Thursday, 27 August 2015

4 Years and Counting...

          Marriage is tough. Both being admittedly stubborn, we can't avoid petty arguments every now and then. It can get silly as me moaning about him not folding the clothes the way I wanted him to, or him complaining about driving me to work, but still gets up and takes me anyway.  But despite all that, I don't want to change anything for the world! He's always been there for me and showed me so much love more than I deserve. Cheers to 4 years of endless banter, and for showing each other affection the way we know best.
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Photo credits to my good friend Aksela. See more of her beautiful works at Aksela Photography.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Guildford Castle

          Part of me wanted to achieve something before hitting the BIG 3.0. This could be childish, shallow, or whatever you may think of it, but I'm aiming to visit 30 castles all around the UK and I only got 6 months to achieve that! One of the castles that I've visited recently was Guildford Castle, the only royal castle ever to be built in Surrey.
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     In celebration of the 150th year of Alice in Wonderland, the castle grounds were transformed by getting inspiration from the book itself. My favourite would be the gorgeous flower garden, and even convinced hubby to stay there for a while just to enjoy the view.
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          Here's a little trivia for you... Does the name Charles Lutwidge Dodgson ring a bell? When this man went to Guildford looking for a house for his 6 unmarried sisters, none of the people he met recognized him as the author of "Alice in Wonderland", which was written under the name Lewis Carroll. Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll, was regularly visiting Guildford, and has written the 2nd Alice book, "Through The Looking Glass", during his stay in town.      
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          I really have to mention that you should try the food at The March Hare, restaurant / pub located right outside the castle. Servings in pubs are generally massive so I ordered the children's size meal. Probably the best salmon and mashed potato I've ever tasted so far.
          I'm off to another castle this weekend and can't wait to see what it is like. Can you guess where I'm heading to next?

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Villa Lavaya -- Our Home in Cape Town

          This sunny weather made me think about our last holiday in South Africa a couple of years back. My brother-in-law and his then-fiancee (now wife) had their wedding there and it's a celebration the whole family shouldn't miss. Instead of booking a hotel, the couple arranged for us to stay in a villa and ahhhh, the house is just absolutely stunning!
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          Villa Lavaya was our home during our stay in Cape Town. It has 5 bedrooms, one of which can be converted into an extra living area.
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     View of Lion's Head from our kitchen window. Wow, just wow!
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This open plan living area is perfect for chilling and lazing about. Open up the doors to the balcony for that fresh morning sea breeze.
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Downstairs is where the boys spent most of their time watching football, or play a game of pool.
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 photo DSC_2687_zps1ebce12f.jpgOne of the best things that I like about this villa is coming home to this amazing view after touring the whole day.