Slightly obsessed with windows at the moment and that’s why I always walk the back streets. In fact this whole house was an overgrown delight! . So something dawned on me when I saw this window and I’m not sure why the thought popped into my head but I haven’t seen a caterpillar in a long time. 🐛 When I was little I would see them all the time and make them crawl up my fingers, I like bed caterpillars, but they now seem like elusive magical creatures like unicorns 🦄. I mean, I know they must be somewhere because I see butterflies all the time? But yeah, I miss the caterpillars!
Confession: I actually prefer flowers to blossom. . Do you ever think back to the things you used to do before you got a phone? I used to love arts and crafts, my game boy and the N64 🤣 I always liked computer games, The Sims, Rollercoaster Tycoon, and before then I vividly remember constantly playing on an Aladdin game. Oh those were the days!! Can I be 8 again?!
Yesterday’s plans were to go to Notting Hill, South Kensington, Putney and Chiswick. It was a bit ambitious, I walked almost 20,000 steps and have blisters on my feet and didn’t even make it to Putney and Chiswick. I’ll have to save those for another day 🙊 . Lots of flowers and lots of blooms but I have noticed the blooms aren’t as pink as some photos I have seen suggest 🙊 Anyway, I started getting annoyed at Instagram, Instagrammers, and myself. Notting Hill was slightly ridiculous the amount of people sat on other people’s walls and standing in entrances to their homes. This must get so irritating for the homeowners, I actually saw a few houses with signs on saying private property do not sit here, still with a girl sprawled across their garden wall whilst her boyfriend embarked on a miniature photo shoot. It got me thinking how much Instagram has caused us to encroach on other people’s personal space. . I’m totally guilty of this by the way, I have leant on people’s garden walls without thinking how annoying it must be to live in a house where you have to constantly keep the blinds shut due to strangers standing outside. A few years ago everyone would be standing next to Big Ben or Tower Bridge snapping photos, now they (we) are all in once sleepy residential neighbourhoods looking like potential burglars planning a raid on someone’s house. . Would you be happy if someone sat on your garden wall and took a picture of your house? I’m not too sure. I’ll still take my pictures but I think from a more healthy distance! 🙊🌷
The sun is back out today, it might not be as warm but sun is sun hey! Off into London to find me some pretty blossom trees in the hope it hasn’t all dropped 🙊 If anyone knows where there is still a good amount, please let me know so I don’t end up walking around aimlessly 🤣🌷 . Also, I have launched a competition over on @instabritain this morning to win a minibreak in Oxfordshire, if you fancy winning then head over there and check out the latest post. Wish I could win myself but I think that would be against my own rules 🤣 . Hope you all have a wonderful Monday and that it is full of sunshine and flowers and chocolate and nice people 🙏🏼❤️
Note to self: Always bring your camera, even when you think you won’t need it. . House hunting update: Dream house wasn’t actually my dream house, photos of it were! Estate agents are very good with a camera. But the good thing is, we couldn’t afford it anyway, so no tears lost over this one. Also, looks like Alex and I have both found a location we agree on living in. It’s only taken us 3 years and Hertford has been under our noses the whole time 🙊 . PS. Sorry for the shabby photo. I didn’t have my camera with me 🌷
Reasons why today is great: - The sun is out 🌞 - It’s the weekend - My naked blossom tree is starting to bud! - Going to a bake sale which means CAKE 🍰 - Thai food for lunch - Going to see the dream house I was supposed to cancel the viewing for but then didn’t because I want to see it anyway 😈 - Did I mention the sun is out? - Woke up with bed hair that doesn’t look too bad - CAKE - CAKE - 🍰 . I am also completely re doing my blog. Trying to get my head around Wordpress and coding BUT I am getting there and I can’t wait to show you when it’s all done 🤗 It’s taken me too full days to get just my homepage sorted 🤣 . What are your plans for today? Can anyone beat a bake sale? 🍰☕️
