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Coughton Court

Hey guys! 

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

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Chedworth Roman Villa


Hey everyone! 

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

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Brockhampton Estate


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

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A Bookish Place

Hey everyone!

I’ve been on another exploration this week, this time with a book focus! I took a little trip to Hay-on-Wye with my lovely dad. It’s a little tradition we have, for the past three years anyway, to go and mooch about. He found out about this place because he knows how much I love books. It’s very special to me because of the memories I have made there. As I know there are a number of book lovers out there, I wanted to share this little place with you. 

Where is it?

Hay-on-Wye is just over the Welsh/English border. It’s a beautiful drive in via the scenic route, as there is luscious green everywhere. Even the car park is perched in front of beautiful scenery. 


What makes it so special? 

Everyone here is very friendly and the majority share a common interest: books. There are a huge variety of quirky little independent book shops. Some span over 3/4 floors. There are literally thousands of books, everywhere. 

Boz Books – This appealed to me because it’s a 19th century book shop. As a massive lover of Victorian Literature, I love going in to see all the cloth bound Dickens that line the shelves. There are other writers and time periods here. I managed to pick up a lovely boxed copy of Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night. 

Addyman Books – Firstly, I love the building with the painted window outside. I bought a number of books from here, some I’ve never even heard of. This is the place I go to to find something different. Don’t be deceived by the outside. It’s huge shop! One of my favourite parts is this lovely reading room. I could definitely see myself sitting there engrossed in a good book. 


Murder and Mayhem – The outside of the shop always catches my eye. I think it is brilliant. A shop dedicated to a specific genre only is a brave and rare thing. Also, I love the little cat sitting at the bottom on the right. 


Richard Booth Bookshop – This bookshop is actually my Dad’s favourite in Hay-on-Wye. It’s where we go normally to buy beautiful copies of Folio Society Books. We always leave with one each. Again, it’s another quirky yet beautiful building. I particularly like the animal tiles down the sides. 


There are books on absolutely everything here. The Folio Society books were a little more difficult to get to because of an art display for the Hay-on-Wye festival. It was very interesting actually, but the part that caught my attention the most was the ‘Idiot Compression’. You can see part of it in the image above. In a nutshell, it consists of hundreds of sections of books cut into the spine. These parts can still be opened and read, but the meaning is irretrievably lost. Each part is around 20% of the original. This is to bring to mind the widely accepted idea that we only use 20% of our brain, and maybe only retain 20% of any reading. 

That statistic shocked me a great deal actually. Think about how much we all read, and to only retain a small amount seems a real shame. However, I do think this is quite a realistic percentage. Hmmmm. More thought needed I think. Nevertheless, it was visually stunning. More information here.



What I left with: 

Needless to say, I bought a lot. But, I wanted to get a range of books by different authors from different genres. I miss learning about new authors, so I tried to find books I’ve either never read but wanted to, or books I knew nothing about. I’m looking forward to read The Tale of Beatrix Potter being as it’s been 150 years since her birth this year. 


That’s it! Hay, you’ve been amazing as ever. My purse was much lighter by the end of the day, but my book collection (obsession?) has been increased again. 

Have a great weekend everyone! 

Big love xx

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Kiftsgate Court Gardens – Chipping Campden 

Hello loves! 

Happy 1st of June! I can’t believe it’s June already. Where on earth is the time going? Well in true British style, it’s pouring down here where I am. Therefore, I saw this as my perfect opportunity to show you some photos from a very lovely place I visited. 

Kiftsgate Court Gardens is a little hidden gem. It’s stunning. Three generations of women have created and maintained this little beauty. 

I really liked this little water feature. It felt very modern and contemporary, yet it still fitted in with the whole feel of the gardens. 

The range of flowers and trees were astounding. Time, love and thought has been spent on making this garden beautiful; a place for everyone to enjoy. 

I thought these flowers were particularly lovely. The colours were beautiful. These were my favourites from our day out. 

Finally, tucked away, right at the bottom was this lovely swimming pool. The view I cannot describe. The Cotswolds are beautiful regardless of the clouds. You can see me standing just before it! 

For more information, see the website on the image above. It really is a wonderful little place. 

Have a great start to June everyone! 

Big love xx

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The Frankfurt German Christmas Market in Birmingham 2015

Hey guys!

Today I braved the rain to visit the German Christmas Market in Birmingham with my lovely parents. I got lucky this year because normally my parents go without me! 

Despite the rain pouring, it still felt so Christmassy and jolly. The stalls really do look beautiful. Birmingham’s Victoria Square is transformed for a magical Christmas. 

  

The dazzling lights coloured the ever gloomy skies… 

  
  

Of course, there is always a big wheel to see the best of Birmingham from a height. (Although I’m sure the current building works cloud the view a little!)

  

Victoria Square really did look stunning – history paired with the magic of Christmas. 

  

Finally, an outing to a German Christmas market isn’t complete without a mug of mulled wine. I adored the cute cups as well! 

  

So, I completely loved it. The music, the lights, the food, the wine. All Christmassy and wonderful, made all the more special because I was with my family. 

  

Nevertheless, Christmas is galloping along and I’m still not quite ready! Mind you, are we ever completely ready for it?! 

Big love and festive cheer! X 

 

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Dunster Castle, Dunster Near Minehead

Hi everyone! 

I’ve been on my travels again and visited this astounding castle, Dunster Castle. There has been a castle on the site since the Norman times, but the castle I saw, that stands today is the Luttrell family home from the 19th century. 

The castle is really quite astonishing; the rooms are exquisite, the wooden staircase really is a work of art. One of my favourite features was the ceiling, where, in the design were pigs and deer, along with cherubs chasing animals.  

   

Again, the gardens were visually stunning. The Dream Garden truly shows the work from funding, with its new garden bench where I sat to enjoy the beautiful flowers of a variety of different colours. The Riverside Garden boasts of a lovers seat and a gorgeous free flowing stream that heads back to the working water mill. 

 

The working water mill is a work of art. The gentleman inside was telling me yellow wagtails were nesting there, and I was lucky enough to see them flying about their daily business. My dad and I bought a bag of flour that was milled a  couple of days previous in order to bake our own bread and scones. In all honesty, I’m not too sure when we will get around to doing this! 

The Library was, of course, my favourite room. The books, some belonging to the family, the original wallpaper from the 1900s, the fireplace, the very fashionable carpets and seating. I just wanted to move in there and then. It’s a good job it isn’t the Victorian times, as this room was considered a man’s room therefore, I wouldn’t have been allowed in! 

  

I really enjoyed spending a day here. There is something for everyone. It’s steeped in history, the gardens are lovely and the staff are in every room to tell you little anecdotes from the family.  It’s a place I would recommend to anyone for visiting this summer!

Find out more here: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunster-castle/ 

Big love x
  

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