Sunday, 26 October 2014

Lately I've been

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Watching: so much TV! I'm loving all the Autumn telly that's on at the moment - Downton Abbey, Strictly Come Dancing, the X-Factor (I'm a little bit in love with Andrea), Educating the East End, Made in Chelsea, The Only Way is Essex and Gogglebox. And 24! Yes I know I'm only about 10 years late to the party but how good is this show? I've had the DVD of season one lying around for ages and tried watching it a couple of years ago but couldn't get into it despite the rave reviews. I'm so glad I tried again. However I've been watching it before trying to get to sleep and it definitely doesn't make the most relaxing bedtime viewing.
Drinking: mostly tea because I'm trying to kick my coffee habit.
Eating: lots of lovely Autumnal food like butternut squash and bacon risotto, stew (this Jamie Oliver recipe is so delicious) and beef wellington.
Feeling: very excited! I've booked my next much needed trip - I'm going to India over Christmas and New Year! I'm also a little bit scared but whether I  love it or hate I think it's definitely going to be an experience.
Suffering: from a severe case of wanderlust after reading a lot of travel blogs and websites before booking my trip to India.
Craving: to slow down a bit. Work is so busy and time seems to be slipping through my fingers.
Listening: to Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud, I love that ginger haired cutie and I'm sure I'm not the only one wishing I could be the girl in his video.
Wanting: desperately to improve my photography skills. Anyone got any recommendations for a book or course?

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Canals, countryside & manor houses

Apologies for the lack of posts over the past two weeks, they say time flies when you're having fun but for me it seems to fly faster when you're working like a dog!

Being stuck in an office most of the week, I'm usually desperate to get outside  and into the fresh air at the weekend. A couple of weekends ago I drove up to Warwickshire for a walk that takes in some lovely countryside,  beautiful stretches of canal and two gorgeous National Trust properties - Packwood House and Baddesley Clinton. According to the Telegraph this is one of the best walks in Britain and I'd definitely have to agree. It was the perfect antidote to desk fatigue syndrome. I know some might think this is quite a middle aged thing to do but I love going for walks, poking around old houses and swanning around grand gardens pretending I'm the lady of the house. Please tell me I'm not the only one?!