Well back to it, in every way imaginable.
Granted it has been a while since my last blog which I apologise for however it has been very very busy so there is lots to report.
Firstly, I went to Iceland on 12th March and returned on 17th March. I loved every minute. This is definitely one of my new favourite places. A blog post will follow specifically on Iceland soon, promise! To give a brief overview it was gorgeous, although cold it was wonderful with the most stunning scenery I have ever seen. The people are super friendly and it feels very safe there. Although save up some money it is quite expensive.
Secondly, prior to travelling to Iceland I had a cheeky weekend with the girls to London that was eventful. We saw Brick Lane and a wonderful Lego exhibition as well as dining like’Made in Chelsea’ and using the tube all the time. I love the tube! (So weird, right?). Anyway, a blog post for this will follow as well as one regarding my trip last year with the boyfriend, Luke.
I have been working on my friends blogging site and uploading pictures of her latest creations and inspirations. They are beautiful and stunning and I wish I was that creative. You can link to it Here! Please check it out and any feedback would be incredible whether it is web design or interest in products.
Anyway back to the past two weeks which have been crazy busy!
I love a bank holiday weekend and my favourite one (in my opinion) is of course the Easter weekend. Why? Because it is a 4 day weekend and the weather begins to get better. Summer is coming!
We went out on Friday night for a couple of drinks in Gloucester last week with Luke’s friend Daniel. I love Gloucester, it is a wonderful city with Cheltenham just up the road. We had a couple of drinks in the pub then finally headed to a place called ‘Fever’ for a little bit of a boogie to some old school cheesy music. Haven’t been out in ages. I usually suffer if I drink a lot of alcohol. I never used to but the hangovers are just horrendous now. Luckily I didn’t get anything too bad which is always a positive. Especially as Mum and Dad were coming to visit in Gloucester that weekend.I am glad that the boyfriends parents and my parents get on well and well enough to meet up and allow us to all socialise together. I am a very lucky girl. When they arrived we had a quick cuppa and I had a piece of Luke’s Dad cake (very bad indeed!) which was so yummy. He is such a great baker. Watch out Paul Hollywood :). Then took my parents to Cheltenham.
Cheltenham is a great place. I love the shops, the tea rooms, the bars and clubs. It is a wonderful afternoon or night out. I have to go back… still have not seen the Banksy yet so fingers crossed on my next visit I will.
Anyway we hit ‘Hotel Chocolat’ and bought a few last-minute Easter treats and headed home. Sunday was great… We had lunch and walked the dog up Robinswood Hill which is breathtakingly beautiful. I have walked to the top previously, this time we only went half way or so and the views are always wonderful. You can see most if not all of Gloucester city including the Cathedral. Then looking further towards the Malverns and the Severn Bridge when there is good weather. Definitely worth looking at if ever in the area.
We visited the docks in Gloucester as the Easter Food Festival was in full swing. Yes! I love the food festivals in Gloucester and constantly popping in whenever I can. Some of the stall owners are starting to recognise me… (oh dear!). Since rejuvenating the docks it is a lovely area (I did not know what it was like previously so apologies) which has some great social places that bring people together.
This food festival had an Alice in Wonderland theme which was brilliant. I think it was aimed at the children but we still snuck into the Alice in Wonderland maze and I had a cheeky picture with the Cheshire Cat which was really good fun. Try to go to the food festival if you can. In the summer they have Paul Hollywood turning up again and taking a demonstration. I went last year and watched Paul and James Martine. Loved it and also got my book signed and a little picture. Definitely really good fun.
Such a great weekend in Gloucester and returned home for a 4 day working week! Yes! Although I love my job I do like having time off to explore and have a bit of me time and doing some things I really really love.
This week I finally got back into my running properly. After a rather sporadic winter with not many runs at all it was good to get back on the wagon so to speak. I caught a cold on Easter weekend so getting back to it was particularly hard but definitely worth it. Although I have had a minor setback. I was finding my previous running ability had somewhat decreased and could not keep pace or stamina which made me panic. However I didn’t stop. I just took a step back and looked at what I could realistically do at the moment. I returned back to my trusty Couch to 5k (C25K) workout plan but started on week 5 out of 9 and I have been feeling a lot better and able. My 5k race isn’t until 21st June so it would give my time to get back to where I was an hopefully train to improve my time. It may have been the cold that made it difficult but I find taking a step back, letting my body adjust and getting better is worth so much more. Alongside I have been practicing Yoga and Pilates which are a great accompaniment especially for some core strength. Again, I have a lot to work on, mainly balance and arm strength so working hard now to keep up with that. I have got my Powerhoop out and started that as well. With the great weather we have had, it has been brilliant to be able to practice Yoga, Pilates and Hula-hooping in the sunshine in the garden. Making my own routines and spending more time exercising has been just brilliant. Even Luke has joined in with me!
This weekend was the combination of a lot of birthdays. My Mum birthday, Luke’s Mum birthday and my Dad birthday is in the coming week. We celebrated with a family BBQ which was bliss. We lit the chiminear in the garden, gathered round and shared good food with wonderful company and drinks. Yummy! The weather has been brilliant and even managed to squeeze in some more exercising. I ran on Sunday morning, with a Yoga and Hula-hooping session and finally finished off our Sunday with a an hour and a half dog walk which is exactly what was needed. I’m very lucky, there are some great spots to walk, run and get around to. Maybe a blog post of some of the best spots locally in South Wales?
In Cwmbran, there is a local shop called ‘Doodlebug’ which again I love. It has quirky nick-nacks and cards and geeky memorabilia. This weekend they had visitors from the Owl Sanctuary. The owls were really cute and they always look so wise. I cannot wait to visit the sanctuary and will update you when I do.
Anyway, that was it of my busy couple of weeks with more blogs to follow…
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