Songkran

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A few iPhone shots from today's adventures. We decided we would walk because we wanted to avoid traffic fumes and tuk tuk's, which really is unavoidable in Bangkok. So, after walking around in circles we jumped in a tuk tuk to Lumpini Park. I forgot to negotiate a price, so was charged 200 baht for a 5 minute journey. Ridiculous! Always remember to agree a price before jumping in a tuk tuk because they will charge you whatever they want. Once we had had enough of Lumpini and it's dragons, we walked again for miles, found a cash machine, grabbed a coffee yen (coffee ice, yen in thai means cool or cold I believe), which you should try. I don't often drink coffee but coffee yen from 7/11 is so delicious and costs about 50p for a medium cup. Also, another thing to bare in mind is the amount of plastic that 7/11 staff try and push on you. Straws and a bag for a bottle of water? They really need to up their game! I have my M&S fold away bag with me so we can avoid having to use single use plastic bags whilst we are here. What we are finding difficult is avoiding plastic bottles though, as the tap water here in undrinkable, we have to buy bottled water. Any ideas on how to avoid this? I actually think that the Thai's are good at recycling plastic though, I've seen separate bins dotted about the city, so hopefully they're becoming aware of whats going on in the world. Anyway, back to yesterday... after walking around in the heat, we decided to grab the Metro to the station nearest to the Grand Palace which is almost directly across from Wat Arun. I've never been to see Wat Arun before, so we caught the ferry boat over which was only 4 baht per person. It was so busy. Unbelievably busy! My thinking was that it may have been a little quiet around lunchtime as it was the hottest time of the day but I guess there is never a quiet time to visit one of Bangkok's most popular tourist sights. I forgot to mention, that this weekend was Songkran, which is Thailand's new year water festival. I've experienced it so many times and have usually been in Pattaya or Phuket for it but here in Bangkok it just felt too much so we tried our best to avoid it, which we did pretty well with until we reached Sukhumvit Road and we get absolutely drenched before walking in to the hotel. I do love it and it's an amazing experience for anyone but when I just wanted to see more of the city, the last thing you want is to walk around soaking wet! Today we are getting ready to head up North to Chiang Mai. I'm actually very excited as I've never been before and I get to see my Mum who I haven't seen for about 3 weeks, so I'm looking forward to that! First thing is first though, breakfast! If you saw my post from yesterday then you'll understand my excitement for breakfast here at the Akyra. Catch you soon, L.

Breakfast at The Akyra

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Good morning! Can we just talk about how insane my breakfast is? One of the reasons why I booked this hotel is for the breakfast. I'm a foodie so I always love to scout out the best places to eat. Here at the Akyra, you get to chose two dishes each from the breakfast menu. So, of course we chose two each. I went for the fried eggs and French toast, and Josh went for the cheesy scrambled eggs with crispy bacon and fried rice. The French toast was delightful. I've never had it before but mmm, so yummy! I even ate some of the fruit that was served with it, which is a rarity for me as I'm a bit funny when it comes to fruit but I am slowly getting better, ha! I'm already looking forward to breakfast tomorrow morning but think I may chose something more authentic. Every time I'm here, I always want eggs and baked beans so I want to force myself to eat more Thai. Ah, anyway I'm sure you'll see what it is I chose. Today we are going to head into Bangkok, visit Lumpini park and Wat Arun perhaps but not entirely sure. I guess we'll just see how the day goes! Hopefully we don't get too wet from Songkran... L.

Sunset drinks at Pippa Sky Bar

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What I am wearing: crochet top from Stradivarius, trousers from Zara (years ago), earrings from & Other Stories.

Hello loves! How are ya? Can't believe we have been here 3 days already... I don't even want to think about it! Last night we enjoyed drinks on our hotel roof top bar. How beautiful is it? Such an amazing view of the sunset disappearing behind the sea. I highly recommend this hotel for a few nights stay, the staff are brilliant and it's such a nice, clean, chilled hotel. The Pippa bar and restaurant is open to the public also, so you don't have to be a guest. You could always hop in a taxi from wherever you're staying in Pattaya and enjoy the view. Just make sure you get there in good time to get a seat, it's not that big! At the moment we are repacking our bags ready to head to Bangkok. I'm a little sad to be leaving Pattaya already but excited to explore a little more of Bangkok over the next few days! I think I will try to vlog from today but we will see how it goes..Although, Songkran festival has started so everyone is throwing water. Not sure I want to risk my camera! Anyway, I better go as we need to check out and I should probably help Josh pack his suitcase.. ha! Speak soon, L.

