Summer Holiday

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments on my last post, you absolutely made my day :)

I am so excited to tell you all about our upcoming travels! Years ago, when we were at university and shortly thereafter, we used to travel quite often. Now we don't have quite as much free time to feed our wanderlust. At the beginning of the year we decided that after a few charming breaks away to the Country and the City, we needed a proper holiday full of culture, rest, relaxation and lots of sunshine! After some initial research we concluded that whilst the rest of the world is calling, we really had a yearning for the Mediterranean and decided that Italy, Greece or Malta would be on the horizon. This is when we spotted something that really appealed to us. We are spending a week on the Greek isle of Crete, then we are cruising around the Mediterranean for a week! 

We have cruised before and been to Northern Italy, but all of the other destinations will be an entirely new experience and we cannot wait! 

Today we will be flying out to Crete and staying on the north coast for a week. 

From Crete we will be flying to Athens for embarkation onto The Royal Princess.

Our first port of call will be Santorini, which is quite serendipitous, as this is the day we will be celebrating our sixth wedding anniversary :) 

Then to Kusdasi, Turkey, where we have booked a Jeep adventure tour.

The following day we will be in Mykonos. Then we have a day at sea as travel to...
Valletta, Malta.

Followed by a day in Palermo, Sicily.

Our final port will be Civitavecchia as we fly back to London from Rome. It is unlikely we will see very much of Rome, so I am already planning a city break! 

One of the persuasive factors was a stop in Naples, meaning we would finally be going to our dream destination of the Amalfi coast and the Isle of Capri (we were planning to get married there, but a local wedding topped our instead). A few weeks ago we were informed that Naples had been removed from the itinerary and was being substituted by Mykonos. The Amalfi coast once again evades us, but not to worry, we will visit one day and until then we have Mykonos, which looks absolutely beautiful!  

The only thing I am not looking forward to is leaving our sweet kitties Millie and Sylvester and our darling pooch Poppy. Thankfully we have a friend popping in everyday to administer food and affection to the cats and Poppy is going for a holiday to my In-Laws (half a mile away!), so all will be in good hands, we just wish we could bring them with us! 

If you have been to any of the destinations, please feel free to impart any pearls of wisdom and top tips you might have! I would love to hear if you have any travel plans this year :)

Wifi might be somewhat patchy during the holiday, so instead of blogging out there, I attempted to schedule some posts for this week and the next, but for some unknown reason, they didn't publish. So I shall publish them when we return, along with lots of posts about the holiday too! 
Whenever possible, I will update my Instagram and Snapchat (both Morwenna Hill), so be sure to follow along for some holiday snapshots :)

Wishing you all a lovely couple of weeks! 

Life Lately

As I am sure you have noticed, my posts have been few and far between this past year or so and posting frequently is something I really miss. I miss documenting the simple things in life that make me happy, the little moments that make life precious and I miss connecting with you.
I write online content for my day job, so sometimes the last thing I have the energy for at the end of the working day, is creating my own content, even though it is truly the first thing I want to do. Writing and photography bring me so much joy, I just need to prioritise and manage my personal time more efficiently.

Thankfully spring has arrived and the days feel so much longer, for which I am very grateful. As soon as I see the first of the spring bulbs burst into life, followed by the blossom trees, I feel as though I too have woken from a deep winter slumber and productivity can once again resume.

Since my last post in October, Nathan celebrated his birthday and went all out with another fantastic Halloween display. He has already started to make all manner of scary things for this Halloween! Five weeks later it was time to celebrate my birthday and then we had a lovely Christmas and New Year. So far, 2016 has been very productive and positive. We have booked a summer holiday (more on that to come) and I have a new (to me) car, which makes my daily commute all the more enjoyable. Poppy turned six, which we could hardly believe, we still think of her as a puppy! Nathan and I celebrated our sixteenth anniversary, which again baffled me, how are we old enough to have spent sixteen years together, when we are only in our mid-twenties…oh yes, we are actually in our early thirties!
 For quite some time I have felt as though something has been missing and I have been craving a creative outlet. Then it occurred to me, the thing that I have been missing has been here all along.

I have been blogging since June 2009 and whilst there have been a few weeks (and months) of silence along the way, I could not imagine my life without it. This is a place where I can share my passions, hobbies and the small, but dear moments in life. Where I can communicate with like-minded people who share my enthusiasm for living a joyful life and finding the beauty in every day.

If you are a new reader, hello and welcome! If you have been reading along for years, thank you and welcome back! 

Happy Easter!

Wishing you a very happy Easter!
 I hope it is sweet in every way and full of the joys of spring!

Happy New Year's Eve!

Thank you for all of your support, lovely comments and reading along this year, it means so much to me! 
Wishing you a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

A Sunday Well Spent Brings a Week of Content

The weather was absolutely beautiful this weekend, so we headed straight for the beach. As I have mentioned previously, dogs are sadly not permitted on some of our favourite beaches during the summer months, so it is always a happy moment when the arrival of autumn gives Poppy free reign once again.

 As usual, Poppy had a fantastic time rolling around on the sand, 

digging for shells and eating seaweed,
 making friends
and flirting!

Then it was time to feed our rumbling tummies with a traditional Sunday roast dinner! 
 In an attempt to burn off some of the indulgent roast, we finished the day with a stroll through the charming Priory gardens. 

It was a perfect Sunday, full of fresh air, relaxation and lots of laughter with my love.  
Here is to a happy week ahead! 

Five Happy Things

It has been one of those weeks that just seemed to fly by! The days were filled with work and the evenings were busy with all of the usual chores and errands. However, there was one lovely evening spent with family, delicious food and wine and lots of laughter! 

These are my favourite things which have made me happy this week... 
The last of the harvested hay bales in the field behind our house 

 A new pretty pink lipstick from Nars 
Sylvester displaying his prowess walking amongst the dog rose on the trellis
The Horse Chestnut leaves may be falling, but the David Austin Roses are still blooming
Caro Emerald's beautiful cover of Amy Winehouse's Love Is A Losing Game on Chris Evans' breakfast show on BBC Radio 2 

What has made you happy this week?

Five Happy Things

It has been far too long since my last "Five Happy Things" post and I think it is high time I brought this series back! I love compiling these lists of things that spark joy during my week and bring a smile to my face. Here is to celebrating the simple pleasures in every day!

These are my favourite things which have made me happy this week... 
 After work walks to the beach
  Enjoying Sunday brunch in the garden 
 Pops of pretty purple flowers against a white picket fence 
Sweet ducks relaxing on the riverbank 
I am completely infatuated with Hozier's cover of Sam Smith's Lay Me Down for the BBC Radio 1 live lounge month. I cannot play this enough! 

What has made you happy this week?