Well, here are my final photos from the weekend! We visited these beautiful Japanese Gardens at Compton Acres in Poole. They were beautiful, so well kept and I so wish I had worn a nice outfit so I could have got some nice photos of myself, surrounded by beautiful plants, haha! After wandering around, we were well due a cup of tea and a bite to eat, so we sat outside of the little tea room and had cake, scones and a lovely cuppa. We then headed all the way around the cove to Old Harry's Rocks. I had never heard of it before but Dan and Hannah knew they wanted to see it so off we went and I was so pleased that we went. It was really stunning! We, of course, took lots and lots of photos and then sat by the edge and had another cup of tea and a biscuit before heading back to the campsite and getting ready for tea at a local pub that Dan had received a voucher for from Badger Beers. It was lovely and the perfect end to our short trip away. I definitely want to return but next time we will hopefully have a dog we can go on lots of long coastal walks with and hopefully spend a little longer exploring and relaxing. I'm planning on doing a road trip next Summer, stopping off in Wales, then Cornwall, Dorset and then the Cotswolds and then maybe even some parts of the East Coast but I need to research that first! Have any of you guys been to any of those places? Let me know where you loved and where you hated! I need to see more of the UK now after this trip. Today I had my first cervical screening, which I was dreading but it lasted literally no longer than 30 seconds. For any of you girls my age (24 turning 25) then you'll have either already received or will be expecting to receive your letter through the post about it. Do not put it off, try not to worry, it's pain free but just a little uncomfortable. It is so important you go as soon as you can and if you're worried there's really no need to be! And trust me, after my coil experience a few months ago.. I would absolutely tell you if I felt any pain! Hope you enjoyed my final photos and I will speak to you soon, L.
Well, here we are... a good handful of my favourite shots from Saturday. Bloody beautiful right? I even have a special few from @danieljtoal who took some amazing shots. We spent the whole afternoon by the beach and surprise, surprise.. I fell asleep! But can you blame me? I was listening to the sound of the waves and I had the sun beaming down on my back. It was just like I was back in Thailand! After too much sun and feeling very, very dehydrated we grabbed a Dr Pepper (which I forgot how much I loved) and headed in to West Lulworth. The beautiful little village was full of cottages with thatched roofs, beautiful gardens and was just so quaint. We stopped at The Castle Inn for pizza and a g&t and sat on the main road under the umbrellas watching all the visitors pass by. It was lovely! Although, the £4 we paid for a handful of fries was not so lovely... I guess that's what you get when you holiday in the UK though. Food is not cheap but it is nice every once in a while to treat yourself and enjoy the experience! Speaking of food, I've just demolished a bowl full of Doritos, chilli con carne, mozzarella, sour cream and home made guacamole.. and let me tell you, it was the best bowl of Doritos I've ever had! Now, I must lie down and I might go catch up with Sunday night and last nights Love Island. Lame, I know but it's easy watching and perfect to relax my brain before bed. So, goodnight, speak soon, hope you enjoyed my pics! More to come tomorrow, L.
What an absolutely fabulous, wonderful, glorious time we've had in Dorset. Who would've thought that it was going to be this beautiful? I still can't believe the colour of the water and on Saturday the heat was just insane! After a good 6/7 hour drive on Friday, all the way from Sedbergh to Wilksworth camp site, we finally arrived to a campsite full of families and couples, bbq's and beers. It was really lovely to escape for a weekend and although it was still England, it felt like abroad. We cooked some food before bed, shared a bottle of red and the guys had their complimentary Badger Beer. The next morning we woke up fairly early and got ready to explore the South. We knew that the first thing we wanted to see was Durdle Door. I had first seen it on Lydia Millen's instagram last summer and it looked unreal. It's been on my bucket list of things to see/do in the UK ever since, so when Dan asked Josh if we would join him and his girlfriend Hannah for a long weekend, we couldn't really say no. So, we jumped in the car and drove to the coast. The parking was £9.50 for the day and I would recommend getting there as early as possible, as the car park does get full super quick. There are vans with ice creams and drinks but I'd definitely suggest taking your own picnic blanket, some food and spending the day by the sea, as the walk up to where the vans are is pretty steep and exhausting when it's warm. The beaches are also all pebbled which I didn't mind at all because it meant you didn't get covered in sand, although you may need those special shoes you wear to go in the sea with, so you're not stumbling out of the water looking like you are training for the cast of the Walking Dead. I've decided to separate Saturday's photos in to two posts because there's far too many for you to digest in one. I hope you like them though because I have so enjoyed using my camera again and obviously soaking up some sunshine. I will share the rest over the next few days! Have a lovely evening, L.
