The Kings Arms Cookham || My Perfect Sunday 🌷🌸✨

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My darling wife treated me to Sunday lunch at my absolute favourite place today, the place where we actually had our engagement party a couple of years ago. It never fails to disappoint us and is perfect for any occasion!

The Kings Arms is situated in the picturesque village of Cookham, literally 2-3 minutes drive from us and we absolutely love it.

In their own words:

The Kings Arms is a premium pub, bar, and restaurant with its very own , centrally located in the heart of the picturesque town of Cookham.

The perfect destination for brunch, lunch and dinner, The King’s Arms is just a stone’s throw from the Thames, offering the ultimate setting to relax, dine and mingle in the optimum style and comfort.

Serving up a delicious range of pub food, as well as a tempting selection of real ales, lagers and wines every night of the week, The King’s Arms should be your first port of call for a romantic meal for two, a celebratory three-course dinner, or a light lunch to refuel after exploring the local area.

And in the summer time, it’s always Pimm’s o’clock. With our delightful outdoor space, you’ll be able to soak up the sunshine with a refreshing cocktail and tuck into a delicious selection of light bites.

If you’d like to take a look at The Kings Arms website, you can do so by clicking here.

So I went for a non alcoholic cocktail/mocktail, purely because of the name. It was called “Victoria’s Secret” which stood out to me. It was really reasonable too priced at under £4 and was super refreshing.

We didn’t have starters (defo not needed before a big Sunday dinner!) so I went for the roast beef, with a side of cauliflower cheese. It was just phenomenal. I’ve been lucky enough to have Sunday dinner at the Kings arms a couple of times so it’s a real treat whenever we get to go! For pudding I went for something a little different to what I usually go for. I opted for the pineapple tart tatin which came with fresh pineapples and mangos and coconut milk sorbet which was to die for! Definitely going to have to try and make that myself at home. We ended our meal with flat white coffees too. Always have to end the meal with a coffee (true Italian woman over here!) 💗💗

Thank you to my amazing wife for a perfect Sunday! Every Sunday spent with you becomes my new favourite. I love you forever.

With a very full belly, (although we did walk 3 miles today, it’s called balance)

Mrs Chalke xxx

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Happy Saturday 🌸

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We decided to spend today in our pyjamas and have a much needed duvet day. It’s been a mad week, full of firsts, full of craziness so today has been really lovely. We caught up on all the laundry (3 whole loads of it!) We finished the R Kelly docuseries called Surviving R Kelly.. mind blowing and would highly recommend it if you haven’t seen it already! Our favourite YouTuber Eleanor Neale finally uploaded a video which was a Q&A on Madeleine McCann, so we watched that. Again, mind blowing! I’ve maintained the same theory throughout though about what I think happened to her and I still stand by that. We also ordered dominos pizza. Our first dominos in about 4 months so it was a real treat. We plan on doing absolutely no cooking this weekend what’s so ever! 🙃

Last night I had a crazy 30 mins or so where I was soooo tempted to start Cambridge weight plan again. Luckily a dozen people talked me out of it. But I did contact a few consultants hoping they would magically tell me that chocolate tetra’s are now £1 each opposed to £2.60 each (are you feeling okay hun?!) turns out they’re still £2.60 and I still think it’s a huge rip off when Superdrug do meal replacement shakes for £1. And really, do I even want to do a shake diet at 28 years of age? The answer is a big fat no. We love food, we love cooking, we love each other exactly how we are, so there’s really no desperate need for quick fix weight loss programmes that leave you feeling bankrupt but there’s something about Cambridge that always entices me back in somehow. Hmm, I’ll keep you posted on that.

Anyway, I hope everyone’s having a lovely Saturday! What are your weekend plans?

Love, as always

Mrs Chalke x

Date night 💘

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The most craziest, full on, busiest week ever is finally over and to celebrate we went out for dinner this evening to our favourite restaurant, Zizzi of course. You cannot beat their Italian hot pizza and tiramisu. It’s the best!

