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Chateau Aydie                                                                                            Madrian 2007

Vignobles Laplace                                                                             Waitrose – £ 12.99

Chateau Aydie

The wine that I have decided to review is a rather expensive French Red Wine but as it was Christmas I decided to splash out, and see if the old adage really is true – Do you really get what you pay for?

 This wine comes from a vineyard in Aydie France which has been run by the Laplace family for 3 generations now. This deep red almost  black in colour is a full bodied wine made from the Tannat Grape. On the label it stated that – ‘to enjoy this wine in its youth, it should be decanted in a carafe before serving’ So I thought why not let’s see if we can taste a difference.

Decanting the wine

 I poured a glass and started to drink that whilst I poured the remaining wine into the carafe to be consumed later, smelling the delicious aromas more powerfully, dark fruits sprang to mind although was glad I poured the glass first who really wants to wait whilst the wine breaths we just want to drink it right!! I didn’t really notice a difference but it could be because I was on my second glass by then.

The first taste of a glass of wine to me is always the best new or an old favourite. The taste was great it is wine after all and after a stressful day what better way to unwind but, if you need the exact flavours to me it tasted a little like cherries with a hint of blackberries it tasted wonderful and smelt equally as good, although when I asked my 13 year old daughter what she thought of the smell in ‘one word’ she ummed and ahhed then said ‘Salt and Vinegar crisps’ so I guess we will all have different perspectives.

 Not sure if it was the quality of the wine or just the fact that it was Christmas, the tree lights where flicking the fire was warm and inviting, the wine went down a treat. I drank it much more slowly than I normally do but it was just so scrummy that I didn’t feel the need to down it, although this could be attributed to the fact that it was not a school night, I had already had several days off and the children were playing nicely for once so I was rather relaxed, not the usual frazzled highly stressed mother I normally am!! At least that’s what I tell my husband I’m like when I am downing my second glass on a normal week!! Sssh don’t tell!!

 So all that said it was an enjoyable wine but when you can get two REALLY nice bottles for that price, I suppose I would only buy it for a special occasion and not for everyday drinking as it is a little heavy for that, although I didn’t get a hangover from it – and that’s always a plus.

If you decided to buy enjoy it is worth while.

Lots of Love

Foxy P

xxxxxx

Just thought that I would share this little DVD with all of you good people.

We all went to Thorpe Park on Thursday and we all went on the Saw Ride, we didn’t realise just how scared our son was until we watched the DVD!!!!!

We felt terrible but at the same time it made us laugh so we uploaded it to youtube!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RlXMsnXXxo

Shoes shoes shoes!!

I am all about the shoe today!! Well thats a little lie I am all about the shoes everday!!!

I was skipping through a very well known magazine today, and came across a wonderfully outrageous pair of shoes by Miu Miu, they are not out until September so you will have to wait until then or be put on a waiting list and they are a snip (if you are flush in the pocket, or a rock star/film star) at £575.00 they may not be your everyday pair of shoes but they are pretty, I love the colour purple or lilac and the metal and contrasting orange, I would have to put them on my wall they are so pretty!!! 

Miu Miu shoes soon available in Purple - So pretty!!!

The picture shows the black pair and can be brought here – http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/81206

Oh I do love shoes!!!!

The Bounty Hunter

Max and I have joined ‘LOVEFiLM’ so that we have an endless supply of films to watch and review we love to watch films love love love them.

If you fancied joining read about it here – http://www.lovefilm.com/welcome/home.html we got the first two weeks as a trial run, but before you join check with friends and family as I have since found out that you can get gift vouchers and money off.

So the first film to arrive  was you guessed it ‘The Bounty Hunter’ this stars the very gorgeous Jennifer Anniston and the hunky Gerard Butler, and directed by Andy Tennant click on this link to read all about Andy http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0855035/ he directed ‘Hitch’ too which I thought was funny you can see similar styles.

The Bounty Hunter

You can read more information about ‘The Bounty Hunter’ here – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1038919/ this was released on 17th March 2010 here in the UK, and the DVD release date – 26th July 2010.

Well Max actually stayed awake which is always a good sign, basic plot – Gerard Butler plays Milo Boyd who is an ex cop turned bounty hunter, and Jennifer Anniston plays Nicola Hurley a reporter who is researching a story, the are ex husband and wife. Nicola jumps bail and you guessed it ends up being hunted by Milo. All sorts of fun ensues and at parts is very amusing.

Siobhan Fallon

The women that plays Teresa is actress Siobhan Fallon http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0266441/ and it took me ages to realise that I remembered her from Men in Black!!

