An Autumnal Sunday


Did you feel it too? That slow growing feeling that change is in the air? Last weekend it really felt like Autumn was there gently tapping your shoulder and letting you know that it's nearly time. 

On Saturday it rained all. day. long, I wore tights and boots but it felt cosy not suffocating, it didn't make me think of all the things I could be doing but made is easier to just want to stay in doors and hibernate. But by the time Sunday rolled around the rain continued and I started to feel like I wanted to get outside, so when by the afternoon the clouds cleared the sun came out I was ready to go. We've still been taking it really easy since Rohan's operation, so we didn't want to venture too far so we decided to go on a blackberry hunt around the village. We prepared a roast before we left and went out whilst it was cooking, with the aim to make a crumble with our findings later. 

We didn't have to go very far before we found hedges full of brambles and got stuck in to picking their fruit. Conveniently this led us to the park, so the boys played awhile whilst we foraged, taking it in turns to push Rowie on the swing and bounce Theo on the see-saw.  


Theo is pretty clumsy (wonder where he gets that from?!) and managed to fall off the curb and scrap up his knee on the way there, cue a run back to the house for the first aid kit, and one big plaster later all was back to normal. We played a little while at the park, filled up our tub and soaked up that late afternoon fresh after-rain air before our tummies called us home for our first proper Roast of the season.

I'm so excited for this time of year once more and this was the perfect introduction to Autumn!


An Autumnal Sunday


Did you feel it too? That slow growing feeling that change is in the air? Last weekend it really felt like Autumn was there gently tapping your shoulder and letting you know that it's nearly time. 

On Saturday it rained all. day. long, I wore tights and boots but it felt cosy not suffocating, it didn't make me think of all the things I could be doing but made is easier to just want to stay in doors and hibernate. But by the time Sunday rolled around the rain continued and I started to feel like I wanted to get outside, so when by the afternoon the clouds cleared the sun came out I was ready to go. We've still been taking it really easy since Rohan's operation, so we didn't want to venture too far so we decided to go on a blackberry hunt around the village. We prepared a roast before we left and went out whilst it was cooking, with the aim to make a crumble with our findings later. 

We didn't have to go very far before we found hedges full of brambles and got stuck in to picking their fruit. Conveniently this led us to the park, so the boys played awhile whilst we foraged, taking it in turns to push Rowie on the swing and bounce Theo on the see-saw.  


Theo is pretty clumsy (wonder where he gets that from?!) and managed to fall off the curb and scrap up his knee on the way there, cue a run back to the house for the first aid kit, and one big plaster later all was back to normal. We played a little while at the park, filled up our tub and soaked up that late afternoon fresh after-rain air before our tummies called us home for our first proper Roast of the season.

I'm so excited for this time of year once more and this was the perfect introduction to Autumn!


An Autumn outfit with Glasses Direct


It's finally here isn't it? Autumn has arrived and I couldn't be happier. It's not just about the colours (even though they still take my breath away time I see a beautiful tree turning various shades of red and orange) for me it's that feeling of a fresh new start, of shedding the old and making changes. I love this time of year though when the evenings are getting colder and the mornings are crisp. It's that back to school feeling and getting organised for the months ahead.

Firstly, the change I love the most - Autumn Outfits! I get so excited about finally being able to wear tights again, to dig out my jumpers and knitwear and throw on pinafores and dungaree dresses and pretend I'm going back to school. It does end up being like some sort of uniform, but I love it. I have a pretty substantial collection of vintage floral shirts and I love pairing them with denim or black dresses. This time of year though is all about layering, as it can still be surprisingly warm (like this day!) when you go out bundled up in a big cardigan only to be sweating a few minutes later! I learnt my lesson, but I was so happy to be able to walk comfortably around in just a shirt and dress for most of the day.


Since I've started my new photography business I find that I'm spending more time looking at a screen editing lots of lovely pictures for people (and for myself!) and I felt like I needed to get my eyes seen as it had been a year or two since my last check. It turned out my suspicion was right and I needed a slightly stronger prescription than my old glasses, so I'm glad I got my eyes checked out.

