Saturday, June 8, 2013

Retail Therapy-Kath Style...

Hi folks...hey it's the weekend already...lots to do today in the decluttering department ready for the joiner arriving on Monday but I'm also itching to get back to the crafty stuff after yesterday's taking time out with the Friday girls who I have to confess make it their life's mission to suss out new and exciting "never been to before" retail therapy destinations. I was a little bit worried that my choice of magical mystery retail tour was probably not going to rate very high on their favourites list but with last minute DIY bits and pieces to purchase I had no choice but to go down the sneaky "killing 2 birds with one stone" road...starting off at the Builders' Merchants...
I was convinced this could well be the end of beautiful friendships with me banished to the doghouse or at best they'd never let me live down my retail faux pas but how wrong was I...it went down a storm...they were like kids in a sweet shop...lots of ooing and aahing as they feasted their eyes on all the beautiful shining like new pins kitchen displays...crikey I had to forcibly drag them away before they did serious damage to their hubbies' sanity not to mention their wallets. And the kitchen "I could have this" or "we could do that" conversation continued...with the suggestion that we hit the fabric and furniture stores next week...all the way to our favourite lunch venue..the beautiful Ardoe House Hotel on the banks of the River Dee...
at this point of the proceedings the camera battery died so from here on in...I'm relying on photos I snaffled from Ardoe's Facebook page.  Duly greeted and seated...it's decision time...I wouldn't say I'm indecisive...I just have a problem making up my mind when I'm faced with such yummy choices and in my defence this old DIY body needs to keep her energy levels topped up so it was Aberdeen Angus Beef Burger with Pancetta and Fries for me...not the healthiest lunch I grant you but very very delish...
followed by a relaxing coffee and lots more kitchen chat (opened a can of worms there I think) in palatial surroundings...this is such a beautiful room and makes me feel as though I was definitely born in the wrong era...
but the list of things to do is calling and my furry shrink will soon be chomping at the bit to practice his Mum de-stressing skills again so I'll leave you with some sneaky peeks of the afternoon workshop projects for my June classes at The Papeterie...


I'll see you all tomorrow
Hugs Kath xxx

15 comments:

Cazzy said...

Oooo, a busy day and I love the sneeky peeks!

Karen Petitt said...

Yummy nom nom lunch! Gorgeous sneaky peeks too! Have a good weekend Karen x

Carol D said...

Loving the sneaky peeks. Such a beautiful hotel, remember it well.

Have a lovely weekend.

Hugs Carol x

Wilma Brown said...

Looks like a great day out, venue wonderful. How many new kitchens are being planned?

Wilma x x x

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...I could spend ours in B&Q, pretty sad I know! fabulous eatery Kath, what a way to dine in your very own castle, beautiful stonework and the sneak peeks looking pretty good too, have a fabby weekend...Melxx :)

Rita said...

Beautiful pictures Kath. I could sit in somewhere like that all day long. I do like the sneaky peek, it looks very interesting. I,m going to enjoy the sunshine today and read my magazine that arrived yesterday. Looks like a really good read too. Hugs Rita xxxxx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

What a lovely day and that looks an amazing place for lunch

rachel said...

what a gorgeous place to do lunch Kath - and the lunch looks good too! Hugs xx

Redanne said...

That hotel looks amazing Kath and so does your lunch! B&Q is definitely my shop of choice too, love to wander round the paints and the gardening sections - oh yes, and mini door knobs do it for me every time....

Your sneak peeks looks wonderful, just love Frantage. Have a good day. Hugs, Anne x

Ger said...

Beautiful photos ... and loving the sneaky peeks! Ger x

loftylass said...

A great day out I think Kath (I love B&Q) - one extreme to the other - good friends, good surroundings. Love the sneak peaks.... enjoy your day - DIY and all. tfs
Hugs
Heather W
x

Enfys said...

Looks like a great day out, have a lovely weekend
Hugs
En x

Paper Junkie said...

There's nothing wrong with a visit to the builder's merchants especially when it's followed by a wonderful lunch like yours! And just when I thought it was safe to get back in the water after our big kitchen project last year, we have discovered a leak behind the built in ensuite shower that has managed to cause a nasty damp patch in the ajoining bedroom and has dribbled all the way down to the sitting room ceiling below. As the bathroom is all looking a bit tired and past it our plumber is coming round next week to measure up for a new one.....my hubby had to lay down in a dark room for a couple of hours! X

PAULA said...

I'm enjoying your sneaky peak, but I'm trying to sneak a look at where you've used the melt pot??

trish said...

Hi Kath, what a lovely place to have lunch, gorgeous building and surroundings. The food looks lush as well. Love the colours on the sneak peak, we will just have to be patient. Good luck with the DIY...Trish

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