A lovely weekend

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We decided to take the easy route up to Warnscale bothay which was from Honnister and up over the slate mine. Josh and Dan carried kindling and logs on their backs.. and then had to carry it all the way back down because they bothays were full!

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The photo above and the two below both of Josh and I were taken by Dan Toal. You can view his site here for some more amazing photographs!

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I edited this on Lightroom. I'm trying to use Lightroom more as opposed to using VSCO on my phone. I find it quite hard to use/navigate but with hopefully after a few more practices it will just become second nature.

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Dan was taking some astronomical photographs and he helped me set my camera up so I could capture this. I wanna use my camera more and more, so I'm definitely going to try shooting in manual more often. I also popped this in Lightroom and had a play around.

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This guy lended us his battery powered pump to blow our kayak up. He was a Mancunian who drove up for the weekend in his mahoosive camper van.

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Should be wearing a life jacket but totally forgot to pack them! Next time for sure though, it's a little scary out int he middle of the lake without one.

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I had been craving a roast beef dinner and a glass of wine but because we were short on time (Man Utd v Liverpool match), we had a 'Summit to Eat' vegetable chilli con carne, which by the way is the most delicious 'boil in the bag' type meal I've ever had. It's so tasty! I'm going to try and make my own version at home for bate boxes.

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We have had a truly lovely relaxing weekend. It started on Saturday, of course, with a relaxing morning, a hike up on to Haystacks from Honnister (the quickest route up) because we had planned on stopping in Warnscale Bothay but we were too late, someone had already nabbed it! We tried Dubs Hut but there was a group of seven already in there. We could have fit in with them but decided not to, so we headed back down to the car and off to a bothay in Thirlmere. There was nobody there but there weren't any benches to sleep on so I was against sleeping on the floor. We lit the fire, chatted, ate sweets and had a go at photographing the stars. It was fun!

Today Josh and I went kayaking on Derwent Water. It was such a beautiful morning, the hills were frosty, the sky was blue, the lake SO still. Just the most perfect wintery morning but weirdly not that cold. After a float on the lake and a bite to eat we headed over to Bowness for some Churro's from the ChoccoBar. They were okay, bit stingy on the chocolate sauce and because we wanted to take them away, they were packaged in a huge plastic container. But never mind, I guess we should have brought our own! Then we headed up to Windermere for a waffle from The Little Ice Cream Shop. I didn't actually have one because I was full by this point but of course Josh went all out and got almost everything on his waffle. Now I'm sat at home, waiting for SAS to start. I'm really tired, I can barely keep my eyes open and I am so full, I could be sick.

Work has resumed on the house!

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Our beautiful home all lit up. I love seeing it like this.

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Last night Aaron and Isaac started electrical and plumbing work again on the first floor.

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And tonight, they started ripping down the wooden wall separating the landing and the very small bathroom.

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Another perspective of the hallway/bathroom looking across the landing from the guest bedroom.

Finally, we should start seeing a little more progress with the house! After getting the log burner fitted at the end of November the work seemed to just stop to a halt. With Christmas in the way it was hard to motivate ourselves and get anyone around to come and help, so we let December slide but now we are back in business. The next sort of 'phase' is to get the first floor all wired up and the plumbing sorted. We have plans of each room for the electrics and radiators, which I was planning on sharing here but I left the 'little book of plans' up at the house for the boys to go over. Once we have all this sorted, we can start insulating the walls, dot and dabbing again and then we can actually get it plastered! It doesn't sound like that we have that much to do on the first floor.. but then we have the problem with the attic room. I haven't yet mentioned that we had applied for planning permission for the attic room to extend the roof with a flat roof dormer. The reason for this is because we want to have the top room as our master and en suite and we need the head height above the stairs to allow the room to pass as a 4th bedroom, as well as allow plenty of light to flood in and give us a lovely view of the roof tops and the fells behind when we wake up in the morning. Our planning got rejected at the end of last year but we do have an extension date which is later this month. We still have plans that need to be drawn up and sent off to Yorkshire Dales planning but I'll let you know how that goes. Oh and just a little bit of background info as to why we have to go through planning, where we live is classed as a conservation area and is within the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It's obviously very annoying when you don't get what you want but I totally understand their logic. I'm hoping we can come to some sort of agreement to allow us the extra head height we need and keep the exterior in keeping with the rest of the houses on our street. Anyway, I probably shouldn't admit this as it is only Wednesday but I've had two glasses of red wine whilst I've been cooking tea and now I wanna jump in to bed and fall asleep, ha! I'm currently waiting on Josh and his brothers to get home to eat dinner and watch football so I'm sure there will be lots of noise because there always is when there's football.. especially Man Utd. I created my own meatball sauce this evening.. so I hope it tastes nice. Can't wait to eat it! Speak soon, L.