After I got my prescription I decided to have a look at Glasses Direct again, as I've used their service before and have always found it efficient and great value. I also love the range of glasses on offer, and the fact that even though it's an online service you can order up to four frames to try on at home before you order them with a prescription. If you're anything like me I always feel a but pressured and panic at the opticians when looking at frames, and I like to take my time in deciding and see what they look like in better light, which is important I think when you're potentially going to spend £100+ on something. So I ended up deciding on four (but it was so hard to narrow it down!) and ordered my 7 day home trial through the website. I then turned to my Instagram stories to get some advice from you lovely lot on what suited me best! I eventually, with your help, decided on the Scout 'East' Glasses in dark tortoise shell. Ordering couldn't be easier, as when you like a frame you can just click "add to my home trial" which you can then go on and order. Then once you receive your home trial you have 7 days to try them on, and then free postage return.

Once you decide on your favourite frame you can order them using the online form. You simply choose your frame (which are stored in your home trail basket) then choose what lenses and package you want, and then add your prescription. Putting in my prescription was really easy (even if you have no idea what it means!) as you just input the specific numbers from your prescription into the corresponding boxes on the form. You then have the option to choose extras for your lenses to protect them from scratches etc. After reading up about the types of lenses I opted for the Blue reflect lenses, which is a protective coating that aims to reflect blue light and glare from screens from entering your eyes, which for me was important as I spend quite a lot of my time looking at screens.


I really love the look of these glasses, they're slightly larger than my other frames which I really like as it's always good to try something new right?! They feel really great quality, and after putting my prescription they were with me in a week. If you want to get £30 off your order with Glasses Direct then follow this link!

The rest of my outfit is:

Pinafore dress: Monki
Floral shirt: Vintage
Shoes: Converse



This post is in association with Glasses Direct and I received the glasses in return for the service review. All thoughts, words and images are my own and I really do think it is a great service! 


An Autumn outfit with Glasses Direct


It's finally here isn't it? Autumn has arrived and I couldn't be happier. It's not just about the colours (even though they still take my breath away time I see a beautiful tree turning various shades of red and orange) for me it's that feeling of a fresh new start, of shedding the old and making changes. I love this time of year though when the evenings are getting colder and the mornings are crisp. It's that back to school feeling and getting organised for the months ahead.

Firstly, the change I love the most - Autumn Outfits! I get so excited about finally being able to wear tights again, to dig out my jumpers and knitwear and throw on pinafores and dungaree dresses and pretend I'm going back to school. It does end up being like some sort of uniform, but I love it. I have a pretty substantial collection of vintage floral shirts and I love pairing them with denim or black dresses. This time of year though is all about layering, as it can still be surprisingly warm (like this day!) when you go out bundled up in a big cardigan only to be sweating a few minutes later! I learnt my lesson, but I was so happy to be able to walk comfortably around in just a shirt and dress for most of the day.


Since I've started my new photography business I find that I'm spending more time looking at a screen editing lots of lovely pictures for people (and for myself!) and I felt like I needed to get my eyes seen as it had been a year or two since my last check. It turned out my suspicion was right and I needed a slightly stronger prescription than my old glasses, so I'm glad I got my eyes checked out.

After I got my prescription I decided to have a look at Glasses Direct again, as I've used their service before and have always found it efficient and great value. I also love the range of glasses on offer, and the fact that even though it's an online service you can order up to four frames to try on at home before you order them with a prescription. If you're anything like me I always feel a but pressured and panic at the opticians when looking at frames, and I like to take my time in deciding and see what they look like in better light, which is important I think when you're potentially going to spend £100+ on something. So I ended up deciding on four (but it was so hard to narrow it down!) and ordered my 7 day home trial through the website. I then turned to my Instagram stories to get some advice from you lovely lot on what suited me best! I eventually, with your help, decided on the Scout 'East' Glasses in dark tortoise shell. Ordering couldn't be easier, as when you like a frame you can just click "add to my home trial" which you can then go on and order. Then once you receive your home trial you have 7 days to try them on, and then free postage return.

Once you decide on your favourite frame you can order them using the online form. You simply choose your frame (which are stored in your home trail basket) then choose what lenses and package you want, and then add your prescription. Putting in my prescription was really easy (even if you have no idea what it means!) as you just input the specific numbers from your prescription into the corresponding boxes on the form. You then have the option to choose extras for your lenses to protect them from scratches etc. After reading up about the types of lenses I opted for the Blue reflect lenses, which is a protective coating that aims to reflect blue light and glare from screens from entering your eyes, which for me was important as I spend quite a lot of my time looking at screens.


