Sunday, 14 September 2014

Five Happy Things

This week has been a bit of a whirlwind with days just whizzing by and not an awful lot to show for them! Here is to hoping this week feels more productive and I can snaffle away a few hours to soak up the evening sun with Poppy and work on some recipes. 
Now I am off to make the most this lovely Sunday with dinner and a G&T by sea! 

These are my favourite things which have made me happy this week...
This sweet little Baby's tears plant 
Sand submerged toes
A jar full of shells and sea glass we have found at the beach this summer 
Admiring this pretty Pavilion 
The loves of my life

What has made you happy this week?

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Five Happy Things

The arrival of September has thrust the weather into a state of confusion with pot-luck fog, sunshine, rain and wind. The nights are also beginning to draw in, so I think it may be time to stop clinging onto summer and embrace autumn (can you tell I am feeling rather reluctant?!). One of the silver linings to the new season is adding a few new items to the wardrobe, and that is something I am always very happy to do! 

These are my favourite things which have made me happy this week...
A beautiful new orchid
Poppy playing "pawball" (football with paws!) with Nathan
Sweet little sunflower growing in the wall of a quayside
Darwin the Bengal cat is my sister Brooke and her boyfriend Jamie's handsome new addition
I have been using the above products from the Kérastase Nutritive range for the past few weeks and I am smitten! My dry thick curly hair now feels satin smooth and looks very healthy.

What has made you happy this week?

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Five Happy Things

I cannot believe that tomorrow marks the first month of autumn, and I am definitely not ready for summer to end! Whilst I certainly appreciate every season and everything they have to offer (well perhaps not the cold winter weather!) I am trying to cling onto the last of this wonderful summer. There is a stereotypical notion about English summers and I must concur that it is actually rather accurate! However the weather this year has been magnificent and it seems as though we have had clear blue skies and bright sunshine since Easter. For this I am very grateful and just hope that there are a few more weeks of summer splendour yet to come. 

These are my favourite things which have made me happy this week...
Bountiful honeysuckle in our front garden with the most beautiful intense fragrance that I wish I could bottle!

Al fresco pancakes 
Sweet little yachts bobbing in the river
An old Routemaster bus converted into a pub
An inky blue and pink sunset

What has made you happy this week?

Monday, 25 August 2014

Long Summer Weekend

Today is a bank holiday in England (the last until Christmas!) so I made the most of it by taking Thursday and Friday off work. I wanted to have a glorious long weekend to enjoy the last of the summer sun, but in true bank holiday style, I am also experiencing the beginning of the autumn rain! 



On Thursday we took Poppy for a lovely long walk on our village beach, followed by a spot of shopping and then a delicious late lunch at one of our favourite eateries. You have already seen Urban Reef many times (here, here and here), so we should probably start to frequent some other restaurants for a change of scenery. However the food is always scrumptious and they are dog friendly, so we are completely and utterly smitten! 


We shared the moules marinière and homemade bread as a starter  


Dry Provençal rosé is a summer staple! 


It was a tough choice, but the pulled pork won the main course


For dessert we shared the summer berry frangipane tart


Hopefully we will get to visit again before the end of summer, perhaps we will go for dinner and sit in the upstairs restaurant to watch the sunset :) 

Monday, 4 August 2014

Wanderlust :: Capri

I was bitten by the travel bug at a very young age and have wanted to see the world ever since. I would spend hours and hours soaking up every page of the gargantuan Reader's Digest Atlas daydreaming about the enchanting countries that seemed so far away and exotic. 

Unfortunately we haven't been able to travel quite as much as we once used to, but that doesn't stop my constant reverie!  






Lately I have been dreaming about Capri. I have been truly madly deeply in love with the petite, but perfectly formed island for many years and it is most definitely one of my dream destinations. Until that day, these beautiful images will have to satisfy my yearning.

Have you visited Capri? If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you choose to jet off too? 

Friday, 11 July 2014

Five Happy Things

Gosh what a busy few weeks these have been, I am amazed (but very happy) that it is the weekend again! Days and weeks seem to be whizzing by at an alarming rate and I want to savour as much of this beautiful summer for as long possible. 
Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my last post about my Summer Bucket List, I absolutely love reading and replying to them. I am hoping to tick something off my list this weekend and I cannot wait!

These are my favourite things which have made me happy this week...
I have wanted a nautilus shell for years and now I finally have this little sweetie 

Al fresco latte 
Hunting for shells at the beach 
Sweet darling Poppy
A stormy sunset

What has made you happy this week?

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Summer Bucket List

We are now a few weeks into summer and I am so happy, I absolutely adore this season! I wake up every morning with a heart full of joy and excitement for what adventures the day will bring. 
In order to make the most of every glorious moment this summer has to offer, I have made a list of fun things to do, so I can thoroughly enjoy the long balmy days ahead!
Watch a sunrise at Hengistbury Head
Pick berries at a PYO farm
Make Frutti di bosco gelato with the berries from the PYO
Play mini golf
Make S'mores
Attend an outdoor concert
Compose a summer reading list
Take a spinning class
Finish planting the large bed in the garden
Watch a sunset at Sandbanks

What is on your list of fun things to do this summer?
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