irritation to the skin and in some cases leave scars. I didn’t want that so I put this one on the back burner.

I’m not sure why it popped back into my head before we left for Disney but I’m glad it did becasue a quick search online informed me that the Morocco Pavillion in Epcot’s World Showcase offered genuine henna tattoos! Hooray.

In the photo above it looks very dark but you can see a little of the lighter colour where the paste has dried and fallen off. Basically the henna paste is applied it then dried after about 20 minutes and over the course of the next day the paste falls off revealing the pattern that the dye has left behind.

It does look a bit odd and you have to be careful of the paste that has fallen off because if it gets wet it will still stain clothes, towels etc. I was also advised not to pick off the paste but let it fall off on its own. That was hard but I did as I was told!

And I simply loved it. It felt like something slightly crazy to do and so unlike me. Well, maybe unlike me. Lol. I mean I did it right?

It began to fade after about eight days, that’s the photo above. And today, two weeks later, only the faintest trace remains.

So glad I did this. I’d definitely do it again, maybe my whole hand next time.

The Click Tick List – Watch 50 New to Me Films between June 2018 and December 2019

Loved, loved, loved this one. I gave some early thoughts on this film adventure over here.

All of that remains true. I continued watching, documenting and finding it hard to rate them all. But here we are at 50 and well ahead of schedule.

I’ve gone back through my comments about each film and made some stats of what I watched. Where there is more than one genre I’ve gone with the one I felt outweighed the others although sometimes the balance was 50/50.

The rating system I used changed part way through the process. Like I say I was struggling with this and Gav suggested that I use Halliwells rating system. Here is an abridged description of that system.

  • 4 stars – outstanding in many ways, a milestone in cinema history
  • 3 stars – high standard of professional excellence
  • 2 stars – generally entertaining
  • 1 star – not satisfactory as a whole
  • 0 stars – totally routine production or worse

Of course the Halliwell system had more than one critic. Content and quality of movies is very subjective so bear that in mind…. Ha!

Here is a list of all 50 –

  1. The Age of Adaline
  2. Admission
  3. Home Again
  4. Love, Rosie
  5. Queen of Katwe
  6. Elizabethtown
  7. Oblivion
  8. American Assassin
  9. Mama Mia – Here we go Again
  10. The Hit Mans Bodyguard
  11. Destry Rides Again
  12. I’ll See You in My Dreams
  13. The Nice Guys
  14. The Spy Game
  15. Now You See Me
  16. Crazy, Stupid Love
  17. Black Panther
  18. Before We Go
  19. Jack Ryan – Shadow Recruit
  20. Nights in Rodanthe
  21. Leap Year
  22. First Man
  23. The Notebook
  24. Belle
  25. Pygmalion
  26. Our Brand is Crisis
  27. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  28. One Day
  29. Love and Friendship
  30. Magic Mike
  31. The Secret Life of Pets
  32. The Limehouse Golem
  33. Summertime
  34. A Christmas Prince
  35. Holiday Calendar
  36. Bohemian Rhapsody
  37. Tomb Raider
  38. Larry Crowne
  39. The Big Short
  40. Mary Poppins Returns
  41. Hampstead
  42. Aloha
  43. The Bookshop
  44. Ready Player One
  45. Wind River
  46. Mission Impossible – Fallout
  47. Crazy Rich Asians
  48. Sweet Home Alabama
  49. Puzzle
  50. The Narrow Margin (1952 version)

Genres

  • Drama – 9
  • Romance – 12
  • Musicals – 3
  • Romantic Comedy – 6
  • Drama/Comedy – 8
  • Sci-fi – 2
  • Action – 7
  • Crime – 3

Within those something I noticed was that 4 were also biographies.

Where/how watched 

  • Netflix – 33
  • Cinema – 4
  • T.V – 4
  • Other – 9 (this included my sisters Sky)

Rating

  • 0 – 16
  • 1 – 19
  • 2 – 12
  • 3 – 3
  • 4 – 0

All that said I think my favourites for sheer entertainment value are Mama Mia, Home Again, The Nice Guys (violent but very, very funny) and Crazy, Stupid Love.

If you know me at all then you know I like happy endings so it is a miracle that lots of these did not have happy endings! It’s good to have learned that I can accept this even though my comfort zone will always be happy endings……

I’m pleased that there are some oldies in the mix too like The Narrow Margin and Summertime. Both worth a watch to see film making like it used to be done.

I also found a holiday destination while watching Nights in Rodanthe. The Outer banks in North Carolina were simply captivating in the film, a character in itself. I fell in love with the place so much that we are going to go see if it lives up the the depiction in the film when we head stateside in October!

All in all I am really glad I challenged myself to this adventure. And am pretty sure that I will do it again.

Here’s to the film watching.

Click Tick List – Attend the Ceremony of the Keys

About four years ago when I was researching things to do in London for our annual visit I came across The Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London. It sounded interesting so I tried to get tickets for that year. All ‘sold’ out. Boo. The following year I tried again about two months before we were due to go. Same problem.

Last summer after we returned from our trip and the three of us were chatting about how much fun we’d had I decided to check out the website again to see how far in advance you could book this thing! Turns out a long time in advance. After a discussion about when we wanted to go in 2019 I booked us three tickets. A year in advance….. crazy. But they were booked. The ceremony is actually free you pay £1 for admin costs.

So off we went to the Tower!

No photos are allowed so the pic above is from before we went in. We had a Yeomen Warder as our guide who explained what was going to happen and also gave us lots of information about the buildings we walked past in this historic place.

