3.12.15

Currently // Vol: 20


Me and Ali and Me and Tim all dolled up before the Ambassador Awards 

Some of the work family having a good old time!

I broke out the candles and the house smells so lovely // We put up the tree! Also.....Dinosaur lights!! 

T and I went for dinner at my fav place in town // I got sad because I didn't pass my driving test

Family walks in the woods are the best // Dad loved his birthday cake I made 
Loving: Christmas cooking! I have baked so many cookies recently it's insane! I think I have over 100 cookies in the house at the moment. I'm nearly done though, so soon I'll have all my little Chriatmas cookie packages for people!!

Hating: This awfully shitty weather. Like seriously, why is the world so wet and windy! I don't think we've had a day in the last 2 weeks where it hasn't rained, and the wind has been hurricane force! I was actually scared for my life the other day, but more for the rabbits life, poor little fella!!

Thinking about: What I'm doing after I get back from New Zealand. I'm by no means wishing the time away, but I can finally see where I'm heading job wise and it's exciting, so I'm looking forward to getting stuck into that. But first....HOLIDAY!

Anticipating: STARWARSSTARWARS! STARWARS! STARWARS! STARWARS! STARWARS! STARWARS! STARWARS! STARWARS! STARWARS! STARWARS! STARWARS! STARWARS! STARWARS! STARWARS! STARWARS! STARWARS! STARWARS! STARWARS! STARWARS! 

Listening to: Right this second....some classical piano music on the radio at work. In general....Judah and the Lion.

Eating: Huomous sandwich for my lunch (I'm writing this on my lunch break FYI) and non of the Christmas Cookies I've been baking!! *Wipes crumbs from her lap*

Reading: Actually nothing for once! Im still reading the Wildwoman book but Iv left it alone for a few weeks to let the bit Iv read sink in, so yeah, nothing. Just a few magazines and Internet articals. It actually feels nice not reading for a bit.

Wishing: That Christmas was longer so I have more time with my family and T before I go but also that it would hurry up so I can go....it's a mixed bag of emotions goin on in here.

1.12.15

Adventure Time // Almost There

Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god. OMG!

Its 29 days till I go to New Zealand! I am. FREAKING. OUT.

How the hell did it get here so fast?! I wasn't even going a few minutes ago. It wasn't even a thought in my mind, how is it now?! I am so unbelievably petrified and excited at the same time haha. I know I can do this. I know I can get on that plane, fly half way around the world and have a freakin amazing time. I don't know if I can get on that plane and fly half way around the world away from all my family and friends....that is another matter entirely. I keep telling myself that its okay because of Skype/Facetime, its easy to txt abroad now and Snapchat and Facebook and all that stuff, but I cant just go for a coffee with my mum and tell her about all my crazy adventures. I cant just cuddle on the sofa with T and watch a movie or share my experiences with him. I cant pick Max up and give him a big old squeeze and sloppy kiss. I cant go round to my Nanas and chat for hours and hours about everything and nothing. And I think that is what scares me the most.

I literally can not wait to be with Hollie again. A year is way to long to go with out seeing a best friend, especially when we haven't spent more than a week apart in over 10 years (apart from my 3 month stint in Murica), but how is that gonna feel when I haven't seen anyone else in a year?! Assuming I stay that long (which I hope I do) I won't of seen, in person: Tim, Mum, Dad, Matt, Sarah, Max, Nana, Meg, Katie, Beth and Ali. Thats insane! How do you function when you don't see any of the people that get you through the day?! I know I'm being totes over dramatic here, but when your baking cakes for 8 hours straight your mind tends to wander.

Now, Im quite good at being away from people. Hollie used to say I was like a dog, I didn't realised I missed people until I saw them again, which is totally true. If social media and mobile phones weren't like they are today, I would be able to totally push the feeling of missing someone to the back of my brain and just get on with what ever I was doing until I got home and saw them again, then Id ball my eyes out and hug them forever more. But now I cant 'forget' because its there all the time on FB and FaceTime ect, I don't think I will be able to do that? It was difficult in Murica the first time, I found myself missing everyone all the time, after seeing them do things without me back home, so I think this will be even harder, especially with Max growing so much and Nana now on Facebook, its gonna be weird and a lot of getting used to!

