Oh my goodness, this week has been a hectic one! For starters, I ventured out quite early on Wednesday morning to begin my new job in the city... and I've barely had time to sit down since! However, I'm glad to say that it's all going really well and I'm settling in nicely to my new routine as a full-timer (aaah). It's all very new and a bit odd but everyone is lovely and, weirdly, I'm finding the whole experience sort of enjoyable! :)

In other hectic news, we brought our new puppy first mentioned in this post home on Friday! We've called her Penny and she's a Cocker-Springer Spaniel cross :). Her Mummy and Daddy (Bonnie & Bruce...love it) were both farm dogs- so she's pretty hardy for a little one! Before we picked her up, she'd spent her first seven weeks in a barn on said farm with just her brothers and sisters for company- which means, now that she's at home with us, she barely whinges when left alone and is fairly comfortable with a whole range of strange country noises.


At the moment, being so young, she loves curling up at our feet and snoozing for a while with a teddy or two by her side. Her favourite thing to eat is Weetabix with milk, which she scoffs with such vigour that her entire face and the tips of her ears become coated in a thick layer of gloop. Last night, my Mum tried her out on a little bit of rice pudding (as advised by the breeder) to give her something different to eat. Oh My God did she enjoy that creamy goodness! Unfortunately, it was like giving a glass of Coca Cola to a five-year-old...she jumped around the living room for a good hour or so, attacking the teddies she had only previously snuggled, before conking out in a knackered little pile in her bed. It was hilarious to watch her transform from a sleepy pile of fur to a crazy tearaway in a matter of minutes!


It's lovely to have her pottering around the house! Hopefully, she'll soon be able to potter around our garden too- although we'll need to introduce her to those crazy chickens first...


  She's the sweetest little puppy :) Those soulful eyes kill me every time!


I'm certain I'll be taking lots and lots more pictures of this cheeky little heartbreaker very soon so, if you'd like to keep up to date with what Penny's up to, why not follow me on Instagram?
           
Until then,
All the love,

Sian x


Psst. Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin :)
   

Meet Penny!

Sunday, 30 August 2015




























Oh my goodness, this week has been a hectic one! For starters, I ventured out quite early on Wednesday morning to begin my new job in the city... and I've barely had time to sit down since! However, I'm glad to say that it's all going really well and I'm settling in nicely to my new routine as a full-timer (aaah). It's all very new and a bit odd but everyone is lovely and, weirdly, I'm finding the whole experience sort of enjoyable! :)

In other hectic news, we brought our new puppy first mentioned in this post home on Friday! We've called her Penny and she's a Cocker-Springer Spaniel cross :). Her Mummy and Daddy (Bonnie & Bruce...love it) were both farm dogs- so she's pretty hardy for a little one! Before we picked her up, she'd spent her first seven weeks in a barn on said farm with just her brothers and sisters for company- which means, now that she's at home with us, she barely whinges when left alone and is fairly comfortable with a whole range of strange country noises.


At the moment, being so young, she loves curling up at our feet and snoozing for a while with a teddy or two by her side. Her favourite thing to eat is Weetabix with milk, which she scoffs with such vigour that her entire face and the tips of her ears become coated in a thick layer of gloop. Last night, my Mum tried her out on a little bit of rice pudding (as advised by the breeder) to give her something different to eat. Oh My God did she enjoy that creamy goodness! Unfortunately, it was like giving a glass of Coca Cola to a five-year-old...she jumped around the living room for a good hour or so, attacking the teddies she had only previously snuggled, before conking out in a knackered little pile in her bed. It was hilarious to watch her transform from a sleepy pile of fur to a crazy tearaway in a matter of minutes!


It's lovely to have her pottering around the house! Hopefully, she'll soon be able to potter around our garden too- although we'll need to introduce her to those crazy chickens first...


  She's the sweetest little puppy :) Those soulful eyes kill me every time!


I'm certain I'll be taking lots and lots more pictures of this cheeky little heartbreaker very soon so, if you'd like to keep up to date with what Penny's up to, why not follow me on Instagram?
           
Until then,
All the love,

Sian x


Psst. Don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin :)
   


Thank you ever so much to the very kind Nicole over at l00nylovegood for my Liebster Award Nomination! I've had a look at what the word "Liebster" means and apparently it's a German term with several definitions including: cute, lovely, sweetest, kindest, beloved and endearing! I think this word pretty much sums up most of the blogs that I've discovered recently, so this nomination feels like a great way to get to know the bloggers behind them!

The rules for the nomination process are easy peasy:

1. Once nominated, make a post thanking and linking the lovely person who nominated you.
2. Include the Liebster Award sticker (like the one above) in your post.
3. Nominate ten other new bloggers with less than two-hundred followers who you think are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can nominate the person who nominated you.
4. Answer the ten questions asked by the person who nominated you and then make ten questions of your own for your nominees.
5. Lastly, copy these rules into your post.