There were probably 30 (now I know why tickets are booked up) people in the group and we watched as the 700 year old tradition of locking the Tower took place before us.

For Gav and I it was an amazing thing to witness. To think that every evening for hundreds of years this ceremony has taken place. There were just a couple of times due to the war that it didn’t happen. We had a great time and I’m so glad we made that booking all that time ago!

Click Tick List – Ride the Mail Rail

Back with more tales from our London trip and crossing another item of my list.

This is another one of those things that I stumbled upon and thought it sounded a fun thing to add to my 100.

Hannah and I hopped aboard for a 15 minute journey on the narrow gauge underground train that used to move post around London.

Construction began during the first world war and the service operated from 1927 to 2003. In its heyday it helped to move 14 million letters through the sorting offices of the capital. The journey we took included a virtual tour guide who talked about the history of the line and we stopped along the way to see video cleverly projected onto to the walls of the tunnel. It was all really good and I enjoyed the experience. Not sure the 15 year old would agree but she joined in non the less.

Really glad I added it to my list and of course crossed it off.

And after all that fun we had a wander around the postal museum too which I loved because ….post boxes!

Ah, the places we take that girl.

The Click Tick List – Cross Abbey Road

Who knows how this ended up on the list. I’m not even a huge Beatles fan but maybe I just thought it was something fun to do. And it was….. sort of.

Gav, Hannah and I went on our annual trip to London last weekend and I managed to get three things ticked, hooray. We headed off to Abbey Road in north London on the Sunday morning. I expected it would be busy and I wasn’t wrong.

It definitely could have been worse though. Han wasn’t too keen on joining in on this experience but bless her she did it.

To get a perfect representation I think you’d need to be there at 5am……. and anyone who knowingly drives down this street deserves to get stopped as folk try to cross to get that album cover photo!

Gav did an excellent job of snapping us when no one else was crossing.

So it is done and crossed off. Yeah, yeah, yeah………..

(If you have no idea what I’m talking about just Google images of Abbey Road and all will become clear).

The Click Tick List – Photograph Duddo Five Stones

I love it when something on my list gets done so easily! When I updated my list last year I added a visit to this stone circle into the mix because I adore an ancient monument and it’s in Northumberland where we visit often, so I figured it would be easy to do. And it was!

We spent my birthday in a lovely country hotel near Alnwick and took a drive to find this 4,000 year old ring of stones.

And although it was very windy the sky was a bright and a beautiful blue with lots of sunshine making the taking of photos a dream.

The position of this circle is up on a high ground so it gives you a wonderful view of the surrounding landscape. To the south are the Cheviot Hills.

The stones are sandstone which has become eroded by the weather over the years leaving the deep cut channels.

There were originally seven stones and you can see the gap to the west of the circle where the two missing stones would have stood.

Oh yes a little dog in the photo too. Gav was hiding behind that large stone because I asked him to get out of my shot but the pooch crept back in….

And of course it wouldn’t be right to leave this place without a self timed photo.

It was only a quick visit but this reminded me of how much I love to do this kind of thing. As long as the walk from the car isn’t too long. We used to trek about all over looking at monuments. Really glad I added this to my list and now crossed it off!

Click Tick List – Photograph 100 Gardens – Orto botanico di Pisa

When we went to Pisa to see the Leaning Tower we also wandered through town and popped into this University Garden. Said to be the first botanical garden attached to a ‘University’ and formed in 1544 although not on this current site.

It was worth visiting but did seem a little run down. The specimen beds seen in the photo below didn’t have many specimens in them and there were overgrown neglected paths and areas.

But like I say worth the visit anyway.

And we came across this very interesting screen…..

Looked like it was protecting this pine tree from the sun!

And there was a small area with annuals and a sweet wildlife ‘hotel’.

Loved that brick gateway.

Not the best we have seen but another added to my total!

Click Tick List – Photograph 100 Gardens – Villa Reale di Marlia

Sharing another wonderful visit to a Tuscan garden today. Full of character, follies, pools and even a disused swimming pool, the gardens of Villa Reale were a treat. And the amazing thing was we only saw four other visitors while we were there.

Even the walk from car to garden was even lined with cyclamen.

Perfect vista looking towards the main villa.

The garden itself was sprawling and beautiful with different areas such as the potted citrus garden below.

The light of course was amazing with that blue sky contrasting the greens and architecture so well.

A pretty knot garden tucked away at the side of one of the many buildings on the estate.

Sculpture and urns, topiary and fountains it was all packed in.

Along with the largest Hibiscus I’ve ever seen!

Truly lovely afternoon spent meandering and of course another added towards my 100!

Click Tick List – Photograph 100 Gardens – Boboli Gardens

Florence. A truly beautiful city packed with culture (and people!) and a garden from the book. So we had to pop along and visit it right?

The gardens stand behind the Palazzo Pitti and have a long history. They are also vast so we took a photo of the map to help us with our orientation.

Home to amazing sculptures, some were part of a modern exhibition, beautiful buildings and incredible architecture.

And the views out onto the landscape were just as pretty as everything inside.

Oh and we became statues ourselves for a moment……. We are the two on the left!

This last area of the garden was our favourite as it was more in keeping with a herbaceous border. Filled with Dahlias and other perennials.  Gav caught me taking this photo with my phone. I let him wield the big camera that day.

A lovely few hours spent in a very lovely Italian garden.