#Myfamilyadventures – A weekend in the Lake District.

Readers beware….. This is a very photo filled post.

So, if you follow me over on Insta, you would have no doubt seen my many, many stories updates of our lovely little lakes break. I had originally wanted to get this booked for New Years. But I was extremely naive in thinking that I’d be able to book somewhere for it in November. LOL.

Anyway, I found a brilliant deal at Keswick lodge retreat, £235 for the only weekend in January I wasn’t working. It was within budget, not too far away and looked bloody lovely. Sam rang up to book – he wanted to make sure we had a hot tub and a log burner…

Fast forward to last Friday morning and we were beyond excited for our little trip.

It all went slightly tits up for a while, when we rang to confirm, only to be told we hadn’t in fact been booked into a lodge with a hot tub OR. log burner. One quick call to Hoseasons confirmed that the girl who took our booking basically just said yes to everything we wanted and then ignored it all when assigning us a lodge. Anyway, I wont hold a grudge. Besides a lovely man by the name of Sean who does front of house at Keswick lodge retreat was an absolute star, though there just wasn’t the availability to upgrade us to a hot tub lodge with such short notice, he did instead move us over to one of the ones with the best view. Sean, you’re an angel. we loved our lodge!

Anyway, boring story over, we set off straight after the school run, and after a rather dull drive down the M6 arrived in the gorgeous little town of Keswick.

We arrived at the retreat at what seemed to be the exact time that everyone else who was staying over did. It was quite the wait to check in, however the staff were quick and the surroundings pretty, it wasn’t too shabby at all.

Once given our keys ( in the most adorable little keepsake mini suitcase) we drove down to our home for the weekend, and ran in to take a peek. It was luxurious, clean, modern, cosy. I’d expected for the price the photographs online would have probably been outdated, I’ve stayed in worse places that cost much more! but nope, it really was as lovely as I’d hoped.

 

 

 

Friday…

 

So, we arrived. Finally. A little flustered, but hungry and ultimately relieved we actually was still getting our lovely weekend break. Sam set out with making a delicious dinner, the girls played happily – well izzy did, Mischa is a weird child and instead flourished with the opportunity to organise all the new wardrobes.- We just spent the evening hanging around, before the girls eventually went off to bed and Sam and I popped open the very delicious rhubarb and ginger Gin, we’d been waiting so eagerly for. It really was the perfect Friday night.

 

 

 

Saturday…

 

So Saturday morning, surprisingly fresh, I set out breakfast, filled my teapot and we spent the morning not really doing much, as much as I wanted to explore, I know fine well, if you spend your whole holiday busy-bodying you come home more exhausted than when you left! So, we didn’t leave the lodge until mid-day.

 

 

When we did it was to go to Derwentwater I had done a little research about this place, and from the second I set eyes on it I knew we had to go. I can say absolutely, it did not disappoint! We must have stayed on the waters edge for at least two hours, before heading to one of the lovely little waterside cafe’s for a bite to eat, before taking a lovely walk further down the lake. The full walk around Derwentwater is roughly 10miles long and though I really did want to do it on Saturday, being realistic, neither of my girls would be able to do that. So we just stayed local and enjoyed the scenery.

 

 

After a good four hours of adventures, we headed back to the lodge to change and warm up a bit. We were all slightly damp, and cold. So the first thing we did was crank up that fire, make a pot of tea and settle down on the sofa. We booked our reservations for the onsite restaurant  -Copper fells- the day before (definitely advised to pre-book, it got so busy, so quickly! ) and so after a quick change we headed off for some belly warming comfort food.

 

 

Once back, it was fair to say we were all a little tired. So it was a quick clean up, a bubble bath for the girls, and films in bed for us all, ready for another (and our last) day in the Lakes.

 

 

Sunday…

 

Sunday started slow, we had managed to organise a late check out (thanks to the ever helpful Sean) so I sat sipping’ tea, trying to really embrace where I was for as long as possible. Though unfortunately, the time came.