Date night: Blue Smoke On The Bay

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I don't know why but I'm always attracted to black and white polka dots. I got this from Zara just before Christmas and then I wasn't too sure about it but I'd already cut the label off. It's quite formal but with a pair of black cigarette trousers and a black heel, it looks okay for a meal out. You can find the top here but it does appear to be out of stock.

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I curled my hair every day last week with my new wand. I love it so much but it didn't look as good last night as it had done through the week. I sometimes think the more time you spend on something trying to get it 'perfect', it never works out.

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A date night has been well overdue.. in fact I cannot even tell you the last time we went out for dinner together, just the two of us. Friday date nights are somewhat a distant memory but it always feels extra special when we eventually get round too treating ourselves. Saying that, we actually had a voucher to use which was ever so kindly given to Josh from our friends Erin and Stu for helping with their home renovations. Just to clarify that the voucher was given to Josh for all of his hard work, not me. I did nothing! (Thought I better put that in there because I know that he reads every single one of my posts, hi Josh). There were a few different English Lakes restaurants and hotels we could've used the voucher but after hearing a few bad reviews on the Wild Boar, somewhere we used to go to on special occasions, we decided to give somewhere new a try! We chose a delicious bottle of Argentinian Malbec, which I'd already decided on before arriving. For starters, I went for the lamb kofta and Josh went for the duck pancakes. I was a little disappointed in the lamb kofta to be honest. I do a great version of my own at home, so I wish I had chosen the duck pancakes which I was initially going to go for, but because Josh wanted them I thought I'd choose something different. For mains, we both decided on rump steak and the sauce I chose was to die for... red wine and shallot. My god I could just dip some chips in it now, mmm! The steak was cooked on a flaming grill, which took me right back to Thailand. Whenever we are there, we love to eat BBQ'd pork and chicken and especially BBQ'd sticky rice, so yummy. Obviously we had pudding too because why the hell not, even if my stomach felt as if it was going to burst and shatter in to a billion pieces. It was such a lovely place to dine for the evening but if you do plan on going then I'd suggest asking if you can dine in the area in front of the kitchen because there's much more of an atmosphere then the other small 'conservatory' type room, which we were sat in at first due to a mix up. Speak soon, L.

3 small things I achieved in 2019

As I write down my goals for 2020 whilst sipping a rather large glass of Malbec, I thought it would be good to share with you 3 small achievements of mine from 2019. I didn't think it was possible to do all 3 but boy did I have some determination at times, even when I was intoxicated, I still remembered what I set out to do for the year (I'm referring to achievement no. 3 by the way). They may seem like little goals to you but these were actually 3 of the hardest because I think they are 3 little things that can be easily undone. There were obviously bigger achievements, for example buying our house (best day of my life), completing the Great North Swim and actually managing to pass my SSI in Koh Tao of all places but I'm super proud of these 3 especially. Remember that whatever resolutions or goals you have made or decide to make this year, have a few small goals and remember that you can do it and you will do it, you just need a bit of determination.

