Kate

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Hello! I’ve decided not to set myself a reading target this year, I’m just going to read because I love it! I’m increasingly finding this is my attitude – with reading, running etc – no set targets, just setting out to do something I enjoy, purely for that very fact. And do you know, it’s made a world of difference to me. I’ve read so much already in 2020, and I’ve genuinely enjoyed the read without thinking if I finish this I’ll be x step closer to my reading goal! So, what have I read in 2020? The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides Alicia Berenson lived a seemingly perfect life until one day six years ago. When she shot her husband in the head five times. Since then she hasn’t spoken a single word. It’s time to find out why. It was time to get back to my old faithful, a…

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“Fancy 48 hours in Bordeaux?” “Sure, why not!” As per usual Sim had a crazy travel idea and an invite with my name on it. As we were both skint we opted to stay in a Hostel – it was actually lovely and not at all the grim experience I anticipated. We stayed in Central Hostel . A lovely, modern and clean hostel with a cute little bar/ restaurant area downstairs too. The room cost us €29 per night. Grab a tea, it’s a photo heavy post, so enjoy this whistle-stop tour of Bordeaux; wine, cheese, and Europe’s tallest Sand Dune! We kicked off the day with a meander to a coffee shop, we’d hopped on the earliest flight possible, so coffee was an absolute must. Then, it was time for a meander around the town, and to take in some of Bordeaux’s beautiful architecture…   Some of it more famous…

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Oh hi! I wrote to you all in my little life update recently about the things I want to do this year, and there are some little side hustles I want to set some good intention towards. 1.) Photography. I’ve been lucky enough to have nice feedback in the past about the photos I take of people, and I think ultimately photography is what I want to end up doing. I have dreams of wondering out each day to take pictures of people and days spent cosied up in a study working and editing photos :). I’ve got a few starter photos, but I really want to focus this year on building out my portrait photography as well as working on some more scenic stuff too. My lovely friend Hels has always encouraged me to do this, so I’m going to give it a good go this year! I’m in…

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Oh hello there! Been a little while, hasn’t it? I can’t believe we’re already at the end of the year! I thought I’d write a little life update to catch up and to set some good intentions for 2020. If I’m being honest, I’m actually suffering pretty badly (and unexpectedly!) with anxiety at the moment. I’m not sure where it’s come from, and thankfully at the moment it’s just at that annoying-like-a-buzzing-fly-in-the-background stage, rather than full blown on-the-edge-all-the-time anxiety, but it could tip either way currently. I’m OK, and I will be OK, but it feels good to write it ‘out loud’. I thought a while about writing a nice ‘everything is so zen and positive’ post for the end of the year, but I pride my little patch on the internet on being nice and honest, so there you have it! Other than my mental health, it’s been a very…

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Every year, my two sisters, Mum and I escape for a weekend. Between all of the children, dogs, and general cacophony of noise that our family has, it’s pretty rare we manage an entire conversation together. It seemed only right that we start escaping to places where we could squeeze in some fairly serious R&R, a nice walk, a dinner we could get dressed up for, and beds for us to sink into at the end of it all… We like to switch it up and this year we chose Luton Hoo. I’d heard a lot about Luton Hoo and was super excited to experience it for myself. I adore Autumn, and the drive up to Luton Hoo does not disappoint – lined by trees in shades of liquid amber, a winding road leads you to a stately home, and a little further on, the accommodation. We arrived and headed straight…

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Nothing could prepare me for the beauty of the next place we were set to visit. As we set sail once again, this time in pursuit of sunken ruins, we still couldn’t quite believe our luck as the sun shone on our faces and the conditions favoured us, hurrying us along our way. The sunken ruins are beautiful; although really this was only a small part of our trip, the real beauty came when we docked a short distance from the island of Kekova. I guess this was one of my other misconceptions of Turkey – I don’t know where this stems from particularly but I guess I never really thought of it as a beautiful place, but Turkey continued to prove me wrong. And this next place, absolutely kicked my misconceptions to the curb… Kekova looks like it belongs in a film – it looks like a tiny island…

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As I mentioned at the start of this series, I (slightly shamefully) had some misconceptions about Turkey. I remembered a trip years before where I’d felt a bit uncomfortable as a woman on her own in Turkey – but, a lot’s changed in recent years. Turkish tourism was hit incredibly hard in 2016 after car bombs went off in Istanbul; the Turkish economy has taken some time to recover. We were told by locals that tourism as a viable part of the economy, had been perhaps taken for granted previously, but now that things were on the up again, the Turkish were determined to retain status as one of the most hospitable places on earth, and when you readjust your perceptions to understand this you realise that it rivals that of places like Dubai. Nothing would underpin this more, than when we docked in the little port town of Kaş (pronounced ‘cash’).…

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It was still impossible to imagine anything that could quite top the azure blues of Butterfly Valley – but we set sail, lying out on the deck to watch the world go by.

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