It is with a heavy heart and tear filled eyes that I write this post. I’m struggling with what is happening in the world. I don’t understand why we have such sadness. Naturally, I’m a ‘fixer’. I have a deep need within me to fix things, to make things better. Yet, today I can’t seem to do it.
You will have probably heard on the news about the terrorist attack in Manchester. I’m utterly broken. That concert was full of innocent children and teenagers watching one of their idols. I’m sure the majority of us can all relate to that. They were happy. Then everything changed in an instant. It’s funny, I tell my students to never write such clichés but here I am doing it myself. I can’t find the words. I don’t know what to say. I’m empty.
Every attack we all feel: London, Paris, Manchester, anywhere in the world. It is wrong. It is heart breaking. But I really really struggle when it’s children; the epitome of innocence.
Hate can not win. We are together. We must love more. I don’t have anyone to hold tonight, but if you do, hold them just that second longer. Because you can.
Big love x
I hope you’re all doing well. It’s the last weekend of my Easter holiday and the sun was shining again! I had to make the most of this so I took my parents to Coughton Court.
We’ve visited here a number of times so we didn’t focus on the house. Instead, because it was so sunny, we took the opportunity to go on a number of walks. The first part we went to see was The Walled Garden.
I suffer from hay fever so sometimes I get really sneezy. However, today I could smell the beautiful flowers. I love this time of year!
Another walk we did was The Riverside Walk. Being near water always makes me feel tranquil and calm. I have no idea why, but I always feel better by water. We had some lovely ducks accompanying us.
Sometimes I feel like I really take these places and family time for granted. Time is always moving and I really miss days out and time with those who mean the most because I’m working. However, this makes up for it! Making memories!
For more information on this beautiful, historical venue please click here.
Have an amazing weekend lovely people!
Big love! Xx
How are you all? Today was amazing because the sunshine came out so I finally got chance to get on the Big Wheel in Stratford.
Firstly, the river and theatre looked beautiful. It really is quite breathtaking.
I have to say, it was amazing. The views were stunning. Apologises about some of the glare on the photos. However, it doesn’t matter. It was just lovely. I genuinely have so much love for my home. For a price of £5 we spent about 5 or so minutes going around, taking in the scenery.
I had the best time. There’s always so much to see. The town was thriving today as well. This Wheel caused a lot of controversy with the locals. Yet, I loved it. I see it as a positive to see the amazing views of our town. It made me incredibly humble for what I’ve got on my doorstep.
Finally, my mum took this photo of me. It’s not horrendous but I wasn’t feeling particularly well as it was rocking at the top! A sunny but breezy day.
I hope you’ve enjoyed these pictures. I loved it I have to say!
Big love all xx
Happy New Year! I hope the first 8 days of 2017 have been treating you well.
You may or may not know that Hull (where I currently live and work) is City of Culture for 2017. There will be a huge range of events happening over the year and I can’t wait! You may have even seen the firework display on the news. I have to say, it was very impressive!
The first event was Made In Hull. Running for a week, it shows the story of a city and its people via a range of installations about the city. Lights, images, sounds, people. What has happened in Hull’s history and what is in store for the future.
I managed to catch the last evening of the light show. There were thousands of people there; dancing, cheering, laughing, welling up. There just was a real sense of community. I’m not from Hull, but even I, the permanent tourist, got caught up in it.
The light show on the City Hall was incredible. I genuinely do not have enough words to describe how moving, emotional and utterly awesome it was. So, I’ve got some pictures for you!
We are Hull! Bring it on!!!!
2017. Hull’s story. Be a part of it. Make memories, wherever you are. Tell your story. We certainly are.
Big love xx
Hope you’re all having a great weekend. I took one last opportunity to go exploring, this time with my lovely Mum and Dad. We all work ridiculous hours, like many families, so we always try and make our time count.
Followers of my blog will know how much we love our National Trust membership; this time we visited Chedworth Roman Villa.
What blew me away was the fact that it was literally tucked away in the middle of nowhere. How did the Romans find it? Why that spot? So many unanswered questions.
The biggest fascination I had was with the fact that there’s still more to be discovered. Inside the museum, which was added in the Victorian period, parts of mosaic and stone were being still being found last year. It’s always quite inspiring to know there’s secrets hidden beneath the earth.
The mosaic they have found so far are so beautiful. It’s incredible what has been preserved so far.
Places like this require imagination. There are only parts left. But, I find that quite magical really. It’s giving you an active piece of history that you can interpret yourself. My favourite part: the bathhouse rooms and the outdoor water shrine.
I enjoyed getting my geek on in terms of history this weekend. I hoped you enjoyed my photos! If you’d like more information, check out The National Trust Website.
Big love to you all xxx
Isn’t this time of year just beautiful?! I really love to see all the colours and the different leaves. I love to hear the crunch under foot. I just feel like everything is more crisp and lovely in Autumn.
Whilst I had a small window of opportunity today, I decided I needed to have a little time to soak in beautiful Stratford upon Avon. The colours were indescribable. I wanted to share this with you, in the hope that the 5 minutes you spend looking at this, you feel as inspired and calm as I did.
*all photos are taken by myself with no filter.
It’s the first time in a while I’ve felt calm and at ease. The fresh air always makes me feel better. Sometimes you need to just stop and take it all in…
Big love xx
Happy Sunday everyone!
I’ve survived my first week back of a new term! However, I wanted to hold onto one last little piece of my holiday, a visit to the Brockhampton Estate.
What I loved about here is there are two gorgeous, timber framed, medieval buildings surrounded by a moat. These date back to the 14th century. Imagine the comings and goings these buildings have seen. It fascinates me!
It’s a shame it was fairly cloudy when I visited; it’s still rather impressive though.
The house is surrounded by 1000 acres of farmland and 700 acres of woodland. It’s a place where you can walk around and not bump into anyone. It’s rather peaceful for a working farm.
Inside the house, there’s a lot of solid wood furniture, fires and glorious beds. You could even try out fashions of that period. (I had to of course!)
I don’t want to ruin anymore surprises for you, but I would definitely recommend a visit.
For more information check out The National Trust website.
Big love! Xx