A weekend in Edinburgh

Celebrating my Mum's 60th birthday

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Where we stayed

We stopped at this beautiful Georgian apartment in Stockbridge. It has three double bedrooms, a good sized kitchen and dining space and a huge cosy lounge. There was everything we needed to spend a weekend there. Lucy (the host) kindly left us a bottle of Prosecco in the fridge for Mum's 60th and told us to help ourselves to any condiments.

The apartment was only a short walk away from Princes Street but Stockbridge itself is a quirky part of Edinburgh. It has some lovely shops and bars and on a Sunday there is a food market about a 5 minute walk from the apartment.

The apartment is on the top floor, which I think is up 6 or 7 flights of stairs and unfortunately there isn't a lift, which would make it tough for anyone elderly or impossible for anyone who requires wheelchair access. There is parking outside on the single yellow lines which is fine to park on over the weekend but you must move before 8:30am on Monday. There are a few car parks nearby you can pay for though.

If you are interested in booking, you can find it here.

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The Last Word Saloon

We enjoyed some really good cocktails at The Last Word Saloon in Stockbridge, literally a 3 minute walk from the apartment. There are lots of delicious cocktails to choose from from their menu but I did ask the waiter for his suggestions. We had espresso martini's, porn star martini's, gin based cocktails with a citrusy kick and a very strong one with absinthe! To be honest, they were all strong and I'd say certainly worth the £7-£8 price.

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Went shopping but didn't spend any money...

I tried on this gorgeous wax Barbour jacket that I've been wanting for ages but resisted because I'd rather put that money towards getting the house finished. Also tried on some ace hats from Barbour and Levi, which I loved but I never wear hats. I think I just wanted to try and be a little 'cool' because I was in the city. I love visiting cities because I love to see what everyone else is wearing but it also annoys me that I don't have anywhere to wear nice clothes to when I'm home because all we do is work, exercise (sometimes) or go walking so there's no need to wear trendy stuff because it's not practical! When we get the house done though, I'm going to invest in some pieces I've been dying to get my hands on for ages and then I can actually do my make up and wear nice things once in a while!

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My first time in Edinburgh was great, I just wish we could have stayed a little longer and booked restaurants and things to do in advance, as there weren't any tickets for the castle or the dungeons, two things I really wanted to do. I'm 100% going to return as soon as I can as I'd love to go with Josh for Christmas or for our anniversary later this year. A few recommendations were to drink cocktail at the Dome, walk to Arthur's Seat, drinks/food at the Ivy, spend an afternoon at Camera Obscura and a few other restaurant recommendations.

Our Scottish Highland’s road trip fail

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Sunday

First image: One of the most photographed houses in Scotland.

Second image: The Yakima SkyRise roof top tent when we first set it up. Loaned from The Roof Box Company.

Third image: The roof top tent again at dusk.

Fourth image: The River Coe.

Fifth image: Drinking red wine by the fire.

Sixth image: Kelly, Kurt and Josh sat by the fire at the Red Squirrel campsite.

 

This Sunday we set off on a road trip to Scotland. We headed up past Glasgow and Loch Lomond to Glencoe, where we stayed at the Red Squirrel campsite.

The campsite is lovely, set by the River Coe and nestled in the trees, it's quiet, well kept and a nice safe place to stay. It was £25 for Josh and I to stay, which we thought was worth it because we know the toilets and showers are kept so clean and it's set in such a picturesque area. Last time we visited the Red Squirrel campsite was back in 2017. It was much quieter then and we woke up to deer around our tent!

Kelly and Kurt decided to stop by on their way home from Ullapool. It was nice to catch up with them and hear of their adventures on Harris - where we were heading to! I was so excited and Kelly kindly lent us her two paddle boards.

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Monday

First image: The van parked somewhere on Skye.

Second image: Josh walking, also somewhere on Skye.

Third image: Erik sat in the heather.

Fourth image: Uig harbour.

Fifth image: Uig harbour from our bed.

Sixth image: Erik fast asleep in the roof tent.

 

We woke up early, cooked ourselves a bacon and egg butty, packed up and continued our journey to the Isle of Skye. We stopped off at Fort William for a few things we needed and ended up getting ourselves a pork, stuffing and apple sauce sandwich - it was DELICIOUS.

