Mediterranean Holiday | Crete

 I am so relieved that all of the tedious technical issues I have been experiencing lately are now sorted and I can finally share our holiday! 

As I mentioned in this post, the first week of our holiday was spent on Crete, with the following week cruising around the Mediterranean. I thought it would be nice to divide the posts by destination, so this is about our week in Crete and the next will be Santorini. 

The first week was all about rest and relaxation and not much else! 

The hotel was in a nice location, just a few steps from the beach, bars, restaurants and shops. 

I could not get enough of this hot pink Bougainvillaea.

You know how utterly smitten I am with flowers and plants, so I was pleased to be able to find an oasis of flora outside our balcony. 

I have never seen Cape Honeysuckle before and it was gorgeous. There were dozens and dozens of bees collecting pollen, so I was careful not to get too close. I love bees, but I have a rather rotten reaction to being stung, so better safe than sorry!  
The house next door to the hotel had a beautiful garden, complete with Pomegranate trees!
I left the camera in our room for most of this week, we were in a sun-kissed daze and knew that the following week would be full of adventure. For the first time in a long time, we just went with flow and enjoyed reading and relaxing by the pool.

I will be back soon with lots and lots of photos of Santorini!

Five Happy Things

I feel as though I was only here a few days ago with my last Five Happy Things post, how has it been a week already?! This past week (and current weekend) has been consumed with a digital cleanup and transferring all of my photos from the laptop to iCloud. It is a time consuming task, but it is very worthwhile, because I don't want to lose any photos ever again. Now I am going to take Poppy for a lovely walk on the beach and I can't wait! 

These are some of the things that have made me happy this week…
This one is a double whammy; as I was photographing the beautiful field, I inadvertently captured a swallow swooping down to the wheat!

 The White Company Mustique candle is one of my favourites for summer

All of the lavender plants in the garden are having a bumper summer so far 

Sharing a baked Camembert and fig jam on a rainy day, need I say more?!

Poppy always makes me happy :) 
What has made you happy this week?

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

Just before we went on holiday (lots of posts to follow soon!) I visited the Chelsea Flower Show with my Mother-in-Law and we had a fantastic day. 
We could smell these gorgeous hyacinths before we could see them!
To mark what would have been Roald Dahl's 100th birthday, David Austin Roses have launched this lovely new peach coloured rose. The display also featured the original illustration by Sir Quentin Blake and a giant bronze peach! 

The 5,000 Poppies project was a beautiful international tribute to the sacrifice of all servicemen and women, their families and communities in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. You can read more about the wonderful project here.  

Some of these peonies were as big as dinner plates! 

I love Amaryllis and it was so refreshing to see them in vases, rather than in pots. I think they are very underrated and underused as a standalone flower. 
As we were leaving, these blue and white displays caught our eye, aren't they pretty? 

 I shall be back in a few days with the first post about our holiday! 

Five Happy Things

I am now back into the swing the things and all of the usual rhythms and routines have been restored. Unfortunately the weather has been wet and windy with just the occasional glimpse of sunshine. I do hope it returns next week! 
I have also been experiencing technical difficulties with the blog hosting site and losing the past ten years worth of photos on a defunct hard drive. After a sleepless night, we thankfully managed to locate most of them on another, much forgotten about hard drive. Needless to say, we are thanking our lucky stars and have proceeded to back up and save to multiple hard drives, discs and The Cloud, every few minutes! 

These are some of the things that have made me happy this week…

Ahh, Peonies. These are Sarah Bernhardt, the same variety I had in my bridal bouquet 

Due to the unseasonable weather, we have been craving comfort food, so I made a huge pot of delicious Lemon Chicken and Orzo Soup from Nine & Sixteen 

 The wind has whipped some of the pretty petals into confetti, but there are still plenty of David Austin's The Generous Gardener roses left 

After thinking we had lost so many precious photos, it was such a relief to find all of the important moments, including Poppy's puppy photos. This is from the day we brought her home, Friday 23rd April 2010

And this one of the three of us during Poppy's first walk a few weeks later :) 

Happy Friday and happy July! 

What has made you happy this week?

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!