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27 September 2017

Our Week In Brixham | Day 3 & 4

So I've finally gotten around to sharing days 3 & 4 of our trip to Brixham! Long time I know, so if you've forgotten what we did on days 1 & 2 you can recap here.

Now that I've apologised for my lack of time keeping this month (seriously where are the months going?!) let's get on to day 3.

We woke up early on Monday morning, and headed off to catch the ferry over to Torquay. The weather wasn't great to start with, and our boat ride was a rather chilly one to say the least!

Once we had stepped off the ferry, it decided to chuck it down, well timed as always. So our first stop involved a nice latte huddled inside a warm pub. When we finally plucked up the courage we braved the outside and had a wander around the shops. Torquay is a lot more 'town like' than Brixham, it has your usual high street shops and coffee outlets, but it also has a lovely pier too. We did spend some time mooching around in the shops, and I picked up a copy of the latest Blogosphere magazine to read on the balcony later.

After having our fill of the shops we made our way to the sea front, stopping to admire the gardens and the big wheel that you can see from Brixham.

Stomachs grumbling we stopped for lunch at Pier Point Restaurant, for not only its fabulous food, but also incredible view.

Naturally I opted for pizza, which was delicious!

Once full, we carried on walking along the pier. The weather had perked up a bit, and i'd spotted some cute beach huts in the distance, so that's where we headed.

We stayed here for a while soaking up the warmth of the sun, and admiring the views. But before long it was time for us to head back over to Brixham on the ferry.

We'd planned a nice night in the apartment, after all that walking our legs were feeling a bit weary!

We stopped at a newly opened cocktail bar, Coco's Cocktails, on the way back, which did a delicious array of drinks, and had a copper bar! What more could a girl ask for! Then we grabbed ourselves some fish and chips to take back to the apartment.

I will never tire of that view, the pastel houses on the horizon, and of course this dinner! So day 3 drew to an end in the best way, and I headed to bed for an early night ready for day 4.

Day 4 started quite slowly, with a relaxed morning stroll around the shops, and then stopping at Curious Kitchen for one of these mega Freak Shakes. Their breakfasts looked amazing too so i'd definitely recommend a visit if you're in the area. My freak shake was a caramel, peanut, cookie filled delight.

Fish and chips, followed by freakshakes you shout?! yes, my excuse is I was fuelling myself up for our walk up to Berry Head! Which is what we did next.

The walk wasn't too difficult, but it was up hill! The views are definitely worth it though, as are all of the gorgeous plants along the way.

I loved looking at the little caves along the rocks, and just taking in the gorgeous fresh air.

There is a lovely café at the top of Berry Head, The Guardhouse, which is ideal after all that walking. No trip to Devon would be complete without a cream tea, so that's exactly what we had. It was delicious.

We finished up our break, and made our way back down, not before taking in one last look at the view though.

That night we had a light lunch at the apartment before heading into Brixham for a couple of drinks. I only took one photo! I think its because I had discovered the world of Instagram stories and boomerangs, or at least that's the excuse i'm going for!

I hope you enjoyed reading the second instalment of our Brixham trip, I hope not to leave too long between this one and the last instalment, I promise!

Read Days 1 & 2 here!

20 September 2017

Weekly Wanderings #6 | Biddulph Grange, hair-refresh and home days

This weeks Weekly Wandering post starts on Saturday 9th September, we headed out to Biddulph Grange which is around an hours drive from where we live. I had seen photos of it online and it looked like the perfect place for a day out.

The Sat Nav took us along some amazing country roads, and we eventually arrived at the house. The building itself is beautiful, the gardens even more so.

We spent a couple of hours here, weaving in and out of the gardens, all of them beautifully crafted. My favourite part had to be Dahlia Walk, they're one of my favourite flowers, as there's just so many types and colours! We ended up so tired we headed back to the car and ate our sandwiches in it!

Sunday was a 'home' day, which basically means cleaning and prepping for the week ahead. We visited family and did some more painting in my office room. I can't wait for it to be finished, but really hate painting! I just like to do the 'faffing' like picking out the accessories and making it look homely!

Monday saw me having my first Pumpkin Spice Latte of the season, which I have to say won't be my last! I popped into town to do some shopping and picked up a few lovely bits from Primark, including a check blazer that everyone seems to be coveting on Instagram. It really does go with a lot of things, and it adds a little layer of warmth to outfits now that the temperature is dipping, so I was very pleased with this find!

Tuesday was the day I finally got my hair re-freshed, it was in much need of some TLC, so I had a good trim and more ash blonde highlights. I am very pleased with the result, it feels so much better and looks more revived! I spent a chunk of my morning at the hairdressers, which i'm not going to lie it was lovely to just relax!

This weeks weekly post ends here, as the rest of the week was spent at work and packing for our trip down to East sussex, which if you fancy a sneak peek at what we've been up to, you can have a nosey at my Instagram, blog posts will be following soon! Just need to complete my Brixham posts first, whoops!

Hope you're all having a good week!

5 September 2017

1 year of National Trust | Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

Me and My Husband are definitely Weekend Explorers, every weekend we have off together we plan an adventure, whether its a local day out or a weekend break, we like to make the most of it.

This weekend I was browsing the National Trust website and saw Calke Abbey, which is only a 30 minute drive from us, and somewhere we've never been before. We packed up our backpacks with sandwiches and a big flask of hot tea, donned our cardigans (It's September now, so despite the temperature its autumn in my eyes!) and headed off to explore.

We passed through some gorgeous little villages on the way, which I definitely want to have a mooch around next time, just so I can admire the pretty little flower covered cottages at a slower pace!

We finally arrived at our destination and went to book our tickets when we were asked about becoming National Trust members, and because it was something we had already been talking about we bit the bullet and signed up!

We collected our map and tickets, booked our slot to tour the House and headed off to explore the gardens. My husband will tell you now that I am obsessed with gardens, this summer we have visited so many beautiful ones, that it makes me excited to pot my seeds ready for next spring! (don't worry i'm not wishing the year away just yet|!)

I loved walking through all the flowers, but my favourite had to be the fruit and vegetable garden. There were lots of weird and wonderful veg alongside a gorgeous apple orchard. We could spy some huge pumpkins growing, which definitely made me excited for Autumn, as it's one of my favourite seasons.

There was just so much to look at, we loved bobbing through the arch ways, and looking out for the swallows that were nesting in the nearby barns.

There's also an apple day coming up in October, which sounds lovely, especially if you have children!

We enjoyed a tour of the house which I didn't take any photo's in, as I thought it would be nice to keep it a surprise for any of you who read this and plan to go. I loved the high ceilings and intricate cornicing in every room. There's so much to see it's fascinating.

One of my favourite parts of our walk was going through the Farmer's tunnel, which is super dark and long. I had to hold on to my husbands backpack as I couldn't see anything!

We had another mooch around the grounds with a nice coffee, this time we stopped to admire the deer and then back through the gardens. I just can't get enough of those dahlias you see!

We had such a lovely day, even if the weather wasn't playing along, and we ended up getting rained on! We've already planned where we are going next weekend, so keep an eye on my blog and Instagram for that one!

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