Things that do not impress me: - Instagram creating an algorithm for comments. I prefer answering people in order. - Rain. Even though it means I can use my flamingo umbrella. - Graffiti. It seems the school holidays has brought with it an influx of graffiti in my town. - Porridge. I’ve been struggling with getting the consistency right this last week. - House hunting. You all know that too well though. - Cold days in April. It’s going to heat up next week though! - Mouth ulcers. I want to enjoy my chocolate without pain. - Socks in bed. Even when it’s cold, I just can’t do it. - Creative block. I’m sorry my captions are never relevant to my photos. . It’s Friday everyone! And whilst it seems like a list of complaints, I’m pretty damn chuffed it’s almost the weekend as Saturday will be bringing me Thai food for lunch! 🙌🏼😉
Current situation: wanting to go into London to find blossom and magnolia. Negatives: it’s raining. It’s all I’m seeing on Instagram at the moment. I have a love hate relationship with ‘gramming popular spots. . That sounds super snobby. I love the photos but then I don’t want to bombard you guys with pics you’ve already seen. There’s no blossom in my town, I have a blossom tree in the garden and it’s completely naked! It would be arrested if it were a human and quite so naked in a public place. . Next week is sunny and 21 degrees but will the blossom still be there? Oh decisions! 🌷 . In other news, I have found the scissors in the kitchen and I’m going to give myself a haircut. By haircut I mean inches off and hair back to the shoulders. Wish me luck 🤣💇🏻♀️
Yesterday was a productive day, I found a website that lists all current travel competition open to people in the U.K. I think I I applied to atleast 30, I gotta win one atleast? Surely??!! Although I have never won anything in my life 🤣 I will patiently await the email spam and cold calls that will follow. . House hunting update: I wrote this caption yesterday, although this paragraph I’m writing right now. I was telling you about finally finding the right houses in places I sort of liked. Well I’ve now deleted this paragraph because after a frank discussion last night we realised that we were getting over excited about the houses we found and there is no way we can afford them. So today will be spent cancelling three house appointments, crying into my breakfast and being back and square one. Living in a county that couldn’t be much more expensive if it tried and seriously feeling like I’m going to live in a town I hate with a passion for the rest of my life. I know this sounds like serious first world problems right now, and it is, but it’s making me sad 😢 . Have any of you guys had to make huge compromises and sacrifices in regards to where you are living? I guess it usually comes down to who has the most ‘important’ job I guess... The perils of working from home... the flexibility is great but also means I don’t get much of a say in location 🙊🙊
Hello lady rocking the red outfit 👋🏼 I love this building, not sure how I feel about it being a Pret A Manger (that’s a cafe for those that haven’t heard of it, similar to Starbucks but with far superior sandwiches). I kind of wish it was a hat shop or a tailor or something, but that’s not very 2018 is it? . I always wonder about what time era I would want to live in, I change my mind all the time, sometimes I want to be a Victorian and other times I reckon being a rich Roman would be pretty funky. One of the ones that was fed grapes and fanned by leaves. Did that even happen or were my teachers lying to me? I find all sorts of history fascinating but something about the Roman’s tickles my interest in particular! . Which historical era pre 20th century would you want to live in? 👸🏻
For a lot of people magnolia means the beginning of spring, and for some it means instagram. For me magnolia is my grandparents. They had a magnolia tree in their back garden (are they even called magnolia trees???). We have a lot of photos of my grandad next to that tree, or us with both grandma and grandad. . My grandad was funny and mischievous, something my sisters and I have all inherited. He would encourage us to be rebellious, of course it was out of ear shot from my mother! We used to go to a ‘posh’ restaurant and when it was time for tea and coffee we would get chocolates wrapped in foil, my grandad would take the foil, scrunch it up, put it on the end of the spoon and flick it at other people in the restaurant 🙊🙊 . My grandma on the other hand was away with the fairies. She would secretly feed our dog under the table (pretty sure she was the soul reason he would constantly beg for food), she would believe everything that was written in the Daily Mail, she would say ‘oh I sayyyyy’ at pretty much everything, and to my immature amusement she would often refer to us all as ‘cock’. My grandmas maiden name was ‘Strange’, quite literally, that was her surname! And she lived up to it in the best way possible. She had a very typical working Class upbringing and most of her life she worked in a swimming costume factory, however, she would always wear a full face of Christian Dior Male up. And by always I mean always, even in the final few weeks of her life when she was very unwell, she would insist my mum put her in a full face of make up. It had to be Christian Dior and she was wearing it the day she died. She was 85 and also rocked cherry coloured hair 🍒 . So yes. That’s magnolia for me. My lovely grandma and grandad who I miss very dearly ❤️❤️❤️
