I like to try and do these posts every couple months so that I can look back on them and see what I’ve been up to (one of my favourite things about blogging) – is that weird/does anyone else just sit and browse their own blog randomly haha?! So a lot of these photos are from between Christmas and New Year.
We bought each other so many board games over Christmas and have been loving them so much! Our favourites are Exploding Kittens and The Hare and the Rabbit (in the picture) and they’re both really good for 2 players too! I also spent a lot of the time just chilling (which I really struggle doing). We also had a lot of snow in December (we barely ever get snow now), so it was so nice to be able to go out and enjoy it!
Mr Toff, Isla & Happy Birthday Keeko
These two crack me up so much! He tolerates her so well, even though he doesn’t particularly like her company (she’s always jumping on him and chasing him around the house, so I’m not surprised to be honest). She tries though, and my fave time with them both is first thing in the morning when they snuggle up by me in bed, and she tries to squeeze her way in between Mr and Me for warmth! So cute!
And it was Keeko’s 2nd Birthday last week (and her brother Chappie aswell). She was 2 and it broke my heart that she wasn’t here to celebrate with us (she went missing in May last year). I’ve been really struggling with the fact that she’s still missing the past few weeks (though we reckon she was hit by a car, but hey – if Sara got re-united with her missing cat 2 years later then who knows).
We’ve had some amazing sunrises lately! I’m such a morning person, so I always naturally wake up with the sun (yep, even in summer, though I do tend to fall back to sleep to a reasonable time). I love being up to watch the sunrises in the morning in the winter and this one was pretty amazing! Also, on a side note, I asked my parents for a Lumie Wakeup Light for Christmas, and it makes getting up on these dark winter mornings SO much easier!
And I’ve been slowly filling my house with houseplants the past year and this is one of my favourite plants. I was after one for years, finally found one last summer and now it has 2 little baby plants sprouting, so I can grow some more!
We finally bought a new kitchen! Our current one is about 20 years old and I’ve always hated it – the cupboards are weird square sizes with one huge shelf between the two cupboards so you can’t fit tall things in them, they’re falling to pieces and well you get the jist. So I was SO excited to head to IKEA and buy a brand new kitchen!
We’ve got drawers galore (I hate bottom cupboards) and extended the kitchen into our dining room (we knocked the wall down between them and added a huge new front window too where it just used to be a wall). We went for plain white cupboards, black handles and a wooden worktop. I don’t know when it’ll actually get fitted, but we have it in storage at least!
I absolutely love going to our local Farmers Market, though sadly it’s only on once a month. It’s a pretty small one in one of the nearby towns, but there’s a few good stalls that we love and pick up a few treats from like the pork pies and sausage roll, and we stocked up on some vegetables and I treated myself to some fresh tulips too!
I’ve been obsessed with Amanda’s blog and instagram, where she shows her vegan and zero-waste lifestyle and I find it fascinating how she can life a zero-free life with two kids. In the UK it’s pretty much impossible (she has a bulk food store that she goes to where she can fill her own glass jars with things like rice, quinoa and flour etc), but there’s nothing like that in the UK!
I listened to her talk on the Live Planted podcast about her zero-waste lifestyle and she mentioned watching A Plastic Ocean on Netflix and it was so so shocking! I definitely recommend you watch it if you want to learn more about the affects of plastic in the ocean (and the world in general)!
I made my own sauerkraut! I used to make it a couple years ago but gave up after the last two batches went bad while fermenting so I decided to give it another try a couple weeks ago and boy did I miss it. It’s so so delicious (and tastes completely different to the shop bought stuff). It’s super easy, though everything has to be completely sterile so that it doesn’t go mouldy. I’ve been eating so much of it lately, so I’ll need to get another batch on the go! You can follow this recipe here (I use only cabbage and salt).
DJI Mavic Air
We bought a Drone! We’ve been wanting a DJI drone since the Phantom came out years ago and we almost bought the DJI Mavic Pro back in September on our Wales trip. So when Shane told me that DJI were releasing a new drone, we both decided that we had to buy it finally. It’s basically identical to the Mavic Pro, just a little cheaper and smaller – when it’s folded, it’s the same size as an iphone! How crazy is that?!
We had so much trouble trying to find somewhere that had them in stock as they were sold out on pre-order pretty much everywhere, but thankfully we found them in stock at John Lewis! We’re so excited about taking it on our travels this year and getting some stunning shots!