Sunday, 9 November 2014

Well Hello There!!

Hello my lovelies, are you still there? I've had a little unscheduled break from blogging for one reason or another but have made the time this afternoon to do a little catch up for you. This may be a long one, are you sitting comfortably?

Back at the end of September was my 42nd birthday - there was pressies, we went out for lunch and had family round for a takeaway dinner.

It was pretty low key because the day after Mr G and I were off in our holidays. We had taken ages to decide what to do this year. Our boys at 16yrs and 14yrs are now reluctant to do anything modest and so we're not keen on the proposed holiday to Ireland (to visit my BFF) or France and so when Grandma offered to come and keep an eye on them (in reality all Grandma and Granddad needed was to be cooked for them and ensure no wild parties took place!!) we took them up on the offer.

We were going to go to France to do the flea markets but had a blip with my anxiety a couple of weeks before we were due to go and as such wanted to stay in huge UK.

A good friend let us use her seaside house in Salcombe and it was to be the first time since we had the kids that we had such a long time on our own together - I did travel to Singapore with John one year, but he was working there so we didn't get much "us" time).

The house was a beautiful cottage in the heart of Salcombe:

Nearby was the church and I loved to hear it chime the hour and on Sunday morning we lay in bed listening to the bells ringing:

Salcombe itself is beautiful, arguably one of the most picturesque places we've been in the UK:

By day we explored the area - we had a mooch over Dartmoor:

After much persuading Mr G started growing me a beard!!

We explored the pretty towns:

We went to a vintage fair in Plymouth:

And the National Marine Aquarium:

We had a traditional british "car picnic" at Bigbury-On-Sea and then walked over to Burgh Island (home of a gorgeous Art Deco hotel , a favourite of Agatha Christie):

We drove along a coast road, including a road that was tidal!!:

By night we ate out and had cocktails:

But mostly we stayed in and snuggled in front of the TV with plenty of goodies to eat and just relished having no responsibilities, no one to look after and nowhere to be:

It was bliss, it really was and we returned home with batteries recharged and feeling very loved up!!


S x



  1. sounds wonderful! beautiful photos and I am glad you shared them.

  2. Hello, we are still here sweetie. I spotted some pics on Instagram of your holiday but it is so lovely seeing more of them and also hearing all about your holiday (one of those things you miss on IG, as much as I love it for it's convenience and speed, it's not the same as blogging)
    I hope you are keeping well, good to see you back x x x x

  3. Fabulous photos Sarah and lovely to have you back, I know I've not kept up with my blog and must do. The cottage looks lovely, rather cosy and romantic, I fully understand your panics/anxiety, my BIL has his own villa in a beautiful part of Spain, Mr B has been several times. He's always trying to get me to visit, all it would cost is the flights but getting me up there, you've more likely hood of winning the lottery;)
    We're in Derbyshire and almost 4 yrs ago bought a static van and based it on a beautiful quite site just outside Mablethorpe in Lincolnshire. We love it there it's quite no clubs or amusements and the grounds are immaculate, no subletting so everyone knows everyone. It takes just 2.1/2hrs door to door we've made it a home from home. We'll be down there this weekend to close it down for the winter.
    My 3 'kids' are grown with grown kids of their own so we get to be away on our own unless they visit.
    Have a great day and thank you for sharing.

    Peg x

  4. I am so happy to hear from you again! I only recently discovering your blog and love all things shabby chic! <3 I hope you've managed to recharge your batteries and will be posting a bit more soon~!

  5. Oooooh not been to Cuckoos house in YEARS!!!!!!!!! How wonderful!!!,You lucky thing. Your hair looks lush in the cocktail pic. You look really well.

  6. Such a gorgeous spot &charming cottage!

  7. Hiya, I have to say im totally loving your blog. if you ever have spare time. ive recently started a blog on crafts, arts ect. id love any feedback youd have :)


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