27 Sept 2019

A Photo A Day | July 2019

A Photo A Day, July 2019
1 July 2019
Location: Home, St Albans
Half way through the year and less than 3 weeks left of this view πŸ’” πŸ™Š

A Photo A Day, July 2019
2 July 2019
Location: Regents Park, London
Office days. Sadly not spent in the park...

A Photo A Day, July 2019
3 July 2019
Location: St Albans
Well this was a belter πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

A Photo A Day, July 2019
4 July 2019
Location: London
Work now have a cat. Just sayin’.

A Photo A Day, July 2019
5 July 2019
Location: St Albans
When a crackin’ brewery opens up right opposite your flat just as you’re about to move out of said flat... husband is fuming πŸ˜‚

A Photo A Day, July 2019
6 July 2019
Location: Chesterfield
A grand old age πŸŽ‚

A Photo A Day, July 2019
7 July 2019
Location: St Albans
Me after every five minutes of sorting/packing: I NEED A BREAK NOW πŸ˜‚

A Photo A Day, July 2019
8 July 2019
Location: London
Finished this in my lunch break; crackin’ readπŸ‘ŒπŸ»

A Photo A Day, July 2019
9 July 2019
Location: Regents Park, London
That time of year where random structures appear in Regent’s Park in the name of arty stuff 🎨

A Photo A Day, July 2019
10 July 2019
Location: Home, St Albans
Sofa is gone & chaos has descended #ithasbegun

A Photo A Day, July 2019
11 July 2019
Location: Home, St Albans
Sunset just peeking through 😍

A Photo A Day, July 2019
12 July 2019
Location: Bishop's Cave, St Albans
A fine way to celebrate the house sale completing me thinks πŸ₯³

A Photo A Day, July 2019
13 July 2019
Location: Ely
We now own a key. And a red door. And the entire house that the red door leads in to. A house that hasn’t been occupied for 6 months so smells kinda funky, has an actual meadow for a garden and absolutely no running water πŸ˜‚ #adultingeh

A Photo A Day, July 2019
14 July 2019
Location: Home, St Albans
Sun rays disguising the fact that our flat currently looks like we’ve lost our shit, thrown the furniture out and now live in a box fort 🀷🏻‍♀️πŸ“¦

A Photo A Day, July 2019
15 July 2019
Location: Home, St Albans
The current situation. We have a cardboard box infestation & we now lack a bed, sofa, desk or indeed any kind of decent furniture. The decor has reeeaaallly gone down hill around here 🀦🏻‍♀️πŸ“¦πŸ˜‚

A Photo A Day, July 2019
16 July 2019
Location: Home, St Albans
It continues... 

A Photo A Day, July 2019
17 July 2019
Location: Home, St Albans
Yup, still going... 

A Photo A Day, July 2019
18 July 2019
Location: Home, St Albans
In case anyone was ever in any doubt, getting a washing machine & a fridge down a spiral staircase is extremely impractical... 🀦🏻‍♀️

A Photo A Day, July 2019
19 July 2019
Location: Home (for the final time), St Albans
And just like that, 3 years, 3 months & 19 days in St Albans came to an end. There was no one reason as to why we set up camp in St A but the hopeless romantic in me was drawn to the flat with the spiral staircase tucked away in the cathedral grounds and, despite the endless impracticalities of the place, I have never been so sure that we were ‘meant’ to be somewhere. What a joyous three years ❤️
A Photo A Day, July 2019
20 July 2019
Location: Home, Ely
Two very knackered homeowners ready for the next adventure (but a lie down first please) πŸ’«

A Photo A Day, July 2019
21 July 2019
Location: Ely
There is countryside back in my life and I am here for it πŸ₯°

A Photo A Day, July 2019
22 July 2019
Location: Home, Ely
Currently don’t have any kind of furniture in the house that could even resemble a desk but I do now own a garden so swings and roundabouts #workingfromhome #mondayfunday

A Photo A Day, July 2019
23 July 2019
Location: London Kings Cross
First day of the longer commute. More expensive, less crowded 🀷🏻‍♀️

A Photo A Day, July 2019
24 July 2019
Location: Granary Square, London
Got our album cover sorted should we ever form a girl band 😏

A Photo A Day, July 2019
25 July 2019
Location: home, Ely
Things I’d rather do then endure a heatwave - hold a spider, eat a plate of mushrooms, spend time with the new Prime Minister. Yes, that’s how much I hate 30+ temps. Nothing but relief when this day came to an end and the 38c temperatures began to drop πŸ₯΅

A Photo A Day, July 2019
26 July 2019
Location: Ely
Falling in love with my new local bookshop... 

A Photo A Day, July 2019
27 July 2019
Location: Cambridge
Yay oven shopping!

A Photo A Day, July 2019
28 July 2019
Location: Home, Ely
Starting The Painting. 

A Photo A Day, July 2019
29 July 2019
Location: Ely
There's an apple tree near my house for crying out loud!

A Photo A Day, July 2019
30 July 2019
Location: Kings Cross, London
Going into the office days mean waiting at Kings Cross for the one train that hasn’t been cancelled. Universe clearly trying to tell me something...

A Photo A Day, July 2019
31 July 2019
Location: Ely
Exploring my new town during my lunch break.

23 Sept 2019

Newlyweds In New York

Honeymoon in New York
Honeymoon in New York
Honeymoon in New York
Honeymoon in New York

At the beginning of June, less than two days after our wedding day, we took a taxi up to Heathrow to spend the night in a premier inn where we got 15% off our meal cos honeymooners. I’ll admit that this did create false hope because we got NO SUCH TREATMENT for the rest of the trip. Honestly, it’s like people didn’t want to give us free stuff. 