Pool day at The Mytt

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Where we are staying: The Mytt Beach Hotel, Pattaya

 

Good morning lovelies, it's actually just about to turn 2pm here in Thailand but I know that for the majority of you, it's probably early morning. Yesterday we lounged around the hotel pool, fell asleep in the shade, then got ready and went out for food at Central Festival and had a walk along the beach front. We had an early night, I think I was fast asleep by 10:30pm but I woke up in the middle of the night with a huge migraine. I think it's a mixture of too much sun and travelling. It was so weird, I felt sick and couldn't sleep because of the pain in my head. So, last nights sleep was not a very good one but.. saying that the bed was super comfy! Now, we plan to sit by the pool again and read a book. We were up early for a gym session this morning and then we went to the Pattaya Orphanage. I can't really explain how it made me feel, as I felt happy that the children were so well cared for and loved by all the staff but I also wanted to burst into tears. There are around 170 children who are orphanages and that is the limit that the orphanage will take in. At the moment, they have almost 70 babies (under 10 months old) that in their care. Honestly, it's heart breaking. A lot of the children do get adopted and sent to countries in Europe. Switzerland, France and Denmark are the most popular, with only 3 children over the past 45 years being adopted and sent to the UK to live. Josh and I were both pleased to hear that siblings have to be adopted together. We met a brother and sister, who were both meeting their parents on Monday, from France. I can imagine they were both so excited about it! Anyway, if you would like to see more about the orphanage then you can visit their site here. They really are doing such a wonderful thing,  so hats off to the staff who bring up these children as if they were one of their own. Speak soon, L.

24+ hours of travelling…

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Good morning lovelies! What a hell of a long journey that was. The first stretch of our flight wasn't so bad. I sat on the isle seat and I was next to a little boy who was the quietest, most sweetest little boy ever so I managed to catch a couple of zzz's before the second flight, where I barely slept a wink! I was crammed between Josh and a guy (quite a big guy) from Birmingham who took up all of the arm rest between us... So, yeh that wasn't the best flight ever but hey, we are here now in Pattaya for the next two nights. Alex and Dad are staying in Bangkok so we'll meet them plus Mum in a few days time. The hotel we have just checked in to is so beautiful. It's pretty new I believe and they have just opened their new sky bar, so that's where we will be heading this evening! It's only 11:50am so we actually got here in good time. The plan is to head out for a quick bite to eat and then lounge around the pool for the rest of the afternoon.. I'll be updating my Instagram stories mostly but only when we are back in the hotel, as I don't have 4g and won't be connecting to every single wifi spot we come across. Anyway, time to go sunbathe in this lovely warm sunshine, speak soon, L.

A walk in the Howgills

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Contrary to my horoscope, that told me to rest today... (Gran makes me read it from time to time), I actually have not stopped moving. I cleaned my bedroom from top to bottom, packed Josh's suitcase, went to the gym and then went for a long walk, up Winder and on to Crook fell with my Dad. I'm a little ashamed to say that I've never actually ventured up Crook fell before, so it was a first for me. Maybe next time I'll venture a little further over to Cautley Spout which is apparently the highest waterfall in England. It's literally down the round from us and I've never been, shameful! Anyway, enough rambling.. the plan for this evening is to demolish as many roast potatoes as possible, alongside toad in the hole and roasted tinned tomatoes topped with basil, am I making you hungry yet? We started watching 'Our Planet' on Netflix last night and woah, it's absolutely terrifying how fast the planet is changing. I recommend you watch and encourage your children or siblings to watch it too. Hopefully it will help us all start making small changes, to make our planet a better place for us and for the next generation. Speak soon, L.

