Pet corrector spray -helped our little dog to get two New Pussycat friends…”Happy dogs”, we thank you

 

We have taken our little dog to dog/ puppy classes. And although our dog is only a Months weeks old she seems to be learning quite a lot and she also enjoys mixing with other dogs…

One of the things that we didn’t want to do this to harm or hurt  the dog or have it doing as we asked because it was afraid of us. Having had dogs when I grew up that were well behaved and we’ll trained. We knew we would hopefully get a good result from  being Nice to the animal ….

So far, it looks like we were right…

At the class  we were advised to try this aerosol spray  for times when the puppy enthusiasm was just too much.It can be bought here  and it is described ” officially as “and is available in many sizes dog-2

We thought why not give it a go…..

Little did we expect that this spray would help us to get the dog in the same room as the cats. Without either the dog chasing the cats, or the cats hissing at the dog

So thanks to “pet corrector” as your product does whatdog it says on the tin

But most importantly, and if you are based any where near Bognor Regis, and need to find one….. For a dog trainer. I would recommend “happy dogs” training club. We are new to this, however it seems to do the dog the world of good…The link above will show you their contact details . They meet at various times  for different groups

 

Thanks for reading my Blog

As always, just to confirm , we received no fee or gift for this blog, its just when a service is this good, its worth telling people about it

 

Deli express -Bognor Regis

10/12/16 Update on the blog, Unfortunately  this wonderful deli is No More , Such a shame, however there is always  ” the tank” for great coffee in town.

 

 

 

So those that know my Blog will know that I have many times sung the praises of a business that for all the right reasons is no more….but for once,it’s a success story…

The team behind the sandwich factory have moved into the high street into bigger cafe / restaurant premises…still offering the great selection of baguettes and cakes. Great coffee aswell helps.

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And of course my BBC baguette which was just a nice and tasty as always

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I know my picture doesn’t do it justice.this is cos the half I ate already was gorgeous.

Not too pricey and with all the usual face book and email so you can order for local free delivery
I am sure it’s going to do well, so if you are here for  Holidays,butlins,a day out,shopping. it’s a great place to stop for lunch or a snack
Good luck deli Express

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What a success story

And just for the record this is NOT a sponsored post

May 2016 update
Such a shame there was not enough support .this business is no more.it has closed

 

Look & Sea Visitor Center Surrey Street Fisher mans Quay, Littlehampton – such a great place for a coffee, a meal and a base for a day in town

As a family  we a ” wheel chair  relation ” we found recently  and have used many times  the look & sea Centre  as its fairly local  to us. It has facilities for disabled access. good food at reaEpilepsy explained's photo.sonable prices , a great view over the river and down  to the sea , friendly staff, in fact all that you would want in a restaurant. always best to book a  table in advanLook and Sea Centre's photo.ce as  because its so good , it can get busy on sunny days. I am  not a blogger that has taken pictures  of the food I eat here, but as  I have never had a meal that was anything less that  lovely it  shouldn’t need pictures of the food

Full details of the look and sea  center  can be found on their page  here  Just for the record, i have not been paid for this blog, its just that I believe if a place or business offers good service then you tell people  about it

 

Cone heads ice cream parlour ,Oneida ,NY state What a great parlour

 

There must be many many ice cream shops in America and I cannot comment on any of the others however on a holiday to Oneida in New York State we found as a family that the Coneheads Ice cream parlour was absolutely amazing.

Such a massive choice of ice cream syrups flavours toppings 13939510_1245791212099929_4267746970544629106_nand otherwise in any combination that you wanted as ice cream or indeed as a milkshake and to top it all off the pricing was pretty good as well

Well worth a visit if you are in this part of the world

The lady that served us was really helpful, even my son’s amazing choice when we told him could have what he wanted wasn’t a problem

I only wish we had discovered the place little earlier, we would have been back. If you want to get in contact then there are all the usual methods. Just tell them where you saw the review  and ask the lady how the Caribbean trip fund is  going

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All the usual social media contacts

Just for the record, I have not been paid for this blog, it’s just that I believe if a place or business offers good service then you tell people  about it

 

Trying a new place..and a new question

Popped into dunelm today..just for a sneaky latte when the ” Old man Leslie” clan. Went shopping. Like everywhere else like this it has a coffee shop. Unlike a lot of other places the Barista was up to the question” can you make me a nice coffee of your design that you haven’t made before”

A strange request, but the result is gorgeous.

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Although you can’t taste pictures….

Any how,if you are out rainy day shopping in this part of the world, Brunch, coffee, lunch or otherwise  i would say  it was worth a visit

Can comment on prices as MrImage of stores ” oldmanleslie ” was treating me , but when its good, you tell people.

 

I cant even tell you what it was i had as i forgot to ask, its just to say that  it was refreshing to find a person  that was ” up for the challenge ”  and knew enough to make  ” a nice cup of coffee ”

I wonder if on the board one day they might put  ” awkward customers mystery coffee ” .

A firm is only as good as its Staff, and when the man at the top is this good….