We loaded the car and said goodbye to our home for the weekend. 

 

 

However, instead of just driving home, we decided on a little detour! to the castlerigg stone circle. A really short drive from the lodge, and in fact one of the walking routes from Derwentwater had we have not been with the girls. It was extremely windy! Rather cold but the views where just oh so worth it!!

 

 

Finally though, I could no longer prevent the inevitable and it was time to come home. Though I did get one last hurrah, because instead of travelling all the way home on the M6 we drove right through the lakes only using the motorway just before Lancaster. Scenic route!

 

 

So thats that, our amazing weekend in the Lake District. I have fallen utterly in love with the place, I’m debating us actually moving there, its just such a perfect place. Who knows, maybe one day soon we’ll call this glorious part of England our home.

 

Robyn,

TLWP

Linking this post up with the #myfamilyadventures tag, be sure to click the linked area to check out the other linked up posts.

 

 

 

Home life project: January 2018

Happy new year!!

I’m back, after a lovely long Christmas break – which actually wasn’t so lovely because Mischa caught the Chicken pox and both Sam and I have been so ill for pretty much the entire week of Christmas. BUT everything all good now, and even more exciting than it being a brand new year, I’ve also got a brand new blog!

I’ve got big plans for 2018, and so a lot of stuff needed updating, I hope you like the new layout?

Anyway, on with what I’m actually here to post about HOME LIFE PROJECT! If you read last months post, you’ll remember I said I wasn’t sure if Clare was going to be running this link up again this year, but it turns out she is!!! Yay! So here we are to start a brand new year.

I’m going to just cut the point this year, just assume all HLP days are shot on the Sunday. I dont know what it is, but even on a day like yesterday when I’ve been running around like a headless chicken with sessions and trying to get the blog finished in time for todays re-launch, but I just feel more relaxed on a Sunday. So yes, this months and all the other months will be on a Sunday.

Other than that, I also this year am determined to get in on these photos more. Its not that I have low self esteem or anything, I’m just uncomfortable in front of the camera and why would anyone want to do something that makes them fee uncomfortable? I tell my clients all the time, “Just relax, stop overthinking it.” So I figured it was time to practice what I preach really wasn’t it!

Sunday this month has been a little bit hectic. So I’ve not really got a full day worth of photos to show. But I did grab as many moments as I could to pull out that camera and take something before I was onto my next thing. The morning was actually really lovely. I woke up before the entire house, snuck down stairs, made a cuppa and just sat staring out at the sun glistening over the frost covered back garden. Now this, unfortunately I didn’t take a photo of. I haven’t cleaned my windows in about three weeks so all you would have seen would have been hand prints and mud covered cat paw marks.

Anyway, the girls came down and enjoyed some cuddles before it was breakfast, getting changed then off to drop them at grandmas house for a couple of hours whilst I did a session. Grandma asked if she could keep them until three in the afternoon which gave me so much time to work! YAY!

Once back we went out to a lovely pub in a nearby local village for some delicious dinner, before coming back and lazing in a food coma. That was pretty much all that happened.

So, here’s my images for Januarys addition.

 

 

 

 

So thats that. First Home life project of the year.

They obviously dont flow very well this month, but with so much on I’m just grateful I managed to get something at all! Its certainly a bit manic round here recently.

 

Robyn,

TLWP.

 

If you fancy joining in with the Home life project, you can find all the info over on Claire’s blog.

 

Winter wonderland.

‘Tis the season to be jolly, tra-la-la-la – la, la- la – la – la. …. You know the rest!

So here  we are! Its the week before Christmas and the festivities are stepping up a gear round about now! I wont lie, I’ve mentally checked out. I tried to fit as much work as possible into last week, so this week is pretty much just tidying up those loose ends ready to spend the rest of the month eating and being merry. However, sticking with my promise of re-connecting with the blog this month – I’ve still got plenty of posts to come before 2017 is over! Starting with todays, which is all about our visit to Prestons winter wonderland.

