An Anniversary Trip to Anglesey

An Anniversary Trip to Anglesey

If you read my last post then you’ll know that I recently had a weekend away to Anglesey with Topher for our 1 year wedding anniversary. We stayed in an awesome treehouse which you can read all about here and spent Saturday driving around the island. Here’s what we got up to.

Friday

Since Topher finished work at 3 and myself at 5, Topher would meet me at my work and we would drive over. It usually takes about 2 hours from Manchester but with the Friday rush hour traffic, it took us just under three. We arrived at 8pm and were greeted by our Airbnb hosts.

Anglesey - chinese

After getting a tour and dropping off our stuff, we headed to the Tesco Extra we’d seen back on the mainland to get supplies. We had planned to get fish and chips from the local but unfortunately discovered that they close early. No harm done as the local Chinese was still open. Beef chow mein please. We enjoyed our meal in the grounds that surround the treehouse, watching out for the local wildlife.

Saturday

Starting the day with pastries we’d got from Tesco, along with a big mug of coffee we set off to explore Anglesey.

South Stack was our first port of call as it was the furthest away from the treehouse. Only half an hour though! Everything is easily drivable on the island. South Stack is a lighthouse which is the furthest west you can go on Anglesey. If it was a clearer day maybe we could have even seen Ireland.

Anglesey - south stack

You can actually pay to go inside the lighthouse but we had plenty of other places to go. So we took a few selfies before hopping back in the car.

Anglesey - selfie

The next place we tried to visit was Borth Wen beach. Word of warning – not a place to just randomly show up to late in the morning on a sunny Saturday in the summer. It was rammed. There was nowhere to park and the single lane windy road to get to it almost left us trapped in the car park. If you’ve got your heart set on it, definitely get there early!

By this point we were hungry for some lunch. Fancying some afternoon tea, I’d read about Giddy Aunt Tea Room which is south east on the island.

Anglesey - giddy aunt's tearoom

A pretty cottage in the middle of nowhere which had another cat (yay!), Topher and I wandered inside to be greeted by the owners who were lovely. The afternoon tea was delicious but I had my usual problem of being finished off by the scone and unable to eat the cakes. Of course I’m not one to waste cake so the owners were kind enough to box them up for me. Treehouse snack!

Anglesey - afternoon tea

How cute is this tea cozy?

Anglesey - tea cosy

Our next stop was the point that I realised I had in fact been to Anglesey before. Around the time I started this blog actually! It was a flying visit but I remembered it well. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch definitely has the longest name I’ve ever seen. Just typing that was a challenge let alone trying to say it.

Anglesey - train station

We also managed to find a scenic spot to pull the car over and get some photos of the Menai bridge. How lucky were we with this weather?!

Anglesey - Menai Bridge

Finally we arrived at Beaumaris, a pretty village full of pastel houses and cute shops as well as a castle.

Anglesey - beaumaris

Anglesey - colourful houses

Though neither of us are beach people, Topher and I really enjoyed walking along the boardwalk and the pier. The weather definitely helped.

Anglesey - more beach

Anglesey - sea

Anglesey - pier

After our walk, we had a wander around the shops before heading back to the car and setting off to find dinner. We tried a place called Dylan’s but it’s definitely not a just show up kind of place. At least not on a Saturday. We ended up at the Anglesey Arms where Topher had fish and chips and I had a delicious haddock chowder. Nom.

Anglesey - beach

We finished the day playing Scrabble that we’d brought from home in the treehouse. Guess who won?

Anglesey - scrabble

Sunday

As this was our actual anniversary, we exchanged gifts and cards as well as watching our wedding video. After breakfast we packed up our stuff and headed home.

I had a great time in Anglesey and would definitely go again.

Have you ever been to Anglesey?

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Tales of a Treehouse

Tales of a Treehouse

I think sleeping in a treehouse must feature on a lot of people’s bucket lists, mine included. Last month I finally got to tick it off mine. Wanting to do something interesting for Topher and I’s first wedding anniversary, finding a treehouse to stay in popped into my head. I had just found out that I got my office job so thought why not; lets see what I can find.