But any way, I digress. WOOOOOH, NEW ZEALAND! I haven't done hardly anything to get ready for it haha! I've paid my flights off, so I'm definitely going. I haven't got insurance yet, I have got my bus pass tour ticket thing, I haven't started packing although I have set a few things aside in the maybe pile. I've bout a few travel essentials and things like that, I haven't changed my money yet or sorted anything like that out. I haven't saved nearly as much as I thought I would (whoops!) but I am so ready! I'm going to start pre-packing (yes thats right, I pre-pack!) this week on my day off, and make sure I've got all the things like pass ports and e-tickets.

I cant wait to get out there and explore a new place, see the mountains again....'I want to see mountains again, Gandalf, mountains, and then find somewhere where I can rest. In peace and quiet, without a lot of relatives prying around, and a string of confounded visitors hanging on the bell. I might find somewhere where I can finish my book. I have thought of a nice ending for it: and he lived happily ever after to the end of his days.'....Sorry! I went all Tolkien on you then, but its pretty apt for how I feel about this trip haha!

If anyone has any recommendations for places to visit, eat, drink, walk, hike, skydive, anything! let me know down below! 

30.11.15

Chatsworth house Part 1 // The Christmas Markets


The other week me and mum took a little trip to Chatsworth House in Derbyshire to do some Christmas shopping. Every year they have a Christmas Market in the grounds and you can also pay to go round the manor house which they decorate with a different theme each year (I'll do another post on the house other wise it will be an over load). The markets where amazing! They had such a great range of things on offer, hardly any stalls that were the same, although there was a lot of cheese! We love to go to the Manchester Markets but it was nice this year to go somewhere different, even if it was freezing cold and wet! We ended up getting there pretty late in the day so we were so hungry when we arrived. Luckily there was loads of foodie stalls for us to sample before we made our minds up, because food is a very serious subject.

I found the most amazing stall in the whole market....Just Wizarding!!! It was amazing! It sold all the HP merch that I want so I had to refrain from spending all my NZ money. I did get a really awesome HP bracelet as a little present to my self haha. I'll take it away with me, so its allowed right?! The lady was really weird (as you would expect) it was like she didn't want to sell anything. Any question I asked about prices she was really reluctant to tell me them. I mean, I wouldn't want to sell anything either, I'd just be like 'this is me personal collection. Its not for sale.' She did have this pretty awesome talking Sorting Hat which I totes wanted and also a make your own quill and wand set! I just wanted it all!


There was so much wood (tee hee hee) in all the stalls. Like, everywhere. Mum was happy, because anything made of any kind of wood, its like a moth to a flame. Wooden hearts especially, its become a running joke now, her house is just full of wooden hearts. I think she would have a house made of drift wood if she could...and pallets. Her car is currently full of twigs she's collected to make a twig Christmas Tree. We all blame Pinterest. These drift wood trees are pretty awesome though, the big one in the middle would look awesome in my house.

There was a really cool 3 piece band who played songs that you requested. They made everything sound so Christmasy, it was awesome. A little girl requested 'Let It Go' (of course) and they played while she danced around and everyone joined in singing, it was really good! The guy on the banjo was so happy, he just smiled and smiled and smiled. I could of sat and listened to them all day, we actually went to have lunch sat by them but as soon as we sat down they took a break, typical! 
We had hog roast for lunch which was delicious! I keep flitting between going veggie and wanting hog roast...hog roast always wins, one day I might go veggie again but it doesn't seem likely yet, especially when crackling is an option!