This blog isn’t going to help you with a great day out; it won’t even tell you where to get a decent meal, or a coffee in town. There is a saying that goes something along the lines of “if you get great service” then tell people. So here goes.

6 years ago ( so it’s not  just a flash in the pan, recent thing ) we had some work done on our little house, Mrs ” oldmanleslie” decided she wanted the kitchen we had inherited  to be updated, she could live with the dust, lack of services, upheaval  etc. etc. as long as she got  the nice shiny kitchen she chose. Part of this of course was choosing the flooring, so of we went to a local place to choose the best for us. We hadn’t used this company before so we thought we would give them ago.

They listened to what was wanted, where it was to be used and an idea of what we had to spend on the job. As a result they recommended that we use 

All I can say is that for the first few months it was fine, and then it started to crack, shrink and in some parts lift. In my opinion there are better flooring solutions out there available. I would NOT  recommend Karndean

This is the point where I became glad we had used the right fitters for it. As a simple call to the fitters and they came and sorted out the concerns, NOT just a fix, But a fix to the customers (Mrs oldmanleslie’s) standard.

 

My reason  for wanting to tell of how good the service is from this company. Here we are 6 years down the line and I’m told  that they have popped in this afternoon to sort out the last of the last reported issues.

So I now have:

  • A smooth Kitchen floor. This is handy when we come  down and its dark to raid the fridge.
  • A happy wife who has sorted her problem kitchen floor
  • An opportunity to tell people that  if you are looking for great service at Good prices( not always the cheapest) and you can find them. Then call Sargeants….

Just for the record, in the time since I contacted Sargeants for the kitchen, We have used Sargeants for other small rooms in the house. I have not asked them to do any work  or provide service for free, I am choosing simply to tell about great service from a local company to the Bognor Regis ( UK ) area. There may be other companies in the area that are just as good. but i think you would have to go  a long way to beat the service we have had.

 

 

 

So when you ask……you definetly get – London road coffee shop, Bognor regis

I prefer to shop where possible at the independent stores in town, I guess if everyone did, and didn’t use the large chains all the time, we would be a better place, that s just my opinion….any way, as I have previously claimed to have found the best coffee and the best place to have it on the planet, I had written off that side of my Blog. Until this morning when me and my long suffering wife were out in town and wanted a coffee as we had a few minutes spare …Only one place for it. And its a place that never disappoints Service is always good, the staff are really friendly, and the prices aren’t too bad either

So why Blog about a shop….

Well I like  to be a challenge sometimes and I as I had my ” freebies ”  from the loyalty cards, I dimagedecided to ask  the barista  ” can you make me a nice cup of coffee that you have never made before ” . Daunting when she said she had been there for 5 years …
What can I say, the lady took the challenge and made for me what she called a Vanilla Americano with a flat white top…   simply enough I guess, but tasted lovely. My recommendation if you are in Bognor on holidays, staying at Butlin’s for a weekend, or is a local, just popped out for a few bits, in Bognor then it has to be… And for the record, although it was s freebie coffee from my  card , I wasn’t ” given it ” . Its just that this place is soooo good

The London Road Coffee Shop

 

 

 

If you get great service – Tell as many people as you can – Alleyoops of Worthing

And today i think it’s a good  one to blog . Because the service is THAT  good, and the guy there is THAT Helpful .

What a great  Place to Buy  Skate parts and boards – Alleyoops – Worthing 

Those that  follow  my blog will know that  me and the family  ” skate “, it’s just one of the things we do .We have skated in many places around  the world, and the UK , and as a result  we have to buy  spares and stuff for our skates.

downloadNow in this part of the world there  are 2 main ” shops” that you can go into  for bits that you need, and i have bought  from both of them , I wish i had found the second one first, as  in my opinion the service is just a whole lot better

The shops are  ESP ( in chichester )   and  Alleyoops  (in worthing )

Now  before I get slammed for a negative blog , let me qualify  this  for you , as not negative .I bought skates in ESP, and I wasn’t in any way displeased with them .3165 My son uses them, has skated marathons +  in them and they are great skates ( just for the record  they are blade runners )
and they are a great brand . This Blog is not to detract  from ESP, simply to say that if, for you  it comes down to service  and help is what  you need , Maybe like me  you like to support the high street  then there is more than one place you con look around here

Now we find  that we are looking for a Long-boardMindless Hunter Longboard ML2200 for him, so we went back to ESP, having done our WWW research on the  models we wanted to have a look at . As soon as we mentioned that we had looked on the www , we were told that ” no one would be selling at the prices we were quoting , Bit of a shame that i had  the www page on my mobile , and we left with the feeling that  ESP didn’t really want to actually advise us on a board.this was a surprise

So when we were in Worthing  this weekend and we saw Alleyoops  me and number 01 son popped in, yes, we bought some skate  spares that we needed , and we had been before  but 6 months previously for other spares. the man in the shop recognized us.  told  Number 01 son to  get down the boards he wanted to look at , let him ” test them”  and  was really helpful  on advice .

