Hey lovelies! How are you? This morning we went to Whinlatter forest, where I attempted mountain biking for the first time on a £3500 bike. There was a trial day on today at GoApe/Whinlatter Forest where you can borrow any one of their bikes for 45 minutes, in exchange for your ID and credit card, so I chose a Cube mountain bike. That means absolutely nothing to me but Josh said that they were good, so that's what I went for! We only attempted the blue route together which I struggled with, even though it is supposed to be easy. My fitness levels are at 0 right now, let me tell you! After that I said I'd wait in the car whilst Josh did a round on the red route, that's the hard route for the people who know what they are doing.. FYI! Then we had to rush home for lunch at the pub. You know, the competition I mentioned yesterday? The lunch at the Black Bull was good! I had haggis bhajis to start with a blood orange pickle, followed by roast lamb and then to finish I had an egg custard with rhubarb and gingerbread. I thoroughly enjoyed the pudding, that much so I could have eaten another one or perhaps brought it home to eat before bed this evening, ha! I had two glasses of red wine but it just made me feel so sleepy that I've been asleep for the past hour and I realised how much I hate dressing up. I only threw on some skinnies, a 'nice top' and my high heeled boots, put a bit of make up on, tied my hair in a bun and I could not wait to get home into some comfy clothes, wipe my make up off and put some bio oil on. 24 year old me has become a totally new woman. When Josh and I first met, I remember that at any given opportunity we would go out for drinks, food, get dressed up, stay out late but now.. well now I just want quiet weekends, I want to see beautiful places, I want to wake up early and visit new places. I'm not so bothered about the fancy things in life anymore. Give me a big fleece, my leggings and a pair of trainers, a stove and some decent bacon and eggs and I'm a happy gal. Anyway, enjoy the rest of your Sunday. Love, L.
How freakin' cute are these pups? I'm in love! These are gorgeous German Short Haired Pointers and this is the same breeder who Josh got Oscar from, 12 years ago! For those of you who don't know, Josh already has a GSP who lives at home with his Mum. We didn't think it was right to bring him to a flat and to separate him from his 'sister', Izzy, who's a mix of collie and we think German Shepard. Josh visits them every now and again to take them out on a hike but we always knew that when the time was right, we would get one of our own! We have been between GSP's, Viszla's and Rhodesian Ridgback's. All three are incredibly beautiful dogs and are big breeds, which is what we have always wanted and if I could, I would have one of each! We actually put our names down to be contacted when the next litter is ready, which should be (if everything goes well) this time next year. Hopefully that gives us enough time to find our own house and have it ready for us and the pup... Am I wishful thinking? Probably! But it gives us something to aim for, I guess! Tomorrow Josh and I are off mountain biking. It's my first time so I'm a little scared but he said we can take it easy and go on an easier route than what he's used to. Then later in the afternoon we have Sunday lunched booked for all 6 of us, which I know I'll be ready for after an early start and biking! Anyway, time for a film and an early night. Enjoy your Saturday night, L.
Evening guys! How are ya? This week has been a busy one and a hot one too, which is always nice, especially as it is the middle of May and it usually is our best month here in Cumbria. Dave the photographer and I were out on Tuesday and Wednesday getting some product shots of some roof boxes and bike carriers for work. It was nice to leave the office for the day and get outside, which doesn't happen very often! My car was the model for the day, so she got kitted out with a set of Atera bars, Kamei roof box and Thule bike carriers, so Dave can get the website updated. I love how they have turned out, the quality of them is amazing! It makes me want to get a 'proper' camera and learn all about it. I'm sure Dave finds all my questions about his camera and what certain things mean super annoying! I probably won't be asked to go again.. haha! This evening I went for a walk with my mate Emma. I haven't seen in her in god knows how long so it was so lovely to catch up with her. It's so hard to see each other when we work all the time and then spend our free time with our boyfriends. I found out today that I won Sunday lunch for 4 at our local pub after sharing a photo on Facebook last week. I am so lucky! I didn't think I'd win anything else this year after winning that amazing nights stay at the Brimstone earlier this year but hey, I did say that this year was going to be 'our year' and we're only 5 months in! I need to read a bit more of that book 'The Secret' which is all about the Law of Attraction, which I think is totally true in my opinion and you should all have a read of 'The Secret', which you can find it here, if ya'll interested in a bit of a read. It's all about your thoughts and how they can attract what you're thinking, it sounds barmy but it's true! A positive outlook on life and a kind heart does come back around and thank you in some sort of way, believe me! Anyway, I'm currently watching the new Peter Rabbit. I think I'm going to get a shower and get an early night though. Josh is out on his football do so he'll be stumbling in at god knows what time! Thankfully my brother has agreed to pick him up, so I might actually enjoy a glass of vino or a G&T with a drop of elderflower cordial before I nod off. Fun Friday's! Speak soon, L.
