Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Lincoln Autumn Photo Walk

I think this time of year always highlights, for me, just how much I love Lincoln. As a city it is so easy and there is so much I love about being here. I think the autumnal change is highlighted really well as we have such beautiful backdrops. None more so than our Cathedral. It is such a proud standing building and so it should be. And with the change of leaves on the trees it seemed appropriate that I head out for a walk and capture some local sights to share.
And that simply is what this post is, a bit of a photo walk I did when I headed into town one day. Enjoy.


Tuesday, 17 October 2017

A little trip to Newark. {Love Local}

Newark and is a local town close to Lincoln. By car from here it is about a 30 minute drive, probably less really but Lincoln Central train station has regular trains over there so we decided to go out without a car for the day. It was a big ask for our kids and really, for us as parents. Cars bring such security; being able to instantly get out of a situation or in fact change plans, your own transport makes that easy but we were up for the challenge and headed out with our two on the mile long walk to the train station. The usual ensued, weird walking, then leaping, in fact performing every maneuver they could to waste energy, much to mine and Rob's pleadings to not. But we made it down without a carry. Are children have been on a train twice in their lifetime, we drive everywhere, and we never have little trips like this that would be part of a day out. Excitement was running high and for me I knew the trip to Newark well so was totally comfortable with what was happening. I must say at this point, I knew the train trip to Newark well as this is the route to London for us, but Newark itself, I had no idea about. We caught the train to Newark Castle station (there are two) as you simply cross over the road and a bridge and you are at the Castle gardens. I wanted as little walking as possible knowing that we would indeed be on our feet for a lot of the day. But actually as Newark is relatively small, getting into Castle station or North gate would have been fine. Our first stop was the Castle gardens which are the ruins of the old city castle. It is very ruined, no entry fee as there is not a lot left or really anything you could really historically see here but it is a beautiful backdrop by the river and so very picturesque. The kids could run about and it was a great place to start our little tour. We then headed into town where there was a busy Saturday market. I haven't been to a proper market in years and it was refreshing to see the stalls of vegetables. We didn't know where we were heading particularly but just wondered until I caught a glimpse of a church. Having always been drawn to churches I suggested to Rob we had a look. I was massive so I felt it was something of great importance. The Church of St Mary Magdalene was a beautiful, grade one listed church. There appeared to be music lessons on while we were there, or a small recital of some kind but as you walked around there were such beautiful features; a church that was actually well equipped for visitors. There were a couple of children's quiet play corners which then took our kids' attention for some time and a full little coffee shop which we didn't go to as we had spied a place in the town we wanted to try. One thing that was very apparent with the church and that I have later found out is that Newark has a strong affiliation with war time. It seems (and I am not educated in this at all) that it has been part of many platoons and it is the Newark and Sherwood district that appears to have had great involvement in the civil war. This is documented a lot in this church and then in a stand alone museum in the city. We felt this wasn't of interest to our kids at this age but could easily go back when the time was right.
Rob had seen a Secret Garden cafe on the walk into town and after a quick Trip Advisor search found that this came highly recommended. This place didn't disappoint. A family run cafe, behind a shop which could very easily be seen but was wonderful. Sandwiches and cakes were on the menu and wonderfully friendly service with a big smile. They were so pleased we had found them and we were equally.
They directed us to a local park and as we headed back over the river we detoured slightly to walk down it with the castle ruins on the bank of the opposite side. It was beautiful, the route was empty, the sun was low and the kids were just enjoying being somewhere different. We walked to a really good park that was just across the road from the train station and then played their until it was time to go. Our kids love the park so really we just went to Newark to find a different one. It was totally worth it though, just being somewhere different changes it all for them. The fact that we went on a train was what was exciting and I suppose it was the simplicity of the trip that made it so enjoyable. When we got back to Lincoln we headed over to the bus station as we knew by then the kids were not going to be walking the mile back home in a jolly mood. The bus just finished the day off perfectly. It was quiet with a few old people who very much enjoyed our children's excitement, and as the bus pulled up to our stop I saw a lady smiling at the kids as they rushed down the aisle most impressed that they had stopped the bus. 
Our trip was easy and as innocent as they come, no thrills, just a simple day somewhere different, but the travel change made it so much more exciting and even though the kids probably thought the park was the best bit (it is all they talk about from the day) I know the whole trip was something special.