I really love the look of these glasses, they're slightly larger than my other frames which I really like as it's always good to try something new right?! They feel really great quality, and after putting my prescription they were with me in a week. If you want to get £30 off your order with Glasses Direct then follow this link!

The rest of my outfit is:

Pinafore dress: Monki
Floral shirt: Vintage
Shoes: Converse



This post is in association with Glasses Direct and I received the glasses in return for the service review. All thoughts, words and images are my own and I really do think it is a great service! 


A family walk : A devon woodland

A few weeks during half term Theo and I adventured down to Devon once more for a mini break. As always it came at a time when I really needed to escape the city and all the stresses that we had been going through and just relax and be by the nurturing sea.

Theo had been tired, the first term of school taking its toll on him, and me too. The new routine, full days and everything he is filling his brain with was showing. We didn't plan much but we did manage to get out the house one afternoon for a little walk in a woodland near by. In the middle of houses lies this little hidden trail following a small stream down the valley. The ground was littered with golden Hazel leaves and we foraged for left over hazelnuts. We carried on our walk stumbling upon a mini waterfall and walked through tunnels of autumn colour.

 It was just a great reminder that no matter how small or short, getting out for a walk always does your soul the world of wonders.


A family walk : A devon woodland

A few weeks during half term Theo and I adventured down to Devon once more for a mini break. As always it came at a time when I really needed to escape the city and all the stresses that we had been going through and just relax and be by the nurturing sea.

Theo had been tired, the first term of school taking its toll on him, and me too. The new routine, full days and everything he is filling his brain with was showing. We didn't plan much but we did manage to get out the house one afternoon for a little walk in a woodland near by. In the middle of houses lies this little hidden trail following a small stream down the valley. The ground was littered with golden Hazel leaves and we foraged for left over hazelnuts. We carried on our walk stumbling upon a mini waterfall and walked through tunnels of autumn colour.

 It was just a great reminder that no matter how small or short, getting out for a walk always does your soul the world of wonders.


An evening with Nomads Clothing

A few weeks ago (yes I'm very behind!) I ventured out into the darkening evening to catch a train into the centre of Bristol. It's a pretty rare occurrence that I leave the house after dark, but this was for a special occasion. I had been invited to a lovely evening hosted by Nomads clothing, in the ever wonderful Harts Bakery nestled under the arches of Temple Meads station. I arrived to a warm welcome and had a catch up with other blogging friends, and was finally able to put some names to faces of lovely ladies I'd not had the pleasure of meeting in the flesh before!

The evening was cosy and warm and celebrated beautiful ethical clothing as well as crafts and delicious food. What more could you want?! A rail showcasing a sample of the high quality clothing available from Nomads drew me in and I couldn't help but touch all the beautiful organic cotton clothes and swoon over the hand block printed loungewear on offer. I did fall in love with this dress, but alas my ever expanding stomach wouldn't allow me to fit into it, so instead I settled for this gorgeous kimono which I've been obsessed with and is a great transitional piece.

 As the evening wore on I managed to sample the delicious Moroccan inspired food, as well as try my hand at making my own pom pom bag tassel as well as lust over several of the items on display from Directors Notebook.

 I had a great evening, and was very inspiring to be surrounded by such beautiful and ethical products, and especially to chat to the designer Niki Groom about the inspiration for many of the pieces as well as have my portrait drawn by her!

An evening with Nomads Clothing

A few weeks ago (yes I'm very behind!) I ventured out into the darkening evening to catch a train into the centre of Bristol. It's a pretty rare occurrence that I leave the house after dark, but this was for a special occasion. I had been invited to a lovely evening hosted by Nomads clothing, in the ever wonderful Harts Bakery nestled under the arches of Temple Meads station. I arrived to a warm welcome and had a catch up with other blogging friends, and was finally able to put some names to faces of lovely ladies I'd not had the pleasure of meeting in the flesh before!