We also had a mooch about NEXT and I bought myself some new pyjamas and slippers. Ready for a weekend doing pretty much nothing (except for Sunday, because the wife is treating me to a lovely day out that’s been planned for ages!)

Hope everyone’s had a lovely week and is ready for the weekend! What’s your plans?

Sending love,

Mrs Chalke x

Sunday 6th January.

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I’m writing this blog post crippled in pain, laying in bed, shoving even more after eights down my throat even though I have a stitch on my left hand side from eating so much today. Either that or the 2 and a half hour walk we went on with the whole family, which was pleasantly followed by a yummy Sunday lunch at a really cute pub. No idea how many miles we walked today but I know it’s a lot.

6 days into the new year and I have semi broke one of my New Years resolutions, well kinda. I’ve revamped my Instagram, I’ve finally got a theme running through my photos and I actually love the look of my feed. It’s still private. It’s going to stay private, but I’m going to post the link here, in case you fancy sending me a follow request. Chances are I won’t accept if I’ve never spoke to you before, but you can still give it a go. I quite like this starting from scratch business, everything feels fresh and new.

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Pointless question, but why don’t any of these people set their safety nets on who wants to be a millionaire? I’d obviously set mine at 16k. Right, back to the after eights I go..

I hope everyone’s having a positive start to the year! I’ll be back soon with a much more interesting post, I promise.

Lots of love,

Sinéad xxx

January 4th.

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..Things I never want to forget 🌿✨

I vow to help you love life, to always hold you with tenderness and to have the patience that love demands, to speak when words are needed and to share the silence when they are not, and to live within the warmth of your heart & always call it home. I vow to fiercely love you in all your forms now & forever. I promise to never forget that this is a once in a lifetime kind of love.

With a heart full of love,

Mrs Chalke xx

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True Crime Cases

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Recently I’ve really got into true crime youtubers, with Eleanor Neale being our favourite. I’m super super fussy with accents, so it will literally take me hours to find an accent I can actually stand long enough to watch a full video. Eleanor Neale is from Yorkshire in England (I think!) and her accent is growing on me. I’ve been recommended other youtubers but for the life of me, I can’t bare their accents. AmberLovesMystery being my worst. I don’t even have it within me to explain all the reasons why. Just not my cup of tea.

Anywaaaay. We are at a point now where we have watched ALL Eleanor Neale’s YouTube videos, which is devastating because we have no idea when she’ll be uploading any new ones.. & there’s a couple that she hasn’t covered that I would personally love her to cover. So this has made me think, maybe I should just blog about my favourite true crime cases over here on my blog because let’s have it right, i’m the most opinionated person I know, I love a true crime case probably just as much if not more than any YouTuber, and my favourite cases, I have already researched down to the very last detail.

A few of my favourite cases:

Caylee Anthony/Casey Anthony – Whilst there’s quite literally hundreds of videos circling the internet about this case, Eleanor Neale has not covered it which is a huge shame. It’s one of my favourites because of the HUGE injustice surrounding this case. I won’t go into it too much now, but to put it briefly, Casey Anthony was an American girl, who gave birth to her daughter Caylee when she was just 19, she lived in Florida with her parents George & Cindy. On July 15th 2008, a call was made to 911 by Cindy (Caylee’s grandmother) who said she had not seen Caylee for 31 days & she was concerned as her daughter Casey’s car smelled like a dead body had been inside it. Cindy said that Casey had given various explanations as to where Caylee had been before finally telling her that she had actually not been seen for weeks. Eventually Caylee’s remains were found very close to the house she lived in with her mother and grandparents. The trial lasted 6 weeks, the prosecution even sought the death penalty for Casey Anthony, but eventually the jury found Casey to be not guilty, she later had all convictions against her overturned and was released to live a normal life. There’s so many details to this case, including footage of phone calls from prison that Casey made to her parents, bits of evidence that were found, stories that Casey had made up, allegations against the grandparents, all kinds of stuff. This case mind boggles not only me but thousands and thousands of us all around the world! I could easily get into it properly as I am yet to find a YouTuber I really like cover this case.