The shop below was my favourite I think. I've seen their stuff before, but I just love it and I really really want to get one of the busts for my wall. They do all different animals but I love the Reindeer! It look so dorky and special, like the crap taxidermy on Instagram, I think it would just make me chuckle when ever I saw it. I definitely need a pair of those badger slippers in my life, or the fox ones which I didn't manage to get a picture of but are equally as awesome. They had animal rugs for sale too which were slightly creepy but kinda cool, not sure I could have one of them staring up at me from the floor though!?

So yeah, the markets were awesome and we had such a great time! I would definitely recommend anyone to go and take a look around if you find your self that way around the Christmas period. Its worth it to just be in the grounds of the amazing House, so impressive and beautiful, but that is for another post. If you wanna have lovely people trying to force equally lovely food down your throat and make you sample all the cheese, chutneys, oils and gins you can wish for then Chatsworths the place for you.

29.11.15

Weekend Favourites // Vol: 11

This dress is to die for!

Take me there now


This is insane! (check out other pictures here)

IT'S CHRISTMAS!

  Yup!

  • This is everything and more.
  • Some people are so mean, I hate that this happened so close to my town, its Christmas for goodness sake!
  • I'm a little bit addicted to this game. Like, stuck to my hand, cant put it down addicted.
  • EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK
  • This is the most perfect memorial to someone.
  • This is fantastic news!


24.11.15

Just Because // Hello

Well I completely failed at life this week. I haven't managed to get anything done that I wanted to (I blame the cold!) and I've just sat under my duvet on the couch watching bad movies. It doesn't sound so bad, and usually I would love to do that, but this week I had so many things on my to-do list I feel like a bit a failure! Although I did have a mammoth Christmas baking session yesterday, here the now 'Weekend Favourite' post, so I suppose it wasn't a total waste of a week. This week is crazy busy with various things. I'll have to tell you all about them next week though because there all surprises! I do have a few posts lined up for the next few days, a day trip to Chatsworth House being one of them (super fun time by the way!).

So yeah, this is just a general hello, and a catch up to see how y'all doing? Has anyone been the see the last Hunger Games yet? Me and T went on Saturday night. I enjoyed it, it was good, maybe not the best one of the bunch. My dad put it well, he said it wasn't any better than he thought it would be and it wasn't any worse. It was exactly as he imagined it, and it all happened the way he thought it would. So it was good and true to the book, but that didn't make it interesting or exciting because it felt like he'd already seen it. Which is exactly how I felt. I probably wouldn't recommend any one to see it in the cinema, I feel like it could be a wait-till-tv movie? It made me really look forward Starwars! Which will probably be the last movie that I see in the cinema before I head over to NZ!

Speaking of New Zealand I cant believe its little over a month till I go! I'm so excited to finally see my bestie because I miss her sooooooo much! She actually wrote a really awesome blog post about her time traveling (you can all read it here) and its making me all kinds of excited to start traveling again. Im so nervous about leaving everyone for such a long time and I'm going to miss everyone so much, I'm under no illusion that its going to be this amazing experience which is all sunshine and glitter. It will be tuff, I will miss everyone, I will want to come home more than once and Im not sure I'm going to make it up all the mountains that Hollies planning on climbing, but I know its going to be the best thing that I've ever done and I cant wait to get started on this awesome adventure! Just seeing all the pictures Hollie puts on FB of the stunning views and all the places she visits, were gonna have such an amazing time together! But yeah, Im super freaking out that its as close as it is...Im totally not ready yet, I still need to do my pre-pack (yes I pre-pack just to see what I still need and if I have enough space), I still need to get the rest of my flights and my insurance, I need to make sure I know where my passport is, and I still need to get my head around the fact that I'm actually going.

But before I go, its CHRISTMAAAAAAS!!! Which I think is my all time favourite time of year. I've already got my tree up, I've done lots of Christmas baking, and I'm watching all the Christmas movies  I can. Anyone else love Christmas?! I get to do the Christmas windows at work tomorrow which I always enjoy doing. Makes a change from the constant baking, and lets me use a bit of my arty-ness (well I do have a degree in it!)

