November at Nicky Nook

Have you been to Nicky Nook at Scorton? If not you should go, it’s beautiful! It’s a firm favourite of ours, especially when there’s cakes at The Barn afterwards (hint, go and eat in The Barn it’s much nicer than the little cafe within the gift shop)
The walk itself is really gorgeous at this time of year, it’s what I would call a riot of colour!

Check out that tree!! I can’t wait for Christmas!

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Autumn time days

I’ve been busy with lot’s of work lately, a writing project called Once. (view that here) and courses and marketing plans with my businessΒ Essie MediaΒ 

Luckily I’ve had some time to get out and about, especially when the weather has been sunny. Autumn light is BEAUTIFUL don’t you agree?

^^ You might have spotted this field before in my pictures, it’s in Beetham and I just love it!

Hope you all have a good week xoxo

Reading challenge: October

Oh my goodness October reads have been amazing!!!! I think that’s why I’ve finished my 3 reads this month with a week to spare, honestly they were all so good!

  1. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
    Just WOW, this BOOK! I’m not usually in to fantasy but after reading Bone Gap back in August I thought I would try this (it was a suggested read on Good Reads) and by god it’s brilliant. It’s almost a child like story (in fact the main character is a child) but it’s eerie (and in some parts quite scary) and the fantasy aspect of our world colliding with another is just done so well. Please just read it.
  2. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
    If you don’t like flowery language or you struggle getting into books then this isn’t the one for you…but I loved it. I found it a little difficult to get into the swing of it at first but once I had it’s so well written I just devoured every page. It’s set out in two parts; fates and furies, and it sees one marriage from two different sides (the husband and the wife) it’s so interesting to read these two different view points.
  3. Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski
    This was in such a different format to what I usually read (it’s transcribed from a podcast) but I found it addictive and could not put it down. It’s so creepy and I loved how the tension built and left you wondering ‘whodunit’. The dynamics between the characters were really interesting as well, and the unexpected twists just aided in the unease you feel when reading it. Again thoroughly recommend.

Reading challenge: September

Get in!! I did 3 books again September (although I’m still disappointed by the measly 2 in August!) and they were good ones!

  1. Rooftoppers by Katherin Rundell
    I LOVE a good kids book and this 8-12 age range really has some brilliant books! Rooftoppers was amazing AND the illustrations are beautiful. The story in this book is really heart wrenching and considering it’s a children’s book it doesn’t dress up grief or play down the use of language. I learnt a lot about Cello’s. It has such delightful imagery and it’s a really special story. Throughly recommend.
  2. Kind of Cruel by Sophie Hannah
    This book is a total mind blag, SO SO interesting if you like books that have a psychological twist. I liked the one you have a therapists point of view in it as well with, what I presumed, were real facts. I don’t think the blurb on the back does this book justice.
  3. Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
    So many people have raved about this book on Twitter, it’s been a best seller in lots of magazines as well…but I did not rate it. For the first half I found the story quite hard to follow and a bit depressing. The way it’s written means there are lots of descriptions I found didn’t really make sense. I enjoyed the second half a lot more, maybe I had got into the swing of the narrative a bit more? But the main characters mother was just driving me insane!

Essie Media: Courses October

Some more courses coming your way for October! September’s courses booked up FAST so if you’re interested please drop me an email at sophie@essiemedia.co.uk

SOCIAL MEDIA FOR THE SELF EMPLOYED ARTIST: OCTOBER 25TH 10am – 12pm

SOCIAL MEDIA & BLOGGING FOR YOUR SMALL BUSINESS: OCTOBER 18TH 10am – 12pm

CONTENT MARKETING FOR YOUR CRAFT BUSINESS NOVEMBER 1ST 10AM – 12PM

For more information on the courses please visit my other website Essie Media

I have now also added further services to the website and I specialise in marketing and promotion of arts businesses and self employed artists and crafts people.

1 year of happiness

Can you believe it’s been a whole YEAR since me and Monkey man said ‘I do?’ I never shared any snippets of the wedding with you because it was all a bit rushed and I was poorly for a few weeks after the wedding.

On Sunday, which was our anniversary, we had a lovely day together climbing (it’s been nearly 2 years since I’ve climbed!!) and then we had dinner at my parents house.

Here’s a few snippets from the wedding last year.

Tromping delight

Ivy got her first pair of wellies!! This a momentous occasion for me because as you know I LOVE my wellies, and I love mud and water and fields and tromping. Turns out so does she (thank god!) here’s a few snaps from some tromping days we’ve had recently.

This ^^ is at Levens Deer Park, I love goats so I was so happy to get so close.

How beautiful is Loughrigg?!

The last of the summer: Italy

Sorry I’ve been MIA lately, I’ve been having a little detox from the online world, Ivy is so fully on now that I barely get a second to draw breath never mind take any photos! Anyway here’s a few snaps from our recent trip to Italy!

We stayed very close to Pisa, we’ve stayed near to here before, but I would recommend perhaps going a little further out towards Lucca, it’s much prettier.

Reading challenge: August

I am GUTTED that I was unable to read 3 books in August! I only got through two, which I’m so disappointed about…I sort of feel like it’s ruined the entire challenge! Anyway here’s the two I read this month. Both good, both very different from one another.

  1. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
    This was amazing! Its not really a genera I usually read, its sort of fantasy but I also felt it was totally believable somehow. It’s very addictive reading, you’re desperate to find out what is going to happen next. I loved all the little imaginary twists and turns.
  2. The Beautiful Dead by Belinda Bauer
    I’m still undecided if I enjoyed this…I read it really quickly, it was a very easy read, but it was a little bit disturbing. It was also quite gory. I would recommend if you like murder mysteries, the part where you’re inside the mind of the killer is well written but again its a bit disturbing.