So we  have now identified the board we want, and know where we will be getting it, In fact i have had a look online when I got home and  although the Alleyoops  website is not  fully up yet, I’m sure that  the prices are keen. and the service is as I say  BRILLIANT

Also as a nice thing, every person that bought goods  in Alleyoops , I heard the guy actually say Thank you to each person . How  ” old school ” is that ..Brilliant

So for a  Huge range of Roller Skates, in lines, including Rollerblade.  aggressive skates, Ice skates, Hockey skates

 

Alleyoops of Worthing  ( right on the seafront, opposite the pier )

Alleyoops South Coast Ltd
Unit 2 Marine Parade,
Worthing,
West Sussex,
BN11 3PU

Tel – 01903216194 (Mon-Sat 10:30-17:00  Sun 11:00-16:00)

This is NOT a sponsored blog, I have received no Payment  or goods for it

and once again, Shimla Pinks – Birmingham Did not dissapoint

 Shimla Pinks Indian Restaurant, Birmingham One again , up  we all went from work  to the NEC for the energy Event. What a busy show, what a great  exhibition. What a long day, talking about  ” Watts”  no pun intended……

The day was made a whole lot easier  when we were told we were doing  for dinner at Shimla Pinks 

All i can say about  this place is WOW  for the food,

Amazing  service, and this time i asked for the gents name ” it translates appareShimla Pinks Birminghamntly to mike ”

Gorgeous desert, and an overall  excellent end to a very long and tiring day

I cant comment  on value as i wasn’t paying, but we all went for choice of the presidents banquet  which was lovely , and Just right for me

I know there are a lot of similar places in Birmingham , however  if you want a recommendation for a great  meal in a lovely clean  restaurant  at a relaxed pace

 

 

 

Strange concept, but what a great find …James Guest House – Coleshill

Once again, up to the NEC for business this week , and had to find a place for the night, My boss found this place, what can i say about it.

Here goes

Apart from the bad traffic which wasn’t down to the accommodation, the place was clean, comfy, well equipped and had all i needed for a Night away

I was in the room ” Janice ” and there was beds for 3. this is a www based pic , but it is exactly as my room was James Guest House

A clean en suite shower room with a decent shower

Off road parking not a problem .

And the idea of ” self service ” for breakfast, and indeed anything you needed was brilliant

what a great place to stay and if you want, there are more pictures 

So what do you do , when you have had the Best of something in the world ……..?

Well. the TV   & media are telling us that  Autumn is here. all the stores  are selling Christmas goods already. and  Halloween is just around the corner….

So time to look back on a summer that was pretty good for  the oldmanleslie  clan.  And leaves us with only 2 problems

When  I run a blog that started off as ” the sneaky latte” and was supposed to give  a guide where to get the best  & avoid the worst. What can I do now I have had many trips to what was the BEST COFFEE SHOP IN THE WOIMAG0783RLD  in my opinion

IMAG0775I guess everything  else will have to compare to it. Just for the record This place I mention, will respond to the ” please make me a nice cup of coffee” challenge that  most places  wont do ,  the response was to  give me   a peach latte so smooth that the peach is  at the bottom, un mixed  so I could  do it just as I wanted.

And then  when I asked for a drink to cool me down, not knowing that there was Iced latte available, I was so very surprised to see that out came the best IMAG0784vanilla iced latte I have ever had, with   just the right amount  of  pure hand-made vanilla ice cream in it, the perfect summer drink  .

So there in lies the problem,  I have now had the best coffee in the world,  many times, so I know its consistent, served excellently  and I know everything else will be second best now.

 

The second problem is  along the same lines.  When as a family you have had the privilege of  going to one of the best worlds best hotels ( acknowledged by some as the best  ) and had a peek at the sort of service that other places can only aspire to. What do you do to avoid disappointment  by comparison in  future

Just for the record, the hotel in question for the coffee  was    and it was the staff in the restaurant  IMPERIUM  that made meal time so  special and something to look forward to

 

My only other comment / picture as if it were needed is of what i consider to be the best hotel in the world, based on our experience as a family. the  staff can’t do enough  for you , there is an air of confidence in the place , and  every aspect of the time we had there was perfect  and without improvementIMAG0720

 

In answer to the title of the blog, simple …..work hard, save pennies and take the next generation of “oldmanLeslie’s if & when they arrive into the world ……that should give me a few years to look forward to it.

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“What a real ” WOW ” of a place, with just the right amount of ” just what was needed “”

What an excellent place for a family meal, we went to celebrate a bit of an occasion for us . the Buffet was excellent
, the food was fresh, presented beautifully . Drinks were a little expensive, but not too overpriced in my opinion ( remember this is Dubai and it’s just not the same as the UK or Europe ) . the rose for my wife was a pleasant surprise , as was the very tasty gift .At the Burj

Our youngest son wasn’t charged for his ” drink of choice ” at all.

