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Sunday, 14 May 2017

Afternoon Tea, a Prize and a Palace

Last week started with a lovely afternoon tea with a friend. I was forced to put my diet on hold to tackle the scrumptious feast put before me, and I enjoyed every morsel, and the company was very good too. It's alway good to catch up with friends.

Afternoon Tea - Maria A Smith 
Sunday proved very productive, I got a short story edited, and researched some more competitions. Between Monday and Friday the day job took precedence, I was working at a big exhibition, and it felt exhausted being on my feet for three full days, and a day either side setting up and putting down, before and afterwards. I'd sensibly booked a day off on Friday to recover.

I won a raffle prize last week!

Raffle Prize - Maria A Smith 
Ironically, and I did laugh about it, the prize, was a luxurious body moisturiser, which if used regularly will gradually tan the body.  I'm taking antibiotics for my sinuses which forbid me going out in the sunshine. Not that I'm much bothered about getting a tan anyway. It was lovely to win something, and I'm very grateful.

Friday and Saturday were spent in Oxfordshire in the caravan, we were next door to Blenheim Palace. Home of the Duke of Marlborough, and birthplace and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill.

I don't know why I thought I was going to get round everything in a few days, it's not possible, not if you want to see all of the palace and gardens. We did half of the house and some of the gardens. There's a lot of walking involved as things are spaced out, but it's well worth a visit. I'm going back.

Blenheim Palace - Maria A Smith 

In case you're wondering how I got on with the 'to do' methods in the last blog post, here's how it went...

Doing just one task a day, gives you amazing freedom, I really like this system, and it worked really well for me whilst I was working away. There were two days when I couldn't complete my tasks. It wasn't for the trying either. Circumstances made it impossible in both cases, the first was an appointment I was unable to make as my Pilates coach is away for three weeks, and the other was impossible to do without wifi, or a phone signal, both of which I didn't have between Friday and Sunday teatime. I didn't get stressed about it, both tasks will go forward onto this week's list.

The other idea, 'The Square Method' I used for writing, and writing related tasks, (you can read about it here along with the 'one task a day' method)    and I divided my squares into 20 minute stints. I love this method of doing things, and I felt really productive and found myself wanting to fill up my squares!

How did your week go? Did you get out and about? Did you try my productivity tips last week? Do let me know, I'd love you to share how you got on.


15 comments:

  1. Blenheim is somewhere I'd love to go! I don't think avoiding the sun will be particularly difficult for the next few days, and hopefully the medication will cease before the 'heatwave' we've been promised kicks in!

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    1. Yay! The heatwave has kicked in and I'm allowed out in the sunshine. :-)
      You should definitely visit Blenheim.

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  2. Sounds like a busy week. Glad you managed to have some time away at the end of it, Blenheim Palace looks amazing. I had only one thing to concentrate on last week - a non-fiction ebook I'm writing for someone. Still haven't finished it, so it's my main focus this week as well until it's done. It's taken longer than I would have liked because of the amount of research. Hopefully won't be too much longer now though, then I can add some different things to the list. Hope you have a good week. CJ xx

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    1. Sounds like a challenge CJ, but in a good way. I hope you've managed to get it done.

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  3. Hi Maria - always a pleasure to win something ... even if charity ends up with it. Blenheim Palace looks to be amazing ... I may be going during the summer - I need to see if a friend is coming over from South Africa - not sure yet. I've just been to Oxford - wonderful visit ... various! Now I must go and do a task or two - Cheers Hilary

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    1. Well I never got into Oxford so I'm definitely going back again.
      Hope you manage to get along there with your friend.

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  4. That tea looks so good! The task a day method is a good one - I presume if you can sometimes manage two you earn a day off! I'm working through my list.

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  5. Sounds like a wonderful reviving weekend. The tea and cakes looked very good. No doubt you'll be doing a further visit to Blenheim. :-)

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    1. Oh yes Carol, there was so much to see.

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  6. That afternoon tea looks so delicious and Blenheim Palace sounds wonderful. I think I really need to get making a list - at the moment all I'm making is cakes, lots and lots of cakes. Tut tut.

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    1. I can come round and help you eat them? ;-)

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  7. I love afternoon tea even though I've only had it a very few times. Of course, those times were in Australia and British Columbia. The few places I visited here in Michigan who had tea were nothing compared to the others. I'll have to check out that task a day.

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    1. It's a tradition here in the UK, revived big style around 10 years ago. I am yet to have afternoon tea in London, but I have been to Betty's in Harrogate.

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