Brighton Weekend Away

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Visiting new places is always something I find most enjoyable, and I have spend many a day out trying to explore as many new places in England as I possibly can, drawing in its culture. This hobby then becomes especially pleasing when it means I can visit some of my favourite people as well. A few weeks ago I went to visit one of my very good friends who lives down in Brighton for University, I hadn’t seen her for months and nor anyone else from back home, so it was a lovely idea that myself and 2 other friends went down to visit her in this beautiful seaside town.

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Saturday morning began the start of our jam-packed weekend, and with great hunger and anticipation for the day ahead we began with breakfast at “The Breakfast Club”. I had heard about this restaurant before, but had never eaten here previously but just from looking at the menu I would right in saying that I would love the food. I treated myself to delicious fresh berry pancakes covered in golden syrup and freshly whipped cream. The other three girls all had wonderfully prepared hot chocolates and were far less naughty than me by choosing a more savoury option.

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After a very filling breakfast we decided to explore not only the beautiful and eloquent lanes of Brighton (which dare I say are home to some of the most appealing little shops, and a massive selection of jewellers), but the beautiful town of Lewes just a couple or so miles outside of Brighton. This was a wonderful adventure as this little historic town was filled with gorgeous independent shops lined up row to row, gorgeous mountain views and tiny traditional bakery’s with homemade bread and pastries.

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Our afternoon was very jam packed, girls being girls, we decdied to check out Brighton’s huge shopping centre. I will admit I spent more than my fair share of money on clothes which I seemed to convince myself that I needed but ultimately didn’t. I think this was true for the four of us. This was then followed by an evening back at my friends house eating pizza on the sofa and watching Moana.

SUNDAY then started off with us getting DUM DUM doughnuts for us to eat on the beach. For anyone that knows me they are aware that my sugar consumption is higher than that of the average human being, so the idea of having doughnuts on the beach for breakfast was something I was jumping for joy over. However, the beach, especially in British winter isn’t the nicest place to be on a cold windy Brighton morning, but I guess I can’t win at everything.

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We spent the remainder of the day on the Pier, and for those who have been to Brighton before knows that the pier is filled with arcade games, fair ground rides and slot machines, the perfect place to go and waste an afternoon. To which I did and managed to change a vast amount of pound coins into 2p’s for the slot machines. I was surprised at how long I was able to last judging by my history of notorious bad luck.

Let my know what your experiences of Brighton are like?

Thank you for reading

Love Georgina xxx

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Wondrous Wroxton | Abby Gardens

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There are several places near me that ooze beauty, one of which being the gorgeous village of Wroxton, which holds Wroxton Abby, which is a College from a University in America. It screams culture, and is the perfect place for a gorgeous summer walk.

I visited this gorgeous ‘American’ gem mid-July and fell in love with the beautiful countryside, gorgeous lakes and wholesome greenery. The gardens are a gorgeous place to bring a picnic and bask in nature. Ho

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However, there is one set back for this place, and since it being a college, it is strictly no dogs allowed, so my little pooches had to stay at home for this one.

Exploring my local countryside landmarks are a favourite of mine, and these gardens were certainly worth a visit!

Happy Exploring,

Love Georgina xxx

 

Wondrous Warwickshire | Burton Dassett Hills Country Park

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Burton Dassett Hills Country Park is located in Southam, Warwickshire; a mere short journey from the famous Shakespearian town of Stratford-Upon-Avon, and 30 minute drive from my hometown in Oxfordshire. The country park is filled with a vast array of rolling hills and spectacular views where you can see for miles into several county’s. The site contains a small woodland and surfaced footpaths, as well as the hills containing a wealth of historical interest including quarry remains.

The hills are a great place for a family picnic and a favourite stop for dog walkers, so there is no doubt Burton Dassett has something for everyone. I first visited this beautiful hill site with my boyfriend where we brought a picnic, lay on the top of a hill and enjoyed each others company; in addition the miles of unexplored green fields means that we needed no encouragement to investigate.