 ‍‍1. I didn't buy a single plastic bag

2019 was the year when I truly realised how the human race was impacting the planet. The number of Instagram posts, Facebook posts, videos etc. I saw online about plastic pollution really did have an effect on me and I pledged at the beginning of the year to not buy a single plastic bag. I visited Thailand earlier in the year and for those who have travelled Asia but or some of the poorer parts on the continent, you will have probably noticed the amount of litter and the amount of plastic is used on a daily basis. I must admit, it was hard to avoid it in Thailand especially because you cannot drink the tap water out there and all the food you buy on the market stalls is wrapped in plastic and handed to you in a plastic bag. Back home though, here in England, I do remember my reusable shopping bags every single time I go shopping. It's easy for me because I live away from the major super markets, so it's always a planned trip over, whereas I can see how easily forgotten bags must be when you pop in for the odd bits. I've tried so hard to be less wasteful in a number of different ways and I still hope to make small changes this year. It's really difficult to be perfect but I thought that by setting myself this goal for the year, it would make it an easier achievement than setting several 'don't buy any plastic' goals.

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I fished this out from the sea on Karon beach in Phuket. This wasn't the only thing I picked up that day. There were more than 10 plastic bottles that washed up on the shore in front of us. I will always do my bit for the sea life and clean up wherever I go.

2. I didn't have a single ounce of sugar in my tea

This is like a huge achievement for me. I love a sweet cuppa tea but when I started working in an office, drinking several cups of tea a day, I soon began to notice how much sugar I was actually drinking. Not only was I drinking it in my tea, I was also dunking biscuits in my tea too, so something had to give. January 1st 2019 I just stopped putting sugar in my tea and got used to it. I didn't wean myself off it, I simply just cut it out and I haven't looked back since. I must admit that I probably have upped my biscuit in take, so I'm going to try my absolute best to cut down this year. Although, I'm happy to give myself a treat every now and again just not every brew time!

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 ‍‍3. I didn't smoke a single cigarette

Little bit of a confession.. (sorry Mum and Dad), I began smoking when I was about 15. It was something most of us used to do throughout our teenage years and it was easy to get hold of them when the local pub had a 'cigarette vending machine', with easy access through the back door. I remember when a pack of 20 Lambert and Butler would cost £6 and a few of us would share them for the week. Now, I don't even know how much they cost but I know that I certainly couldn't afford them and I certainly do not want to damage my health any more than I have done. I haven't smoked regularly for 6 years because I gave them up when I met Josh - he didn't like it at all. However, I started social smoking, having a fag with my friends after a drink, outside in the nice fresh (smoky) air but then I decided in 2019 that I wouldn't touch one at all. There were hard times, especially when I was offered them down at the local by friends I hadn't seen for some time but I restrained myself and I am so bloody proud of myself for doing so.

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Jeez, that was a lengthy post for a Friday evening! I hope you managed to make it to the bottom! Anyway, after two glasses of wine and a delicious home made curry, I'm almost ready for bed. Speak soon and have a truly wonderful weekend. Lots of love, L.

Removing yet another wall

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What a miserable weekend it's been. I was expecting it though, as I check the forecast religiously. We spent the weekend at the house, knocking through yet another wall. We decided to do this to allow the smallest room in the house an extra foot of space. It will be our walk in wardrobe/dressing room and although not a bedroom at this stage in our lives, it could be in the future and the extra foot would make all the difference, especially when we wouldn't miss it in the other room as we still have enough space for a fitted wardrobe which will sit flush with the door. It's hard to explain but you'll see what I mean when it's done. We had another load of rubble to get rid of, which Dad and Alex helped with. I can't do too much heavy lifting at the moment as my back has been in a bit of pain. The Doctor said it's just a strained muscle though, so light exercise and plenty of rest for me, bliss! Time seems to be going so slow this evening. I don't want to complain because it's the last day of the Christmas holiday's before I go back to work tomorrow but it feels so much later than it actually is. I've just prepared some veg for tea to go along with our fillet steaks I bought from the butcher. Garlic mushrooms, roasted cherry tomatoes, fried onions and of course home made chips before the health kick starts tomorrow. God, how many times did I say that in 2019? I'm hoping that because it is a new year, I might give it a better go and I have written a bit of a meal/workout plan down to keep me on track. We'll see how that goes! Anyway, I've got some stuff to do before work tomorrow and before SAS: Who Dares Wins at 9pm this evening! My eyes are also stinging from the fried onions sizzling away. Speak soon, L.

