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Hello!

So July saw us taking our first proper holiday together in Italy and the first in like 4 years; so it was a well overdue break. It was so nice to relax for once and forget about everything.

There’s a lovely little cove that not many people stay on, so this was our first stop of the holiday. We always went to the local shop for sammies and crisps – in the end they knew Luke’s order by heart.

The trek was a bit tough going, especially in the heat – but it’s well worth the hard work. After all the running we’ve been doing I expected it to be a little easier – but apparently not!

  

  

  

One day we took a massive walk up into the mountains – the view was amazing. As always we took sammies and crisps, but the ants kept hassling us.

I love all the little pink and yellow houses, with all the washing hung out to dry.

Luke thought he’d try to keep the drinks cool in the sea – but it just didn’t work. The lemonade ended up being really hot, yuck!

  

  

  

We celebrated Luke’s 23rd birthday whilst we were away, so I treated him to a bottle of limoncello and lots of prawns!

And here’s Luke sporting his trendy trainers!

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The village we stayed in – San Nicola Arcella was so pretty and quaint! Walking around it was so peaceful in the day.

Obviously there was lots and lots of good food! I couldn’t believe how cheap everything was, especially the wine. Vino and bianco where obviously the first words for us to pick up in Italian!

Surprisingly I only had gelato twice : ( But when we did – it was amazing!! Our favourite was a place in Praia A Mare, but everytime we walked passed, they still always seemed to be setting up. My favourite being pistachio, yum yum!

The walk up and down to the beach seemed to resemble a scene out of Jurassic Park; bit dodgy and steep!

I became obsessed with bruschetta, topping it with real mozzerella and basil! We tried buffalo mozzerella for the first time as well, which was so good; much better than the normal stuff.

Whilst waiting for the bus to Praia A Mare, we somehow managed to hitchhike ourselves a ride; whilst also managing to loose Luke’s phone along the way in the car. Luckily the guy was very nice and he brought the phone back to us, phew!

  

We also managed to spend one day in Naples before we flew back. I was so surprised how busy Naples was. I think London is busy, but wow – it’s absolutely bonkers! The historic buildings where amazing and the churches were so spectacular. Shame I couldn’t say the same about the streets.

We’ll definitely be back next year!

Since we’ve been back, it’s been all change for me. I accepted a new job with Warehouse, still in wholesale. I’ve been there for almost a month now and it’s great! I’m able to walk to work and run back from work almost every day, saving me a an absolute fortune in travel costs : )

Ciao x

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Along Came May

May was quite a busy month for us. We seemed to have everyone stay with us, so that gave us a chance to get out and about.

We visited Little Venice for the first time for the Canal Cavalcade, to see lots of lovely decorated canal boats.

We also tried Mother Mash for the first time, which was top notch! I sometimes think there aren’t enough (good) pie eateries in London and being a Northerner, I love a good pie. But Mother Mash was on form – I love the fact that you can choose your mash, pie or sausage and gravy and they even had proper mushy peas : )

Me and my Mum went to Kettner’s for afternoon tea, which was lovely. We had our first try of caviar (which isn’t that amazing), but the scones were definitely the highlight.

Me and Luke managed to complete the Run Hackney Half Marathon, after just 12 weeks of training. It was unexpectedly really hot, which made the running very hard work! I definitely relied on my little bags of Haribo and Lucazade to keep me going.


Finally after months of waiting, Street Feast has finally re-opened at Dalston Yard, and it couldn’t have come soon enough! The fried chicken from Mother Clucker was amazing, specially the fries! Hopefully we’ll be treating ourselves a lot this summer at Street Feast.


We also visited Borough Market, properly for the first time. It was so hard to choose what to eat; it took me many trips up and down the stalls to finally plump for a scotch egg from Scotch Tails. This was my first experience of a ‘posh scotch egg’ and it definitely didn’t disappoint.

The end of May soon came and I was able to take part in the photo-shoot for Miss Patina’s AW15 Campaign. It was cool to get a chance to see the work that goes on to create a campaign and we even had a little cat join us : )

We’re already well into June and I’m so excited to be going on holiday next week, can’t wait!

xx

Greenwich Mean Time

Hello!

I keep hoping to wake up and sudddenly discover that Spring has arrived, but somehow it never seems to turn up. I’ve seen a few little daffodils popping out, but the weather is generally still pretty miserable. It’s scary how just a few miles down the Thames hundreds of homes are being flooded, but thankfully (with a little help from the Teddington Lock) we’ve been okay here in Richmond.

Amongst all this rain, me and Luke managed to make a couple of trips out to Greenwich. Asking around, a few people said Greenwich was a nice place, but I was surprised when we got there, how seriously nice it is! After a very long journey via three methods of London transport, we made it to Greenwich in just under an hour (makes us realise just how far out we live).

We visited the Royal Observatory, home to the Prime Meridian of the World. Unwillingly parting with our money, we bought the big ticket, getting us into the Observatory, Maritime Museum and the Cutty Sark.

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What a pleasant view from the top (after a very steep climb!)

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I thought it was pretty tight that you had to pay to get to the point where you can stand on the meridian line to take a picture.

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After waiting almost half an hour in the cold to take our pictures, this is the pose Luke came up with – he really wanted to be original. (Stupid kid in the background ruining such a lovely photo)

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Here, we clearly weren’t.

The day just whizzed by, so we had to come back a second time to visit the other places. Thankfully the weather was a lot brighter on our second visit.

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It’s quite sad that these figureheads are the only surviving part of many ships!

We sampled the Cutty Sark tea and it wasn’t too bad – suppose it should be for the Cutty Sark!

The Greenwich market is pretty amazing as well, especially the food stall. On both occasions we bought the same food we enjoyed it that much! So Greenwich is definitely worth a visit out if you’re ever passing by or wanting to do something a little out of central London.

Oh and it was my birthday the other month, so to celebrate we bought LOBSTER! from Loch Fyne, it’s a small chain, so if there’s one nearby you should give it a try!

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Luke tried an oyster, which seemed to take 10 minutes for him to eat. Blurgh, not for me!

I had a lovely birthday, felt like I almost had two. Thank you to anyone who sent a card 🙂

This weekend we have friends over and we going to the Harry Potter Studios, YAY! I can’t wait.

As always, thank you for reading 🙂

P.S. Now that we finally have a new laptop, I’m giving my Etsy shop a re-vamp and getting some new items listed!