 

I accept that  normally  now  you have to pay a lot for good service, well at the burj,  I can say that i don’t think i paid anything like the level of excellent service  we received

A very special thank you to” Mohit ” as he prepared a dish especially for my son. Yes, the main chef in a world-class restaurant took and 8-year-old child ” fully a la carte ”  this really made an impression on my son 

also to

“Ivan”, one of the senior management team. who was kind enough to take time out of his day to come and talk to us. and arranged a personal tour of the hotel,

and also to

the waiter  who went way beyond the call of duty  and ” played ” with my son  out on the beach in the evening as my son said it was a little cold in the restaurant.

The staff even  managed to explain WHY  this is a 7  star hotel

The staff in the restaurant and the hotel have an obvious pride in what they do , and it shows. Even the  things inside the hotel are worth a few minutes to watch

It is so very easy to see why this restaurant should well be one of the best in the world

Located  on the  Ground floor, Burj Al Arab | PO Box 74147, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Thank you to Ivan and his team 

 

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So its the simple ideas that are often the best

On a recent great holiday to Dubai with the family, whilst sat on a beach, on the palm, in near 50C heat. i was  pleased to see that the Hotel  Give out free water and ice lollies to their guests during the day.  I guess it’s just one of those things that is a ” nice touch ” and   for this i say well done jumeriah.

The downside to a major hotel giving out bottles of water , all iced and cold in branded bags and nice for the guests is that there is a lot of Bottles left  that have to go to recycling.  So  Why should i choose  to blog about rubbish , well anyone that  knows me will know  of the company i work for  ” Tempcon” and through them i got to hear  about  the  WFAA. The link will tell you what they do , basically  my ” knowing of them ” has changed the way i think about waste

so lets cut through this, My  Idea was  to  simply condense  the bottles down before sending to recycling, there by optimising the space required, reducing the number of vehicles needed to move the bottles and  save fuel etc etc etc.

So My thanks go to the team  at the JUMEIRAH ZABEEIsaac LwakiL SARAY hotel  firstly  for giving me time with their managers to explain  the idea to them and for putting me in contact with   this man ( I wont name him  as it wouldn’t be fair  to him to directly), I’m sure that Jumeriah will do something good with Any money that they save as an international chain of hotels. As its part of their Green Globe  accreditation   . Also a big thank you for the things that the Hotel arranged for us as a gift.  My photo doesn’t do the suggestion any favours really but I hope you can see what was suggested .

 

It’s Just Nice to see that  a truly global brand will listen to a customer, will take feedback , and will also  act on it  quickly and effectively, I will be feeding this back to the managers  that I dealt with directly

Well done  Jumeriah 

 

 

 

what a great part , of a great holiday

Clan ” oldmanleslie” like to have time away as a family, and whilst the boys still appreciate it  and seem to enjoy it , it does get harder to find something that we can all do together. This is because there is  an 8 year gap  between ” the boys ”

This year , for a  cheap holiday  in august, we decided to go back to Dubai . we  have been before , we know what to expect. we stayed at the  “Zabeel Saray ” …there are other blogs  here about the holiday .

 

The one is specifically about  ” the spa ” as i think its worth shouting about.

Usually a spa is a bout  ” me time ” for relaxing , however in the case of the that’s not strictly true, it was ” me time ” for me and my  Number 01 son. who was old enough to come in with me we were staying at he Jumeriah Zabeel saray.We discovered that the spa was actually part of the hotel, it was excellent. The facilities here are excellent, there are just the perfect amount of staff to be helpful yet not intrusive . all the usual pools, relaxations, steam. saunas etc etc. and then for us, the best feature. a snow room for use after a sauna.

No fee for hotels guests for the main facilities and it seemed to be open every time we wanted it

separate facilities for males / females of course, so i cant comment on the ladies facilities

We found that the spa was just right as an escape from the august sunshine, and also a perfect way to relax a little after a hard day touring the beautiful city of Dubai. and provided  all we needed for a great bit of ” father son Bonding ”

 

Please excuse using ” web photos” obviously no cameras allowed  in the spa  & i have listed this in freebies-that-i-have-found as its complementary  for hotel guests

Fish Finger Sarnies & a root beer float …….So this ones an important Blog for me, Where to spend the hard earned Pennies

Don’t worry, oldmanleslie isn’t about to go and get  all serious, well not overnight any way. For the first time in my blog, there is conflict ., ( shock horror )

I’m based in  west Sussex, and this time  of year, we are blessed with a lot of sunshine, so days out , at the shops, on the beach, an evening stroll along an almost deserted prom ,
and yes that really is our local prom and the sunsets are that good

and at the end of the prom you find

The Lobster pot.