First wild swim of 2020

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From Blea Tarn looking over to the Langdale Pikes.

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Josh cooked bacon butties before I headed in for a swim and decided to bring this inflatable seat thing along with him so he was comfortable, ha!

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Thinking to myself 'what am I doing?'...

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Half way there!

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And I'm in!

Can't believe it's Friday. My last holiday of the Christmas holidays. I still have the weekend to look forward to and lots of house work to be getting on with but when I checked the forecast for today, I knew that we just had to get out and do something, anything, other than being at home and running rubble/broken wood down the stairs all day long. So, I said we should go for a dip! Josh brought his swimming trunks along but it was really cold so he decided not to go in. I don't blame him to be honest, I don't think I could have gone in without a wetsuit on. It was that cold my hands were frozen, I could barely move them so I didn't stay in for long. It actually felt like I was getting rigor mortis! I thought Blea Tarn would've been fairly quiet, with it being a Friday morning but there were so many families walking around the tarn. In fact, just driving through to the Lakes itself was absolutely heaving. Traffic and people EVERYWHERE! That's why I'm quite glad I live away from the Lakes. Don't get me wrong, I love it, especially because the walking and the scenery is great but it attracts so many tourists (me being one of them). It's great for trade and all the local shops but I don't think I could face living somewhere that busy, all year round. Anyway, I'm going to wash my face, get some comfy clothes on and relax before tea. I don't know why but I feel super anxious at the moment, like my mind is constantly working over time. I've been hooked to my phone, which is really frustrating me. I feel like I'm always looking for inspiration, things to do or look forward to. I need a break from it I think, just not sure I can do it! I'm actually looking forward to getting back to work and in to more of a routine. I actually love routine, getting up at a certain time, knowing where I am, what I'm doing. It sounds daft but it actually keeps me mentally well.

New Years Day

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I didn't go out New Years Eve. We were supposed to spend the evening in, with fillet steak, red wine and vanilla slices to finish the night off but Josh decided to go out with my Dad and Brother, so I saw the New Year in on my own watching John Wick 3. I was determined to wake up early and witness the first sunrise of 2020, so I went on a nice quiet walk up the fell and I did just that. It was so peaceful, the birds were singing and it was surprisingly warm. There was only one other walker out on the hills, she was sat on the trig watching the sun come up as I reached the top of Winder. I was surprised there weren't any more walkers out but I guess most were hung over or had plans for the day.

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It's become a bit of a family tradition of ours that we spend NYD in Kirkby Lonsdale. Our first stop is always The Royal. It was absolutely rammed but we did manage to get a seat.

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I asked Josh to get some photos for my Instagram because I never do my make up or wear anything nice these days. It's a new year resolution of mine to make more of an effort with my appearance. It's just so difficult when you can go to work in leggings and big baggy jumpers and then spend the rest of your time either working on the house, at the gym or lounging around at home.

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Josh, Dad and my brother Alex.

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I actually bought myself a new dress to wear but unfortunately it looked like a tent and was not me at all, so I wore my black blazer, black trousers, printed t-shirt and a pair of heels. My Mum got me this little cross body bag for Christmas.

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Can't believe I've been with this one 6 years already. We've changed so much and grown up together in that time, I'm so looking forward to what 2020 has in store for us.

Here we are, 2020. It sounds so futuristic doesn't it? What are your hopes, dreams and plans for the year? Mine aren't anything too unrealistic, I just hope that my loved ones are happy, healthy and have plenty of money, haha! I spent NYE writing all mine down which I'm going to stick in an envelope and open them before the new year (2021). The obvious ones would be 1. to lose weight, tone up and get fit. I'd love to be able to run regularly, without having to stop every 2 minutes to catch my breath. 2. spend less time on my phone. I'm giving myself an 8pm curfew for when I'm sat at home and I'm going to put my phone away from wherever I am. I'll only check it before I go to bed for any messages. 3. witness more sunrises, which means waking up earlier and getting out the house before the sun makes an appearance. I've realised that being out in the fresh air is really good for my head. I think about things and talk to myself about whatever I may be feeling, thinking etc. Not out loud but just in my head to myself. I get really lost in thought and it's just so good to start the day that way. I do have a lot more resolutions but I don't want to share them just yet, as I feel it may jinx them. Hopefully it doesn't jinx the three I have just shared because I'm so ready to make some changes in my life. Anyway, I hope you all had a wonderful New Year, whatever it was you decided to do. Speak soon, L.

