This & That

Friday, January 31

Notes from this week..

this little guy // for making even the most frustrating days a little better
these roses // for only just wilting after four weeks
this app // for supplying me with calming sounds whenever i need them
these epsom salts // for helping heal my sore knee

What else..
1. I'm so glad this week is over. 
2. To find out more about epsom salts, take a look.
3. I've been practising a lot of yoga.
4. and updating my pinterest board to prove it.

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Sunday Frustration

Tuesday, January 28









Lately I’ve found myself incredibly frustrated. I can feel it in my bones, so badly that I start to shake and feel like there is no way to release the tension. I felt it most this past Sunday. There isn’t any particular reasoning for this, only that I have so many things I want to get done but find myself with no time, no patience or no motivation to do so.

I awoke Sunday morning hoping to be blinking in the winter sunshine. I would make a cup of tea and retreat back to bed for an hour to read, bathed in the morning light. I would make pancakes for breakfast before bundling up to take Grizzle for a walk in the woods. On the way back I would stop at the pub and enjoy some late afternoon lunch before returning home in the dark and snuggling up in front of the candles for the evening. That was what I wanted to do.

Instead, when I awoke far too early for a Sunday, the skies where pitch black and the rain was just starting to pour. I was instantly hit with so much frustration that It made me stop and ask myself why I was feeling this way. Usually the rain wouldn’t have stopped my plans, it would have made my day a little different yes, but I would have taken it in my stride. I’ve been asking myself that same question for a few days now, and although I don’t know the answer, I do not that I’m not going to let myself feel that way again.

Instead I spent my Sunday cleaning my riding boots and chaps, playing with Grizzle inside and watching Harry Potter, before being taken out for an evening meal and a glass of wine. By the time I had crawled back into bed that evening I felt content again.


‘She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her away, she adjusted her sails – Elizabeth Edwards’

52 Lists // Five

Monday, January 27


1. Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure. 

2. You don't throw a life away just because it's a little banged up - Sea Biscuit.

3. The very least you can do in life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under it's roof - Barbara Kingsolver

4. The next time i feel the urge to criticize i will ask myself two questions: given the same circumstance and no hindsight, would i have done any better, and who asked for my opinion in the first place?

5. The best kind of people are the ones that come into your life, and make you see sun where you once saw clouds. The people that believe in you so much that you start to believe in you too. The people that love you, simply for being you. The once in a lifetime kind of people. 

6. I just want someone who likes to look at the stars just as much as i do. 

7. The best advice I've ever gotten is that you shouldn't be in a relationship with anyone whom you wouldn't marry, for it's a waste of time and takes you off the market. So don't worry about relationships. Build friendships and one day maybe you'll suddenly meet your soulmate, or you'll realise you want to spend the rest of your life with your best friend. Your young life shouldn't be spent trying to fall in love or even having to worry about a partner. You life right now should be willed with spending time on finding yourself and building friendships. 

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this and that

Friday, January 24

Notes from this week..

this early morning light patch // for brightening up my Sunday morning. 

this tea making space // for providing me with my morning/afternoon/evening cuppa.
this kitchen door // because it reminds me of home.
this moon // for still being there at that time of day.
these two best friends // because exploring in the paddock is their favourite. 

What else:
1. This is the first this and that i've done this year. 
2. I've developed cold in my kidneys this week, which with my spine, renders me useless. 
3. I have 6 weeks left here and i'm so excited about everything. 
4. The 52 lists project has been a bigger success than i ever dreamt it would, thank you.
5. My bloglovin has exploded with new followers, also thank you. 

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52 Lists // four

Monday, January 20



1. Long dog walks in the countryside.
2. The sound of my mother singing to the radio in the kitchen.
3. Grizzle running around with some random teddy.
4. Cups of tea from my favourite mugs. 
5. Saturday morning hustle in the most calmest of ways.
6. Friends visiting from near and far. 
7. Long summer days with the horses. 
8. Being surrounded by my photographs. 
9. Sitting on my open window ledge. 
10. Drifting off to sleep with Grizzle on my bed. 

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Weekend Scenes

Tuesday, January 14

















I'm becoming increasingly aware that i don't have many weekends left until i leave on my new adventure. I have 7 weekends left and the thought of leaving my best friend to start my new life is starting to worry me. I made a to do list of everything i want to do before i leave the other day and i know that it's just going to fly by in an instant. It might be a cruel twist of fate to happen now, but i've actually met and become very close to some new people here and it's going to be very hard to leave them too. I keep telling myself that if they aren't meant to be in my life then they will stay there even when i leave, so i'll see. 

This weekend i awoke on Sunday morning to the first real batch of frost i have seen. I poured myself one too many cups of tea, woke up slowly and then bundled up to take Grizzle for a walk before the sunshine melted all the frost away. I spent Friday night having a movie marathon with my mum in our onesies' and Saturday was whittled away at the stables before a midnight drive to see the stars.

I'm really enjoying my time around here before i head off but trying to make the most of every second is the hardest part to focus on. I know i'm doing the right thing for me, but it's the biggest decision i have ever had to make. 

52 Lists // Three

Monday, January 13



1. Drink tea.
2. Watch the rain.
3. Enjoy a movie marathon.
4. Practice Yoga.
5. Waste hours on pinterest.
6. Take a nap.
7. Go puddle jumping. 
8. Meditate.
9. Run a bath.
10. Chat with loved ones 
11. Sip wine.

Boxing Day Races

Wednesday, January 8









































It's been a tradition of mine to go horse racing on boxing day for many years now. Since next year i'll be working on the boxing day race instead, i decided to make the most of possibly my last year as a spectator. 

Mum and i left bright and early to head to Market Rasen. The weather was bitterly cold but the sun was shining so we were happy. We bundled in my little car and made it just in time to watch the first winner being auctioned off. It took all my strength not to shoot my hand up and buy him!

We spent the day making bets, drinking tea and watching the horses have the time of their lives running around. We stayed until the sun began to set and our fingers were well and truly frozen, before trudging back to the car for the ride home. I love going to the races but there is something that much more special about the traditional boxing day races.

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