Happiness is.... taking a photo of a street and a Nissan Figaro photobombing! 🚗 . It’s been a while since I’ve double posted but I’m sat in the car (not driving) and stuck in traffic on the M25 (as usual) and been editing all my photos 🤣 . Today it rained. It rained a lot. All day. BUT on a positive note this meant there was much less people around. Sadly I forgot my flamingo umbrella. . Magdalen College (pictured) was founded in 1458 by William Waynflete, Bishop of Winchester, and Lord Chancellor. He wanted a College on the grandest scale, and his foundation was the largest in Oxford, with 40 Fellows, 30 scholars (known at Magdalen as Demies), and a large choir for his Chapel. Waynflete lived to a great age, dying in 1486, by which time Magdalen was equipped with a large income, splendid buildings, and a set of statutes!
DAFFODILS! 🌼 Another of my favourite flowers, they’re yellow and they’re a sign winter is over so who wouldn’t like them? ☺️ . So in 2018 I want to visit more stately homes and historic houses, starting with @blenheimpalace! . Blenheim Palace was built in the early 18th Century to celebrate a magnificent victory over the French in the War of the Spanish Succession. . It was specifically built as a gift to the 1st Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill, the military commander who led the Allied forces in the Battle of Blenheim on 13th August 1704. Following the battle, Marlborough himself received the surrender from Marshal Tallard, leader of the French forces, following the battle. . To honour the Duke’s heroic victories, Queen Anne granted him the ruined Royal Manor of Woodstock, along with £240,000 with which to build a house to commemorate his achievements. . Do you know which very famous British politician was born here? 10 points for whoever has the right answer!
Had a weird relationship with Instagram this week. Caught myself scrolling down the explore page, something I always try to avoid. I start wishing I had big fancy dresses, expensive handbags and pretty shoes that I can ‘whoosh’ in a picture and have freshly blow dried hair and a team of people to get me at my best angle. . In reality I’ve never had a blow dry in my life, heels hurt my feet, I feel like a troll in whooshy big dresses and I don’t have any good angles no matter whether it’s my husband taking a pic of me or a team of professional photographers. I have such a love hate relationship with Instagram, one day it can give me so much confidence, I like my photography, I enjoy the places I visit. Then the next I hate all my photos, wish I was in Hawaii and want to throw my phone at a wall. . I try as much as I can to keep it real. By real I mean I’ll crop out the litter in all my photos but I won’t start editing in a giant moon, taking out all the people from a photo, and won’t pretend I had perfect make up, hair and lipstick for the day, because let’s me real, that stuff would sweat off in five minutes on a summers day in Santorini. . One time I wore wedges in Portugal. It ended in disaster. I got my pretty pic but I also fell over face first at a set of traffic lights into a cobbled road, twisted my ankle and dropped my camera. Got trampled on for a bit then rescued by my nephew because my husband hadn’t even realised where I had tumbled off to. . So 90% of the time I enjoy keeping it real. 10% of the time I do wish I could live in a fantasy land of candy floss hues, catchy captions, impromptu champagne picnics at the bottom of the Eiffel Tower, or you know, casually waking up in a bath of balloons whilst being fed a donut by a Greek God of a man (just kidding Alex!) . I hope you all enjoy your Saturday, and remember, enjoy your life. Don’t envy those who wake up at the crack of dawn to get a shot with no one in, then suffer a day of exhaustion, sticking plasters to never ending blisters and catching a photo before the humidity ends that good hair day.
