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Just a little snapshot this week of the past few days which has been more beautiful early sunsets, LOVING being The Butler more than ever and party planning for a little lady’s birthday.

What is your intent today?  Same old same old?  Can’t wait for the week to be over and ‘oh thank God it’s nearly Friday?’… Some days are like that sure, but the more we set our programming to ‘TODAY IS GOING TO BE A GOOD DAY’ or at least in favour of it being positive, it becomes engrained in our cells and becomes us.

  • First and foremost, be thankful for what we have today, here, now
  • Stay strong
  • Give yourself away, your encouragement, smile, voice of support – uplift others
  • On the back of the above, make time for you, if not today, soon.
  • Have fun!  Don’t be so serious, life can be shitty (Mama I did not swear), yes… but take every opportunity to lighten it up, you’ll feel better and others will too!
  • Value every precious moment… EVERY

That is all. X

 

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From Fall in Yorkshire with Love

A few posts ago I promised some pictures of Yorkshire in the Fall… so these would be those!  All have been taken rather quickly on a phone, whilst out running my beloved hills as the weather has been so glorious.  The rich golden tones of ‘now’ are evident in the sunrise which also has felt much richer since the clocks went back.

It is a beautiful, beautiful part of the world and all the coaxing I need to get out for an hour… what do you think?

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This burr was hanging in the sunlight suspended on a single thread of spiders web!

This burr was hanging in the sunlight suspended on a single thread of spiders web!

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Adore this house… its setting is just like something from a movie.

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The Vale of Pickering and a night in a tent.

Last weekend we were offered the chance to go visit my parents in their new tent which they were trying out for a few nights. It was unplanned and owing to my workload, didn’t know if it would work out for us but on Thursday we decided the next morning we’d go for it. Ever think “agh what the heck – let’s?!’

So why blog about it… I mean we don’t do we… own up often to all the ‘non-cool/glamorous’ things we do and places we go?  Well cool or not, the following pics I took over our 22 hours there.  To me they are as much a part of our ‘lifestyle’ to be enjoyed as a night or two at a swanky hotel… being outdoors is grounding, centring and can be complete soul food… so here goes: (Incidentally, you can find details of the tent and campsite at the end of the blog).

We stayed in the field opposite this - so flat, you could see for miles.

The view for our stay… pretty stunning, even like this.

Little tradition my Momma has of making anywhere she goes more homely, hand-picked flowers.

Little tradition my Momma has of making anywhere she goes more homely, hand-picked flowers.

Glimpse through the hedgerow... could see for miles.

Glimpse through the hedgerow… we could see for miles.

Ok so disposable BBQ's... where you singe everything?  My Mom used a baking rack on top thus lifting all the food a tiny bit higher but it made all the difference... nothing burned!

Ok so disposable BBQ’s… where you singe everything? My Mom used a baking rack on top thus lifting all the food a tiny bit higher but it made all the difference… nothing burned!

Picked only hours earlier from the allotment.

Picked only hours earlier from the allotment.

Papa and Miss P

This capture made me smile… like peas in a pod, looking the same way and their stride matches.

As the light started to fade Mom and I walked to the edge of the field... I held back... result.

As the light started to fade Mom and I walked to the edge of the field… I held back… result.

These moments are priceless... story telling on GMomma's knee by lantern light.

These moments are priceless… story telling on GMomma’s knee by lantern light.

Droplets of the nights rain remain on the tent in the morning.

Droplets of the nights rain remain on the tent in the morning.

Those first few moments when a child wakes... and you can see them taking in their surroundings and just 'coming to'... that.

Those first few moments when a child wakes… and you can see them taking in their surroundings and just ‘coming to’… that.

Breakfast as it was.  Peanut butter, coffee and an oak leaf on dewy grass.

Breakfast as it was. Peanut butter, coffee and an oak leaf on dewy grass.

Green grass, luminous guy ropes, smell of cooking bacon... gotta love it!

Green grass, luminous guy ropes, smell of cooking bacon… gotta love it!

Got to road test a new SLAM cross-body wash bag I'd been given.  Waterproof, can hang it on the back of a door, opens enough so you can see everything inside... 10/10.

Got to road test a new SLAM cross-body wash bag I’d been given. Waterproof, can hang it on the back of a door, opens enough so you can see and get to everything inside… 10/10.