It was quite a long drive, but a very scenic drive. We stopped at a few places along the way to let Erik out for the toilet and a run around. The first few images were taken along the road to the fairy pools. We were going to walk to them but the paths were heaving, so we decided it wasn't for us. Plus, it had started showering and we just weren't up for walking too far in the rain at that point. I say we, but really I mean I. I really need a new waterproof jacket. Ideally Gortex as all the other jackets are never actually waterproof!

Then we drove to the top of Skye, where we needed to catch the ferry from early morning. The wind and the rain was horrendous. We couldn't find anywhere to stay in Uig that was out of the wind, so instead of heading in land a little, silly us decided to stay on a road side, basically on a cliff over looking the ferry port.

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Tuesday

First image: Me after crying for 5 minutes at our situation.

Second image: Erik on a bar stool in MacKenzie's Bakery in Portree.

Third image: Portree bay.

Fourth image: Salt and pepper squid, pan fried scallops and of course, a portion of chips from The Lower Deck Seafood in Portree.

 

When we woke up in the morning, we were glad to have survived the night. However, as soon as we started the van we had all these warning lights flash up... 'fuel tank empty', 'brake pad wear' etc. We thought there may have been a little water damage but we still headed to the port to board the ferry. We were cold and wet so had the heaters on and then the engine started cutting out. From there it was all down hill...

We ended up being left on the lane to the ferry when everyone else boarded. The kind lady in the ticket office offered us a full refund, which I thought was extremely kind considering it was totally our fault. We waited for around two hours for a tow truck to pick us up to take us back to Portree. Then we had to walk around Portree in the sodding rain looking for somewhere to sit and eat and drink. Everywhere was full, so we had to wait for ages to get in to a cafe. Finally we got a seat by the window and we sat there for almost 3 hours waiting for a call from the garage. Long story short, the problem was with the fuel pump, which explained the engine cutting off. It wasn't fixable, so we stayed on the garage forecourt that night.

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Wednesday

First image: Portree roof tops.

Second image: Portree bay.

Third image: Loch Portree, early morning.

Fourth image: Josh in the tow truck, on our way to Kyle of Lochalsh.

Fifth image: Erik asleep on my knee in the tow truck.

Sixth image: Airing the tent and sleeping bags out behind Mormar motors. Waiting for a call from Josh's insurance and the RAC.

Seventh and Eighth image: The Skye bridge from Kyle of Lochalsh.

Ninth image: Erik and I in the taxi to Inverness to pick up a hire car.

Tenth image: Loch Alsh during sunset.

Eleventh image: Erik between my legs in the hire car.

 

When we woke up, the sun was shining. It was a beautiful crisp morning so we took it in turns to take Erik for a walk. It was uplifting to see the sun again. I love crisp, fresh mornings like this. The most perfect Autumnal morning! We were then towed to Kyle of Lochalsh to the garage that would then transport our van back home. We sat there all day, in the sunshine. We were notified 10 minutes before our taxi was due to pick us up to take us to Inverness for a hire car. 10 MINUTES! Had we known we would have packed everything to take with us from Inverness but instead we had to go to Inverness and then come back to Kyle to pick all our supplies up. What a nightmare! Honestly, this holiday just went against us in every single way.

That night, we ended up arriving back in Glencoe at the Red Squirrel campsite at 11:30pm. We set the tent up, had some food, a beer and went to sleep. I received a text from my Dad that morning to say it was one of the coldest September nights in Scotland ever recorded! Thankfully I was in a winter sleeping bag, with a comfort level of up to -27 degrees and Josh's is -12 degrees I think...

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Thursday

First image: Loch Etive.

Second and third image: Me by Loch Etive.

Fourth image: Looking through the trees over to the mountains.

Fifth image: Josh on a swing rope.

Sixth image: Me on a swing rope.

 

Thursday was another glorious day. We packed the car and headed to Glen Etive, around a half an hour drive from Glencoe to reach the end of the road. We were hopeful we would see deer. Which we did but not as close as we had hoped! We would love to camp/stay in the van here. It's so peaceful and the views are incredible.