My questions from Nicole are:

1. Who has helped/inspired you most this year and why?

Ooh this is a tough one because this year has been a tough one! Finishing my degree was definitely one of the hardest things I've ever had to do- it pretty much took everything out of me and I felt so so sooo drained after it was all finished! However, I know that I could never have survived and made it through to Graduation day with a big ol' grin on my face without my buddy Shan there by my side. Shan was totally my main man at uni- she always had my back when things got tough and she never failed to cheer me up and remind me it was all worth it when it felt like it reeeeeeally wasn't. She's a total inspiration and I'm so lucky to have met her...I'm certain things would have turned out a whole lot different if I hadn't! (Pssst...check out her sweeet blog & YouTube channel here shanaliexo and here Shanalie)

2. What is your dream job?

My dream job would definitely have to involve writing. And big lunch breaks. And staring-aimlessly-out-of-the-window breaks. And G&T breaks. I'm not sure this job actually exists :)         

3. If you could interview one person for your blog (can be anyone in the world) who would it be? why? what question would you be dying to ask them?

I would LOVE to interview Emma Thompson because she is such a hero of mine. Whenever I'm feeling a bit disillusioned with life I always jump on YouTube just to watch her natter on about something- she never fails to cheer me up with her words of wisdom and no-nonsense attitude. I think I would have to have a chat with her about Jane Austen and the screenplay she wrote for the film adaption of Sense and Sensibility. I don't think people often ask her about her writing- and an insight into her creative process would be fascinating.  

4. Do you have any tattoos? What are your opinions on them?

I don't have any tattoos but, from time to time (mainly when not entirely sober) I get the urge to have one done. I think I would plump for something small and personal in white ink, as I love the subtle and almost whispery effect of these designs.  

5. Do you drive? If so, what is your dream car?

Yes I do :) When I first passed my driving test, I actually bought what was, at the time, my dream car... a classic Mini. I adored the simplicity and cuteness of the design and, for a while, driving around in my little Mini and living the vintage dream was the bees knees. That is, until I drove a car-load of people over a hump in the road and the entire exhaust fell out the bottom of the car- terrifying! So, nowadays, I tend to prefer more substantial vehicles and my current dream car is the Fiat 500 Cult in Mint.  

6. What is the reason behind your blog name?

When I was deciding what to call my blog, I just put together three of the things I knew it was going to contain: me (and my freckles), the countryside where I live (field), and excerpts from my daily life (notes)- and that was it really!

7. What is your favourite Disney movie?

I'm torn between two. When I was growing up, it was definitely Mulan... she was just so badass and, in my opinion, far superior to all those silly princesses swanning about with useless princes in useless dresses. I grew up the middle child, the only girl between two smelly boys, and Mulan was everything I wanted to be... tough, smart and willing to prove herself just as capable as the men around her. God I thought she was cool! :)  

However, these days Tangled is always my go-to Disney movie. It's a bit of a guilty pleasure because, as much as I love the songs and the story and the overall design of the film, the main reason I stick it on in a moment of despair is to witness the sheer perfection that is Flynn Rider. End of.     

8. Who is your favourite Johnny Depp character?

Definitely Edward Scissorhands (I was going to say 'Edward Scissorhands, hands down'- wrong, wrong, wrong) because, for me, his understated characters are far better than his over-the-top characters...I'm looking at you Jack Sparrow. Plus, Edward Scissorhands itself makes me tear up every time, it's just lovely.    

9. If you could give your younger self 1 important piece of information what would it be?

It would be this: Don't ever let anyone else try to define you, just stick to being you and everything will be a-ok :) 

Oh and never drink Sambuca.     

10. If you could have 1 wish, what would it be and why?

For three more wishes! No, I'm only joking :) I would probably wish for the ability to pop back in time to visit previous generations of my family...I've always been fascinated by my roots!           

My Nominations are:  


Apologies if you've already been nominated for this- don't feel like you have to do another post! If you fancy, you can just answer my questions in the comments :)

My Ten Questions are:

1. What made you want to start your blog? 
2. Would you rather spend a night alone on Netflix or out clubbing with friends?
3. What's the sweetest gift you've ever received?
4. If you had to give up one of your five senses for life, which one would you choose?
5. Where would you go on your dream holiday?
6. If you could live in the fictional world of a book, TV show or film, which one would you choose?
7. What song sums up your life right now?
8. Dreamworks or Pixar?
9. Which blogpost of yours is your favourite?
10. What food do you cook (or order) to cheer yourself up?

Let me know when you've written your post- I'm dying to know your answers to these questions!


All the love,

Sian x



The Liebster Award!

Monday, 24 August 2015



Thank you ever so much to the very kind Nicole over at l00nylovegood for my Liebster Award Nomination! I've had a look at what the word "Liebster" means and apparently it's a German term with several definitions including: cute, lovely, sweetest, kindest, beloved and endearing! I think this word pretty much sums up most of the blogs that I've discovered recently, so this nomination feels like a great way to get to know the bloggers behind them!

