Photo An Hour 18.02.17

I regularly join in with Jane and Louisa’s photo and hour on Instagram but it’s been a while since I then shared my day here.

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8am: This Saturday was spent entertaining myself on the whole as Jonny was away during the day. It started, however, with him earning some serious husband points by bringing me a cup of tea up to accompany reading my book in bed. I’ve recently been trying to read more for pleasure and so far am 750 pages through my current behemoth!

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9am: Getting ready to leave the house. I was very lucky to receive the Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt perfume for my birthday so it was that accompanied by my wedding jewellery to start the day. The rest of me was less than well-presented (my hair is thick and a tad wild at times) but at least I smelled nice!

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10am: As I mentioned, I was thoroughly spoiled on my birthday and these were my other two main gifts. Since Jonny was out I decided to take myself on a wander around Lancaster to have a play with my new camera.

11am-18-2-1711am: Lancaster Castle and the Priory next door to it was my destination although once I got there I found that two thirds of each building was covered in scaffolding! I did manage to capture a couple of shots of it looking lovely despite the gloomy grey sky.

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12pm: Still wandering around, camera in hand. I got some funny looks blocking the pavement outside Waterstones to take this photo. I love that there is Literature/Cake based history in our little town!

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1pm: A quick whizz around the supermarket on my way back from town to our little village. My Orla Kiely shoppers are from Tesco and always brighten up a less than exciting weekly chore.

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2pm: Amongst my purchases were yet more daffodils. I am in love with these cheery yellow blooms. Currently we have 4 bunches of flowers dotted around our house. I’m not sorry.

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3pm: I treated myself to a sneaky dress purchase whilst in town earlier. I couldn’t resist the stripes (as always!) and fluted sleeves. It’ll be being showcased at school tomorrow.

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4pm: Finally a sit down with a coffee and The Simple Things magazine. I discovered this last year and have since subscribed as I’d been enjoying it so much.

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5pm: Putting the finishing touches to my latest sewing project. It’s a dress I started last year that had been relegated to the bottom of my craft pile. Finally finished, I’ve now ordered some new fabric to make a second improved version (having learned from my mistakes making this one.)

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6pm: Jonny finally home, we cracked open a bottle of wine whilst I searched for fabric for my next project.

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7pm: I found this Dirty Dancing soundtrack earlier this week at an antiques shop near us and this was its first play. I fully love this soundtrack although this is Part Two so I’m now going to be looking out for Part One!

All in all, a lovely chilled out Saturday. What did you get up to?

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Turning 31

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Tomorrow is my 31st birthday. I really don’t feel like I’m grown up enough to be turning 31 but it’s happening.

I think I’m genuinely less concerned about turning 31 than I was about turning 21 10 years ago. (How is it 10 years ago?!) Turning 21 felt ancient, the end of an era and meant the end of university was in sight. Turning 31, on the other hand, feels good.

I think I’m definitely getting better at being in my own skin. I like myself more now, at 30 than I did at 20. Now don’t get me wrong, there are still days when I’m really not the biggest fan of myself but they’re certainly less frequent than they were. Partly I think because I feel more settled in my life now. I’m happily married, we own a house and I have a permanent contract at work. When things get rough now I think about all the stuff I have to be grateful for and it helps pull me back round to being more positive.

Being 30 was pretty bloody good (global politics and family bereavement aside) and I’m looking forward to seeing what the rest of my 30s have in store for me.

The Good Food Show 2015

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Last weekend the mothership and I went up to Harrogate for the BBC Good Food Show. It was our second year of attending and it definitely didn’t disappoint.

We got there bright and early (although were disappointed to find the main venue car park was closed to everyone except those fancy pants individuals who’d forked out more for a VIP ticket!) I was driving so missed out on a lot of brilliant looking gin samples. My mother took full advantage of the fact she wasn’t and had her first gin at 9.15am. She’s my actual hero.

The stalls were much better spaced than last year and had a BRILLIANT gluten free pie stall. I’ll post more another day about why I’m so excited by gluten free produce. After spending a, frankly embarrassing, amount of money we headed to the super theatre where we got to watch Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood bake. I genuinely love Mary Berry and it was great to see her in action again. That woman is 80! If I look half as good at 80 I’ll be very happy!

Unfortunately I didn’t manage to get any decent photos – the ones on my phone are too dire to post. I’ll definitely try to remedy this for my next day out. I have a feeling next year’s show might fall on the weekend of our wedding so it may be 2017 before we get to the Harrogate one again. Maybe a trip to the 2016 summer show in Birmingham is in order!

If you love food and general kitchen gadgets/knick knacks I would definitely recommend a visit. You’ll get a really enjoyable day out and enough food and drink samples to make you need a little lie down. What more could you want from a day out?

Kirsty’s Baby Shower

This weekend I hosted a baby shower for my friend Kirsty. Her little one is due at the end of this month and I am beyond excited to meet him/her! The fact that she hasn’t found out the baby’s sex is making the wait even more exciting!

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I found it a little tricky initially, as I didn’t know if she was having a girl or a boy. In the end I decided to go with pink and blue décor, with some cute yellow polka dot plates (no mummy  to be wants to be washing up after her baby shower!)

I decided to go with an afternoon tea party theme and baked button biscuits, chocolate cupcakes, chocolate dipped strawberries (I also got the dad to be and my own mum to help out on the baking front!)

Using my grandparents’ vintage tea cups and saucers we set about enjoying all the sweet goodies with plenty of non-alcoholic drinks.

I’d made bunting for the baby’s nursery as part of my gift and used that to help decorate, alongside some baby sock bunting (baby socks are the most ridiculously cute items of clothing in existence!)

Another friend of Kirsty’s stepped in with some amazing baby shower games (I’d seriously struggled to find anything that wasn’t either horrific or hugely Americanised!)

I’m fairly sure everyone had a good time and the mummy to be was thoroughly spoiled. Now all we have to do is wait for Baby Wilko to arrive!

Note to self, though, TAKE YOUR CAMERA OUT WITH YOU! Then there’ll be more evidence of my crafty handiwork!