This Weeks Happy – Exploring Fowey

Pretty Fowey Town

Exploring Fowey Cornwall

I live less than 5 miles from the beautiful harbour town of Fowey but I very rarely go there. I tend to head in the other direction but I wanted to go there for a sunset walk while it was Winter and quiet (before all the tourists descend).

I love exploring the cobbled windy streets & taking photos of the beautiful houses. One of the things I love about Fowey is the river, its beautiful and it makes me feel calm and peaceful. I like to sit looking out over the river whilst the sun sets and it’s the perfect end to the day.

Fowey Houses

Fowey Villas

Fowey River Feb 2017

Fowey Centre

Pretty Fowey Town

Light Shop Fowey

Fowey has the perfect selection of shops including my favourite homeware shop Brocante, a very small but well stocked Joules boutique as well as lots of places to eat and get yummy cakes to take home. Also on this lastest visit I stumbled across this Industrial Lighting Shop which was incredible and well worth a visit. They had a huge selection of nautical and industrial reclaimed options, I have my eye on one in particular and I think I am going to pop back and treat myself to it.

Hidden Streets Fowey Cornwall

Rooftops Cornwall

River Fowey Sunset

Sams Diner Meal

We really wanted to visit our favourite place to eat in Fowey, Sams but it was closed for refurbishment (typical) so we drove to their new Diner. To my surprise they had quite a few Vegan options, including a Vegan Hot Dog (which sounded very tempting) but I opted for the Falafel Burger which came with chips and a cabbage salad. It was delicious & huge. I love an old school sesame seed bun, not these brioche buns which burgers seem to be served on nowadays.

The Diner is new and I thought it was a little cold inside and I am not 100% sure about the decor, it was a little hit & miss but the menu is good and the staff were very helpful when letting me know about their Vegan options. They also do an extensive healthy breakfast menu, so we might pop back one morning to give that a go, breakfast is my favourite meal of the day.

We are planning a day to Penzance next week and quite honestly I can’t believe we have lived in Cornwall for 18 months and haven’t visited yet. I’m really looking forward to it, if you have any recomendations for places to eat and drink in Penzance let me know.

This Weeks Happy – Celebrating 17 Years

2000

2000

Portsmouth 2000

2002 New York

New York 2001

John and Me 2003

London 2002

2004 Manchester

Manchester 2003

2004

Manchester 2004

2005

London 2005

SF 2006

San Francisco 2006
London 2007

London 2007

Edinburgh 2008

Berlin 2010

Berlin 2009

Perth 2011

Perth 2010

Dundee 2012

Dundee 2011

2013

Wiltshire 2012

Merseyside

Liverpool 2013

2014

Amsterdam 2014

Cornwall 2015

Cornwall 2015

Scotland 2016

Dundee 2016

2017

Cornwall 2017

This is a different kind of post from me today, I’m taking a day off from beauty products to celebrate my lovely husband, John, the love of my life.

I thought I would share a photo of John & I from each year that we have been together & I am proud to say that 17 years ago this week I met John who quickly become the love of my life. He was just 16 in the first photo back in 2000 and I had just turned 21, how young we look! I just can’t believe how quickly the years have flown by. We have lived through so many major life events at both ends of the emotional spectrum and I have never doubted our relationship or questioned John’s love for me. John is the most selfless, humble and determined man I know and has shown me that through the most unimaginable pain and grief you can still be optimistic and let go of anger.

I feel like the luckiest lady in the world to have such a supportive, understanding and damn right handsome partner. I could tell you so many stories and reasons why I love this man but one of the earliest ones which stands out for me and it isn’t one that is OTT with fancy gifts or involved spending money.  So way back in 2002 when we lived in our first, very small flat together in Scotland, we didn’t have a car or a mobile phone, I worked in quite a rural location and there wasn’t any shops or facilities near by. After I had left that morning to go to work John noticed that I had left my lunch at home in the kitchen,  he knew I would not be able to get anything else and be really hungry (and grumpy) so he walked 5+ miles each way just to bring me my lunch. All my colleagues couldn’t believe that he walked all that way in the freezing Scottish Winter just to drop off my lunch, which was just a simple can of soup and walk all the way home. What a sweet thing to do & still 15 years later it still makes my heart full of love just thinking about John walking all that way.

