A very happy Sunday morning everyone. Our first guests since the lockdown have arrived at the house and settled in 🙌🏼, which is wonderful after such a difficult time for all. My husband and I (plus all the team) did so much work over the lockdown to make the house that bit more comfortable and perfect for our guests. My favourite new feature, wait for it.... is two full sized dish washers 😂(sad I know). The house is a labour of love and we take so much pride in it to ensure our guests have the best time possible with their loved ones.
You can’t beat a good walk in a Sunday. Restaurants are now open for a big lunch after a stroll. Whether you’re heading up to Poet’s Walk or down to the lake... the view gets better whatever direction.
Read our guides to walks around Clevedon. Link in the bio.
Yipee we dont get any non-selfie ones very often! Uncle Keith did us proud though 🙌🙌.
We're up in Northumberland this weekend, staying at their fabby lodge in Swarland ❤, I'll do a post on it this weekend if anyone fancies booking it themselves!
Yesterday was SUCH a great day, we packed in A LOT (too much for one post hahaha). We started with a walk to Dunstanburgh Castle from Craster (do you know it was in the top ten of ITV's UKs favourite walks?). It was miserable weather but what views 😍😍😍 We optimistically tried @thejollyfisherman at Craster for a table afterwards, and they had one woohooooo!! The ham sandwiches of our packed lunch were forgotten and we dined liked queens (with a glass of Pinot to wash it down). It was SO WELL organised, if that's a reflection of how other places have opened I would have no fears.
currently praying for the sun to come back..😫🌧 typical English weather! Would much rather be at my favourite place in the whole Lake District; sunbathing, SUPing and picnic-ing🌞 fingers crossed for some nice weather again soon! Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend 💛
There’s this house a few streets away from where we live. For a moment you would doubt if you are even in London. This house, the driveway that leads upto it and the grandfather tree on the side, all together reminds me of Tara. Scarlett O’Hara’s Tara..the ever romanticised family home from Gone with the wind.
On the cover of Appa’s battered old copy of the book is this scene from the 1939 movie. Vivienne Leigh in a poofy white dress standing in front of Tara. Tara with its whitestone walls, tall Victorian columns, and cedars lining the sides.. I would only watch the movie years after, but this frame was so etched in my memory that seeing it in reels was like revisiting a place from the past so familiar..
I read it secretly the first time, hiding it under my bed and sneakily reading under the covers or under my desk , only to be caught red handed many a times.. but between all that I would still take a break from reading, to go back and look at the cover..I don’t think I’ve ever spent that much time looking at the cover of any book..
It’s hard to describe all the emotions that this one picture would invoke; it was nostalgia for a time and place you’ve never been to, a longing to belong, and above all, this completely unskeptical sense of optimism that tomorrow would be better…
“I'll think of it tomorrow, at Tara. I can stand it then. Tomorrow, I'll think of some way.. After all, tomorrow is another day.”
Scarlett is probably the first of non black and white fictional characters that i’ve felt so strongly about. Beautiful and intelligent and determined, but yet so selfish and cruel and frivolous and frustrating..And yet, at the end when she gives in to hope, there’s also this strange sense of kinship that you feel .. It really is some brilliant writing..then it’s also inherently racist ,which until it was pointed out recently, I never gave much thought to, but very much aware now. Perhaps I should read it again and see if I feel the same.