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11 March 2018

Our Escape to New Mills, Derbyshire



We recently escaped daily life, for a slice of country living. It's no secret that my dream is to move to a chocolate box village, surrounded by rolling hills. To be able to spend my days with plenty of walks with my two dogs (nope I don't own even one dog at the moment..) For now though, I will make the most of sneaky little trips to the English countryside.

It was a very special trip this time, in celebration of my Dad's 50th Birthday. Me and my brother had chipped together to take us all away, for some quality time together in beautiful surroundings.

I had come across the cottage we stayed in online, which you can read about I thought that it looked like the perfect place to get away from it all, yet be in walking distance to a few cafes and pubs. Idyllic for everyone.


Day One.


It took us around an hour and a half's drive, up through the peak district, passing through Bakewell and Buxton, and arriving in the High Peak. We reached New Mills at around Mid Day and spent some time exploring the town, before heading down to the Millenium Bridge. 

  New Mills is a town in the High Peak, where the rivers Sett and Goyt join. It's built up of winding streets lined with pretty stone cottages (many of which have fox door knockers which I absolutely must have) and a span of panoramic views wherever you turn.



We weaved our way down to the Millenium Bridge, which was a magical sight in itself, but the fact that it was gently snowing too made it even more glorious. The view at the top of the steps, looking down to the mills and bridge is just breath taking. We pottered along for a little while, before the snow started to hit a little harder and we all decided that it was high time for some food and coffee. We definitely needed to thaw out!



We walked back up to the main street in New Mills and came across Clock Work Café. It was the perfect place to stop for a bits to eat, right in the centre of New Mills and not too far walk from our cottage. We warmed up with the ultimate comfort foods, I had hash brown with a cheese and onion pie, which hit the spot nicely.



By the time that we had finished our food, we decided we had best check in to our Cottage. Brow Farm is a short drive from New Mills centre (only a couple of minutes) and is situated at the bottom of a long drive way. We let ourselves in to the cottage and immediately felt at home.

The underfloor heating on the ground floor was heaven on our aching feet, and we had been given some divine gooey chocolate brownies to enjoy, which we did with a nice hot cup of tea.



At around 5:30 we decided to walk down to the Pride of the Peaks pub for a quick drink. We managed to snag a spot right beside the roaring open fire, and spent a couple hours here sipping on gin and chatting. On our way back to the cottage we grabbed some fish and chips from The Crispy Cod for tea and spent the rest of the night relaxing. We ended up watching our wedding speeches, which was so nice to reminisce over.


The walk home was very eventful, as due to all the snow freezing in a matter of two hours, the streets were like ice rinks! We were having to waddle and cling on so we didn't fall. Something to laugh about now but at the time I was slightly hysterical.

Day Two


Today was much brighter than yesterday and the snow had finally stopped. We all got up and enjoyed breakfast together, we gave my dad his birthday presents, which I'm very pleased to report he loved! Then we set off on one of the walks we'd seen in a leaflet. 




The walk took us down some seriously beautiful streets, the houses were all gorgeous with pretty, colourful doors and little plant pots dotted outside. It was also a steep hilly walk, which had all of us exhausted by the time we had made it to the starting point! 




The walk began from the Pub, ironically where we were going to eat that evening! It took us up another fairly steep hill through lots of fields. When we reached the top the views were incredible, and definitely worth it! 






The route was a circular trail, taking you through numerous fields, which were pretty muddy at times!



Overall it took us around an hour or so to complete, and was thoroughly enjoyable!

By the time we had reached our Cottage we slurped down a nice hot cup of tea and a chocolate brownie, before retiring ourselves to a well deserved afternoon nap.

Later in the evening we headed out for my Dad's Birthday meal, back at the , we had seen that it was very popular and it looked lovely when we had been by it earlier in the day. This time though we drove up to it!

The food was absolutely delicious and I would highly recommend a visit to the Pack Horse Inn if you're in the New Mills area. We headed back down to the centre for one more quick drink in the Royal Oak, whose décor was seriously dreamy, with lots of panelling and patterned tiles.


Our final morning in the cottage was spent soaking in the last of the view (and underfloor heating). Luckily/unluckily, however you may see it, I woke up very early with a cold and couldn't settle. I made my way into the kitchen for a drink, and i'm so glad I did as the sun was just rising.


So that brings us to the end of our trip to New Mills. We had a wonderful mid week break, and if you're looking for an escape to Derbyshire, New Mills is one that should be on your list. It has plenty of walks, and is great for reaching other parts of Derbyshire too, so if you have a few more days than we did, you can tick off some more places on your Derbyshire list!



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10 February 2018

Our Stay at Brow Farm, New Mills



Our escape to the High Peak was made extremely special due to our stay at Brow Farm, New Mills. Me and my brother has been looking for the perfect accommodation to take our dad away for his birthday. I was scouring the internet (like I do most days) when I came across Brow Farm.



If you've read my blog for a while you will know that my dream home is a cottage in the countryside, with a pretty view that I can spend hours pottering in the garden admiring. My only problem? can't afford it..Yet. I can however, afford to live the dream for a few days, and Brow Farm Cottage is all kinds of house 'goals'. From the gorgeous stone exterior, to the panoramic view of rolling hills, it certainly does not disappoint.



You approach Brow Farm down a long drive, where you can find ample parking at the bottom, right next to the cottage. This meant that transferring the bags from the car to inside was extremely easy (great if you're an over packer like me!).

