Happy Weekend lovely ones! This week has been a long and tiring one for me with lots of challenges- hospital visits with Will, unnecessary drama and blood tests to find out if I’m celiac or not (more on that in another post!) have all led me to feel pretty shabby this weekend. After a poll on Instagram I’ve found out what you guys would prefer me to write about and I will do (!) but for this weekend’s blog post I decided to go in a little more mellow and lighthearted direction, writing a shorter post with lots of pictures just to put a positive end to this stressful week. So, as you might or might not have guessed by the title, today I’m going to be talking about the places I go to get out of the house when I’m either feeling a little low but strong enough to get out or just my favourite places to go if I’m itching to get out of the house! Most of these places are local to me (so I’m sorry if none of them are near you!) but I love them all dearly and would so recommend taking an afternoon to visit one of them- if you need a personal tour guide you know where to find me!
Taking a Breath of Fresh Air:
Something that 99% of the time makes me feel a wholeee lot better is getting some fresh air. One of my favourite ways to do this is to go (if possible and the right time of year!) for a stroll around a place filled with flowers of all kinds. Something Will and I love to do is to go to arboretums (a word I only learnt last year haha). For those of you who don’t know, an arboretum is basically a big collection of trees and flowers and all plant-like in one place. They are absolutely stunning to walk through and just make me marvel at how beautiful life can be (for those of you that are local, I love Batsford Arboretum).
Another place I love to go either when I’m feeling a bit ‘meh’, or just fancy having a lovely afternoon out is a Cotswold village. A few of my favourites are Broadway, Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water. All of these places are sentimental to me and Will and just visiting one of these beautiful villages really helps to turn a not-so-great day into a lovely adventure. Broadway is the place to go for afternoon tea and there are so many lovely ones to choose from! Stow-on-the-Wold is AMAZING for independent shops- there aren’t that many but the ones that are there I really love (especially Meggie’s and Jaffé & Neale) and the streets that they’re on are so typically-English and stunning! I also love the cafe there called The Hive– so much yummy food, the loveliest people and it’s dog friendly so you usually see one or two beautiful pups in there! Will and I had our first ‘proper’ date in Bourton-on-the-Water- we went for a long summer walk and then a pub lunch of cheeseburgers and ice-cold drinks (let’s just say we broke the whole ‘looking ugly while eating in front of each other’ thing super early!) and it’s just such a lovely little village, perfect for the sunnier days.
|Meggie and her INCREDIBLE shop! This is taken from her website but it’s such a good representation of her kindness and humbleness but also her stunning shop exterior and window displays!|
|Our first ‘proper’ date!|
This nest one is not neccessiraly a place but more of a thing to do outside- dog walks! I’m super lucky to live near a lot of popular dog-walking fields and trails and I love to get fresh air by taking my (extremely adorable) pup out for a walk (yes I still call him a puppy even though he’s around 12). I usually listen to music at the same time, something modern and upbeat I can walk in time to or one of my more religious albums (Alive by Cimorelli, Elevate by Joshua Price, I AM THEY or Francesca Battistelli are some of my faves) just to make sure my mind doesn’t wonder to whatever I’m worrying about. Just having this time to have a bit of exercise, get some fresh air and make Jasper happy usually lifts my mood dramatically and is something I’m going to aim to do every day in the Spring/Summer months!
And the final place I love to go to (but unfortunately because I live pretty much in the middle of the UK) is the seaside. Since I was a kid I have always loved the seaside- the paddling in the waves and the thrill of jumping through the waves, risking getting your jeans wet; the salty air which gets intertwined in your hair and leaves your clothes smelling like the sea and the freedom you feel while looking towards the open horizon- I just absolutely love it. Sometimes I feel a bit melancholy looking out towards the sea as I know Mum used to love the beach as well (probably where I get it from!) but ultimately there isn’t a day that I’ve been to the beach and haven’t come back beaming because I loved it so much! I’ve included a few photos here of when Me, Will, Ol (his brother) and Helen (their mum) went to Padstow for a few days. I was super nervous as I hadn’t been dating Will that long but it was honestly so lovely and really gave me an opportunity to get to know Helen and Ol near a place I really love!
And there you have it! My favourite places to go come (emotional- I wouldn’t recommend going to an arboretum when it’s wet and cold!) rain or shine. I hope it’s given you some inspiration of places you could visit with your loved ones this Spring and Summer and I hope you all make so many happy memories if you do decide to take a trip!
Hope you all have the best week ahead,
All my love,