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Project 365 – Week 4/52

Project 365 - Week 4

Starting a new job and enjoying the sunshine.

This last week has been a complete whirlwind. I still can’t believe I’m finishing up my second week at my new job. It’s been going well, things are quiet but it’s something I’m grateful for – there are just 5 days to go until Canada!

I guess I should apologise for the lake pictures but my new offices do provide me with a pretty nice lunchtime walk. It certainly puts to bed a few misconceptions I had about Milton Keynes before I started working here.


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Project 365 - Week 4

It’s a shame our offices are moving in a few weeks, I could have become used to walking past this each morning. Imagine it on a sunny winter’s morning! ❄️


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Project 365 - Week 4

Where we are at the moment doesn’t have air conditioning, so with outdoor temperatures reaching 30° it’s been a little warm. That said, I love the sunshine and it’s been great to soak up some vitamin D in my lunch break.


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Project 365 - Week 4

I walked the other way around the lake on this day. Nothing exciting to report, other than it wasn’t a good idea, no shade to hide in and recover from the heat at the end.


Day 25 »»


Project 365 - Week 4

Made myself a lonely roast due to Moon being away in Ireland. Don’t worry, there were plenty of leftovers, I didn’t eat the whole thing all on one go!


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Project 365 = Week 4

After spending a day shadowing my colleague and the rest of the week bringing in and working on my personal laptop, my new work computer finally arrived. Still had that new computer smell when I went back in on Tuesday. ✨


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Project 365 - Week 4

I had my sister to stay for the bank holiday weekend. After a week of sunshine, we had a disappointingly rainy day, but we didn’t let the weather make our day go to waste. We headed into Oxford for some lunch as a trip to the Natural History Museum, great way to while away a wet afternoon.


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Project 365 - Week 4

Enjoying the sunshine again in beautiful Jephson Gardens in Leamington Spa. Always forget that Leamington Spa isn’t so far from us now. It’s so pretty, even if just for a bit of window shopping (and Pokéwalking).

 


 

It’s now the second day of September and I’ve managed to complete the first month of this Project 365! Unfortunately so far these have all be phone photos but I’m hoping my upcoming trip will provide a little more variety.


BONUS: 1 Second a Day – August 2016

Catch up: 1 // 2 // 3

Project 365 – Week 3/52

Project 365 - Week 3

A big birthday week of celebrating, getting together and eating!

I’m feeling pretty proud to have made it to week 3 without missing a day 💪. I’m hoping I’ll be able to carry this momentum through to autumn and winter, it sure it easy to take snaps when the sun in shining.

This week has already been a very busy week. I started a new job, and I guess I’m feeling a little overwhelmed by at the moment but it’s an exciting time. I’m glad I spent most of the week before enjoying myself and celebrating. I didn’t quite extend my birthday or anything but it felt like the whole week was about meeting and greeting and enjoying spending time with people I love.


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Project 365 - Week 3

Taking an evening stroll around the block at my mum’s to catch some Pokémon, unfortunately it’s was still all Drowzees, pigeons and rats. I hope Canada has some different ones, it’s starting to get a little boring.


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Project 365 - Week 3

A quick selfie at the top of the big wheel while at Dreamland with my dream boat 😍. A great way to celebrate turning 27.


Day 17 »»


Project 365 - Week 3

One from the Stone Pier at Margate after a second sunny day of exploring with this guy.


Day 18 »»


Project 365 - Week 3

More birthday celebrations, this time, my Gran’s – on a canal boat with the gang ✌️.


Day 19 »»


Project 365 - Week 3

Taking the evening to decompress after a busy few days with some blogging catch-up.


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Project 365 - Week 3

Catching up with our pals, Dan and Kirstin and doing as London-folk do, eating our weight in fun-size food at Model Market in Lewisham. I highly recommend everything and Dan highly recommends donuts stuffed with brownies.


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Project 365 - Week 3

Sunday putting in Wandsworth Park with the craziest golf I’ve played in a while. My ball went in the water so many times! Still came second though… 💁


Photos from this week are shaping up nicely, I’m so looking forward to this long weekend. After a busy couple of weeks, bouncing from celebrating to getting back to work, I feel like I need some R+R.

