It’s been a good week! Let’s ignore the part where I’m so hungover that I’m drip-feeding myself a whole box of watermelon, shall we? Good! Onto the favourites!
Thursday, 9 March 2017
Wednesday, 8 March 2017
I like going on mini breaks in the UK. Over the years, I’ve covered pretty much everywhere, from York to the Cotswolds, to Cornwall and Kent, and I’ve got to be honest – although I love it, I really didn’t think England could surprise me anymore.
Recently we really needed a break, but my husband has just started a new job and couldn’t get a lot of time off so we decided to stay in the UK. The Lake District just stuck out to me as a place that, weirdly, I’d never been, so as we had four days, we booked a little cottage with a hot tub in Pooley Bridge, and last Friday made the long road trip (made longer by me drinking a large Costa caramel latte and needing to stop for the loo roughly six times) down to Ullswater Lake.
And honestly – I was amazed by how stunning it was. I have honestly never seen scenery like it in real life. We dropped our bags in the little cottage and walked out onto our little veranda and just stared at the view. Even in the rain, with the sheep huddling under the trees for shelter, it was so gorgeous.
I don’t think I’ve actually ever seen snow-topped mountains in real life and it just felt like every direction we looked, it got more beautiful. We spent the first evening in the cottage, eating dinner and trying out the hot tub, which – despite it being freezing cold and raining outside, was really enjoyable!
It had rained solidly for 24 hours on the Friday and so we were happily surprised to wake up on Saturday to beautiful sunshine. We made the most of the morning by completing Keswick park run – I’ve written about my love for park runs here, and this one, which took you through a winding wood, past waterfalls and over bridges, might be the most fun one I’ve ever done. Not my fastest time by any means, but so worth it!
After recovering via eggs and avocado, we headed to the Ullswater Lake where we spent our first day. The second largest lake in the Lake District, and often considered the most beautiful, Ullswater Lake is home to the Ullswater steamers – boats which take you across the lake from Pooley Bridge to Glenridding.
We followed a typical walkers route, getting the steamer across to Glenridding – where we had a little wander and warmed up with a cup of tea – and then back to Howtown, before we walked the 6 miles back to Pooley Bridge.
I love a good countryside walk. In London, everyone is always rushing everywhere, and it’s so nice to just wander along in the sunshine.
Just the act of putting one foot in front of the other and not really think about anything. The views were insane and we also took a little detour to see the Cockpit stone circle, a prehistoric site which – like Stonehenge – is something of a mystery.
It’s a bit smaller than Stonehenge, though!
We arrived back at our cottage, tired but happy, and celebrated with drinks in the Jacuzzi! It's a great length walk - about two and a half hours with lots of different terrain and views so you don't get bored. Fully recommend it.
Afterwards we headed into Pooley Bridge for a well-deserved pub dinner at the Pooley Bridge Inn.
We chose our location in Pooley Bridge completely at random, based on the accommodation available. Since then, a lot of people we’ve spoken to who know the Lake District well have said we were lucky to pick Ullswater rather than some of the better-known tourist destinations (like Windemere/Ambleside). Having not been to the latter, I can’t make a comparison, but I will say that Ullswater Lake was so beautiful we are already making plans to return, and that our cottage was the perfect base!
Have you ever been to the Lake District - what did you think?
Monday, 27 February 2017
Despite the fact that when I uploaded my Instagram photo I was immediately followed by an account called ‘Cuckold Escorts’ (err, no ta), Swingers, which you can find in the city of London behind the Gherkin building, has nothing to do with keys in bowls and everything to do with crazy golf. I had heard of it, looked it up and seen it was sold out, and promptly forgotten all about it until this weekend when my sister-in-law and her husband came to stay and he wanted to go.
Wednesday, 15 February 2017
Reading – this post on Scarphelia’s blog about why she’s no longer going to be posting on her blog. She touches on the very troubling reality of living life on the Internet, and her section on happiness is genuinely one of the most beautifully real things I’ve read in a long time. I’ve written before on why I no longer aim to be a fulltime blogger, and while being creative and having a hobby is something I truly enjoy, there’s a truth in Katie’s post that I think a lot of us need to hold onto. Since reading it, a lot of blog posts/Youtube videos that I’ve previously enjoyed seem to ring a little hollow, and I’ve found myself putting my phone away a lot more – and I’m grateful to this piece for that.
Listening to – My Dad Wrote A Porno, series 2. With my husband in my pyjamas, late on Sunday morning, whilst eating homemade banana pancakes and maple syrup and laughing till I cried. I don’t know why this concept is so hilarious and how it continues to make me cry laugh, but I love it.
Watching – House of Cards, which I think strikes the perfect balance between the ludicrously overdramatic Scandal and the slightly-too-serious-sometimes West Wing. We are on about episode 12 of series one and I love it, although I do think all the characters conduct themselves a little bit strangely and not necessarily in a way that real life people would act, but still, bearing in mind Donald Trump is currently President, maybe this is just how people in the White House behave. Anyway, excellent show.
Buying – a Gucci belt. I know, I know I shouldn’t have, but I did. When I’m eating toast three meals a day at the end of this month, please refer me back to this post, okay?
Eating – We went to Café Rouge with Ian’s parents on Saturday night and I just had the absolute best meal – poached egg starter, duck and dauphinoise potatoes with sweet cherry sauce main, and the most excellent dry white wine. But for dessert I didn’t fancy anything big so I just ordered some salted caramel truffles and oh. My. God. Honestly, if you go, GET THEM, and you should go just for that reason alone, I swear. I never wanted them to end. Happiness.
Lusting over – the new Hades jumper range. I want every single one of them, but this completely gorgeous pink ‘Bonjour Tristesse’ one is my favourite. (FYI, I looked up what tristesee means and it means sadness, which I think is a bit melancholy but that’s the whole point of the collection after all). If anyone has a spare £160, let me know.
Tuesday, 14 February 2017
Because love really is all around, everyone.
1. You will talk cynically about how Valentine’s Day is stupid and not even a real holiday, you should show love every single day of the year, and it’s all just a big farce created by Hallmark to get you to buy more pieces of folded card for £4.99. You are too cool for Valentine’s Day, obviously. It's just another day, right?
2. And then you’ll throw a mega tantrum when your other half tells you actually, he’s going to spend the 14th at work drinks because it's just another day, right? He just doesn’t get it.
Monday, 13 February 2017
I love Valentine’s Day – whether you think it’s all commercialised or not, it’s a good excuse to spoil the people you love. Normally, it’s also an excuse for dinner and drinks out - but Valentine’s Day is on a Tuesday this year, and let’s face it, who wants to go out on a Tuesday night in February? It’s cold. It’s probably going to rain. The sofa is calling. But you still want the night to be special, so here are my tips…
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