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Dear blog followers, it has been a while. My last post was in June and that was to share photos from a holiday in April! Well much has happened since June and once again there are many photographs to share. The biggest thing that happened is – WE MOVED! On the 19th July we left our first home together and embarked on a new journey into what we’re pretty sure is our forever home.



We moved into our first home three years ago, almost to the day that we moved out in fact! It was a beautiful little two bedroom house with a garden, brand new, with lots of delightful snags, but it was home. The house saw endless BBQ’s, film nights, tears, laughter and more. And yet…we don’t feel even a tiny bit nostalgic. We drove past at the weekend on our way to deliver some bits to a friend on the estate and we saw our house and…we felt odd. I felt like we left it months ago! Years ago even!



The new house is just beautiful – we are incredibly lucky. It was left in a stunning condition, all we needed to do was turn some of the back garden from patio into grass. Which has also now been done! We’ve been in just over a month and the boxes are unpacked, the pictures are hung and it feels like home. We have four beautiful bedrooms which we’ve turned into a Guest Room, Office and Hobby Room (as well as our own master bedroom), three bathrooms, a dining room, kitchen with a breakfast room attached, living room and tiny little garden room (also known as a porch!)



Maisy has settled well – she moved out to my parents pre-move for a few days and then came the day after we’d moved in. She’s getting used to wooden floors (we have rugs but not enough!) and not knowing where we are because there are more than three main rooms now! She was pleased when we had the grass put down and spent a few hours laying on it and sunning herself.





I also started a blog – just for book reviews. This was so that I could get my review profile on the map enough to be chosen to review books for NetGalley. And it worked! I now have the opportunity to review books for free, so far I have quite a pile ready to be read and many that I’ve already enjoyed. If you’re interested then head over to Tea Leaves and Reads.






So what has been going on in YOUR world? Any triumphs? How has Summer been? Has the weather been just as awful for you as it has been here…? We’ve not really had Summer and we’re moving into Autumn, which is beautiful but a bit too chilly for me these days! That ‘Back to school’ feeling is in the air, as I finish up my first year of University… more on that later…!

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“The island is ours. Here, in some way, we are young forever.”
― E. Lockhart

We recently ventured over to the Isle of Wight, something we try and do at least once a year, and a had a week of sunshine and breathtaking views. We chose a coach house in the grounds of a larger property and we weren’t sure until we arrived whether the views would be any good for Photography… Well they were absolutely amazing. On a good day there was a great view of The Needles and each sunset was incredible. The property itself was gorgeous with lots of traditional farmhouse charm.




We had no specific agenda, we knew the views that we wanted to revisit and we had a few ideas of new places that we wanted to explore. With my health not being in top form this year, we couldn’t plan to walk too far and yet we ended up covering miles in the end. Totally unplanned which I think made it easier to achieve!


The Isle of Wight has traditional views such as Freshwater Bay, Ventnor, Brading Downs, The Needles and of course all of the stunning seascapes you can capture from the end of the Military Road. But this time we wanted to capture the harder places, and there are definitely some gems hidden away. We had kept an eye on local Photographers works leading up to the trip and our first stop was to try and get to St Catherine’s Lighthouse without walking too far…





Once we found it though, with the sun briskly setting behind us, we decided that the only thing to do to explore the views further was to climb. And so we did. We climbed the hill overlooking the Lighthouse (later in the holiday finding a car park at the top but nevermind!) and we were not disappointed.

St Catherine’s Lighthouse is not accessible by road. It’s one of the oldest Lighthouses in the UK… constructed in 1838. (Some sites state that it was 1323, actually that seems to be when a Lighthouse further away on St Catherine’s Down was built, this is now just a ‘shell’ of stone and is known locally as ‘The Pepperpot’).



Another view that we wanted to capture was Steephill Cove. This is again on the sunny side of the Island and is located in Ventnor, home to the Botanical Gardens (which were INCREDIBLE!) We walked through the gardens to the coastal path and then on down to Steephill Cove as again, this is a cove that is untouched by motor vehicles and is only accessible by a steep climb down…and back up again.



Time stood still in this beautiful place  which was just a glorious suntrap. A little hut selling cold drinks meant that we could walk along the beach sipping ginger beer (or cream soda in my case!) and then induling in a New Forest Ice Cream further along. The fact that you couldn’t just turn up in your car made this even more special.




The Isle of Wight is greatly underestimated in terms of a holiday destination… and even a place to live. Although the crossing on the Ferry is quite expensive I think that’s what protects this Island from being overrun. We went via Wightlink Ferries, known affectionately by many as Shitelink..and yet they had just upgraded and the ferry had cosy sofa’s, coffee bars and excellent seating. ll very surreal compared to the old days of plastic chairs, smelly corridors and sticky floors…






It has taken me absolutely ages to finish this blog, with one thing or another creeping up on me and essays that needed to be written. The actual holiday was about a month ago! There are lots of fabulous meadow photos and memories to blog next from Father’s Day…



I also started a book review blog. Tea Leaves and reads! Head over and check it out on Facebook or on WordPress.










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