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Thursday, 12 April 2018

Kent & Sussex Steam Train. Weekend away. #LINKUP

Hi there, thanks for joining me today, are you going to join the #LINKUP I do hope so!

You might recall last Saturday I spent the night in Tenterden after spending the evening travelling on the Kent and East Sussex Railway.  We were celebrating a special birthday of a close friend and the weekend certainly was a celebration.  Arriving mid-afternoon we had a quick look around the town, stopping for a drink in a local hostelry.  If you follow me on IG you'll have seen I found the house my Nan lived in, having last visited her when I was roughly 8, I congratulated myself that everything was as I remember!  I longed to knock on the door and have a look around, but thought that rather cheeky so didn't do it!  I have many happy memories of afternoon tea around her coal fire, albeit rather strong tea for a child!  Thinking it funny to have a coal scuttle in the kitchen and coloured glass (yellow I think) in the bathroom window!  She always had potted Hyacinths on the table, and to this day every time I smell one it takes me back to my nans front room!  Strange how aromas evoke feelings and memories as soon as the smell hits your nose!



After my little trip down memory lane, we returned to the hotel to change and ventured on to find the Station.
Upon arrival we were directed to a side cafeteria to enjoy some canapes and a glass of bubbly.



Finding our Pullman carriage and table, we were swiftly on our way.  The evening followed with a gourmet meal of vegetable soup, toasted muffin with flakes smoked mackerel, then apricot stuffed roast pork in a Biddenden cider and mustard sauce, all served with baby new potatoes and vegetables.
Cheese and biscuits were then served followed by a choice of four desserts!  I had two, a profiterole and a small portion of apple crumble.  As we were celebrating we relished a bottle of champagne plus a delightful red wine.





I decided to wear my H & M dress that I recently wore for the Style Not Age challenge.  It's just such a comfortable dress and I feel very confident wearing it.  Paired with nude sling backs and a pretty beaded necklace, topped off with my cream trench coat.  Which was just as well because typical British weather arrived when we walked back - yes it rained!


Profiteroles for hubby, here's the dessert trolley I deliberated over - can you see why it took me a while?


The staff were wonderful, nothing was too much trouble and all the service was accompanied by a little wit and a big smile!  Before long it was time to return to the hotel, where we enjoyed a night-cap by the log fire.  A wonderful evening that I would thoroughly recommend to anyone thinking of trying something different.








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Time for the #chicandstylish #linkup.
But first my favourite from last week.
I fell for this skirt big time, but alas after looking have had no luck to find one, I'll keep looking but what do you think about it - stunning eh?
Meet Maria from Passion Fruit, Paws & Peonies.


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  1. Jacqui you've made my day! Firstly thank you so much for featuring my Mexican outfit post - I'm so thrilled! And secondly, I was so pleased to read your post because I have just booked a 'posh' train journey to Paris for my 50th Birthday next year. It's all very Paddington Bear, I can't wait! Hope you are having a great week xx

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    1. Well you did show a beautiful skirt - I'm sure lots of others agreed. Wow that journey sounds fabulous, I reckon you'll really enjoy it - but what to wear????? xx
      Thanks for linkup Hun. x

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  2. What a fun thing to do! I would love to do this.
    Laurie xx

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    1. It was wonderful Laurie, we travelled on The Orient Express to Bath a few years ago - now that is really special! Thanks for joining me on the #linkup Hun. x

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  3. Aww this looks lovely Jacqui. What a great day :) Thanks for hosting and the reminder on Twitter. I do not know what day it is with the children still off school, ha!

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    1. Thanks so much Claire, I hope you're enjoying the Easter holidays. x Glad you could linkup. x

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  4. You look like a movie star about to board the Orient Express! What a fun trip and the desserts look way too good to pass up! Thanks for hosting the link up Jacqui!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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    1. Oh thank you very much Kellyann. It really was a super evening. Thanks for joining my #linkup. x

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  5. What a fantastic treat - meal looks superb! You look very elegant and relaxed.

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    1. Many thanks Gail, so glad you stopped by to join my #linkup too. x

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  6. Oh Sussex is where I want to live! That trip sounds like a lot of fun and how elegant you look!

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    1. Isn't it lovely there Nancy? We had a super evening and it was a wonderful experience. x

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  7. Love your outfit and it looks like you had a great time!

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    1. Aw you're so kind, thanks very much Pam. So pleased you could link up with me. x

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  8. WOW it looks like you had the most marvellous time, Jacqui!!
    Suzy xx
    www.suzyturner.com

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  9. Jacqui, what a fabulous time! This looks like quite the adventure and you look like you stepped right off the screen of an old Hollywood movie! Gorgeous. It always amazes me, too, how certain aromas can evoke such powerful memories. They do say that the sense of smell holds our oldest memories and they will use it court trials to help trauma victims remember details that they have buried away. Super fascinating!

    Shelbee
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    1. Oh thank you Shelbee, I did feel very special - especially in my dress and long coat. x Thanks for joining my #linkup Hun. x

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  10. Oh, that sounds and looks like an amazing experience. You two look like a very happy couple.
    XO
    Miri
    https://currentlywearing.com

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    1. Yes you're right it was. And yes we really are! Thank you for joining #chicandstylish too. x

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  11. What a fun train ride! That dessert is drool-worthy!

