Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Bridges, Thermal Baths and Blue Skies: Two Days in Bath

Bath

After a week in the big city, two days in Bath proved a welcome change of scenery, and a change of pace. We were treated to lovely weather, and enjoyed the last of summer by enjoying everything that Bath had to offer, and I think both my sister and I fell a little bit in love with the beautiful, elegant city.

Bath

Bath

Royal Crescent, Bath

Pulteney Bridge
Bath Abbey
Topping & Company Booksellers of Bath
Bath appealed to me more than Brighton did, and somehow suited me better. Around every corner there is a bit of history, another place or building to admire - and amidst all of this are charming streets full to the brim of magical book shops,  independent caf├ęs, cute shops and homely pubs. 

Prior Park view of Bath

Palladian Bridge

Palladian Bridge
Prior Park was a highlight of the stay. We began the Saturday with a visit to the beautiful landscape park, designed in the 18th century and situated in the outskirts of the town. It was a scorching day, and so wandering through the lush greenery and enjoying the quiet and calm was wonderfully calming. The Palladian Bridge stood proudly in the midst of the park, asking to be photographed from every angle.

Roman Baths Bath

And of course, we had to visit the Roman Baths. Expensive, crowded and touristy - but fascinating all the same, and most definitely worth a visit. It always fascinates me to see places with so much history, where people walked years and years ago. 

Coffee in Bath

But the best part of Bath wasn't the abbey, the thermal baths or the famous landmarks. What I loved was the relaxed, welcoming atmosphere; the beautiful, calm streets; the chance to just enjoy being in the moment, having a coffee on the side-walk with your favourite person and watching people go by.

Have you ever been to Bath?

Love, Mimmi.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Happy Post #38

Leaves and fence

Heather blooms

Petals on the ground

Flowers in bloom

:: Catch-ups with friends, both in person and over skype, chewing over both the ordinary little everyday things and the deeper, more difficult bits of life. 

:: Treating myself to a new camera lens and re-discovering the joys of photography. Autumn is my favourite season for photography (there's something about that soft, warm light), so I'm looking forward to snapping away over the next few months.

:: An impossibly soft and fluffy donut with the best salted caramel filling; the fudgiest, most chocolatey peanut butter brownie; melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chip cookies. And people think being vegan means missing out...

:: Slow days of doing nothing, recharging batteries and mulling over life. Sleeping until my body wakes up naturally, and not minding if that's a bit later (eight thirty, usually) than I'd normally like.

:: That distinct autumnal scent suddenly making its appearance; a slight chill in the air; leaves starting to go brown, and the promise of scarves, jumpers and dark colours. 

:: The return of The Great British Bake Off, with all its silly puns, ridiculous challenges and intense moments (who knew baking could be so stressful?). Oh, how I had missed it. 

:: Discovering new music, and listening to it over and over, again and again, until you know the songs and their order by heart. 

:: Baking chocolate banana bread, feeling the scent of it spread through the flat, and then eating it together with a cup of tea. Ultimate comfort. 

:: And of course, reading inspiring, brilliant blog posts, like these...


'Puppy Photos!' on Fox Socks.

'Offline' on Bethan Likes.

'Confessions of an Internet-Avoider' on The Salty Sea Blog.

'Feel Good Friday #43' on Tartan Mouth.

P.S. I'm trying to figure out what I'm doing with this little space, so blog posts might be very haphazard in both content and style. I hope you won't mind. 

Love,

Mimmi.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Seagulls, Sunshine and Sea Breezes: A Daytrip to Brighton

Brighton lanes

Brighton Pier

Brighton

Brighton beach

Brighton beach

Brighton Beach Walk

Brighton

Brighton

I've wanted to visit Brighton for a long time now. Who hasn't seen the picturesque seaside town featured in various blog posts and vlogs? Up until this summer's trip down south, the only place in England that I had properly visited was London, and my sister and I were both keen to see some more of the South. We had quite a few days in London, and decided to fit in a day trip to Brighton. So when the weather predictions showed sunshine and 24 degrees on Sunday, we immediately picked that as the day to head out to the seaside. 