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Other attractions at Burton Dassett include an ice cream van and coffee van which come on weekends and school holidays to provide refreshments in the summer which from my experience are much needed. These privileges are a near necessity when visiting these hills, as it being hills there is nearly no shade so its impossible to stay cool, or keep out of the sun. Remember the sun cream guys, especially since it was 30 degree Celsius when we went, which isn’t a lot for some countries but if there is a stereotype about us brits its that we cant handle the heat and love to speak ill of the weather. Haha!

The admission to the hills is free however you do pay £2 for parking which is a little cost for a big day out, and remember to bring exact amount as the machines do not give change.

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I could not urge you enough to visit this delightful countryside gem, it really is an exceptional day out for everyone.

Happy Exploring!

Love Georgina xx

In’s and Out’s of Blenheim Palace

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Blenheim Palace is a historical goldmine located in Woodstock, Oxfordshire. It was the home and birthplace of our former Prime Minister Winston Churchill and scores high in the must see places when visiting this gorgeous county.

I am very lucky in saying that this historical gem is right on my doorstep and I have spent many the afternoon lounging in their palace gardens. Here is all you need to know for a trip to Blenheim Palace.

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Where is it?

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Click here for directions to Blenheim Palace

Travel / Parking

Blenheim Palace offers free parking for all visitors to its Park, Palace and Gardens, so there is no need to bring loose change with you.

To get to Blenheim Palace I would recommend going by car as there aren’t any direct trains coming into Woodstock, however if you are travelling a vast distance you can get the train to Oxford or Bicester and make you way out via bus accordingly.

Various Attractions | What to do?

There are many great things to do when visiting Blenheim. You can take part in multiple tours of the Palace, seeing the suites, a Churchill Exhibition and a formal gardens walking tour and many more. The attractions are very informative and provide accurate historical data and is therefore an excellent educational trip for families and schools.

Along with the Palace tours they also have various park activities for children including a butterfly house, outdoor play area with interactive and learning games, and a huge maze (while I’ll admit got lost in a couple of times).

In addition to this there are various restaurants, cafes and shops for you all to enjoy, including afternoon tea in the palace gardens overlooking various water fountains and the palace grounds.

Prices

There are different prices depending on what attractions you want to see at Blenheim, and I don’t think its compulsory to see them all on your first visit however, if you have come far to see it I would suggest going for the more expensive option. The two options to take into consideration are the Palace, Park and Garden ticket, which allows you into everything, and a Park and Garden ticket, which wont allow you into the Palace or into the gates to look at it. For full prices Click Here!

I really hope you enjoyed this post and this inspired you to do a little more exploring. Enjoy your summer days out.

Love Georgina xxx

How to spend a blissful Spring Morning | Bluebell Woodland

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The sun is shinning in Britain and its finally starting to feel more like spring. This undoubtedly calls for a long Oxfordshire countryside walk in our beautiful woodlands. My friend Charlotte and I decided that we would take advantage of this once in a blue moon good weather and take our dogs out on a little adventure. However, as it does involve this particular best friend of mine a photoshoot is never out of the question, and with my undeniable love of photography we make a great pair.

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“Take a quiet walk with mother nature, it will nurture your mind, body and sole.”

– Anthony Douglas Williams

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The sheer beauty of nature is captivating and there is nothing I love more in this weather than to capture the colours and openness of nature. Whenever I’m out on a walk I always find myself wanting to take the whole scene with me. This may be one of the reasons I fell in love with photography because its a way of keeping hold of the memory without taking nature with you so to speak.

 

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Always hold on to that joy!

Happy Photo taking friends.

Georgina xxx

A Day in the Life of a Chocoholic | Cadbury’s World

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If anyone knows me, they know that I love chocolate, I’m not talking run of the mill “oh yeah I love chocolate” I mean I REALLY love chocolate. I easily get through a sharing bar a day, and its getting to be a bit of a problem not only for my bank account but for my health too, but as much I try and resist there is a little voice inside telling me that I need it! I mean I’m currently half way through a bar now!