Saturday’s

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What a bloody glorious day it has been today! The sun was shining, it was around 14 degrees celsius, the birds were chirping and it just felt like spring, you know? I went and got my hair cut and Ben decided to curl it for me. I love it! I wish I could curl it myself like this but I just get fed up of doing my own hair because it always aches my arms.. which probably means that I should work out more, like do more bicep curls or something? Oh my goodness and do you know what I found today? Do you know what I found? I can't believe I'm even saying this but there was a long grey hair. It was coarse and so long! I yanked it out and brought it home to show Josh and my Gran, I was that gobsmacked. Gross! Yeh, ok 1st world problems I know. But can you really imagine me with a full head of grey hair? I think not! I'm 24 years old for god sake. I'm coming across as being so over dramatic and I can assure you that I am not but... still, a grey hair... Anyway, I hope you're enjoying your weekend. It seems to be glorious everywhere at the moment! Tonight we are going to start watching that new documentary on Netflix 'Our Planet', narrated by the one and only, Sir David Attenborough. I love stuff like that. Josh is off walking tomorrow so I guess I will actually have to go through my holiday stuff (again) and probably his too, tidy, hoover, clean my mirror and windows and god knows what else. I actually fancy walking to the top of Winder tomorrow if the weather is as nice as it was today but we'll see. I don't want to over do it, ha! So, I guess I may speak to you tomorrow... or maybe Wednesday. Lots of love, L.

Our first holiday as a couple to Rabac, Croatia

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I'm working through all my old photographs on my phone/memory cards and storing them all in some orderly manor on my hard-drive, so I thought I'd share these photos from our first holiday together to Rabac in Croatia, 2014. It was a beautiful little fishing village, North West Croatia. We hired bikes and cycled to a secluded bay and even hired a boat for the day and jumped off in the nude at some nudist beach. The guys were all shouting at us telling us to go away.. ah, it was so funny! We also went parasailing over the Adriatic sea and we went so high, we couldn't even hear the boat engine below us. Scary but so peaceful all at the same time! We had heard that Venice wasn't too far by boat, so we headed to Rovinj and caught the ferry over to Venice for the day. It was beautiful but we paid about 50 euros for a margarita pizza and two small bottles of coke! That's pretty much £50! I'll never forget it. I guess it serves us right for sitting right on the grand canal... and we didn't even know it! I hope you enjoyed the pics, they are slightly over edited - which must've been my style all those years ago and the picture quality isn't great but I love looking back through them all. Tomorrow is quite full on, I have work, hair cut appointment, eyebrow thread, camera clean and then I will probably have to go through my bags again and ensure that everything is where I want it to be and then all I have to do is throw in my toiletry bags. I might vlog tomorrow if I get chance, we'll see. Anyway, enjoy your weekend you lovely bunch, L.

Weekend adventures: Buttermere, Haystacks

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Happy Sunday! Another fabulous weekend spent exploring the Lakes, this time by foot, rather than on our kayak but still as fun, nonetheless. This time our friend Jack accompanied us for a yomp up and around Haystacks in Buttermere. What a day for it! We managed to scout out one of the bothay's up there, so hopefully this summer we will get to experience a night in it. We also spotted the Warnscale bothay that we've been wanting to stop in for so long but it's hidden and out of sight from the main pathways, which will hopefully mean that not so many people find it! It's actually beginning to feel a little like Spring now and with the clocks moving forward last night, I can't wait for the longer evenings, which will mean more time after work in the week to go out and do the things that we love. I've just noticed that my camera has some 'splodges' on the lens which is a little annoying because I can't be bothered editing every single picture to remove grey dots, so I'll have to get it cleaned at Wilkinson's before we head off on holiday, NEXT WEEK! Kind of annoying that I have to get it done just before we go away because I'd rather have the £35 or whatever it costs to spend on something else but, such is life! I guess rather that than dealing with the annoying dust splodges. Anyway, it's Mother's Day! I hope ya'll treating your Mumma's or are doing something special. Me? Well, my Mum is in Thailand so we don't do anything! I spoke to her and my Thai Granny this morning whilst we were on our way to Buttermere and wished her a happy day! Gran (English Gran), is cooking us all a roast dinner because Dad is home from work for the weekend. Really it should be the other way around, don't you agree? Between now and then will involve a nice warm shower, possibly a nap and a lil snack to keep me going until tea time. I bought A Star is Born for us both to watch so I'm hoping Josh will watch it with me tonight, even though I've already seen it. Anyway enjoy the rest of your weekend. Speak soon, L.

