I had a quick fly around Temple Newsam today, scoping out the best bits for my photo walk next weekend. The Walled Gardens are blooming beautiful at the moment, packed with colour and... the greenhouse is something else! I can't wait to spend some quality time there taking pics 🙌🏻 If you're local to Leeds and fancy a mooch with your camera (any camera, your phone is fine!) come join me and the lovely @growhemianrhapsody next Sunday morning for a couple of hours. Pls book via the Eventbrite link in my profile 😊
All signs point to the sea 💛. I can’t stress enough how therapeutic it is to constantly be by the seaside. And I’m so happy we’ll have the opportunity to explore more of the south from now on. Fresh salty sea breeze + the sound of the waves crashing is what I’m all about right now 🌊. I used to feel sad about leaving London, but I genuinely feel like I’m on a brilliant new, mindful adventure living in the south of England. And I’m happy ☺️.
You may have noticed that I’ve been a bit quiet on the gram for a while. I’ve been taking a much needed digital detox. It’s so refreshing to ignore emails, silence notifications and not let myself get affected by social media stats. But I’m breaking it today because I spent an afternoon catching up with one of my old loves who I’ve long overlooked - @elliottmidgley
I had the best day reminiscing on our escapades. Pranking housemates, spending far too much in Jack Wills, dragging each other (ok you 🙈) out in the street in our PJs and abandoning each other (ok you again!) at train stations. It’s been nearly 10 years!?! 😱 and I’m so glad we’ve reconnected now. Also, the cocktails here are great - highly recommend! 🥂🍹🍸🐖
Rinsey is a delightful mix of seascape, landscape, mining heritage and natural history. Take in three old engine houses with World Heritage Site status. There are also close-up views of rare plant-life, and the enigmatic Bishop Rock. You might see ponies grazing, or some choughs displaying or even dolphins playing. Here’s Wheal Prosper with the standard long exposure clouds.
When I was younger, I used to read a lot of Stephen King and John Wyndham. I subsequently had a fear of the whole of the human race dying from some apocalyptic event with me being the only person left alive.
Padstow (and Cornwall in general) has to be one of the busiest places in the country during the summer months*. So visiting here, with my previous statement in mind, I no longer worry about being the only human on the planet left alive. In fact, these days, I actively fantasise about it 😒
*No need to tell me I’m part of the problem. I already know.
No filter on this photo, (other than adding a boarder) the water really was that mystical colour, but up close it was crystal clear with trout swimming in it.
Silent Pool near Shere in the North Downs was the start and end point for our hike today. We followed a route from my @countrywalking magazine, that took us up onto the North Downs way, through woodland and down into the chocolate-box village of Shere. Shere, has been the film location for Four Weddings and a Funereal, The Holiday and Bridget Jones films, and as such was busy, although very pretty.
After stopping off for a swift half (or 2) in the White Horse Pub, we continued past the church and back out onto the Downs and woodlands. Where somehow, we managed to get a bit lost! I was reading the instructions this time, so can’t blame Mr M!
I would just like to add in my defence, your honour, that I am dyslexic and easily confused between my left and right!
We deviated off map for...sometime, before Mr M recognised some parts of the woods he’d played in whilst growing up, worked out exactly where we were and led us back to the car! .
Things learned on this hike...
• Don’t give a dyslexic written instructions to follow!
• We should have gone left!....................NO! THE other left! • Mr M’s teenage motorbiking through the byways of Surrey was not a total waste of time!
• My husband, can be really annoying when I get us lost! 🤣 Xxx