The rules for the nomination process are easy peasy:

1. Once nominated, make a post thanking and linking the lovely person who nominated you.
2. Include the Liebster Award sticker (like the one above) in your post.
3. Nominate ten other new bloggers with less than two-hundred followers who you think are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can nominate the person who nominated you.
4. Answer the ten questions asked by the person who nominated you and then make ten questions of your own for your nominees.
5. Lastly, copy these rules into your post.

My questions from Nicole are:

1. Who has helped/inspired you most this year and why?

Ooh this is a tough one because this year has been a tough one! Finishing my degree was definitely one of the hardest things I've ever had to do- it pretty much took everything out of me and I felt so so sooo drained after it was all finished! However, I know that I could never have survived and made it through to Graduation day with a big ol' grin on my face without my buddy Shan there by my side. Shan was totally my main man at uni- she always had my back when things got tough and she never failed to cheer me up and remind me it was all worth it when it felt like it reeeeeeally wasn't. She's a total inspiration and I'm so lucky to have met her...I'm certain things would have turned out a whole lot different if I hadn't! (Pssst...check out her sweeet blog & YouTube channel here shanaliexo and here Shanalie)

2. What is your dream job?

My dream job would definitely have to involve writing. And big lunch breaks. And staring-aimlessly-out-of-the-window breaks. And G&T breaks. I'm not sure this job actually exists :)         

3. If you could interview one person for your blog (can be anyone in the world) who would it be? why? what question would you be dying to ask them?

I would LOVE to interview Emma Thompson because she is such a hero of mine. Whenever I'm feeling a bit disillusioned with life I always jump on YouTube just to watch her natter on about something- she never fails to cheer me up with her words of wisdom and no-nonsense attitude. I think I would have to have a chat with her about Jane Austen and the screenplay she wrote for the film adaption of Sense and Sensibility. I don't think people often ask her about her writing- and an insight into her creative process would be fascinating.  

4. Do you have any tattoos? What are your opinions on them?

I don't have any tattoos but, from time to time (mainly when not entirely sober) I get the urge to have one done. I think I would plump for something small and personal in white ink, as I love the subtle and almost whispery effect of these designs.  

5. Do you drive? If so, what is your dream car?

Yes I do :) When I first passed my driving test, I actually bought what was, at the time, my dream car... a classic Mini. I adored the simplicity and cuteness of the design and, for a while, driving around in my little Mini and living the vintage dream was the bees knees. That is, until I drove a car-load of people over a hump in the road and the entire exhaust fell out the bottom of the car- terrifying! So, nowadays, I tend to prefer more substantial vehicles and my current dream car is the Fiat 500 Cult in Mint.  

6. What is the reason behind your blog name?

When I was deciding what to call my blog, I just put together three of the things I knew it was going to contain: me (and my freckles), the countryside where I live (field), and excerpts from my daily life (notes)- and that was it really!

7. What is your favourite Disney movie?

I'm torn between two. When I was growing up, it was definitely Mulan... she was just so badass and, in my opinion, far superior to all those silly princesses swanning about with useless princes in useless dresses. I grew up the middle child, the only girl between two smelly boys, and Mulan was everything I wanted to be... tough, smart and willing to prove herself just as capable as the men around her. God I thought she was cool! :)  

However, these days Tangled is always my go-to Disney movie. It's a bit of a guilty pleasure because, as much as I love the songs and the story and the overall design of the film, the main reason I stick it on in a moment of despair is to witness the sheer perfection that is Flynn Rider. End of.     

8. Who is your favourite Johnny Depp character?

Definitely Edward Scissorhands (I was going to say 'Edward Scissorhands, hands down'- wrong, wrong, wrong) because, for me, his understated characters are far better than his over-the-top characters...I'm looking at you Jack Sparrow. Plus, Edward Scissorhands itself makes me tear up every time, it's just lovely.    

9. If you could give your younger self 1 important piece of information what would it be?

It would be this: Don't ever let anyone else try to define you, just stick to being you and everything will be a-ok :) 

Oh and never drink Sambuca.     

10. If you could have 1 wish, what would it be and why?

For three more wishes! No, I'm only joking :) I would probably wish for the ability to pop back in time to visit previous generations of my family...I've always been fascinated by my roots!           

My Nominations are:  


Apologies if you've already been nominated for this- don't feel like you have to do another post! If you fancy, you can just answer my questions in the comments :)

My Ten Questions are:

1. What made you want to start your blog? 
2. Would you rather spend a night alone on Netflix or out clubbing with friends?
3. What's the sweetest gift you've ever received?
4. If you had to give up one of your five senses for life, which one would you choose?
5. Where would you go on your dream holiday?
6. If you could live in the fictional world of a book, TV show or film, which one would you choose?
7. What song sums up your life right now?
8. Dreamworks or Pixar?
9. Which blogpost of yours is your favourite?
10. What food do you cook (or order) to cheer yourself up?

Let me know when you've written your post- I'm dying to know your answers to these questions!