 

 

I love how magical this time of year is for them, but I’m also super aware of how long – realistically – I have left of these magical Christmases, before it becomes all moody teenagers and no one believing in Father Christmas. So I’m desperate to squeeze every last little Christmas drip from every year.

So on Saturday, we made our way down to town to visit Prestons very own winter wonderland.

We started off by being separated into smaller groups – which was a very good decision on the organisers part. This meant the children all got enough time in each tent. We started in the Elf workshop, where the girls decorated some baubles. Then it was over to make reindeer food in another tent. From there we visited Mrs Christmas to decorate biscuits and then over to meet Father Christmas, practicing some circus tricks whilst we waited.

All in all it really was a festive way to spend Saturday morning. The staff worked tirelessly to keep the children entertained, the only things that really did irritate me a little was the stampede of Parents (yes actual grown adults) pushing past younger children to get theirs into the next tent first – but that really wasn’t a fault of the organisers, just humanity in general. Ha. It was also a little bare. Not much in the form of atmosphere, maybe a little Christmas music, some more decorations, a snow machine. Something to just jazz it up a bit. We did after all pay £15 a ticket!  The girls however, were made up and that is the most important thing.

I think if they were to do this event the same

again next year I wouldn’t go, but with a couple of minor changes, it really could be something fabulous, I’d just remember to wrap up a bit warmer next time. Two degrees with only a thin Mac on, really wasn’t my brightest of ideas!

 

 

Robyn,

The little woman pretends.

Home life project: December edition.

Its the very last month of 2017!! December, already! Seriously, the year is pretty much over! – I’m going to stop now, before I fill this entire post with exclamation marks.

But, here we all ready to finish up another year. I’ve really enjoyed taking part in the Home life project this year, I know the blogs been fairly quiet these past 12 months, but its just been so difficult to try and get this stuff organised, when my personal life has been so ridiculously chaotic. One of the constant things over here though has been this project – some months is been the only post. But truly its been a pleasure to shoot in the first weekend of every month.

Anyway, this months edition, I did have big plans to shoot our Saturday at the Manchester Christmas markets – but it turns out the first weekend after payday in December is absolutely not the time to go! It was so packed apparently, so we just gave it a miss. Instead – I just stuck to what I know best.. how to record a Sunday.

And thats what we did! We lazed, we watched cooking programmes, we ate delicious carb packed food. We did some Christmas crafts and the girls made a start on their Christmas lists. We didn’t really do much of anything, other than embrace the slow Sunday. This coming week is so beyond hectic with work, I knew I really needed to get the most. out of this lazy day.

Anyway, here it is… Decembers edition, complete with fairy light backdrops and all.

 

 

So, thats it. I’m not certain wether Clare will be continuing with this link up in 2018 – though I really do hope she does. Either way, I’ve been doing this project for 2 years now & I’ve learnt so much and captured so many memories. Its wonderful to look back on. Hopefully, I’ll back next month – which will also be next year! Do I say ‘ see you next year?’ ha, I’m such a child. – to start the #Homelifeproject 2018!

Robyn,

The little woman pretends.

The first day of Christmas.

Happy 1st December!

Its this time of year already, and though I’ve struggled to get into the festive spirit recently, today that all changed. Its like I woke up this morning and everything was different. Instead of grimacing under the stress of to-do lists, today I’ve been a cheery little elf, its been all about Christmas songs, organising, ticking off those to-do’s and finishing up the decorating.

I’m actually ready to enjoy this month, and I have got a fair few things coming up to enjoy – but more about that next week.

This year, I’ve broken a record, my own record. This year I haven’t bought one single new Christmas decoration. not one. But yet everything looks different. This, I know is down to the radiator cover re-style a month or so back, and the chair re-paint I did back in the summer. Everything feels much more together this year.

And while I’m talking things I haven’t done this year – be obsessive about the decorations is another. When I dragged everything out on Wednesday night, the girls were of course very excited. Instead of the usual “Its okay, mummy can do it” I just let them crack on. Granted I have had a teen, tiny faff about with those baubles since. but not a lot, really they did a good job!