We bought a boat!

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Ok, so it's not technically a boat... more of kayak, which is also inflatable so we can bung it in the boot and go off for the day. Now all we need is a pair of split paddles, so I don't have to travel with a set of ores perched on my shoulder! We knew the weather wasn't going to be great from 1pm onwards so we woke up kind of early and set off to Ullswater with our new Aquaglide Colombia kayak. We chose Ullswater because it's so easy to park up by the side of the lake (for free) and get in to the water, whereas Windermere is pretty difficult to find somewhere to leave your car and then pump your boat up. We paddled over towards a little island, where Josh had planned on camping this summer, so we wanted to scout it out and see how difficult it was and if there was a good piece of flat grass etc. The only problem was goose poo but I guess we were invading their home so how can I complain really? Anyway, we cooked bacon and egg and enjoyed a hot chocolate, took some photos and then decided to head back to main land, as we could see the grey clouds rolling in and I did not want to get rained on, especially because I dressed inappropriately and wore jeans and my docs! *Note to self, get some water proof pants and some thick wooly socks because damn it is cold out on the lake*. Now, well I feel sleepy. I made a big pan of chilli con carne for lunches this week and turkey meatballs for tea tonight which we have with this delicious Moroccan sauce from our local fruit and veg shop. It's so delicious that I buy it in bulk, which is a little expensive but so worth it for something easy and tasty! Mum also headed out to Thailand yesterday but she has arrived safe and sound. I got to speak with my Thai granny via FaceTime this morning, it's so heartwarming and a little emotional hearing her voice. I can't wait to go, hopefully she will be able to join us in Chiang Mai so I get to see her. Anyway, I'm going to tidy my bedroom and hoover the carpet because it's bloody filthy, L.

Afternoon tea at The Black Bull

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What I am wearing: Jumper from M&S, Denim Jacket from Missguided and Dr Marten boots.

Hey loves! I am so happy to finally have a day off from work. I've worked 13 days in a row but am surprisingly not too tired, although an early night and a film is definitely on the cards. Yesterday a bunch of us enjoyed a savoury afternoon tea at the Black Bull, which was top class. The sandwiches were delicious, especially the pink roast beef which was perfectly cooked. I also really loved the sausage rolls, which were about the size of my head and the delicious calamari with spicy dipping sauce. Perfect day which ended with Josh and I waddling home at 11pm, after me saying that I'd only be out for an hour or two, oops! Anyway, I actually woke up without a hangover because I was sensible and had about 3 pints of water and a packet of crisps whilst I was out so we managed to get a food shop done, meet our friends for some lunch and get home and prep for the week ahead just in time for a roast chicken salad, mmm! Oh, I also ordered those suitcase dividers which I mentioned in my last post, so once they arrive I'll maybe do a 'what I'm packing and how I pack' video. I watched Marianna Hewitt's 'how I pack for trips' which you can see here and I found it really helpful, especially as I don't travel often. Speak very soon, L.

TMI? My experience of the coil

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Just reposting some photos from yesterdays shoot because I still can't get over how perfect my make up was!

I asked some of my wonderful friends and followers on Instagram what their thoughts were on the pill vs the coil a couple of weeks ago and wow, I could not believe the responses I received! Most were all in favour for the coil but there were a couple who mentioned alternatives, such as the injection and the implant.

I've been on the pill for around 7-8 years with a few brand changes in between, as well as a 3 month stint of the injection - which was not pleasant. I gained a shed load of weight from the injection, just like my Mum did so as soon as I could, I went back on the pill. I started with a contraceptive pill that I would take continuously which was in the beginning great, until I started bleeding irregularly and from what I remember around 6 months of spotting, which was obviously not ideal! I then spoke with my local GP who advised the combined pill, where you take it for 3 weeks and have a break for a period. This worked fab, I really loved having the break and feeling somewhat 'normal'. Then I started suffering with really bad skin on my face.. this isn't the eczema that I spoke about in a previous post but this was spots on my cheek, forehead and chin. To be honest, I never even linked it with my pill. I'd been on it for so long that I thought it must just be my hormones...and then I spoke to my best friend who had recently changed her pill because of really bad break outs.