All the love,

Sian x




Last week, my parents and I attempted to escape Cornwall's most recent monsoon season by venturing off across the country to visit my little brother in Canterbury. Being the protective (and slightly nosy) older sister that I am, the main purpose of this trip was to inspect my brother's new university lodgings and decide whether or not they were up to standard. However, after I concluded that they were certainly up to standard and that he is- in fact- a rather jammy git, we also managed to squeeze in quite a lot of sightseeing!

Here are a few pics from our travels, if you'd like to take a look... :)


When we arrived in the city centre, we took a little wander down the King's Mile and had a nose around in a few of the shops that line the streets on either side. I managed to snap a couple of pictures of Canterbury's second most photographed building (after the Cathedral, I suppose) over the heads of passers-by. It's called The Crooked House and apparently gained it's famously skewy look after alterations to an internal chimney caused the whole building to slip sideways. Oops.      




There's an inscription above the equally skewy doorway, taken from Charles Dickens' David Copperfield, which gives a charming description of this very unusual building: "...a very old house bulging out over the road... leaning forward, trying to see who was passing on the narrow pavement below..." Charles Dickens, 1849.    


After a great deal of meandering about Canterbury's winding streets, we decided to stop off for a cup of tea at a lovely little cafe called Kitch. This place is the bees knees when it comes to cakes- everything is homemade and, joy of joys, they offer more than one gluten free option! Naturally, I plumped for the most exotic thing I could spot and, I have to say, the raspberry polenta cake I chose was a great accompaniment to my usual cup of earl grey.



They even offered us a few milk options with the tea- a godsend to someone like me, who's always embarrassed to be that idiot piping up about the possibility of almond or soy- and when the tea came they brought the milk out in little bottles! I'm a total sucker for details like these, so you can imagine my reaction when our waitress served the tea in proper vintage-y china cups and saucers...    


Canterbury is a crazily busy city with a constant stream of visitors walking its streets from dawn til dusk but, strangely, amongst all the hustle and bustle it still retains a really cosy and friendly feel. Even though crowded places aren't really my jam, I found myself happy enough to just amble along with the masses and take in all the quirky little boutiques and street vendors (like the 'little green box' street cafe above) that the city has to offer.       


On our second night in the city, we met up with some old family friends for a cheeky cocktail or two before heading off to the local Chimichanga's for dinner. I'm afraid to say my brother and I sort of scoffed and slurped ourselves senseless... ordering a giant plate of nachos, extra fries and then a rather huge cocktail to share between us. In our defence, the food (and the student discount) was just so blooming tasty!        


The next day, each of us nursing a bit of a sore head, we took a trip to the local harbour town of Whitstable.  


The smell of all the foodie fare on offer here- everything from lobster and chips to candy floss and churros- gave us a real hankering for a classic seaside treat. I must say, there's nothing better after a windswept walk by the coast than settling down with a salty bag of chips and a big ol' mug of tea. 

This really was perfection :)         


After our impromptu lunch, we returned to Canterbury in order to spend our last evening at the one hotspot we hadn't visited yet- the cathedral.

On our way down towards the cathedral, however, we quickly popped into a shop I'd visited and fallen in love with on a previous trip to Canterbury. Charmingly named Queen Bee, this tiny boutique-y shop in the heart of the city centre is filled with gorgeous bits and bobs and stocks everything from teapot lamps to hand-painted vintage writing desks. On this visit, I even spotted some tins of old-fashioned chalk paint in a selection of shabby-chic colours that the shop sell alongside the classes they run in upcycling old furniture...a fab idea!


Once my parents managed to drag me away from Queen Bee's delights, we made our way down towards the cathedral entrance.  


As it was after 5.30pm, entry into the cathedral grounds was free, which meant we could take our time wandering around this magnificent building at the off-peak end of the day. This also meant that I could grab my camera and sneak off to get a few shots of the cloisters on the quiet.  








I must admit, I got quite emotional walking through the empty cloister by myself- there was something a bit eerie about being alone in the presence of such vast and beautiful architecture. 


It was, all in all, a rather spectacular visit- I had such fun visiting my brother and getting to hear about all the wonderful things going on in his city (he could be the mayor, I swear...he loves it there so much) and I really hope that I'll get a chance to visit him again soon.  

Thank you for reading :) I really love sharing what I'm up to with you and seeing your comments! It truly makes me happy. Be sure to keep up to date with me on Bloglovin & check out what else is inspiring me on Pinterest!     

All the love,

Sian x


Canterbury

Thursday, 20 August 2015


Last week, my parents and I attempted to escape Cornwall's most recent monsoon season by venturing off across the country to visit my little brother in Canterbury. Being the protective (and slightly nosy) older sister that I am, the main purpose of this trip was to inspect my brother's new university lodgings and decide whether or not they were up to standard. However, after I concluded that they were certainly up to standard and that he is- in fact- a rather jammy git, we also managed to squeeze in quite a lot of sightseeing!

