The VW

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Rent the van, here.

 

This VW was our home last week! How do you like it? I have the bug now for road trips and adventures and I'd love to one day buy my own and kit it out with all sorts of little cupboards and cute cushions with matching curtains. I once saw an episode of George Clarke's amazing spaces, where a woman had done up and old double decker bus and it was literally amazing!ย It even had it's own little log burner and roll top bath! How 'bout that! This little camper can sleep four, two in a 3/4 bed and 2 above when the roof pops up! Pretty cosy, right? We cooked bacon, sausages, steak, fried eggs, etc. all in the little van because February isn't the warmest of months. There is an awning that also opens out which would be perfect for cooking underneath but you would have to take an extra gas cooker and a picnic table, something I thought we could've done with during our trip. We also both decided we need to treat ourselves to a pair of Crocs! I never thought I'd buy a pair of those ugly things but I hated walking in the shower rooms, all I could think of was verrucas and the thought of other peoples hair made me feel squeamish, so a pair of those for the shower would be perfect. Big thanks to Christian for letting us borrow the camper van for the week, you can find the link to his website above! Lots of love, L.

Kirk Fell

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Very unhappy we misread the map and walked straight up Kirk Fell, my legs were on fire!

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"Did we really just come down the face of that?", yep we did!

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Ennerdale Forest

Hey loves! Today has been the most beautiful day and I've been stuck indoor's working all day. How's your weekend going? I've just eaten my dinner and now I'm about ready for a shower and bed. I've just watched the new 'Take Me Out', with girls coming down the lift instead of the men, I think I like it this way around better. Here are a few more photos I have to share with you from last week ๐Ÿ™‚ On Tuesday we tried to hike to Pillar Rock, a place I've wanted to go for some years but never had the chance or the gear until now. It's a sentimental place to me and my family as it was where my Grandad, Mick fell and sadly lost his life back in June 1965. Josh and I unfortunately took a wrong turn so ended up getting to a point nearby a little late in the day and as there was still quite a lot of snow and ice and no real path along the mountain side towards Pillar Rock, we decided to head back down Black Sail Pass and call it a day. I felt a little emotional, mainly because it was something I had wanted to do for so long but Josh reassured me we would return in the Summer and we would do it again without risking our own lives, so I'm looking forward to returning to Wasdale when there is less snow ๐Ÿ™‚

Burnmoor Tarn

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Hello there! How are ya? I'm very very excited! We just booked our summer holiday to Santorini and I literally cannot believe we are going to be there this Summer, it's going to be a dream! Santorini has been top of my bucket list of places to see so if anyone is reading who knows of any beautiful places to see, eat, drink, swim etc. etc. then please do send me a message or leave a comment below because you know how much I love to plan a trip, haha! Anyway, back to our most recent holiday to Wasdale, the wettest place in Britain.. (slight contrast to the likes of Santorini but very beautiful nonetheless). On Monday we had planned on hiking up to Pillar Rock but after a bit of a lie in and a blinking good bacon and egg butty, we decided there wasn't enough time so we settled for a yomp up to Burnmoor Tarn, following the old coffin route over to Eskdale. It was a pretty murky day and it was very boggy but it was nice to spend some quality time together! We made a packed lunch and sat by the tarn which was a little spooky actually as there was just no-one around at all, had a fly of the drone and walked up to some pretty waterfalls too before heading back down for steak and a bottle of red wine, perfect! Tonight, I think I'm going to go for a run and a light gym session seeing as though we've booked our holiday haha! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Speak again soon, L.

Wastwater

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Good morning loves! It feels so good waking up to blue skies, sunshine and frost! I feel good today and even better that the weather is this beautiful so we're going to make the most of it and head out for lunch and a little walk around Elterwater! I thought I'd share with you some more pictures from our trip away earlier this week from my favourite place in the Lake District, Wasdale. It's not often we get to venture all the way up there as it's quite a drive and often a place we'll only go during the summer months when the weather is a lot better. It was actually quite breathtaking approaching Wastwater, with the pyramid like mountains covered in mist. A very different atmosphere from what I'm used to seeing, that's for sure! We stayed at the National Trust campsite, a mile away from the Wasdale Head Inn which was a fair walk back in the dark and the rain after a few G&T's ๐Ÿ˜‰ but still fun nonetheless. Kind of miss being disconnected from everything up there, it's like another world and really the best place to unwind and forget everything going on. Can't wait to go back already! Have a good day, hugs L.