Around this time last year Alex and I went to York, for the first time since I was 10. This city blew me away, the whole place is like taking a step back in time and now my brain is telling me I need to go back! Have you been? . My obsession with history and old stuff is a bit weird considering my friend and I were the only two people in our entire school year that didn’t take history for GCSE (GCSEs are two years of exams in years 10 and 11 at school). I just wasn’t interested in it back then because I liked learning about castles, kings and queens and the Victorians, but at school it was all about Russian history which kinda blew my mind and then the world wars which kind of just depressed me really (although I self taught myself about WWI and II later on). . What was your favourite subject in school? Mine was art and geography, I ended up doing geography at uni 🗺
Celebrating getting back to England with a classic cottage, the sun is shining, I slept 10 hours, Alex got me an Easter egg and also put my flamingo covers on the bed, life couldn’t be much better! . Missing Australia already but there really is no place like home. Too sleepy to leave the house today but can’t wait to the weekend when I’m in Oxfordshire back to my usual routine of snapping facades 🙊📸 . Have a lovely Thursday everybody! Almost the weekend 🙌🏼🤗
I made it ✈️ After all the drama I am happily back on British soil, even the sun is shining! I watched movies on the plane, ate loads of food, now I feel like I’m gonna pop. Looking forward to a good sleep 😴 . I have a billion (slight exaggeration) photos of Australia to share still but I am excited to getting back to cute cottages and pretty buildings, definitely my favourites! Alex and I will be in Oxfordshire this weekend so fingers crossed the rain stays away, or the flamingo umbrella will come out and Alex will be mortified to stand next to me ☔️ . Slightly obsessed with these rose bushes, my favourite flowers in fact are roses. My middle name is Rose so I guess that is a given! I was named after my great auntie who died a few months before I was born, apparently she talked loads and no one could ever shut her up, in fact she talked with her eyes closed and people said someone could steal her handbag mid conversation and she wouldn’t even notice, I definitely have taken after her so the name definitely has suited me since I could open my mouth to speak! . What’s your favourite flower? 🌹
Call me a drama queen but today is the 2nd in a row I’ve found myself crying at an airport. People on Instagram make travel look fun, relaxing and unproblematic, no one shows the process of actually getting to these places! . Thanks to the people who messaged me yesterday when I was having a melt down over @virginaustralia, your words were very much appreciated. My friends and I knew we were going to miss our flight back to Sydney yesterday as the traffic was bad. We called Jetstar to change our flights but there was no other flight leaving from Gold Coast to Sydney. Instead I found flights for $260 with Virgin, I called to book, they then quoted me $285, I had to check this was okay with the girls so said I would call them back. Called back 10 minutes later to book the flights, they told me the price had changed to $399! In 10 minutes! I was raging and upset all in one, already we were losing our money on our original flights 😡 we ended up booking completely different ones from Brisbane with Jetstar, as I now will forever refuse to fly with Virgin Australia 🇦🇺✈️ . Today I got to the airport 3 and a half hours before my flight, queued over an hour to check into my flight, was told my bag was overweight (by 2kg), I asked if I could pay extra and she said no I had to move some stuff into my hand luggage. She sent me away from the counter and said I couldn’t do it there and had to go to the online check in desk instead. I queued another hour to check my bag in and lost my passport in the process, had a meltdown at check in and started crying because I thought my passport was gone forever, lady sent me away and said come back when you find your passport. Spent 15 mins crying and searching then found it in my bag 🤷🏻♀️ . Queued again, finally dropped off my bag with 15 mins to get to the gate for boarding, never did get round to spending the last of my Aussie dollars, even had to run straight past Maccy D’s! Sympathy doesn’t exist at an airport, instead the lady asked if I needed an ambulance, I said no I just need my mum 🤦🏻♀️✈️ . Currently cruising at 38,000 feet to Abu Dhabi! Then London bound 🇬🇧❤️ . This shot is a far cry from today’s stress levels 🙊🤣