There are many reasons to go here  on a sunny day in summer, or for a refreshing  autumn stroll. And i have blogged  about it before 

One reason to go is the Amazing Fish Finger Sandwiches, that they do. I suppose i am ” not very wellinformedoldmanleslie” but i didn’t know you could get these…. so to find them on my doorstep was  a bit of a coup

Putting the Lobster-pot  aside for a moment, I was keen to  see what the good people at sparks yard had done to improve their offering  in Arundel. Now i know some bloggers only review freebies, well that’s not the way it works with “oldmanleslie”  its nice to get freebies of course, however  why should business  have to fork out for  opinions…..Any how  Back to the loft

Mrs Oldmanleslie and I Parked ” down by the river ” in Arundel, and had a nice stroll   along the banks of the river , up through  Arundel. avoiding the  multiple coach loads of students & visitors to the castle…. and there it was, clearly visible  from the end of Tarrant street

so now the facts, Easy access to the shop , although parking in Arundel needs looking at . easy  wheelchair access to all floors of the shop  and restaurant  via their own lift,  Always  clean inside.  loftWell refurbished  top floor restaurant that we tried to just pop into. we were soon asked if ” are you Chris ”  and shown to the reserved Table  by the window that they had ” reserved for us ”  I have to say Mrsoldmanleslie liked that ”  We were served well,  quickly but not  invasively . and  we were left to order our food. After a nice chat with what turned out to be one of the owners

 

” stop, Hammer time “

for the  first time as a blogger  i should have taken a picture of something i was about to consume , ( I didn’t )  so you will have to believe me that £2.50 for a drink  was the best value in a long time. Imported root beer that you can buy in the shop , used to make an ice cream float, with a curly straw, now that’s the taste of childhood .

A quick look down the menu for food, and there it was. The fish finger sandwich….. so apologies to Andrew and the team, I’m sure that everything else on the menu was fine, and maybe we will  be back soon to try it, however that’s a favourite with all us Leslie’s, so  there in lies the dilemma

Go for what you know, and now have a choice of venues that both serve excellent  food, or risk going off “Piste ” and getting something you don’t like ?

We are going to have to go back and find out i guess, it certainly wont be a hard choice and when a place is just that little bit too far away  to walk to, it makes it all the more special to be well looked after  by them.

So I can’t take credit for the images ( taken from the www)   and i cant  take credit for the effect on the waistline ( that’s  your responsibility
however Either way, if you are in west Sussex for holidays and looking . Just remember 
On the beach in Felpham = The lobster-pot
Shopping and  touristy things in Arundel  = Sparks yard  / The loft 
Either way ” the fish finger sandwiches are excellent,” and the root beer  just seals the decision  for me 

Free coffee…..always good

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And it tastes good…..usually does.

So if you are in sunny Bognor Regis…..forget Costa or maccy d….head for  “the London road coffee shop“….

And with a buy 6 get one free….even better

Just for the record….vanilla cappucino. Made from kimbo beans

Absolutely Lovely

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…yum. With a bbc ( Bacon Brie & Cranberry ) sarnie to finish..

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its all about the Sharing” especially when they are this good ” hotelchocolat” the summer fusions sleekster

So the purpose of a sponsored blog is to have some one send you a product, you fully evaluate it, and leave an honest opinion, I have to admit, I cant do that here today…..

Why ? you may ask. well as followers of my blog will know, it really is ” all about the sharing” and i firmly believe that if you are in this for any other reason, then you should have a re think..

So any way, I was asked to provide feedback on a new selection from the people at hotelchocolat

I was given a choice of what  was sent to me , and I went for  the  summer fusions sleeker. I knew i was to be sharing these out  at work , to get the most opinions, and therefore went for  what looked like the best selection

The Summer Fusions SleeksterNow at this point I would like to show you  lots of pictures of people enjoying choccy,  but I cant, I would like to tell you that some people said  that they were to rich in taste, but  they didn’t, so I cant , I would also like to tell you that I personally enjoyed  every one, But as it’s all about the sharing I cant. even do that

What I can say is everyone that had some  loved them, the comments were all good, from the MD  and right across the board.

The Hotelchocolate website where these lovely chocolates can be bought   describes them far better than i can as

“A collection of 28 chocolates to compliment your summer in the most delicious way. Packed with fresh, fruity flavours, indulgent caramels and nutty pralines, it’s the ultimate taste of summer! Perfect for warm afternoon picnics, sharing during the long restful evenings, or as a dinner party gift – if you can bear to part with it, of course.”

 

I would just say that although i was sent a box to review , and  there was no real way for me to return the product, overall, with the nice  packaging The Summer Fusions Sleekster in pastel colours, with the  attention to detail , including a card for me, and the brilliant way  they are presented in the box, although they are £24.00  for a box, this The Summer Fusions Sleekstershouldn’t be thought of as expensive,  just ”  reassuringly well  priced for quality  ”

My only regret  is that  just as when i was a small ” oldmanleslie” and I finished the last choccy on the layer, i wished there had been another layer underneath , And as we dont have long boozy afternoons at work, i cant  say how good these would be after a long BBQ session, i can only imagine

Thanks to the nice people at Hotelchocolate ,

Today has been a good day…..so far

So for a guy who works for a UK manufacturer  that supplies monitoring equipment,that isn’t exactly a dynamic product…..so far today,I have had a good day… I guess its all down to where the  things we supply  are used, How they  are used, and i find increasingly the Relationship  with the user Tempcon Instrumentation

 

Sure, you can do a lot by email, tweet, FB  and even Blogging, But i think that there are times when there is NO substitute  for getting  around the table with some one, Involving a coffee, and  actually talking to people

Today so  far has  been People researching global climate, international Dr’s of research…..and life critical fire training applications……all of which  have been with people whom i have known for a long time

So if  you want to have a browse across the website  for a UK Manufacturer that is 30+ years in business and  give  us a chance……. who knows, you could be the next great relationship  we have

all this , And its only 1 pm

Yes, today has been good so far.