Right after waking she was over to the playing area before and after breakfast... still in her PJ's... utter simplicity.

Right after waking she was over to the playing area before and after breakfast… still in her PJ’s… utter simplicity.

Lickle creatures... I think?

Lickle creatures… I think?

Second cup of coffee and my cosy feet in socks I'm embarrassed I own owing to their totally non-cool colour... I don't care - they were warm and I was in fact, so hot in the night I took them off.

Second cup of coffee and my cosy feet in socks I’m embarrassed I own given their totally non-cool colour… I don’t care – they were warm and were in fact, so hot in the night they came off.

Another of the surrounding fields - altogether different on a sunny morning.

The surrounding fields – altogether different on a sunny morning.

The tree-lined road leaving the site... so pretty!

The tree-lined road leaving the site… so pretty!

Miss P suddenly exclaimed "Momma look at the sky!" not often it's like that.

On the way home Miss P suddenly exclaimed “Momma look at the sky!”

Our journey home took us through some very cute towns and villages.

Our journey home took us through some very cute towns and villages.

Always pass these fields but rarely get the chance to photograph... was glad on this occasion we did.

Always pass these fields but rarely get the chance to photograph… was glad on this occasion we did.

What is my ‘so what’ of this post…?  Get outdoors if you can, take life off the hook, do something different, explore, go get lost somewhere, live for a night in a place where the kettle doesn’t boil in 2 minutes but more like ten, somewhere with big sky… lots of sky, lose yourself in the vastness of creation and see what happens!

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The new tent (which we are going to also be purchasing), was an Outwell Nevada M.  You can view here.

The campsite was Vale of Pickering which you can visit here.

CHESTERS by the RIVER

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“Ooh this time last week”… do you ever say that?  Well we are today because last Sunday we spent a large portion of the day at one of our favourite lifestyle places to hangout, CHESTERS.

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Chesters is everything you’d want for a relaxed and terribly civilised Sunday.  Nestled by the River Brathay at Skelwith Bridge, everything within its doors is housed behind a beautiful slate facade looking every-bit the part in its woodland surroundings.  Yes, you’d think there’d be a picture of the exterior but it monsooned last Sunday so there was most definitely no way I was going to get that shot!

Cakes, Cakes and more Cakes

Each time we have returned to Chesters from when we first discovered it ten years ago, it has only ever improved; something you would never think it needed because of it being so darn perfect as it was.

Chester the Dog

Complete with outdoor decking you can descend to the river to if you fancy a paddle on a warmer day, else don the wellies and just go for it.  It’s a place you go to gently while away the hours eating, drinking and if you fancy, doing a spot o’ shopping… what’s not to love?

Ok first up, the food…

Food ready to be cooked Orange San Pellegrino Some amazing multi-bean dish Thai Chicken SaladHow do you choose?Victoria SpongePeanut BlondieLemon MerangueBarista at work Cute Tipping Pot

Amazing right?!  The menu is fantastic and extremely good value for money, if visiting you have to play a game I invented here called ‘Cake Roulette’.  Simply buy the same number of cakes as per people in your party (maybe add in a coupe of extras) then take a bite and pass it round!  Means you get to sample more of the INCREDIBLE baking that happens here.

On the other side of the building is an absolutely delightful shop selling everything from books to exquisite pieces for the home, girly things, man stuff.  These pics are only the smallest representation of what’s there but needless to say, post eating it makes for a very happy experience!

 

If you’re planning a trip to Cumbria any time soon, this place is most definitely worth a visit, you can visit their website here to find out more.  Happy Days! X

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Summers light, Scented candles and Smokey eyes

Hello Summer! Well…almost here at Beau HQ though I know for many it has already begun.  The warmer weather in Yorkshire has been most welcomed and the life that it enables us to live is such a delight.  I love all seasons but I think I’m really mostly absolutely a summer girl…. What about you?

1.   First up on this weeks favourites is exactly that summer vibe; warmer and lighter nights!  This week my girl and I after a post-school shop in nearby Harrogate, decided to turn the car round on the way home and go back into the town for supper.  We both simply wanted to stay out longer in the evening warmth and had the most beautiful time just talking away like ‘big girls’.  We went to the newly opened Lucia’s which has lots of al fresco dining… Highly recommend!  Didn’t  get a photo from the frontage this time but there’s a post I wrote earlier on Facebook here.

