Category: Blog Everyday in November

#BEDN ~ Leaving on a Jet Plane

I love everything about going abroad. From spending time at the airport and watching films on the plane, to exploring new places and going on adventures! Having not had much money of late, trips abroad have been few & far between, so here are a few of my favourite foreign adventures.

Iceland

Geyser cosy hat Gulfross Waterfall Blue LagoonWe went to Iceland for Christmas quite a few years ago now. It was an amazing experience and I’d go there again right now if someone asked me! We stayed in Reykjavik and walked all over the city. We headed out to see a few geysers, Gullfoss waterfall & the Blue Lagoon, which was my favourite part of the whole trip! As we were in the lagoon, which was about 30° while the air temperature was 0°, it started hailing! Yep, I was outside in my swimming costume in the hail! Amazing! The city shuts down for a few days over the festive period so we had a great opportunity to explore the city and with only a few hours of daylight, it was a great excuse to sit indoors drinking plenty of hot chocolate & wine when we were done! Being vegetarian was tricky there, as historically, they haven’t been able to grow many things due to the fact that it’s quite a new volcanic island. They do grow vegetables there now, in polytunnels, but previous to this, everything like that was imported. The main delicacy was rotted shark meat, Puffin or Reindeer. Not really my cup of tea, so I ate a lot of pizza!

Rome

Rome Beautiful Roma Gladiator Old RomeWe went to Rome during October so the weather during the day was gorgeous (perfect for gelato!) while the evening was a bit chilly (perfect for pizza!). We walked so, so much while we were there. Unlike Reykjavik, which is quite a small city, and Paris that has the Metro, Rome is fairly big and we wanted to see the main sights, as we’d never been before. Plus, whenever we go somewhere new, we always like to eat where the locals are eating. One night, we found this little restaurant that looked like something straight out of the Godfather! There were waiters everywhere & they were great. Everything about the place was excellent. I loved it there.

Paris

We also had a great holiday in Paris, but I can’t seem to find any pictures & my OH’s laptop has taken a holiday of it’s own! Again, we went in October, though it was much colder than Rome. I’ll never forget how cold it was being on the Eiffel Tower at night – even the thought of it is making me cold! I’d been to Paris before, but I’d only gone for the weekend, so we had much more time to explore. I always get a crepe with nutella as soon as I can when I get there. There’s nothing quite like it! My favourite memories from our trip are visiting the catacombs, as they were hilarious & macabre, eating pancakes & drinking endless cups of Joe at Breakfast in America and asking to buy croissants in French! Delicious!

#BEDN ~ World Television Day

I watch a lot of TV. Always have done. I enjoy the escapism that a really good TV show brings. Whether I’m sitting doing some knitting, doing some chores or pottering about, I quite often have a box set on the go. (These days, I much prefer to watch a box set than watch something on TV. Adverts annoy me a lot!) When thinking of this post, I wasn’t sure whether to do a top ten, must-see shows or just my favourites. So I wrote some down and the list grew & grew! So here, in no particular order, are some of the best TV shows I’ve seen.

Out of these, The Wire & The Sopranos are pretty epic and well worth the watch if you haven’t seen them already. Some of them, such as House & Lost, start great but lose it a bit in the middle. I even found the endings disappointing, which is really annoying after you’ve vested so much time in a series! I’ve included both versions of The Killing, as I really liked the American one too. Glad to see it’s been given another (and final) series on Netflix.

Another thing that really, really annoys me is when a series starts off on regular TV, becomes a massive hit, and is then bought by Sky. We don’t have a Sky TV subscription, as we can’t afford it, so we miss out on a lot of series, which is another reason why I’m such a big fan of the box set.

What do you think of my suggestions? Are there any that you think should be included?