Here are a few pics from our travels, if you'd like to take a look... :)


When we arrived in the city centre, we took a little wander down the King's Mile and had a nose around in a few of the shops that line the streets on either side. I managed to snap a couple of pictures of Canterbury's second most photographed building (after the Cathedral, I suppose) over the heads of passers-by. It's called The Crooked House and apparently gained it's famously skewy look after alterations to an internal chimney caused the whole building to slip sideways. Oops.      




There's an inscription above the equally skewy doorway, taken from Charles Dickens' David Copperfield, which gives a charming description of this very unusual building: "...a very old house bulging out over the road... leaning forward, trying to see who was passing on the narrow pavement below..." Charles Dickens, 1849.    


After a great deal of meandering about Canterbury's winding streets, we decided to stop off for a cup of tea at a lovely little cafe called Kitch. This place is the bees knees when it comes to cakes- everything is homemade and, joy of joys, they offer more than one gluten free option! Naturally, I plumped for the most exotic thing I could spot and, I have to say, the raspberry polenta cake I chose was a great accompaniment to my usual cup of earl grey.



They even offered us a few milk options with the tea- a godsend to someone like me, who's always embarrassed to be that idiot piping up about the possibility of almond or soy- and when the tea came they brought the milk out in little bottles! I'm a total sucker for details like these, so you can imagine my reaction when our waitress served the tea in proper vintage-y china cups and saucers...    


Canterbury is a crazily busy city with a constant stream of visitors walking its streets from dawn til dusk but, strangely, amongst all the hustle and bustle it still retains a really cosy and friendly feel. Even though crowded places aren't really my jam, I found myself happy enough to just amble along with the masses and take in all the quirky little boutiques and street vendors (like the 'little green box' street cafe above) that the city has to offer.       


On our second night in the city, we met up with some old family friends for a cheeky cocktail or two before heading off to the local Chimichanga's for dinner. I'm afraid to say my brother and I sort of scoffed and slurped ourselves senseless... ordering a giant plate of nachos, extra fries and then a rather huge cocktail to share between us. In our defence, the food (and the student discount) was just so blooming tasty!        


The next day, each of us nursing a bit of a sore head, we took a trip to the local harbour town of Whitstable.  


The smell of all the foodie fare on offer here- everything from lobster and chips to candy floss and churros- gave us a real hankering for a classic seaside treat. I must say, there's nothing better after a windswept walk by the coast than settling down with a salty bag of chips and a big ol' mug of tea. 

This really was perfection :)         


After our impromptu lunch, we returned to Canterbury in order to spend our last evening at the one hotspot we hadn't visited yet- the cathedral.

On our way down towards the cathedral, however, we quickly popped into a shop I'd visited and fallen in love with on a previous trip to Canterbury. Charmingly named Queen Bee, this tiny boutique-y shop in the heart of the city centre is filled with gorgeous bits and bobs and stocks everything from teapot lamps to hand-painted vintage writing desks. On this visit, I even spotted some tins of old-fashioned chalk paint in a selection of shabby-chic colours that the shop sell alongside the classes they run in upcycling old furniture...a fab idea!


Once my parents managed to drag me away from Queen Bee's delights, we made our way down towards the cathedral entrance.  


As it was after 5.30pm, entry into the cathedral grounds was free, which meant we could take our time wandering around this magnificent building at the off-peak end of the day. This also meant that I could grab my camera and sneak off to get a few shots of the cloisters on the quiet.  








I must admit, I got quite emotional walking through the empty cloister by myself- there was something a bit eerie about being alone in the presence of such vast and beautiful architecture. 


It was, all in all, a rather spectacular visit- I had such fun visiting my brother and getting to hear about all the wonderful things going on in his city (he could be the mayor, I swear...he loves it there so much) and I really hope that I'll get a chance to visit him again soon.  

Thank you for reading :) I really love sharing what I'm up to with you and seeing your comments! It truly makes me happy. Be sure to keep up to date with me on Bloglovin & check out what else is inspiring me on Pinterest!     

All the love,

Sian x



“Sometimes since I've been in the garden I've looked up through the trees at the sky and I have had a strange feeling of being happy as if something was pushing and drawing in my chest and making me breathe fast. Magic is always pushing and drawing and making things out of nothing. Everything is made out of magic, leaves and trees, flowers and birds, badgers and foxes and squirrels and people. So it must be all around us. In this garden - in all the places.” 


from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett


Sian x


A Sunny Day in the Garden

Tuesday, 18 August 2015


“Sometimes since I've been in the garden I've looked up through the trees at the sky and I have had a strange feeling of being happy as if something was pushing and drawing in my chest and making me breathe fast. Magic is always pushing and drawing and making things out of nothing. Everything is made out of magic, leaves and trees, flowers and birds, badgers and foxes and squirrels and people. So it must be all around us. In this garden - in all the places.” 


from The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett


Sian x



"Mary went out onto the road and looked about her, and as far as her eyes could see there was nothing but the black hills and the moors. The grey slate inn, with its tall chimneys, forbidding and uninhabited though it seemed, was the only dwelling-place on the landscape." 

 Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier

Yesterday, my parents and I took my grandma to visit Jamaica Inn- a traditional coaching inn on Bodmin Moor dating back to the 18th Century. Famous for its association with smugglers, it was also the setting for Daphne du Maurier's 1936 novel Jamaica Inn (recently adapted into a BBC series starring the rather yummy Matthew McNulty) and, fortunately or unfortunately, these days this once-isolated place is quite the tourist attraction.


"Now and again the sun was obscured by cloud, and long shadows fled over the moors like fingers. Colour came in patches; sometimes the hills were purple, ink-stained, and mottled, and then a feeble ray of sun would come from a wisp of cloud, and one hill would be golden-brown while his neighbour still languished in the dark."

For me, any remnants of the gloriously murky and wildly romantic world of du Mauriers' novel were somewhat diminished by the enormous gift shop and adjoining buffet area (I refuse to call it a restaurant) that now appear to be the main focus of the inn. Nevertheless, I must admit I still got a certain thrill from walking around that rather menacing "grey slate inn" and looking out over those very hills that du Maurier describes so beautifully in her novel. 


"There was a haven of rest for her in Altarnun- the very name spelt like a whisper."

Deciding to move away from such a tourist hotspot, we ventured back down the road and stopped off in a quiet little village called Altarnun.    


For Mary, Jamaica Inn's heroine, this rather sleepy and peaceful village offers a place of refuge away from the dreary reality of the inn. 

"She turned left, down the steep hill of Altarnun. Excitement rose high within her now as she passed the twinkling cottage lights, and smelt the friendly smoke of chimneys. Here were neighbourly sounds that had long been lost to her...Here was a drowsy movement, a placidity and a peace; here were all the old village smells she knew and understood." 

I have to say I agree with Mary- even today, taking a slow stroll down the hill and past the rows of little cottages is infinitely more enjoyable than enduring the chaos that is Jamaica Inn.    


It was a really lovely way to spend our afternoon- just pottering about this old village and imagining all the people who had lived here in the past.  


There's even a river valley walk you can do from the church here- definitely one to put on the list for when we get our dog!

So hopefully we'll be returning soon, and I'll be sure to take lots more pictures of the glorious (and less touristy) sites around Bodmin Moor when we do :)

Sian x

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A Sunday Stroll

Monday, 17 August 2015


"Mary went out onto the road and looked about her, and as far as her eyes could see there was nothing but the black hills and the moors. The grey slate inn, with its tall chimneys, forbidding and uninhabited though it seemed, was the only dwelling-place on the landscape." 

 Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier

Yesterday, my parents and I took my grandma to visit Jamaica Inn- a traditional coaching inn on Bodmin Moor dating back to the 18th Century. Famous for its association with smugglers, it was also the setting for Daphne du Maurier's 1936 novel Jamaica Inn (recently adapted into a BBC series starring the rather yummy Matthew McNulty) and, fortunately or unfortunately, these days this once-isolated place is quite the tourist attraction.


"Now and again the sun was obscured by cloud, and long shadows fled over the moors like fingers. Colour came in patches; sometimes the hills were purple, ink-stained, and mottled, and then a feeble ray of sun would come from a wisp of cloud, and one hill would be golden-brown while his neighbour still languished in the dark."

For me, any remnants of the gloriously murky and wildly romantic world of du Mauriers' novel were somewhat diminished by the enormous gift shop and adjoining buffet area (I refuse to call it a restaurant) that now appear to be the main focus of the inn. Nevertheless, I must admit I still got a certain thrill from walking around that rather menacing "grey slate inn" and looking out over those very hills that du Maurier describes so beautifully in her novel. 


"There was a haven of rest for her in Altarnun- the very name spelt like a whisper."

Deciding to move away from such a tourist hotspot, we ventured back down the road and stopped off in a quiet little village called Altarnun.    


For Mary, Jamaica Inn's heroine, this rather sleepy and peaceful village offers a place of refuge away from the dreary reality of the inn. 

"She turned left, down the steep hill of Altarnun. Excitement rose high within her now as she passed the twinkling cottage lights, and smelt the friendly smoke of chimneys. Here were neighbourly sounds that had long been lost to her...Here was a drowsy movement, a placidity and a peace; here were all the old village smells she knew and understood." 

I have to say I agree with Mary- even today, taking a slow stroll down the hill and past the rows of little cottages is infinitely more enjoyable than enduring the chaos that is Jamaica Inn.    


It was a really lovely way to spend our afternoon- just pottering about this old village and imagining all the people who had lived here in the past.  


There's even a river valley walk you can do from the church here- definitely one to put on the list for when we get our dog!

So hopefully we'll be returning soon, and I'll be sure to take lots more pictures of the glorious (and less touristy) sites around Bodmin Moor when we do :)

Sian x

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I've been a bit poorly this month, so a lot of my time has been spent wrapped up on the sofa with a good book (or two) and as much food as I can pile onto my plate- hence the mountain of pasta you can see here!

