New Year’s Eve at Orchardleigh Estate

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope you had a magical time celebrating with your family friends!

We were lucky enough to spend two nights away at Orchardleigh Estate in Somerset over New Year with some of our best friends in the whole world. Picture a full weekend of copious amounts of food, drink, music, games and laughter.

Alex and I were the last to arrive at the house and the drive from the road deep into Orchardleigh Estate was like something out of a movie. The fog was thick, there were no lights and we didn’t exactly know where we were going, but knew to look out for a castellated building named Gloucester East – our home for the next two days.

Orchardleigh Estate Gloucester East
Gloucester East, Orchardleigh Estate

Orchardleigh Estate, Gloucester East bathroom

The grade II listed building had ridiculously comfortable beds and beautiful freestanding baths (although the hot water was temperamental – or maybe we just didn’t work out how to use it properly haha).

After an evening of Mexican food and games on the 30th, I felt like we were in a fairytale when we woke up in our very own mini castle on New Year’s Eve. We had an absolutely glorious breakfast (thanks Vicky and co.), before going on a two hour walk around the estate (this did wonders for our step count!). We discovered Orchardleigh House itself and one of the two picturesque churches which reside in the grounds.

Homemade Vegetarian Breakfast

Orchardleigh Estate

Orchardleigh House, Somerset

Church, St Mary, Orchardleigh Estate, Somerset

We had a fab time dressing up and playing Prosecco Pong (of course) in the lead up to midnight and sung our hearts out with Robbie Williams in the final countdown to 2017.

I truly had the most magical weekend celebrating with some fabulous friends and can’t wait for our next adventure together!

New Year's Eve, Orchardleigh Estate, Gloucester East

Orchardleigh Estate, Gloucester House, Somerset

I would like to wish you a very happy, healthy and spectacular 2017! If you liked this post make sure you’re following my Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages to be the first to read my new posts  🙂

How did you celebrate the New Year? Have you been to Orchardleigh Estate before? Let me know in the comments!

XO

 

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My New Year’s Resolutions

HAPPY NEW YEAR YOU BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE!

I hope you had a fantastic time celebrating and are making exciting plans for the brand new year ahead.

So far I already have a few things to look forward to including, Paris with Alex, Mumford and Sons at Hyde Park, Years and Years, lots of BIG birthdays in my family and Alex’s family, as well as planning a long, relaxing beach holiday!

But of course, I’ve been making New Year’s resolutions online and offline too…

Preserving Memories 

I am snap happy when it comes to photographs, I always have my phone with me and most recently my Polaroid Camera which you can read all about here, but I rarely print photos to keep. Although I am not the most artistic person, I plan on making a scrap book full of photos, tickets and reminders from special events or happy times.

Getting Fit

This one is a cliché, but one which isn’t really a New Year’s resolution, but more of a continuation. In August, I could only run 1km without feeling sick and as though my world was going to collapse in around me. Now, I get that nauseous feeling after 5km, thanks to the gym and playing netball. Before the end of the year, I would LOVE to take part in Tough Mudder, which for those of you who don’t know, is an obstacle course in the mud which stretches for just under half a marathon, sounds like fun, right? 😉

Travel More 

As we cheers our champagne at the end of 2016 (without getting too ahead of ourselves), Alex and I have both agreed that we would like to be able to look back on memories of having travelled to two new countries. One trip hopefully consisting of time spent in the glorious sunshine, and the other Iceland! We’ve both always wanted to swim in the lagoons, experience ‘proper’ snow, witness the Northern Lights and the completely different lifestyle.

Stop Being So Lazy

I admit sometimes, I can be so lazy. This doesn’t mean I sit around all day in my pyjamas watching Netflix, (although I am of course, VERY good at this), because I’m actually a really active person, but I mean I need to stop putting things off. I can take ages to reply to people, cook a pizza instead of preparing a salad and never clean my make-up brushes, but instead buy more haha.

Online

Saying Hello Twice a Week

Towards the end of 2015, I fell off the blogging schedule wagon and ended up posting few and far between. I would love to kick that bad habit in the bum and post twice a week once more.

Learning More 

Looking back on what I’ve achieved in the past year online, I am completely amazed. Last January, I was working in finance, with my head in the blogging world clouds. Now, I am working in social media and I am part of an incredible blogging community. As part of my mission to get organised, I would love to push myself further and learn skills to benefit both my job and blog.

Meet More of You 

I would love to meet some of you lovely lot in person, especially those who live in the same town/county as me. It would also be amazing to meet Sarah, Lauren and Rachel too! These girls have been my blogging angels right from the beginning 🙂

Finally, Can I Squeeze in a Last One?

YouTube. When I’ve figured out which editing software I am going to use, I will attempt a video. It’s another dimension of self expression which would be exciting to explore. Initially, I plan to send it to one of my best friends, Erin, who I know is a huge fan of bloggers and vloggers and is someone who will give me honest feedback. So if it passes the Erin test, I will unleash it in the big wide blogging world muwahahaha!

So there you have it, my plans for this brand new, shiny year! Fingers crossed I can keep these up, I will of course try to be healthier etc, but I guess as new year swings around every 365 or in this case 366 days this is a target attempted by just about everybody, so I wish you all luck!

What are your New Year’s resolutions? Have you got any places you’d recommend we visit? Do you have a scrapbook? Let me know in the comment box or tweet me.

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Hello 2015

Hi there!

Happy New Year! I am sorry it has taken me so long to write a new post, like everybody else I was taking some well deserved time off with my family and friends enjoying the festivities!

This Christmas, I travelled home to Bournemouth, by the seaside for just over a week and had the best time to round off a pretty amazing 2014. I somehow managed to complete my education and seal the deal with a journalism degree from The University of Sheffield, I moved out of my student house and into a beautiful flat with my boyfriend, went on holiday to the Dominican Republic where I swam with dolphins on my birthday, got my first full time job and I am actually, wait for it, starting to learn how to budget and value money a lot more.

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With all this in mind, I am feeling pretty positive about the year ahead and for the first time in my life have actually made proper new year’s resolutions, (better late than never).

♡ Get fit | I know what you’re thinking ‘yeah, yeah and how long will that last?’ Well to be honest, I don’t actually know, but in this last week I have hit the treadmill a couple of times, been on winter walks and have vowed to take the stairs more – it’s a start anyway 🙂

♡ No more crisps | for someone who can easily munch and crunch three or four packets of Hula Hoops, Wotsits or Monster Munch a day without a second thought this is proving to be a challenge. So far so good though and I am five days crisp free!

♡ Blog more | I have absolutely loved creating my blog and cannot wait to meet more people in the blogging community.

♡ Be happy | on the first of January I joined in with #100daysofhappiness to keep me upbeat and positive in the long wait for the spring/summer months.

♡ Travel more | obviously I haven’t won the lottery (yet), but I am going to make sure I visit at least three new places this year, as well as revisiting some locations I am already in love with (aka Venice).

I will let you know how I get on, especially with the no crisp challenge (wahhh), how are you doing with your new year’s resolutions? Let me know in the comment box 🙂

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