The evening was cosy and warm and celebrated beautiful ethical clothing as well as crafts and delicious food. What more could you want?! A rail showcasing a sample of the high quality clothing available from Nomads drew me in and I couldn't help but touch all the beautiful organic cotton clothes and swoon over the hand block printed loungewear on offer. I did fall in love with this dress, but alas my ever expanding stomach wouldn't allow me to fit into it, so instead I settled for this gorgeous kimono which I've been obsessed with and is a great transitional piece.

 As the evening wore on I managed to sample the delicious Moroccan inspired food, as well as try my hand at making my own pom pom bag tassel as well as lust over several of the items on display from Directors Notebook.

 I had a great evening, and was very inspiring to be surrounded by such beautiful and ethical products, and especially to chat to the designer Niki Groom about the inspiration for many of the pieces as well as have my portrait drawn by her!

A family walk



Over the weekend we had lots of visitors, a mile long list of errands and a day of DIY planned. After a busy morning spent tackling Ikea, our friends arrived for a catch up. We played hide and seek, ate lunch and waited for my dad to arrive for the weekend. An hour or two later with a slightly over crowded house and an over excited child we decided to make the most of the appearance of the late afternoon sun and jump in the car to travel the short distance to Snuff Mills. 

We haven't returned here since the beginning of the year, when I actually very first started this slightly neglected project. But I can assure you that the wait was worth it, to see the woodland in its Autumnal glory, with the Beech, Hazel and Oak bringing in the last of the seasonal colours. The ground was carpeted with thick hues of orange, brown, red and yellow, and the bare black barked trees contrasted with those with leaves still clinging to their branches. We climbed on logs, watched the river flow, dropping sticks for races and petted dogs along our way. Soon the sun started to dip behind the trees, and the low mist rolled in as we made our way back to the car, as we left perfectly contented once more to have some fresh air in our lungs.

A family walk



Over the weekend we had lots of visitors, a mile long list of errands and a day of DIY planned. After a busy morning spent tackling Ikea, our friends arrived for a catch up. We played hide and seek, ate lunch and waited for my dad to arrive for the weekend. An hour or two later with a slightly over crowded house and an over excited child we decided to make the most of the appearance of the late afternoon sun and jump in the car to travel the short distance to Snuff Mills. 

We haven't returned here since the beginning of the year, when I actually very first started this slightly neglected project. But I can assure you that the wait was worth it, to see the woodland in its Autumnal glory, with the Beech, Hazel and Oak bringing in the last of the seasonal colours. The ground was carpeted with thick hues of orange, brown, red and yellow, and the bare black barked trees contrasted with those with leaves still clinging to their branches. We climbed on logs, watched the river flow, dropping sticks for races and petted dogs along our way. Soon the sun started to dip behind the trees, and the low mist rolled in as we made our way back to the car, as we left perfectly contented once more to have some fresh air in our lungs.

A family walk around Wells

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On Saturday we decided to leave Bristol behind and travelled through the mist encapsulated Somerset countryside to the small city of Wells. More like the bustling market town of my childhood than the city I now reside in, save for the giant cathedral. 

As we reached more populated areas the mist lifted and we were treated to that glorious late Autumn sunshine, cutting through buildings, peaking over tree tops with a milky blue sky above. We joined the Saturday crowds as we browsed charity shops, stopping for freshly baked pastries and steaming coffee on the edge of the market. After exploring the markets with an abundance of fresh produce and wares we walked to the riverside and through the old cloisters of the great cathedral. We played and collected leaves beneath the giant plane tree before making our way back through the old streets and onwards to home as the sun started to dip behind the rows of houses. 

It was refreshing to visit somewhere new and unknown, to discover the shops and leaving wanting to return soon to find more! 

A family walk around Wells

On Saturday we decided to leave Bristol behind and travelled through the mist encapsulated Somerset countryside to the small city of Wells. More like the bustling market town of my childhood than the city I now reside in, save for the giant cathedral. 

As we reached more populated areas the mist lifted and we were treated to that glorious late Autumn sunshine, cutting through buildings, peaking over tree tops with a milky blue sky above. We joined the Saturday crowds as we browsed charity shops, stopping for freshly baked pastries and steaming coffee on the edge of the market. After exploring the markets with an abundance of fresh produce and wares we walked to the riverside and through the old cloisters of the great cathedral. We played and collected leaves beneath the giant plane tree before making our way back through the old streets and onwards to home as the sun started to dip behind the rows of houses. 