However, I have managed to venture out of the house for a couple of special occasions...namely, heading off to Canterbury for a couple of days to see my little brother (more on this shortly) and popping to a family friend's to visit what will soon be our new puppy!

Jane Austen's Persuasion is an apt novel for me to be reading at the moment as, somehow, me and my mum managed to convince the rest of the family that getting a puppy wasn't a totally mad idea! Now all we have to do is settle on a name for our new arrival...

any suggestions? I'm thinking either Pippa, Hattie or Penny- but I honestly can't make my mind up!

Sian x

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Puppies & (some serious) Persuasion...

Thursday, 13 August 2015



I've been a bit poorly this month, so a lot of my time has been spent wrapped up on the sofa with a good book (or two) and as much food as I can pile onto my plate- hence the mountain of pasta you can see here!

However, I have managed to venture out of the house for a couple of special occasions...namely, heading off to Canterbury for a couple of days to see my little brother (more on this shortly) and popping to a family friend's to visit what will soon be our new puppy!

Jane Austen's Persuasion is an apt novel for me to be reading at the moment as, somehow, me and my mum managed to convince the rest of the family that getting a puppy wasn't a totally mad idea! Now all we have to do is settle on a name for our new arrival...

any suggestions? I'm thinking either Pippa, Hattie or Penny- but I honestly can't make my mind up!

Sian x

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I've been looking for an easy Gluten-Free biscuit recipe for a while, so when I stumbled across this one on Pinterest the other day I thought I'd better give it a go! The shortbread itself was incredibly simple to make (& I just love the speckled look of the dough!) so I decided to give it my own little twist by dipping the biscuits into some icing flavoured with Earl Grey's best friend- lemon. 


This simple shortbread dough is made up of three main ingredients- butter, sugar and flour (I used gluten free) and, along with the extra addition of tea leaves and salt, it all comes together really easily.


Earl Grey is my brew of choice, in fact I think it might just be my flavour of choice (I currently have my eye on a very tasty looking Earl Grey and Lemon Gin from Waitrose) so I had to make these biscuits that little bit special! I think the sharpness of the lemon icing adds a lovely contrast to the soft, fragrant flavour of the tea leaves in the biscuit.

Don't be shy with the food colouring when making the icing- you want a vibrant, lemon-curd yellow that stands out against the light brown of the shortbread.


I'm really happy with how these biscuits came out and can't wait to scoff a few with my next cup of Earl Grey! If you'd like to give them a go, here's the recipe:

Ingredients
For the shortbread:

- 1 cup (about 240g) unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup (50g) icing sugar
- 2 cups (240g) plain flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 Earl Grey teabag

For the icing:

- 1 cup (100g) icing sugar
- juice of half a lemon
- few drops of yellow food colouring

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180° (350° F).
2. Cream the butter and icing sugar together in a large bowl or stand mixer.
3. Sift in the flour and then add the salt and tea leaves. Continue mixing until a soft dough forms- if it's too dry, don't worry it will eventually come together...if too wet then add more flour as needed.
4. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface until its 1/4 inch thick.
5. Cut out the cookies using a 2 inch round biscuit cutter.
6. Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet for 20-25 mins or until the edges are golden brown. Take the shortbread out and leave to cool.
7. In the meantime, sift the icing sugar into a bowl and slowly stir in the lemon juice. Be careful not to add too much liquid- you want a gloopy consistency.
8. Add a few drops of yellow food colouring until you get a lemon-y shade.
9. Once the shortbread biscuits have cooled, dip them into the icing and then leave to dry.


Enjoy! And remember...


Sian x


Notes

Recipe slightly adapted from living better together.



(Gluten-Free) Earl Grey & Lemon Shortbread

Saturday, 8 August 2015


I've been looking for an easy Gluten-Free biscuit recipe for a while, so when I stumbled across this one on Pinterest the other day I thought I'd better give it a go! The shortbread itself was incredibly simple to make (& I just love the speckled look of the dough!) so I decided to give it my own little twist by dipping the biscuits into some icing flavoured with Earl Grey's best friend- lemon. 


This simple shortbread dough is made up of three main ingredients- butter, sugar and flour (I used gluten free) and, along with the extra addition of tea leaves and salt, it all comes together really easily.


Earl Grey is my brew of choice, in fact I think it might just be my flavour of choice (I currently have my eye on a very tasty looking Earl Grey and Lemon Gin from Waitrose) so I had to make these biscuits that little bit special! I think the sharpness of the lemon icing adds a lovely contrast to the soft, fragrant flavour of the tea leaves in the biscuit.

Don't be shy with the food colouring when making the icing- you want a vibrant, lemon-curd yellow that stands out against the light brown of the shortbread.