 The first thing you will notice when you pull up is the view. I could go on about that view over and over, it's just stunning. I can only imagine how beautiful it looks on a summers night, sat outside with a gin in hand.




You enter the cottage into the large airy hallway, it's bright with gloriously high ceilings and wooden beams. Like I mentioned earlier, if your a fan of modern country cottages this one is right up your street.

  Our first port of call was exploring the entire cottage before unpacking! After checking out all of the bedrooms and picking out which ones we wanted, my parents got the upstairs double bedroom with the en-suite (it was my dads birthday after all) and we had a lovely spacious double on the ground floor. There is also a family bathroom downstairs, which has both a walk in shower (complete with rainfall shower head eek!) and a tub, perfect for a long soak after those idyllic country walks.



My absolute favourite part of the cottage has to be to kitchen/dining room. The room is one huge open plan space, with lots of windows giving it such a bright feel. Normally when you think of open plan in February, you think it must be cold? Nope. Under floor heating. I have since decided that I need this putting in all through our house, it really is a game changer. Taking off your shoes at the end of the day and no need for slippers.



The décor is kept very minimal, with a nod to the countryside shown through adorable little duck ornaments and pretty patterned cushions. There is a huge farmhouse style table taking centre stage, ideal for getting the whole family round for some scrumptious home cooked food, or if you're like us..a take away!

It really is the perfect entertaining space. There's a sofa in the corner, which is great for looking at the view through the windows, or reading a good book. There's also a breakfast bar too which makes a great perch to enjoy your morning coffee.



The kitchen itself comes with all the necessities that you would need for your stay, kettle, toaster, oven and washing machine. What really grabbed us though, were the thoughtful touches, there were eggs from the farm and some delicious brownies (that I had far too many of!). There were also lots of leaflets for restaurants, walking routes, magazines etc. which came in really handy. We ended up going to the Pack Horse Inn for dinner, which we came across on one of the leaflets.


If you like the cosy/hygge vibe, then the upstairs balcony style living area will be your type of space. The sofas are extremely snug and the whole area just screams relaxation. It's great for unwinding in front of the TV. We only sat up here once, but had we have stayed longer we would definitely have made more use of it.



On our second day, I had gotten up early and pottered into the kitchen for a drink. I was so pleased that I had, as I managed to just catch the sunrise over the hills, which made getting up early so much easier, I have to say. I think if I lived here I could definitely embrace being a morning person.


If you're looking for the perfect slice of country life, with a stunning view and close proximity to a few pubs and shops, Brow Farm is the place to stay. Cath and David are amazing hosts, they made us feel very welcome from the moment we arrived. We will definitely be making a trip back sometime in the future, hopefully for a little longer next time too.


Find out more about Brow Farm through their website
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6 February 2018

How my blog photography has changed*



Photography is something I strive to get better at. Over this past year my love for photography has grown immensely, I love the idea of capturing a moment perfectly and being able to keep it forever.
 When I first started this blog, I had taken the odd photo of food, myself, with friends etc. but had never really grasped how much I loved it until this past year or so.  I always say that it's something I want to get better at, but when I look back, I've actually already come along way since my little slice of the internet began.

Cameras themselves have changed a lot in the time that I've been blogging too. My first camera was a little handy point and shoot, it was easy to use and light to carry. I then moved my way through a few more point and shoots until I got my DSLR. I love learning how to use a new camera, and getting out there and testing out its functions.  Whether it's on my phone, or getting creative with my big camera, I just love taking photos! (much to my Husband's delight..) Panasonic have released their new Lumix G9, a luxury, which has a high speed burst and auto focus tracking, making capturing moments so much easier. This means that it's the perfect type of camera for capturing the atmosphere of your surroundings, and encapsulating it in a flawless image. A prime example of how cameras have evolved, and improved over the years.

Alongside cameras, blogging styles have changed too. Back when I first started blogging, I was a little lost trying to find my 'style'. Naturally I tried a bit of everything.

This is from my 4th ever post back in 2013, and I couldn't help but chuckle at how beautifully I'd set up this shot, I mean look at the focus on that!....



Another fine set of examples...



I played around with many different options (mainly just changing the background) but I was trying!

As the year's continued, more and more blog styles had emerged. Instagram had become a place where you stopped posting random pictures of crisps packets, and selfies, and become more of a place to share photography as an art form.


I'd seen perfectly set up products, on stunning white backgrounds, and again, still trying to find my fit in this community decided to give this style of photography a go. I did this for a while, but it still wasn't  'me'.  Then there were also the beautifully poised 'candid' shots, that again I tried, but found very hard to achieve the same look, or should I say, the vision I had in my head.



It was only really this last year that I found my 'style' in photography, and this is where my love of taking pictures begins. I love to capture moments, rather than things. My photography has more depth, perspective and focus. I like to play with darker colours, and try to grasp the atmosphere of the moment. Little snippets of time.

Thus my blog photography has changed immensely, and I'm rather pleased that I have found my style. In turn my love for photography has massively changed my blog content. I still love make up and fashion immensely, but I love to write about lifestyle more. I really enjoy sharing places we've been, things we've seen and what we've eaten. I like to capture the view as it looks to me, as well as the occasional 'follow along' photo.




I want to take photos that capture an emotion, and that give you the same sense of wonder that you feel when you're actually in the moment. These are the reasons I love photography, and the reason my photography has improved so much over the last year or so. I am by no means an expert, and there is still so much to learn, but I'm just happy in the knowledge that I'm getting there. One click at a time.






* This content is Sponsored. All opinions are my own.




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