This weekend has been so full on but I still absolutely loved every minute, from dancing and singing to dream girls at Dent Festival with my good old friend Amy, to sitting around the fire last night at Josh's auntie Lesley's house, stuffing myself with food and drink (non alcoholic though, might I add). It was just super lovely to catch up with school friends and reminisce about our Settlebeck days and then to see Josh's side of the family for his Grandma's 82nd birthday. Little Olivia on the last photo is Josh's cousin and I've promised her she'll be my flower girl one day, haha! As always, Lesley and Steve put on the best spread, of savouries and sweets and plenty of alcohol. Their garden was decorated beautifully, with vases of flowers, candles, and a huge fire pit. It makes me want my own home and garden to host in, so we can enjoy BBQ's and delicious food or just even sit and talk to friends/family without having to go out to the pub and spend a fortune. Ah, one day Llana, one day... Anyway I am so so tired! I'm going to have my tea and get an early night as we were late to bed last night and up early this morning. I really wanted to gym but I don't think I can face it tonight, so I'll be back early tomorrow for a run and cycle before work. We actually set off to Dorset on Friday for a long weekend on the South Coast. I'm so excited! It's like another mini holiday which I didn't think we would manage to do again this year but we are going to keep it as cheap as possible. Speak soon, L.
What a truly wonderful day I've had today. I finished work early so Josh and I could do something so we went for a picnic by the river, drank wine and Josh had some beers. I started messing about in the grass pretending to be a lion and then got a rash all over my leg and literally would not stop sneezing. Honestly, I think I could start a YouTube channel and compete with that girl who videos herself sneezing and make some money from it, haha! I totally joke. Then we had to go home because we were being bitten by all sorts of insects and decided to go to the pub instead, had a couple of drinks and a bite to eat which was rather disappointing but I won't comment on where we went... moved on to the next pub but everywhere in Sedbergh was dead so we decided to get the bikes out and go for a bike ride which was so so nice and quiet and cool after a day of lovely warm sunshine. Now, I'm sat in bed catching up with Love Island! I'm actually not that tired now but I should go to sleep as I really want to get up for the gym in the morning because I have not stopped eating these last two days. And when I say that, I'm not even exaggerating. I don't think there's been a moment when I haven't had a piece of food ready to eat in my hand or on my desk! Damn you periods. This is what it's all down to. I swear it turns me in to some kind of food monster! Right, I'm off to sleep to dream about a life with no hay fever. Lots of love, L.
It doesn't feel like I've taken any selfies in forever, so I went over board and took a load on Saturday night before I met my Mum and Dad for drinks at our local. So here you have my favourite 3 plus one my Mum took of me whilst we were waiting for pizza and pasta. Mid wine drinking, Mum decided she fancied Carbonara so I thought I'd go and try the Diavola at our local Italian restaurant, Alforno's. It was good and the lemon cello also took me back to a crazy night out in Kendal, when all I drank was lemon cello, ended up walking into town with bandages wrapped around ourselves from my mates bathroom cabinet and then I don't remember much more since that very moment. Good (bad) times! Now it only takes me one glass of wine to feel tipsy and then I want a glass of water and my bed. Oh, the joys of being old and sensible. To be honest though I'd rather have my money to spend on more important things, like shoes and home stuff. You know, for the house we haven't even got yet! Well, this week so far has been... tiring. I see a constant theme here, where I only ever talk about the weather, the gym, what I eat, work and how tired I am. Sorry guys but this is what life looks like right now. Anyway, plan for this evening will probably be sit on the sofa, watch the second part of Emmerdale, get ready for bed, watch Netflix.. you know the drill. So I will speak to you very soon! Oh, I'm also thinking of filming our trip to Dorset or would you just prefer to read about it here? I'll probably do both but if you let me know which you prefer then that would be nice. Lots of love, L.
