Sunning Ourselves at Sandleigh Tea Rooms, Croyde, Devon

Sunning Ourselves at Sandleigh Tea Rooms, Croyde, Devon

During our summer stay in the lovely ‘Getaway’ at Freshwell Camping in Croyde we explored the area and made the most of being right on top of the gorgeous North Devon coastline.

After a lovely walk along the North Devon coastline to Baggy Point, Nathan and I were in need of some refreshments. We stopped off at the nearby National Trust’s Sandleigh Tea Rooms and enjoyed some cold soft drinks – just what we needed in the hot summer heat.

We sat outside in the gardens which were full of bloomingly beautiful borders and had lots of gorgeous flowers. It was quite busy on our visit and lots of people were clearly enjoying some tasty food and drink whilst making the most of the summer sun.

I would like to pop back to the Sandleigh Tea Rooms another day when we are in Croyde as it was a lovely place to sit outside in the gardens and the food looked really tasty! I bet a cream tea here would go down a treat!

 

Autumn Vibes and Keeping Cosy with Fashion World

Autumn Vibes and Keeping Cosy with Fashion World

I don’t know about you guys but I really love Autumn! It’s definitely my favourite season for many different reasons. I enjoy it when the nights draw in and give you an excuse to snuggle up with blankets and drink hot chocolate but it’s not so cold you have to have the heating on full blast continuously! I enjoy Autumn because October brings my birthday and Halloween which are always good fun. I love November too and the thrills firework night brings!  Mostly, however, I love the changes in nature and the colours it brings. I love watching the trees and leaves slowly change from green to yellow and then to orange.

This year more than any other year (I’m possibly just getting old..) I have appreciated the stunning Autumnal colours around me. Living in Devon – a place full of the countryside and wonderful nature means I’ve ‘experienced’  Autumn more than ever! I keep seeing the most amazing trees whose leaves have been such vibrant reds and oranges they don’t even look real! I love it when they all fall to the ground and you can kick through all the leaves and look for conkers!

I am getting quite sad knowing that winter is well on its way and whilst that brings fun and festivities, it also means all the leaves on the trees will begin to die and those stunning Autumnal colours will begin to fade!

I’ve enjoyed many walks and days out recently where I have been able to experience the beauty of Autumn around me. Nathan and I have enjoyed exploring local parks, woods and National Trust properties and have admired all the seasonal gorgeousness around us. During these walks, I have been kept nice and warm and dry by my lovely new Regatta Bergonia waterproof jacket from Fashion World. The jacket is a gorgeous teal green colour and has saved me from getting caught in the rain during our weekend walks.

I have needed a waterproof jacket for ages as I always seem to end up buying coats that are really impractical and never keep me dry. I’m glad now that we can go on walks together and Nathan won’t have to put up with me moaning that I am all wet and miserable! The Regatta Bergonia jacket is also fur lined so it has been keeping me nice and toasty too! I think it’s super stylish and the colour means it’s perfect for all seasons really.

The jacket is available through the Fashion World website and can be ordered in sizes 10 to 32, so it should fit most shapes and sizes. There are lots of other awesome looking coats and jackets on the Fashion World site, along with loads of other stylish clothes and accessories on offer. As a plus size lady, I am always on the lookout for companies that sell stylish and on-trend plus size clothes so Fashion World really gets a thumbs up from me!

Autumn has again brought a busy few months for me involving lots of exploring and starting the second year of my doctoral clinical psychology training so it’s been all go! I’m glad I have been able to find the time to get outdoors and immerse myself in my favourite season of nature. I’m even more pleased I now have a comfy, warm and stylish waterproof jacket to wear on our adventures too!

***The Regatta Bergonia Waterproof Jacket was gifted to me by Fashion World, however, all thoughts, opinions and photos are entirely my own.***

Devon’s Best Ice Cream on Westward Ho Beach, North Devon

Devon’s Best Ice Cream on Westward Ho Beach, North Devon

After staying at the wonderful Owl Valley Glamping site in Bideford back in the summer, Nathan and took a trip to Westward Ho! Beach in North Devon.

It was a super sunny and gloriously hot day and we enjoyed wandering along the beachfront enjoying the seaside views.

I loved the cute, brightly coloured beach huts and as we walked we stopped to choose our favourites!

I think it would be great to own a beach hut one day, especially somewhere like Westward Ho! that is such a pretty sandy beach and has a lido too!

We treated ourselves to a very tasty ice cream from a Hocking’s ice cream van.

Hockings had been recommended to us by the hosts Pauline and Ray at Owl Valley Glamping and what a good recommendation it was – the ice creams went down very well!

We sat on the beach for a while, watching the world go by around us and lots of families playing in the sand. It was a weekday and not the summer holidays yet so it was busy but not too busy. I can imagine this is a really popular beach with locals and tourists in the summer months.

Before heading home we stopped off for some fish and chips for lunch. We shared a large portion of haddock and chips which was plenty to fill us up, especially after the ice creams earlier!

I would love to pop back to Westward Ho! beach another time soon. There’s so much of North Devon and the coast I want to explore so I’m sure we will be back one day, even just for another Hockings ice cream!!

A Rumble in the Jungle at Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf, Brighton

A Rumble in the Jungle at Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf, Brighton

Anyone who follows the blog or knows Nathan and I, will be aware that we love a spot of crazy golf! Like with National Trust properties, whenever we are away or visiting somewhere new we make sure we check out if there are any local adventure golf places nearby!

When we visited Brighton in June this was no different and we were quick to head down to the Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf course on the seafront. As the name suggests the course is jungle themed, complete with wooden animals and totem pole characters.

The golf course boasts two 18 hole courses and costs £7 per adult for 18 holes or £12 for both courses. The holes were well maintained and pretty challenging, really adding to the competition between us! There’s nothing like golf to get us betting against each other and into the fighting spirit. As per usual I lost meaning ice creams were on me later in the day!

What are your thoughts on adventure golf – something you like or not really your thing?

Exploring the Home of Virginia Woolf at Monks House, East Sussex

Exploring the Home of Virginia Woolf at Monks House, East Sussex

I love the National Trust and as both Nathan and I are National Trust members we often see if there are any NT places we can visit when we are away somewhere.

When staying in Sussex for my nephew’s christening one weekend over the summer, we visited Monks House in East Sussex – the previous home of Leonard and Virginia Woolf.

Home Fit for an Author

The house is a 17th-century cottage and is really cute and quaint.  It’s situated in a really lovely part of East Sussex too, a very enviable place to live for sure! Due to its size, the house has a limit to the number of people able to enter at once but we didn’t have to queue and went straight in. A warning to people hoping to visit though – the ceilings are rather low and despite being told to watch out for them Nathan still managed to donk his head rather hard on the entrance door!


I loved the feel of the house, there were various rooms to explore and the staircase was lined with Virginia’s famous novels which was a nice touch. I really liked all the cactuses in the entrance way too for some reason!

A Writer’s Dream

Apparently, famous novelist Virginia Woolf and her husband Leonard lived at Monk’s House from 1919 until Leonard died in 1969.  I can imagine it was a lovely place to live and a good place to draw inspiration and write from.

The house is surrounded by lovely countryside gardens and allotments. It was such a gorgeous place to wander around in the sunshine.

When we visited it was a sunny day and there were deckchairs conveniently situated on the lawn for us to have a little sit-down and admire the views!

Final Thoughts

As always this was a lovely little National Trust property to explore with beautiful and well maintained gardens. I liked all the references to Virginia’s work and enjoyed finding out more about her life and work as an author.