Catch up: 1 // 2

Birthday Brunch on a Boat

Don't Go Chasing Waterways

This week has been full of surprises for those of us with a birthday.

I can’t help but feel a little mean for complaining to my Gran that I had no idea what I was doing for my birthday when I had played a part in putting her in the exact same position!

For the last few months my cousins and I have been putting together plans for her birthday. It was a big one so we knew that we needed to something special.

Gran's Birthday Boat Trip
Gran's Birthday Boat Trip

We ended up deciding on a canal boat trip along the River Wey with a spot of brunch. I’m glad my cousins decided not to tell her what we were doing on the drive to Farncombe Boat House so it stayed a surprise until we got there. She wasn’t even completely sure until we told her she could hop on board the Norseman.

Gran's Birthday Boat Trip
Gran's Birthday Boat Trip
Gran's Birthday Boat Trip

After being given some thorough tuition on how to drive a narrow boat and how to operate the locks, we were on our own. I actually didn’t end up doing any driving but I was happy to watch. It was thoroughly entertaining whenever it went slightly wrong. Though I must say, we’re pretty lucky that the canal wasn’t too busy while we were on it.

Gran's Birthday Boat Trip
Gran's Birthday Boat Trip
Gran's Birthday Boat Trip Gran's Birthday Boat Trip

With it being such a nice day, it’s easy to see why people live on canal boats and enjoy them. I’m not sure I could go on a narrow boating holiday for a week but I’d definitely like to do something like this again.

Cruising the River Wey

Gran's Birthday Boat Trip
Gran's Birthday Boat Trip
Gran's Birthday Boat Trip

We were going for around an hour and a half, so around halfway to Guildford (which is 15 minutes away by car) before stopping for a brunch of scrambled eggs, guacamole, bagels and croissants. I was really surprised by the facilities offered on the boat. Farncombe Boat House actually provided us with everything we needed, including cooking utensils, a kettle and washing-up liquid.

Gran's Birthday Boat Trip
Gran's Birthday Boat Trip
Gran's Birthday Boat Trip
Gran's Birthday Boat Trip
Gran's Birthday Boat Trip
Gran's Birthday Boat Trip

We only ended up spending half the day on the boat because we had to get back to my uncle’s house for the rest of the festivities but it was plenty of time to enjoy the river. The main thing was that we wanted our Gran to enjoy it and I think she really did.

Gran's Birthday Boat Trip
Gran's Birthday Boat Trip
Gran's Birthday Boat Trip
Gran's Birthday Boat Trip
Gran's Birthday Boat Trip
Gran's Birthday Boat Trip

Aside from getting bitten by a swan – which at least was a funny story to tell – it was such a fun way to spend the morning.

Gran's Birthday Boat Trip
Gran's Birthday Boat Trip

Project 365 – Week 2/52

Project 365 - Week 2

Second week of August, here we go Project 365!

There’s quite a bit of Moon in this one, which is somewhat unintentional. Actually this week was pretty quiet compared to the one just gone. I wonder how interesting the next couple weeks are going to be with starting a new job. I think that will obviously affect it but I’m hoping it won’t be negatively.


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Project 365 - Week 2

Bringing a house favourite back to the dinner table with salmon tacos. We from a recipe from Design Love Fest and get great results every time!


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Project 365 - Week 2

Starting a new fitness regime… obviously sitting on the sofa isn’t part of it.


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Project 365 - Week 2

I’ve taken up skipping, which is much more intense than I really gave it credit for. How did I find it so easy when I did it as a kid?


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Project 365 - Week 2

Felt like I’d hardly seen Moon all week – this was taken just after I made him try out some skipping, he was not impressed.


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Project 365 - Week 2

Cheersing the last Friday at my contract and a nod to the start of the weekend. Mainly cheersing the last Friday of being stuck in an endless Heart FM cycle.


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Project 365 - Week 2

Barbecuing up a storm by sunset for our weekend guests. We had our friends Tom and Matt to stay over the weekend and had a late lunch so dinner was even later. We’re getting so much use out of the barbecue this year, it’s great.


