Pinspiration | Outdoor Spaces

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Follow Sheri Matthews’s board HOME | Outdoors on Pinterest.

 

So it’s happened! I bought a house! We’re all moved in and slowly working our way through the mountain of boxes. This weekend everything’s started to look a little more like home. The kitchen is all unpacked and organised, my bed room is 99% done and the new sofa is arriving on Tuesday! I promise I’ll tell you all about the move and the buying process another time (I’m thinking of doing a ‘how to buy a house’ series) but right now I want to talk gardens.

 

One of the most important things we were looking for when viewing houses was the garden, or if it had one. Having lived in a flat for the last two years I can’t even tell you how much I missed having a garden. An outdoor space you could just go in in your pyjamas with a cup or tea or something y’know? The house we ended up buying has the sweetest little garden, all mature shrubs and roses, a pond and a shed. I’ve never really been one to take an interest in gardening but it’s funny how as soon as you own one, what shade to paint the shed and when to prune the roses becomes is suddenly of utmost importance.

 

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Me and Carys have been dreaming up all the things we’d like to do. A dusky blue shed, a chiminea, and a patio set are at the top of our list. Closely followed by a herb garden, outdoor lanterns and a pergola. I’ve been super impressed with the range of outdoor and garden stuff from ASDA. Mum bought her patio set from there years ago and it’s still going strong even though she never puts it away (I’ve seen it covered in 3 feet of snow!). We recently got this beautiful miami patio set a long with this Chiminea – I can’t wait for chilly October evenings sat outside with the fire going.

 

Anyway, I thought I’d share my Outdoor Pinterest board with you so you can take a peak inside my mind. I’ll be sure to update you on how we get on designing the garden!

 

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#MumsKnowBest with Littlewoods*

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When the lovely people from Littlewoods got in touch to see if I had any #MumsKnowBest stories to share, I knew I had the most epic tale of how one nudge in the right direction from my mum shaped my life into what it is today.

 

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When I was just the baby age of 14 (or was it 13 Mum?)

I, along with every other 14 year old in the country, was tasked with choosing the subjects I’d study at GCSE – the start of the rest of my life. I was well aware that the choices I made at this point in time could shape everything. Up until this point, everything was possible and now I was being asked to narrow down the possibilities and close a few future doors. (So long Dr Matthews, sayonara geography skills)

 

At my school, as well as the mandatory double maths, double english, double science, statistics AND citizenship GSCEs, we were allowed to pick four other subjects to study. I pretty quickly whittled down my first three to Drama (it was a performing arts school after all), Child Development (the best contraception there is) and Religious Studies but my fourth choice was causing me some gip.  For some reason, I just couldn’t decide between French and History. I loved History and I hated French but because schools tell kids that you’ll do life so better if you can speak a second language, I was sure I needed to take it, even though I hated (and sucked at) it.

 

Throughout my life the most important mother-daughter conversations have all taken place in mums bed and usually late at night because whatever it is has been keeping me up. This time was no different. It was in this late night bedtime conversation that mum convinced me to follow my passion and study History. It was the best decision I’ve ever made because it was the decision that led me to here.

 

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Let me explain…

If it wasn’t for that conversation, I may not have studied history, meaning I wouldn’t have gone on to study it further at A Level or even further at uni. If I hadn’t have chosen to study history at GCSE, I probably wouldn’t have ended up at Exeter Uni’s Cornwall campus where I met Charlie. If I hadn’t met Charlie, I probably wouldn’t have rekindled this blog (it was during a late night Facebook conversation in the summer before second year where we discovered our shared passion for blogging and made a pact to give it another go, together). If I hadn’t re-started this blog, I wouldn’t have gone to a blogger event in Bristol putting this city on the map for my post uni plans. If I hadn’t rekindled this blog, I wouldn’t have even known that you could work in Social Media or Influencer PR meaning I probably wouldn’t have applied for my job. If I hadn’t applied for my job, I wouldn’t have got it (duh) or moved to Bristol. If I hadn’t moved to Bristol, I wouldn’t have met my flatmate and BFF Carys, who, I’ve just bought a house with.

 

34871_1526339439757_7235050_nSo thanks Mum.

Because of you, I spent three amazing and life changing years in Cornwall, living my life on the beach with some of the best people I (still) know. Because of you, I got a dream job that I love in a wonderful city that I can call my own. And because of you I’m fortunate enough to be on the property ladder at 22.

 

I don’t know if you’ve ever thought about it, or realised that it was that conversation where you gently nudged me towards following my passion that shaped everything, but it was. You knew best then and (most of the time) you still do now.

 

Do you have a #MumsKnowBest story to share? 

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Dreaming of Sorrento

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Wait right there, Italy is calling…

Living in the UK means I’m pretty adapted to bad weather (I even find myself pinning for rainy days that sanction me to stay inside with a book and hot chocolate) – but by Easter, I always find myself wishing for the sun to return.  However, since graduating to adulthood (I mean, I’m claiming I’m an adult now, I bought step ladders today for christ sake) Summer just hasn’t quite been the same. Why? Work! I love my job but sitting inside on the hottest day of the year was pretty damn miserable. My solution? I’m planning my next last minute break!

 

Where this time? Italy has ALWAYS called my name and right now I want out of get out of the city so the destination at the top of my list is Sorrento. Why Sorrento? The list would be endless but here are my top few.

 

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The food

Err hello pasta! First and foremost has to be the food. Italian food is everybody’s favourite, taking simple, fresh ingredients and making delightful meals. Situated on the Amalfi coast Sorrento’s seafood is some of the best you will ever have, I’m going to head to the Tripadvisor recommended Ristorante Bagni Delfino.

 

It goes without saying the Italians serve amazing pasta, pizza (with the historic home of the pizza, Naples, a mere stone’s throw away that isn’t surprising) and gelato, but the coastal town of Sorrento is also famous for its signature liqueur, and one of my personal favourites, Limoncello, a sweet alcohol made with fermented lemons, and usually served as a digestif after a meal. I mean any excuse am I right?

 

A chance to learn

So considering my penchant for Italian cuisine, I want to learn to get better at making it. If you consider yourself to be a real foodie Mamma Agata’s cooking class is the one to try. Celebrities such as Audrey Hepburn, Frank Sinatra and Humphrey Bogart have all enjoyed her food, and it was said Bogart was such a fan he was even said to have had Mamma Agata’s Limoncello cake for breakfast every day! There’s a handy little booking form on her site, and don’t worry if you don’t get the hang of it straight away, because she also sells cook books.

 

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Lots to see

If sightseeing is more your thing then Sorrento has loads to offer with an abundance of beautiful churches to choose from like the Cattedrale di Sorrento and the Basilica di San Antonino. There are also the Marina Grande and the Piazza Tasso, Sorrento’s main square where you can watch the world go by. Take the time to explore this lovely town, and enjoy a coffee break in one of Sorrento’s many (smaller) piazzas, so you can take in the atmosphere as well as the sites.

 

So many day trips

Sorrento is also the perfect starting point for many trips and excursions. Try the pizza in Naples, discover the tragic history of Pompeii, take pictures in the beautiful Positano and shop on the chic island of Capri. The best part is, because they’re all so close to Sorrento, you can venture to them on your own very easily, or buy tickets for arranged tours, which leave Sorrento frequently for all four of these Italian gems. If none of these appeal, then why not rent a car and drive down the picturesque Amalfi coast?

 

Me? I’m already packing my bags to escape, maybe I’ll see you there?

 

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