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A couple of weeks ago, I headed to our little cottage in Norfolk for a long weekend of relaxation and beach adventures. After my old car failed on me before the previous trip (meaning I couldn't go) I was so excited to spend a few days by the sea, it really is the best medicine. We always try to make the most of our time in Norfolk, while still enjoying the calm quiet setting of our own little cottage. Here's what we got up to!

FRIDAY
We arrived in Norfolk just after midday and headed straight through the town to Tesco to pick up some nibbles (its a five minute walk away). We also picked up food for a fry up for Saturday morning.

We spent a bit of time unpacking our bags and settling in and then put the dogs in the car and headed to Holkham beach. Max especially loved running through the water and ended up filthy. We had to wash the dogs off when we got home and then got a chinese takeaway for tea.
SATURDAY

After a little bit of a lay in we prepared our mini fry up breakfast and tucked in to fuel us for what ended up being a super fun morning and afternoon. First things first, we took the dogs out for a walk along the river.
North Norfolk Food Festival at Holkham Hall. The grounds were amazing and the sun was shining all day. (So much so, that my sister ended up with slightly sunburnt shoulders..) There were so many stalls, but it was pretty busy. We opted for the stone baked pizza stall for our lunch, and a gooey chocolate brownie for afters!
We arrived home and, of course, had a few minutes to catch our breath. Then we all jumped in the car and went off to Brancaster beach for an evening dog walk. We really can't go a day in Norfolk without visiting at least one beach!
SUNDAY

On Sunday we decided to head to Wells-next-the-sea. One of the most popular beaches in Norfolk! It's quite a walk away from most car parking so we decided to walk the dogs through Fakenham town and then leave them at home for our morning at Wells. The weather was GLORIOUS for the start of September, and I'm sure the people competing/taking part in the triathlon were also grateful for the fantastic weather. We spent half an hour spectating the swimming section of the triathlon and then walked up to the beach huts. Before we stepped onto the sand we picked up a couple of tubs of mint choc-chip ice cream.
As you can see, people really took advantage of the last weekend of the summer holidays, there were hundreds of people on the beach. My sister and I tried to pick up as much micro plastic and general rubbish as possible as part of the #takethreeforthesea movement, please remember to always take your rubbish with you to keep our beautiful beaches clean!

We decided against walking back to the car that was in the centre of town, so got on the little train that runs alongside the walkway. I think it was £1.50 each, definitely worth it when the sun's beaming down and your legs are a little tired! Before heading back to the cottage we grabbed *another* icecream, this time a chocolate cone.

MONDAY

Monday was going home day :(. We took the dogs for a walk around the river first thing and then went to Thornham Deli for some brunch. I chose the maple syrup pancake which was a thick large pancake, I didn't manage to finish the whole thing! We drove back to the cottage, but not before exploring another beach first (this time from the car). Arriving back to the cottage, we packed up the car with our bags and the dogs and began the 2 hour journey home. I'm already looking forward to the next time we can get to the cottage!

A Long Weekend in Norfolk

A couple of weeks ago, I headed to our little cottage in Norfolk for a long weekend of relaxation and beach adventures. After my old car failed on me before the previous trip (meaning I couldn't go) I was so excited to spend a few days by the sea, it really is the best medicine. We always try to make the most of our time in Norfolk, while still enjoying the calm quiet setting of our own little cottage. Here's what we got up to!

FRIDAY
We arrived in Norfolk just after midday and headed straight through the town to Tesco to pick up some nibbles (its a five minute walk away). We also picked up food for a fry up for Saturday morning.