So thats it for now, not much else to say really. I've got a few things coming up in the next few days so look out for them, until then....

Love and Hugs xox

18.11.15

Food Review // Great John Street Hotel - Manchester

I love food. Its no secret. I think about food all the time. I eat breakfast and while Im eating it Im thinking about whats for lunch. Food is great, and when its done right it awesome. I love going to new places and trying out new foods. So I thought I would start my own food review, sharing my favourite places from around the UK and the world. 

The other week me and Mum went to Great John Street Hotel for Gentleman Jack Afternoon Tea. Its supposed to be for an afternoon tea for men, but we liked the sound of it more than the 'woman'. Were kind of doing a Afternoon Tea road-trip so I think its only fair we try every type, right?! It was amazing. The place was so cool, it is a re-furbished old School House so all the rooms are named after school rooms like 'Headmasters Room' ect. The decor was so beautiful done, all white and wood, really soft and warm, and the seats were so comfy! I could of lived there if it was a house. I didn't get a picture of the bar, but it was awesome, all reclaimed wood and glass, really rustic.

First of they took us to our seats which were up on the balcony. It would of been nice to sit down by the bar near the fire, it looked a lot cosier down there, but it was also nice to be out the way of everyone else. We sat in the corner by the window and the bookcase next to the private dining area which I had a peak in. It had its own kitchen and everything! so cool! They asked us if we had any dietary requirements (which I thought was pretty good of them!) and then bought over our Gentleman Jacks Cocktails which were. A.MAZE.ING. Probably one of the best alcoholic drinks I've ever had. I wish I'd written down what was in it! I hope mum remembers? Next they bought out the lunch. It came on a little wooden board, which I love, I think when its done right it looks really cool. We got a half scotch egg with piccalilli sauce, a small portion of fish and chips (1 piece of fish and two chips), a teeny tiny burger, a portion of chips, a chicken pie and a battered prawn with sweet chilli sauce. You wouldn't think that it was a lot but it was so filling, and so tasty.

The scotch egg, chicken pie and prawn were probably my favourites with the pie comping out on top. I took little bites of each thing to see what I liked the most, then ate them in preference order (anyone else that weird eating food?!) I just hate it when you eat your favourite thing first, Id rather end on my favourite, so I try everything first just to see. Just me? okay...moving on!

The burger was my least favourite. It didn't really taste of anything, it was nice I just wish it would of had a bit more flavour, or a sauce on it? The fish also wasn't anything special, but the chips that went with it were amazing. The scotch egg was delicious (the Piccalilli, not so much), the centre of the egg was runny and the sausage around it was very flavour-y. The Prawn was great, I've only recently started to eat them, and this was a great example of a prawn haha! The chicken pie....OH MY GOD! Heaven in a ramekin! Seriously one of the best things I've ever eaten. We both left it till the end because it was the best thing on the block. I want to go back just so I can have that again, I wonder if they do a full size version? I hope they do. I need to eat it again. 
As you can see we ate everything, licked the platter clean. I liked that they left a decent amount of time between clearing the plates and bringing out desert. Turns I probably needed a couple hours to be ready for pudding because I only ate the ice cream and even that was too much. I'm not a huge fan of cheese and crackers, but the brownie was lovely. Very rich and nutty and the ice cream was baileys flavoured. I think I personally would of preferred something more sweet instead of cheesy, maybe men prefer cheese? I don't know. Next they bought out tea and coffee. All the tea was organic which was awesome and so tasty. I had just a normal breakfast tea, but it just tasted so much better than 'normal' tea. We ended up being there for over 2 hours, which was the recommended time to have it. The staff were lovely, and made sure we had everything we needed and checked on us to make sure everything was okay. We had such a great time, and I cant wait to go back and maybe try the ladies one...but I think id have to order a gentleman jacks cocktail on the side...and a chicken pie.