28 November 2016

Autumn Walks At Bramall Hall

Bramall Hall

Location: Bramall Hall, Bramhall, Cheshire

Bramall Hall is a Tudor Manor house situated in Stockport, Cheshire. Not too far from where I live, I have fond memories of visiting this incredible building as a kid; during the summer to play and eat ice cream and in the winter; when Santa Claus would usually make an appearance. Thanks to a £1.6 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Hall has been restored and is at its finest, with rooms opened up that were once not allowed to be seen by the public. Wanting to spend my Sunday enjoying an autumnal walk, my mum and I headed to Bramall park to enjoy the leafy scenery and see the improved hall as it gets prepared for Christmas!

20 November 2016

My Favourite Christmas Memories

Berry Trifle Yankee Candle

Christmas lies just five weeks away and so amongst the Christmas shopping and stocking up on treats for December, it's time to start preparing my home for the most wonderful time of the year! Debenhams contacted me asking if I'd light some of their Christmas scented Yankee Candles and share with my readers some of my favourite Christmas memories. From sitting by the fire, to running around in the snow, I've had some magical Decembers, so I thought I'd get my Christmas songs playing, put on some Christmas movies and reminisce about what makes this time of year so special to me.

11 November 2016

Year of the Fear

Location: Lake Windermere, Lake District, Cumbria

I've never been a person that wanted to live within my 'comfort zone'. I enjoy feeling exhilarated, and whilst others may fear change, for me, it's an inevitable factor of life that makes it all the more exciting. That being said, my impulsive nature and often hyperactive behaviour actually pushed me into the last place I ever expected to be: a place where I felt scared. Leaving my teenage years, a stark realisation overcame me that I had to start actually growing up. Life suddenly started to seem bolder and more visceral, as though a bright light had suddenly been switched on, and it became difficult to figure out what I should be doing or feeling anymore. In an attempt to get over my fears, I took it upon myself to once and for all seize the day - and seize the space that lay away from my comfort zone. It was with this pledge that 2016 transformed into my 'Year of the Fear'. 

3 November 2016

Highlights of Autumn

Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden

Location: Fletcher Moss Botanical Garden, Didsbury, Greater Manchester

Hello, readers, and happy November! I think basically every November since I was about ten I've stated "I can't believe how fast the year has gone!" in absolute disbelief, but really, where the hell has 2016 gone? Now, I must tell you, this year has been a complete mess for me - I've felt all over the show. Not emotionally, but just with finding a general direction of where my life is going. However, I do feel as though I'm getting somewhat on track for 2017 and that the anxiety of the year is beginning to slide away now that Christmas is on the horizon.
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