 

what a great place for a fathers day Gift ….

So we all know that  its fathers day soon enough, me, i know what i am hoping for, and i know  that i will enjoy fathers day, cos in the oldmanleslie house, its not about the money, its the smiles and the nice times.

Any how, the reason for today’s blog, is a website that i wanted to tell you about, UK-based,  Ships globally, and  offers what i think would be Ideal gifts for Dads  for father’s day, Things that are a little “Gadgety” ” geeky” and scientific. From Brands that are world leaders.

for example ,  weather stations for the garden at prices that wont break the bank , traditional Gifts that look good & work well.  and gadgets that tell you all sorts about the weather where you are.Oregon Scientific Anywhere Weather Station

I will  add that they are now under the Brand of Tempcon , They are UK Based , and they are good when it comes to all things Customer service .

Might be worth a look for a father’s day Gift, they are even running a competition to win a weather station on their facebook page 

If you do  have a look, let me know your thoughts, and don’t forget to tell them where you saw this Blog

This is NOT a sponsored Blog ,

Sparks yard – Arundel – West Sussex – update, its just gets better

And then, just when i thought i had seen all the good things at this place, they advertise

20% OFF EVERYTHING THIS WEEKEND ONLY!!
The weather is looking all over the place this weekend so to tempt you out of the house on a wet Saturday and out of the garden on a sunny Sunday we are offering you a fantastic 20% off your shopping bill all weekend! We have tonnes of fantastic new stock and we want you to come and see it!! JUST QUOTE ENGLISH SUMMER at the till to receive your discount.

T’s&C’s – Discount not available on food or drinks from our coffee bar. This offer may not be used in conjunction with any TLC discount and TLC stamps will not be issued for discounted purchases. This offer is only valid on 07/06/14 & 08/06/14

 

 

So on a dismal  bank holiday Monday,  In normally Sunny Sussex,  when  you are tired , and just looking for that little lift / Sparkle  in your day. you decide on a little retail therapy, Asda,Tesco,sainsburys, seem to sell everything, just the same as each other…..

So you look for the Independent ” curio ” shop. some where  that you know you Sparks Yard will  be appreciated, and there will be Nice things to look at, gadgets to buy, gizmos to  think ” why do i need that ”   and  up on the first floor ( until the work is done on their new place ) Great  coffee & cafe facilities. These are the facilities at the moment.  its gonna be good to see how they improve , apparently  its about a month or so off

 

So what added Sparkle to my dull afternoon, a root beer ( proper american )  float  with extra marshmallows, and a yummy Big Old Slab of cake… other gorgeous things that ended up on our  Table, Big old slices of toast & peanut butter ,  a  smoothie that  apparently was lovely, so lovely i didn’t get  to try it , and for the little oldmanleslie, a smartie cookie that filled him up so he couldn’t eat his brownie.

So yes, I like the independent, I  generally go back to what i enjoy, and if it’s this good ,then I tell people about it.

Add to that the imported food section , and  i think the expression is OMG . I came out with  a butterfinger bar, not sure why i had to share it but  all liked it,  space dust that i havent had for years, so i felt like a child again,  and some squeezable candy( the like of which i have never tasted ) 

So in summary, if you are in  arundel for a day , for a holiday , or just for and hour or 2 and you fancy something a LOT different then  Sparks yard is definitely worth a visit

 

Just for the record, NOT a sponsored blog, we paid for what we had, it really was THAT good

 

 

 

Such an Inspiration ……………………

Just a bit of catching up on the Blog to do this morning, so  a few things that have been  on my mind this week, Shall i clog up people’s emails with individual Blogs, or just drop it all into one Blog ?

So here it comes, a mixed up Blog  :

Firstly and most important to me , its  only a month  until me and my Boys go out for our annual  trip to good wood for a bit of a skate .  this year  we have been offered  help by  quite a few  people , all skating, Scooting  & wheeling in support of  littlehamptonshopmobility.co.uk.  we will be trying to live Blog  on the day , but I’m not promising , as it’s all about the Skating for me for one day  only.   And also that for the first time in a long time, there are 3 generations of ” oldmanleslie” including the proper one out for the day, doing good things, and having  fun

Like every thing else, there is of course a button  to if you want to support us  financially. Just click-through here 

Second thing for the week.

