Life lately - Girlglobalising

May, like every other month this year, has whizzed by. Although it means we’re one step closer to summer, it also means that time is just flying by without us really taking stock of it. Here are some things I’ve been up to over the last few weeks.

I finally made a trip to Mon Pote, a beautiful homeware store in Bedminster, Bristol. I found this shop on Instagram, which I highly recommend you follow for all the interiors inspiration. I popped in one afternoon for a little mooch around. Although I didn’t buy anything on this occasion I may well be heading back for an adorable cactus vase.

Life lately - Girlglobalising

We had a short stay in the Lake District at the start of the month. The weather was a bit all over the place, but we had one or two lovely days spent wandering through fields and up mountains in the sunshine. Lake Ullswater is pictured above, and dotted around the lake are various different towns and villages. A bit more exploration is needed I think, considering we only had a few days and there’s so many beautiful places to see up there.

Life lately - Girlglobalising

Life lately - Girlglobalising

The day after we got back from the Lake District we headed down to Thekla in Bristol for a Dan Croll gig. A few years ago we only caught the end of his set at Citadel festival, so it was amazing to see the whole thing. Definitely check him out on Spotify if you haven’t heard him before. He was supported by Wilsen, who I’d never heard of but is another insanely talented musician – with incredible whistling skills!

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We’ve spent a few lovely days wandering around Clifton in the sunshine. Bristol is a place that is really made for summer. The city comes alive in the warmer months and throughout the summer there’s pretty much an event or festival happening every weekend. This year I’m looking forward to the Harbourside festival, Pride and maybe catching a bit of the Bristol Summer Series from the other side of the river. That’s a top tip for anyone else who missed out on tickets. You can’t see anything, but you can hear it all from south of the river.

Life Lately - Girlglobalising

Life Lately - Girlglobalising

And finally we spent a weekend in Oxfordshire. There was a pub lunch, dogs walks, a wander around Oxford, a bbq. Really everything that comes with summer all rolled into one weekend.

Life Lately - Girlglobalising

On a more poignant note, I absolutely loved the One Love Manchester concert on Sunday. I was very moved by it and thought it was a truly lovely way to combat such terrible atrocities happening in the world right now.

Life Lately - Girlglobalising

It’s been a good few weeks since I sat down and typed out something for this blog. Any motivation or inspiration I may have had in the past has melted away in recent weeks.

I didn’t feel as though I had anything I wanted to photograph and talk about, nor have I been on any trips lately that have made me want to share it with you.

Rather than sit here and wallow in the lack of inspiration, I thought I’d take a look back at my life lately and celebrate the happiness of the little things in life.

Here are a few things that have been making me smile at life lately.

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We had a quick stopover in Oxford a few weekends ago to catch up with Dom’s parents. It included a very quick look around the Weston Library. I’d never been there before but I was pretty amazed at all the light and architecture there. Not your average stuffy old library!

Life Lately - Girlglobalising

Those few days that felt like spring had arrived? Yeah, they were good days. I can’t wait for the sun to show it’s face again – it makes everybody so much happier.

Life Lately - Girlglobalising

International Women’s Day. So amazing to see everybody celebrating how great women are. I shared this old photo on Instagram (follow me here) of my Mum and Grandma. My absolute favourite women and I’m not sure what I’d do without them.

Life Lately - Girlglobalising

Speaking of which, I had a lovely day out with my Mum in Windsor. Since we live on opposite sides of the country we are often looking for somewhere to meet in the middle. Windsor is closer to London than the middle, but still worth the day trip. A charming little town and the Castle is well worth a visit.

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I’ve had quite a few meetings at work lately and some of those have been taking place in this amazing building. The Wills Memorial Building has such an amazing ceiling, I’m in awe every time I go there.

Life Lately - Girlglobalising

Baths have become a bit of a regular thing for me recently. I’ve been visiting Lush quite a lot, a shop I used to avoid on the high street. Even thought it’s a bit embarrassing when the shop assistants ask if I’m looking for presents and actually I’m normally only looking for me! This heart shaped one had little dried roses that floated around the bath. LUSH!

Life Lately - Girlglobalising

And finally, meeting this friendly little guy in the hardware shop – how appropriate considering it was National Puppy Day yesterday. I had a lovely espresso martini last weekend. I’ve put an ‘eating out ban’ on me and Dom in an effort to save money, be healthier and cook more. Last weekend was the first time we had been out in ages, so I thought a cocktail would be more than appropriate.

So that’s all that’s been happening in my life lately. Hopefully the inspiration will be back soon and I can crack on with creating some content. Have an amazing weekend!

xx

Pottery class - Girlglobalising

Here’s to a year of trying new things.

How many times do you have an idea that you’re really keen about, raring to get going on and then, well, never actually start? This is the story of my life. Lots of grand ideas and zero follow through.