Here is to 17 more years of happiness, living adventures and perusing our dreams but mostly to snuggling up on our sofa talking about everything and anything.

Vegan Banana Bread Recipe

Vegan Banana Bread Recipe

Vegan Banana Bread Recipe

I’m possibly the worst baker but I really want to get better because there is nothing nicer than enjoying home baked treats, it also makes your house smell incredible. So I told myself that 2017 was the year I would put my recipe books to good use and get busy in the kitchen learning to bake some delicious sweet treats. I always enjoy banana bread and it has to be one of the easiest recipes to master, so it is a good place to start. we can also convince ourselves it is somewhat healthy as it contains banana’s …… right?

I have two recipes that I go back and forth between which are my good friend Hayley’s Recipe and Aine Carlin from The New Vegan – I’ve taken my favourite bits from them both and created my version of a delicious banana bread.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 ripe bananas mashed
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 50g olive oil
  • 120g caster sugar
  • 2 level tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp soy milk
  • A handful of Vegan chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • First off pre heat your oven to 180 /Gas mark 4.
  • Lightly grease and line a 2lb loaf tin or use a tin parchment paper liner (that is what I do)
  • Using a fork, mash the banana’s in a large mixing bowl
  • Measure all the dry ingredients and add them to the bowl with your bananas
  • The add the wet ingredients to your mixture and mix for about 2 minutes until the mixture is lump free and quite smooth. I use an electric whisk for this part (lazy)
  • Lastly add the chocolate chips to your mixture and stir them in so they’re evenly distributed
  • Transfer mixture into your loaf tin and bake in the oven for about 45 minutes. Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes then turn out onto a wire rack & enjoy with a lovely cup of tea.

Let me know what extras you like to add to your banana bread.

Amsterdam Photo Diary 2016 Part 2

Crooked Amsterdam Canal Houses

Amsterdam in October

Crooked Amsterdam Canal Houses

Bikes Galore Amsterdam

Amsterdam Secret Garden

Luxury Canal Houses Amsterdam

White Bridge Amsterdam

Amsterdam Ceramics

Amsterdam Photo Diary

Empty Amsterdam Streets

Amsterdam Pluk Coffee Shop

Amsterdam Exploring Autumn 2016

Amsterdam Pretty Streets

Plantage Amsterdam

Amsterdam Church Exploring

Beautiful Amsterdam Shop Fronts

Red Citron Classic Car Amsterdam

Amsterdam Lookup

If you didn’t catch Part 1 of my Amsterdam photo diary just click here to take a look. I only got back from my trip a month ago and it feels like forever, I need to book another trip ASAP so I have something to look forward too.

As I said in my previous post I have visited Amsterdam quite a few times now so I have managed to do most of the big tourist things like Anne Frank’s House (which is an absolute must visit!), Rijksmuseum, Museum Van Loon, Red Light District and such like. So when we visit now we just relax and enjoy the beautiful canal streets. We walk so many miles in a day just exploring all the back streets and visiting our favourite restaurants and cafe’s, of which there are so many!

One lovely cafe / shop I must recommend to you is PLUK – there is usually a wait for a table but it is well worth it because they ave the most delicious smoothies, lunches and sweet treats. You can take away if you don’t have time to sit in but its such a welcoming, instagramable space & they have a shop selling stationery and the cutest homewares, if you are able to resist buying something then you have a lot more willpower than me!

Oh & if you want somewhere really nice to go for dinner or just a few drinks then The Hoxton Hotel is pretty damn cool and the food is amazing!

Let me know where you love to visit when you’re in Amsterdam.