Friday, 13 October 2017

Autumnal Home Flowers

It will be no secret, if you have been following me for a long time, that having flowers at home is a regular thing. I don't post about it as much as I used to because I suppose it just became a bit normal and in a way, I do have less than I used to. Since leaving work in the family flower shop I definitely don't pick up as many blooms as I used to as they are not to hand in the same way. That said, today I had to organise church flowers so instead of going and picking up the flowers and driving them to different places to make, I decided to stay in the shop with my mum and sister {who were preparing for a wedding} and made the flowers there. It was so nice being back at the shop; it has such a nice vibe but I guess it is the first time in years that my mum, sister and I have stood making flowers together. I didn't point it out but just noticed how much I enjoyed it. The shop was full of flowers because of some weddings, so being stood in there was a pretty perfect thing, as I am sure you can imagine and once the church flowers were made, I packed them up and took a few extra stems home for me. 
This evening {Friday} most people would have pencilled in parties and drinking sessions but for me Friday is one of my favourite days to be home. The kids had their harvest festival at school which I really love and Rob made homemade fish and chips {served of newspaper} and we have sat and watch Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest, as I have pottered and prepared the extra flowers brought home.
I went for a very autumnal purple as I have really been enjoying having purple with some of our grey vases. Because of that I specifically chose some shades that would suit white, grey and gold as that was the vases I had. I have spent years growing my vase collection and am so happy with all the shapes I have sourced, and the different colours. All much of the same though as I like putting them all out together. 
With my purple selection of roses, antherium, gorgeous brassicas and my white wax flowers and pink lizzy, the collection of shades just made such a pretty view I wanted to share. I also got some white, real pumpkins and as this was my first "Halloween-esque" salute to the season, I was actually pretty excited about how it all came out. 
Last year I started having a lot less fresh flowers over the winter as after the installation of our fire they just didn't live long as it was so warm. I don't mind sacrificing flowers for warmth though but as it is still so mild and we aren't lighting the fire everyday yet, this little splurge is a welcome treat for our home.


Autumnal Fashion {NEW from Next}

I say this all the time, I LOVE this season! Particularly for fashion reasons, I mean, who doesn't love the autumnal wardrobe change. We ditch the white linens and pretty dress and find ourselves layering up with thick tights and coats and enjoying items from our wardrobes that haven't seen the light of day for 6 months. 
It's so nice seeing what's coming out in the shops and for me, NEXT has been a huge high street hit. I just love how they capture trends for everyone. A range of styles to wear how you want, from super fashionistas to women who just love looking good. Next has a way of capturing a broad selection of styles that really would suit so many. I love how they have so many pieces that really are high up on the trend radar but if that's not your interest point, they constantly bring out clothes to suit so many tastes. 
Autumn is a key time to bring out the berry colours and, for me, this is a returning favourite colour to style. Berry just seems to be a great transitional colour from the slightly warmer September into the deep dark winter. It goes so nicely with a range of colours and becomes a staple autumn look for a lot of us. 
For this outfit, I loved that the cuff detail on my jumper matches this beautiful BERRY BIKER JACKET. With the soft colour to complement it, this jacket pretty much represents everything about autumn fashion. The change in colour to something much deeper, adding the extra layer and the Borg style collar all is perfect for introducing into you daily style. 
The return of the bootleg jean, I know, I never thought I would wear them either, sees them take a cropped look which I absolutely love. The awkward length of jean goes so well with so many items. I have been wearing them with boots, trainers and block heeled shoes to really show them off. I love the way they flare out and I am finding that Skinny jeans are just not on my list of items to wear at the moment, which is shocking!
With blue denim and berry being one of the most perfect combinations, I am finding that this outfit is one that is well worth repeating as we pass away from the warm weather!


* Thanks to Next for gifting me this outfit.
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