Hey lovelies, how's your week going? I can't believe how beautiful it's been at home. I know I always go on about the weather (isn't that what us British do?) but it's so uplifting waking up to blue skies and warmth. It's proper good for the soul.. and don't tell me otherwise! After work today I went to see my pal Amy. She's the one who's been daft enough to sign up with me to do the Great North Swim. We were supposed to practice this evening in the river behind her house but we decided to go for a walk instead and play with Henry the puppy. How gorgeous is he?! We actually had the chance to have Henry's brother, a black cocker but it just isn't the right time, especially with Theo, he would not allow another pet in the house! He'd proper claw it to death. Plus I'd like our own home first before any pets and pet bills and pet food. It's just another expense! Anywho, I'm rambling and I'm extremely tired. I've literally just had some tea. Grilled cheese and tomatoes on toast, man it's the best. Oh, and I'm sipping a mug of hot chocolate that my Gran made for our walk but we never ended up drinking because I forgot to grab it out of my car and Amy told me she doesn't even like it anyway! Right, bed, ready for a new day tomorrow! Lots of love, L.
Hello lovelies! Here's my Koh Tao vlog! I've had so much fun looking back at all the footage and I must admit that I do get a little emotional every time I watch it. It's so true what some people say, home doesn't have to be a house with windows, doors, a kitchen etc. It is how somewhere makes you feel and I can totally relate. I feel at home when I go to Thailand and as long as I have Josh with me, I can go anywhere. It was an absolutely amazing experience being able to dive with Ste, our open water instructor and Yasen who was a dive master in training. I trusted Ste with my life and couldn't have done it without him, so thank you so much Ste and Big Blue Diving for a fantastic 4 days open water diving on one of the most beautiful places in the world! Lastly, a big thank you to Billy Cloud @wtc.productions (find him on Insta, his shots are f***ing amazing!) for capturing our 2 final dives. Josh and I will cherish those memories for the rest of our lives. Anyway, you'll have to watch the rest of the vlog to see what goes on. Speak soon, L.
Good morning! I'm waking up to another glorious day here in Cumbria but unfortunately the weekend is over and I'm off to work shortly. Last night, after a bit of a lie down and a brew, Gran, Josh and I had a walk to the river, cooked the two last burgers and had a cider by the river until it got cold, so we quickly scurried home. It was glorious! Look at all the green lush trees and the blue sky. I love this time of year! Not much to report on my life right at this minute, besides from the fact I'm smiling from ear to ear because the weather is actually so lovely. I even think I'm going to wear my flip flops to work today, hopefully it won't be too cold sat in the office! Anywho, enjoy the week! I'm sure I'll be back tomorrow with some more photos. Lots of love, L.
Wow, what an incredibly beautiful weekend we've had on the lake. We checked the forecast on Friday and told ourselves we were going to get out and wild camp somewhere, so we did. We had to borrow some warmer sleeping bags (thank you so much Hannah and Dan, I couldn't have done it without them!) and I pinched some coal and logs from my Mum and Dad's house, so we could light a fire and stay out a little longer to watch the sun go down. How can anyone say that England is shit? Honestly, look at it! I mean, I know I can be a little morbid sometimes and moan about where we live but that's only when it's raining... haha! We cooked burgers last night with fried onions and melted cheese and had a couple of ciders each, followed by a sweet hot chocolate before bed. The only problem was the geese... now had we known that the geese were nesting, we would have gone elsewhere. This morning a couple of rangers politely asked us to leave, as the islands are actually closed until the end of May for the geese to lay their eggs. We felt so bad but the geese didn't really seem to mind us. Anyway, we left before noon, loaded the car back up and went back out on the kayak. It was so lovely and quiet. We met a group of scuba divers and got chatting with one of the guys who had also dived in Koh Tao a number of years back. Man, it makes me want to do it all again! Not sure I could face getting in to a freezing cold lake though? Although, I will have to in 3 weeks time, crikey! Right now, I'm sat on the sofa and I'm falling asleep. It always feels like I'm saying that, doesn't it? I think I may have some deficiency. So, I may nap whilst Josh watches football and then hopefully we will get out for a stroll around the river later on but I won't count on it! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, speak soon, L.
Good morning my loves! It's finally the weekend and the rain has gone, the sun is shining and the birds are tweeting again. After the most miserable week back at home, it actually feels somewhat okay to be back, now that we have some blue skies. It doesn't help that we live in the wettest place in England but when it's beautiful outside, it truly is a wonderful place to live. A little later this morning, we have a house viewing, followed by a camping trip in the Lakes. I'm really looking forward to it now I've seen the weather is willing to comply with our plans. We just need to ensure we get everything we need packed in good enough time, so we aren't fumbling around in the dark trying to get the tent set up. I'm taking my camera and the drone along with me to capture some footage, as I'm wanting to make YouTube and vlogging more of a thing. I feel like if I carry on with it now, then it will almost become habit, so please subscribe to my YouTube channel here... if you want to, that is! Anyway, I'm going to dry my hair and pack my rucksack, charge my camera, etc. You know, all the boring thing's you have to do to prepare yourself for a trip away. Even though it's only one night, I still want some home comforts! That includes some proper rasher's of bacon from the butchers, marshmallows to roast on the fire, a flask of hot chocolate and plenty of warm clothes because I have a feeling it's going to be a cold, starry night. Speak soon, L.
