Monday, 17 December 2012

My furry friends!

Aside from the few pets I had as a child; fish, a stick insect named Bevis and Guinea Pigs, I named mine Babe (the Guinea Pig not Sheep Pig), I've never had any big pets e.g. a massive dog! So naturally I love that Rich and his family have their own little tribe of furry goodness.

I was clearing out my iPhone photos the other day and realised that the majority of the photos I've taken are of the cats and dog, so I thought I'd share a couple with you.




Wednesday, 12 December 2012

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

This weekend I finally put up my christmas tree!! Despite having the urge since the 1st December, I left it for another week and finally put my £15 bargain beauty together.

I'm a bit of a tree snob, as putting the tree up is my favourite thing about Christmas and I've been known to cry over a rubbish tree before, but I was pleasantly surprised at how nice it looks when it's decorated.

Obviously the only way to end a day of decorating is with a mug of hot chocolate and Elf on tv.

Hope you're all getting in the Christmas spirit and not letting crazy shoppers drag you down.


Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Goodbye Autumn

Ahh it feels like a long time since I last blogged, but now we finally have internet I fully intend to get back into it. The past fortnight has been so up and down, work has been ridiculously busy, the flat finally feels like home, and the weather has just been mental. We've gone from having the worst flooding I've ever seen, to bitter sunny days with a chance of snow today (yipee). 

Autumn is by far my favourite season, although I dislike the long dark evenings, it's worth it for the beautiful colours of autumn and snuggly jumpers! So seeing as autumn has definitely come to a close, I thought I'd share a couple of photos I managed to get out and take over the last few weeks before winter has well and truly kicked in. 

It's so good to be back.


Thursday, 1 November 2012

Halloween and a 'Goodbye'

The day I'd really not been looking forward to finally came, our family home is no longer ours. Yesterday was d-day, the day my Dad moved out and the new people moved in. I took the day off so I could go and have one last goodbye, and cry my little eyes out. It's amazing how the bigger rooms in the house seemed so small without all of our 'stuff'. It wasn't home anymore, just an empty shell. 

But I know it's for the best. As one door closes another opens and all that. It was definitely time for new beginnings, for Dad and for us. It'll always be 'our home', where all of our memories come from. But now it's time for a new family to enjoy it and make their own memories and I hope it brings them as much happiness as it's brought me/us. 

On a lighter note it was Halloween, my favourite holiday of all. I wish we celebrated it more in the UK but I still enjoyed carving pumpkins, decorating the window and watching what I thought was a scary film (turns out it was sci-fi, gutted). Sadly we didn't have a single trick-or-treater so I will be tucking into the sweets tonight as I finish unpacking the flat. 

Here are my pumpkins:

Hope you had a great halloween.


Monday, 29 October 2012

Day trippin' #11 Cider & Apple Weekend at Killerton

Last weekend was the annual Cider and Apple weekend at Killerton House & Gardens, a treat for all apple lovers. Killerton has many apple orchards so produce their own ciders and apple juice on site, as an apple juice lover I can tell you it's very scrummy. As always, the National Trust puts on some good entertainment, live music, archery and a chance to see some old fashioned apple pressing.
It was also a great opportunity to get out in the sunshine and enjoy the beautiful colours of autumn, my favourite season of all. For a change, here are a few of my photos, my favourite is the old couple holding hands!



Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Day Trippin' #10 The Gaslight Anthem

Despite Rich constantly moaning about my taste in music and hating what come's on in my car, and asking 'who sings this?' everytime they came on, he finally started liking the Gaslight Anthem. When they announced that they were touring I really wanted to go but the closest gigs were Birmingham or London so I sort of dismissed it. But Rich being ever so lovely got us tickets as a surprise yipeeee.

We made a day of it and headed off to Birmingham early for a quick trip to Ikea for flat things and to leave plenty of time for a walk around the town centre. I can safely say I never want to go to the Bull Ring again. Yeah it's got lots of shops and whatnot but it was so busy I wanted to cry.

Anyway, on to the good stuff. The gig was AMAZING!! Brian Fallon's voice was just as good live as recorded and they were just so so good. If you haven't heard them before you should definitely check them out, 59 Sound is my personal favourite album but they're all pretty great.


Let me know what you think of them.


Tuesday, 23 October 2012

10 Years

10 years ago today my wonderful Mum passed away. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about her and miss her. Love you Mum. xx

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Day trippin #9 Budleigh Salterton

Being the loser that I am, throughout the week you'll find me looking at the Met Office app to see what weekend will bring weather wise. Last week was a treat, it was like a summers day in October so naturally as the sun had come out we went to the beach. I'd been wanting to go to Budleigh Salterton to take photos of the beach huts before they were removed for the winter, this year the council owned ones had been painted lovely pastel colours so the camera had to come out. Obviously being food lovers we had to take a picnic and have an ice cream, it was only right seeing as we were at the seaside. 

So here are a few photos from our day out. My favourite is the old boys soaking up the sun and the scenery on their mobility scooters, they were pretty popular with anyone with a camera!

Hope you've had a great weekend.


Friday, 19 October 2012


At the end of August Rich and I went on a 'staycation' to Cornwall. Yes, this post really is that late!! But anyway, because I just love sharing my photos with you from our random little trips, our staycation is no exception. Enjoy!

Our first day/night was spent in Padstow, a lovely harbour town on the north coast of Cornwall. I hadn't been there since I was a toddler so couldn't remember it at all but it was really beautiful, even with the masses of tourists. My only advice would be to never go in the school holidays, you can't move for people and everything is more expensive. We stayed at Padstow Touring Park which is about a mile away from the harbour and with its own footpath route into the town (don't make the mistake of walking down it if it's rained unless you have wellies!!!). It took about half an hour though and has lovely views of the river as you walk down into the town.
After the mandatory walk around the town and fish and chips in the harbour we found the beach and got down to some serious paddling!

The second stop on our staycation was St Ives, my favourite place in Cornwall. It has the best beaches, surf and mix of shops. Our campsite, Little Trevarrack, was at Carbis Bay. I'd recommend it to anyone, they offer a bus into the town that goes every hour, has a heated swimming pool, games room and clean, modern shower blocks. It really does have everything you could need.
We had perfect weather and Rich even attempted body boarding, sadly the waves weren't up to much but we had a good splash around. The best part was possibly the ice cream shop on the harbour that was open until midnight, the ice cream was scrummy and you could pick a topping, we chose nuts, it was delish!


On the final day of our staycation we went to St Michaels Mount, somewhere I've been wanting to visit my whole life. It's always seemed so magical that it's on an island that can only be accessed when the tide is out, lets face it it would be an awesome place to live.

We ended our lovely little holiday with a visit at my 'Nanny Cornwall's house. As always it was great to see her and hear even more old stories. I love how the older people get the greater story tellers they become.

Now I better go and unpack some more boxes, sigh!

Take care