Then we began our 4 and a half hour journey home, stopping off at Burger King on the way of course. When we reached Sedbergh, of course it was raining! We hurried to empty and hoover out the car because Europcar were collecting the car at 6pm. Anyway, two days later and the hire car is still sat outside our house! We could have potentially stayed an extra night in Glencoe had we known! The weather was much better than home too! Anyway, this is our failed road trip summary. I can't believe what an ordeal we had but we kept telling ourselves 'it could be worse'. I had so many things I wanted to see and do. Perhaps I will share those with you in another post anyway, incase you ever want to attempt this road trip! Speak soon, L.

A photo diary from the past week

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Sunday

On Sunday we went for an afternoon stroll along part of the Dales Way. It's such a nice walk, so quiet and serene. Even though it was a little damp, it was nice to be out in the fresh air. Josh and I had a bit to drink on Saturday evening, do we actually spent almost all morning/afternoon in bed - watching Selling Sunsets (duh).

Later on Sunday we went out for tea at the Black Labrador in Underbarrow. We were celebrating Alex's birthday but had to sit on two separate tables. The menu was so hard to choose from, there was so much choice and good choices too! I ended up going for the scallops, black pudding and pork belly starter. It was DELICIOUS. I could have eaten another portion! Then I decided to go for the half lobster with truffle and parmesan fries. This was good too! The chips were a little strong so I think plain chips would be better next time but still so tasty and although doesn't look a lot, I was so full!

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Tuesday

I didn't feel too well when I woke up on Monday, so I spent the day off work and in bed. I thought I was coming down with something, after having a terrible nights sleep for two nights, waking up sweating, tossing and turning but thankfully it didn't turn in to anything!

Thankfully by Tuesday I was feeling a little better. During my lunch break Erik and I headed up the fell, so he could have a paddle in the stream. There were so many walkers about and couples enjoying a picnic in the sunshine. I love this end of summer heat wave we are having.

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Wednesday

On Wednesday I woke up early and took the dog for a walk along the fell wall. It was a beautiful autumnal morning. The bracken is turning red and it's just so lovely. I love this time of year!

Later that evening, something exciting happened! We were kindly loaned this roof top tent for our trip to Scotland by The Roof Box Company, the company I work for. It's a new product which isn't for sale yet, so I'm giving it a test run to see how easy it is to use, how comfortable it is to sleep in and if we get some rain, we'll see how waterproof it is too! I'll share a review on this when I'm back and let you know more about it then.

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Thursday

Thursday began with a walk along the fell wall with my Mum and Erik. It was such a beautiful sunrise and warm too. We even spotted another red squirrel making it's way up a tree. It's so nice to see them back, after only ever seeing the grey squirrels for many years. The red squirrels are native to the UK, whereas the grey squirrels are native to North America and fight/kill our red squirrels.

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Friday

A lie in this morning was needed, especially after being woken up multiple times in the night from Josh trying to order the new PS5, then our neighbour below us in the flat was listening to her radio at 5am full blast. I could even hear it through my ear plugs! What another beautiful morning though. I decided to walk along side the river, the side I never usually walk along. It was nice to have a change of scenery. I was hoping to spot some salmon jumping or the otters by the weir but unfortunately they weren't there.

Tonight I'm going to try and get everything packed out and packed ready for our road trip. I've still got some food to get and I still have the van to valet but I'll leave that for tomorrow day time. Speak soon, L.

A walk up Winder

The Howgill Fells

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Hey loves! A second post in less than 24 hours, who am I? I'm on my lunch break and I don't have Erik because today he's with Josh, aka The Boss, so I'm having a relaxing lunch, drinking my tea and eating a piece of toast. These photos are from yesterday's early morning walk on the Howgill Fells. It's a nice jaunt up from the flat, or in fact anywhere in Sedbergh and a walk I'd recommend for anyone looking for a short walk with nice views. I feel like The Howgill Fells gets a little over looked, they aren't as magnificent as the mountains in the Lake District but they are so lovely to walk across, you could do it in bare feet the ground is so soft and grassy. There are a few ways to the top of Winder, which is the nearest Cairn to reach. I much prefer following the ghyll up the East side of Winder, it's a nice gradual walk with magnificent views back towards Dent and Sedbergh. Once at the top, I follow the path back down the Western side, which is a nice gradual walk down looking over to Kendal and the M6. You can then loop back round and walk through the farm to head back in to the town, where you can stop off at a cafe or a pub for a nice warm drink or a cold one if it's a hot day. The walk takes me just over an hour but that's when I've got my yomp on. You could make it even longer by heading over the the Calf and up to Arant haw. The views from Arant Haw are beautiful but I don't have time for that in a morning and it's just a little too far for Erik at the moment. Speak soon, L.

