Saturday, 30 July 2016

Porth Wen

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Spoiler alert this is an image heavy post and when you see the location you will understand why. Sometimes you go somewhere and you wish it was around the corner because if it was you could spend an hour there everyday taking photographs. Well on a recent trip to Wales I discovered such a place, in fact it was recommended by a man who lives in Angelsey and works with my husband, I love insider knowledge. In fact the outing was planned as a surprise. Over a decade ago I did a photography course and spent most of that in the dark room developing pictures of rust and derelict buildings, since the blog and the birth of Sebastian my photography has found a new focus but a passion is still a passion and my man knows me. 
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We followed an ordnance survey map reference and pulled up on the side of a road for what was a beautiful country walk. I literally squealed with joy as we turned a corner and I caught a glimpse of the derelict brick factory below. I started to snap aerial shots right away.
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Once you clambered down to the original site there was even more wonder to behold. The morning light was perfect, everything fell into place for this to be a great shoot.
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In addition the aesthetic quality of such buildings I suppose I should explain my obsession. I think I love the narrative of them, times gone by and what that means. I like the fact that industrialisation came and spread but mother nature claims it back. We sit and worry about the fate of the earth and our role in that fate and seeing these buildings I find comfort that no the world may not always be as it is but it will be there and nature will exist over man every time. I also think about the implications of losing industry and the implications that has on families, after all I was a social worker and that part of me never switches off. So in short these building have a lot to tell.
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Thursday, 28 July 2016

10 Of The Best Hanging Houseplants

http://www.archieandtherug.com/ 10 best hanging houseplantsThere are still miles to go in our Yorkshire home renovation project but we have actually started to discuss houseplants, well for certain areas anyway. I don't know about you but I really feel like I have turned a corner when the subject of houseplants come up. You may have noticed that the internet is awash with hanging planter diys, you can't have missed them. The shops are also stocking some great hanging planters, even macrame is back big time. This begs the question what are the best plants to put in them. Here are my recommendations
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1. Ivy 
A plant that I view as a problem in the garden due to it's invasive nature actually works really well when pot bound. It is almost un-killable which is always a bonus. 
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2. Staghorn Fern
Ferns are amazing as houseplants because they don't want direct sunlight so that way you don't have to have all of your windows obscured by sun hungry plants. The staghorn fern has a really unusual shape that will add an area of interest to your room.
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3. Philodendron
This is a classic hanging basket plant but it is easy to grow and who can say no to a classic.
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4. String Of Pearls
This works best in the bathroom as it loves a humid environment but you can place it elsewhere and spray is with a mist of water daily. And it is so pretty 
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5. Golden Pothos 
From the Philodendron family but with a slightly different colour and longer trails.
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6. Asparagus Fern 
This plant has such a delicate look with almost furry tendrils to poke through your hanging planter.
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7. Boston Fern
Another classic but this is usually seen in the garden. A large oversized plant in a basket, that is well secured, will make a statement in any room.
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8. Bear Paw Fern.
I first came to this plant because of the cute name but it is also a really cute plant too. It does well in low light - an added bonus, and has an unusual shape.
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9. Cacti & Succulents
You don't have to have a trailing plant or a huge plant to make a statement a grouped display of cacti and succulents would cheer up your room just nicely. I would recommend grouping them as one small plant would look lonely and a little rubbish if I am honest. 

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10. Spider Plant
When I was little I was afraid that spiders came from spider plants, this is of course nonsense. They are cute little plants and very easy to grow they just need a less terrifying name.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

