2015 My Year in Pictures

Roundup of 2015 in photos

January started off with lots of snowy walks and trying to get back in to work mode. I’m not one for resolutions but I do set some goals & I didn’t want to set ones that were unrealistic so I just wanted to focus on finding a place to call home!

February was all about my health, I eat a plant based diet and have done for 3 years, ever since my dad had a stroke. I wanted to be healthier and focus on what I ate and where my food was coming from so becoming plant based felt natural and like I was in control of at least one aspect of my life. I never really followed recipe books but I found I was eating the same meals on rotation so decided to buy a few Vegan specific cookbooks to inspire me to be a little more adventurous in the kitchen & it worked. I bought Deliciously Ella & Keep it Vegan.

March saw us on the road & spending some time in Scotland with my family, we are lucky that we are self employed and can work from anywhere. We often pack up the car and head north of the border for weeks on end. We always pay a visit to St Andrews when we’re up that way. Its just so beautiful and even though its small I love to walk the cobbled narrow streets and we always end up on the beach as the sun sets. Its such a romantic place.

Much of April was also spent in Scotland as my brother was in Mexico so I helped look after my dad and got to spend time with him and be part of his on going recovery. I try to spend time with my niece Alyvia when I am in Scotland too as she is growing up so fast.

Year In Photos 2015

May saw us in Liverpool quite a few times and I went to Uni there back in 2001 so its nice to see how much it has changed. I love visiting Central Perk when I’m there, its always a mission trying to get the sofa.

June was all about camping in Cornwall and realising after a few attempts over the years at being campists I’m just not cut out for sleeping under canvas in a field in the freezing British weather. I am not high maintenance but I like creature comforts. The whole point of visiting Cornwall was to see if it still felt like home (we lived there 5 years ago). So much has changed in our lives since we were there last and we’d always dreamt of moving back so we had a lot of things to weigh up after our roadtrip south. Oh & the tent has since been sold!

July is always one of my favourite months of the year its my husbands birthday and we had a trip to Amsterdam planned. You will know if you’re a long time reader of my blog how much I adore that city. I try to go twice a year and I fall in love with it more each time. I am working hard to eventually be able to call it home. If you want to read more about my Dutch adventures then I have a couple of Amsterdam posts on the blog.

August was a month of important decisions and finally finding a place to call home. We thought long and hard about returning to a rural setting 600 miles away from family, knowing that we’d have to do the 1200 mile round trip at least every two months. We realised we needed that rural idillic setting to re charge our batteries and discover what it was that made us tick. The past few years had seen us hit rock bottom & we retreated from life so we found a house (renovated Methodist Chapel from 1849) and decided to go for it. Oh & we stayed in our first Air BnB whist viewing houses – I wanted to live in that it was so unbelievably beautiful. If you want to read all about The Cabin <—– click there

2015 A Year In Review

September we packed up our belongings & collected the rest from the storage unit we had been renting for almost 18 months and we moved to Cornwall. It was such an exciting month and it went by so quickly. We did a lot of exploring in between unpacking and reacquainting ourselves with the area, we moved back to within 3 miles of where we lived previously.

October in Cornwall was an absolute scorcher, we spent our mornings having breakfast in the garden and walking the coastal path. Oh & and I turned 37 – how did that happen? I still feel 25. We had a tonne of deliveries for the house including all of our white goods and a shed (get excited).

November involved a trip to Scotland to see family and have an early Christmas. I went Christmas shopping with my Mum in Edinburgh it was so cold but all the festive lights and markets were beautiful. I spent way too much money in Anthropology & H&M Home.

December we were in Scotland until the 17th before driving back to Cornwall with a stop off in Manchester to catch up with friends. It was the first time in our 16 years together that we’d spent Christmas just the two of us. It was relaxed, quiet and pretty perfect. We even managed a walk along our favourite beach despite the insane winds.

Amsterdam Travel Photo Diary Part 2

Crooked Amsterdam Canal Houses

Amsterdam Canal Houses

Amsterdam Travel Photos

Lovely Cafe in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Church

Amsterdam Amstel Canal

Cheese in Amsterdam

Amsterdam the city of bikes

Amsterdam Cafe

Amsterdam The Netherlands

Amsterdam Gin & Tonic

Amsterdam House Boats

Canal Amsterdam


Canal Houses in Amsterdam

Mid Morning Tea Break

I could walk up & down the canals in Amsterdam all day & night, they’re so pretty. The canal houses that line them are beautiful and historical. They are all different and are frozen in time, I love them. A few of them are open as museums & one of the best ones I have been in it the Museum Van Loon which has the cutest cafe in the garden where you can sit, relax & it feels like you’re in the countryside.

I’m embarrassed to say I have been to Amsterdam 3 times now & I am yet to ride a bike there, I’m terrible at riding a bike & fear that I may cause myself an injury. I always joke to my husband that we should hire a tandem. I think next time we go I will have to bite the bullet and hire one late at night when the streets are quiet and I can practise. It looks so much fun and you can cover a lot of ground which means I could see more of the city whilst feeling more like a local. Have you ever hired a bike in Amsterdam, if so let me know how you found it.

Oh & if you have time you need to stop by the Poezenboot (Cat Boat). It’s quite a site, especially if you are a cat lover & opposite the catboat there is a cafe called Greenwoods that does the nicest breakfast, they even have Vegan options. It does get very busy but I guarantee it’s worth the wait.

If you do visit the city you must go and have a walk around the streets & canals at night. The bridges are all lit with small lights & even the trees have fairy lights. It feels really romantic & magical.

To see part 1 of my Amsterdam photo diary click here