It was refreshing to visit somewhere new and unknown, to discover the shops and leaving wanting to return soon to find more! 

October leftovers


I always seem to have a glut of photographs left over with no real post to share them in, not making up enough of a story on their own, but some that capture moments I don't want to forget. Inspired by Ashley over at The Stork and the Beanstalk I decided to lump them together into a leftovers post. 

This collection just share a few outings we made over the half term holidays. Welcoming in the Autumn and halloween on a fun frolic in the Gloucestershire countryside on a halloween trail, but being too busy catching up with a friend to capture many photos and adventuring on trains through the countryside capturing a few portraits before my forgotten low battery ran out on the camera. So they are mainly of Theo's face, because I just can't get enough of this ever changing boy. 

October leftovers


I always seem to have a glut of photographs left over with no real post to share them in, not making up enough of a story on their own, but some that capture moments I don't want to forget. Inspired by Ashley over at The Stork and the Beanstalk I decided to lump them together into a leftovers post. 

This collection just share a few outings we made over the half term holidays. Welcoming in the Autumn and halloween on a fun frolic in the Gloucestershire countryside on a halloween trail, but being too busy catching up with a friend to capture many photos and adventuring on trains through the countryside capturing a few portraits before my forgotten low battery ran out on the camera. So they are mainly of Theo's face, because I just can't get enough of this ever changing boy. 

A family walk: Blaise Castle in Autumn



One bright Sunday a week or so ago Theo and I needed to get out the house as DIY was happening. I wanted a walk and Theo wanted a park, so we headed over to the Blaise Castle estate once more. Visiting in Autumn is probably my favourite time, just as the trees are turning and the sun is still warm enough to be happy outside exploring with no coats or hands turning blue. 

As soon as we arrived the sounds of children shrieking and laughing filled the air, the playgrounds and fields filled with families playing, picnicking and out enjoying the sun together. Theo scooted past the small playground straight to the big kids play area, showing me once more that he's no longer a baby and can confidently conquer even the tallest of slides and climbing frames. Proving to be one of our favourite parks in Bristol. 

We stayed a while until he could be persuaded to take a walk through the woods up to the castle, which to our surprise was open, for the first time on any of our many visits. We did what we always do, climbed over tree roots, searched for berries and treasures and looked out to admire the view. Once we reached the castle Theo hooted is way all the way up the spiralling staircase with excitement, and stepped out onto the castle roof to survey the land below us. The wind tousled our hair and blew in our faces as we peered over the walls at the people underneath and the Severn Bridge crossings in the distance. We stood in the middle to hear our voices bounce and echo around us, before descending down, counting the steps as we went. 

Our visit ended like it always does, with ice cream. Perhaps the last of this year? We returned home tired but refreshed and happy from our afternoon adventure. 

A family walk: Blaise Castle in Autumn



One bright Sunday a week or so ago Theo and I needed to get out the house as DIY was happening. I wanted a walk and Theo wanted a park, so we headed over to the Blaise Castle estate once more. Visiting in Autumn is probably my favourite time, just as the trees are turning and the sun is still warm enough to be happy outside exploring with no coats or hands turning blue. 

As soon as we arrived the sounds of children shrieking and laughing filled the air, the playgrounds and fields filled with families playing, picnicking and out enjoying the sun together. Theo scooted past the small playground straight to the big kids play area, showing me once more that he's no longer a baby and can confidently conquer even the tallest of slides and climbing frames. Proving to be one of our favourite parks in Bristol. 

We stayed a while until he could be persuaded to take a walk through the woods up to the castle, which to our surprise was open, for the first time on any of our many visits. We did what we always do, climbed over tree roots, searched for berries and treasures and looked out to admire the view. Once we reached the castle Theo hooted is way all the way up the spiralling staircase with excitement, and stepped out onto the castle roof to survey the land below us. The wind tousled our hair and blew in our faces as we peered over the walls at the people underneath and the Severn Bridge crossings in the distance. We stood in the middle to hear our voices bounce and echo around us, before descending down, counting the steps as we went. 

Our visit ended like it always does, with ice cream. Perhaps the last of this year? We returned home tired but refreshed and happy from our afternoon adventure.