A Fancy Dress & A Mini Date

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Sometimes you get small moments even as the mummy of a very pro active toddler to wear a fancy dress and you even get to go on a small date, (toddler in tow of course). When we had our mini break we were on a tight budget but we decided we would have one nice meal out. I found a great restaurant just by the Menai Bridge aptly called The Straits Restaurant an ordinarily pricey place they actually do a very reasonable 2 course fixed price menu for £15.95. My beetroot risotto was a dream.
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So I donned a pretty frock and we headed off to the restaurant. On the way the little dude fell asleep so we pulled over to have a chat. We also took some great pictures of the Menai Bridge and some of my super cool frock with the bridge in the background.
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It is such a beautiful bridge and the location gave us quite a lot to spot and google whilst we waited for the mini to wake up so we could go and eat. Down in what is called The Swellies is a tiny church, St. Tysilio's Church to be exact. We discovered a few interesting facts about this church; it is thought that the church was dedicated in the 7th century but the current building only dates back to the 15th century and no one knows who built the current building. There is a causeway leading to the church that is covered by water once a day and the small graveyard that holds the bodies of the workmen who died during the construction of the Menai Bridge.
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We enjoyed our hour of 'grown up time' and then he woke up and we ate. During dinner Joe turned to me and said, "this is perfect, the three of us, I love all of us together why would we want to ever go on holiday without him." It is in those moments that I realise how much I love this guy because he is totally on the same page as me when it comes to Sebastian. We are obsessed, that little guy completes us.

What I Wore // Dress Bolongaro Trevor // Boots Bocage


Sunday, 17 July 2016

How To Spend 3 Hours In London

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A short while ago I made a daring there and back trip to London from West Yorkshire to meet with the marketing, editing and PR team that will be dealing with my book promotion this October. In true British city style I arrived to a grey and rainy London but on the upside I discovered that my publishers new building was opposite one of my favourite walks in London so I can now share my guide to what to do in London when you have 3 hours to spare.
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This is the view from the front door of my publishers and it may look unexciting but keep in mind that I did say it was a grey rainy day. The view you are looking at is the Southbank, my favourite walk though London and a favourite of many film makers. Here are a few of the movies filmed on this stretch of the river; Truly Madly Deeply, Four Weddings & A Funeral, Man Up, Bride & Prejudice and Wimbledon, can you name any others? Armed with only my phone to take photographs and wearing boots that I thought were waterproof I set off on my walk.
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The building dates back to the late 19th century when it supplied electricity to the Royal Mail, it then became the manufacturing home of Oxo cubes. The building is an architectural wonder before they started to fill London with large ugly glass monstrosities. Today it is a multi purpose building that houses high end flats, a very fancy bar and restaurant, galleries, design shops and independent craft stores. Most are out of my price range but they are all still a wonder to behold. One of my favourites is Candy Anthony a bridal and evening wear shop.
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Once you are done looking at beautiful things you cannot afford walk along the river to Gabriel's Wharf to look at beautiful things you can afford. The square is filled with independent shops, cafes and bars.  I discovered a wonder shop where I managed to pick up a very cute little shirt for Sebastian.
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Okay this is about the right time to stop for a pizza. May I suggest Gourmet Pizza Company.
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Now you are rested and fed continue walking up the river to see wonderful sights such as The National Theatre, despite the harsh concrete lines I have a real soft spot for this building. Walk a little further on and you can marvel at the street art and the skateboarders. Personal confession I used to have a real thing for skateboarders in my teens, that phase was replaced by the much longer basest phase. 
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It is probably time for another coffee break and there is a delightful little coffee truck on hand to serve your needs.
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Walk a little bit further and you can see the Houses of Parliament and The London Eye. Keep going until you have the Natural History Museum on your left and proceed up the stairs it is time to make your way to Soho.
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Now the walk from the houses of parliament to Soho is an easy on, it is all flat and it will take you via many shops and theatreland. If you get lost and do not have Google maps working on your phone you could always use this new analogue version of  google maps as shown below. There are a whole bunch of them around town.
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You are now at the end of your time in London but not before you have dinner at my favourite place in Soho and it is cheap. Govinda's Vegetarian Thali cafe is on 10 Soho Street, W1D 3DL. I hope you enjoyed my little whistle stop tour of London. Let me leave you with a really bad photo of a very cool vending machine that spits out books, yes that is how my publisher rolls.
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