#BEDN ~ It’s only fashion baby

What I know about fashion could be written on a postage stamp. That’s not true actually. I’m aware of what’s fashionable, but most if it is irrelevant to me. I dress for warmth & comfort. I try to look decent, but being cosy is way more important. That being said, with the cold weather, it’s been time to get some new bits & bobs for being outside. These are some of the things I have recently bought or want to keep me warm when walking Poppy this winter. Brrrrr!

winter wishlist1. Grey hand knitted bobble hat by People £25 // 2. Moleskin Duffle coat by Boden £103 // 3. Mini Polka Dot tights by White Stuff £15 // 4. Knee High Lace Socks by Toft £24 // 5. Multi Stripe Welly by Joules £39.95

I do have a few of these and have been waiting for it to get cold enough to wear them! I bought the coat a while ago, though it’s half a Christmas present. Most of my clothes are blue so I went for the orange one for a change and because it’s bright and noticeable. That’s also why I like the Joules wellies. They nice & bright, which is what you need when you’re walking the dog in the rain! I love the bobble hat, especially the bright pom pom! It looks so cosy & I have a real thing for hats in the winter, a slight addiction if you will. I’ve found that I’m walking through socks at an alarming rate and love these old school ones from Toft. I also like the range of tights of White Stuff. They’re just a bit more exciting than tights have been since I was a kid!

dog winter wishlist

1. Spot Dog Collar by Cath Kidston £8 // 2. Spot Dog Lead by Cath Kidston £12 // 3. Houndstooth Dog Jumper at White Stuff £34 // 4. Night Dawg Light Up Collar at Muddy Paws £17.99

I am not the only one who needs a few additions to their wardrobe this winter! I’ve noticed that when walking Poppy anytime after 4.30pm, she’s completely camouflaged by the darkness so we need to get her a light collar that we can just slip on easily before evening walks. We’re also going to get her the jumper, as she doesn’t have much fur on her chest at all but she doesn’t always need her thick coat. I am in love with the range by Redhound for Dogs. As Poppy is an unusual shape, these are the closest ones I’ve seen that should fit her perfectly! When we adopted Poppy, we had no idea about collars & leads so just got a dark, boring one. Most people think she’s a boy, so we were delighted to receive the gorgeous red Spot dog collar & lead from Cath Kidston. They suit Poppy down to the ground & help her look a bit more girly! That is until she’s hunting the squirrels…!

#BEDN ~ Newsflash

Did you know that it’s been 35 years since Dogs Trust launched their ‘A Dog is for life… not just for Christmas’ campaign? To commemorate it, they’re asking people to stop and think before getting a dog and asking dog lovers to #presspaws.

Poppydog press pawsPlease forgive the quality of the picture! I’ve been trying to get Poppy to pose for this all day, but she’s such a diva and hates having to look at the camera!

I can’t stress enough how important is it to do your research before getting a dog. Before we even started looking at rescue centres, we waited until we could devote the time, energy & money needed to look after a dog. It was a slightly epic mission, that involved getting the garden dog proof, making sure we had enough money to pay for insurance and everything else dogs seem to need. We also made sure that we only looked at dogs who would suit our lifestyle. We wanted a young dog, but not a puppy; nothing too small, but nothing too big either as our house isn’t very big. We had clear ideas about which breeds we’d be happy to have because some would suit us better than others. For example, we didn’t want a working dog because they take up more time than we have to give. We also knew that we didn’t want to buy a dog, and that we wanted to adopt a rescue. We were able to look online and check out the recommendations for each dog, helping us find the right dog for us.

Dogs Trust outline all the different things you need to consider on their website. Despite having grown up with dogs, I am still surprised by how much our world now revolves around Poppy. We can’t go out for more than 4 hours at a time, we get woken up by her if we decide not to get up at the usual time, we have to walk her or she goes all kinds of hyperactive etc. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t want it any other way because she’s ace! But she is a lot of work. While we’ve got the time & just about have the energy, not everyone does so if you’re considering getting a dog, then please stop & think about it.

Dogs Trust are spreading the message via Twitter, their Tumblr blog and you can follow everything using the hashtag, #presspaws.