After a browse on Airbnb, I found the majority of treehouses were in mainland Europe; at least the real ones. I consider a real treehouse to be somewhat off the ground. Luckily there were a handful in the UK and one was only a stones throw from Manchester. And the reviews were good so I booked it.

The main plus for this particular treehouse is that not only was it off the ground but it had indoor plumbing. Perfect for someone like me who prefers to avoid camping. Of course I forgot to get a photo of the bathroom but you can see it in the listing itself.

treehouse - outside

The Treehouse

Described as a children’s treehouse that got out of hand, this structure has three rooms. The kitchen is at the bottom; the bathroom up the second staircase and the bedroom/living room is at the top. You may have a bit of fun getting up the stairs if you’re on the larger side but it’s all part of the experience!

Outside the kitchen is a yard that is perfect for having your breakfast if the weather is on your side, which it was for us!

treehouse - yard

treehouse - kitchen entrance

The kitchen is small but perfectly functional with everything you need to keep yourself fed. We ate out mostly but the small fridge was ideal to keep some tasty treats for later.

treehouse - kitchen

The bathroom has a toilet and shower but no wash basin. Not the end of the world but I’d recommend either bringing some anti bacterial gel or just washing your hands in the kitchen. The shower was surprisingly good considering I’ve lived in apartments that had showers with barely any pressure at all.

treehouse - entrance

 

treehouse - window

The top floor has a balcony and a barn door that leads you into the living quarters of the treehouse. There’s plenty of seating, a dining table, coffee table as well as a pull out sofa bed. The large trunk contains all the bedding you’ll need for your stay. And if you’re staying in winter there’s a wood burning stove to keep you warm.

treehouse - barn doors

treehouse - sofa bed

treehouse - sitting area

treehouse - tree

The grounds

I was pleasantly surprised at how big the grounds were around the treehouse. As well as the treehouse, you can also stay in a static caravan and a small cottage if you have a bigger party with you. The hosts themselves live in a large house next to the treehouse and were very helpful our whole stay.

We were lucky enough to be the only guests on the Friday night and have the whole place to ourselves. And even though there were other guests on the Saturday night, it wasn’t an inconvenience at all. Though Topher may have given the ladies in the cottage celebrating a birthday a bit of a fright when he climbed down to the bathroom late at night. I don’t think they realised anyone was staying in the treehouse! Pretty funny.

treehouse - grounds

treehouse - toadstool garden

The Experience

We stayed in the treehouse two nights and had a great time. When we were alone on the Friday night, we saw the local wildlife; rabbits, the neighbor’s chickens, cows in the next field and the chatty house cat. It was lovely having a takeaway on the vast lawn and watching the world go by.

Coming in July was great as the weather was on our side and it really added to the atmosphere. Plus it really helped that it wasn’t cold when you had to nip out to the bathroom in the middle of the night! The treehouse had motion sensor lights outside so you could find your way, but I still managed to spook myself a little! I had to laugh when Topher asked why I practically ran up the stairs. No reason, just me convincing myself that there could be anything out there in the dark – when there was nothing but the cat.

treehouse - me in toadstool garden

My wimpyness aside, we had a perfect anniversary trip. I would definitely recommend this for someone who likes their basic creature comforts but still wants to have a bit of an adventure. It’s a thumbs up from both Topher and I. Now, how to top this next year?

Have you ever stayed in a treehouse?

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Currently Loving – July 2018

So it’s still hot. Too hot. On the bright side, this is definitely preparing me for my trip to Jordan next month. Less than three weeks away!

As a way of a catch up, I thought I’d let you know what I’m currently loving this month. Because readers, life right now is good.

 

Maybelline Master Camo Correcting Pen – In Green*

 

currently loving - green stick

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I never thought I’d find myself talking about makeup on here but here I am. I bloody love this green stick. As long time readers will know, I suffered with acne for most of my twenties and after being prescribed some amazing face stuff it went away. Unfortunately early this year, a portion of it came back – but only on a small section on one of my cheeks. Being quite stubborn, it’s stuck around despite using the same medication as before.