As always, I’m embracing the traditional style this year.  Its just the style that gives me the most cosy, comforting, Christmassy feeling. I don’t think I’ll ever change it.

 

 

Happy first day of Christmas!!!

Robyn,

The little woman pretends.

Home life project: Novembers edition.

I’m going to skip the “Oh my god its November already” you get it as much as I do, times going fast! But with life fishing by so quickly, this month I’ve decided is the month for education. As many of you know back in July I started up as a photographer, which as been brilliant,business is going really well. But as I’ve been so focused on learning the ropes, I feel my work has kind of just become a little bit stagnant. I’ve been so focused on getting those jobs in, selling what I’m used to dong, there’s been no real time for growth. So, thats why I decided to keep November pretty free, just to go back to learning – This absolutely does tie in with this months HLP, just bare with me.

So when it came to this months HLP (See!) I wanted to tackle my first objective – Editing. I’ve fallen into a bit of a rut with Lightroom, but after a bit of Pinterest scrolling I found out that actually it can do WAY more than what I’ve been using it for. I’ve discovered things like the HSL tab! The before and after option – Seriously! And so with this months edition, I really wanted to put these things to use. You may not notice much difference to my usual stuff, but I can see so many changes already, my educational month is getting off to a good start!

So, more about this months photographs. With it being Bonfire night yesterday, Documenting our Sunday was an obvious choice. It started off pretty slow, all half term I’ve been pinging out of bed by 7.30, but typically on the last day, I woke up groggy at 10am questioning if something had happened to time, there was seriously no way I slept in that late! Apart from I did, and so did the rest of the house. I think the past week just caught up on us all.

Anyway, once we all finally dragged ourselves down stairs, it was sausage butties and a morning of lazing for everyone – but me who had to spend it working on website stuff. Once finished I got started on the first Sunday roast we’ve had in over a month!

Before dinner we decided to head out on a nice little Sunday afternoon stroll, Izzy had been a bit poorly over the weekend and Sam and I were feeling a little sore and stiff from Saturday mornings Gym session. So we took off into the local woodlands to stretch our legs.

Once dinner was done, we headed out into the garden for some sparklers and fireworks, I don’t tend to make a massive deal out of bonfire night – I’m all about Halloween – But even still, just a few for the girls, before we huddled back into the warm sanctuary of the house for Banana & Butterscotch pudding. Yum.

A really lovely Sunday.

 

 

Robyn,

The little woman pretends.

 

 

Home life project: October edition.

Its October, already! seriously. October! How on earth are we here already?! – glad I’ve got that out of my system!

Right, so Octobers Home life project is here! This weekend, I documented ‘some’ of our Sunday. I say some because, I spent most of the morning out of the house, helping my dad. When I got back we took the girls for a lovely little bike ride. This makes up pretty much most of my HLP photographs this month. I have to admit, it was a slightly half assed attempt, but I did try and I did actually edit and gather them together. so thats alright isn’t it?

My original plan was to take the girls collecting conkers. because – Hello amazing autumn photographs.- but also they’ve been asking all week. On the way back from seeing my dad though there was just traffic everywhere, I know most of the tree’s around our area have been rinsed, so it would have been up to one of the bigger parks. I was just tired, achey and I needed to make them some lunch before we could even leave the house. So a lovely ride round our local area it was. As you’ll see, it was rather muddy!

 

 

Robyn,

The little woman pretends.

 

 

 

Home life project – September edition.

I have to be honest here, I don’t believe this is my best Home life project edition, which I really was expecting it to be, seen as I’ve upgraded my photography kit in the past month – Happy birthday to me!- Anyway, So this month I documented our Monday. I did this because A) even though I both saw & commented on Clares Friday night HLP reminder post, I forgot. ha. and B) It was the last day of our Summer holidays, and I had a lovely little day planned for the girls.

