I wasn't going to post tonight because all I want to do is crawl into bed, curl up in a ball and cuddle my hot water bottle.. BUT Josh has a date with his PlayStation, with his friends. They are all playing the new Call of Duty and I can hear him laughing and shouting through the wall.. So, instead of watching tele, I thought I'd share with you my favourite photos from today! We set off quite early and headed to Buttermere, although we arrived a little later than planned due to a few road closures and then we soon discovered that we didn't need to go the long way round! We decided to tackle Buttermere Edge again, which we first completed the same time last year. This time we took Mum and Dad along with us because it's been a while! Alex was also meant to be joining us but could not be bothered to get out of bed.... Anyway, it was a lovely day. We did experience a slight shower at the beginning of the walk but that was okay as we were all sensible and packed our waterproofs. It was rather chilly but it's only going to get colder over the next couple of weeks. I was half expecting to see some snow after watching a video from Helvellyn over the weekend but we probably weren't high up enough for that. Hopefully next time we will get some lovely thick snow and a blue sky sort of day! Who knows when that will be though, November is usually an awful month and even worse, I am turning 25 in a couple of weeks! After a good 5 or 6 hours walking, we finally made it back down and headed to The Bridge Hotel for cheesy chips and a little glass of Baileys. I really wished we could have stayed the night and spent the evening in front of a fire, listening to it crackle and pop but I was designated driver and had to brave the hour and a half journey back home, in the dark! Right, I actually don't think I can stay awake any longer so I'm going to say goodnight and try to kick Josh off of the PlayStation. Speak soon, L.
Finally, the three of us managed to get together for a meal and a few drinks! It's a yearly thing, what with life getting in the way but it's been well over a year since I got to hang out with Emily and Rachel. The last time we went out was memorable, to say the least. So it was quite nice to be a bit more sophisticated and celebrate Rachels engagement with some Prosecco and a few cocktails. I used to work with Rachel at the Flower Shop, where I worked part time during my studies at college and I studied my Foundation course with Emily, who is not photographed because we forgot to get many photos. Anyway, the plan for today is to brave a food shop which I should probably get on with as time is getting on but I just wanna relax on a Saturday morning you know. I'd ideally like to get back to the gym today at some point too, as I took this week off due to it being that time of the month. I'll also have to do a bit of paint stripping on the windows before it starts to get dark.. ah, I don't think I'll have enough hours in the day to do it all! Then tomorrow we are taking Mum out on her 3rd mountain walk, which I am SO looking forward to. The weather is supposed to be nice but it's going to be chilly. Cannot bloody wait! Have a lovely weekend and I will speak to you tomorrow, L.
Good evening lovelies! I thought I'd try and break it up a little between house stuff and walking and share with you my favourite podcast. I've only recently started listening to podcasts for the past 3 months or so. Usually I listen to music when I'm in the office not answering the phones but I absolutely love listening to a few episodes to break the day up. They are quite varied, so there's probably something in there for everyone. If you do have any podcast suggestions though, based on what I've been listening to lately then I would love to know what your favourites are because I'm running out of episodes to listen to!
The Great Indoors by Sophie Robinson and Kate Watson-Smyth
Now that we have bought our own house, it only felt right to listen to The Great Indoors. This was the first podcast I downloaded when we bought the house and I love listening to both Sophie and Kate, giggling at their sense of humour and giving them a serious nod to most, not all, of their 'design crimes'. They are total opposites when it comes to their design, so it's good to have two opinions, not just one! I'm more of a Kate Watson-Smyth than a Sophie Robinson.. but I am trying to love bold prints and colour more. Sophie may change my mind when it comes to decorating our own house.. I guess only time will tell!
Happy Place by Fern Cotton
I love Fern Cotton, so I had to give Happy Place a go. It's a series of interviews, from actors and actresses, to designers and presenters. It basically feels like being sat in your lounge with two of your best friends and just talking about life. It's super easy to listen to, I imagine it would be something I stick on on a Sunday morning to cook breakfast and make tea to. When the house is ready... of course.