Plastering has begun!

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The spare bedroom

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The dressing room

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The office

Hello! How are you all coping? I'm tired and headachey, I probably shouldn't continue sitting on my laptop staring at a screen but I really wanted to come and write a blog post, so here I am.

My day began with an hours walk up the fell, in the glorious sunshine. It was so quiet and lovely to be out in the fresh air before every one else was up and on their way to work. I only bumped in to one other lady on the way up with her two English Pointers. I see her every time I head up the fell early morning. Then it was back to my desk, or should I say, my Gran's dining table for work. I can't believe it's been 6 months since I started working from home. Time has gone nowhere! I'm unsure how I will feel when the nights start drawing in and we start waking up in the dark and finishing work in the dark. I'm really not looking forward to it but I'm just going to have to get over it because it's inevitable!

In other news, plastering began towards the end of last week. The master is done, we just need to get the tiling done in the en suite and then we need to get the shower system, toilet, vanity unit, sink, mirror etc. in. We hope to get that done as soon as possible so that we can move in but the tiler we would like to use doesn't think he'll fit us in anytime soon. Sorry, no images of the master. We've decided to leave that room as a complete surprise so we can do a little reveal when it's finished. You should only ever see that room now if you come to the house and see it for yourself and that's not going to happen!

The guest/spare room was completely plastered out yesterday and today the dressing room was finished too. It just feels so good to have rooms! I cannot tell you how happy it makes me. I'll have to start picking paints and I actually need to choose a coving and skirting too. This is when the fun begins!

The next major step is to finish plaster boarding the landing and then the office. That's the focus for the next week or so and then we are going away for a week to enjoy some time off work and the house. Although, it's been so hard to take ourselves away from the house because we know how much work needs doing. I say 'ourselves' but really, I have no qualms with going away, it's Josh that I've had to peel away from the house. He's just worked non stop, during lock down and ever since. It's so hard for him to switch off, I feel like I need to help him do that, so we are kitting out the van and going on a little road trip. I'm hoping for some decent weather because I will cry if it rains for a week and we have to share the van with a wet dog!

Right. I'm going to make myself a hot water bottle for my tummy and get in to bed. It's been a long day. Enjoy the rest of your week, speak soon.

Paddleboarding on Windermere

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When I first started wild swimming last year, whilst training for the Great North Swim, I never thought it would be something I'd continue and something I would grow to love. I crave it constantly, the cold water, the fresh air, the stillness, the peace and the quiet. On Monday I went paddleboarding for the first time with a bunch of friends. Thankfully they had spare boards so we all had one each. It's something I've been wanting to do for so long and now that I've done it, I want to buy my own board and I want to do it all the time. Being so close to the water but not actually being in the water was a cool experience, especially when you stand on your board because you feel like you are walking on water. It's a little difficult to keep your balance, I have really dreadful core strength but it can only get better with more practice, right?! Now I'm on the hunt for a decent paddleboard, even second hand if it's in good condition - so if you know of anyone selling one, please send me their details!

Update on puppy training - we went to our second class this evening. Erik was a little too excitable this week. He kept jumping up and biting my hand but the lady who runs the class taught me to yank his lead and growl at him, which made him submit. Although I couldn't growl at him in a hall full of people, I was so embarrassed and was sweating in my mask and gloves! He's now sat behind me on the sofa fast asleep. I don't know why he loves sitting behind people but he does it with my Gran through the day too! It's so true what they say, they are velcro dogs!

Today plastering began in the attic room. I won't be sharing any images of that room until it's finished now, but as soon as the plasterer moves downstairs on to the 1st floor, I'll share some progress pics. I had a little nosey today on my lunch break and it was just so nice to see another colour on the walls! I love plaster - it's a lovely orangey terracota colour and then when it dries I love the setting plaster shade too. Anyway, it's time for an early night and Disney +! So far we've watched the new Lady and the Tramp and Black Panther, both were such good films. Speak soon, L.