Jodi Arias – Probably my all time fave! I followed this case down to the finest detail & even watched the live trial as it was being documented and streamed around the world online!! I’ve only seen like two youtubers cover this case, both American and both of them have missed sooo many details out from it purely because they probably didn’t follow it as closely as I did. Jodi Arias was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in April of 2015 for the killing of her ex boyfriend Travis Alexander, in Arizona. The reason I found this case so fascinating was mainly because seeing the trial play out in court was just so interesting. From the prosecution lawyer who gripped the nation and grilled Jodi on cross examination (she put up a good fight though!) to the stories, and the tales she would say whilst on stand. Whilst this trial was being aired, Jodi was also being paid from different news channels across the world for interviews, which of course she did! They’re all on YouTube if you want to have a nosey. Some say Jodi loved the fame that came along with this trial and all of her interviews she did, in some interviews you can even see her applying lip gloss and adjusting her hair! She maintained throughout that she killed Travis in self defence as she was a victim of domestic violence and to this day, I think I believe her. So much stuff has been said about her, how she was manipulative and put on an act for the nation, she was also diagnosed with a personality disorder as well when awaiting trial. There’s just so elements to this case that had my attention, I’d love to talk all day about it!

Claudia Lawrence – loads of youtubers have actually covered this case as it’s one of the more highly requested cases and been talked about widely within the media. Claudia Lawrence was an English chef at the university of York, who disappeared on March 18th 2009. Although police have treated her case more as a murder, with various people having been arrested and later released over the years, her fate is unclear as this remains an unsolved case in the eyes of the law. There’s so many conspiracy theories about what has happened to Claudia, which some ranging from her starting a new life over on Cyprus where she was previously offered jobs, others say she was murdered, abducted, etc. I definitely have my theory about what happened to her, so again, another case I’d love to talk about at length.

Madeleine McCann – Again, probably the most talked about disappearance case of my generation at least! Just about every YouTuber you can think of bad covered this case, so much so that our favourite YouTuber Eleanor Neale said she won’t cover it, because it’s just too talked about and everyone’s already done it! There’s hundreds and thousands of conspiracy theories out there about what may or may not have happened to Madeline. Some think she’s alive and still out there, some think she’s been murdered. Many think her parents have more to do with it than what we know about. Again, I absolutely have my theories and opinions as I’m sure we all do!

Breck Bednar – Breck was a 14 year old boy living in England (Essex) And was murdered by 18 year old Lewis Daynes who he had met online through an online gaming website in 2014. I had seen bits and bobs of this case over the past few years in the media, but I hadn’t heard about it properly until Eleanor Neale covered it in depth and I was mind blown. It’s a case that I think is very relevant to our generation, it’s how people meet these days since online gaming websites are on the rise and it shows how deception and lies can and do happen, however, Eleanor revealed in her video when covering the case how since being sentenced, Lewis Daynes has written online blog posts/letters from his prison cell, giving his version of events of what really happened during and the lead up of Brecks death, and I have to say, a lot of it was confirmed as factual by family members of Breck and it was really interesting to hear his side of things. Of course, he did kill Breck, Lewis never denied that & he is serving a prison sentence for that, however, the things he says happened are very different to what you will see/hear/read about online about this case. Another case I’d love to speak about in more depth. One possibly not everyone will have heard of.

Baby P – I don’t think I’d be able to actually talk about this case without crying or feeling a huge sense of emotional pain. Peter Connelly known as “baby p” was a 17 month old English boy who died in London in 2007 after suffering more than fifty injuries over an 8 month period, during which he was repeatedly seen by the London Borough of Haringey children’s services. This case caused major shock and concern among the public and parliament, partly because of the magnitude of Peters injuries and partly because of the failure of the social services in this case. Peters mother Tracey Connelly, her boyfriend Steven Barker, and the brother of Steven, were all convicted of causing or allowing the death of a child. Tracey was released from prison in 2013, and so many newspaper articles came to light about her that were quite frankly disgusting and a sorry example of what this country has to show for itself. Within a year of her release she was put back behind bars after selling indecent images of herself. Charming woman!

