Holidaying in the middle of nowhere

We have been trying to save for a trip to the USA in the Autumn, but Jack has a long summer holiday as a teacher and it would be a long old wait until October without a bit of a break. So we took a little short break and visit the North Penine area, to a gorgeous little cottage.

We stayed from Saturday to Wednesday as we had a wedding in Sussex the following weekend and schools holidays starting meant travelling back any later in the week would have been a nightmare.

The cottage was a great base to visit Hadrians Wall and we took a trip to look around a Roman fort, Vindolanda and well as visiting the sycamore made famous in a scene

We were also away over our second wedding anniversary, so decided to take a day to visit a spa and chill out in our ‘cotton’ robes. We visited Headlam Hall which was roughly an hour’s drive from our cottage, where we had a use of the pool, sauna and steam room, then some lunch and later in the afternoon some lovely treatments. And the sun was shining!

If you haven’t ventured up north for a UK based holiday, I can’t recommend it enough!

Where have you been this summer?

 

 

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Summer Holiday: What I’m packing

I’m going to Majorca for a week in July and this rain has got me thinking about sunshine and ice-cream. This year I have a new carry on case to take with me. And that’s all I’m taking. So what am I going to pack?

Luggage

Let’s start with my new case, recently bought online from bags etc, which if I’m being honest is because you can collect Avios via them and it was a really great price.
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Swimsuits

I have three swimsuits on the go at the moment. My favourite is the bright green halterneck. They are all from Marks & Spencer, because I trust them, they keep their shape and hold things where things need to be held. No itsy, bitsy triangle bikinis for me.

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Shorts

I have a few pairs to pack. Two from H&M, one Dotty P and one Marks & Spencer pair. They all have a similar length and three of them have excellent pocket depth.

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Dresses

Gap wins here. I really only tend to wear dresses in the evening, when going out for dinner, when it’s a little cooler. Three dresses: two white, one black.

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Tops

Keeping things simple with a couple of vests, and a couple of t-shirts.

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Shoes

Wearing sneakers on the flight, black haviannas, m&s silver sandals.

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When I travel I like to be comfy, and I get super cold on airplanes, so I’ll be travelling in my nike leggings, Converse sneakers, a long t-shirt and a hoody. I like to have a sensible option to travel in, because you just don’t know what weather you will get when you arrive back in the UK. After a week of sun, the UK cold can be a bit of a shock to the system. I have also been caught at an airport at 1am due to a delayed flight in a sundress – that chilly at 1am!

In terms of make up and toiletries, I’ll likely take a very minimal amount of make-up and we tend to buy sunscreen and shampoo etc out there for Jack and I to share. One of the perks of this trip is we’re staying at my Grandparents flat, so we can leave anything not finished for my sister and parents who are staying there the week after us.

Are you of on holiday this summer? Do you have any tips for packing light?

Things to do and see in 2016

Selfishly this is really a list for me. But really this whole blog is for me – no offence meant, but if I were writing it for reader numbers I wouldn’t still be going : )

  • Bodiam Castle (ideally in the sunshine please Jack)
  • Wakehurst
  • Walberswick and Southwold – My grandparents lived in Walberswick when I was little, and I would love to go back for a long weekend.
  • 65 Degrees in Brighton is on our “to eat at” list. It has some brilliant reviews but is tiny and we never remember to book.
  • Majorca – cheating here – this is my summer holiday.Screen Shot 2016-03-02 at 8.31.05 am
  • Edinburgh
  • Venice – I am determined to visit with my sister this year, even if it will be a little delayed for her March birthday…

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    Venice: It was pretty amazing on our honeymoon, and I’d love to go again!
  • Sh*t-faced Shakespeare – looks hilarious

What’s on your to-do list this year? And do you have any recommendations for me?

Wales, Wales, beautiful Wales

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Sunrise and sunset respectively in Morfa Nefyn.

 

If you ever find yourself in Morfa Nefyn, be sure to walk along the beach to the Ty Coch Inn, which was voted the 3rd best beach bar in the world.