Photo diary from today

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I cannot wait to get rid of this turquoise blue. Josh sawed the old drain down and we removed the outside light. Still undecided on what lights to go for for the back door... Maybe I'll do some researching this evening!

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Lunch at the Black Bull Hotel. Soup and a sandwich cost us £7.50 and it was delicious!

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Ah, sunset from our attic and again from our walk back to the flat. It's a new moon too which means you must turn your purse over for good luck and you mustn't look at the moon through a window before hand! So my Gran tells me..

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Knocking through the lath and plaster from the attic in to the walk in wardrobe. Much easier than getting shit in your hair!

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So pretty! Sedbergh looks so beautiful at Christmas with all the shops fairy lights and Christmas tree lights.

It's been a while since a house update and although we had planned on getting lots done today, we ended up staying in bed until late morning watching Witcher and then made mushrooms on toast, my absolute favourite breakfast, before heading to the house at 12pm and starting work. Then shortly after our friends Molly and Shaun arrived, so we ended up talking through the whole house process with them and then we decided to go for a bite to eat at our local pub. As soon as we knew it, it was 4pm, so we did a bit of ripping out and de-nailing the joists but decided to call it a night. I mean, it is Christmas after all! Now we are home, Josh is on COD (as per usual) and that's us in for the night. I actually need to go through my outfit choices for New Years Day and I might, just might treat myself to something new.. we will see about that though. I also need to find myself a suitable diary for 2020 cause I'm itching to get my plans written down for the year ahead. Any recommendations on where to buy one from? Anyway, speak soon, L.

Boxing Day walk – testing out my Christmas presents

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Before the snow blizzard.

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New backpack alert! I got my very own bag for Christmas. Usually I use one of Josh's old bags so it was never something I desperately needed. Josh picked this one for me and I absolutely love it! You can see it here if you like the look of it. It's super comfy and the colour of it is just so me.

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Alex also treated himself to a new bag from Lowe Alpine. It is a lovely red colour and comes with this waterproof cover, ideal when the weather was like it was the other day.

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I think ham and coleslaw sandwiches are my favourite sandwich ever.

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This Rab storm shelter was a little stocking filler I got for Josh last Christmas and this was the first time we've had to use it. It is only a two man shelter, so Dad and Alex ate their sandwiches behind a wall. Oh god, that sounds awful of us but to be honest the weather wasn't that bad! We just wanted to test it out. You can view that here too!

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Dad, myself and Alex on High Street before the descent down.

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On our way down Rough Edge as the weather started to clear. The views from here are incredible.

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Dad purchased me a pair of Rab fleece lined leggings which, oh my god, have changed my life. I wanna wear them every single day, I want to wear them to work, to bed, to lounge about in, they are literally the best. AND even after walking through all that snow, my legs were bone dry! Amazing, highly recommended and you can view them here.

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Dad also got to wear his new Gortex jacket. I love the colour of it! Everybody probably thought we looked like the bloody Teletubbies in all our colour jackets and bags!

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I love these photos of the landscape. They are so moody and dramatic. I never got my camera out because the weather was too bad so all of these photos have been taken on my iPhone.

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Blea Tarn with High Street in the background.

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Not a care in the world. I love being outside so much. I'm thankful that I have my family who will force me to get outside, wind, rain or shine. It's so good for my soul and to just walk and think about everything and anything.

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We popped in to the Haweswater Hotel for a bite to eat and a hot chocolate. It's a lovely art deco style hotel. We all said how lovely it would be to get married there!

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Alex and his Bailey's hot chocolate.

