There is nothing better than going to a good cafe in the afternoon. I feel most content when I'm in a place I can relax with a cup of coffee. At the Easter weekend, my guy and I got in the car and drove to Hornsea for the afternoon. It's become one of my favourite places to go when I'm in Yorkshire. Everyone is so friendly, there are always dogs running around and the views are quite lovely. The town is lined with little cottages and dreamy houses, I do love a pretty house.

As we arrived, there were ducks, geese and swans on the Mere fighting against the wind. Nobody was out in the row boats on the Mere that day but I would love to go out in one someday, maybe when the water is still and the sun is warm. We walked past the little gift shop and round the corner to The Mere Cafe.

It is a simple and cute little cafe with fairy lights and bunting all around the windows and little flowers on every table. We shared a little treat with our coffee, the pistachio and raspberry cake is one of my favourites. The sun was beaming through the window so perfectly and I could feel the warmth on my face as I overlooked the mini golf course. We often dream about having our own cafe or coffee shop one day, we'd love to have a little dog friendly one serving some good, wholesome food and delicious coffee. Maybe one day.

We then went for a walk along the seaside. The wind was strong but it felt so good to breathe in the fresh sea air. Whenever I'm on the east coast looking out at the sea I do stop for a moment and think about how there is nothing out there for miles and miles until you get to another country like Denmark. I think I could be quite happy living by the sea.

Hornsea is a charming little seaside town that I know I'll visit again and again. I'd love to keep exploring more of Yorkshire, little towns and places like this to discover. Where do you love to go in Yorkshire?

An Afternoon at Hornsea Mere

30.4.17


There is nothing better than going to a good cafe in the afternoon. I feel most content when I'm in a place I can relax with a cup of coffee. At the Easter weekend, my guy and I got in the car and drove to Hornsea for the afternoon. It's become one of my favourite places to go when I'm in Yorkshire. Everyone is so friendly, there are always dogs running around and the views are quite lovely. The town is lined with little cottages and dreamy houses, I do love a pretty house.

As we arrived, there were ducks, geese and swans on the Mere fighting against the wind. Nobody was out in the row boats on the Mere that day but I would love to go out in one someday, maybe when the water is still and the sun is warm. We walked past the little gift shop and round the corner to The Mere Cafe.

It is a simple and cute little cafe with fairy lights and bunting all around the windows and little flowers on every table. We shared a little treat with our coffee, the pistachio and raspberry cake is one of my favourites. The sun was beaming through the window so perfectly and I could feel the warmth on my face as I overlooked the mini golf course. We often dream about having our own cafe or coffee shop one day, we'd love to have a little dog friendly one serving some good, wholesome food and delicious coffee. Maybe one day.

We then went for a walk along the seaside. The wind was strong but it felt so good to breathe in the fresh sea air. Whenever I'm on the east coast looking out at the sea I do stop for a moment and think about how there is nothing out there for miles and miles until you get to another country like Denmark. I think I could be quite happy living by the sea.

Hornsea is a charming little seaside town that I know I'll visit again and again. I'd love to keep exploring more of Yorkshire, little towns and places like this to discover. Where do you love to go in Yorkshire?

Love for the countryside


As soon as I arrive in Scotland I feel at home. It was my first home and where I spent my earliest days on this earth. Calmness washes over me even while sitting in the car on my way to my Grandparents house. It's so quiet and all you can see is one road in the distance in between fields and hills. 

It was my Grandparent's Golden Anniversary that weekend, all my family came together so that we could celebrate. In between the family gatherings I embraced being back in Aberdeenshire. Back in the country. 

I remember visiting a couple of times a year when I was younger. My little sister and I would go out and play in the park across the road from my Grandparents' house for hours. Go for bike rides around the school playground. It felt safe out there compared to the busy roads at home. We would miss it when we were back at home. My Mum and her siblings were so lucky to spend their childhood there. Where the air is crisp and still.


Reflecting and recharging


Being away in the countryside for the long weekend gave me the chance to slow down and take a break away from every day life. When I'm in the countryside I can't help but take it easy, it's so peaceful and slow paced. A perfect time to use those few days to recharge and spend some quality time with my family. I was overdue a break away.