Favourite episodes: Gok Wan, Davina McCall, Katie Piper, Reggie Yates, Alice Temperley.
Unheard: The Fred & Rose West Tapes
They're still releasing episodes of the Fred and Rose West tapes, so there aren't very many at the moment but I am hooked. I'm one of those people who loves to watch 'Killers' on Netflix and all sorts of crime documentaries, so listening to this whilst filling in Excel sheets at work really helps pass the time, as well as gets my brain working in overdrive. Although it's obviously very sad for the families, it's super interesting to hear the life that both Fred and Rose led before they met each other. What their childhood was like, their environment, their families, you know.. all the stuff that could have influenced their adult life and lead them to be the murderers that they were.
How to fail with Elizabeth Day
This is the most recent podcast I started listening to and they are truly so inspiring. Elizabeth Day asks her interviewees to note down 10 (I think) things that they consider a failure throughout their lifetime and they talk through those and why they class them as failures and then what came from those failures. I especially love the interview with Jamie Laing, Emeli Sande and Lily Allen, so if you are going to give this podcast a go then listen to one of those!
Shagged, Married, Annoyed by Chris and Rosie Ramsey
If you want a proper laugh, you have to listen to these two. Maybe not when your boss is sat behind you in the office though.. because there's certainly no filter! There was one particular episode which almost had me bursting out in laughter but I had to try and hold it in... maybe one for when you are at home and can laugh out loud to your hearts content.
Let me guess, you probably think that both myself and Amy are a little nuts to be swimming in a lake, in England, in October! I never imagined how much I would love wild swimming, until we decided to take part in the Great North Swim earlier this year. I'd say it's by far one of the most stress relieving, exhilarating things I have ever done. Plus, there are so many other health benefits to swimming in cold water that I bet you never even realised.
What you will need:
If you are considering your first open/water wild swim, then here are the things that I wear and would recommend from experience:
A swimming costume, either to go under your wet suit or just a swimming costume if you can brave the cold! I haven't managed to brave it just yet and I don't think I'll manage until next Summer now but it's definitely on the agenda.
A wet suit. I'd say that this 'wardrobe' item was by far my favourite purchase this year. I bought it from Sainsbury's for £70.00 (you can view their current Sola wetsuit here) and I'm confident it will last me a very long time. What a wet suit does, is it takes water in and although cold at first, your body heats up that layer of water trapped between you and the wetsuit, keeping you warm. The wetsuit will also provide some buoyancy too, allowing you to stay afloat on your back comfortably.
If you're lucky enough to be able to enter the water from soft sand banks, then this doesn't apply. Although I'd say for the majority of you reading, you'll probably have to enter the water from pebbled shores, so I'd definitely recommend getting a pair of shoes designed for the water. You might think that it doesn't look too uncomfortable but it's makes life super hard getting in and out of the water when you haven't got anything protecting your feet. Plus, I've noticed a lot of broken glass which you don't really want to cut your feet on. I do actually have a pair from Santorini last Summer which I'm going to get out ready for our next dip.
A friend. If you have someone crazy enough to come with you (thankfully I do!) or even if it's someone to sit by the lake to watch you and hold your towel. I'm trying to convince Josh to join me sometime but he's taking a bit of convincing...
A towel, a flask of your favourite hot drink and some layers to pop on after getting out of the water. These will get you warm and dry again after a chilly swim so always remember to take enough layers and a towel. If you are swimming in Autumn/Winter time, then I'd even recommend looking in to getting a swimming hat to keep your hair dry, some gloves and even some neoprene socks and gloves.
The benefits of wild swimming
Contrary to belief that cold water and cold weather brings on colds/flus, it actually does the opposite and helps build up your immune system. Although I've only been wild swimming a handful of times this year, I am (touch wood) yet to be ill from flu or cold, which is apparently very common for many people who are wild/open water swimmers. So, are you someone who gets ill easily? Then you know the answer... time to get your wetsuit on and go for a swim!
