@BrainAppeal Pyjama Walk

It had been a couple of months in the planning, but, yesterday morning, the day finally arrived – Bump’s Brain Pyjama Walk in aid of The National Brain Appeal.

I’d been panicking that everyone who had said they were going to do the walk would do it. I know a couple of people had to pull out, but I still worried about everyone turning up.

We started off with breakfast at my mum’s. Whilst we were eating I started to get a couple of photos through. My friend from work sent me a photo of the girls waiting at the train station in all their gear. I was so pleased/happy at all the effort they had gone to. My sister said “you’re going to cry aren’t you?” I managed to hold off. Right then, though, I knew that everything was going to be ok and go well.

After our breakfast, we made our way into Liverpool. It’s a very surreal experience when you get out of your car and meet a pug, a gangster tiger, eeyore, a cat, a skeleton, a giraffe, a monkey and a man looking like what can only be described as a cross between Bette Lynch and Miss Piggy.

We headed over to St George’s Hall and as we climbed the steps we spotted the bright pyjamas and the hair rollers.

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I’ve never felt prouder of my family and friends than I did when I saw them all sitting there looking completely ridiculous but actually not caring. They were all just chatting away as if everything was perfectly normal.

It was just brilliant to see everyone together and all supporting the little man.

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We set off on our walk, with a couple of photo/stocking up on water stops. When we got to the Albert Dock, we called in at The Pumphouse for a half way beverage (might have been alcoholic, but it was well deserved). The sun was shining and everyone was sat outside chatting, talking to people they’d not met and it was just a really great feeling watching everyone.

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We carried on our walk and eventually ended back at my uncle’s pub – The Rose & Crown on Cheapside, off Dale Street. He’d said he was going to put on some food for us which I was really appreciative of. I wasn’t expecting, however, a full buffet and some bottles of fizz. Everyone loved the food, I even got the comment “now this is what you call a proper buffet!!”

All in all it was a great day. We raised lots of money. Everyone made it so special, even the people that couldn’t be there. I really do have the best family (and I include James’ family in that) and friends. I hope we can all do something together again and I hope you all met some new friends.

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It’s Pyjama Time!!!

With only one more sleep left before our pyjama walk tomorrow for The National Brain Appeal, I am sat in my pyjamas writing this – getting mentally prepared 🙂

When I first started organising it, I thought there’d be about 10 people doing it and we’d raise about £4/500. We’ve now got approx 40 people taking part and have nearly got to the £2,000 mark. The amount of support received has been overwhelming.

J, the sis, the ma and I went pyjama shopping today. There were a few fetching onesies bought and I’m excited to see everyone in their get up tomorrow.

Seabass has his outfit ready. He will of course be coming along – he is the star of the show. I hope when he looks at the pictures in years to come that he’s not mortified and doesn’t think his mum is a bit of a pleb.

There’s still time for you to join in tomorrow if you want to, just let me know so I can add you to the list. Never mind about the “embarrassment” of walking around Liverpool in your pyjamas, at least you’ve not had to have brain surgery!!! It’ll be fun and you get food at the end. Plus, more importantly, you will be helping a lot of people.

There’s also still time to donate here and help us get to the £2,000 mark.

There’s also a Liverpool One voucher for the person who goes to town the most on their outfit.

Can’t wait to see you all tomorrow.

Lots of love xx

Annie’s Tea Rooms

Now I’ve never done one of these before, as it isn’t what the blog is about. However, I wanted to do a little mini review of the Tea Rooms we went to today as I absolutely loved it.

Annie’s Tea Rooms is on Endbutt Lane in Crosby. I was told about it on a course I was on last week. I’m quite fussy when it comes to tea rooms. In my opinion, tea rooms should have delicious sandwiches, homemade cakes, nice crockery/china and look a little bit vintagey. This ticked all four with the added bonus of genuinely, lovely staff.

We arrived with two prams, which in some places they make it obvious that we are inconveniencing them – we’ve been sent into a separate bar before, and been whispered about in another place. Not here, they opened the doors to help us in and moved some of the furniture around so we could sit down.

The décor is lovely, light and homely. The cakes are on display, making your mouth water, and you’re made to feel extremely welcome.

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We all ordered paninis – which were delicious. You get a decent portion of salad and crisps with it and it is not unreasonably priced for what you get either.

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We didn’t get the breakfast but the menu looked great. I’m definitely going to go back and sample it. I’m yet to find somewhere that does a really, good full English breakfast.

We were all stuffed after our food but when there is homemade cake in view, there’s always room to squeeze a slice in. I had carrot cake, my sister had bakewell tart and my future m-i-l had raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake. Yummy – that’s all I’ve got to say on it.

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We were in there for about 2 hours as it was so nice to sit, chat, feed the babies, eat our food and not be rushed (despite people starting to queue at the door). I could have stayed and ordered my tea later on, but I don’t think they’re open late enough.

So if you ever fancy a trip out, try Annie’s Tea Rooms – you won’t be disappointed. Take a look at their site here.