In the last few years when I come back here I reflect on where I am in my life and think about all the things that have changed since I was last there. Quite a lot has changed since I was last there over two years ago, sometimes when you are always on the go you forget how all the little things you do in your daily life can make a huge difference over time. Slowing down is good for the mind and body.



A slow lived life


I try to adopt slow living every day where I can. Quiet Sunday mornings, taking my time to wake up, make breakfast and savour the simple things in life. An hour in the evening with a cup of tea and a book. Life is a little better when I slow down. I become more mindful and focus on the things that matter most to me. It reminds me not to get too consumed by the little things that can hinder my happiness.

Walking around the countryside gave me a few hours to embrace slowness and be mindful. I thought about how I can live a slower and more simple life. Every day I'm learning about what works for me. Finding ways to be more conscious. Devoting time and energy to what is close to my heart so I can live a life full of freedom and joy.

Slow living can be what you make it and it can be so good for us. How do you bring slow living into your every day life?

Slowing Down In The Countryside

23.4.17

Love for the countryside


As soon as I arrive in Scotland I feel at home. It was my first home and where I spent my earliest days on this earth. Calmness washes over me even while sitting in the car on my way to my Grandparents house. It's so quiet and all you can see is one road in the distance in between fields and hills. 

It was my Grandparent's Golden Anniversary that weekend, all my family came together so that we could celebrate. In between the family gatherings I embraced being back in Aberdeenshire. Back in the country. 

I remember visiting a couple of times a year when I was younger. My little sister and I would go out and play in the park across the road from my Grandparents' house for hours. Go for bike rides around the school playground. It felt safe out there compared to the busy roads at home. We would miss it when we were back at home. My Mum and her siblings were so lucky to spend their childhood there. Where the air is crisp and still.


Reflecting and recharging


Being away in the countryside for the long weekend gave me the chance to slow down and take a break away from every day life. When I'm in the countryside I can't help but take it easy, it's so peaceful and slow paced. A perfect time to use those few days to recharge and spend some quality time with my family. I was overdue a break away.

In the last few years when I come back here I reflect on where I am in my life and think about all the things that have changed since I was last there. Quite a lot has changed since I was last there over two years ago, sometimes when you are always on the go you forget how all the little things you do in your daily life can make a huge difference over time. Slowing down is good for the mind and body.



A slow lived life


I try to adopt slow living every day where I can. Quiet Sunday mornings, taking my time to wake up, make breakfast and savour the simple things in life. An hour in the evening with a cup of tea and a book. Life is a little better when I slow down. I become more mindful and focus on the things that matter most to me. It reminds me not to get too consumed by the little things that can hinder my happiness.

Walking around the countryside gave me a few hours to embrace slowness and be mindful. I thought about how I can live a slower and more simple life. Every day I'm learning about what works for me. Finding ways to be more conscious. Devoting time and energy to what is close to my heart so I can live a life full of freedom and joy.

Slow living can be what you make it and it can be so good for us. How do you bring slow living into your every day life?


It is my Grandparent's Golden Wedding Anniversary this weekend. They fell in love over 50 years ago and have made a good life together. With a family who love them both dearly and it is slowly growing.

They decided to celebrate by throwing an intimate party with their closest friends and family. Along with the invitation they asked for no gifts but I couldn't help myself. I wanted to give them something that is meaningful and something they can keep to remember this special occasion. They are not materialistic at all, they have collected many little trinkets and photo frames over the years. On special occasions they love getting a card with lovely words inside and you can never go wrong with giving them a new photo of their grandchildren.

That is when I thought of this little idea to create a scrapbook.


I like to be crafty every now and then. Art was one of my favourite classes at school because I could spend a couple of hours creating something from scratch. In my mind I pictured something that was a guestbook and photo album all in one, I then started to make a plan.

First, I bought a blank photo album book and a couple of pens and some glue. I asked my Mum if she could sneakily ask my Grandad for a copy of some photos from their wedding day. It was back in the sixties so they only had two photos but it was enough. I went to get them printed and I was ready to get creative.

I started off the scrapbook with some modern calligraphy writing, wishing them happy anniversary, the date they got married and their names. I've been practising every now and then. I'm slowly getting there and enjoy some quiet time with the quill and paper. Then I stuck in the photos from their wedding day.