We  all think that our dad is the best  in the world, they are always special to us for many reasons. Just because  “it’s all about the Sharing ” i am going to share with you  a little secret, My Dad IS the greatest in the world, I have absolutely  no doubt about that, But I’m pretty sure that i can tell you  who the Number 02 best  dad is as well,  This dad is a TRUE  inspiration , and if you dig around a little on the web  you will see why

Then , during the week i had a bit of a downer ,Nothing too serious , i just heard on local TV news about  thegooddeeddiary. this is a positive thing  that a guy in the UK  is doing and it is to be praised, the downer was the thought that followed, ” isn’t it a shame that this isn’t the ” norm ” any more ”  and wouldn’t it be good to get back to it . Possibly Luke Can Keep it going and inspire others around him. Good deeds don’t have to cost money, we can all do them , just even 1 a day

But i ended the week on a positive, and it wasn’t  a sneaky latte, or  a free day out, it wasn’t  even something that i had been sent from a  PR /company to review. it was because i went  last weekend  in the pouring rain to see  the boys and girls at malpass meats. I will send them a link  to  the blog, however i just thought it was worth  a mention that  the steak we got was  Mouth watering” cooked of course by Mrs Oldmanleslie” and  over the last 20 years of  buying from them  i have always had great  meat,  cracking service . you might in fact call it ” legendary ”

 

 

When you find somewhere that’s Good, tell as many people as you can

so when its this good, tell everyone about it……………

That’s a big claim, based on personal experience, NOT a sponsored blog, I wasn’t given a freebie for this.

To me , service is important, i don’t mind paying a fair price for decent service, and today i did exactly that , a new business opened in January of 2014, i hope they are here for a long time to come, 

For the last few years i have had a lady  that came to the house  and “did us all at once “

I decided  to go look for a proper barbers , found the ” new salon” in town, part of an international  Chain…. thought i had a good cut, but then today when i came out of  the new place i found, i remembered  that feeling of ” sharp” when you have a decent cut

 

Thanks to the boys  at Bilsham Barbers for a great Job, I will be back

if you want, decent service, a sharp cut, and a good ” old skool ” feeling, pay them a visit.

Hotel Chocolate – Easter Pick Me Up

The yellow topped eggs, were  lovely, Rich  gooey liquid centres that  tasted Yummy
And as for  the strawberry chocolates, they were simply out of this world.
I cant say that it was nice to  have 1 special chocolate with a cup of coffee or tea,Or that the selection lasted very long, as it didn’t. But all of the people who had them liked them.
Full of uplifting Easter goodies and seasonal specialities to nibble and even share!
Well, I did the sharing, everyone liked them, thanks to the good people at Hotel Chocolate for sending them to me
If you want to buy them, then i would say they are worth every penny, and they can be bought for  £13.00 ( UK )
I’m just sorry I didn’t take my own pictures, but before I knew it , all that was left was wrappers & Smiling  chocolate  gorged faces

Just kicking back….

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Having a milk….

I know in a few years it will be a bud at £10 a bottle….but the sentiment will be the same.

And especially when its sunny…

Weekends are for relaxing..

Can’t quite believe its march already,summer just around the corner

Oh yes, and just for the record, this  was the London Road coffee shop in Bognor Regis , Excellent food ( again) and  great coffee.

Its Independent, and owned by the same people that own the Lobster pot Image  just up the road .

 

Been to both loads of times , and NEVER had a bad meal yet

Binky’s Cake House …… what a great find, and even nicer cakes

So there i was earlier in the year looking for a Unique  thing to get ” Mrs oldmanleslie” for her Birthday.  we have been together a little while now  so  sometimes its hard to come up with a special idea. This year , it was easy, I was told about “Binky’s Cake House “ by a friend of Mine .

I was told they made special Birthday cakes and cakes for special occasions. so i had a chat with ” binky “( not her real name ), told the lady  what i wanted and pretty much left her to it . The result was a truly scrumptious cake that tasted gorgeous, made to my wife’s choice , and that looked even better, The picture doesn’t do it Justice, it was ” proper 3D ”

Now I know there are a lot of mums out there that make cakes for people , and im not saying  anything about their standards, all i can say is that the cake i paid for from Binkys was excellent value and for sheer delight for the look on my wife’s face it was worth every penny

Binkys are also a bit special as they can accommodate  Most dietary requirements, They Are a start-up business and they are so keen to do a good job. for you  

They have a www presence, and aren’t Just on Face Book and you can see some of their handy work here  This is NOT a sponsored  blog, i paid for the Cake and am so glad i found them, If its something that little bit special you need , Binkys is the way

Rockface Shave Butter….What a great claim on the www

So those that know me and have  read my blogs will get a little of a feel for the sort of ” average Jo ” that i am. A forty something  Fella, with a great family  and all  good things around me..Rock Face Shave butter. Great both for shaving and as a moisturiser.

Generally optimistic and always willing to share my thoughts with others. So when i was asked to  review  Rockface Shave Butter, I thought ” why Not ”  I read their www  and thought that their write up sounded Amazing, so i was already  to be Scathing of the product as i have generally used Gillette  products to keep my chin ” un bearded ” …

I have now used this  Rockface shave butter 3 days on the bounce,  which is unusual as i never normally  shave at weekends, all i can say is that my chin has never felt smoother  after a shave, the Idea  of rubbing in the butter when finished and Moisture is brilliant. Although  i  haven’t previously moisturised. and  the smell isn’t bad either .

This product can be bought from the website  at £4.99 a tube, In my opinion its worth every penny of that.

