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Love You, Manchester. 

Hey guys.

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

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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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The Big Wheel – Stratford upon Avon

Hey guys!

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

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Easter Blessings!  


Hey everyone!

Happy Easter! I wanted to send you all my well wishes for this day. Whether you’re religious or not, there is always a good vibe about this time of year. 

I hope your day was peaceful and wonderful. For me I had a lovely lunch with my Momma and then visited the family. My last job today is to send you all my well wishes from me and my lovely Easter rabbit, Smudge. 

Big love all xx

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Ferens Art Gallery Hull


Hey everyone! Happy Saturday! 

I hope you’re all well and spring is treating you well. Today I had some spare time so I went for a wander around the newly refurbished Ferens Art Gallery. 

You may have heard that last month Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visited as part of their day around the City of Culture. I had to see what had changed and what amazing art was being housed here. 

The last time I visited the gallery was in 2012 as part of my Masters degree. I studied a module looking at art and Victorian literature. Now, 5 years later, I can’t believe how much it has changed! 

Gallery 1: Renaissance. It is here that Ferens currently homes Pietro Lorenzetti’s stunning panel painting, Christ Between Saints Paul and Peter. It absolutely took my breath away. I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was or how it’s still survived all these years. It’s dated to the 14th century after all! There was a queue of people waiting to see it so I was unable to get a photograph. Nevertheless I did manage to get a postcard. 


Also there were two other paintings that caught my eye in this collection. First, The Virgin and Child with Two Angels. The gold is striking. 


The final painting here that was absolutely beautiful was The Betrayal of Christ. I can’t believe how bold and striking it is. The colours, the gold, the story. It’s unbelievable. A picture is worth a thousand words after all. 


Next The Netherlands. Progressing through time we are now in the 16th and 17th centuries. It was at this point that the Netherlands flourished as one of the major European art centres. My favourite painting here is by Cornelius Gijbrechts. Little is known about this painter; he is an enigma. Nevertheless I love this painting because it represents the passage of time. It features an hourglass, pocket watch and burnt out candle. It shows the simple pleasures in life: the violin now, bubble and wine glass. It’s a trick to the eye this painting. I was stood gawping at it for ages. The more you look, the more you see. 


Onto Eighteenth Century Europe. My favourite here was the beautiful Anna Isabelle Milbanke. She’s an absolute cherub. Look at those cheeks. 


Onto my favourite collection of the gallery: Victorian and Edwardian Art. It is here that takes me right back to my Masters. I spent a long time working on Leighton’s Farewell. I found the face absolutely painful. I wonder what the inspiration was for this. Of course we can all relate; we’ve all said ‘farewell’ at some point. But what happened here?! 


My absolute favourite painting here is John Atkinson Grimshaw’s Princes Dock Street. It’s dark and moody. I love it. I love how Grimshaw plays with light in his other works too. It usually comes from windows of passing buildings. Very clever. 


Modern and Contemporary Portraits finally. Here this young lady caught my eye. I think it was her nose that I saw first (nothing offensive meant here!) She’s fabulous; her hair, make up, pale skin. 


There’s other galleries as part of the Ferens collection currently, but it was just these that caught my eye today. For a free venue it is absolutely fabulous. Well done Hull! 

Other exciting news! When I was leaving I saw them working on the Poppy installation. Sneak peak below! 


Oh Hull. We really are showing the world. City of Culture 2017! I’ve had a wonderful couple of hours wandering around aimlessly, absorbed by culture. 

Big love xx

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Made In Hull – UK City of Culture 2017


Hey guys! 

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

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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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