Category: Blog Everyday in May

#BEDM – A Day in the Life

This isn’t really a typical day in my life, I’m afraid to say. We’ve been on holiday in the gorgeous Cadgwith Cove, spoilt by amazing weather, great food and lots of lovely walks. Here’s a day in the life of my holiday in Cornwall.

6.30am

6am

Early start, thanks to a slightly poorly Poppy. Back to bed for a bit though.

7am

7am

Time to get moving – it’s going to be another hot and sunny day.

8am

8am

Breakfast and blog reading time.

9am

9am

Getting ready for a walk to Mullion Cove. I have walked so many miles in these shoes!

10am

10am

You can some slightly odd things around Cornwall!

11am

11am

We spent some time exploring the harbour, which had taken a battering over the winter.

12pm

12pm

We decided to walk over to Polurrian Bay (only to discover they don’t allow dogs!)

1pm

1pm

Feeling a little overheated after walking in the sun for what felt like ages! Plus, all the freckles!

2pm

2pm

Ah, this made the walk worth it. Chocolate milkshake at the Chocolate Factory.

3pm

3pm

Time to cool off & pamper with my new Honey Cosmetics.

4pm

4pm

Book reading, tea drinking and snoozing in the sun.

5pm

5pm

Decided it was cool enough to venture outside – Poppy loved it.

6pm

6pm

Making the most of the sunny weather and time to relax.

7pm

7pm

Best veggie pasty EVER from Ann’s Pasties

8pm

8pmMaking progress on my scarf and enjoying a glass of rose!

9pm

9pm

Time to let Poppy out – still light!

10pm

10pm

Think it’s past Poppy’s bedtime.

11pm

11pm

Time for bed.

Almost every day of our holiday has been like this. Pretty perfect! Just wish holidays could come round more often. How about you? What’s your day been like?

#BEDM – Blogging Tips

Let’s get one thing straight. I am not a blogging expert but I’ve been blogging for a few years now and have learnt a few things along the way. I still make mistakes, but hey, doesn’t everyone? I’ve started a Pinterest board to collect hints and tips about blogging.

write what you love

  1. Write about what you love. If you’re not passionate about what you’re writing about, it’s going to be painful, for both you and your readers.
  2. Always include images, whether they’re a little bit shoddy, like some of mine, quickly taken on my iPhone or gorgeous ones, people like to see something pretty.
  3. Use WordPress. It’s my favourite platform as you can do sooo much with it. I self host, using Krystal who are Amazing.
  4. Link back. Whether it’s to another blogger who inspired you, an online article, a Pinterest board or a website.
  5. Credit images. If you’re using someone elses image, credit them. I know it can be tricky, but there are lots of places that can help you find the original image. (I try to use my own as much as possible, as it’s easier)
  6. Don’t worry about spelling. Lots of people proofread and spell check to the nth degree. I read it through once, use the spell check. I miss words out and make spelling errors. So what?! So does the BBC so I feel in good company.
  7. Be honest.
  8. Don’t take things too seriously.
  9. Reply to comments as much as possible.
  10. Don’t stress over stats, especially if you’re starting out. Write good content, share it (but don’t overshare) and readers will come. A good way to spread the word is getting involved in blogger networking, like Blognix, who have a Twitter chat tonight and a conference coming up in June.

What do you think? What’s your top blogging tip?

#BEDM – Home Sweet Home

I’ve written a few posts about the ongoing changes we’re making to our home. It’s still a work in progress – does that ever change? The list of things we need to do is quite overwhelming and with a very depleted budget, we’re kind of stagnating and ignoring all the jobs. We’ll probably tackle the garden next, when we’ve got a few good weather weekends. We’ve spent soooooooo long on the garden that we want to just get some plants in and leave it the hell alone. It’s sucking out my will to live! We still only have one plant in it and it wasn’t something we put in. It’s much easier to make small, but noticeable changes to the house. For instance, we switched our lounge around a bit by bringing in the big wingback chair from my room and moving the bookcase out. It’s practically transformed the lounge. Love when that happens, and it didn’t cost a penny! Some of our other most recent changes have been born out of necessity.

Spice Rack

This littls unassuming spice rack has made a massive difference in our teeny, tiny kitchen. Previous to this, our spices were just in the cupboard, taking up a lot of space and it wasn’t easy to find them. With the resurgence of cooking from scratch, being able to see what spices we’ve got, what we need to order and which ones are going out of date, has been essential. We desperately needed a better way to store our spices. So one Sunday, we headed to Yarnton Antiques, one of my favourite places, and spent about 15 minutes, looking and picking up these few things. That’s all the time it took and boy, where we pleased with our purchases! This little spice rack cost about £12. It looks like a chap put it together in his garage for his wife to store her spices and for that reason, it reminds me of my grandad, because that’s the kind of thing he’d have done for my nana. It’s absolutely perfect, fits in the kitchen a treat and is ideal for our little collection of spices.

Bread tin

We’ve also been looking for something to store our kindling in. We’ve had it in a basket, but this doesn’t work well, as you get bits all over the floor. Plus we wanted something fire resistant, as we keep it all quite close to the wood burner. We found this old bread tin, and again, it was really reasonable. I’ve wanted something like this for ages, but there’s just no room for it in our kitchen and we don’t eat that much bread, but the kindling fits in perfectly so we’ve got it in the lounge, ready for next winter.

Spoons Before

We also spied this little unassuming box. I had a peek inside and found these old spoons. They were on sale for £2.50. It would have been a crime to leave them there, so they were added to the pile, knowing it’d take me about 10 minutes to clean them up when I got home.

Spoons During

It didn’t take long to get them clean. I used some silver polish and my silver cloth to get them spruced up and they are gorgeous! They’ve got some markings on the back, which is on my list to research to see if we’ve picked up something really ancient. Either way, we’ve got a lovely set of spoons for a really good bargain.

Spoons After

It’s not very often I can walk into a shop and find three things that I really want/need, find them within budget and agree with my OH that they’re the right thing. They’re just perfect for our little house!

Have you found any great things for your home recently? Any planting tips for the garden or good places to find antique bargains?

#BEDM – Walk to Work Week

As a freelancer I work from home, so my walk to work involves me walking downstairs. And that walk isn’t particularly photo worthy! So I’ve decided to share the walk I took on Monday.

Cadgwith
Cadgwith Stream
Cadgwith View
Sunny Cadgwith
Cadgwith Footpath
I walk somewhere at least twice a day with Poppy, even if I don’t feel like it because it’s so beneficial. It gets me moving, gives me so much needed fresh air and vitamin D and is essential for my mental health. You can read more about my dog walks with Poppy here.

How about you? Where’s your favourite walk?