The evening water

The evening water

Daylight saving or ‘summer time’ arrived in our part of Australia the other week and with it came the start of gloriously long, light evenings.

It’s given me a renewed energy for the warm weather ahead and instead of coming home from work feeling tired and ready to hunker down for the evening,  I find myself wanting to potter about and get little jobs done, so they’re not eating into my precious days off.

One job though, I’m finding less of a chore and more of a wonderful little ritual…

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Hiding from the heat

Hiding from the heat

It’s been an absolute scorcher in south-eastern Australia over the last few days. Wagga Wagga hit 40 + degrees on both Saturday and Sunday.  I haven’t experienced that sort of warmth since the summer of 2015/2016, so I really felt it!

It always amazes me that while one part of the world can be experiencing extreme heat, others can be gripped in the midst of extreme cold (east cold of the United States and Canada, I’m thinking of you!) In the days leading up to the weekend my Instagram feed was full of northern hemisphere dwellers preparing for a cozy weekend.

While they were channelling hygge in the traditional sense, I thought I’d go about creating ‘summer hygge’…

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Wishing you and those you cherish a very merry Christmas. May your day be filled with light, love and lots of lovely food and drink.

I’ve so enjoyed sharing life in England with you over 2017 and 2018 is already shaping up to be a very memorable one (11 months until the wedding)!

Look forward to talking about the first few days back in Australia later this week.

Until then.

M. x

Sunset exploring

Sunset exploring

One of the best parts of summer in England is the light. During the middle of ‘summer time’ (daylight saving time in Australia) there’s still light in the sky until almost 11pm. It means you can pack a whole heap more into each day and in clear weather, the golden hour you experience in the last two hours of so before sunset can be utterly breathtaking.

After a particularly enjoyable day out during our Cornwall holiday back in August, Adam myself and my family got sidetracked on our trip back to our accommodation…

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The fruit farm

The fruit farm

Just like clockwork on the first of September the air had the slightest chill in it to welcome the arrival of autumn. It was hard to believe a few days prior England had recorded its warmest bank holiday weekend in decades.  A joyful hurrah to summer.

I love autumn. It’s my favourite season and already a few trees around Malvern have started to turn yellow and red, readying themselves for the cooler months ahead. In those last hazy days of warmth though, Adam and I took my family and his sister Alex to a local fruit farm for a spot of picking…

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Green Man

Green Man

I’ve never been a big music festival goer.  In Australia they always tended to occur in the hottest part of the year, and when you lack height (like I do),  standing at armpit height on a 40 degree day in the blazing sun with thousands of others just doesn’t seem appealing.

When Adam and I met he told me about a four day music and arts festival called Green Man that’s held in Wales in late summer.  He described it as a bunch of people sitting around eating good food and listening to good music. He told me it was very civilised and an awful lot of fun.

I was intrigued so we decided early in the year that we’d be at Green Man 2017 …

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