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Hello Everyone!!

Today I thought I’d just do a little update post for you all to let you know a little about what I’ve been up to in the new year.

To be honest, I’ve not done too much! I’ve started my new years resolutions, which were;

1, Lose weight / eat right / get fit & healthy.

2. Get organised

3. Have more ‘me’ time

4. Try new things…

So, as I said, I’ve already started back on my healthy lifestyle plan, it’s going well so far, but I’m making sure I just ease myself back into it rather than jumping straight from my very *cough* unhealthy Christmas into a super healthy lifestyle again, because I know I would fail myself miserably. *I’m following Slimming World*

I’ve also started to get a bit more organised too, we took down all the Christmas decorations *sob* a few days back & we did a bit of a spring clean at the same time. We’re trying to get everything organised for when we move away this year anyway, so any little things we can throw out or put in storage is a massive bonus.

Having more ‘me’ time is proving difficult, mostly because I’m rubbish at setting aside time for myself, I always find something else to do rather than just relaxing, but as most of you will know, having a toddler & having a house to run makes ‘me’ time a thing of the past. I’m working on it though & I’m promising myself a lovely relaxing bath tomorrow night with one of my Lush bath bombs that I got for Christmas. *well done hubby to be* 😉

Trying new things is a hard one, but I’m gonna make sure I put in the effort to try new things this year, even if it’s food that I swear I don’t like without trying it, or going somewhere or doing something out of my comfort zone….I’ve promised myself to at least try anyway.

Other than these things, I’ve not been up to much…I will, however, be posting on here more regularly (another promise I’ve made myself) so look out for my posts. 🙂

In other news, I’m starting to get my photography page back on the go *click here* so please go & check that out & ‘like’ the page to keep up to date with new photos being added & little treats that will be popping up here & there. I realise it’s pretty blank at the moment because I’ve deleted most of my content so I can start fresh, but it will be filling up in no time…

Please check out & follow all my other social media – *links are at the top of the page*

Speak to you soon, Kate, xo

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Pili Palas, Nature World

Pili Palas – Gwynedd, North Wales

Pili Palas is such a lovely place to visit with your family.

And that’s why it’s my first Family Friendly post.

(That’s a lot of F’s!)

It’s such a brilliant place for all ages. Last time we went, my son was only about 9 months old, we wen’t with my partner’s parents, grandmother, sister & her young children (aged between 3 & 8). We all had a lovely time, there’s a few seating areas for those who want to take a little break from walking round & get a cup of coffee / tea & a little cake. There’s also loads of activities for the children to do, including a soft play area (which our little one loved!!!)

The cafe is reasonably priced as far as ‘a day out cafe’ goes & the food wasn’t that bad either, the worst thing about the cafe was the staff, but this particular time they all seemed very young & got muddled up quite a lot the day we went. That shouldn’t put you off though, as other times we’ve been, it’s always been good service.

There’s a little petting area outside for anyone who wants to have a hold of the bunnies / guinea pigs, which the kids always love. There’s also random animal showings at different times in the day, where the staff will bring out a snake or a lizard or something for you to look at & hold if you want & they’ll tell you a little bit of info about it. It’s always quite interesting to hear little facts that you might not have known.

Quite rightly, the main attraction are the butterflies. They’re so amazingly beautful, so many colours & sizes fluttering around you, it’s an experience like no other. Especially if you get lucky enough for one to land on you. It definitely makes for a great photo & of course a fantastic memory if it happens to you. I could try & describe the different colours but I think I’ll let my photos do the talking….

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Overall, I think it’s a lovely day out. There’s lots on offer to do (much more than I’ve mentioned). I’ve linked the website at the top of the post, so it’s probably best to go there to get more information & directions, should you choose to take an interest. Either way, it’s a lovely place & I’d highly reccomend it for a family day out if you’re in the area.

Kate, x

P.S. Keep your eye out for more Family Friendly Friday’s!! 🙂

Flora Delight

I’ve been waiting & waiting & waiting for my sweet pea flowers to bloom & you guessed it! – They FINALLY did.