Brighton really lives up to its name - it's bright, fun and cheerful. There are tiny lanes that twist together and create a sort of picturesque, pleasant labyrinth. Pastel flags hang criss-cross above cute little coffee shops, quirky shops and tourist traps. There's the shrieks of seagulls mixed with laughter and chatter of people, and the tunes of the odd street musician.

And then there is the pier and the beach. The pier is perhaps the most well-known spot in Brighton, and it does look spectacular when you approach it, exuding merriment and brightness. Personally though, the arcades, the rides, the noise and the colours, it was all a bit too much. 

I did enjoy the beach walk though, despite it being absolutely crowded and a little bit noisy. It was a warm and sunny day, and it seemed that everyone was out enjoying the sunshine, and so the cheerfulness was contagious. Getting to dip our feet in the water was also a highlight. This summer hasn't provided an opportunity for swimming, but that was as close to it I could get.

We spent our day wandering around, basking in the sunshine, soaking in the many impressions and enjoying the light-hearted, fun-loving atmosphere. Brighton feels like the quintessential summer town, and it's difficult to imagine it in anything other than sunshine (but hey, it's the UK after all, so there must be plenty of rainy days there, too...). 

Have you ever been to Brighton?

Love, Mimmi.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Happy Post #37

Liberty flowers

I haven't sat down to write a happy post since the end of May. How crazy is that? As mentioned, I've had a bad case of blogger's block this whole summer, but I'm finally starting to feel the inspiration seeping back, though slowly, very slowly. There is an itch in my fingers to write, and a desire to feel more connected with the blogging community again. Since these happy posts are among my favourite to write, I felt like it's high time to start writing them again. So, here are the things that have made me happy recently...

Having a fantastic holiday. I was away for ten days, first to London and then to Bath, plus with a day trip to Brighton. It was really wonderful to get away for a bit, to just have fun, explore and relax (although, I walked between 15,000 and 30,000 steps each day, so it wasn't that relaxed...). I'm planning on writing up a few blog posts from my trip over the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye out for that!

Meeting up with blogger friends. I met up with Cherie on my first evening in London for Japanese, and then with Katy and Jasmin the next evening for food at Wahaca and then drinks in a really cool hidden cocktail bar. Meeting bloggers in real life is so much fun, and all three of them were just as lovely in person as they are online.

Sister time. The week before I left for London, my eldest sister Elinore came over to visit. We hadn't seen each other since last April, so it was so nice to get the chance to catch up over a few days. And then of course, my other sister Matilda joined me in London, and getting to spend over a week in her company was wonderful (despite a couple of instances of sisterly bickering, as is expected). Sisters are the best, no doubt.

Cursed Child. Last Wednesday, Matilda and I saw both parts of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the theatre. We had both avoided spoilers and hadn't read the script before, and getting to experience it all there and then was just magical. I do think that some parts of the plot are a bit questionable, but overall I absolutely love it, and it was just incredibly well done on the stage. And how charming isn't Scorpius? On top of that, we got to see Helena Bonham Carter, Bonnie Wright and Michael Gambon! Michael Gambon even walked into me on the way out... Eeek. 

Getting some sunshine. Scottish summers really aren't very sunny, or very warm, but we were lucky with the weather when we were down south, so I could enjoy some very much needed sunshine. The days we spent in Brighton and Bath were especially sunny and warm! 

Being back in Glasgow. Despite having a wonderful time away, getting back home on Sunday evening felt really good. There's no place like home, after all, and Glasgow really does feel like home nowadays. 

Downtime. July was really quite busy (as was the first week of August), what with moving, working a lot of hours, having my sister over, and then going down to London. Now that I'm back though, things have quietened down a bit, and I finally have some time to recharge my batteries in time for the new term to start next month.

Finally, here are five blog posts I've enjoyed recently:




'What I Really Learned at University' on The Salty Sea Blog.

'A Spontaneous Wild Swim' on The Peppermint Pencil.

What has made you happy recently?

Love, 
Mimmi.