Let’s catch up

...with lots of photos of Erik

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Hello! It's been a while. A long while actually! I feel like I've been crazy busy although I have nothing much to show for it or even much to tell you! As you may know, we've been super busy prepping the house for plastering. All being well, the plasterers will start on Thursday in the master bedroom and continue throughout the rest of the house. We still have lots of work to do before then, which includes building a stud wall at the top of the stairs, plaster boarding the office and lots of other little jobs too. We'll spend the rest of bank holiday weekend there because we both really want to move in asap. Now that the cold weather has arrived, we just want to be in our own home, in front of our own log burner and curled up on our own sofa. I'm so excited, I still plan to host Christmas there this year, so keep your fingers crossed for us!

Currently, Erik is curled up behind me on the sofa whilst I type. I love this dog so much. His behaviour has switched completely this week, which has made a huge difference to the energy in the house. There were times when I thought that the dog mum life just wasn't for me, but with a little reassurance and perseverance, I feel like we are getting there with him. I thought that both he and I would benefit from some classes, so I took him along to a dog training/puppy class on Thursday. I was a little nervous how he would act but all in all, he was great. I'm looking forward to seeing how he progresses over the coming weeks because he's already changed so much.

We are planning a little trip away in September, which I'm excited about because I didn't think we'd get away this year, what with trying to push the house move forward and with the circumstances but we are going to go on a road trip in the van. When I say 'van' I mean 'van' - which is Josh's work van. A few years ago he insulated, carpeted it out and added LED strip lighting for a road trip to Scotland. It was so cosy, we even had a proper double mattress and double duvet to keep us snug but with a dog it may be a bit of a struggle, especially if the weather isn't great and we are all soaked. It will be a nightmare if our bedding gets wet, so we'll have to figure something out!

The things that make me happy

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What makes you truly happy?

 

I've been thinking a lot.. about all the things I truly love and all the things that really make me happy, that give me butterflies and make me feel like I'm walking on air. What encouraged me to write this post was the churning feeling in my stomach I got when we were driving through the Lakes this weekend. The sun was shining, the sky was blue and the mountains stood all around us. I turned and said to Josh 'I just want to cry'. I felt so happy and so grateful for being where I was. I felt so lucky. Then I started thinking about all the other little things that I couldn't get by without, so I wanted to share them with you and of course, if you have anything you'd like to share with me, let me know in the comments section below because I would love to hear whether any of these relate to you or whether the things that make you happy are entirely different.

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Being spontaneous

I've always loved routine, making lists and keeping a diary so I know exactly what I'm doing each day of the week, but I'm beginning to love being spontaneous. Josh was off work one day last week, and 10 minutes before my lunch break we just decided we'd have a picnic by the river in the sunshine. He made us some sandwiches and we packed a bag, sat by the river, went for a dip and then rushed home to get myself back to work. It was really nice to do something a little different and something so unexpected. I know, I know.. It doesn't sound so exciting but just that change in routine was lovely, especially because Josh and I haven't spent a lot of time with one another alone recently. We are either always with family or friends, or working, or doing the food shop. Things that have to be done but you've got to remember to make some time for your relationship too, just like you did at the beginning.

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Being outdoors

Walking, running, swimming & camping are now my favourite things to do. I have always loved being outside and I'm so glad I grew up playing outside, rather than sat indoors playing on games and staring at phone screens. Although, MSN and BEBO was a thing in my early teens. So glad they don't exist anymore! The more time I spend outside, the more I want to avoid ever being at home. You just get used to the elements, the wind, the rain, the sunshine, the cold. Next year we plan on doing some camping and walking over a few days, rather than going away just for one night. It will be a challenge for sure but so much fun if we get decent weather. Obviously, we will plan around a good weekend and hope for the best! If you have any tips for us, fire them over!

