Adventures outdoors with my little lady

As each day goes by Ivy gets to be even better company. She’s so funny and happy. I love seeing the world through her eyes.

Yesterday we spent a lovely day pottering around Sizergh Barn. It’s lovely there, the food is yummy and for Ivy the cows are just so exciting

If you get chance do the little farm trail work, its a nice little wonder through the fields…and of course the gift shop!

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March Reads

What a great month of reads! I’ve really enjoyed these 3:

  1. The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gower
    THIS BOOK!! It had absolutely everything I love in a book – history, romance, courtesans, mermaids, glamour, intrigue and a bit of old folk tales, it was just so good! It’s a big book but don’t let that put you off. I like big books if I’m enjoying them because they just keep on going!
  2. Sisters by Louisa May Alcott
    In comparison this is a tiny book of 59 pages, and is a hand selected collection of stories from Little Women. Lovely to remind you of the best bits of Little Women if you’ve read it and if you haven’t then it will make you want to read Little Women.
  3. Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean
    Oh my goodness this book is so mesmerizing. I had no idea about this part of Scottish history and about young men going Fowling out on the stacks in the middle of the sea! Obviously at some points in the book it is completely depressing and sad, it reminded me in parts of Lord of Flies, but its so well written you honestly feel like you’re there with them.

Spring fashion inspiration

Becoming a Mum has been a whirlwind experience – lack of sleep, busy days and lot’s and lot’s of love. What I have noticed is how my style has had to change, I can’t wear heels on a daily basis for instance and at the start of motherhood I lived in leggings. Now I feel I’ve got some of my style back, and here’s a few looks I’ll be trying to embrace this spring.

Outfit inspo from Gal Meets Glam and Atlantic Pacific

Days with my little lady

Days spent with my little lady are my most happy days. Now she can speak (and speak her mind she does!!) she’s even better company.

Lucky for me she likes puddles and cats and Starbucks…is there more to life?

Puddles HAVE to be muddy of course ^^

Starbucks usually means dancing…

…and cats, there’s a lot of them

 

 

 

Spring sights

Could it be Spring? I have been dreaming of sunshine for a few weeks now. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy having seasons and winter time is a welcome sight BUT I am most definitely a summer gal, I just love to be warm.

Signs of a new season starting are my fave…snowdrops, daffs and lambs…and I have spotted a few spring sight lately.

Dreaming of summer reading this

 

January and February reads

I decided to continue with my 3 books a month challenge that I did last year, and so far in 2018 I have read some corkers!

January

The Assistants – Camille Perri
I thought this was going to be a major chick lit book, and while there is a big romance and some typical chic lit vibes, it actually had a really interesting theme and lot’s of girl power.

Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman
Oh my goodness, I know I am late to the party on this one but its so flipping good. I’ve not really been one to read fantasy before but after reading one of Neil Gaiman’s other books last year I have totally fallen in love with his amazing writing. A bit like Harry Potter for grownups, and much scarier!

Wormwood More – Judith Rossell
This is a kids book but I actually found it pretty spooky, it’s the sequel to one I read last year which was also brilliant and I’m actually disappointed that there isn’t more to the series.

February

The Last Mrs Parrish – Liv Constantine
I got this book for £2 from Tesco!! It is so flipping gripping, with twists and turns, with echos of Gone Girl. 100% worth a read.

The Roses of May – Dot Hutchison
Don’t read this if you don’t like gore. Its a bit of a heavy theme and slow going so not my favourite of the year but if you read the first one called The Butterfly Garden then it’s worth a go.

The Girl Friend – Michelle Frances
There’s a bit of a theme in fiction at the moment of psycho woman…a similar read to The Last Mrs Parrish (although not as good) but enjoyable with a twist at the end.

Life update

Oh my goodness it’s MARCH people! Life has just got so busy I’ve not had time to blog but I’m BACK. In case you were wondering here’s what’s been happening…

We’ve had a bit of snow. Ivy is not the biggest fan of snow, she’s most definitely a warm weather gal!

It’s been blooming cold but I feel like we’ve come out the other side of it now…spring is hopefully on it’s way.

Can you believe Ivy is already 20 months old?! She is so hilarious, she literally has me hooting with laughter.

More updates soon, in the mean time check out daily updates on Instagram  and if you fancy joining one of my small businesses course check out them here (Essie Media)

Better late than never

Well hello there 2018! I’m a little late to the party, I had so many good intentions to blog Christmas and put up a review of 2017 (still might do this!) but time has just got away from me and here I am middle of Jan just getting chance to blog. I’ve been doing lot’s of work and writing lately AND I had a nice two week break over Christmas and New Year so I can’t complain.

Unlike most people I actually LOVE January, I love planning the year ahead, the cold weather and the feeling of starting afresh!

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!

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 business Essie Media 

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