What a glorious day it turned out to be! I was hoping that the predicted thunderstorm would hold off until later on this evening and thankfully it did. It was quite hot sat in the sunshine and so nice to actually feel that warmth on my body. My friend and work colleague Clare and I wanted to go on a low level, quite flat walk as she had Ollie to either push or carry. We decided on Rydal to Grasmere and I genuinely forgot how long it takes to walk to and from Rydal car park, all the way to Grasmere and back again. However, I can now tell you that it is a staggering 8 miles. 8, yes, 8 miles and with a toddler that is not easy going. I stupidly wore my Birkenstocks, now my feet are in my pain, I'm absolutely shattered and I'm back at work tomorrow. What we planned on being a short 2 hour walk turned in to 4 hours, which sounds super long for a flat 8 miles but the queue for Grasmere Gingerbread was as long as ever but well worth the wait! Now, I'm just waiting for my M&S chicken, leek and ham pie and roast potatoes to come out of the oven so I can enjoy some food before bed. I'm absolutely whacked, I even fell asleep in the car on the way home. Great company, haha! But I'm just so glad that I managed to get out this weekend, instead of being cooped up at home. Right, enough rambling.. speak to you soon and have a happy week! Lots of love, L.
Hey lovelies, how has your week been? Honestly speaking, I've felt whacked all week. I'm actually looking forward to 1pm tomorrow when I finish my Saturday morning shift so I can relax for the weekend. On Wednesday myself, Craig and Lucy headed down to London to the Hitwise Summer Summit Event, which was hosted at the Ham Yard Hotel in Soho. It was a really cool building, with really tall ceilings, great art work on the walls and just a really nice venue to host such an interesting event. We had talks from ITV, Missguided and M&S to name but a few, all about where their industries were heading and how they used Hitwise as a platform to help them gain more customers and create relationships with their existing customers. It was super interesting and actually a little scary when you find out all the information that they can dig into and find out about who is viewing a specific site, what they are searching for, where they go on the web, etc. It was a really long day with lots of concentrating so I feel like I've been walking around like a zombie for most of the week but I'm so glad I got the opportunity to go and learn more about the marketing industry. Anyway, it's almost half past 9 and we said we were going to have an early night and watch a film together but Josh is in the shower and I'm sat watching Love Island. I haven't got into it as much this year so I'm not up to speed and I don't know who any of the new people are. I might spend tomorrow evening catching up whilst Josh is camping with his mates and I might just treat myself to an Indian take away but we'll see... last weekend we got a take away and my throat started to swell like I had had an allergic reaction. It was really strange and although it didn't hurt I was actually a little worried but hey ho, I'm still here! Speak soon, L.
England's highest waterfall - Cautley Spout
Hello! How the bloody 'ell are ya? I'm totally slacking on posts but I don't have much to say at the moment, so Sunday posts will have to do for the foreseeable future! Hopefully that will all change in a month or so though! Oh and we are off to Dorset for a weekend in July, so I will most definitely be sharing that with you. Anyone have any recommendations on what to see/do down there? I want to make sure we make the most of it and see as much as possible. Although, we are on a strict budget so nothing too expensive! We know we want to see the Jurassic coast and Durdle Door but other than that I'm a little stuck. Today we slept in until like 11am! I actually could not believe it when I woke up and checked the time.. I haven't slept in like that in so long but to be honest it was well needed and I'm glad I got a good nights sleep for once. This afternoon Josh, Dad and I drove to the foot of Cautley Spout which is around a 5 minute drive from our front door. It's the highest waterfall in England and it's literally on our doorstep! I don't know why I've never made the effort to walk to it before because it is really beautiful and such a nice walk back over the tops and into Sedbergh, especially if we can't be bothered to drive into the Lake District. It took us around 3 and a half hours to walk just short of 8 miles. We encountered sunshine, rain and even hail stone, it was freezing! Thankfully I packed a waterproof (or shall I say Josh's waterproof) but even that was letting water in by the time we reached the bottom. We stopped off at the Black Bull for a drink before coming home to a roast beef dinner, courtesy of my Grandma and now I'm slumped on the sofa, resembling a baby hippo, after eating way too many roast potatoes and M&S strawberry trifle (my favourite fyi). I think we will have an early night and maybe start the first episode of Killing Eve. I've heard mixed reviews but I still can't wait to watch it! Anyway, I hope you've enjoyed your Sunday, whatever you may have been doing. Fathers or no fathers, I'm sure you will have someone to thank for all that they do. Speak soon, L.