    Bethany | www.CuteCapsuleLife.com | Simply Share Friday Linkup

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    1. Too kind, thanks for stopping by and joining my #linkup. x

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  12. Such a fun time....that's exactly something that we'd love to do!! And visiting your Nan's house (at least from the outside)....such great memories!!
    You two look so dapper!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. It was Jodie, a real special occasion, I'd love to go every month. x Thanks for joining the linkup Hun. x

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  13. What a handsome couple! And what a splendid way to celebrate a birthday. I've seen the railway when visiting Bodiam Castle, must hop on next time I'm in the area.
    Hugs, x.

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    1. Too kind Mary. It was a lovely evening indeed. You should try it next time, it's well worth it. Thanks for joining the #chicandstylish #linkup

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  14. Well that looked like a lot of fun! And that dessert, wow!

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    1. Thank Amy, it was a fabulous evening. Glad you joined the #linkup on Thursday - hope to see you again. x

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  15. This is a fabulous post! I love all your beautiful pictures. What a beautiful place and your look is devine!
    Cheryl
    www.northwestmountainliving.com

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    1. Ahh you are too kind Cheryl. It was such a fun evening, our friends loved it too. Thanks for joining the #linkup Hun. x

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  16. What a fun train ride! I wish we used trains for transportation more near me!

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    1. It was wonderful, yep you'd love it! Thank you for joining me on the #linkup.

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  17. I enjoyed reading the little trip down memory lane! You look so pretty in this cobalt dress. :) Looks like a lovely train ride and the desserts look so yummy.

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    1. Oh that's good Jennie, so pleased. Thank you for stopping by and joining the #linkup Hun. x

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  18. Jacqui, we went on a railway a few years ago, a 1940s train with a meal and drinks and I had such a ball! this looks like such a wonderful time! I love that you found your grandma's house, and I have been tempted to do the same with our first house in Pittsburgh, when visiting my mom.. i would love to do the train ride again!
    You both look very sharp!
    jess xx
    www/elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. They also do a murder mystery evening too which I'd love to try. Thanks for joining the #linkup on Thursday Jess. x

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  19. This looks like such a good time and WOW look at that dessert trolley! Yum, oh yum! I love the photos of you with your husband, so sweet! That blue dress is def. a beauty on you and the statement necklace goes perfect with it!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. Yes the dessert trolley was amazing. Glad you like the photos, we always have super times away. Thanks for joining the #linkup Carrie. x

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  20. What a great day and that colour looks spectacular on you. Drooling a bit over the cake on the serving tray too.
    It is so fun to go back to places from our childhood and remember

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    1. Too kind Linda, thanks so much for your lovely comments and glad you could #linkup with me. x

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  21. I so want to do that. We have the Bluebell on our doorstep. I have no excuse. I went on the Tenterden railway for Xmas lunch once.

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    1. Oh try it Anna, you'd love it. Thanks for joining the #linkup Anna. x

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  22. What a fun outing! I used to love Sussex when we lived there (years ago).

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    1. Tiina, thanks for stopping over and linking up. It's a lovely area isn't it. x

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  23. What a fun trip! I've always wanted to take a fancy train somewhere. That cake looks incredible!
    --Roxanne
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    1. It was a wonderful evening, and very old fashioned. Thanks for joining my #linkup Roxanne. x

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  24. I am definitely doing a train journey like this. Must have felt as if you had gone back to a bygone era.

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    1. You would really enjoy it Hilda, it was very special indeed. Yep I felt I was stepping back in time. Thanks for joining me on the #chicandstylish linkup.x

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  25. Oh those desserts look marvelous, as do you! Love your blue dress and statement necklace. I love following your blog...some day I'll get myself over to Europe!

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    1. They really were. Many thanks for your lovely comments. I'm so chuffed that you like my blog, if you ever come to London let me know. x
      Thanks for joining the #linkup.x

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  26. What a great trip! You look lovely in that blue dress, with the pretty necklace. It looks like you and your hubby had a great time. I am the same way about smells. Certain aromas will just bring memories back as if it was yesterday! Kind of cool how that works. Have a great weekend! - Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

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    1. Many thanks for joining the #linkup Amy. It was a fab evening, we all had a super night. x

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  27. Oh how fun!! Did you feel like you were in the movies? That's what it made me think of. Your outfit was perfect and the dessert cart looked divine. I'm surprised you were able to hold it to only two...I'd have wanted it all!!! XO

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    1. I really did, I think the coat helped. Would of been lovely to really dress up. The desserts were lovely - yes I really wanted to taste them all!. Many thanks for joining me on #chicandstylish #linkup. x

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  28. This looks so fun, and I love your coat!
    Lee | LegalLee Blonde

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    1. Really good fun Lee, thanks for stopping over and joining the #linkup. x

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  29. Such a lovely, elegant outfit Jacqui! looks like a fabulous day!

    Emma xxx
    www.style-splash.com

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    1. Emma, thanks for stopping over and joining the #linkup party. Kind words indeed. x

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  30. Jacqui how wonderful a trip by steamtrain. You look amazing :)
    Thanks for hosting. I wish you a great weekend, XO Tina

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    1. It was a super night Tina, thanks too for stopping over and joining the #linkup Have a super weekend too. x

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  31. Wow! Those treats look seriously delish!!!

    Shauna

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  32. What a lovely post Jacqui! It looked like a perfect day out and wow, the food looked delicious. You and hubby are looking fab too, my dear. Thanks for the prompt to link up again. Have a fab weekend.

    Anna x

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  33. What a wonderful way to celeberate! You look great in your blue dress and I love your necklace - such a beautiful accessory. My son is obsessed with trains and we have ridden quite a few. I showed him your pictures and he just about fell over! We will take him to Thomas Land soon since he isn't quite ready for a wine and cheese one yet! Not for another 17 years! Lol 😂

    Maureen | www.littlemisscasual.com

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