Apart from having to pay excess baggage for being just 0.6 of a kilo over, the flight was surprisingly chill and we touched down in New York around midday local time. 

It was our second trip to New York together, and my third overall, but I will never get over seeing that skyline appear on the horizon during the taxi ride from JFK to Manhattan. Our trip two years ago was a truly jam-packed week of New York joy and when it came to planning the honeymoon, we were both in agreement that we were going back. New York just does something to me and I’m glad that my new husband seems to be in agreement that it’s a special place. This time around, having done all the tourist sites, we planned to live like locals – or the fantasy version of living like locals anyway. I am under no illusions that my vision of local life in Manhattan is heavily romanticised.

Honeymoon in New York
Honeymoon in New York
Honeymoon in New York
Honeymoon in New York

We stayed in a lovely apartment in the East Village. It had two floors, a little private balcony just off the bedroom and a leafy shared terrace; a little oasis of greenery amongst the backdrop of closely packed buildings and numerous air conditioning units. Although, admittedly, we think a rat appeared out of one of the plants as we sat on the terrace with a drink one evening…

On our first night, we slowly wandered around the local area which I was pleased to find felt more like the ‘real’ New York than the area we stayed last time (which was very close to Times Square). We ate an absurd ice cream to remind ourselves we’d arrived in foodie heaven and then went and settled ourselves at The Meatball Shop, a favourite from last time, to eat hearty bowls of spaghetti whilst sat on the pavement in the setting sun; just watching the world go by. There was a park a block away from our apartment just brimming with locals – lads playing basketball, effortlessly chic folk sat on benches with their laptops balancing on their laps and dog play areas (seriously, what a joy). There was one area where something musical always seemed to be happening – Hare Krishna chants, a full-on gig with speakers and a backing band or a single man playing jazz on the saxophone. 

(The sound of the jazz! It was everywhere, always tinkling through the hot streets.)

Honeymoon in New York
Honeymoon in New York
Honeymoon in New York


It was hot – admittedly sometimes a little too hot – but I enjoyed seeing the city in the full glory of summer. We slept with the window open and every day I would wake up to the sounds of the city starting the day and fall asleep to the sounds of the city continuing into the night; it was never quiet because it’s the city that never sleeps after all. It was in these moments, on the cusp of night and day, that I’d wonder how our lives would pan out if we lived in this wonderous city. How these sounds would be the background to our lives and how often we’d be woken up at 2am by a spectacular heat-induced-thunderstorm during the summer months. 

Our mornings mostly started by quickly dressing and walking to Black Seed Bagels, a couple of blocks away, for – you guessed it – fresh bagels. Heading out onto the sunny New York streets before the heat of the day had truly set in and coming back clutching a bagel full to the brim with fruit and honey and ricotta was, without a doubt, my favourite way to start the day. Of course, once or twice, we did swap this delightful routine for going further afield so we could stuff our faces with pancakes or rich egg sandwiches from highly recommended brunch spots.

Honeymoon in New York
Honeymoon in New York
Honeymoon in New York
Honeymoon in New York

Despite the fact that we weren’t planning on doing tourist things, we did head up the Rockefeller again in the hope of looking across the city at sunset. I will never tire of those views but sadly, the weather didn’t play ball that night and we didn’t get the sunset we were hoping for. But then a few days later, when we were in Brooklyn, the sky gave us the most spectacular array of reds and golds as we sat looking across to Manhattan which more than made up for it.

Honeymoon in New York

We also went to check out the newly-built ‘Vessel’ in Hudson’s Yard; an elaborate, copper-coloured, honeycomb-like structure made up of 154 flights of connecting staircases; it’s a bit like being in your very own optical illusion. 

Honeymoon in New York
Honeymoon in New York
Honeymoon in New YorkHoneymoon in New York
Honeymoon in New York

We explored Chelsea Market, imagining we were locals who could just wander in to pick up our dinner for the evening. There were piles of fresh produce, cheesemongers, butchers, wine bars and a whole array of food stalls ready to feed us with warm, sugary doughnuts and freshly made noodles where the dough was spun right in front of our eyes.  

We meandered the full length of The High Line twice, ate pizza slices in tiny little parks and whiled away a whole afternoon in one of the best pubs I have ever been to. We were mesmerized by the cool haze of the water around the memorial pools and felt like we were living our best lives as we drank aperol spritz and ate Mexican waffle fries in Rockefeller plaza.

Honeymoon in New York
Honeymoon in New York
Honeymoon in New York

Oh and I developed a mild obsession with Manhattan’s street art, something that seemed to pass me by last time. Sketched on walls, sprayed on corrugated shop fronts, exploding on the entirety of a building.  Bold, unbelievably colourful and big – so big – you needn’t go to a gallery when there are huge masterpieces on the street corners. 

We picnicked in Central Park, scooping fresh salad from a local store into our mouths and stretching out under the trees to read our books. We discovered more of Brooklyn, drinking on rooftop bars and eating in Smorgasburg with that iconic skyline stretched out before us. We meandered along the streets of Greenwich, appreciating all the Pride flags around Stonewall in honour of the 50th anniversary, re-visiting the Friends building and watching a couple practising dance lifts in Washington Square Park. On our final day, the rain came down in a truly dramatic fashion. The city became steamy and sticky, creating shadowy, misty figures after dark. It was hugely atmospheric. 

I love New York; it’s unique and bold, joyous and special. Even more so now that it’s the place we spent our first week as a married couple.

Honeymoon in New York
Honeymoon in New York
Honeymoon in New York
Honeymoon in New York
Honeymoon in New York