Road Trip Checklist

  • Duvets x 2
  • Sleeping bags
  • Pillows
  • Hot water bottle
  • Thermos flask
  • Cutlery/Plates etc.
  • Wet wipes and hand sanitiser
  • Swimming costume
  • Laptop with a few films downloaded
  • Sketchbook
  • A selection of cheeses
  • Tea lights
  • Fairly lights
  • Marshmallows and wooden skewers
  • Bottle of fizz to watch the sunset and to sip under the stars
  • Walking boots and all the gear for a hike
  • Road map and mountain/walking map
  • Go pro, drone, polaroid and my camera - I am vlogging this trip, stay tuned!
  • A good book. I've just ordered 'Milk and Honey' by Rupi Kaur and 'The Fault in Our Stars' by John Green.
  • Thermals
  • Several pairs of shoes
  • Toiletries and plenty of loo roll

 

Why, hello there loves! How are ya? Did you notice I haven't been blogging here for a little while? Ah, I lost inspiration and I lacked so much motivation in everything last week but I finally feel more like myself which is great because I really did feel so down and sad ๐Ÿ™ not like me at all! In a few days time we will be hitting the road so I've started buying a few bits and bobs for that and I've also put together a bit of a checklist to make sure we don't forget anything. I'm not going to tell you all the food we will be taking because it's about the length of my arm so.. here is my little check list ๐Ÿ™‚ย Lots of love, L.

Grasmere

Hey guys! I can’t believe it’s already Christmas Eve Eve! Wow, it’s totally flown by! I’m very excited ๐Ÿ™‚ Christmas has fallen on a good day for me, which means 4 days off work as it’s my weekend off! So, today we met up with some friends and ventured out in the mist and the rain to Rydal Caves and walked in to Grasmere for some of the most amazing Gingerbread and then we stopped off for a late lunch at a pub which was lovely, although my choice of pizza wasn’t great but I guess nothing compares now to our own homemade pizzas now! We met Lena from Romania which is one of Josh’s friends girlfriend and this was her first time here in the Lakes so it was nice to get to know her and show her around! She works for Ethiad as a air hostess and I am so jealous because that was always a dream job of mine to work as an air hostess for Emirates! Anyway, we are chilling out tonight, watching football and snuggling up on the sofa so I will speak to you again tomorrow! Have a lovely evening, L.

Polaroid

Before heading to London I treated myself to the Instax mini camera ๐Ÿ™‚ I am so disappointed in myself as this was the only photo I got using it ๐Ÿ˜ซ it was so cold and busy that I didn’t think about taking many photos during my time there. This one was taken at Winter Wonderland on Saturday! I didn’t really know what to expect but it was unreal! We ate lots of really unhealthy food and drank wine in the comfort and warmth of Thor’s tipee! I really wish I had saved myself for the Swedish meatballs and mash that they were serving just outside there though, gutted! Unfortunately we didn’t go on any rides, I’m not as brave as I once used to be when I was a teenager! I think next time we visit London it needs to be for longer than two nights because there is so much to see and do but it’s exhausting walking around so much that all I wanted to do after 8pm was go to bed, haha! L.

London Snapshots

 

Early Friday morning we made our way to the station to catch our train to Euston. We woke up to so much snow! We almost missed our train because the traffic was going so slow.

 

 

Shopping day on Regentย Street and Oxford Street I got my ‘rook’ pierced at Topshop, it hurt a lot! I will try and get a picture and post it sometime ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

 

 

Ever seen those videos on Facebook of people cooking pasta in a huge bowl of cheese? Well that right there was cooked in a huge bowl made from cheese and it was so delicious! My choice of topping was brie and truffle oil, so good! This was at Camden, my favourite place in London. I remember visiting here the first time with my college friends and I fell in love.

 

Selfie in the toilets at Big Easy in Covent Garden. Will do aย separate post on dinner there!

 

City by night.

 

My love and my dream handbag! Love the grey and blue, maybe one day! ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

My favourite building in London! So perfect.

 

And we are home from a lovely weekend in London! I am so tired from all the walking and eating we’ve done. I need a serious detox now! I didn’t actually get to take many pictures because we were so busy and I just didn’t want to keep reaching in to my handbag all the time for my camera. Friday and Saturday were freezing! It was nice to have blue skies but having to wrap up and jump on and off tubes was a bit of a nightmare. Then, Sunday we woke up to snow! I couldn’t believe it! That was a bit of a pain though as we spent the afternoon in Camden so it was a struggle eating outside in the wet sludge ๐Ÿ™ but never mind, I still loved it nonetheless. We stayed in Balham at our friend’s house and every night we walked home we saw a fox! It was so weird seeing them wondering the streets scavenging food, it’s sad really ๐Ÿ™ human’s take over everything.

