28 February 2014

film friday: Boston

Back when I was still in high school my Dad had to take a business strip to Boston, USA. I'm not sure why, but me and my sister were invited too, a couple of weeks before Christmas. We visited Boston once before as a family when I was much younger and I couldn't really recall much about it (we also visited Florida in the same trip so Disneyland obviously eclipsed most of my memories of that trip!)

We stayed in a small town outside of Boston called Andover and on the first few days we did some family touristy things like visit Frog Pond for the ice skating and Quincy Market for the food in Boston. My sister and I shared a bedroom, complete with giant princess beds, we ordered in room service and watched movies in bed. When my dad had to work we would get up, go for giant breakfast in the hotel before taking the train into the City. We were at the perfect age to be trusted to go exploring by ourselves and spent our days discovering different parts of the City.

We ate in diners, hung out in book and comic book stores, shopped for music and just took in the sights. The weather was bitterly cold, forcing us to wrap up warm and causing steam to rise from the drains. One day we took the train to Cambridge, where we visited Thrift stores like we'd never seen before, including one where you just sifted through clothes in a big pile on the floor and paid a $1 for a pound in weight of clothes! We browsed in shops and markets, ate giant pretzels in Quincey Market and even went to see The Celtics play. It was and is probably one of my favourite holidays to date. We just spent our days exploring and hanging out, being trusted to look after ourselves and just soaking up the city. Thinking back over it now it seems a little unreal that we even went, and how perfect it was. Like my holiday last summer with my other sister, I'm convinced that there's nothing better than going on holiday with your dear sisters!

About time we visit again hey sissy?

27 February 2014

westonbirt adventure

 Last week we took a little day out to Westonbirt Arboretum, to frolic amongst the trees. We partook in a little treasure hunt, jumped in puddles, balanced along beams, hid in dens, watched for birds and stared up at the tall tall trees.

26 February 2014

a family walk: Lacock estate

Firstly this is a little later than I intended it to be what with all the drama going on around these parts! The long and short of it is, is that Rob was taken to hospital on Sunday with suspected appendicitis and ended up having surgery to have it removed on Monday and with then discharged yesterday. So cue lots of running around to and from the hospital and not really having time to think let alone sit in front of a computer!

Also secondly we didn't quite manage a family walk this weekend because of above reasons but last week we had a little trip to Lacock Abbey and village with my Mum, and seeing as they are family then I thought it would fit in with our family walk!

We drove to meet my Mum at a National Trust we'd not visited before, and uniquely it is a whole National Trust owned village. There is so much to look at and visit, including the Abbey, house, grounds, village and the Fox Talbot museum celebrating the one of the pioneers of photography and photography in general.

We started with a cup of tea and cake in the old tearoom in a majestic stone barn, whilst we sheltered from a sudden downpour before taking a look around the museum. I would love to go back and have a proper look because there's not so much time to read and look in detail when a certain little person running wild. We then made our way through the grounds towards the Abbey admiring all the early spring shoots and blooms, spread over the grounds in glorious beds of white, yellow and purple.

We explored courtyards and cloisters before entering the house and taking a look around. After lots of fun peering in rooms and imagining how life once was we made our way outside into the beautiful grounds. We couldn't resist snapping a few photos amongst the crocus's and snowdrops, especially to show off my very pretty new floral dress sent to me courtesy of Joules. I thought there was no better place to wear it than prancing round the countryside through fields of flowers! It's such a beautiful cut, and the quality of fabric is lovely. Theo was also sent an amazing weatherproof coat from the lovely boy clothes section, which is perfect for our family walks! (and it really is weatherproof, as tested out in a sudden downpour!)
Theo found a furry friend to keep him company!

We then explored the village taking in all the different styles of houses, all beautifully rustic and individual. We dreamed about which house we would live in, and imagined the quaint village life! We stopped in a pub for a drink and a bowl of chips before going our separate ways and heading home, happy after our adventure!

We received the clothing courtesy of Joules, but all thoughts are my own! They really are lovely! 
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