Since this acne patch isn’t really proper blemishes, just a whole load of redness, this correcting pen is perfect for making the patch blend in with the rest of my face. I really wish I’d known about it before as my entirely red face could have used it for a number of years. But since I’m not into makeup – I didn’t know it existed. Thanks to Queer Eye For The Straight Guy on Netflix, I do now!

 

Brooklyn Nine Nine

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I may be many many years late to the party but all the more to binge, don’t you think? Starring Lonely Island comedy star Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine Nine depicts the funny antics of a police squad in Brooklyn, NY. Not only is it hilarious (and even funnier as you get into it) it also has Terry Crews in it which is a winner in my book. Definitely recommended if you’re looking for a 20 minute comedy to watch. I do remember watching one episode back when it first came out but I didn’t get into it. I always find that shows like these are a grower – just like Parks and Rec & The Office. Watch a few episodes before you make up your mind.

 

The fact that we have lampshades now

Yes I’m excited about lampshades. And no, there’s nothing particularly interesting about them – they’re just plain cream. I think it’s more what they represent. Or that I’m just sad. You decide – either way, I don’t care! I don’t even have a picture of them up – but to be honest I think you can use your imagination.

So why I’m so happy about them. Number one – we just had bare bulbs hanging there before so they already look better. Number two – it represents that we have disposable income now so I can actually justify getting them. Number three – this is our first home that we own so it’s up to us to supply the shades. So they’ve been bare for two years.

We don’t even have lampshades in our bedroom or the guest bedroom yet but the fact that we have them in the hallway and landing now makes me really happy. The first impression you get when you step into our home now is that we are functioning adults. Functioning adults who have silly things in frames but I love that. And now that I’ve written around 200 words on lampshades, I’ll swiftly move on.

 

To random adventures!

currently loving - Anglesey

I will be doing a full couple of posts on Topher & I’s anniversary trip to Anglesey soon but for now I just wanted to say how has it been a year? It seems like this year has flown by. Didn’t we just get married? Anyway, still head over heels for my hobbit and I can’t wait to plan many more adventures with him.

 

What are you currently loving?

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Turning a House into a Happy Home

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If you’ve just purchased a house, are in the process of moving, or have recently moved then it’s understandable that you might be feeling a little unsettled in yourself.  Our environment affects our emotions much more than we realise, and a lot of times people buy a new house with the expectation they’ll feel ‘at home’ straight away, but this doesn’t tend to happen instantly, as home is not a place – it’s a feeling, and this feeling can take some time to develop.

In many ways, home is a sense of belonging that brings comfort and stability to our lives; whilst it can help to undertake essential maintenance tasks such as double glazing repairs it’s important to understand that home is a feeling, not a place, and that feeling isn’t something that can be purchased… it’s something that will develop over time.

So, if you’re feeling a little unsettled and perhaps even homesick, know this is natural, but that it will pass in time.

When you think about it a house is basically a physical commodity in that it consists of bricks and mortar… whereas a “home” is something you must nurture and create… it’s not something that comes with the set of keys your estate agent gives you.

One of the best tips with regard to turning your new house into a happy home is to take immediate action with regard to unpacking and setting things up.  The best time to get started, of course, is right now… as the longer you leave your belongings in boxes, the longer you will feel unsettled and the more overwhelmed you will become.

Indeed, moving home can feel very overwhelming, particularly when unpacking and the best way to approach this is to chunk it into more manageable segments. For instance, rather than having twenty boxes to get through in one room; separate them out into four piles of five boxes.  This way, things will start to feel more manageable and you can then use the power of momentum to help you get more done in less time.

The other factor, is that you want to make your home feel like “yours” as soon as possible.  There’s a good chance your new house will have remnants of the previous owners tastes and stylistic preferences.  There’s often a feeling of the house belonging to someone else, when you first move in, and therefore it’s important to cleanse and connect with the space.  Now, this might sound very “new age” as a concept, but it can be as simple as cleaning the house, yourself, in order to feel like it is yours.