So, Monday morning started pretty slow. I made croissants and tea, we sat at the kitchen table with the radio on, just enjoying that last morning of relaxation before the school year restarted. I headed off to a session for a little while, leaving the girls playing, before we spent the afternoon at the Trafford centre. I’d been promising the girls for ages that we’d go to the build a bear workshop there, and as I only passed my driving test a couple of months ago, I hadn’t quite yet built up the courage for a long drive on the motorway. However after our summer glamping, Im not really that scared of being on there anymore! so it seemed the perfect opportunity to get up there. The girls were so excited to pick their new cuddly best friends, and I have to say the whole experience was pretty heart warming. The staff there are so great with the kids, they are really involved with the whole process of building their bear. From peddling the stuffing in, to kissing their heart before its placed inside the bear, even to naming and creating a birth certificate for their new friend. It was lovely! The plan is to take them back at then end of each half term, if they have been given a good report, they get to choose a new accessory. win-win.

So, after that little adventure, we had a stroll, went to the food court for lunch, before rocking home to get their school uniforms named and set out. It really was a lovely way to spend the last day of the holidays.

 

 

Robyn,

The little woman pretends.

 

A rural retreat.

Last week we headed over to the most serene little corner of the countryside. We wound up driving down that bumpy country road last Wednesday after a completely last minute decision. I was supposed to book us a lovely sunny holiday abroad before the holidays even started, but one day turned into two, and before I know we’re four weeks in and I still haven’t found anywhere that doesn’t cost two grand for a week in a 2 star at best. So I went to plan B. Camping.

I have to admit, I wasn’t overly sold on sleeping out in the elements. I mean, it would have been fine was it just me and Sam, I’m low maintenance, cup of tea, a good book. I’m right as rain. The girls however, rather ashamedly are big on their electronics – though our ‘iPad’ break of last year is still standing!- Mischa’s gasp of “But mum, how will we watch TV?!” Sold me on it. I spent my youth wandering the local woodlands, playing on rope swings, nursing nettled legs. My girls are slightly more sheltered. I let them run free, we regularly go out and about. But the actual freedom of spending the whole day from morning till dinner time “playing out” isn’t something my two have really managed to live through yet.

So, we went back to basics. Well, I say basics. I ended up booking a luxury teepee at the rather gorgeous looking Kings acre glamping. We got a really good last minute deal on Pitch up, £129 for 2 nights. And after creating a mini meal plan of very delicious and non-boring food we cook cook over the fire. we spent no more on £180 for the entire trip!

So, after receiving a very lovely email from Jess (the co-owner) giving me all the details for our stay, I got us packed up and off we went on our journey. The trip took less than 1 hour 10mins from Preston (if any locals are interested.) and the actual campsite was really easy to get too, they’ve even put up little signs to guide you to them.

Once at the site, we parked up and was led to our gorgeous little home for the few days we had the “Little owl” tent, which consisted of a large double bed, two fold out single futons, bedside tables, a chest for storage, a fire pit and enough comfy outdoor chairs for us all. It. Was. Perfect.

We jumped right on in, unpacked, and sat on those chairs out in the sunshine, looking over at the welsh valley views and hearing nothing but the sounds of birds and gentle winds blowing through the acorn tree above. I would go into loads of detail about what we did there, but truthfully, we did nothing for two days. We lazed and ate, we sat by the lake and read. I lay with a cold beer and watched the girls run around freely with the two adorable and completely friendly resident dogs. it was everything I could have hoped for. My only regret is that we didn’t book an extra night!

So, that was it. our little family trip away. If you’re wanting to do something similar before the summers out, here are a few of my best tips.

  • Make a meal plan. For our trip I pre cut and mixed Chicken fajita’s and Garlic n’ herb steak, potatoes and veg. I kept them in a those takeaway style foil trays, in a cool bag with a constantly frozen ice pack. We ate the chicken on the first night (for obvious reasons) and the steak was so beautifully marinated for our second night. I also made cheese and peppered ham pizza pockets wrapped in foil for lunch, you just literally throw them on the fire, turn after a few minutes, unwrap and enjoy.

