Be Present

“Solitude is strength. To depend on the presence on others is a weakness” - Paul Brunton.

There were times (more like fleeting moments!) on holiday when I felt alone. Lonely almost. And then I was quickly reminded while surrounded by bickering families just how much I appreciate solitude. I’m grateful I have the independence and ability to travel solo but I’m also glad I can enjoy my own company.

One of the things I’m grateful for is that despite spending a lot of time alone, I really do appreciate the time I spend with family and friends. It’s not about the quantity but about the quality. All too often you see family, friends and partners spending time together, yet not saying a word. Even when I ate alone, I would spend the majority of the time interacting with others and yet too many people were literally glued to screens. Partners were on their mobiles on social media, children were on their iPads watching television. Sometimes I would watch a whole meal and realise they didn’t sa…

Bonding with my Niece and Nephew!

I love my niece and nephew to the moon and back. Here's to more precious memories with them, over and over again!

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Following on from the village fayre, we headed to a gorgeous lake. The bridge to get over was very old and unique. I loved walking over it and seeing the "princess tower" in the distance.

On the way back we went to the Welsh Sculpture Park. It is definitely not in the same league as the Yorkshire Sculpture Park but it's a nice wide open space with some wooden statues dotted about.

The next day we went to Powys Castle. We didn't end up spending too long there because unfortunately we took the dog but it turns out, dogs are only allowed in a really small part of the castle grounds so we all ended up splitting up.
I quickly looked around the house and then walked around the grounds but couldn't find anyone. The garden's are huge…

A Busy Week Exploring Wales!

My dad recently moved to Wales and I finally got the chance to visit him for more than just a few hours.

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It was a pretty busy week and very hectic so I ended up coming back utterly exhausted. We did things every day so I've decided to split up the activities over today's and Wednesday's posts!

Following on from wedding week, the day after the wedding, I headed home and watched mum unwrap her presents before she dropped me off at the train station. Well, after a little disaster with a phone and multiple calls later, I missed my train to Wales but luckily, my dad's girlfriend was in Leeds at the time so I went to meet up with her and she gave me a lift down. I was exhausted by the time we arrived but more than happy to finally be reunited with my father. On the way down we picked up a KFC takeaway for tea and then enjoyed a quiet night in front of the telly.

The next morning was my first lie in, in a long time and then I woke …