Pottery class - Girlglobalising

How long have I wanted to join a class or try something new and then just sat around thinking about it rather than getting up off the sofa and actually started it? A very long time is the answer you’re looking for.

Pottery class - Girlglobalising

So fresh off the back of my first pottery lesson (which was brilliant) I’ve decided that 2017 will be the year of activity. Of actually following up on a few things and starting a some new hobbies.

Pottery class - Girlglobalising

Anything from calligraphy, to dress making and sewing, to a dance class or cooking lesson, I’m going to give it all a go this year. Pottery can now be ticked off the list and if there’s one thing that can be said for trying something new, then it’s to get fully involved and not to worry about it. Get in there and embrace the fact that you’re not going to be perfect and it’s going to be a messy job, but it will also be an accomplishment and something that you’ve wanted to achieve for ages.

Pottery class - Girlglobalising

Pottery class - Girlglobalising

The class I took part in was held at Elisabeth Barry Ceramics studio in Bath. She has some serious pottery talent, which I tried and failed to replicate. Make sure you check out her website for some beautiful minimalist pots, cups and bowls.

And while I may not have created such delicate pieces as Elisabeth makes, she was a fantastic teacher and I’ve still come away with a couple of pieces that I will proudly use for whatever takes my fancy – providing they survive the kiln that is…

Pottery class - Elizabeth Barry Pottery - Girlglobalising

Pottery class - Elizabeth Barry Pottery - Girlglobalising

There’s a lot to be said for stepping outside your comfort zone. As we’re always told, but never really listen – ‘you never know what you might achieve’. Here’s to a year of trying new things.

At The Chapel - Bruton - Girlglobalising

What better way to spend a Sunday than to drive through the Somerset hills and countryside. A relaxing Sunday drive no less.

Just short of an hour away from Bristol and Bath you will reach Bruton, a small and very picturesque village.

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Bruton itself is small, quiet and unassuming, but hidden in plain sight on the high street is At The Chapel – an old chapel converted into a boutique hotel, bakery and restaurant serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.

Everything from avocado on toasted sourdough, to woodfired pizza, to a roast dinner is on offer. All locally sourced and very reasonably priced. And what a setting to sit back and relax in.

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At The Chapel - Bruton - Girlglobalising

At The Chapel - Bruton - Girlglobalising

The space is light, bright and airy. Giant windows let in the winter sunlight and if you fancy, you could enjoy your coffee from one of the plush green velvet armchairs. I must get one of those for my flat…

Kind of rustic, but also modern enough that you know Instagram would love it, At The Chapel comes up trumps with delish food and all the interiors inspiration.

At The Chapel - Bruton - Girlglobalising

At The Chapel - Bruton - Girlglobalising

At The Chapel - Bruton - Girlglobalising

But now for the real reason we were there – the food. Having seen many a baked good and pizza on Instagram, I already knew for certain what I was ordering.

Although I was swayed slightly by the look of Dom’s roast pork, I put my food envy aside once my Taleggio and wild mushroom pizza arrived.

There was pudding as well but… they didn’t last long enough for a photo!

At The Chapel - Bruton - Girlglobalising

At The Chapel - Bruton - Girlglobalising

If you’re not stopping for food, then don’t forget to swing by the bakery for a loaf of freshly baked bread and a take away coffee. We didn’t leave empty handed and the Spelt loaf we chose must be a favourite at At The Chapel, as we just about snagged the last one.

At The Chapel - Bruton - Girlglobalising

At The Chapel - Bruton - Girlglobalising

At The Chapel - Bruton - Girlglobalising

Although Bruton may be a quiet Somerset village, it’s packing a top player in amongst the antique and interiors shops on the high street.

One more leisurely drive back home and it was a Sunday well spent At The Chapel.

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All photos taken on my iPhone

Once again, as happens with most years, Christmas has sprung up on us quicker than anyone expected. I for one am certainly looking forward to having a break, catching up with family and friends, eating all the pigs in blankets…

I had a few days in York with my Mum at the start of December, which is where the majority of these festive photos were taken. York turned out to be a very attractive little city, with the friendliest of people, and one that I intend on seeing more of in the future. I’m sad to say that my Christmas spirit diminished a little on my return home and hasn’t found it’s way back just yet. Because of this the complete lack of any festive posts on here is hardly surprising.

2016 has been a bloody odd year, with more world changes than any other year that I can remember. But its not been all bad – I started a new job and me and Dom moved into a cosy little flat after the debacle of having to move again. We went on some amazing trips, from Berlin, to Copenhagen, to the long awaited New York adventure. I can only hope that I’m as fortunate in 2017 and that my travel buddy is still as keen as me.

There will be some changes around here in the next year. I feel a little refinement and evolution is in order. Something to get my motivation back on track. And a couple of personal improvements as well – namely learning to live in the moment more, rather than worrying about what will happen next!

I wish you all the merriest of Christmasses and hopefully I’ll see you back here in the new year!

xx