I do like to be beside the sea! The London summer (as hit and miss as it’s been) has brought with it a craving for swimming in, and just generally being near, the ocean. Luckily I’ve had a few opportunities to take a dip and enjoy the refreshing salty sea water, the latest of which was a lovely camping trip to the South West English coast in Dorset.
Have you seen those photos on Instagram of the beautiful bright purple rows of lavender in Provence, France? If not, you should Google and/or Instagram it and see what I’m talking about! One of these beautiful images I saw was on the wonderful Lauren Bath’s (@laurenepbath) Instagram account and it reminded me of giant purple worms lounging around the fields.
I soon discovered I wouldn’t have to jet over to France to see this magnificent site (although I still want to!) because just outside of London there are some amazing lavender farms for everyone to enjoy. My adventure last year took me to the Mayfield Lavender Field in Banstead, Surrey.
Cycling is a great way to see a city – you can get a good feel for a place riding past its buildings and parks, hearing snippets of conversation of the pedestrians you pass, and even getting wafts of local aromas (delicious food if you’re lucky)!
It’s also a great way to see further out than just the city centre of a town – which is what I did in Edinburgh. (Oh, and if you’re like me and eat your way around a city, it’s a good way to work off all the extra calories consumed!)
I’ve written a post about my trip but decided that a dedicated post was needed just for the food and drink side of things! From a michelin-star lunch to trying a buffalo burger at the local farmers’ market, I definitely tried to make the most of my time eating my way through Edinburgh.
I recently spent a week in Scotland’s capital – the intriguingly beautiful and always vibrant Edinburgh.
It’s a pretty special place. I know many others agree by the response I got when I posted a photo on Facebook announcing my arrival in the city! It was my second visit, so there was less visits to top tourist attractions and more wandering around the city taking it all in.
I’m currently trying to work out where I want to live in London.
It’s challenging to balance the important practical things, like affordability and ease of getting to work each day, with considerations like nice places to eat, a good local pub, a good supermarket and/or weekend market and a welcoming feel/vibe/Mabo.
I have a new nation’s capital!
Referring to London as my nation’s capital doesn’t quite roll off the tongue yet. Especially when I’ve just moved from Australia’s national capital of Canberra, which has been my home for the past eight years. Continue reading
Upon arriving in London last Thursday I made my way out to the town of Ipswich, the county town (or main town) of Suffolk.
Ipswich is just over an hour train ride out of London. Staring out the window on my way there I was taken through a gradual change in scenery – from busy, urban and industrial to wide open green spaces. My destination, country England suburbia!
…all the things!
In a few days time I’ll be saying farewell. To Australia. To employment (hopefully only temporarily!). To sunny days. To stalker huntsman spiders. To amazing friends, and my always supportive family.