How beautiful is it where we live? After moaning about the weather on my Instagram (as per), the sunshine decided to show itself. So, Josh, Dad and myself went for a quick yomp up the fell behind our flat. We had planned on making it to the top but time got the better of us and Gran was making tea for 6:30 so we had to make a de tour and head home. We had roast ham, cauliflower cheese, roast potatoes, mushy peas, roast tomatoes and roasted onions. Oh my goodness, so good and now so full! I'm starting the gym again tomorrow, for real. This time I really mean it because I feel so lazy and I miss the feeling I used to get in the morning when I had done a really good workout. It also helped me enjoy a proper breakfast, which stopped my cravings for biscuits throughout the day at work. So now the plan for the summer is.. no more biscuits, workout 5 times a week for around 45minutes, work on longer cardio sessions, spend less time on my phone and more time outside or creating things. Who's with me?! This evening will now consist of shower, Pinterest and I may just catch up on Killing Eve, unless Josh wants to watch it with me then we may have to wait for another night because... well, you know... football! I will speak again soon and hopefully not leave it so long in between posts but we will see! Lots of love, L.
We did it! We completed 1 mile in Windermere at the Great North Swim! Now that I see it, it doesn't seem far but it felt it and they even had to shorten it by a couple of meters because of the wind but.. we still did it and I'm so proud of us for actually doing it, even if we did hope and pray for the swim to be cancelled, lol! There are so many stalls for food and clothes etc. as well as a bar (where we ended up at the end of the swim, duh!). The changing rooms are split into male and female and it's basically just a big marquee where you all change together. Opposite, you will find the baggage area, where you can leave your dry clothes, phone, purse etc. Once we were ready, we headed down to the water front and checked in for our swim. They had an instructor to help us with a warm up and then you have to get your body used to the water temperature, so everyone heads into the lake and does a small circuit to warm up before beginning the swim. I ended up completing the mile in 28 minutes, 45 seconds and Amy completed it in 27 minutes, 7 seconds. To be honest, it wasn't as cold or as hard as I was expecting it to be. I just kept telling myself to go at a comfortable pace and relax. I wasn't wanting a decent time, I just wanted to complete it which we did, so I'm happy with that!
When we got home I ended up helping Josh clean out the garage and workshop. It wasn't pleasant because I was so tired and it had started to rain again! We've actually just sat down and enjoyed a lovely Indian takeaway from the Mango Tree in Kirkby Stephen. We've been wanting to try it for absolutely ages and Josh said he would treat me to a takeaway for completing the swim. I had chicken karahi and we shared chips, rice and a garlic naan. Woah, I feel hefty but I most definitely needed it after today! Also, if you're a local, I'd highly recommend the Mango Tree, only if you like Indian food of course. Although, don't think it's as good as the one we had in Phuket... very close though! Right, I can hear bed calling my name so, I'm going to snuggle into Josh and wish you good night folks. Sleep well! Enjoy your weekend! Lots of love, L.
Hey lovelies! I can't believe it's been a whole week since I last came here and created a post. I've spent a lot less time on my phone lately, even took up my crocheting again after 2 years and I've felt super tired throughout the week that I just haven't had much time to come here and say hello. The past week hasn't been too interesting if I'm honest. I went to work, I came home, had tea and went to bed Tuesday to Friday. I worked Saturday, did a food shop and then the weather on Sunday was so bloody awful that we didn't do much apart from walk Josh's dogs in the rain. It was actually quite nice to get out though. Yesterday Amy and I went for a wild swim in Windermere. It was a little bit chilly to begin with but you do warm up really quick in a wetsuit! I'm actually really impressed with my wetsuit, in fact I'd say it's the best thing I've bought all year (apart from my flights to Thailand). I'm a sucker for expensive thing's and even when I don't know the price of something, you can guarantee I'll pick out the most expensive item! So, of course I wanted one of the most expensive Rip Curl wetsuits there was on the market and no, I could not afford a £150+ wetsuit. My friend Clare sent me a link to the one I'm wearing which you can find here. It's out of stock at the moment so I can't link you directly to it but it's the Sola Premium Ignite wetsuit. Honestly, if you're thinking of getting out over the summer to do some swimming in the Lakes, get it! So affordable and such good quality! I'm sure it will be back in stock soon so just keep your eyes peeled. I think Sainsbury's have had 25% off their clothing so some clever buggar has probably snapped a load up! We swam for around half an hour yesterday which we think will have been about half a mile, so we are hoping to complete the mile in less than an hour on Saturday but I guess we will just have to wait and see how it goes. Well, it's almost time for bed.. not sure I should stay up for Love Island or go to bed and put the Bodyguard on.. Speak soon, L.