Well, I think last nights sleep was one of the best nights sleep I've had in a very long time. After a long 4 hour walk yesterday, some grub and a nice warm bed, I was out for the count until 10:30 this morning. I have however, jolted my back and I'm in quite a bit of pain with it. It's been sore now for a month so I think it's time I go and see my Dr for some advice because I feel crippled with pain. Yesterday I tested out my new Arc'teryx back pack. Isn't it just lovely? I've wanted my own bag for a little while now and when I opened this present on Christmas Day I immediately fell in love with the colour. It didn't come with a waterproof cover unlike Josh's, Dad's and Alex's bag but I actually found that my stuff inside didn't get wet at all. I had a spare pair of socks and a spare head band on the outer zip pocket, which was completely dry. So, even though we were walking through a snow blizzard for over an hour, my camera and everything inside stayed bone dry. The Rab fleece lined leggings were also a saviour. These were a Christmas present from my Dad and it's something I've been hinting at, ever since my work colleague recommended them. They are SO comfy and soft and surprisingly water resistant. Even though my leggings were wet, they hadn't actually managed to get through the fleece lining which meant by legs were dry and warm! Alex also got me an Arc'teryx head band to match my bag. I wore that too which was lovely and lightweight, warm and soft. We don't often buy each other presents so it was a nice surprise. The other presents that I received from the rest of my family weren't walking related so I didn't test anything else out. We had a lovely Christmas, ate lots of food, sat in front of the fire, watched films, slept, had a massage courtesy of my brother and just had a lovely, non stressful, quiet Christmas. Josh and I are planning to host Christmas next year with a roast turkey and all the trimmings, seeing as though we haven't had that for the past two years. I do hope that the house is ready by then, although it doesn't look promising at the moment seeing as though we are never there! Fingers crossed though because I already have my decorations in mind. Anyway, hope you enjoyed this post and I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and spent it doing exactly what you wanted to be doing. I know that this time of year isn't always easy for a lot of people. Wishing you all the best in 2020, lots of love, L.

Christmas Eve

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It's tradition that every single Christmas Eve, I spend the first few hours of the evening at my best friends house with her family, drinking Prosecco. Of course, this year was no different... besides from the fact that her elder sister has just announced that she's having a baby! It's so exciting and slightly scary because we all grew up together playing with 'my little ponies', baby Benjamin and baby Annabel. Anyway, as per usual, I drank too much and ended up feeling not so well for Christmas Day. By 'not so well', I mean throwing up in the toilet for the majority of the morning and nursing a bad head. I didn't touch a drop of alcohol until about 8pm on Christmas Day and I genuinely don't think I can touch anymore until the New Year now. I'd love to give t-total a go but I don't want to commit to it, so after New Years Day we will see how it goes. I'm actually thinking about what I want to cut out or aim for in 2020. I began 2019 by writing down all the things I'd love to achieve and it certainly helped me on my way for a very successful and happy year. Do you have any New Years resolutions you'd like to share? I'd love to know what they entail if you do, whether it be something big or even just something small. Sometimes the small ones are much more achievable. Come to think of it, I'd really love to cut my screen down time on my iPhone. I'm thinking of giving myself a 8:30pm curfew and putting it on silent so that I can actually be present when I'm sat at home. I'd also like to start reading more too because it actually helps me sleep better. I'll have a think about some other resolutions and share them before 2019 is over and done with. I'm actually already tucked up in bed watching 'destination wedding' on Netflix. It seems quite good but I'll probably fall asleep watching it because I am suuuuuuuper tired. Anyway, enjoy the rest of Boxing Day. Speak soon, L.