A lot of research has been conducted in to the benefits of cold water swimming and one of them which stood out for me was the link between cold water and stress reduction. Saying this, even if you aren't a cold water swimmer, try splashing your face in the morning with ice cold water and note down how it makes you feel. You may not want to after getting out of bed, especially on a cold winter morning but I do it first thing every single morning and it is honestly, one of the best things to make me feel alive and instantly makes me feel calm and relaxed, in a weird kind of way.
The main reason for taking up wild swimming was the instant high I get from entering the water and the feeling afterwards too. Apparently, endorphins are released to help us deal with the pain (of cold water) and endorphins are what give you that 'feel good' feeling. It's the same with exercise. Don't you feel amazing after pushing yourself at the gym or a on run?
Not only is it an instant high for me but it also brings me back to reality and helps me understand that life isn't about moving fast, making money and doing all the things we think we have to do but just being relaxed and enjoying what we have. It's lying there, in the cold water, listening to the silence that really does something so magical to my brain and my body. I feel like I'm talking absolute nonsense but it's true. If only I had somewhere a little closer, I would do it every single morning.
Now, are you ready for your first wild swim?
I didn't get many photos from the weekend. Mainly because I was trying to take in as much as possible at the Grand Designs show and partly because I was so tired. I feel like the weekend was just non stop. We worked on the house until late Friday night, I worked Saturday, did a food shop, went out for tea, got up early for a trip to the Grand Designs Live show and Ikea - which I'll delve in to shortly. We spent a good two hours at the show and I found a few things I liked, such as lighting, flooring and other bits and pieces. However, I did find that there weren't many companies that stood out for me. I love some of the pieces from this Indigenous company but their website isn't great and every single time I go to click the back button, it asks me to download a free brochure! We then hopped in the car and headed over to Ikea. Believe it or not it was our first time there. It was even Kelly and Kurt's first time from @lifeatlowwinderbarn, so this was very exciting for the four of us. I found the inspo good, seeing the rooms and colours together and I love their accessories, however I don't think I'll be buying any furniture from Ikea anytime soon. I found it all quite flimsy if I'm honest. I'd rather wait and save up for a sofa or a set of drawers and buy something I knew was built to last. I guess it's a little like fast, throw away fashion but I guess because it's well priced they do well, just like all the fast fashion companies. I don't mean to skit them because I did leave with some glass tupperware and I'll certainly be back for more kitchen accessories. Anyway, I don't actually have much else to say apart from I'm tired, as per usual.. I want the house to be liveable so I can move in and that's that really. I have another renovation tip post heading your way, so I'll try to post that by the end of the week. Speak soon, L.
Ah, Sunday... the best day of the week. The days, weeks, months and years seem to just come and go way too fast though and I'm starting to feel a little nervous about turning 25 next month. I really don't want the years to pass us by and we forget to have fun and do everything we want. So, I've already started noting down my goals for 2020. I did this last year too and I'd say I've been pretty successful in completing almost all of my goals, besides from wanting to be fluent in Thai! I will start again once the house is done, whenever that will be. Anyway, this weekend we visited Bluestone to choose our hearth and take a look at kitchen worktop options. We had gone with the intention of falling in love with a white worktop, either a corian or a quartz.. but when we saw the black granite worktops, our heads were turned. We took away a few samples away with us so maybe we'll have changed our minds again by next week... stay tuned! Today was my first day back at the house for what feels like forever! Josh had cleaned out the fire place and built it back up to support the hearth which will go in soon, so we decided to leave our mark in the concrete. Maybe one day someone will find our names! Oh, he also put another lintel in to lower the fireplace as it was a little big for the log burner. It's still huge but it looks much better and more in proportion with the room. I hope thing's will start moving a little faster now, I'm itching to be in our home! I'm already planning our house warming and how we will accommodate all our friends and family, haha! Speak soon, L.
Alex, me and Josh. Man, I need a trim!
Dinner at The Lunesdale Arms in Tunstall.
