Dartmoor

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One fine day (or slightly drizzly day) while we were down in Exeter, Topher and Emma’s grandparents took us to Dartmoor. 
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Emma and Luther
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Topher and I
After the obligatory couple tourist shots, we decided to have a bit of childish fun. I’ve always been a fan of attempting to photograph movement – I even did an entire project about it during college where my friends happily volunteered to jump up and down for me – so I took the opportunity to get my friends to lunge at me wildly. 
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Topher, the bird without wings
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Luther the victim of a zombie chase. 
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Emma the happy skipper. 
Not to be left out, I handed the camera to Emma…
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I call this my crazy lady pulled  off stage pose – the only thing missing is the hook am I right? I think Topher and Emma’s granddad definitely agrees!
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After the childish antics (or in between I should say, we stopped to admire our surroundings. How gorgeous are these colours?
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Aaand back to the childishness. I love this photo I took of Topher. We were trying to get a jumping shot but didn’t notice the old ladies approaching. When I spotted them I told Topher to jump quickly and that is most likely why he has a look of terror on his face. Though I like to call this photo “man terrified of grannies”. 
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This hobbit looks completely at home doesn’t he?
Then we visited Widecombe where I got this lovely shot of Topher and Emma’s grandma using a banana like a gun. Classic!
 
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Not to mention my rather terrifying face while pretending to eat this giant ice cream. Mine! Not very flattering at all and that therefore proves that I have no shame in showing this to you!

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Finally, we headed back to Dartmoor where we proceeded to have the coldest picnic ever. How very British of us! 

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Considering I’m not much of an outdoor person, I had a great day! Are you a fan of the great outdoors?

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Exeter Antiques

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While in Exeter, we all took a stroll around the quays and happened upon this antique shop. Check out the pretties!
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As well as the antique shop, there were a number of knick nak and gift shops along the river. Time and a tiny bit of money may have been spent there!

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Devon

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A few snaps from the first couple of days in Devon. Lots of walks, board games and silliness.
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Doing my best Maria impression.
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Topher and his uncle doing their billy goats gruff and troll impression.
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Emma having a pensive moment among the flowers.
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Eddie the dog wants his blanket back.
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Yeah…I don’t think this counts as a proposal.
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The boys relax.
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The girls take a selfie.
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Hard to believe I’ve never played Pictionary before!
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This is supposed to be Pegasus. It looked like a turtle with wings… 
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Luther thinks this looks like an arm.
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And this is a veil.
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Pasture was pretty difficult but Topher knew I wasn’t going to get it when he drew more cows at the top and I started shouting “Aliens!”
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If you haven’t played, I definitely recommend it. 
 
Next time, one of our days out.
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Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium

As my birthday was on a weekday this year (boo) I decided to properly celebrate on the following Saturday. One of the must do things on my list for when I eventually visit Japan has always been to visit a cat cafe. So imagine my delight back in February when I heard that London would be opening the UKs very own cat cafe. Lady Dinah’s is located in shoreditch just a hop and a skip away from brick lane and is completely booked up until October. Which makes me very glad that I booked a spot for 28th June back in March. 

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All my life I have been a cat lady, even though I’ve only ever owned one once. That’s the downside of moving house, county or country all the time. I’m planning on my current flat being both the last flat and the last rental home I reside in. I want a house – and when I get one, I want cats.

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So on that rainy Saturday (damn you weather), Topher and I travelled down to London to visit.

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There were quite a few groups there and the cats were asleep for the first hour so a few people left including the table next to us, grumbling about them not doing anything. What were you expecting them to do? Juggle? They’re cats. Cats tend to sleep a lot. Those people seemed to just be there for the novelty and not for the fact that they loved cats. Well hipsters, I’m very happy to say that the majority of them woke up, were wandering around and even playing not long after you left. Patience is rewarding! (Yep, I’m being totally smug)

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I actually preferred the fact that they slept for the first hour, they were sweet to look at and it gave Topher and I plenty of time to demolish the afternoon tea that we ordered. I’ve never had a proper afternoon tea before so it was glorious. Sandwiches, cakes, macaroons and scones with jam and clotted cream. Not forgetting the teapot of tea. Bliss. 

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If you do want to see cats running around all over the place all the time, then I recommend you visit in the morning. We started at 1.30 which is prime siesta time. I had a really great time and I definitely insist that you give it a visit…unless you don’t like cats then you probably wouldn’t like it at all, ha ha. 

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Though I loved the experience, it really reminded me and Topher that we don’t have any of our own. One day. 

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Have you ever visited a cat cafe?
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Alfie Birds

The Blognix after party was at Alfie Birds located in the Custard Factory. Once again, I’m going to have to photo bomb and leave you now. If this posts correctly, then right now I should be checking into my hotel in the next village over from the starting line for the London to Brighton trek. Scared does not even cover it! Anyway, back to Alfie Birds:

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This pizza went quick – so delicious!
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A great evening to top off a brilliant day.
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