On the day of the party I will be passing it around to everyone getting them to write a little message inside and take a few photos from the evening. Then stick them in the next day and give it to them as a little gift from essentially all of us.


I'm really looking forward to giving them this little scrapbook. It's a simple idea but I know that this will be something they'll love more than a gift that cost a thousand times more. I will definitely keep this idea for future special occasions my loved ones have.
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The Anniversary Scrapbook

9.4.17


It is my Grandparent's Golden Wedding Anniversary this weekend. They fell in love over 50 years ago and have made a good life together. With a family who love them both dearly and it is slowly growing.

They decided to celebrate by throwing an intimate party with their closest friends and family. Along with the invitation they asked for no gifts but I couldn't help myself. I wanted to give them something that is meaningful and something they can keep to remember this special occasion. They are not materialistic at all, they have collected many little trinkets and photo frames over the years. On special occasions they love getting a card with lovely words inside and you can never go wrong with giving them a new photo of their grandchildren.

That is when I thought of this little idea to create a scrapbook.


I like to be crafty every now and then. Art was one of my favourite classes at school because I could spend a couple of hours creating something from scratch. In my mind I pictured something that was a guestbook and photo album all in one, I then started to make a plan.

First, I bought a blank photo album book and a couple of pens and some glue. I asked my Mum if she could sneakily ask my Grandad for a copy of some photos from their wedding day. It was back in the sixties so they only had two photos but it was enough. I went to get them printed and I was ready to get creative.

I started off the scrapbook with some modern calligraphy writing, wishing them happy anniversary, the date they got married and their names. I've been practising every now and then. I'm slowly getting there and enjoy some quiet time with the quill and paper. Then I stuck in the photos from their wedding day.

On the day of the party I will be passing it around to everyone getting them to write a little message inside and take a few photos from the evening. Then stick them in the next day and give it to them as a little gift from essentially all of us.


I'm really looking forward to giving them this little scrapbook. It's a simple idea but I know that this will be something they'll love more than a gift that cost a thousand times more. I will definitely keep this idea for future special occasions my loved ones have.
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I forget how much I love this time of year, it may not be my favourite but after a long Winter feeling the warmth of the sun and seeing blossoms everywhere make me feel joyful. And most importantly excited for what the rest of the year will bring.

Winter is a hibernating season, it's good to have a few months to rest and live slowly. It is now brighter in the evenings and it instantly enhanced my mood. Right now, as I'm writing this, it is almost 8 in the evening and I can still see the moody blue sky, it brings out the life inside me.

Now that the seasons have changed I have been thinking about all the little things I want to do and truly embrace everything. Breathing in deeply and living intentionally. Let me know what you love to do in Spring. Here are a few on my to do list.

A Spring To Do List


Wander around a garden centre
At the weekend I went to a garden centre for the first time since before Christmas. The perfect place to get a good dose of what is in season. There were so many different plants, Easter gifts and a nice little cafe where you can have a cup of tea. If you have a green thumb you could even buy some seeds, bulbs or plants and get your hands dirty in your garden.

Make fresh wholesome salads
During the warmer months I feel inspired to eat fresh and wholesome food. Salads are perfect, lettuce and spinach are in season and they are good base for salads. Then you can add in all your favourite vegetables, mix it up with some grains, pulses, nuts and seeds. Pick ingredients you love and you'll begin to feel so good inside.

Have a little picnic
I had a little impromptu picnic the other day with my love, we didn't want to get something overpriced from a coffee shop and it was a lovely sunny afternoon so we decided to go to a shop and  get a sandwich, salad, some chocolate and a smoothie. Then we went down to a little green area by the river, sat on a bench and watched dogs play with their humans. I'd love to have more picnics this year.

Be active and try something new
Try out a new exercise class, go on a bike ride or go for a swim. Something you haven't done before. When I first tried pilates in the Spring 2 years ago it recharged my body and I found something I love. Now that Spring is here I want to go to classes again and maybe try rock climbing one day. If you're anything like me you start to feel more motivated to look after your body and a new activity is a good place to start.

Go for evening walks
The beauty of this time of year is that you can now go outside in the evenings after work and go for a walk. There is no excuses now it's warmer and light again.

Switch up your wardrobe
Put away the coats and chunky knitted jumpers and bring out the light cardigans and dresses. Every season I switch up my wardrobe a little and think about anything I want to add to it.

