Tuesday Treat – Seasalt Vanilla Scarf

I do not know where the time goes. How on earth is it April tomorrow, especially if I’m still wearing mittens while walking Poppy? Anyway, despite the fact that the weather can’t decide whether to join us in Spring, I’m ready to move my wardrobe on to brighter things. While I’m mainly a blue stripy top and jeans kind of girl, I’m always looking for items to break up the blue. Last week, when treating myself to a new jumper from Seasalt, I spotted this gorgeous scarf and it’s gone straight onto my Wishlist.

Seasalt Vanilla Scarf

I love it because it’s completely different to all the other scarves I have and would look just as good as part of a work outfit, as it would walking Poppy or heading out with friends. (Who am I kidding – I’ll mainly wear it while walking Poppy!) But it’ll help break up the blue coat, blue top and blue jeans I wear most of the time. If no one takes the hint and gets if for me soon, I’ll be treating myself!

This isn’t a sponsored post, I just love Seasalt stuff!

Tuesday Treat – Hello Spring!

I don’t know about you, but I am loving spring this year. The warmth from the sun, the blossoms on the tree and bulbs poking up through the soil. The sun seems to make everything just a little bit better and a little bit brighter and I’m pleased not to have to wear fifteen layers every time I leave the house (though I will miss my woolly tights!)

Spring in Abingdon

Sunday, when this picture was taken, was the perfect spring day. We headed out early for a dog walk to one of our favourite haunts, warmed up in the sun and spent some time pottering about in the garden. I was so worried that everything would die, as we didn’t get a chance to sort the garden out before winter. Instead, we’ve found that most plants have survived and some of the bulbs I was able to plant have grown.

I really hope the good weather lasts until the Easter holidays. As I was poorly for half term, I’m hoping to get out for lots of walks with Poppy, watch the garden bloom and enjoy some well earned rest and relaxation.

Tuesday Treat – Mothers Day Pampering

I hope you all had a lovely weekend and spoiled the mothers in your lives. My sister and I took our Mum to Cardiff for a bit of pampering. We started off at Laguna Health & Spa where Mum and I had manicures. I try to look after my nails regularly, but it was lovely to have them exfoliated and massaged a bit. Then we headed down to Cardiff Bay for a bit of lunch.

Cardiff Millenium Centre

There are loads of restaurants to choose from and we had a table booked at Strada. We had a lovely three course meal and my sister and I shared a delicious chocolate fondant for pudding. We had a lovely day and it was so easy to get to despite the M4. Will definitely be doing that again!

Dog Walks in Oxfordshire – Chimney Meadows

A few weekends ago, while the weather wasn’t very appealing, I stumbled across the BBOWT web page for Chimney Meadows. Neither I nor my partner Phil had heard of it before and I was convinced it was the ideal place for a Sunday dog walk. While the weather was a little lack luster, and despite the beginnings of what would turn out to be a three week long cold, we had a brilliant time.

It’s not an easy journey to get to Chimney Meadows – there were a few times when I thought Google Maps wasn’t quite awake but after a time, we arrived at the BBOWT carpark. There’s a map in the carpark and the whole area is well signposted. We wanted to head to the hides and explore some of the bird life. On our way we saw sheep and cows and Poppy definitely smelt a lot more. She loved it there. There was lots of tall grass for her to sniff through and plenty of things for her to try to roll in.

Chimney Meadows Oxfordshire Chimney Meadows Fungus The Thames BBOWT Oxfordshire Chimney Meadows Chimney Meadows Tree Reflection Winter Dew Hedgehog motorway Poppy at Chimney Meadows Chimney Meadows Hide Chimney Meadows Cows

We had a look in both hides. I was so pleased to see that the larger one had a pair of binoculars in. We usually carry one pair, so while Phil was using his, I was able to look through some too. Not only that, there were folders in each, showing what can usually be seen during that time of year and a place to record your own findings. In the first hide, we only saw a few moorhens, coots and a pheasant. However, in the second hide, we spotted a kingfisher! I couldn’t believe it! All of a sudden, I saw a flash of blue and knew straight away what it was. Not only that, but he stopped and preened for a bit, meaning we could really have a look at his glorious colours. Absolutely beautiful!

I thoroughly enjoyed our walk around Chimney Meadows. There was so much to see and I’ll definitely be going back later in the spring when there are more flowers about.

The Walk: There are a few different ways around Chimney Meadows, but be aware that there are some restrictions. Have a look at the BBOWT website for more information. Whatever way you explore Chimney Meadows, be sure to stop at the hides.
Cost: Free
Car Park: Yes and it’s free.
Refreshments: No, but there are a few picnic benches dotted around so be sure to pack a flask of chai and some brownies.
Toilets: No.

 

The Great British Sewing Bee

I don’t know about you, but I have been well and truly transfixed by this year’s Great British Sewing Bee. The standard of sewing has been impeccably high, making my own sewing skills look non-existent! I have no idea who’s going to win, as they’ve all made some amazing things.

Great British Sewing Bee

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For me, the show highlights how difficult and time consuming it is to make clothes, the skill involved and the fact that clothes shouldn’t be cheap and disposable. The amount of time, care and attention that goes into everything they make is inspirational – it makes me want to be a better sewer, though I have a feeling I’m a lost cause! One of my favourite things they do is the alteration challenge. I would love to be able to buy some clothes from a charity shop and alter them to fit me properly or make something completely different. Who knows, I might just have to give my old sewing machine another try to see if we get on this time!

Tuesday Treat – Spring Time Sunshine

How beautiful was the weather last weekend?! After three weeks of constantly blowing my nose, feeling rubbish and not having a spare five minutes to myself, it was lovely to get out in the sun with Poppy and Phil over the weekend.

Spring

While the bulbs I planted in the garden have yet to produce any colour, there’s plenty of colourful flowers to be seen out and about. I also think I’m finally getting over my cold, which is good so hopefully that’ll be the last I see of that for a while. Not only that, but I enjoyed a Mother Superior bathbomb from Lush and it was delicious! Isn’t it great to see the back of winter?! Let’s hope there’s lots more sun to come!

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