Sure, at the end of the day it’s a gent grooming product, it’s not going to bring about world peace, or set the world on Fire, But for me , its a revolutionary  product that i wasn’t aware of  and i will definitely look out for in the shops

29/12/2013

Just to add that I have now used my samples of Rockface shave butter and apart from me obviously using too much per shave, This stuff is really good to use,  I am not sure about the whole” Moisturise thing ” but my chin  feels good to me

Apparently It’s not just me that  thinks so …http://dadbloguk.com/review-rock-face-shave-butter/

this one should not need blogging really, But What EXCELLENT service

So the whole purpose of my Blog is  the sharing of information, When some one gets it wrong,  help them to put it right.

So when a Major Multi national Company Gets it  SOOOO right, do i tell the world ( or at least the little bit of it that see’s my  blog )

Hell Yes i do ….

Vistaprint. Make an impression.  Order placed online at  8.00pm on a Sunday night  for a few bits and bobs…..

Goods delivered to me  TODAY ( Tuesday )  before Midday .

All Good  and as described,

Thank you Vista print for Excellent service

Cant comment on the other sites in the world, but i used  ” .co.uk”

And once again, this place did Not Disappoint, Has to be one of the best hotels in Wigan

I refer back at the start of this review to my earlier one  when i went to  this hotel as a “ lucky find ” and was pleased with the results.

This time , i based my days  business around this area. 

So How could  http://www.ashfieldhousehotel.co.uk/index.html  get any better

This time  the  hotel  gave me what they called a better room, there had been nothing wrong at all with 406, this time i Got  403. Only issue with the room, It was almost TOO bigImageImage for  just me . The rate i got was excellent and included a continental breakfast that was lovely.

As per my previous Blog, there was  no chef on site this particular night so, i had contented myself to a few beers  and a crisp based evening meal, Well all i can say is that the  hotel excelled its self by providing Menus for me . ironically they had a take away  menu for  the place i had used last time  and enjoyed     so  this really was a no Brainer,  I had to pay upfront, but  i kind of knew that what i had ordered would be good, i wasn’t disappointed. Especially when the hotel went and got it for me

so very briefly , The hotel was  excellent , the staff were very helpful, the  staff for breakfast were brilliant, and the grounds that the hotel is in is lovely

The restaurant lamamas is an absolute gem of a place, their service in the restaurant was brilliant, and the food  on take away wasn’t too  shabby either

I would recommend both of these places to any one and look forward to going back to the   Ashfield house some time soon

Update , this place is so nice, they even took the time to respond , How nice is that , I will definitely be back

Hi Chris,

Thank you for your email. I have just read through your reviews, its very nice to hear when guests have enjoyed their stay with us being in Standish. We always appreciate feedback both positive and negative so thank you for taking the time to do this. We had plenty people turn up for the wedding open evening so hopefully they liked the look of the venue and what we have to offer. Im glad to hear you’ve enjoyed La Mamas too, hopefully if you return we will have some food available for you to potentially try our menu.

If we don’t see you before, have a great Christmas and hope to see you in the new year.

Kind Regards

What a waffle…..

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and the Coconut Cappuccino  that came with it went down really well. 

Thanks to the girls and boys at  http://thelondonroadcoffeeshop.co.uk/  Best Waffle i have had in a long time,  Service was excellent , even  though the place was very busy.  If you  are ever down in sunny bognor regis for a day  or a holiday . definitely worth a visit

There are other places in the town that can serve  coffee, and waffles, but as someone that has tried most of them. This place gets it ” hands down ” as one of the best , and Not badly priced 

Just for the record , I  was not paid for  this blog, its just when a place is this good, its best to tell people

 

Good Quality always works …..

Anyone who knows me will know I’m not the slimmest person in the world. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still on the main hangers in the stores, just a way towards the back of the rack and usually with an X somewhere in there. Sometimes because of this it’s not always easy to buy clothes on-line. That was until I was fortunate enough to run into a company called Boden.  I didn’t know of them, but for some reason I thought I would give them ago. I am so pleased with the items I bought. 3 shirts that I have worn such a lot over the summer, washed many times, colours are still good, size hasn’t changed at all, and they still feel as good as they did the first time I put them on.Image

I can’t comment on the ladies clothes other than my wife bought a skirt from them as well and seems to like it. I will be the first to admit that Boden  aren’t the cheapest on the www, but then again Quality is more important to me. I did have an issue with a shirt where I had to call customer service. There wasn’t any “press 4 for this, press 27 for that “I got to talk to a person, and the issue was sorted out Very quickly.

Anyway, just thought I would share this with you all, and for the record, this is NOT a sponsored blog

Great Coffee, Simple & clean

Great Coffee, Simple & clean. Arundel High street , West Sussex, UK 

Lulamae’s is at the bottom of the High Street in Arundel, a hop and a jump from the Post Office.

13 High Street
Arundel
West Sussex
BN18 9AD

Telephone:+44 (0)1903 883495

They are  open 7 days a week,

10.00 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Saturday and 10 am to 4.30 pm on Sundays.

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