8 reasons why I love the winter…

Recently, I’ve been feeling a bit grumpy about the time of year. But rather than moaning about it (again – I think quite a few of my blog posts have included a little grumble about the weather, and I’ve only done about 4!!), I’ve decided to make a list of things I love about the Winter. It’s mainly for my own benefit so I can remind myself that it’s not all bad….

Note – it definitely won’t include either Christmas songs or snow, as I really do hate both these things!

Here goes:

1. Picking the Christmas tree. This has to be the day I really get into the Christmas spirit. Even though trawling round the abundance of Christmas tree farms in our area can take up pretty much the whole day, it’s so great to find the perfect tree. And take it home and decorate it.

2. Christmas Eve. So much better than New Year’s Eve in my opinion – there is such a good Christmassy atmosphere everywhere! Every Christmas Eve me and my friends head to Moseley, where there are loads of pubs and bars that stay open late so we can celebrate the arrival of Christmas Day together. Plus, you get to have the most amazing hungover lunch the next day!

3. Staying in! Nights in in front of the TV, on the sofa with your duvet and a glass of wine.

4. Giving presents to people – your family/boyfriend/friends/whoever. I’ll admit that this is a pretty standard, uninventive thing that nearly everyone says they love about Christmas, but I like it anyway.

5. You get to wear jumpers ALL the time. I love jumpers, they’re so comfy and easy just to throw on in the morning. Plus they cover your post-Christmas dinner tummy! Result.

6. Even better, animals wear jumpers in the winter! Cute!!!

7. Seeing all your family – I get to see my grandparents. Both my sets of grandparents live too far away from me to visit regularly, and Christmas time is one of the only times of year I’m guaranteed to see them.

8. An excuse to cuddle your horse – Giving your horse a massive cuddle in his stable when your hands are freezing is the best – he’s always warm. I am a horsey person after all!!

So those are the things I love about the winter. I’d love to know what other people love too. xx

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Thinking of the summer

It’s around this time of year (November/December – the mornings are getting darker, the days are getting shorter, the evenings are getting colder, and the rain never seems to stop) that I start thinking about my summer holiday. For the past few years, Johnny and I have had a summer holiday away together; the first year in Portugal, the second in Italy. We also love to go on several shorter city breaks throughout the year – like last December when we went to Berlin for a few days between Christmas and New Year. So in this post I’m going to include a few snaps from our Portugal holiday (mainly to cheer myself up from this depressing weather!!!)

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This is the beach at Praia da Rocha in the Algarve, we went at the beginning of September so the beach was pretty quiet – loads of space for little us 🙂 The beach is perfect sand with amazing rock formations, some of them right in the sea so you can swim in them! Loads of nice places to eat and drink along the strip too. 

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Walking round the little cobbled streets in Alvor. 

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The two of us sitting on the beach, me with a very freckly face….

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And finally, a picture of us on the beach at Praia da Rocha. 

For our summer holiday this year, though, we fancy going somewhere a bit different!! 🙂 Researching the possibility of visiting Malaysia, having a bit of a travel around the cities like Kuala Lumpar and the little islands and coastal areas, maybe travelling into Thailand while we’re there too. We only have 2 and a half weeks though, but hopefully we’ll be able to fit in all the things that we want to do. Early days though!

An Autumn Day at the Cow and Calf

Had a lovely weekend this weekend, Johnny and I went up to Leeds to celebrate my old housemate Alex’s birthday. It was really great to see her and everyone else, but it did make me miss being at Uni!! Took a few photos over the weekend so here they are:

Took this one on Friday afternoon as I was walking along, no particular relevance except to note that it’s already Autumn! Love the colours of the leaves in Autumn but it is quite depressing to think that the days are only going to get darker and colder over the next few months!

Went for a walk with Johnny and the girls at the Cow and Calf in Ilkley on Saturday, which was absolutely freezing and really boggy aswell – my boots got soaked through and I had to wear a pair of Johnny’s trainers for the rest of the day (which are 4 sizes too big!!). Took this picture of Nancy reading a plaque at the top of the hill, the views are awesome.

The rocks at the Cow and Calf are really great to climb on, and you can see for miles on a clear day like this. This is Johnny on one of the larger rocks, the blue sky is deceiving as it really was bitterly cold.

Some of the rocks had names and dates carved into them – this one was from 1852!

Lastly, a shot of the birthday girl looking at all the inscriptions. I hope she had a great weekend. 🙂 xx

my first post

My blog will be a collection of my thoughts, pictures and anecdotes of things that happen to me. My aim isn’t to be particularly interesting, but rather to create an online diary for myself where I can store all my favourite pictures I’ve taken, and look back and remember anything I’ve done.

As this is my first post it doesn’t really have a subject or an aim, so I’ll just start with a few pictures summarising my life at the moment….

This is me and Bailey.

Bailey and I like going out and exploring (although he can quite often be scared of some of the things we meet while we’re out!!)

Bailey will probably end up in a lot of my blog posts as I spend a lot of time with him and take literally hundreds of photos of him – he’s actually one of the reasons I’ve started this blog as I know that the people who have me as a friend on Facebook are probably sick of the sight of him, so now I can put the pictures of him on here instead!! (Although a few will definitely still end up on Facebook….)

This is my boyfriend Johnny, another person who I spend quite a lot of time with and so he will most likely feature in quite a few blogs too. We try and get out and about and do different things, so now this blog will help us record what we’ve done.

Final photo for now – as Halloween was just a few days ago, here’s a picture of the pumpkin I carved. It’s meant to be the Cheshire Cat from Tim Burton’s version of Alice in Wonderland, but I thought it made quite a scary pumpkin. It was quite an easy concept but it took me quite a lot longer than I anticipated to carve the teeth!!

Anyway, hopefully my future blog posts won’t be as boring as this one, as they will maybe have some kind of point to them…