In a similar vein, everyone has certain items they feel a strong emotional connection with and these items hold emotional energy that can make you feel more at home. It’s important to fill your home with the energy of “you” so that you can start to associate your new house with being your new home.  

In summary, home is not a place it’s a feeling and if you’ve just moved into somewhere new it’s going to take a little while for it to feel like home, but by unpacking, cleansing your environment, and putting out belongings that have your energy – you’ll catalyse this process.

*This is a collaborative post

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Manchester Eats Festival – The Experience

Man oh man was it hot on Saturday when Claire and I trekked out to Heaton Park for the Manchester Eats Festival. But was it worth it? Hell yes.

Manchester Eats Festival - entrance

It was around lunchtime when we strolled through the entrance and we were hungry! Luckily for us the festival was big but not overwhelming so we had plenty of choice.

Manchester Eats Festival - festival

We started by having a stroll around on the hunt for lunch. We mainly spent our time taking photos of things we wanted to come back for on the way out to take home. A strategy that worked out perfectly. The festival was busy but not too crowded – mainly down to the football being on (Yay England!). But something that I wasn’t expecting was that they had set up TVs dotted around with lots of seating so you could actually watch the game. Claire and I stopped at them every so often to keep an eye on the score but we were on a mission.

Manchester Eats Festival - candyfloss

Our first stop was for a drink at Calyx. Their watermelon, apple and hibiscus flower mocktails were to DIE FOR! It was the perfect thing for the hot weather. So refreshing.

Manchester Eats Festival - pineapple

As for lunch itself, Claire spotted Cottonopolis’s Japanese offerings so how could we say no? Claire had a Chicken Kaarage Bao bun with kimchi, I had a Katsu Chicken Burger and we split some okonomiyaki fries.

Manchester Eats Festival - katsu chicken burger

Completely stuffed, we wandered some more in search of something a bit more alcoholic. For once I hadn’t driven so I could have whatever I wanted.

Manchester Eats Festival - football

Claire being a big gin fan was instantly drawn into the gin garden where she had a cocktail from Tappers. She said it was delicious. I will take her word for it as I don’t like gin!

Manchester Eats Festival - spirits

Manchester Eats Festival - gin

I do however like Pimms…

Manchester Eats Festival - pimms

Manchester Eats Festival - signpost

It was getting hotter by the minute so we sat in front of one of the TVs to drink our drinks. Perfect timing for one of our goals! Come on England!

Manchester Eats Festival -chilli

Manchester Eats Festival - fried chicken

Then it was time for dessert. Claire was fascinated by the concept of ice cream rolls so we visited The Ice Alchemists. They whipped up Manchester tart flavoured ice cream rolls and it was definitely true to taste. I might have had a little nibble.

Manchester Eats Festival - ice cream rolls

Earlier on we had spotted something new in the dessert world so I had to make it my dessert choice. Milky Stax are a new company who specialise in hot pressed ice cream buns. Delicious brioche buns filled with ice cream. Kind of like a doughnut or ice cream sandwich. I definitely enjoyed mine (vanilla ice cream with chocolate chip cookie crumble on top) – the portion was just right and I loved the contrast between hot and cold. I hope to see them around again!

Manchester Eats Festival - ice cream sandwich

By this point we were pretty tired and hot so it was time to put our foldable shopping bags to good use and go round buying everything we wanted to bring home with us. Did I mention how much I like being employed full time again? It was mainly sweet treats and booze I bought and I regret nothing. Since Topher couldn’t come I had to get him this chocolate I spotted at In Truffle We Trust. He loved it and I also loved the pecan pie chocolate I got for myself. Delicious.

Manchester Eats Festival - chocolate

Overall both Claire and I had a great day. Food, drink, sunshine and England getting through to the semi finals! Thanks to Manchester Eats Festival for providing our tickets. I hope you’ll be back soon!

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