 

  • Take a washing up bowl, liquid, sponge and a tea towel. Simple, but it just makes clean up after meal times quick and easy.

 

  • Take carrier bags for your rubbish. Again, simple but make sit easy to keep everywhere tidy. (don’t forget to find out if your camp recycles before you start just throwing everything into general waste.)

 

  • Find out if your camp can supply firewood. If they do, use it. Our lovely hosts dropped off a massive wheel barrow of wood for only £5. otherwise we would have been left with the random coal bag we brought. Which will cook the food, but won’t give you a glorious camp fire to spend you’re evenings staring into.

 

  • Don’t forget to pack entertainment for the kids. We where lucky a few of our campmates let the girls play with frisbee’s and footballs, but really I should have been a bit more organised than telling them they can pack one rucksack with toys – Mischa brought a star cushion ?! Next time we’ll be bringing some more outdoor games.

 

  • And finally. This is a biggie, but if you can… turn off your phone. Completely for the whole trip. It was the best thing I did, I was completely present for the entire thing, I had no idea what was happening in the world, and even though I had my camera I wasn’t spending the whole time creating Insta worthy shots. It was just us, our little garden and the sweet silence of the countryside. Perfection.

 

You can see all the shots I took below. I did narrow it down from about 900 photos!

 

 

 

I’m already so excited to book our next trip to kings acre. Bring on the Easter holidays!

Robyn,

The little woman pretends.

 

A very happy birthday.

This will be my third year of doing this birthday post, I kind of love looking back to the previous year and seeing what was important to me then, and how I’ve managed to accomplish my list for goals through the past year – or not like it stood last year!- ha ha

So here’s my list of resolutions from last year-

“Pass my driving test. I’m gunna’ get it done this year.”

I can confirm, that this year I DID IT!!! I finally passed my test back in June, which was SO surreal after years of on/off practice, a whole lot of money, I finally just pushed myself to get it done, and I passed first time, so yay! Driving has completely changed my life, people don’t lie when they say it gives you so much independence.

“Maintain the perfect online/offline balance.”

Again, I think this year I’ve managed to crack this one. I genuinely no longer care about online acceptance, follower numbers, or getting that constant stream of posts up. Sometimes life can be really hard, things happen and I kind of realised, ultimately its just an online world, its okay if I don’t have it in me to put up a front for the sake of sharing a blog post.

“Stop finding reasons NOT to pitch potential articles to local newspapers/magazines. Just do it.”

I’ve kind of done this, but also not really. I haven’t found any reasons to not pitch articles, but also I’m just not overly bothered about this too much right now.

“Build that vegetable patch.”

Another ‘kind of win’ resolution. Though the vegetable patch hasn’t been built this year, we did spend Spring getting the entire garden fixed, it had major drainage issues so it was a three week job outsourced, they had to dig massive channels, fill them with drainage pipes, gravel and cover the entire thing up again. it was a very messy job, but it no longer floods! Also, we do have a giant sweetcorn crop, carrots and beetroots growing in pots on the decking.

“Continue along the path of inner peace and contentment. Kind of a joke, but also kind of not. I used to be all about the rage… i’m pretty zen these days… unless I’m hungry, or tired. Ha ha”

I’m going to say that this year I smashed this goal. Some of you may remember back in January I did a brief post on my absence, on how my Mum who had been missing for two years had been found dead, she’d been purposefully hidden by someone for all that time. As you can imagine it has been crazy, so much about me changed on January 16th, So many things that I used to obsess over, or freak out about just went away. I had two options when dealing with that situation. I could implode, revert back to the self-destructive mode that blighted so many of my teenage years. Or I could breath, take myself away from the situation regularly to access how best to rationally react. I did the latter. I focused on each day, I concentrated on keeping normality for my girls, to making sure my household stayed unaffected from the insane-ness of everything. I started running again, I at times rather selfishly made my mental health the top priority. And in turn, I made it out of the other side in tact. I won’t lie and say its all over now, it isn’t, its far from. There will always be a lot of unresolved issues around my relationship with her, how it all turned out the way it did and why he did what he did with her. But, I’m strong enough to tackle them as and when its time too. See, inner peace. I’m basically Buddha! HA HA.

