Monday, 29 June 2015

Bath Time Retreats...

Well, I'm not sure what words I can use to describe this amazing period property! Everything about our weekend here was wonderful.
We booked Daniel and Anna's apartment through AirBnB. I just loved the look of the apartment, and the quirky, eclectic way in which it had been renovated.
It didn't disappoint...Daniel was the perfect host, warm and welcoming, eager that we should have everything we needed, to make this a wonderful stay. As he showed us around the apartment, it was clear how much love he, and his wife Anna, had put into this place.
A selection of homemade jams, homemade bread and cereals were left in the truly brilliant kitchen area, which had all mod cons...but very sensitively done! The shower room was cleverly installed into part of the bedroom. The bed itself, has to be one of the best I've ever slept in...wish I had asked about the mattress now!
I just loved all the little details throughout the flat, from the bath sign in the bedroom, the vintage cameras, the amazing lighting...and the balcony. Well, once I'd got over my fear of heights, which took all of five seconds, I loved sitting out there. The view over neighbouring gardens, and the hills was so relaxing.
The apartment is situated on one of the main roads into Bath, for most it would be a ten to fifteen minute stroll, much longer for myself, but there's an array of vintage, quirky shops enroute...all a little run down, which made them more appealing!
I would definitely reccommend this apartment, you wouldn't be disappointed. It really was a Bath Time Retreat!
(I wasn't sponsored for this post...all my thoughts and feelings are my very own, as was the money I paid, and worth every penny I may add, to stay there!).
THANK YOU so much for you're lovely comments about my garden studio...already it's made a big difference to the way we use our garden and home...more pictures soon, of the changes I've made.
Have a great week everyone!
Amanda :) xxx





Thursday, 25 June 2015

The Tale Of Two Studios...One His, And One Hers!

It was one very difficult decision. One day I would follow my heart. One day I'd follow my head.
When we moved into our home, 13 years ago, I always envisaged a long building at the bottom of the garden, a place to relax. Back then, in my head, it was a summerhouse type building, with a deck and veranda...bit like The Waltons. Loved that program.
When I finished work a few years ago, I shelved those plans. It was never going to happen now. I started to save for a downstairs toilet, you know, for the time when my legs won't let me go upstairs.
This year however, I realised I was quite a few years away from being able to get my downstairs toilet, (which by now was a downstairs wet room). But I wasn't that far off a garden studio. Hmmm. Dilemma.
So what's a girl to do? Go with your head, keep saving...get that downstairs shower room? Or go with her heart, live for today. Forget planning. Think about now, think about the enjoyment, think about being happy...right now.
I am always sensible, I am always careful with money, I budget...that's why we were able to pay off our mortgage a whole ten years early. But I didn't want to be sensible. A garden room felt right. It felt like that's what we should do. So we did!
So lots of research was done. We looked at what we wanted, what we could stretch too. We found a fantastic local company, Crusoe Garden Rooms. We met Trevor and worked out our design..two studios, one for myself, to sew, read, entertain. A smaller studio for my husband, who's a musician. Separate entrances too...I know the music studio won't look very pretty!
The build went smoothly, Trevor and his team, were brilliant throughout. It was exciting to see the changes each day, to watch our dreams come true. It's very well insulated, so we shall be able to use the rooms all year round too.
I'm sat here in my garden studio as I'm writing this. It feels calm, it's light...I can hear the birds, people cutting their grass. I can look out onto my garden, the bees are busy on the chive flowers, and I can almost see the courgettes growing out of their bed.
It feels like the best place in the whole world. I'm so glad I followed my heart. I don't know what the future holds. I don't know what my mobility will be like in the future...I do know however, that at the end of my garden, down that steep hill, there's the most amazing place to be. And do you know something, I think that will keep me going, for some time to come!
One very happy,
Amanda :))))))))



Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Bath Time Adventures...

Luxurious Surroundings.
Relaxing Atmoshphere.
Surprise Champagne.
Delicious Food.
Vibrant City.
Amazing Architecture.
Time Alone.
Warm Welcome.
Historical Baths.
I can't begin to tell you how much we enjoyed our weekend away, Bath was an amazing place to visit, I spent the whole time drooling at the architecture. It was so busy, a bit too busy for us, but I wouldn't have missed it for the world. We stayed in the most luxurious apartment, I will review it next week, our host was very welcoming.
And so it's back home, to new adventures...I'm almost ready to reveal what we've been getting up to over the last few weeks, not quite there yet though!
Back at the end of the week...
Amanda :) xxx