We spent a bit of time unpacking our bags and settling in and then put the dogs in the car and headed to Holkham beach. Max especially loved running through the water and ended up filthy. We had to wash the dogs off when we got home and then got a chinese takeaway for tea.
SATURDAY

After a little bit of a lay in we prepared our mini fry up breakfast and tucked in to fuel us for what ended up being a super fun morning and afternoon. First things first, we took the dogs out for a walk along the river.
North Norfolk Food Festival at Holkham Hall. The grounds were amazing and the sun was shining all day. (So much so, that my sister ended up with slightly sunburnt shoulders..) There were so many stalls, but it was pretty busy. We opted for the stone baked pizza stall for our lunch, and a gooey chocolate brownie for afters!
We arrived home and, of course, had a few minutes to catch our breath. Then we all jumped in the car and went off to Brancaster beach for an evening dog walk. We really can't go a day in Norfolk without visiting at least one beach!
SUNDAY

On Sunday we decided to head to Wells-next-the-sea. One of the most popular beaches in Norfolk! It's quite a walk away from most car parking so we decided to walk the dogs through Fakenham town and then leave them at home for our morning at Wells. The weather was GLORIOUS for the start of September, and I'm sure the people competing/taking part in the triathlon were also grateful for the fantastic weather. We spent half an hour spectating the swimming section of the triathlon and then walked up to the beach huts. Before we stepped onto the sand we picked up a couple of tubs of mint choc-chip ice cream.
As you can see, people really took advantage of the last weekend of the summer holidays, there were hundreds of people on the beach. My sister and I tried to pick up as much micro plastic and general rubbish as possible as part of the #takethreeforthesea movement, please remember to always take your rubbish with you to keep our beautiful beaches clean!

We decided against walking back to the car that was in the centre of town, so got on the little train that runs alongside the walkway. I think it was £1.50 each, definitely worth it when the sun's beaming down and your legs are a little tired! Before heading back to the cottage we grabbed *another* icecream, this time a chocolate cone.

MONDAY

Monday was going home day :(. We took the dogs for a walk around the river first thing and then went to Thornham Deli for some brunch. I chose the maple syrup pancake which was a thick large pancake, I didn't manage to finish the whole thing! We drove back to the cottage, but not before exploring another beach first (this time from the car). Arriving back to the cottage, we packed up the car with our bags and the dogs and began the 2 hour journey home. I'm already looking forward to the next time we can get to the cottage!

On the 18th of August I turned 22! I was supposed to head to Norfolk for the weekend, but my car decided to breakdown so I had to pass on the long weekend by the sea :(. However, Alex Monroe announced a special event at their INSERT STORE NAME store, and it turned out to be on the 18th! So my sisters and I hopped on the train to London to pop to the store and also have a day of exploring in London.

WHAT I WORE
I went for a super comfy outfit and trainers as I knew we'd be on our feet all day.
Sunglasses - RayBan
Cropped Mustard Tee - Primark
Paperbag Waist Culottes - H&M
Polka Dot Trainers - Adidas

WHERE WE WENT
So of course, the Alex Monroe store was the first on my list. It's a tiny little boutique, designed perfectly with a workshop above! It's so beautiful inside, with so many gorgeous pieces on show!
One thing I ADORE about London is how you can stumble upon so many gems. This abstract piece appeared after we'd crossed London Bridge on our way to Oxford Street. How amazing is this! I'm gutted that I've not been able to find the artist.
Speaking of artists; we had to take a trip to the fabulous 'We Built This City' on Carnaby Street. It's full of prints, souvenirs and so much more, all by artists from London and the UK. It's hard to leave without feeling so inspired to make cool shit and dream of showcasing your own work in such an exciting store.
Some of these artists get the opportunity to promote their work by painting the entire shop front, which changes every several weeks.

WHAT WE ATE/DRANK
 On our way to We Built This City we hopped into Joe & the Juice for a much needed drink and a sit down. The sports juice was so refreshing, just what we needed to revitalise us for the next few hours.
And for food, we opted to find some dinner at St Pancras Intl. Prime Burger did not disappoint! Such a cute little restaurant with incredible fries and juicy burgers (I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.)
I'll end this post with this super cool neon quote sign that we saw at the train station before we made our way home. It's funny that we didn't see it in the morning, I guess we just didn't appreciate it's beauty on the way into the city!