A wet, cold and windy walk in the Langdale Pikes

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I cannot believe it is Christmas eve, eve! How fast has December gone? I genuinely feel as though the past couple of months have just gone in a blink of an eye. I only have a half day left at work tomorrow until a little break for Christmas and I am so looking forward to it, especially after a full on weekend. We ended up out for drinks on Black Eyed Friday with Lena and Sam who we visited in Romania a couple of years ago. It was so, so nice to see them and even though the last time we saw them was back in February, it didn't feel that long ago at all. After a busy day shopping on Saturday, I ended up in bed with a really bad headache, I was shivering with cold and felt really nauseous. After a good few hours feeling this way, I asked Josh to call 111 for some advice as I really did not feel right. They asked a few questions and from my answers they advised me to see a GP within 2 hours. By half 10, we were sat in the Out Patients at our local hospital and even though I felt better, the Dr said it appeared I had experienced a bad migraine and the only way to help if it happens again is to lie down in a dark room and take paracetamol. I think I must have been like super dehydrated or something because I've never had anything that painful before, right behind my right eye. The only time was actually back in Thailand after our long haul flight to Bangkok and I woke up the first night in Pattaya and had to call reception for some pain killers but that was the only time and I put it down to dehydration from the flight and from being on my period too, which is funnily enough the same time now. After that little episode, I feared that I may not feel good enough in the morning for a walk but after a cup of tea and a bit of toast, I thought that the fresh air might help me feel alive again so off we went, on one of the worst weather days of the year, up Bowfell and over the Langdale Pikes. We met a group of Josh's old school friends and even though we were soaked through to the bone by the end of it, it was actually really nice to experience the mountains in this weather. I am a fair weather walker because that's the easiest type of walking but it was actually quite exhilarating, challenging and much harder work to be out in the cold, wind and rain. Not sure I'll be doing it again anytime soon but it's good to push yourself sometimes. Speak soon, L.

Walking in the Howgills

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There are a few ways you can reach the top of Winder and Higher Winder but my favourite way up is from Joss Lane in Sedbergh. You can follow the footpath up and alongside the stream. It's a steep walk up to begin with because you gain the most height in the first half an hour or so but the views over Sedbergh are just lovely.

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It looks so much later but by 10am we reached the bottom of Winder, which us locals call 'the fell wall'. If you want something easy, you can just follow the wall along to the farm and back down Howgill Lane. I quite like to run/jog this route in the Summer, as it tends to get a little boggy in the Autumn/Winter months.

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Alex and Josh on our way up.

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For the first time ever, we headed up to Higher Winder. You can see the top of Winder in the distance, following the path down to the right hand side.

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Alex playing in the snow and another view looking down towards the height of Winder.

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A selfie for the photo album.

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Looking up towards Higher Winder. The clouds kept coming and going, which made it look so wintery at times.

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The three musketeers.

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The summit of Higher Winder. By the way, apparently coming down from here on a mountain bike is a great route. I'm not a mountain biker but for those who are, Alex holds the fastest downhill record.

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Sat on my bum to take a little 'shoefie' with the view. The clouds cleared on our way back down, revealing the beautiful blue sky.

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Josh and I taking in the views.

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Almost at the bottom. There are also a few routes down but we decided to head towards Howgill Lane, and across to Lockbank Farm.

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We ended up at Smatt's Duo for a cuppa tea and some food.  I went for the chicken coronation jacket potato with cheese (duh), Dad and Josh had the burger, Mum had a bacon and egg butty and Alex went for a sandwich with chips, cheese & sweet chilli sauce. Love the food there, it's absolutely perfect after a morning of walking.

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Hi lovelies, I hope all is well and the lead up to Christmas isn't too stressful. I never understand how some of us get so stressed about food and presents. I never had and hopefully I never will. We still haven't arranged our Christmas food yet but apparently Josh and Dad are sorting that on Christmas eve, eve so I don't even have to head in to town to do that! I do however still have all my Christmas presents to purchase but I do have a list ready for Mum, Dad and Gran. I only have one present idea for Josh and non for Alex because he is SO hard to buy for. Anyone else's brother the same? Anyway, if I don't think of anything then I guess he'll have to do with out.. again! If you wanna throw some suggestions at me though, you are very welcome. I'm currently laying in bed, wrapped in fresh bed sheets after a nice warm shower, watching Kung Fu Panda. Sunday's are my favourite and even better when you've had fun playing in the snow, eating out and spending the day with your family. Honestly, my family are irreplaceable. I'm so lucky to have such a close knit bond with them, as I know it's not always the case. There aren't many parents and siblings you would happily go out drinking on a weekend with or walking in the countryside with and still get on by the end of the evening! Right, I think it's about time I close my laptop down and switch my phone on silent so I can make the most of the Sunday we have left before work in the morning. Speak soon, L.