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February seems like it was about five years ago, given the world has ground to a halt! The month of Feb marked my 30th birthday (I definitely don’t feel adult enough to be 30, but what can you do!). As per usual, a big birthday meant J,H and I had to uphold our tradition of heading somewhere far flung, locking ourselves away with all of the food and wine, and of course a hot tub (check out our trips to Iceland & Prague!) After much trawling, we located the perfect Air B n B with amazing views. Whilst I love holidays that are full of culture and exploring, the holidays I have with J and H are always, always exactly what the Dr ordered. We pretty much drop off the face of the planet, and spend 3 days laughing and relaxing, so this post’ll be a lot of scenery, and…

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Hello, hi there, How are you? Been quite a while since we caught up hasn’t it. Before lockdown began by my count! Somehow both a lot and a lot of nothing has happened since then. I haven’t even had a chance to write up my Sweden travel diaries, which will have to wait, but in the meantime there’s a lot to talk about. Grab a cup of tea and let’s chat… You might have to bear with me in this post because my minds has been a busy little place recently – as I’m sure lots of people have found in the dreaded ‘L’ word (I’m going to start putting £1 in a jar every time I say ‘unprecedented’…). Work / Life I’ve been struggling under a lot of pressure with work recently – I work in hospitality [software] so the pendulum has really swung – it’s been quiet as most…

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Every year, instead of buying each other presents we’re bound not to use, my family and I put all of our birthday money into one pool, and go away for a long weekend for a UK based staycation. To say there’s a few of us is er, an understatement. We’re a little band of approximately (usually) 9 adults, 8 children from 2-10 years and one BIG dog (sorry Max, but you are the size of a shetland pony). Our housing requirements for a weekend usually go: SPACE, SPACE and MORE SPACE! A pool for the kids Lots of outdoor space for playing, dog roaming A significant lack of neighbours given that, 8 kids are surprisingly … not that quiet! Come and have a little tour of this beautiful country pile with me… Communal Spaces The kids are always mega excited to see one another and are at that great age…

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After having spent most of the day before looking longingly across the river, we decided we ought to go and check it out for ourselves! We meandered down the river to kill some time, including these cute little boats bobbing by – one of the locals stopped to tell us that every year there’s a race between them and whoever comes first gets the best parking spot on this stretch of the river… As part of our bus pass, we also had a ticket to a tour around one of the port wineries, to go and learn more about one of the country’s most famous exports (I am sorry). “When he founded Porto Cálem in 1859, he set his sights on crossing the Atlantic and exporting to Brazil. This at a time when Port was typically shipped to the British Isles and other European markets. Beaten paths were not for Cálem.…

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MLB is one of my dearest girlfriends. We’re an unlikely pairing for lots of reasons; and for many years our friendship was a dinner-once-a-month affair, that was always like we’d only seen each other the day before; we just had that natural, easy friendship and, happily that once-a-month thing is more of a once a week thing now. Last year she went travelling for a few months and I missed her terribly, I’m so happy she’s back and I’m so happy I have a friend like her! When the end of her trip drew near, she wanted to go out on a high, and so, she dropped me a text asking if I fancied meeting her somewhere. We landed on Porto for a bit of a girls holiday full of meandering, partying, a bit of sight seeing, and catching up on all the missed months of dinner! I was so excited…

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After our day of lounging in the sun, we decided some exploration was in order! We caught a cab into the Old Town, and entered through a beautiful entrance way, into a maze of lanes and alleys, each revealing a prettier row of shutter-adorned houses than the last. As much as I love doing restaurant research, picking somewhere to go based on recommendations from friends, clients etc – there’s something akin to finding a hidden treasure when you wonder round the back streets of an old town, surveying the chalkboard menus and settling in based on their wine selection… Then, we had another surprise up our sleeve for McG’s birthday – a bona fide lover of all things Spanish (even speaking it fluently!), we booked tickets for a local Flamenco show. Tickets were cheap, heard of through word-of-mouth from a friend… we walked through some more winding streets and even…

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First off, a disclaimer: I’m approximately six months late with this post, as this trip was in August 2019! Life got in the way a wee bit! x Tarifa is a little town in Gibraltar – it’s actually fairly far out from the airport (just over an hour in a taxi!)… It’s famous for being the Kite Surfing capital of the world; it has long stretches of beach which are pretty much completely unspoiled – three’s not much other than a ramshackle beach hut (a good 45 mins walk from where you join the beach). It’s an easy going place and when you tire of the miles of beautiful beaches, there’s a stunning old town full of beautiful winding streets, white washed buildings and hidden gem tavernas. It was L’s Big 3-0, and Tarifa seemed like the perfect place to venture to celebrate with friends. We stayed in a hotel…

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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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