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Well 2020 is fun!!!!

So how’s everyone been? Are we all having a great 2020?!

So it’s evident that I am not good at writing regular blogs so I’m not even going to apologise for it. Well this year has been different hasn’t it, who saw a pandemic coming and full on lockdown? I was furloughed at the end of March and went back to work a few weeks ago and reopened on the 1st June.

Furlough flew by for me, I read my body weight in books, did a few IGTV’s which I’ve never done before, did an online Excel course and walked 100 miles on a virtual walk around Cornwall – all from my home in on the Norfolk / Suffolk border. Keeping myself occupied and being productive was definitely the best way for me to deal with lockdown as it still felt like I was doing stuff rather than sitting and eating all the time. Having wonderful weather during furlough was also a massive blessing and having a garden to sit outside and enjoy the sun.

Going back to work has been great. I enjoyed my time off but going back has been lovely. Seeing people again and being able to talk to customers and colleagues – as humans we really do need contact and conversation. I can see by the customers I have seen so far that the freedom to come out, shop and talk to people has the ability to really lift the spirits.

I also kept busy with my Etsy shop Feather and Fauna. I set this up last August selling vintage prints of birds and animals and it’s built up very nicely. I always wanted a project that was mine, so having my own small business is an absolute joy allowing me to have a creative outlet and earn some extra money.

Starting this shop has given me such a buzz and I thoroughly enjoy collecting the prints and then doing the photography for them. Lockdown has been good for business seeing plenty of orders coming in and some of them going off to the US and Netherlands.

Yesterday afternoon we went to the beach for the first time in months, it was SO lovely to see and hear the sea again and breathe in that sea air, feel the sand squish between my toes and let any tension just wash out with the tide. The first real sense of freedom had returned and I look forward to getting to visit some of our other favourites places soon.

I’m lucky that my friends and family have all been well during this uncertain time and have had the wonderful news that I will be an Auntie again in October. I hope you and your families are well, I’ll try and make it less than a year before I post again but who knows lol!

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A Scottish getaway

Hubby and I have always holidayed in Scotland, our first holiday together was after 6 months or so of dating when we went up to Oban and continued to visit the West Coast on a number of occasions as it’s so majestic in its scenery. However when my sister in law moved up to Scotland to move in with her Scottish boyfriend and now husband, she moved more on the East side so we have visited there ever since.

We haven’t always managed to get up there every year as we tend to only have one proper holiday a year and Cornwall is always calling me in a different direction. However, now we have a niece on the scene, she’s about 18 months old and as cute as a button – the pull to go to Scotland again is strong. Our holiday there last year was amazing and we stayed in a cute traditional little bothy and this year we did self catering again and stayed at Cornescrorn Cottages and ours was called The Byre and from the second we walked in, we could have moved in – it was gorgeous. Like a home from home, nothing not to like, loved the decor, loved the layout, loved the atmosphere and location. Positioned about 2 miles up a very bumpy road (ideally a 4×4 would have been handy) but heading off to somewhere so remote was quite exciting. Two cottages positioned together, no one staying in the other one while we were there so other than the occasional visit from the farmer to tend the sheep, we were on our own and my god – it was heaven.

We were so lucky with the weather, beautiful sunshine most days and light that streamed into the Byre was gorgeous. Chicken soup for the soul to be able to sit in the living area, looking out of the window at rabbits, cows, sheep, pheasants with mountains as the perfect backdrop. It really was exactly what I needed. I have had a lot of anxiety lately which I’ll cover in another blog when I feel ready, but I needed this break and I needed this level of serenity.

We spent a lot of time with sis in law and little’n which was so nice to have such quality time together. Jason’s parents had just moved up there from North Norfolk, literally about a week before we arrived so we got to see their new home and feel satisfied that they were going to be really settled and happy there.

Mid week we had a trip to Dundee where we visited the V&A and also went on the Discovery ship which was of course built for Scotts expedition to the Antarctic which was amazing to not only see but to go on and imagine the history of it. My favourite part was the dining hall and the cabins where they all slept, they were cute little rooms and beautifully preserved. Such an amazing piece of history to be able to visit.

Jason’s sister is an artist and has launched her business Lou Campbell Art so we went to Peel Farm which is one of the places she sells her artwork and we also helped her get some new shots together for her to use on social media so that was a lot of fun. She’s very talented and her products are available to purchase online so check her out and give her a follow on Instagram.

Louise took me to The House of Bruar as she said she’d take me shopping for the day and we’d have lunch and I was bit sceptical that we could be at one place all day but we were there quite a while. The best way I can think to describe it to someone from Norfolk is, think about Roys of Wroxham on steroids and by that I mean Harrods standards!!! It’s amazing! I mean I have high standards being in retail myself but this place is beyond immaculately presented and such a wide selection of products from interiors and art to clothing to the food hall. If I was ever to move to Scotland, I would need to work here although I’m not sure I’d rock the uniform – a mid shin length tartan pleated skirt!!

I think this was the first holiday we’ve had where we were more than happy to head back to our accommodation in the afternoon and literally just stay there and sit and enjoy the sun, open a beer for hubby and a bottle of wine for me, I would sit there and read and Jason was doing some whittling and both be utterly happy and content. Quick mention, my holiday reading was The Salt Path by Raynor Winn. A book about walking the South West Coast which may be odd when I was as far from it as I could be, but what a beautiful book. I seriously recommend it. It’s not often I get through a whole book in a few days but I literally struggled to put it down.

I think we both learnt with this holiday that sometimes it’s ok not to do much. Sometimes you need to just sit down and take time out. It’s important to allow yourself time to recharge and rejuvenate in order to be able to go back to your normal life, and carry on with renewed vigour. You have to learn to listen to your body and your mind and go – you know what – I need a rest, and that’s ok. It’s something we don’t always do enough of but it makes a difference.


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Purple Rain

I know I’ve posted since the death of Prince but felt the need to now acknowledge the unfortunate and untimely death of another music legend.

Like the loss of Bowie wasn’t shocking enough for us all to come to terms with, the unique talent that was Prince dies at only 58 years old – too soon.

I can’t and won’t profess to have been a fan of Prince all my life, I did have quite of few of his albums in my teenage years and remember listening to Diamonds and Pearls on repeat for quite a while. Like him or not, I don’t think anyone can argue that the man was talented above and beyond the level of many other ‘artists’ out there. From writing, playing and producing, he did it all and remained true to his belief in his own style and his own right to control what he produced.

There is still speculation in the news as to the cause of his death whilst the autopsy results are investigated – but it doesn’t really matter why he died, it doesn’t change it mores the pity.

Another massively talented person has left us and has joined a host of others who left us far sooner than they should. RIP to all those shown below, heaven must be sounding pretty fucking good right now.

May your legacy live on forever X

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Blink and you’ll miss it

IMG_0386Why is it that the run up to Christmas begins in about August and we all spend so much time and effort and energy and money on preparing for it, and before you know it, you’re sat at home, not wanting to even hear the word turkey for another year and then it’s all over! Continue reading “Blink and you’ll miss it”

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2015 Book Review


So I thought before the end of the year I’d just look back at all the books I’ve read so far since last Christmas and I was rather chuffed that I’ve got through 31 books this year, that’s a lot for me and it’s been so nice getting back in to reading as a relaxing and enjoyable pastime. Continue reading “2015 Book Review”