Mum, Dad, Alex and Josh all went for the same prawn and chorizo starter. It was delicious. I had to wait a little longer for my minted lamb kofta with raika but it was very tasty. I was too hungry to get a snap of it but I'm going to try and replicate the little lamb koftas myself, this week. The main I went for was the pork fillet with chorizo jam and mash potato. Could eat it again, right now.
Mum and Dad <3
Hey lovelies. I hope you've enjoyed your weekend! I'm feeling a little sorry for myself after way too much red wine, gin and sambuka last night... I felt absolutely fine when I woke up but now it's hit me. Last night we went for tea at the Lunesdale Arms in Tunstall, to celebrate my Mum's 59th birthday which is tomorrow. We had been meaning to go there for quite some time now and it didn't disappoint. The food was good and the drinks were reasonably priced. I'll definitely be back to try a Sunday roast sometime in the near future! After that we headed back home to our local and what was supposed to be one drink and then home to bed, ended up being several drinks, a couple of shots and home at 1:30am. It always works that way, doesn't it? If you haven't seen my Instagram stories of my atrocious dancing, I suggest you head there before they disappear. Or maybe don't, as it's a little embarrassing. Well, today has been a complete right off. Although, I did manage to make some leek and potato soup for the week and I'm going to TRY and make something for tea. I had hoped to make a chilli con carne but I really cannot be bothered with the mess and washing the pots afterwards! You feel me? Saying that, my fabulous friend Amy brought us a homemade apple and blackberry crumble, so maybe we'll just have that. You probably noticed that Josh has a few scars on his face from the photos above. He had fallen from a roof on Wednesday, managed to knock himself out and badly injure his neck and back. Thankfully I think he's okay, after being checked over in A&E and I'm just glad it wasn't anything worse because falls like that can result in long term injuries or even worse. Anyway, I know I've been slacking on the home posts so I do apologise but I am barely there now that my Gran is away in France. So, when she's back at the end of the week, I'll have some regular home updates heading your way. I also have quite a personal post drafted up but I'm a little nervous to share it at the moment. Speak soon, L.
We started walking at 8:45am. It was a beautiful morning, not a cloud in the sky.
This is the DJI Osmo Pocket I used to film my latest YouTube video on. It's so small, the perfect size for holding in my hand. It's 3 axis gimbal makes filming so much smoother and it also shoots in 4K, making the video's look super sharp!
Stone shelters overlooking Small Water.
Haweswater in the background and Small Water in the foreground. I find the walk up to this point really gradual, perfect for beginners!
I forgot my tripod so we couldn't get a photo together here, which I'm gutted about.
On High Street looking down towards Windermere.
Pre lunch, looking very hangry.
I have no idea where about in the walk this was as I didn't even know Josh had taken it. So, I'm just sticking it in here.
Scrambling down with Blea Water to my right.
On our way down from High Street, on Rough Crag. We took the shortest route down but you can make the walk longer by carrying on to Kidsty Pike. The views from Rough Crag are much nicer though!
Honestly, I could not have asked for a better day than yesterday. We were truly blessed with the weather and I'm so glad that Josh didn't have a football game and I managed to get out of working, so that we could spend some time together, just the two of us, out walking. We didn't leave home until around 7:30am, which was quite late for us as we were hoping to catch the sun rising, as we ascended High Street. It was slightly annoying but the views were still absolutely bloody beautiful, so I can't complain really. I even got some lovely tan lines where my shorts and socks had been, it was that hot! We ended up back at the car for around 1:30pm, so it took us roughly 4 and a bit hours including quite a long lunch break. We decided to head back down Rough Crag, as opposed to carrying on to Kidsty Pike (the route we took last time), so it shaved quite a chunk of time off. The next time we plan on heading here is Winter. We haven't got any Winter sleeping bags yet but we can't wait to camp out under the stars. There are talks of a ghost who wanders the top of High Street, as it used to be an old Roman Road. Can you imagine building a road all the way up there? Anyway, hope you enjoyed our photos and if you haven't seen the video then head over to either my Instagram for the short version or my YouTube channel for the extended version.. and please subscribe if you haven't already! Lots of love, L.
