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A front row seat to The Merry Wives of Windsor at the RSC

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Sir John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men. But it’s the women of Windsor who pull the strings and in a world of wealth, glamour and ‘well jel’ wives, they finally tell Sir John to ‘shut up’. The only way is Windsor in this outrageous and fun-filled new version, directed by Fiona Laird.

 

 

“This evening I went with one of my loveliest friends to a fantastic event. We were invited by The Royal Shakespeare Company and Eden Hotel Collection to “an evening of cocktails, glamour, cameras and The Merry Wives of Windsor”. On the evening of the live performance streamed into cinemas across the World, we would be in the audience and before the play, we enjoyed a merry networking event just for women at The Other Place, and it was wonderful. Delicious canapes, pampering, meeting exciting and inspirational women, a talk by Fiona Laird, lovely goody bags and bright pink nail polish… what more could a girl ask for?!” ~ Mette ♡

 

 

Fabulous front row seats to the Merry Wives

After an hour and a bit at The Other Place, we strolled down to the theatre and took our (fabulous front row!) seats, sat back, ready to be entertained. I always say that I am not a critic but rather a serial ‘experience-sharer’ when I review our many experiences in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Cotswolds and beyond, and never was this more true than this evening because I am, most definitely, not a theatre critic. So as I write these words, it’s nearly midnight, I am in front of my computer, hands at the keys and I want to share my amazing experience this evening at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre with you. But if I’m not a theatre critic, how do I write about this play?

 

The amazing women from Windsor (or Essex?!?)

I do a bit of research, Google the play and I see what other reviews (actual critics) have written. Most loved this play like I did but many also write about how it differs considerably from Shakespeare’s own version and how it’s a bit slapstick and a bit over the top in places. Well, perhaps these (actual!) critics were not exactly the target audience to Fiona Laird’s Merry Wives of Windsor, BUT I CLEARLY AM and so, it seems, were the 300 people I shared the theatre with this evening, because for two and a half hours we laughed and laughed and had the most wonderful time in the company of these amazing women from Windsor (or was it Essex?!).

 

 

I just loved it. End of.

Fiona Laird created for us a modern day Shakespearean universe where pink flamingos and hot high heels had their place and where super strong women ruled. And I just loved it. I loved the women, they were strong and they were fabulous. I loved the French doctor, his English was so wrong it was right. I loved the hostess, she was pulling all the strings with no shame at all. I loved the Welsh parson, his comedic timing was clever and his “floss” was spot on. I loved the jealous husband, he was hot! I even loved Falstaff at the very end when he very nearly saw the error of his ways. I just loved the whole thing, end of.

Mette x

 

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Bonds Lifestyle: Shop, Cafe and Antiques Emporium

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“On our way to Stratford-upon-Avon a few years back, we drove past a sign to a shop and cafe we had not visited before, one of these places where you’ve seen the sign a couple of times and decided to definitely pop in sometime.. and today was that time.

Well, to say we didn’t know what to expect and that we were completely bowled would be the understatement of the century. Because Bonds Lifestyle is…. ‘Amazing’, ‘Fantastic’ and ‘An incredible shopping experience’? Yes, it’s all of those things, but they don’t actually quite describe Bonds Lifestyle well enough.

We just have to show you… click the video above and when you’ve watched it, if you think you’ve seen what it’s all about, you’d be closer but you still wouldn’t have seen even a fraction of the utter fabulousness that is Bonds Lifestyle”.

Mette ♡

Bonds Lifestyle are all over social media – follow them here: FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

 

 

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The Farm in Stratford-upon-Avon

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“Yesterway we visited The Farm in Stratford-upon-Avon for the first time. I had heard lots about The Farm, had seen pictures and pretty good idea of what to expect… or so I thought. The Farm more than lived up to my great expectations of a wholesome food destination set in beautiful surroundings and offering ethical and sustainable culinary produce and products. The Farm is an absolutely wonderful place for shopping, eating and getting together… we all loved it, you will too”. 

Mette ♡

An experience for everyone

Set close to the town of Stratford-Upon-Avon, in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside, the aim of The Farm was to create a memorable place that can be experienced by everyone. A unique destination that promotes wholesome, ethical and sustainable food prepared by Artisan producers from the local area, Great Britain and the world.

