Sunday, 25 September 2016

My Summer Trilogy: Gluten Free Cream Teas & Relaxing

Cast your mind back to the beautiful month of July where there were blue skies everyday and the sun was shining.  Well, unfortunately not every day was like that.  But that didn't stop me from taking these photos and enjoying my little trip away.  It was my two year anniversary with Ciaran since we started going out (aww.) We decided to have a little trip away to celebrate as we had both worked really hard over the summer holidays and we rarely got days off together.  We wanted to stay somewhere for the night and decided to stay fairly close to home.  I had heard really good things about a hotel in Totnes called The Royal Seven Stars Hotel (it included dinner AND breakfast so, we had to go!) Also, as we both work for the National Trust it automatically means we have membership too so we decided to make the most of that and visited Saltram House, a magnificent Georgian mansion in Plympton, on our way to Totnes. As you can see, we enjoyed walking around the gardens, admiring the house, and demolishing a DELISH cream tea (mine was actually Gluten-Free!).  As we had spent our entire summer serving customers cream teas where we work, it was a treat to enjoy it for ourselves! 

Did you know that cream teas have divided Devon and Cornwall for a long time.  Pictured is the Devonian way (the right way.. shh!) to which you put the cream on first and then the jam.  Many people prefer it the other way around which is seen as the Cornish way!

After we finished our cream teas we then drove to Totnes.  We got to the hotel and it had a unique and ornate feel to it.  Each room was decorated differently or had a different theme.  We were shown to our room which had a Queen sized bed, air-con, TV, bath, shower and so on.  The room was so tranquil and relaxing.  (I did decide to try out the bath, which was equally as relaxing!) The food was also delicious.  We enjoyed three course meals in the evening and then a full English breakfast in the morning.  We also decided to buy a bottle of Cava and some plastic glasses (classy!) as a little treat for when we arrived.  I truly enjoyed myself so much and we were very well looked after.  It was the perfect little get-away!

And yes, we paid a little extra money just to have bath robes. It's the small things in life!

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

My Summer Trilogy: 20th Birthday!

So, I am back! It has been over a month since I last wrote a blog post, which I am a little ashamed about! However I have been incredibly busy this last month, which will be explored in a later post. (Hint: I am now temporarily living in another country!) 

Anyway, as the beautiful season of Autumn is approaching, I thought I would do a summer reflection blog post.  However I had so many things I wanted to include, I thought I would do three blog posts entirely dedicated to my summer.  This first one is going to be about my 20th birthday which was on 22nd July.

I was very lucky this year and received some very thoughtful gifts.  Thank you to everyone who sent me a card, gave me a present, or simply wished me a Happy Birthday!

I love having my birthday in the summer as it leaves a good gap between my birthday and Christmas.  Also, if the weather is good, it makes for a lovely celebration.  Luckily this year the weather held out for me so I decided I wanted to go to a beautiful town on the south coast of Devon called Salcombe.  I have been here a few times before and I love it.  The cute little shops, the bunting, and most of all the stunning views make for a delightful day out. 

I went there with my Mum, Dad and my boyfriend Ciaran and we took a picnic.  I did a bit of shopping as I had received some birthday money and we bought some ice-creams which were YUM. 

My birthday celebrations did continue into the evening.  I decided to go out to a nightclub called Oceana (which is amazing) with my friends.  We got all dressed up and I had SUCH a great time! 

I hope you enjoyed this post (I certainly enjoyed myself in the pictures!)  The next part of the trilogy will be coming very soon!

Molly x