Beautiful spaces: Maison Estate

Beautiful spaces: Maison Estate

Have you ever walked into a space, whether it be a restaurant, café or bar, and just instantly fallen in love with the design, aesthetic and look of it?

That happened to me a few months back in South Africa, while Adam and I were visiting the Western Cape’s wine country.

Maison Estate was our first stop of the day and it completely blew me away…

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One of Malvern’s great claims to fame is its abundance of natural springs and the ‘healing’ benefits that water apparently brings. It’s what saw Malvern grow from a sleepy hamlet to a thriving town in the 19th century.

As I’ve mentioned previously, there are wells scattered all over town and residents and visitors are free to go and fill bottles whenever they wish. One of the most famous  wells, is Holywell – what’s believed to be the world’s oldest water bottling plant in the world!

Holywell isn’t too far from where Adam and I live, so I decided to base one of my ‘summer wanderings’ on a visit to the well…

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A postcard from the Peak District

A postcard from the Peak District

I have a confession to make – up until very, very recently my knowledge of England’s Peak District was based primarily on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I knew Derbyshire was near the Peak District and that’s where Mr Darcy’s ‘Pemberley’ was based. I quickly discovered at the start of this week though, there’s a whole lot more to the Peak District than Fitzwilliam Darcy.

Adam and I chose the Peak District for a long weekend away on a bit of a whim. It was a region I’d never visited and Adam only briefly. What we discovered was towns and villages filled with exquisite stones buildings, amazing scenery and a thriving food and beer scene.

Cottage in Buxton, Derbyshire.

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A postcard from Riga

A postcard from Riga

Ever walked around a place and been awestruck at the beauty that surrounds you? When you get that excited grin on your face and have to keep telling yourself, ‘Yes, this is real’. That’s the feeling I got strolling through the Latvian capital Riga the weekend before last. It’s a city that’s got a history dating back to before the Middle Ages, is starting to find its feet after so many decades of occupation and is filled with just some really lovely people.

Old Town in Riga Latvia.

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All the pretty houses

All the pretty houses
“Old houses, I thought, do not belong to people ever, not really, people belong to them.” – Gladys Taber 

One of my favourite things about living in England is the houses. Every village, town and city has its centuries of history preserved in the homes its residents live in. While Australia has a small amount of architectural history, it pales in comparison to places like the U.K.

I’m pretty sure I’ve pointed out a home I’ve liked to Adam almost ever day since our arrival. Being a sucker for a good story, I get so much delight out of thinking about all the people who’ve lived in these buildings over the years.  What were their names, what did they do, what food did they cook and what flowers did they plant in the garden?

Large cottage in English town of Malvern, Worcestershire

House on the eastern edge of the Malvern Hills overlooking the Severn Valley
Chimney pot envy.

Looking through the front gate of a property near the Malvern Common in Worcestershire.

Cottage with white fence nestled into the Malvern Hills, Worcestershire.

Ivy and ferns cover the front entrance of a house with a sage green arched door.
That door!

Georgian style house in Malvern, Worcestershire

Can’t you just imagine sitting in a slightly worn, super squishy armchair with a good book, roaring fire and mug of tea in front of some of those front windows?! #bliss