Yesterday was the first day our plasterers started on the house. I can't tell you how exciting it is to finally see some progress, even though I truly loved those beautifully picked stone walls. At the moment they are applying sand and cement to the inside external walls, so all the walls that face the elements. The sand and cement has a waterproof coating included within the mix called free flow, to stop any water tracking through the walls. Once this has been applied to all the external (inside) walls, they will then apply a sovereign renderlite thermal barrier. This prevents the cold from the outside travelling through the stone wall and meeting the warmth from inside behind the plaster boards, which could cause damp. Then, they will dot and dab the plaster boards to the wall and finally plaster all of the walls! Woah, it sounds like a long and tedious job and I certainly had to ask Josh what it was all for.. even though I do like to learn all the in's and out's of what needs to happen. I do apologise about the photographs not being particularly great. The sunlight is quite low when I finish work, so probably not the best time to get photographs of the house but it's the only time I pop around at the moment, now that I'm cooking, cleaning, sorting fleas etc. Back to the flea situation actually... after spending over forty quid on spray and stuff for the cat, I though the little mites may have done one but it appears that they haven't. I'm actually sat her paranoid as out, itching and scratching my arms. I just try not to be here much so I can avoid them but it's impossible, especially when I have to sleep here. So many of you messaged me on Instagram though after I posted about the fleas and gave me some super helpful suggestions. The most common suggestion was a flea bomb, which I'm waiting on arriving hopefully by the end of the week. Apparently this is the only thing that actually gets rid of them, so the sooner that arrives the better! Anyway, enough rambling.. I'm ready for bed and I think I'm going to start the first series of Top Boy, seeing as they have released a new series. I've never seen it but I've heard it's like the UK version of Power (which is my favourite series, ever). So, I guess I will speak to you soon! Lots of love, L.
Friday morning from Black Horse, looking down in to Sedbergh. Just gorgeous!
Another wall picked and Will & Josh working super hard.
Looks like the only chance I get to post here is on a Sunday evening! Life feels non stop at the moment, which I love of course but right now, I'm super tired and so not ready for Monday morning. This week has been.. interesting, to say the least. Gran went off on her jolly holidays on Friday for three weeks, so we're home alone fending for ourselves. We so badly want to be independent but my god, it's so handy having someone to help out with meals and washing etc. it truly is a full time job! I don't know how people balance having a job, children, washing the pots, doing the ironing, etc. and still having the energy to do something fun. I am drained! From there it all went down hill... Will ended up falling through the bathroom floor, into the alley way below. Turns out the whole ceiling is plaster board! Just what we want... but I'm thankful it's happened now so we can fix it and replace it with something decent. If this is the only problem we encounter during our house renovations then I'll be happy. Obviously it's not ideal but, c'est la vie! Then, yesterday I was parked in M&S's car park when some turnip bashed our drivers door and chipped the paint. Thankfully, he was cooperative and gave me his details, so I'm hoping it gets dealt with ASAP, as we love our Golf and it's sad to see it chipped and wounded. Unfortunately there's no CCTV covering where I was parked either, so he best be honest! I had serious heart palpitations for a good hour or so after. I had worked myself up so much, I don't even remember driving from M&S to Asda. It's so weird how stuff like that affects me. Does that happen to you too? And to top things off, my cat has fleas! Isn't it just fabulous. So, all weekend I've been hoovering, shaking flea powder EVERYWHERE. Itching, scratching, going mad basically! It's all fun and games here in the Fearn/Porter household. If anyone can help me get rid of them though, please tell me how to as I'm going insane. I finally managed to sit down and watch Jesy Nelson's: Odd One Out on BBC iPlayer this evening. I cried, so much. It's heartbreaking to watch such a beautifully strong woman crumble at the words of bullies. You can tell people not to listen, to take it on the chin or tell them it's a joke, but the affects of words can have a bigger affect on somebody than physically hurting them. We were always told that 'sticks and stones may break my bones but words won't harm me'. Not true. You're accountable for what you say, in jest or not. In person or on the internet. I'm so glad that I grew up without social media, that I only saw my school friends either at school or at the playground. There was no Instagram or Facebook.. but we did have MSN. A chat site where you logged in on a computer, where you couldn't be contacted 24/7 but for only the time you logged in yourself. Maybe that's what we need to focus on more, not being so accessible to everyone, all hours of the day. Who knows what the answer is! I just hope that one day, when I eventually have children, that they never have to experience what Jesy has. Speak soon, L.