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Project 365 - Week 2

We went to check out a local country fair in Stratton Audley. I wish I’d managed to get a better photo of the 60-odd hounds that came bounding out of the kennels. It’s one of the first fairs we’ve been to this year, I wasn’t totally impressed to be honest. For £5 I’d expect a little more than a tiny petting zoo and a couple of equestrian displays.

I’m really enjoying making sure I’m doing this so far, and I’ve been keeping up with the 1 Second a Day video too. I’ve also shot a bunch of home video recently, looking forward to putting it together!

You can catch Week 1 from my Project 365 here.

Midweek Birthday Mini-Break

Midweek Margate Mini-Break

It’s been a busy few days filled with birthday celebrations and happiness. If the last couple of days are anything to go by, 27 is going to be a good age to be.


Margate Mini-Break

My birthday surprise was just that, a complete surprise. I must admit that I did spend a little time stressing about where we were going but it all worked out in the end. Moon rocked up to my mum’s house in the morning and then let loose that we’d be heading the Margate for an overnight stay – super exciting!

After seeing Margate’s Dreamland on TV and Moon actually meeting Wayne Hemingway a year or so ago, I was excited to take in a proper British seaside mini-break.

We were so lucky with the weather, you just can’t beat a bit of the English seaside when the sun is shining. 


There’s so much to see and do in Margate that it’s understandable why it looks to be making a comeback. From Dreamland to the Turner Contemporary Gallery, as well as a ton of beautiful independent shops and its very own Shell Grotto! Margate is great for a walk along the sands or going further into the town to explore.


Dreamland with my dream boat 




Dreamland reminded me so much of Secret Cinema’s Back to the Future, except better. Firstly, everything is incredibly affordable, with rides ranging from £1-5 (or unlimited rides for £15) and secondly, it’s all real! The branding of the theme park is really something special, thoughtfully putting together beautiful bold fonts with perfect pastel colours. It’s a lovely way to spend the afternoon.









Due to slightly pigging out with a picnic lunch, we were feeling a little too fragile to go on some of the wilder rides. That said, we still made it up the big wheel – which has great views as far as the eye can see of Margate and beyond. Unfortunately the Scenic Railway wasn’t running when we went but as it’s the oldest running rollercoaster in the UK, it’s certainly on my list for a return trip.





I couldn’t get over how pretty everything at Dreamland was, it was a bit ridiculous how well it had all been thought through. Right down to the staff t-shirts, which had us green with envy – hoping they’ll make them available in the gift shop soon!


We read in a guidebook in our hotel that Dreamland has brought a lot of money back to the area, and we could see why. It’s really unassuming from the outside but opens up to this great public space, I have real hopes that it’s going to work out.

My birthday meal was spent enjoying rum cocktails and eating delicious Caribbean food at Mullins Brasserie. No pictures unfortunately, but a great atmosphere and we’re ready to try Caribbean pepper pot again real soon.



Secret Underground Shell Grotto 

Our second day in Margate was opened with glorious sunshine again. After finishing up breakfast at our hotel we popped everything back in the car before wandering over to The Shell Grotto.





Discovered by a father and son in the 1830s and believed to be some kind of smuggler’s passage, The Shell Grotto is just that, an underground tunnel covered in shells. There are lots of neat different designs, and it’s crazy to think that despite being well lit now, it would have been completely dark when it was first discovered. It didn’t take too long to get around but the gift shop was really good and it was really interesting to see the different shell designs and shell work.





Old Town

Shopping in Old Town is a must in Margate. There are so many good independent vintage shops and galleries. Unfortunately, a lot of Margate town centre is kind of uninspired with quite a few charity shops and pound shops, but with a little exploring there are so many hidden gems to be found.







I do like to be beside the seaside  



We rounded up our trip with a trip to the Turner Contemporary followed by a walk along the stone pier before spot of lunch at Buoy & Oyster.









It was such a treat to spend the middle of the week by the seaside pottering around with my favourite person. It made my birthday a very happy one indeed.