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Last week myself and a friend took a trip to Chocolate Heaven, otherwise known as Cadbury’s world. This is the second time in my life that I have been here, and there will no doubtfully be a third and maybe a forth. Cadbury’s world is located in a town called Bourneville (hence the name of their famous dark chocolate) just outside Birmingham.

The tour started off showing us the history of the cocoa bean (whilst also giving us chocolate) and telling us about how drinking chocolate was as good as drinking alcohol back then: it was only for the wealthy. So this trip was not only enjoyable but also very educational and rewarding, making it a perfect day out. We saw so many videos including a 4D experience of how chocolate is made in Cadbury’s (whilst we ate more chocolate). I experienced so many melt in the mouth moments that my mouth is watering now as I write this.

Cadbury’s world was a perfect day out for all of the family to enjoy, and despite the childish appeal there was surprisingly little children visiting the factory, most of which were adults, which made us feel a little better about the overwhelming excitement we felt on the train ride there. The staff were very informative and made you feel right at home, it was a truly amazing day. My favourite part being the 4D experience which I could highly recommend doing.

The gift shop was also a big part of the day out as both myself and my friend bought more than we bargained for when browsing the chocolate filled room. I bought a bulk buy box of Cadbury’s dairy milk bars which had 60 inside, and a box of Curly Wurly’s containing 45. Along side a 850g chocolate bar which was as long as my arm!

I loved every second of my trip to my chocolate wonderland and I hope you enjoyed reading about it!

Love Georgina xx

 

Sunday Chatter| Boys, Birthdays and Banter

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I am currently snuggled up in bed with my pyjamas on and a hot chocolate. I thought this would be a nice chance for me to tell you all about my rather successful week. 😉

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Firstly, I have a rather important set of birthdays coming up in the next two months, and when I say large I only mean two people but they are rather important people. The first one is my mums, and as she gave me life all those years ago I feel obliged to get her something with at least a little significance. The second is my boyfriends, and because he did something so special for me on my birthday I know I have to live up to the same standards, as taking me to my favourite west end show after only mentioning it to him once when we first started going out about me longing to see it again, the getting seats so close I could touch the actors. Plus going to 3 different Pandora stores to find me the right necklace. I feel I have some living up to do.

Monday, my best friend Charlotte and I went to Bicester Village on a shopping trip and I ended up spending more than I should on both birthdays. For my mother I bought a brand new kitchen set from Cath Kidston, including mugs, a plate set and some bowls etc, which I know that she’ll adore as we live in a Cottage and collects anything Cath Kidston. Then for my boyfriend I got the idea to buy him tickets to see his favourite Artist, Twenty One Pilots as they are touring in the UK, which was perfect. These ended up being massively more pricey than anticipated with the added £100 booking fee which wasn’t mentioned until my card details were added! But hey I’m over it! The only thing I am then worried about is that he bought me a gift on top of the ‘event’.

Secondly, I had my first double date experience on Wednesday, which dare I say was long over due. One of my best friends Chloe, my boyfriend and hers which are also very close friends went to our local ‘Arcade’ place which has a bowling ally, bar and a million arcade games. This was a whole other world for me as bowling isn’t my strong point. The first game, I ended up coming last with 85 points, then the second game I was bumped up to 3rd and beat my previous score and got 86 points (a massive improvement if you ask me). Although the night started off at a disappointing start for me, I ended up redeeming myself at air hockey and Mario Kart, and if you ask me those things are more important!

Thirdly, and here comes the most exciting news… (for me anyway)!! I have finally gotten the hang of my car. For those of you who don’t know, I passed my driving test and am a proud owner of a little car named Joey. But for the past 3 weeks Joey hasn’t been the kindest to me (I cant get use to the bite). But I have finally found a breakthrough!!

How was your week?

Georgina xx