Below are a few photos of them, they’re such beautiful colours.

Does anyone know if the little pea pods that grow on them are edible though? I’m sure I’ve heard before that they aren’t but I just wanted to check before I discard them! 🙂

I’ve also taken a few pictures of some of the other plants in my garden that are looking really pretty at the moment, I’m trying to document them all before they all die off in autumn.

 

Kate, x

Easy like Sunday morning…

I’m aware that this is a few days late, but I wanted to share these photos of my gorgeous roses (that I took on Sunday morning).

I popped outside to put the recycling in the box & I noticed them on the way in. Naturally, I grabbed my camera because they just looked so beautiful with the raindrops sitting on the petals.

I know it’s short & sweet, but I just wanted to share. 🙂

What are your favorite plants in your garden & what are your tips for keeping them looking fresh? 🙂

Kate, x

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Hurricane Bertha Summons Mothra

Depending on where abouts in the world you are, you may have heard of hurricane Bertha making her way around the UK.

Here in North Wales we were slightly affected by the tail end of her travels & along with the rainstorm & terrible wind, it also brought along with it a big fluffy surprise.

Picture this, we were stood in the kitchen doorway having a natter when *thud* ‘what was that on the door?’. After going to investigate, this beefcake fella was just flapping around.

Along with Mr Beefcake came Mr HappiestbugI’veEverSeen – apparently it’s real name is Cockchafer. (Don’t be so rude. 😉 )

Check out them out below!

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My Little Garden

I just love where I live.

Where my little house is situated, is just beautiful.I live with my best friend, (who happens to also be my fiancé) & my son & I couldn’t be happier. Sure, it’s not decorated yet & there’s still a lot of work to be done on the garden, but every morning when I wake up & look out of my bedroom window, it really makes me feel happy!

As the weather has been so beautiful recently, I’ve been spending a lot of time in the garden (or looking out at it when it’s been too hot to go out). I thought I’d share with you, some of the lovely sights that I get to see on a daily basis.

The view from most of the windows is the same, our patio & the field, which is home to these little guys below. They’re so cute & growing so quickly. The only downside to living so close to a field of cows & bulls is the sound of them eating late at night, it sounds like there might be zombies outside!

I’ve been searching for their nest everywhere, but I can’t find it. I have a feeling it’s in the damson tree because they’re always flying in & out of it, but these gorgeous little ones have been coming & feeding from our bird feeder recently. I’m not too sure what breed or type they are, but they’re just adorable with their little chirps. It’s such a sweet sound to hear throughout the day.

We’ve been planting up our wall that runs along the side of our front garden. It’s taking a long time to get how we want it, but it’s getting there. These are my favorite flowers that we’ve got for it yet, again, I’m not too sure on the types because we got rid of the labels, but I think the contrasting colours are beautiful.

Sitting in the living room in the heat we’ve had recently is unbareable, so I’ve been having the living room door open. It leads out onto the patio & the back garden. We started to put out milk for the kittens that wander through our garden & one in particular keeps making an appearance. Being allergic to cats myself, it’s hard to see such sweet things & not get too close, but it’s lovely to see him (or her) daintily nipping through the garden & over the wall.

I managed to catch this stunning sunset, the colours made me run for my camera, I really didn’t want to miss it.

I hope you enjoyed this little insight into my garden, I really enjoyed sharing it with you.

Kate, x

Nature Calls

06.08.14

It’s taken a while to decide, but for the foreseeable future I will be taking a break from wedding & portrait photography.

Instead I will be spending more time with my family & working on selling some of my landscape photography.

My little man is growing so fast & the editing for weddings takes up more time than I’d like. So for now it’s bye bye weddings & hello to relaxed nature walks & photography.

Over the next few weeks (if you stick around) you’ll see some of my nature photography making an appearance & If you’re on YouTube you will be able to check out some of my ‘pram friendly’ nature walk, vlog type videos.

I’m excited for the change & the freedom it gives me & hopefully you will enjoy the change too!!

Ciao for now.

Kate, x