And Kitty Hurley – Nicolas Mum is played by Christine Baranski

Christine Baranski

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004724/ who was very funny, to have a mother like that I would squirm who asks there daughter for a picture of there partners bottom!!!

The sound track was amazing well we thought so but then we love music like that my favourite being ‘Staying Alive’ by the Gibb brothers or The Bee Gees!! Read more about the album here – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1038919/soundtrack

 So the upshot was not the funniest film its not a blockbuster but it is watchable or as Max put it a ‘good easy watcher you didn’t need to really concentrate on anything to much!’

Acting for Jennifer Anniston – 5/10

For Gerard Butler – 5/10

Overall production – 6/10

Cheesy Scale – 4/10 (really cheesy would be 10/10)

The soundtrack go the highest mark of – 8/10.

In one scene Nicola Hurley had to Tazer Milo, which made me think of an email that I received some time back I have pasted it in below for you, I dare you not to laugh at it!!!

Only a man would try this!!

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.
Albert Einstein
Last weekend I saw something at Larry’s Pistol & Pawn Shop that sparked my interest. The occasion was our 15th anniversary and I was looking for a little something extra for my wife Julie. What I came across was a 100,000-volt, pocket/purse-sized taser. The effects of
the taser were supposed to be short lived, with no long-term adverse affect on your assailant, allowing her adequate time to retreat to safety….
WAY TOO COOL! Long story short, I bought the device and brought it home.
I loaded two AAA batteries in the darn thing and pushed the button. Nothing!
I was disappointed. I learned, however, that if I pushed the button AND pressed it against a metal surface at the same time; I’d get a blue arc of electricity darting back and forth between the prongs.
AWESOME!!! I have yet to explain to Julie what that burn spot is on the face of her microwave.
Okay, so I was home alone with this new toy, thinking to myself that it couldn’t be all that bad with only two triple-A batteries, right? There I sat in my recliner, my cat Gracie looking on intently (trusting little soul) while I was reading the directions and thinking that I really needed to try this thing out on a flesh & blood moving target. I must admit I thought about zapping Gracie (for a fraction of a second) and thought better of it. She is such a sweet cat. But, if I was going to give this thing to my wife to protect herself against a mugger, I did want some assurance that it would work as advertised. Am I wrong?
So, there I sat in a pair of shorts and a tank top with my reading glasses perched delicately on the bridge of my nose, directions in one hand, and taser in another. The directions said that a
one-second burst would shock and disorient your assailant; a two-second burst was supposed to cause muscle spasms and a major loss of bodily control; a three-second burst would reportedly make your assailant flop on the ground like a fish out of water. Any burst longer than three seconds would be wasting the batteries.
All the while I’m looking at this little device measuring about 5″ long, less than 3/4 inch in circumference; pretty cute really and loaded with two itsy, bitsy triple-A batteries, thinking to myself, ‘no possible way!’
What happened next is almost beyond description, but I’ll do my best…
I’m sitting there alone, Gracie looking on with her head cocked to one side as to say, ‘don’t do it
dipshit,’ reasoning that a one second burst from such a tiny little ole thing couldn’t hurt all that bad. I decided to give myself a one second burst just for heck of it. I touched the prongs to my naked thigh, pushed the button,
and . . HOLY MOTHER OF GOD . . WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION . . .
WHAT THE HELL!!!
I’m pretty sure Jessie Ventura ran in through the side door, picked me up in the recliner, then body slammed us both on the carpet, over and over and over again. I vaguely recall waking
up on my side in the fetal position, with tears in my eyes, body soaking wet, both nipples on fire, testicles nowhere to be found, with my left arm tucked under my body in the oddest position, and tingling in my legs. The cat was making meowing sounds I had never heard before, clinging to a picture frame hanging above the fireplace, obviously in an attempt to avoid getting slammed by my body flopping all over the living room.

Note: If you ever feel compelled to ‘mug’ yourself with a taser, one note of caution: there is no such thing as a one second burst when you zap yourself! You will not let go of that thing until it is dislodged from your hand by a violent thrashing about on the floor..
A three second burst would be considered conservative, IT HURT LIKE HELL!!!
A minute or so later (I can’t be sure, as time was a relative thing at that point), I collected my wits (what little I had left), sat up and surveyed the landscape. My bent reading glasses were on the mantel of the fireplace. The recliner was upside down and about 8 feet or so from where it originally was. My triceps, right thigh and both nipples were still twitching. My face felt like it had been shot up with Novocain, and my bottom lip weighed 88 lbs. I had no control over the drooling. Apparently I pooped on myself, but was too numb to know for sure and my sense of smell was gone. I saw a faint smoke cloud above my head which I believe came from my hair. I’m still looking for my nuts and I’m offering a significant reward for their safe return!!