So I went to speak with my Dr again and was prescribed the the combined pill, Yasmin. Since then my skin has been amazing and I didn't think much about changing my contraception until we were lying in bed one evening and Josh showed me this picture of a girl who had been on the pill for several years and an after picture from when she came off it. There was such a huge difference in her physique which got me thinking about all the effects I have had to put up with from the pill. Mood swings, bad skin, weight gain and the thought of all that medicine going into my body. I looked up the coil after hearing about it on a number of occasions and did a bit of research before asking you guys what you thought and what your experiences were of contraceptive. I booked in with a nurse the next day and consulted with her about it. She advised me that the coil is getting extremely popular, especially with young girls who are really sick of the mood swings and like I mentioned before, the amount of oestrogen and a progestogen being swallowed into their bodies, effecting them physically as well as mentally.

There are two different types of coil which you can read more about here and here.

I was actually booked in for my fitting (oh it sounds like a dress fitting, maybe one day ha!) shortly after discussing this over on the gram and I know a few of you were curious about the procedure and if it hurts, if I can feel it etc. so I thought I'd stick it all in a post, rather than Insta stories where I'm sure all the lads cringe at the thought of it (but seriously though, why is it us girls that have to go through all this shit?). Basically, it did not go as planned.... Please do not continue reading if you are going to be grossed out, feel sick, faint etc. This is your warning now. Do not go ahead. It is dangerous territory. Ok, so you managed this far. I believe you're in it until the end so I will continue... I was working myself up all day long for this appointment. I had to wait until 4pm and the plan was to nip out of work for half an hour and go back into the office as if nothing had happened. So, I go in and the Dr and I go through all the side effects and statistics of the coil. She said that she wanted to fit the smallest coil which had around 16% of hormone but I can't remember all of the details as my head was just on another planet. The reason for the smaller coil was because I hadn't had children so my womb wouldn't be big enough but she said that if she could fit it then she would. The procedure starts, I'm butt naked laying on the bed with the lamp glaring *down there*. At this point, all I'm thinking about is how it looks. Oh god, did I miss a bit shaving? God, I hope not. I had my head in the crease of my arm. I couldn't look. I didn't want to look. Anyway, so she feels my stomach and then inside.. I'm guessing for any cysts or unusual lumps but I didn't ask, I was just trying to imagine myself on a beach somewhere. Then the speculum goes up and I just hear this ratchet sound - to hold me open. This isn't too bad, I had a full STI test around this time last year so I knew I'd be ok with this. Then she tells me that I'm going to have a local anaesthetic, ok fine. I've never had one before, I don't know what it involves and then woah. It kills and when I say it kills wow, I nearly kicked my GP in the face. I even said "I am never having children after this". We wait 5 minutes for the 'local anaesthetic' to kick in. I don't feel any different and then the speculum goes back in. From there on in I'm not really sure what's going on. After around 10 minutes of who knows what, apparently my cervix is too small and wouldn't open. I was asked if I wanted to continue and I said no, although apparently they did have 'metal clamps' which would've held me open better, as the one she was using kept slipping. So we aborted mission. I came to terms with the fact that I'd probably be on the pill now for another good few years and then I sat in my car and cried. My stomach was in agony and I had started to bleed. I was advised to go home, so I text my manager and went home to a hot water bottle and a hot chocolate. I'm not sharing this info with you to put you off but I'm sharing it because I want you to know that if you do go ahead with this then there is a small chance that you will be just like me. Apparently I'm like 1/10 women that this happens to and sometimes they just aren't suitable. I'm sorry if this has put you off but please don't let my bad experience change your mind. Chances are you'll be fine and I'm just a weirdo that bad things happen to. If you want to ask me any more questions then please do feel free to privately message me, I don't bite and I will try and help in any way possible. I just wanted to be as honest as possible and obviously had it all gone well, I would've shared that too - which was initially the plan! A very different post to the norm but I hope you enjoyed the read, L.