We’re Engaged!!

So I have exciting news for you, Cameron took me away for a few days at the beach in Scarborough, and while we were there, HE PROPOSED! It was such a great weekend, obviously, and I still can’t stop smiling and looking at the gorgeous ring!! I took absolutely loads of photos, but here’s a small selection for you 🙂

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Packwood House

After visiting Croome and driving a bit further up the motorway, the plan was to visit Hardwick Hall, south of Sheffield. But we spent so long looking around the lovely Croome that we realised we’d get there about 15 minutes before it closed so we had to change our minds! After a quick search on the National Trust app on my iPad (which works wonderfully offline), we settled on Packwood House instead. Very closed to Baddesley Clinton which...

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Croome

Today was our drive back to Leeds from Bristol, and rather than break up the journey with service stations, we decided to break up the journey with a couple of National Trust properties instead. The first was Croome. We didn’t realise until we turned up that the property was undergoing major restoration so was completely enclosed in scaffolding. But they’d put some interesting artwork on the scaffolding unlike when we visited Castle...

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Chedworth Roman Villa

This was a slightly longer drive away from Bristol than I had anticipated, and a lot of small narrow country roads, my idea of driving hell. But it was interesting to be walking around a place that was built about 1,700 years ago, it’s baffling to even consider how old that is. Especially when you consider that they had underfloor heating! If only! And the tiled mosaics that they’ve preserved are fantastic. I have to admit that I...

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Tyntesfield

For the next trip of our holiday we decided to go to Tyntesfield. Alan had been there a few times before and loved it, but we’d never been. It was a beautiful house inside and out, and the gardens were lovely. But by far my favourite part about the entire day was the chapel. Never consecrated due to arguments with the local church, but absolutely stunning. So so beautiful and unbelievable that it was built as a family chapel, so...

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Holiday Day Five – Midland Air Museum & Baddesley Clinton

For the final day of our holiday, we didn’t really know what we wanted to do, so I googled things to do in Coventry and the top result was the Midland Air Museum, based at Coventry Airport. At only £6.50 per adult, it was an absolute bargain! The main exhibit is all about Sir Frank Whittle, the inventor of the Jet Engine. His story was fascinating, and I’m really glad I got to learn all about him. There was a hangar full of old...

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Holiday Day Four – Castle Drogo

Day four of our holiday involved a drive partially home for the next stage of our holiday in Coventry. We didn’t want to lose an entire day to travelling, so we decided to pick a National Trust property on our way and stop off for a look around. We picked Castle Drogo in Devon completely at random, and it was quite an interesting choice to make. Castle Drogo was the last castle to be built in the UK and it was built will full electricity...

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Cornwall Day Three – Lands End & St Michael’s Mount

No trip to Cornwall would be complete without a trip to Lands End, so we decided to venture down there on day three of our holiday. We arrived quite early, but it was already packed with visitors! There were quite a few shops to go in, then we ventured out to the actual end of the land, with spectacular views! Surprisingly, after having no phone signal in pretty much the rest of Cornwall, we actually got a really good signal out there, go...

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Cornwall Day Two – Holywell Bay

On the second day of our holiday we decided to go for a drive and find one of the National Trust car parks on the coast which are free to park in for National Trust members like us. We picked Holywell Bay randomly from the map and boy did we make a good choice. The car park was a (slow) ten minute walk /stroll from the beach, although you do have to take your shoes and socks off to cross a stream that flows into the river. Not that I wanted to...

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Cornwall Day One – Fowey

The first day of our holiday was mostly spent driving from Bristol to Cornwall after staying the night with my uncle the night before. But after we’d unpacked at the hotel, we decided to go for a drive and check out some of the Cornish countryside. After getting stuck behind an old VW campervan on a single track road for what seemed like ages, we ended up taking a ferry boat across a river to Fowey (pronounced Foy as in Boy), a picturesque...

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Holiday to Ashington

Well after a hard couple of months at work, we decided to take ourselves away for a long weekend, heading up north on Friday afternoon and coming back late Sunday evening. We stayed in a Premier Inn in the Queen Elizabeth II country park in Ashington, which is kind of in between Newcastle and Alnwick. It’s recently been refurbished and it was really lovely. On the Saturday, we started off by going to Barter Books in Alnwick, a huge second...

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Holiday Day 5 – The Caravan

Well today was the last full day of our holiday and the day that Julie and David came back up. They were due to arrive just after 7pm, so we were cooking a two course meal for them. In the morning, we went down to Skipton and walked around the market, then did our shopping at Morrisons. After cleaning the caravan for a few hours and then cleaning the car, we were just in time for Julie and David to arrive. Since we didn’t go out today...

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Holiday Day 4 – All over the Yorkshire Dales

Well we had no idea what we wanted to do today, and since Cameron turned off the alarm and went back to sleep without waking me up, we didn’t leave the caravan until about 12. We decided to go for a drive around the dales, and pretty much spent all afternoon driving round, Grassington, Kettlewell, Leyburn, Kirkby Stephen, Hawes, everywhere. We drove past a lot of sheep, took way too many photos, and realised that sheep do not like the...

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Holiday Day 3 – Bolton Abbey and Aysgarth Falls

Bolton Abbey was our destination for today, only £7 to get in (per car, not each), and only 20 minutes from the caravan. When we set off, the weather was cloudy and a little bit cold, but after about 20 minutes of walking down to the priory ruins, the sun was back and shining brighter than ever – I think I may have got a little sunburned today. We walked just over 4km, with a picnic about halfway along, and then went for a little drive...

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Holiday Day 2 – Skipton Castle

Today we decided to invite my parents and my grandma up to Skipton to take them out for lunch, so that my grandma could enjoy the sunshine. Then Vicky decided to come home from Sheffield for a few days so she came along too and it was a nice family day out. As they didn’t arrive until lunch time, Cameron and I decided to go to Skipton Castle in the morning. Neither of us could remember going there before and it was actually quite...

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Holiday Day 1 – Trip to Hawes Creamery and the Yorkshire Dales

Today was the first proper day of our holiday to Cameron’s Aunt and Uncle’s caravan in Skipton. We decided that we’d take a drive out into the dales and visit the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes. We were a bit disappointed that they weren’t actually making cheese that day so we couldn’t see the live demonstration, but we went round the rest of the museum and found out how they make it. We then took a trip around the...

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Holiday to Edinburgh – February 2013

I’ve been a bit slack about blogging recently; between work, gym and sleep, I’ve hardly had any spare time. But I have lost a significant amount of weight this year, so the gym is obviously paying off, and I’d gladly give up blogging for that to continue. That said, here are (finally) the pictures from my trip to Edinburgh with Cameron from 14-17th February. It was an awesome time, we visited the Zoo, Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood...

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No, I’m not married!

For my birthday this weekend, I went on holiday with Cameron to Whitehaven. It’s a lovely place in the lake district right next to the sea. We stayed at a Premier Inn again which was pretty nice (even if the restaurant was a bit disappointing), but it was awesome to get away for a few days – and to be spoilt by Cameron all day on my birthday! On the Sunday, we decided to drive up to Scotland and we found a shopping village in Gretna...

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Scarborough and Whitby – Typical English Weather!!

When I realised that the Jubilee would give us two bank holidays in a row I decided to take the rest of the week off work. Cameron finished his final exams at uni a couple of weeks ago, so I booked us a little holiday as a celebration. We stayed at the Premier Inn in the centre of Scarborough, and the room was much much better than the hotel I stayed at in London. Air conditioned room, big modern bathroom and a really comfy bed. A lot of...

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