Category: Adventure

Easter at Barleylands

I love Easter time; lighter evenings, streets lined with blossom-laden trees, fresh starts and new beginnings. Even though I’m 28 now I still make the effort to celebrate the occasion in any way that I can and I’m lucky enough to have a family that understand the importance of it too.

Gareth and I spent this Easter in Paris so we couldn’t eat chocolate eggs, cook a roast dinner or do any of the things we usually might. When we got back from our trip we decided to have a nice day out with my family and do the most Easter-inspired, Springtime thing possible and feed the lambs at Barleylands.

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Springtime In Paris

Over the Easter bank holiday weekend Gareth and I travelled to one of our favourite destinations in Europe: Paris. It had been more than a year since our last visit and we couldn’t wait to get back there, eat all the macaroons, stroll down the River Seine and soak up the atmosphere of Paris in Spring!

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Biggleswade Antiques Fair & Haul

It has been awhile now since I had a nose around a vintage/antiques fair. The last event I attended was back in December- you can read about my visit to Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair, Cambridge here.

Anyway, as I was scrolling through ‘what’s on St Neots’ lists online, I came across an event for an Antiques Fair being held a town over in Biggleswade. Not really knowing what to expect I figured I would give it a go – I’m so glad that we did as it was absolutely amazing!

Today I thought I would share with you a few of the wonderful pieces I picked up, as well as give you some info on the fair. It’s held monthly so is well worth a visit if you’re in the area!

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Spring is in The Air…Sunday Ramblings

It’s been a few weeks since I last blogged.

Without realising it, I think I had become a bit disheartened with it all, as is not too uncommon a feeling for me. My lack of motivation combined with my low mood led to my writing and photography hiatus – it wasn’t intentional, but I can’t say I actively fought with the apathy. If you’re a creative in any sense of the word, you’ll be familiar with the feeling i’m describing.

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Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018! Reflections & Resolutions

So it’s that time of year once more; a time to look back on what has been and to reflect on what I hope is to come, to wave goodbye to 2017 and welcome in the new year.

If you’ve not read one of my New Years posts before (you can catch up here and here!) then I shall warn you- these posts can get a bit lengthy and deep. Before we begin, grab yourself a cuppa and a cosy blanket. Ready? Let’s go…

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Visiting The Birmingham Christmas Markets

This time last year we were in Nuremberg, bitterly cold but with our hands wrapped around steaming mugs of Gluhwein. We were spending a few days in the city, exploring the traditional Christmas market, soaking up the festive atmosphere, shopping and eating delicious foods – it was wonderful.

I wish we could have gone back this year but sadly due to work and funds (buying a house will do that to you!), it just wasn’t possible. We love a good Christmas market though and decided that if we couldn’t experience a German Christmas market in Germany, we would experience one in England instead. We went for the next best thing; Birmingham’s Frankfurt market.

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Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair, Cambridge

Vintage is quite often seen as the ‘in’ or ‘trendy’ thing these days. It’s become cool to dig through vinyl, re-purpose crazy printed shirts and deck yourself out in accessories from bygone eras.

I myself am a big fan of all things vintage and can easily see why others are so drawn to it. Asides from the ecological/recycle and re-use aspect of it all, vintage items are generally of a better quality and last much longer than their modern counterparts. Additionally, the design/style is better thought out and more unique than what is on the (mass-produced) market these days. After all, who wants a cheap, plastic-smelling bag that’s on every other persons arm when you could own a beautiful handmade number for a fraction of the cost?

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Halloween/Fireworks Night Event

Every year Gareth and I make a special effort to celebrate Halloween. Previous years we have taken a ghost bus tour (dressed as a bat and a vampire) through London at night, gone on a Frightmove house tour (dressed as a pumpkin and a zombie) and have always decorated the house with carved pumpkins, fairy lights, bunting and other spooky goodies.

Some people will inevitably think that Halloween is just another excuse for the big companies and corporations to market yet more junk at us. And I guess it’s true to an extent – but I am a firm believer in celebrating whatever you can, making the most out of life and having fun. So in this house, we celebrate Halloween and we love it.

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Moving House And New Beginnings

In my October Bucket List post I mentioned that Gareth and I are getting ready to move in to our very first house together. Finally, after weeks of uncertainty we have exchanged contracts and have a move in date. As of Friday 13th October, the house will belong to us.

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Autumn Appreciation Post

Piles of golden, rust and burgundy leaves gently gather on the pavement, lining the street with colour as they fall from the trees.

Sunlight filters through branches laden with chestnuts, acorns and conkers and dances in ripples across the floor, illuminating the fallen leaves like sparks of fire. The air is cold and crisp.

It is October and Autumn is in full swing.

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Mushroom Foraging In Autumn

I am an inquisitive person by nature; I am in complete and utter love with the idea of adventure. As a result of this, I am someone who spends a great deal of time exploring places just for the simple pleasure of discovering something.

In my spare time you will often find me outdoors, in a country park, nature reserve or woodlands. As photography is one of my main hobbies, I love to combine my passion for adventure and nature and take lots of photographs of all the weird and wonderful flora and fauna I happen to stumble across on my forays in to the wild.

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A Trip To The RSPB Lodge

Gareth and I just recently bought our very first home. Located in St Neots, it’s a little further afield than I am accustomed to and, whilst I feel excited to be moving, I am not without apprehension too. To make the transition a little easier Gareth and I have spent a couple of weekends exploring St Neots and the surrounding areas. Where we currently live I am spoiled by lush green country parks and woodland. I spend a great deal of time walking in these spaces, feeding the deer and spotting nature.

Naturally I am quite sad to wave goodbye to my favourite haunts however there is one major draw to our new location; The Lodge. Situated a town over, the Lodge is the RSPB headquarters. We are RSPB members and always enjoy exploring new reserves so we were very keen to check this one out. Last weekend we collected up my younger brother Ben and my mum and we did just that!

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Guest Post: Bournemouth Air Festival

Last weekend my lovely fiancé Gareth took a trip down to Bournemouth to watch the Air Festival. Sadly I was unable to make this trip due to other plans but I gave him my camera and asked him to capture the weekend for me that way. He has very kindly written a guest post for my blog detailing the event. The following words and images are his own. 

Growing up I always had a fondness for aeroplanes, passed on to me by my parents. As a child, we would often take the dog for a walk around the local airport watching the passenger flights come and go, wondering what far-off destination they were bound for and listening closely to the air traffic control tower on the radio. In addition to this, my dad was heavily involved in the Royal Air Force (RAF) Air Training Corps (which I also joined) and this led us to visiting a number of air-shows in my childhood. I still remember the thrill of visiting RAF Mildenhall for the annual air-show, which was the biggest in Europe at the time but sadly ceased after the fears following September 11th 2001. (more…)