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Early mornings

I'm not sure I've managed to lie in bed any later than 7:30 over the past few months. Especially now it's Summer and the mornings are lighter, I tend to wake up between 6 and 6:30am. Erik also likes to be taken outside for a wee at this time, so I couldn't snooze my alarm clock, even if I wanted to. Truth is, I love early mornings. I love sitting quietly for half an hour or so, with a cup of tea (Yorkshire may I add), or a smooth orange juice. I don't turn the tele on. I like to just sit and be quiet. It tends to be the most beautiful time of the day. I can't remember the last time I woke up early to rain, it always seems to be so still, so quiet and just so pleasant. I've also been enjoying splashing my face with cold water, almost immediately after my alarm goes off and getting up and out on to the fell. I'm waiting for the day Erik can actually join me and not be so interested in sheep!

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Discovering somewhere new

I spend a lot of time researching walks that aren't so popular, finding tarns, view points, waterfalls, as well as asking people where I can find such places. Part of the fun is actually researching because you often come across places you never thought you would. We've decided we won't be sharing any of the locations here in the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District, which I know is incredibly frustrating for loads of people because I know how annoyed I get when I can't find out where someone has been but on the other hand you just have to respect that decision and the reason behind it. We've experienced so much littering during lockdown, that I really do not want to share these beautiful places with just anyone. It's so easy to jump on Instagram nowadays and find a Instagram worthy location, find the location either from the tagged location or from giveaway hashtags and venture there yourself. But when you've done your research and when you've made connections with people who love what you do and really love the outdoors, it's incredibly frustrating that one, some do not respect the countryside. They literally come to take pretty photos, have a good time and then trash the place and two, nobody ever credits you for helping them discover these places. So I'm really sorry to anyone who has asked me for locations but I hope you respect my decision not to share those.

It’s been a long 5 months and no hiking…

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Good morning! Monday morning again, although the weekend was a good one so it doesn't feel too bad to be waking up early, ready for a week of work. The forecast was too good not to get out camping, which was our first time together since December last year when we camped on Haystacks (you can see that post here)! This was Erik's first time camping and his first night away from home. He coped so well, he curled up in his own sleeping bag and slept between us all night until early the next morning. I think he really enjoyed it, at least I hope so anyway because I'd love for this to be a regular thing.

On Sunday morning I woke up around 5:30. I really wanted to watch the sunrise, so I walked to the highest point near our tent and watched the sun come up. The clouds were rolling over the hills and it was so magical. There were quite a few other tents up where we were (at another 15 tents!) and I didn't see anyone else up and about. It was definitely the best part of the day and I got to witness it.

We got home by 10:30am yesterday, sorted out all our gear, put dirty clothes in the wash and packed everything away. We were going to go for a swim but decided to nap on the sofa all afternoon. It was just what we needed! Then we headed to our local for a drink and a bowl of chips and mayo, god I love chips and mayo! It was just such a lovely weekend that I wish the forecast was good enough this next one to do it all again somewhere different. Fingers crossed it is because I already have some ideas on where I'd love to go.

Anyway, time to work. Speak soon, L.

Update

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3 weeks since I last came here and wrote a post. I can't quite believe it's been so long to be honest with you. I started vlogging two weeks ago because I watched some old videos I'd filmed over the years and I loved watching them back, so I decided to make weekly vlogs a thing - for now anyway! I'd love if you would subscribe to my channel here. I'll be sharing lots of house progression and of course walks with little Erik! I'm dying to get up the fell with him but he's just too little at the moment, it's not good for his joints, so I've been trying to stick to 20 minute walks but it's so difficult to do. They often end up being half an hour or more on an evening. This evenings walk was wet. I don't think I've ever got as soaked as I did tonight. Not sure where all this weather is planning on disappearing to over the weekend but I sure hope the forecast is right, because we've planned to go on a little camping trip! We are heading in to the lakes to camp on top of one of the fells. It's only a little fell, about a 20-30 minute walk up which is ideal because, of course, Erik is coming with us. I hope he's behaved in the tent, i.e. no weeing! Because I'm not sure I will hold my shit together if he wees on our sleeping bags. I feel like talking about it will jinx it so let's not talk about it. You can see how we got on on Sunday because that's when I'll be uploading my weekly vlog. I may even have time to share a blog post with you too but I might be being a little optimistic. Anyway, how have you all been feeling? I still feel a little weird about the covid crack. I've been feeling weirdly insecure about myself lately too, about life and the way I look. Isn't it strange how all these horrible thoughts play on your mind. It's really hard to shake off but I find that exercising, walking, staying off my phone, cooking etc. really helps. I've spent WAY less time on my phone since we got Erik. My screen time is down half of what it was and I'm so glad. The only time I ever really go on my phone now is to video little parts of my day or to read emails and order clothes. I sometimes spend half an hour scrolling through Instagram after tea. I do like to gather inspiration from Instagram but I am very selective with the people or type of influencer I follow now. I feel like I'm rambling again. I did say I was just going to hop on here whenever I felt like rambling.. and tonight is one of those nights! Time to get some beauty sleep though now, it's been a hell of a long day. Sleep well xo