Anyway, heavy stuff out of the way. Resolutions for my 26th year.

  1. Feel the fear & do it anyway. I never used to fear much, I was quite ballsy in my younger years. Like the time when I was 16 and I moved to Peckham with my best mate, I got a job in a back street caf & spent a while pretending to be a grown up. Or the time when I married my boyfriend of 3 months and moved to Cyprus with him when I was 17. See, Ballsy. But since I had kids, they make fear EVERYTHING! I’m not wanting to go back to my borderline-insane days, I just want to bite the bullet with more things, step out of my comfort zone.
  2. Progress with my photography. This also comes in with the above. New places and new people scare me. I prefer to be invisible, but I want to be a better photographer. No, I want to be a brilliant photographer. So I need to work hard, I want to be able to walk into a shoot and say ‘This is what I envision and this is how we’ll do it.’
  3. Keep using exercise as a way to deal with stress.  I haven’t always dealt with stress all too well, but during these past 12 months, when I’ve been pushed to my absolute limit, I started developing migraines, breakouts, insomnia, anxiety became a constant cloud and my old pattern of not eating when under intense stress had started to creep back up. Luckily I recognised that these are all how my body (and mind) reacts to these situations. So I started running, I started taking regular spin classes and resistance training. I needed to fuel these sessions properly and so my diet improved, I needed to be motivated and hydrated and so my alcohol intake decreased (quite massively – I mean I wasn’t an alcoholic, but all those ‘oh I’ll just have a glass or two’ adds up!) Just exercising to try and expel the pressure turned into quite the lifestyle change. One I hope I will continue to use to keep me ‘balanced’ – This post is seriously making me sound like a right crack pot!! ha ha.

 

And thats pretty much all I want to accomplish this year! Nothing overly extraordinary, but resolutions I know will help me excel into my next year of life. I’m actually really bloody excited to see where I’ll be when I’m writing this post next year!

So, now thats done, I can fill you in on my birthday, well actually my birthday week would be rather more apt. It started last Monday with a trip down to London. I was invited by the incredible Style at home magazine team, to take part in their Christmas tree challenge (for the December issue.) Basically, they paid for me to come down to the capital, stay in a swanky hotel, then spend the day watching how a massive feature like this is made up. I was given a gigantic collection of (un-released) Christmas decorations from Hobby craft and given free range to Christmas our location house up to be photographed. And if that still doesn’t make you super envious, I was given a makeover by the amazing Alice Theobald, given a £100 gift card from hobby craft and they all repeatedly thanked me for the pleasure of my company – like it was some sort of massive favour I had done for them!?!

I also happened to mention how much I LOVED this giant pom pom wreath that was from the set – to which I was told the guys at hobby craft have said I can keep it!! I totally wasn’t hinting!! ha ha but yes, I am so excited for you to see the feature and so ridiculously thankful for the Style at home team for going out of their way to get me down! it really was a dream experience!

 

 

So, after that whirlwind couple of days, it was my actual birthday! And I woke up to the most incredible gift ever! I am now the super proud owner of a Nikon d750 AND a Sigma art 35mm lens! Lucky, lucky lucky!

I spent my birthday just faffing about with my new camera and chilling out, before I met up with a group of my favourite people for dinner at Tangs, an amazing Chinese restaurant that also gives you a private karaoke room after dinner. We drank wine, we sang, we danced and I spent Friday laughing my (rather sore) head off at the memories!

All in all, I’ve learnt four things this week. 1. My family are mental! seriously. 2. The Nikon d750 is everything I imagined and more. 3. Watching a giant set being built in someones home for a national magazine shoot is beyond fascinating and 4. I am an extremely lucky lady!.

Here’s to another year!

Robyn,

The little woman pretends.