 

Love, L.

The Langdale Pikes Part 2

Seeing as I had so many photos from our hike the other I thought I would do a part 2 and show you guys the rest! It was such an incredible day, I wish I was out exploring the mountains now because the weather is so beautiful today! We have had a lot of messages from friends asking if they can join us on our next walk, so our next one now will be the weekend before Christmas as I work every other weekend and we are going to London next weekend, yay! So if anyone else wants to come and walk slow with me then please do ๐Ÿ™‚ haha! I’m thinking of perhaps putting together a bit of a check list for walking with all the essentials. What do you think? Are you interested in that sort of thing? Let me know in the comments below!

Today has been good. I woke up early, did a few jobs, had my second Thai lesson with Angela which was so so difficult for me to grasp! I’m going to go over and over it again before my next lesson! I learnt greetings and how to ask someone’s name/nickname. The only thing I know is numbers which I learnt over the years visiting Thailand and dealing with money at the markets etc. but learning how to pronounce things is so hard!ย Now, I am going to make pizza dough and make a big homemade pizza again for later when Josh gets in from football training because it was soooooo delicious last time! Oh, and I am up for the UK blog awards this year. The voting starts on the 4th December so I will link it on here then if you guys could vote for me, I’d appreciate it so much!

Love, L.

The Langdale Pikes

 

 

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Another Sunday well spent on the mountains in the Lake District. This is becoming a regular thing isn’t it? I’m beginning to like it alot actually, even if it did hailstone just as we reached the summit of Pike o’ Stickle. Today we decided to tackle part of the Langdale Pikes. We loved The Langdales that much that we returned again, although Crinkle Crags is still my favourite but maybe that’s because we had such glorious weather?!

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It was just a small team of three today, Josh, my dad and myself! My brother Alex was supposed to join us but he was too hungover,ย again!ย I’m really loving not drinking so much alcohol, I can’t remember the last time I was drunk. I much prefer doing things like this on weekends! Oh man, am I getting old already? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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It’s a ritual of mine that every peak we reach together we get a photo together so here is one of the two of us looking very windswept. This one was taken on the summit of Pike O’ Stickle with Harrison Stickle in the background to the left. We didn’t venture over that way as the weather started to turn so we headed down Pavey Ark and down past Stickle Tarn.

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Wow, just look at that sky! I love walking when the sun is shining and there is no wind blowing my hair around like crazy but getting out today with the snow, the wind and hailstone was such an experience. We watched a documentary on Netflix the other night called ‘Meru’, I highly recommend it to anyone who is in to walking or climbing. It’s inspiring and I totally get why they want to achieve some of the crazy things they do.

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The hike took us 4 hours in total and just as we reached the van it started to rain. That was a really nice feeling because I knew we were expecting rain and I wanted to be down before we got absolutely drenched! We stopped at the Britannia Inn in Elterwater for cheesey chips and I had a mulled wine, Josh and Dad had Moretti. It’s a little bit pricey in there but so cosy and small! We managed to get a seat by the fire which was lovely although I could’ve easily fallen asleep. Now, it’s time for Blue Planet and an early night before work in the morning. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, L.

 

The Rolling Hills

Why hello there! I’m already tucked up in bed, in my silky pj’s with a cuppa tea. Lovely, just how I like to spend these cold dark nights. In bed, haha! I’m reminiscing about how wonderful our Sunday was and wishing we had better weather here so we could walk more often! I took lots and lots of photos so here are a few more from Blencathra. Did you know it used to be called Saddleback? Correct me if I’m wrong but I think it was Wainwright who re-named the mountain Blencathra. Tonight I’m going to get an early night, Josh is at Old Trafford so I can star fish for a little while whilst he’s out haha.. Speak again in November (can you believe it’s less than two months until Christmas!?) hugs, L.

Blencathra

Today we tackled Blencathra and what an absolutely incredible day it was! The sun was shining and we had blue sky all morning – perfect weather! It took us less than 4 hours and it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it was going to be! We had two pit stops for food of course, one before sharp edge and one at the top overlooking Derwentwater and Thirlmere, possibly the best view I’ve had for lunch!? My brother brought the drone so we managed to get a bit of footage of us scrambling over sharp edge so I think I will share that on my facebook page sometime in the next few days.ย Now, time for braised steak, roast potatoes and lots of cauliflower cheese before snuggling in bed for the new series of Blue Planet! So excited, haha! Speak again soon, L.