Throwback to Chiang Mai! I didn't explore enough of this city. It was far too hot, the air was not good and it was Songkran, so we stayed in the hotel and chilled by the pool every day. Yes, it was silly of us and I regret it now I'm home but it just means I need to plan a trip back, right? Here I am in one of my favourite day time outfits, my Levi shorts and a vest crop. Unfortunately my Levi's ripped on my bum whilst we were away. Probably because I've had them since I was 18 (that's 6 years ago) and have worn them to death every single holiday and every summer. I think it's time to invest in a new pair! Today has been a long day and I've got my English appetite back.. which means, bread, biscuits and more bread. Ugh, I hate how my diet goes to pot when I get back here. I guess the cold doesn't help and it is absolutely freezing. Where are you Spring? I'm also incredibly bored. I can't take any more of Emmerdale and long nights sat inside and it's only been 4 days. Josh text me today saying we should emigrate... so I've been looking at apartments in Phuket all day long, haha! She says whilst also looking on Right Move for a nice stone built house in Cumbria. Why is it so difficult to know what the right thing to do is? Like, I want sunshine, beach and carefree life but I also want a big cosy home, with a huge log burner. I think I'm just having holiday blues. Soon I'll be back to normal and I won't be so unimpressed with British country life. That's what I'll keep telling myself anyway! I even started crocheting again today after 2 years. I've got a huge grey blanket on the go which will be the size on my king size duvet (perfect for a house in Cumbria), huhu. Anyway, I'm literally falling asleep now. Love, L.
Okay, so even though I was fed up of Thai food by the end of our holiday.. Mum just made one of my favourite Thai dishes for tea and I'm not exaggerating when I say I demolished it in 3.5 seconds. It was the best and man I so wish I was there now to pick something up from the market or go to food land and have something cooked up for me for like a quid! We did the food shop yesterday and spent well over a £100, that's probably more than what I spent in 2 weeks on holiday, eating out and drinking every single night! We did buy gin though but not that many other treats to be honest. Although, we did treat ourselves to a sandwich and a chocolate twist from M&S for the car journey home. How good are they? Ugh, I could eat a cheese and onion twist from M&S now, there's genuinely nothing like them. So buttery, cheesy and oniony mmmm. Anywho, I found these pics that I had actually already uploaded ready to share with you but I obviously never got around to posting whilst we were still away. Our first night in Bangkok was delightful. We sat on the roof top terrace of our hotel and had the most delicious meal ever. Josh and I still talk about it now and we are yet to have another dish that compares. It's the Khao Soi Nua that I mentioned in my vlog I uploaded yesterday... I pronounced it wrong but you get the gist. It's the red curry looking dish with fried noodles on top. Honestly, if you go to Thailand and you go to a restaurant you think is authentic, try it! The burger was good but nothing on the Thai food. I do love a good burger so I would always recommend the Iron Fairies if you are ever in Bangkok or I saw @anitabye (blog here) had been to Bun Meat and Cheese, which looked delicious. Unfortunately we never made it there but next time... for sure! Right, I'm so so tired I think I might make a cup of Horlicks and jump in to bed. I have a bad head from staring at a screen all day and we've just managed to get all our holiday clothes put away for next time. It's like it never happened! Thankfully I have a gazillion photos that I'm going to get printed in a polaroid style and framed, ready for when we eventually get our own home. Hugs, L.
Hi guys! Ah, I'm super nervous uploading this but here you go! There's a lot of me rambling on.. god knows why! I must've felt super confident in front of the camera this time around. We stayed at The Akyra hotel on Sukhumvit 20 which was such a lovely boutique hotel, in a really good central location in Bangkok. Anyway, I really hope you enjoy it and I hope you've all enjoyed your bank holiday weekend, whatever it is you've been upto. Hugs, L.
What I wore: bandeau from PLT, trousers from Zara, bag from Tommy Hilfiger.
This was probably my favourite outfit from our holiday. I love high waisted, wide leg/flared trousers, teamed with a little crop or bralet and a pair of sandals. You forget how hot it really is in Thailand around April, so shorts aren't always the best idea, as your legs stick to chairs and it can get a little uncomfortable when you start sweating from the heat. Also, this bum bag has been the best item I brought with me. It fits so much stuff in, my camera, mini tripod, 2 x iPhones, money, tiger balm.. you know, the important thing's in life, ha! I will most definitely be on the hunt for another similar bag but in another colour, that's for sure. Today, I'm sat in my joggers watching GOT with Josh. I don't actually watch it but he's catching up on it before we go and do the food shop, as I really don't want to venture in to town on my own, oh the joys. I'm sat here trying to write a shopping list but I don't even know what I want to eat anymore.. I've stuffed myself with pad Thai, pizza, french fries and all sorts whilst I've been away but somehow managed to lose almost 2kg, lol! Does the sun just soak up fat or something? I'm wanting to cook some healthy, delicious food but we always stick to the same boring chicken wraps or salads.. I just don't think I can stomach plain food anymore. Give me chilli, garlic, coriander, lemongrass, coconut milk, mmm... I'm getting hungry! Speak soon, L.