It’s Wednesday

It’s Wednesday.. again, where are the days and weeks going?! You may like to know that I finally.. finally downloaded the WordPress app on my phone so now I can blog from my iPhone rather than having to log in on the laptop, airdrop over my images and do it all on there. This seems much easier! I just hope it posts in the format I would like it to.

I’ve got a film stuck on Netflix, called Desperados. It looks like an easy watch, which is just what I need right now to send me off to the land of nod. I’ve been watching the Sinner most evenings but because it’s dark, I’m thinking too much before bed and this brain ain’t got the capacity for that before I sleep. Coming here to write a blog post is enough. I feel like my eyes are straining. Maybe I need an iPad? I’ve actually been looking at the iPad Pro’s but they’re expensive. I’d love one to use for creating prints. It would feel so much more natural than drawing on a Wacom. But we need to get the house finished before I think of treating myself to one of those. Not that I have any money to treat myself to one of those anyway but a girl can always dream!

Anyway, I went on a run this evening and I think I saw a big black cat. It was only the back end and at first I thought it was a big dog with a long tail, like a Great Dane or something. It stopped me in my tracks and I looked and listened for someone walking but there was nobody around at all. I’m definitely going back to check for paw prints! I’ll keep you updated! Love, L.

Ps. Sorry for the puppy spam. I promise I’ll up my game with better imagery and something other than Erik!

Weekend

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On Sunday morning we walked around the river and through the woods. We've probably been taking Erik out too much lately. It's meant to be really bad in the long run for their joints. It's such a shame though, he has so much energy and loves being outside.

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Whilst I did the food shop (the bane of my life), Josh, Aaron and Ben got on with the house. They completely insulated the master bedroom and started boarding!

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We now have a toilet fitted (not the part which is visible) and the shower valve and plumbing done (again, nothing that will ever be visible but without it it wouldn't work!).

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Then we stopped off at the pub for a pint. Yes, I actually had a pint! Of cider though, not beer. That was enough for me.. I was ready for bed after that. I did have one of the best nights sleep ever though last night. Even better because Erik is (fingers crossed) sleeping right through until the morning!

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Went home and made the most delicious burger. It consisted of.. a fried onion brioche bun from M&S, a beef burger from our local butchers, topped with melted cheddar cheese, salsa, fried onions and M&S burger sauce (which tastes like Big Mac sauce) is heavenly. Served with M&S coleslaw and home made fries... 

Hi lovelies. How has your Monday been? Work has been full on today. Literally haven't stopped! It was nice to reach 6 o clock and get outside for some fresh air. I really don't even care if it's raining or not, I just wanna be outside with my dog, ha! This weekend was super lovely. We worked on the house most of Saturday, and then went to our friends house warming. Erik had his first afternoon/evening at my friends house, which he thoroughly enjoyed. I can tell because he just wasn't even bothered about us arriving to pick him up. I think he wanted to stay! Then Sunday was spent on the house again, which is a bit sad because the weather was so nice but we (I say we but I mean Josh and his brothers) got so much done. I'm so happy with the progress at the moment, it's really starting to come together. We also had the tiler round this evening to look at the job. He's hoping to get us in in 3 weeks time because he's busy after that.. which means we need that top bedroom plastered out in 3 weeks time. And I don't mean just plastered, I mean electrics need to be finished, as well as all the plumbing. No pressure guys! But exciting times for us. I never thought we'd be getting so close to getting one room complete but it looks like we'll be in in no time, all being well! Now we have to decide on tiles for the en suite... this is going to be a super tough decision because I love dark tiles and then I love light tiles.. but then I want it all to feel really light and airy up there, so I want something light, but not too light it looks white/grey. Argh! Any ideas?!