Becky Watts – Rebecca Marie Watts known as “Becky” was a British student from Bristol in England, who was murdered in 2015 at the age of 16. I followed this case really really closely at the time, and the information that continued to surface just got worse and worse. The entire case is absolutely heartbreaking and I feel like I could talk forever about it! Again, Eleanor Neale did cover this case too, & she did a brilliant video on it actually, she went into a lot of detail which I think came across really well. Beckys stepbrother Nathan Matthews and his girlfriend Shauna Hoare were both charged of the murder of Becky. With Nathan being found guilty and Shauna guilty of manslaughter. I personally feel like Shauna should have got the murder charge opposed to manslaughter and I feel like her sentence was too lenient where as Eleanor said in her video she thought 17 years was too much for manslaughter. No chance. I’d have locked the pair of them up and thrown away the key if it was down to me.

Shannon Matthews – So this case, I didn’t follow very closely until they made a documentary on it staring Sheridan Smith, which I must say was absolutely fantastic, and Sheridan proved herself to be a truly amazing actress throughout. Shannon Louise Matthews was a 9 year old girl who was reported missing in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire in England in February of 2008. The search for her became a major missing person police operation which has often been compared to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. Shannon was found alive and well the month following her disappearance at a house belonging to 39 year old Michael Donavon, uncle of Shannon’s mums, boyfriend, Craig. The kidnapping was discovered to have been planned by Karen Matthews (Shannon’s mum!) so that they could get money from the publicity. Karen was found guilty in court and sentenced to 8 years in prison, but was released in 2012. A bit like Baby P’s mum, Karen has been in and out of the papers since being released from prison with absolutely ludicrous stories, one for example was stating how she wanted weight loss surgery on the NHS!

Ariel Castro – Also known as the Cleveland kidnapped. Another case I followed closely when it happened and actually sent chills all over my body. This case is absolutely mind blowing and heartbreaking. The Ariel Castro kidnappings took place between 2002 and 2004 when three young women, Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus we’re kidnapped by Ariel Castro and held captive in his home in Cleveland Ohio. They were imprisoned until May of 2013 when Amanda Berry managed to escape with her young daughter. This case truly will boggle your mind and it’s so fascinating. Castro was sentenced to life plus 1,000 years in prison without the possibility of parole but just one month into his sentence, he committed suicide by hanging himself with bedsheets in his prison cell.

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So they are the cases that have really caught my attention over the years, the cases I would absolutely love more youtubers to cover, but cases I could easily talk about more in depth.

If you’d like to check out our FAVOURITE true crime YouTuber Eleanor Neale you can do so by clicking here.

Have you heard of any of the cases I’ve listed above? What are your thoughts? Do you have any other cases that have stayed with you after you heard about them?

With love,

Mrs Chalke xx

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First post of 2019 ✨ New Years Resolutions.

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Happy new year everyone! 🎉🥂💖

I thought my first post of 2019 should be my New Years resolutions. I never really make them to be honest & if I do, they’re a little far fetched and I stick to them for maybe 3 days. Hopefully the ones I’ve made this year are smaller goals, that I can maintain long term, so here they are:

Live more in the moment Don’t stress the small things. Live in the here and now. Focus on the present rather than worry about the future.

Be kinder – To both myself and others. Sprinkle kindness wherever I go, even on the bad days.

Take more photos – I take loads anyway, but last night when I was compiling my best photos of 2018, I realised I had deleted so many where as Tazmyn still had photos from every single month throughout the year. I want to take more photos, print more photos out, fill more photo albums.

Save money – Not loads, just a few spare pounds each week in a money box type of saving. By the end of the year this will be worth it!

Lose 2 stone for Turkey – The days of me setting myself massive weight loss goals are over. We go to Turkey for two weeks in June, just us, no disturbances. I want to lose 2 stone just to feel good about myself really. I think that’s very doable.

What are your New Years resolutions? ✨

Wishing you all the best year full of happiness, love and laughter, creating even more wonderful memories!

All my love,

Mrs Chalke x

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