Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Life lately, lazy blogger strikes again

I truly am a lazy blogger. I had such grand plans to write at least once a week since about February, I even had ideas scheduled in my diary but I don’t seem to be able to get around to writing anything. I don’t know if it’s because I need somewhere to write that isn’t my bedroom, or if I’m just rubbish at this blogging lark. Instead I thought I’d catch up on what I’ve been up to in the last few months.

Battle on the Beach

Back in March I headed off to Pembrey to support Jon taking part in Battle on the Beach. We went last year and I had a great time so jumped at the chance to go again this year. This time around I had my own mountain bike so I was able to go for a ride on the beach the day before the event and got to try some of the course. I’ve been asked a few times if I’ll have a go next year but my fitness levels need to drastically improve if I do have a go. To be honest just watching is fun for me, seeing hundreds of riders hurtling over the sand and then tearing down the beach is an amazing sight.

A 1940s wedding

Last month Jon and I went to a 1940s themed wedding in Somerset. I love a wedding and have never been to a themed one before so it was exciting. My nan picked out my dress from Weekend Doll and I ordered a sweet little hat from ebay to go with it. The wedding took place is a gorgeous village church with the reception at a nearby hotel, the reception room was decorated with bunting and each table named after a war time plane. The evening party was like a tea party with all the music coming from the 1930s and 40s, they even had a group of vintage singers to keep in with the theme.

Topping off the wedding, on a personal note, was staying at the gorgeous Devonshire Arms with a bathroom of dreams. This is bathroom inspiration if ever I saw it.


The weekend after the wedding we flew up to my favourite UK city, Edinbugh. I adore this city, it’s a real mix of things to do and see. Jon had only ever been on a stag weekend previously, which we decided didn’t count so it was nice to show him around. We stayed in an Airbnb apartment just off Leith Walk, which I cannot recommend enough. We loved it so much that it got to a point where we started thinking about how we could make an apartment work for us…with eight bikes between us, it can’t but it’s nice to dream.

We did all the usual things while we were there, including Edinburgh Castle and Arthur’s Seat. We met up with a few of Jon’s friends, which was nice as I’d not met any of them and it meant eating at places we never would have found otherwise. The standout for me was going to Dishoom for breakfast twice (I’m obsessed with their Akuri), and dinner at The Devil’s Advocate then drinks and having to wander back to our apartment at 1am…

House hunting

Finally, something that is both more and less exciting than anything else we’ve been up to. We’ve been house hunting in Monmouth and the Forest of Dean for two months, I think I’ve had six viewings in four houses. We’ve put offers on two houses we’ve seen, with the latest offer going on a house in Monmouth a week ago. I’m not good at being patient so having to wait over a week to know the outcome of this offer is testing me, but hopefully we’ll hear soon. In the mean time I’ve been buying small bits and pieces (and rose plants…) with the view that they’ll work in any house we end up buying, but to be honest I think my heart is now set on this house even if it’s not the most spectacular of the houses we’ve seen. It has definite potential to be a lovely first home for us, I’m excited to hopefully spend my time decorating and cooing over Farrow and Ball some time soon. The fact that it's 15 minutes away from the Cannop trail centre is just the icing on the cake, being able to go out after work will be amazing.

Perhaps once we're in a house with an office, and I've got access to a Mac (I work better at a desk than on a laptop) I'll get back into writing. I have a feeling that the opportunity to blog about interiors won't pass me by.

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