What a lovely, sunny, beautiful day it has been here in Cumbria. I woke up super early today, which I was a bit baffled by as I didn't get to bed until midnight but then I remembered that I had accidentally scratched the car and I had felt sick all night at the thought of breaking the news to Josh. Honestly, I am such an idiot! Thankfully, he took it well and we are going to get it sorted some point this week. Not ideal when you have a house to be spending your spare income on but hey ho, such is life! When I woke up early, I also managed to drag a hungover Josh out of bed and I messaged my Dad to see if he fancied a yomp up the fell. We walked up on to Crook to see the fell ponies. One of them was super friendly but there were about 7 in total. They loved the smell of the pickled onion crisps we took with us, haha! From there we walked on to Winder and back down in to Sedbergh for a spot of brunch at our local cafe - Smatt's Duo. Welsh rarebit never disappoints, so that's what I went for. Dad had a good old bacon and egg butty and Josh... well, he went for 'the full works' which consisted of sausages, bacon, egg, hashbrowns and black pudding all in a bun. I had thought to myself that there was no way he was eating it all but he surprised me and polished it off, as per usual! It was a truly lovely morning, spent in the sunshine with both my Dad and better half. My Dad has been teaching me all the names of the British plants and flowers that grow here. My favourite so far is heather, which we are thinking of using in the front garden (Dad's idea), as it's low maintenance and I love the grassy, natural look. In fact, I just love plants and flowers! We have an amazing rose bush in the front but it needs some attention as it's obviously had no love from the previous owners. I'm going to take a few cuttings and plant them in a potato so we can start growing them ready for when we start on the garden. Anyway, I'm going to put the laptop down and watch a bit of tele before the week ahead. I've managed to cut my screen time down by 20% which I'm so happy about. I had so many post notifications turned on on Instagram, so I decided to turn them off which has helped massively. Ideally, I'd love to cut it down even more but at least it is a step in the right direction! Oh and as we are talking of phones, I've just seen that Kelly Hoppen has created her own podcast! Definitely one to listen to for all you interior lovers. Right, I'm actually going now. Speak soon, L.
Dan Bilzerian came to join us this evening to knock some walls down...
Found this empty caramels cardboard box under the laths over the guest bedroom. No idea why the builders were shoving bit and bobs up there but it's actually quite exciting to discover!
Josh's friend, Will is home for a while so he's come to give us a helpful hand.
All kitchen worktops and water supply gone! Had to nip next door to our neighbours and ask for some water for the kettle.
Hey lovelies! How's your week going? I've actually perked up a little since last week and I'm ready to start the gym again. Although, I said that Sunday evening and I still haven't managed to get myself out of bed early enough in a morning. Ah well, maybe tomorrow! This evening we did a few bits on the house. Basically just tidied, picked walls - which by the way takes for bloody ever! I hate it. It's the worst job ever, so I'm super grateful we have Will lending us a hand through the day whilst we are working, as he's managed to get the kitchen external wall done, most of the living room external wall done and he just started with upstairs this evening. The plasterers were asking if they could come and do the first skim (I think that's what it's called), tomorrow but we aren't ready for them just yet. It's actually quite frustrating because if I had known that they wanted to come I would've stayed at the house every spare hour I had to get it ready for them, because once the plastering starts, that's when it will start coming together! But... never mind, I need to learn to be a little more patient and chances are it would never have been ready, even if we had known! I'm not really sure what's next once the walls are picked. I'm guessing we will have to wait for all the electrics and plumbing to be sorted before we can start anything ourselves. Anyway, of course I'll keep you up to date. Speak soon, L.