Climbing Scafell Pike

After climbing Snowdon not too long ago (read about it: here), I've had an itch to climb the other two 'peaks'. Scafell Pike, located in the deliriously beautiful Lakes, was the next most realistic to access & similar height to climb. Ben Nevis is my ultimate bae, but the 6 1/2 hour drive wasn't tickling my fancy. 

A little 23rd weekend getaway (HAPPY BDAY TO ME!!) saw me heading straight for the outdoors, pitching a tent, putting on my scruffy old nikes & hiking my ass 978m up Englands highestmountain. 

Postcards from Paris

Paris, ah. There are minimal words to describe quite how beautiful it actually is. I mean, I've seen umpteen snaps before my swift 3 day trip, but until you're there & see it with your own two eye balls, it just doesn't quite capture the essence of it. I've been left completely in awe.

7 hours in Dublin

I'm not one to do things by halves. My ideal of a perfect day out is climbing some kind of mountain, being outside & exploring. So the fact I went to Dublin as a 'day out' sums this up. Flight out 7am, return flight 8pm. Hectic, intense & exciting. 

Kos, Greece

Mum & I were itchy after our roadtrip to the south, wanting a little abroad type of deal. A skyscanner search found reasonable flights to Kos, leaving on exactly the dates we were after. A hotel 10 minutes walk from the islands most glorious beach was swiftly booked. So had it, a gals holiday to Greece with Mum. 

Climbing Snowdon

Few facts about Snowdon: 1. Highest mountain in England & Wales. 2. 1058 m/3560 ft high. 3. 8 miles there & back. 4. It's beautiful

I've always wanted to climb it. Like, always. I text my Australian bff, Alex, a couple of days before & said 'Hey, wanna climb Snowdon next Sunday?', he quickly replied 'Yeah, sure', with little idea what he was letting himself in for. Now, Snowdon is a pretty high & tough mountain to climb. People train for it, rescue helicopters are constantly whirring round it & people frequently die whilst climbing. Alex & I went with absolutely no experience in climbing anything before. Kitted out only with backpacks full of haribo, munchies, squashies, galaxy counters & a small bottle of water between us. Absolute pros, some would say. 

Quarry Bank Mill

Since I have such a deep love for being outside, seeing beautiful places & gorgeous old buildings, it's no surprise I love National Trust properties. Therefore, it's no surprise I'm a member. And a pretty proud one at that. Twenty-two going on eighty-two and what not. I wouldn't change it, going to put the badge in my car anytime too, just to really show off my cool-kid status. 

Quarry Bank Mill has been on my list of NT places to visit for a while, google really did a pretty good sell to me. It was a beautifully sunny Saturday afternoon in England, so the three of us bundled into the car and headed off for a walk and a (very satisfying) photography session. 

Exploring Cambridge

The last stop on our tour of the south was Cambridge. After 2 hour drive from Oxford & a trip to Bicester village on the way, we arrived at our last destination. We sadly only had a few hours here as we (I) had to face a gruelling 5 hour drive home afterwards, so we made it short but sweet. 

Harry Potter locations in Oxford

The 3rd stop on our roadtrip of the south was Oxford. Known for its excessive house prices, prestigious university, and many, many Harry Potter locations. I naturally scoured our as many as we could in our very limited time there & got a lil' too giddy at the thought.. Like, am I dreaming? I am actually fortunate enough to have been brought up with the most magical series going, but then I can actually go driving around this majestic country with my wonderful Mum & spend my time finding certain locations featured in my fave films..? Surreal.