As we left and walked back to our car through the town houses pictured here, we found ourselves amidst a reading festival and surrounded by people just…doing.. life… ahhh so romantically gorgeous.

Crime Reading Festival

We passed this handsome heifer on the way home too… perfection.

Highland Heifer in Yorkshire

2.   Next up True Grace candles.  Normally associated with colder nights and snuggling in, but after a friend gave me one of these for my birthday I just had to buy another fragrance because they are such a summery delight.  True Grace candles I have long been a fan of but never owned. Till now.  The fragrance (when they are not even lit) wafts under your nose when you least expect and are so gorgeously scented, I’d highly recommend as a gift.  We have Chamomile (which isn’t like the herbal tea, ie kinda nice but tame….) and the one I’ve just bought is Lemon Tree… Soooo amazing and very summer.  You can buy online from Noras (here)

True Grace Candle: Lemon Tree

3.   Thirdly, as temperatures rise, eye makeup that doesn’t budge!  I came across 24 Hour Colour Tattoo (by Maybelline) about a couple of months back and immediately bought in 4 shades… It is amazing and half the beauty is you don’t need to be too precise!  Darker all-over the eye shades often require you to be needing long enough to apply i.e. night out for Moms or twenty-something with lots of time to experiment with application! This… Not so.  It ‘blends out’ really well meaning you can kinda swoosh over your eyes and it looks good!

Maybelline Tattoo

It’s called 24 hour Tattoo because it’s extremely hard-wearing.  The shades I’ve swatched here are (left to right) ‘On and on Bronze’, ‘Metallic Pomegranate’ and ‘Permanent Taupe’ and will definitely be coming away with me this summer!
So, that’s what’s been loved this week, what’s on your radar?   Do share what you’ve been experimenting with, recommendations are the way to go!  I for one am oh so happy with the change of pace and routine the summer days bring.  Till then! Xx

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1 Pair of Shoes, 2 ways to Dress, 3 Sunsets

Hey peeps, it’s another Sunday and this one definitely getting off to a more relaxed start than last week!  Last Sunday was Day 2 of the Tour De France so we were up and out to get a road-side spot for the occasion.  How many of you saw it?  Do click (here) if you want to see how amazingly vibrant our town looked.  Ok, on with what we’ve been lovin’ this week…

Birkenstocks

 

1.  One Pair of Birkenstocks.  Now I didn’t do these when they were ‘in’ before because… well I have a thing about ‘in’ things… if they’re ‘in’ I don’t do them because every Tom, Dick and Jayne is; so we all look the same…?!  That said I did decide to break my own conviction, got some last month and have loved wearing because they are just so darned comfy and geeky and go with almost everything – do we need another reason?    Got mine from Amazon at just over £30 and would definitely recommend a pair for the summer months.

2.  Two ways to wear this stripy Maxi Dress!  My fav local clothing boutique (yes ATTIC) has been having a SALE so I got in touch to see if this dress was in the sale, (which it was) so I had to get.  Have wanted a maxi for a while so that then it’s warm (when… yes we do see the sun occasionally in Yorkshire!) and you want to have some skin out but not the legs – we can do the strapless thing.  It is uber comfy and can be worn as a full maxi – or the top rolled over itself to create a shorter dress (which is less requiring of stomach needing to be sucked in). It can also then be worn as a skirt which I’ve not done yet.  All that to say if you’re out and about and see this kind of style/multi ways to wear thing, it’s a very versatile piece.

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Positively Nautical

3.  Lastly, Three AMAZING Sunsets!  The skies of recent have just blown me away and been so incredibly beautiful.  The darkest one, in fact all, have zero filters/primping, so what you see is what it was (except it was more beautiful).  Anyone following my posts for a while now will know how much I love my outdoors… utter soul food.  Some nights I’ve been working away at my desk then realised a sunset was happening so I jump up and into the window to try capture.  Such a sense of connectedness to the bigger picture and almost a spiritual grounding… (is it just me?).

Anyway, have a great week – school’s nearly out so we are happy to be in the last days here… what about you?

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