Monday, 18 August 2014

weekly wishes #12 | focus

Happy Monday all!  I don’t know about you but for me the last week absolutely sped by!  We pretty much spent the weekend working on the house, I am so tired of sanding skirting boards, walls and mantelpieces!

Last week I bravely set seven goals. Somehow I don’t see that happening this week!

1.    Post to my blog every day this week – I came close with 6 posts so I’ll give myself a pat on the back J

2.    Start working on a new blog design – if thinking about it counts, then yes (lol)

3.    Finish prepping living room walls and begin wallpapering – I’m behind schedule because of those dratted skirting boards: why did I ever choose to strip them?!  Absolute nightmare!  We have to finish sanding before wallpapering, all going well that should b tomorrow!

4.    Spend one hour minimum each day reading – ok the short answer is no!  Will try harder this week..

5.    Exercise at least 3 times this week for an hour – does sanding skirting boards count?

6.    Drink at least 8 glasses of water every day – sigh….nowhere near L

7.    Eat healthy – generally yes, I managed to kick the ‘croissant every morning’ and ‘biscuits every mid morning’ habit and replace with fruit – hooray J

So this week I’ve decided to really focus in on what needs doing – so just 2 goals for this week!

1.    Finish wallpapering our living room: by hook or by crook this is getting done!  And I like the way I’m saying ‘finish’ when I haven’t even started, ha!

2.    Post to my blog every day and work on a new blog design: ok this is actually 2 goals!

I usually try to work on too many things at once and then not make much progress with anything.  So this week I hope to make a lot of progress in a) our living room, and b) my blog which suffered a bit in the last couple of months.

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What goals have you set for this week?
The Nectar Collective

Friday, 15 August 2014

Find Beauty Friday | Blog link up

I’m linking up again today for the Finding Beauty blog link up with This Darling Day, I am also mesmerised by the beautiful photos that appear in this link up!

So for this week, I’m sharing a few of my favourite photos from a recent visit to Torquay, England. We had a magical time, came back to London very refreshed and can’t wait to visit again!
Torquay marina/ harbour

Have a great weekend everyone!

This Darling Day

Travel Tales | Torquay

I'll remember to smile next time!

Last weekend my husband and I went for a well earned weekend break to the coastal town of Torquay, also known as the English Riviera mostly because of its mild almost Mediterranean-like climate.  We had a fabulous time!  What we really needed was a good break and that's exactly what we got.  As a result I didn’t pack a lot of places to see into the weekend as is normally the case whe nyou go somewhere – we just took each day as it came and wondered about at leisure.

It took us over four hours to drive there from London, but I do enjoy road trips – they’re fun, we get to chat and view all the countryside along the way.  We even passed Stonehenge and I managed to take a quick photo from the car window as we passed.

We stayed at the Grand Hotel in Torquay and I’ve saved my review of this hotel for another blog post coming soon, as it deserves a post all of it’s own!  I am in love with The Grand Hotel – it’s old, having been built in the late 1800’s but it is beautifully decorated inside in Victorian and Art Deco style, which I love.  Agatha Christie, the famous crime writer/ author was born and lived in Torquay and the hotel even has a suite named The Agatha Christie suite, the suite she stayed in for her honeymoon after her marriage to Arthur Christie.

We arrived late afternoon on Friday and were welcomed with an afternoon cream tea with freshly baked scones and Devon cream – heavenly!

After that we took a walk along the coast, the hotel is located right along the seafront which is ideal.  There’s just something so therapeutic about looking out at the sea.


The next day, we took a walk to the marina/ harbour and there was a racing event taking place with jet ski and speedboat racers taking part.  Someone on a jet ski was doing somersaults on his jet ski – wow, amazing what some people can do!

The harbour itself is beautiful, sailing is big in Torquay as you can see!  This is something I’ve never actually done (on a proper sailing boat) so this is something I’ve added to my bucket list after our visit to Torquay!


The town is small but vibrant and there are loads of restaurants, bars and pubs to visit.  There’s lots of beaches too to choose from in and around Torquay so you’ll be spoilt for choice!
My only complaint was that the weekend was way too short – we spent two nights there but next time we’ll make it at least three!  Look out for my post soon on our review of our stay at the Grand Hotel!