I'm really happy with how these biscuits came out and can't wait to scoff a few with my next cup of Earl Grey! If you'd like to give them a go, here's the recipe:

Ingredients
For the shortbread:

- 1 cup (about 240g) unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup (50g) icing sugar
- 2 cups (240g) plain flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 Earl Grey teabag

For the icing:

- 1 cup (100g) icing sugar
- juice of half a lemon
- few drops of yellow food colouring

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180° (350° F).
2. Cream the butter and icing sugar together in a large bowl or stand mixer.
3. Sift in the flour and then add the salt and tea leaves. Continue mixing until a soft dough forms- if it's too dry, don't worry it will eventually come together...if too wet then add more flour as needed.
4. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface until its 1/4 inch thick.
5. Cut out the cookies using a 2 inch round biscuit cutter.
6. Bake on a parchment lined baking sheet for 20-25 mins or until the edges are golden brown. Take the shortbread out and leave to cool.
7. In the meantime, sift the icing sugar into a bowl and slowly stir in the lemon juice. Be careful not to add too much liquid- you want a gloopy consistency.
8. Add a few drops of yellow food colouring until you get a lemon-y shade.
9. Once the shortbread biscuits have cooled, dip them into the icing and then leave to dry.


Enjoy! And remember...


Sian x


Notes

Recipe slightly adapted from living better together.




Oh my goodness, it's been so chilly around here lately! The jumpers I had stocked away for Autumn have already been promoted to the front of the clothes rack and the woolly socks are officially OUT! This can only mean one thing... Summer is almost over. 

But I'm so excited! Don't you love the cosy, tomato soup, run-in-from-the-rain, squeaky wellies feel of Autumn? I know I can't be alone in thinking it's the most comfy season- not too hot and not too cold but chilly enough to feel all snug huddled up in a blanket (or two). 

So here are some of my favourite picks for those lovely, crisp Autumn days to come...


1. Zara Candle for those darker evenings.
2. Olive Dress Combo because this company's clothes are just divine (and layer up so well).
3. Mansfield Park for curling up on the sofa with.
4. Polkadot Notebook to scribble in.
5. Orelia Leather Bag for those autumnal walks.
6. Copper Mug because cocoa was made for mugs like this.

Here's to Autumn! What's on your wishlist?

Sian x


Autumn Wishlist

Thursday, 6 August 2015


Oh my goodness, it's been so chilly around here lately! The jumpers I had stocked away for Autumn have already been promoted to the front of the clothes rack and the woolly socks are officially OUT! This can only mean one thing... Summer is almost over. 

But I'm so excited! Don't you love the cosy, tomato soup, run-in-from-the-rain, squeaky wellies feel of Autumn? I know I can't be alone in thinking it's the most comfy season- not too hot and not too cold but chilly enough to feel all snug huddled up in a blanket (or two). 

So here are some of my favourite picks for those lovely, crisp Autumn days to come...


1. Zara Candle for those darker evenings.
2. Olive Dress Combo because this company's clothes are just divine (and layer up so well).
3. Mansfield Park for curling up on the sofa with.
4. Polkadot Notebook to scribble in.
5. Orelia Leather Bag for those autumnal walks.
6. Copper Mug because cocoa was made for mugs like this.

Here's to Autumn! What's on your wishlist?

Sian x



A few days ago, I took a trip with my parents to a little seaside town called Bude. I've visited Bude before and was certain that it's mainly known for having lovely beaches- beaches that are lovely on a warm day, that is, but not quite as lovely on the kind of grey and cloudy day we happened to venture out on. However, my Mum assured me that on the other side of town we would find a canal and she suggested that, instead of heading down to the beach with all the other tourists, we should take a stroll down the tow path that runs alongside the waterway.

So we popped into a cafe for a much-needed cup of coffee- or cup of Earl Grey in my case- and then set off on our way along the pretty little route. I couldn't help but take a few shots of the landscape (its all so picturesque!) as we wandered down the path, and even managed to catch a snap of a particularly chubby robin :)

It was a really lovely way to spend the afternoon and I'm hoping to go back soon- I think we even have plans to hire bikes and follow the canal's path all the way down to the coast next time!

In any case, I'll be sure to keep you posted!

Sian x

 

Canal Walk

Monday, 3 August 2015


A few days ago, I took a trip with my parents to a little seaside town called Bude. I've visited Bude before and was certain that it's mainly known for having lovely beaches- beaches that are lovely on a warm day, that is, but not quite as lovely on the kind of grey and cloudy day we happened to venture out on. However, my Mum assured me that on the other side of town we would find a canal and she suggested that, instead of heading down to the beach with all the other tourists, we should take a stroll down the tow path that runs alongside the waterway.

So we popped into a cafe for a much-needed cup of coffee- or cup of Earl Grey in my case- and then set off on our way along the pretty little route. I couldn't help but take a few shots of the landscape (its all so picturesque!) as we wandered down the path, and even managed to catch a snap of a particularly chubby robin :)

It was a really lovely way to spend the afternoon and I'm hoping to go back soon- I think we even have plans to hire bikes and follow the canal's path all the way down to the coast next time!

In any case, I'll be sure to keep you posted!

Sian x

 

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