P.S. My wife loved the gift, and now regularly threatens me with it!
‘If you think education is difficult, try being stupid.”

So tell me did that make you laugh!!!

Love

Foxy P

xxxxxx

Go Ape!!!!

Well this weekend was a little bit of an adventure.

It was my daughters 13th birthday, yes the dreaded teenage years have now started for me, and after 3 days I can see no sign of it truly kicking in, I keep my fingers crossed that it stays this way for the next 6 years!!!!! I remain hopeful but will not be holding my breath!

For those of you that don't know this is Kevin from Kevin and Perry - Google it!!

So for her birthday she thought it would be a good idea to go climbing trees with her beloved, mother, father, brother and best friend!! Great except I’m 39 people and not the fittest person in the world, oh the thought of climbing trees and crashing to the ground on a zip wire fills me with dread and fear!

But it is her day after all and so I book the day to find out the only time available is either 8.00 am or 5.00pm and yes I did book way in advance, it must be a popular thing to do these days!! So I opted for the 8.00 am as we were having a party at 4.30pm!!!

So I am awake at 6.20 am, prising my eyes open wondering why I have decided to wake up so early and agreed to go climbing really really big trees, oh yes I remember I have a teenager in the house!!!! She sat on our bed opening cards and presents until we had a mad rush to get ready to go pick up the best friend before traipsing off to the Go Ape site near our home!!

I later find out that it is quite a low site with the highest peak being 14 M so not to bad and actually I have to admit I had a wail of a time!

Tree Monkey!!!

My son who is 10 had an amazing time, I was rather worried about him, but he flew around the course like a little tree monkey!!

When we arrived we had to fill in forms then we had to get harnessed up, putting our legs through stirrups and having the harness tightened around our waists turning my muffin top into some sort of huge oversized jelly wobble that only ever looks attractive on a Great Whale! 

I want to know how he got into a deck chair in the first place!

Oh the  embarrassment but that was nothing compared to Max who had the unfortune of being a man and having his man hood squeezed into the middle of the harness making it look like he had come out in a cod piece!! The even more added embarrassment  for the other men in our party who looked like they where in fact women with just deep voices – I’ll leave you to work out the reference if you can!!!! But thankfully that was all you had to wear, you could wear your own clothes and shoes! I recommend that you where something around your middle that is comfortable as the harness does pull on you!!

Once we are all suited and booted we sat for our tutorial of how to use all the necessary straps and hooks, I would say that in our slot there was about 15 or so people, we got to go third as we had 5 in our team followed by a team of youngish people team building or something but they had a laugh and made it a little fun! With one man moaning that he had to wear a special harness because and quote ‘ I’m a fat boy, I have a fat boys harness on’. Poor man how to get yourself a complex easy go to Go Ape if you have body issues they are sure to make them worse with the tightened harness!!

Having said all of that after the training and safety procedures we could go off by ourselves and start on the 5 stage course, climbing up and then eventually going down zip wires at different levels before starting all over again!!

Zip Wire

Our local Go Ape centre is in Moors Valley Country Park in Hampshire not far from where we live in Bournemouth, the team made you feel welcome and at the end we received a little certificate to say that we had completed the course, it’s a great starter course too as its not to high. My brother lives in Pickering, West Yorkshire and his local go ape is some 35 Metres tall so that is going to be our next go ape adventure!!!

If you want to read more or want to find your local go ape centre read more here – http://www.goape.co.uk/

See you soon

Love

Foxy P

Hello world!

This is my first attempt at doing a blog so its only fair that I introduce myself.

My name is Phoebe, Phoebe Fox!!!

I am very interested in writing and after several serveral years of trying different things finally I think that I have found my way!! Of course the blog reading community may think otherwise but nothing ventured nothing gained right!!! Right??

I will be reviewing lots and lots of films, books, and whatever takes my fancy!!

You can read all about me in the About me section – so bother mentioning it twice that would be a little boring!!! And I don’t want to put you all off before I get started!

My husband Maximus or Max which is what I will call him will be making an appearance from time to time. He likes to watch Movies too, but not as much as me but he makes me laugh and I think that you would enjoy his humour it seems cruel to keep it to myself!!!

Anywho, I hope you enjoy the blog and start to share with your frineds!