 

Food and Wellbeing Destination

The Farm is a family run business that offers a unique food and wellbeing destination that showcases local Artisan produce and promotes ethical, wholesome and sustainable food. The Farm was once a fruit farm, home to hundreds of apple, pear, plum and cherry trees, which produced for the likes of Waitrose and Mr Kipling. The Farm was popular with South Warwickshire residence for it’s ‘pick your own’ fruit and strawberries. In recent years The Farm struggled to survive and became derelict. the current owners took on the re-development in 2017, and with a shared vision and a lot of hard work, they created a truly stunning environment for all to enjoy.

Head to The Farm in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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A Happy Stay at The Howard Arms

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“On this cold and wet Sunday in January I came home from our stay at The Howard Arms in Ilmington. It was just before midday and I had no other plans than sitting down by my computer to write this very feature on our wonderful experience. But then life happened… the kids needed the mum-taxi, the house looked like it had been robbed (which, thankfully, it hadn’t), the washing needed doing and the fridge was empty so shopping needed to be done… but it was okay, I was in a great mood and I could do anything!

Then the dog was having it no longer, he wanted to go out, so off we went for a long walk. It was really cold, I wrapped up warm, put some music in the headphones and off we went. As I was walking around this enormous field, Lady Gaga and I were singing our hearts out (“You look at me and, Babe, I wanna catch on fire”, my favourite song these days: ‘Remember Us This Way’ from the ‘A Star is Born’ soundtrack) and I was thankful there was nobody around to hear me but the dog (and he’s nearly deaf so he doesn’t mind), I realised I was still in a great mood, I could still do anything… in fact, I hadn’t stopped smiling all day and no amount of shopping, taxi’ing, washing, cleaning, dog-walking and tidying was going to change that”.

Mette ♡

The Howard Arms works wonders

It turns out a wonderfully relaxing time with your loved one in a beautiful and cosy country pub like The Howard Arms does wonders for your wellbeing… not that we were overly stressed to begin with, but life is busy and without even realising it, a nice afternoon walk in the Warwickshire countryside, a delicious meal by a country pub fire, a lovely room with a super-comfy bed and a hearty breakfast in the morning was just the thing to get us to wind way down and find ourselves again at the end of a busy week… Ahhhh!

BOOK YOUR STAY AT THE HOWARD ARMS HERE.

 

 

A cosy and luxurious Bed & Breakfast

The Howard Arms in Ilmington is a luxury Bed & Breakfast, an incredibly popular country dining pub and quite the destination for people from near and far in the UK and beyond. Located right in the centre of a quiet Cotswold village, it overlooks a stunning old chestnut tree on the green and is mere moments from several great walking paths. An idyllic setting indeed.

When we arrived, we decided to explore some of the beautiful scenery surrounding the pub, so we wrapped up warm, put our walking boots on, found the nearest public footpath and off we went on the most wonderful walk across some beautiful fields. It was only when it became a little darker that we decided to turn back, but we could have walked on and on.

 

The pre-dinner snooze

When we returned, it was time for the pre-dinner snooze (yes, it’s a thing, you should try it, it’s fabulous!) in the comfortable and super-soft bed in the beautiful room and before we knew it, it was 7 o’clock and time for dinner. In the cosy restaurant the fire crackled, the bar was buzzing and the restaurant was filling up nicely. It was a very busy Saturday night but from the standard of the service, it could have been a slow Monday at lunchtime, because they did not skip a beat and our every need was met with a smile from start to finish.

BOOK YOUR STAY AT THE HOWARD ARMS HERE.

 

Wonderful Food

The award-winning Head Chef at The Howard Arms has created a menu of top-quality pub favourites alongside imaginative starters, mains and irresistible puddings and we had the most wonderful dinner experience on this Saturday night. The food was amazing, the atmosphere fantastic and we so enjoyed our nearly 3 hours at what must be the best table in the house, close enough to the fire to feel a comfortable heat, surrounded by happy fellow diners but tugged away in the window seat creating a nice, private space for two.

 

A hearty breakfast to finish

The next morning we came back down for breakfast to see the very same restaurant transformed into a calm morning scene with a lovely Continental breakfast buffet and a mouth-watering menu of cooked breakfast dishes. We went for a traditional English breakfast and salmon on toast, both utterly delicious.

BOOK YOUR STAY AT THE HOWARD ARMS HERE.

 

And so was the conclusion of our wonderful, relaxing stay at The Howard Arms in Ilmington. We absolutely will be back again… anything that can set your mood on a positive path and keep a smile on your face for days, is worth revisiting for sure.

Mette ♡

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