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?

Friday, 20 June 2014

Cotswolds Getaway

At the end of our holiday we celebrated our 4th Wedding Anniversary with a romantic getaway to the Cotswolds
The Cotswolds are so picturesque with beauty everywhere you look
 We stayed at Fallowfields which is a charming family run hotel set in twelve acres of land. The hotel is even dog friendly and we had every intention of taking Poppy with us, but my Mother-in-Law very kindly offered to look after her, so we had our first pooch free break away since our honeymoon! 

These are the lovely views from our room
The rose pergola was absolutely stunning and it had the most enchanting fragrance
Pears, apples and quince in the orchard 
We had an amazing seven course taster menu with most of the ingredients sourced from the bountiful kitchen garden and their own cows, pigs and poultry. Unfortunately I didn't take my camera to dinner so I cannot show how wonderful the food looked, but you can see some of their images here

This getaway was the perfect way to celebrate our 4th Wedding Anniversary and it was a very fitting end to our holiday. Now I cannot wait for our next holiday in October and it will definitely be abroad! 

Monday, 16 June 2014

Holiday Breakfast at the Beach

As I mentioned in my previous Five happy Things post, we were on holiday last week and it was absolutely fantastic! For the first few days we visited some of our favourite local beaches and eateries. First was Boscombe beach for breakfast at Urban Reef  (last seen here). 

 Time for sustenance!
Whenever we go out to eat I always claim that I like to choose different things on the menu, however if pancakes are available, the different things have to wait! My darling hubby is also a creature of habit, so he had his favourite full English.
Poppy patiently waiting for any breakfast mishaps such as a dropped sausage or a rasher of bacon!
 Unfortunately Boscombe beach is not dog friendly in the summer months, so we headed a few miles east to Hengistbury Head beach

Poppy with her adorable sandy nose :) 

This day at the beach was the perfect start to our holiday and the first of many happy days we spent in the summer sun.

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Five Happy Things

We have been on holiday this week and it has been wonderful! We spent the beginning of the week at home taking day trips to some of our favourite local eateries and beaches and then we went to the Cotswolds to celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary at the the end of the week. Even the weather has been incredible with the average temperature in the mid-twenties. Needless to say I now have the holiday blues and I am not looking forward to Monday!

These are my favourite things which have made me happy this week...
We stayed in a charming hotel in Oxfordshire for our anniversary and it was simply darling. This is their beautiful and fragrant rose pergola which was utterly enchanting. I shall be back next week with more from our holiday!
Burying my toes in warm sand 
Sweet little boats
Bicester Village shopping outlet is rather conveniently located, just twenty five minutes from the hotel, so we did what we do best and shopped until we dropped! 
A watercolour sunset

What has made you happy this week?

Monday, 2 June 2014

Happy June!

I am really rather fond of June, I think it is the promise of long warm sweet days filled with adventure and celebrating the beginning of summer. However the thing I love the most about June is that it is the month that Nathan and I celebrate our Wedding Anniversary. Here is to a happy, healthy and romantic June for all of us!
We always have a deliciously indulgent brunch on Sundays, so it seemed rather fitting to enjoy the first of June with a decadent ode to berries. I made a batch of blueberry American pancakes and served them with fragrant summer strawberries, maple syrup and of course a latte...roll on next Sunday! 

Wishing you all a lovely week ahead 

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Chelsea Flower Show 2014

Last week my mother-in-law Jacqueline and I hopped on a train to London to go to the Chelsea Flower Show. We have been once before, but it was eight years ago, so we were very excited and thankfully it didn't disappoint!

 I am glad I made a note of the company selling these lanterns, aren't they adorable?

 Jacqueline had her eye on a beautiful summerhouse, but I was rather smitten with the interior decor and accessories

 You could definitely tell that Radiant orchid is the Pantone colour of the year, as there were masses of purple flowers everywhere 

I am sure you can already tell, but the rose showcase in the Great Pavilion was our favourite! The roses were so very pretty, their fragrance was enchanting and they were absolutely irresistible
We had a wonderful day looking at all the beautiful show gardens and flowers and we cannot wait for next years show! 
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