Have a Spring clean
Clearing your personal space and wiping away the dust is so good for the mind and it makes everything look fresh again. You don't have to go crazy and pour bleach everywhere and scrub every inch of your home. Spending a few hours tidying up and clearing the clutter built up over Winter can make a huge difference.

Plan a trip
Around this time of year is when everyone starts to plan their Summer holiday and trips for the rest of the year. I'm going to Scotland for the long weekend, my first trip away of the year and it won't be the last. Sit down and think about where you would love to go and what you want to do while you're there. Even if it's a day trip an hour away.

Play an album you love with the window open
It's one of those little things that bring me joy and make me feel alive. Listen to something that lifts up your mood and let the warmth of the sun shine through the window. It's even better while driving down a country lane.

Do indoor things outside
Read, draw, colour and write outside. Take the thing that you would do on a Winter evening and find a bench outside, bring a blanket or find a cafe with seating outside. Spring is here so spend as much time as you can outside.

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Signs of Spring

5.4.17



I forget how much I love this time of year, it may not be my favourite but after a long Winter feeling the warmth of the sun and seeing blossoms everywhere make me feel joyful. And most importantly excited for what the rest of the year will bring.

Winter is a hibernating season, it's good to have a few months to rest and live slowly. It is now brighter in the evenings and it instantly enhanced my mood. Right now, as I'm writing this, it is almost 8 in the evening and I can still see the moody blue sky, it brings out the life inside me.

Now that the seasons have changed I have been thinking about all the little things I want to do and truly embrace everything. Breathing in deeply and living intentionally. Let me know what you love to do in Spring. Here are a few on my to do list.

A Spring To Do List


Wander around a garden centre
At the weekend I went to a garden centre for the first time since before Christmas. The perfect place to get a good dose of what is in season. There were so many different plants, Easter gifts and a nice little cafe where you can have a cup of tea. If you have a green thumb you could even buy some seeds, bulbs or plants and get your hands dirty in your garden.

Make fresh wholesome salads
During the warmer months I feel inspired to eat fresh and wholesome food. Salads are perfect, lettuce and spinach are in season and they are good base for salads. Then you can add in all your favourite vegetables, mix it up with some grains, pulses, nuts and seeds. Pick ingredients you love and you'll begin to feel so good inside.

Have a little picnic
I had a little impromptu picnic the other day with my love, we didn't want to get something overpriced from a coffee shop and it was a lovely sunny afternoon so we decided to go to a shop and  get a sandwich, salad, some chocolate and a smoothie. Then we went down to a little green area by the river, sat on a bench and watched dogs play with their humans. I'd love to have more picnics this year.

Be active and try something new
Try out a new exercise class, go on a bike ride or go for a swim. Something you haven't done before. When I first tried pilates in the Spring 2 years ago it recharged my body and I found something I love. Now that Spring is here I want to go to classes again and maybe try rock climbing one day. If you're anything like me you start to feel more motivated to look after your body and a new activity is a good place to start.

Go for evening walks
The beauty of this time of year is that you can now go outside in the evenings after work and go for a walk. There is no excuses now it's warmer and light again.

Switch up your wardrobe
Put away the coats and chunky knitted jumpers and bring out the light cardigans and dresses. Every season I switch up my wardrobe a little and think about anything I want to add to it.

Have a Spring clean
Clearing your personal space and wiping away the dust is so good for the mind and it makes everything look fresh again. You don't have to go crazy and pour bleach everywhere and scrub every inch of your home. Spending a few hours tidying up and clearing the clutter built up over Winter can make a huge difference.

Plan a trip
Around this time of year is when everyone starts to plan their Summer holiday and trips for the rest of the year. I'm going to Scotland for the long weekend, my first trip away of the year and it won't be the last. Sit down and think about where you would love to go and what you want to do while you're there. Even if it's a day trip an hour away.

Play an album you love with the window open
It's one of those little things that bring me joy and make me feel alive. Listen to something that lifts up your mood and let the warmth of the sun shine through the window. It's even better while driving down a country lane.

Do indoor things outside
Read, draw, colour and write outside. Take the thing that you would do on a Winter evening and find a bench outside, bring a blanket or find a cafe with seating outside. Spring is here so spend as much time as you can outside.

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