Country hotel break in the Scottish Borders

From 31st October until 2nd November, my husband and I escaped the city for a short break in the Scottish Borders. We stayed in the Peebles Hydro hotel, which reminded us both of the hotel in The Shining (the way it looked outside, nothing scary!) and had the stunning view pictured above from the car park. Peebles and the surrounding area are completely beautiful, especially at this time of year.

It was wonderful to spend a couple of days together, doing very little, eating delicious food and relaxing. I’d hoped to be able to go for a bit of a walk in the forest but my health and the weather conspired against us, so we did some hardcore lounging around the hotel instead. Also, I tasted pumpkin spice Baileys for the first time and I cannot believe I managed to survive almost thirty-seven years without it in my life.

Because I get geeky about the weirdest things, I took pictures of the lamps in the hotel room. Seriously though, they were gorgeous, especially the Anglepoise desk lamp and table lamp. I have a bit of a thing for Anglepoise lamps but they’re a little out of my price range. If I ever come up with a legit reason to spend a couple of hundred pounds on a lamp, and a couple of hundred pounds to spend on a lamp, it’ll be one of those.

On the way home, we stopped at Neidpath Castle just outside Peebles. The forest there is stunning, so of course I took some pictures. Seeing all the different coloured leaves at this time of year makes me so happy.

And because I can’t go anywhere without taking close-up photos of tiny things, here are some gorgeous little pink flowers looking sweet in the sunshine 🙂

 


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Month in review: October 2017

Last time I did a month in review was July. I’d like to say there were deep and meaningful reasons for waiting until October to do the next one, but there weren’t – I just forgot. Now that I’m bullet journalling again, I’m hopefully going to get better at not forgetting things! On the subject of bullet journalling, I shared my November set-up, so I’ll talk about that again in a few weeks and let you know how it’s going.

October was the first full month of Silver the kitten living with us (and of course he has his own Instagram). Silver likes to paw at my phone and he even opened the Instagram app by himself so maybe he wanted to check out his profile.

Autumn is in full swing and everything looks super pretty at the moment, which is great for photography. I started to reclaim my yoga and meditation practice, and even got to be an existential horror superhero, thanks to my friend Laura (who is an amazing artist).

My biggest mission of the month was preparing for NaNoWriMo. I wrote about it at the start of the month and then again at the end of the month. I also spent a lot of time thinking about writing, especially the supportive online writing community I’ve found and the value of paying creators, and I wrote some poetry too.

With Samhain at the end of October, it’s the last month of my year and I love the feeling that something new and exciting is about to begin!

 


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Autumn garden photos

The garden looks so pretty at the moment. Because a lot of the plants weren’t introduced until quite recently, everything is still very much in its infancy but the details are gorgeous. I love how autumn brings such rich, beautiful colours. The leaves on the strawberry plants (second photo from the top) are one of my favourite things to look at right now.

These pictures were taken with my Sony Alpha a550 dSLR and apart from being cropped square, they haven’t been edited at all.

 


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Me as an existential horror superhero

My friend (and incredible art goddess) Laura drew this amazing picture of me as part of her Inktober project and it is so beautiful and perfect. I cried for about an hour after she sent it to me and then cried again a little bit when I saw it on Instagram the next morning. My brain totally short-circuits when people do nice things for me. I start having feelings and I can’t handle it.

The caption she gave it on IG is “Interrupting a very Lovecraftian Inktober to bring you a heroine that should have made it into one of his books. Introducing Tanya Simpson. Her defence against the dark forces are her deadly attack spiders (amazing idea for fending off intruders). She comes dressed as night, with a demon kitten on her shoulder. ”

She also included the tag #myfriendsaremyheroes ❤

Her art is absolutely stunning. If you’re on Instagram, you should definitely follow her at instagram.com/laura.jeacock/

 


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Ten weeks old

Silver the kitten turned ten weeks old on Saturday! I’ve been busily preparing for NaNoWriMo 2017 and he’s been my little writing buddy. His contribution has mostly involved reminding me to take breaks by attacking my feet, but he’s trying very hard.

 


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Silver the kitten is now on Instagram

Because I was in danger of my my entire online presence becoming kitten-based, I decided to create an Instagram account for Silver. You can find him at @fromsilverwithlove if you’d like to follow tiny kitten adventures through regular photo posts.

 


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A delicate suggestion of new beginnings

A lot of my photos recently seem to start life with the thought, “That’s pretty. Let’s add smoke”. I’m pretty sure this part of our garden isn’t overlooked by anyone, but if it is they would have seen me lying on the patio blowing vapour into the grass then taking pictures of it 🙂

 


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