FEELING 22 IN LONDON

On the 18th of August I turned 22! I was supposed to head to Norfolk for the weekend, but my car decided to breakdown so I had to pass on the long weekend by the sea :(. However, Alex Monroe announced a special event at their INSERT STORE NAME store, and it turned out to be on the 18th! So my sisters and I hopped on the train to London to pop to the store and also have a day of exploring in London.

WHAT I WORE
I went for a super comfy outfit and trainers as I knew we'd be on our feet all day.
Sunglasses - RayBan
Cropped Mustard Tee - Primark
Paperbag Waist Culottes - H&M
Polka Dot Trainers - Adidas

WHERE WE WENT
So of course, the Alex Monroe store was the first on my list. It's a tiny little boutique, designed perfectly with a workshop above! It's so beautiful inside, with so many gorgeous pieces on show!
One thing I ADORE about London is how you can stumble upon so many gems. This abstract piece appeared after we'd crossed London Bridge on our way to Oxford Street. How amazing is this! I'm gutted that I've not been able to find the artist.
Speaking of artists; we had to take a trip to the fabulous 'We Built This City' on Carnaby Street. It's full of prints, souvenirs and so much more, all by artists from London and the UK. It's hard to leave without feeling so inspired to make cool shit and dream of showcasing your own work in such an exciting store.
Some of these artists get the opportunity to promote their work by painting the entire shop front, which changes every several weeks.

WHAT WE ATE/DRANK
 On our way to We Built This City we hopped into Joe & the Juice for a much needed drink and a sit down. The sports juice was so refreshing, just what we needed to revitalise us for the next few hours.
And for food, we opted to find some dinner at St Pancras Intl. Prime Burger did not disappoint! Such a cute little restaurant with incredible fries and juicy burgers (I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.)
I'll end this post with this super cool neon quote sign that we saw at the train station before we made our way home. It's funny that we didn't see it in the morning, I guess we just didn't appreciate it's beauty on the way into the city!
Blogposts have been few and far between over the last couple of months, even my weekly 'Sunday Summary' fell by the wayside. So in an attempt to keep an account of what I've been up to over the last couple of months, here's a Sunday Summary or July and August.


1. Some very tasty freak shakes for a photoshoot at work at the beginning of July.

2. A little bit of hand embroidery for a work related project too!

3. Doing the odd bit of Shani Coles Designs work.

4. I started to do a little bit of hand embroidery on T-shirts as a potential product for Shani Coles Designs.

5. More tasty bakes at work! I need to start working out ha.

6. Some more hand embroidery, it's so relaxing!

7. A 'Sunday Summary' wouldn't be complete without at least one cute dog photo, we played dog buckaroo with max and some teddies.

8. It was my early work birthday, we had pizza, scotch eggs and sausage rolls.

9. Finally, a card for one of my colleagues birthdays!

I'm really enjoying creating little bits and bobs when I feel like it, rather than putting so much pressure on making new products to try and sell all the time. So there's a general summary of the last couple of months. As I start feeling a little more myself I'm hoping I can start doing these posts weekly again!

Sunday Summary 9

Blogposts have been few and far between over the last couple of months, even my weekly 'Sunday Summary' fell by the wayside. So in an attempt to keep an account of what I've been up to over the last couple of months, here's a Sunday Summary or July and August.


1. Some very tasty freak shakes for a photoshoot at work at the beginning of July.

2. A little bit of hand embroidery for a work related project too!

3. Doing the odd bit of Shani Coles Designs work.

4. I started to do a little bit of hand embroidery on T-shirts as a potential product for Shani Coles Designs.

5. More tasty bakes at work! I need to start working out ha.

6. Some more hand embroidery, it's so relaxing!

7. A 'Sunday Summary' wouldn't be complete without at least one cute dog photo, we played dog buckaroo with max and some teddies.

8. It was my early work birthday, we had pizza, scotch eggs and sausage rolls.

9. Finally, a card for one of my colleagues birthdays!

I'm really enjoying creating little bits and bobs when I feel like it, rather than putting so much pressure on making new products to try and sell all the time. So there's a general summary of the last couple of months. As I start feeling a little more myself I'm hoping I can start doing these posts weekly again!

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