Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Winter Walk with Jones Bootmaker - Beechwood Park

I decided to make the most of my day off and head out for some fresh (but chilly) air. I went to my local park which is only a 5 minutes walk from my house. Beechwood Park has a tennis court, bowls lawn and some rather lovely views of the Transporter bridge and the Bristol Channel. 
Beechwood House (pictured above), a Grade II listed building, was built in 1877-78 as the private residence of George Fothergill, a tobacco manufacturer and former Mayor of Newport and the 30 acre park originally formed the private grounds. In 1900, Newport Borough Council bought Beechwood House and the grounds were opened up as a public park. During the World War I, the house was used as a convalescent home. Beechwood House was occupied by American forces during World War II and then had a number of uses including a hospital for the treatment of tuberculosis, an open air school and a model railway club. Pretty interesting, ey?

Hat: River Island - Dress: Matalan - Coat: F&F - Scarf: New Look - Boots: Jones

It was soooo cold when I headed out for a walk. My look was more cosy than high fashion as I donned my duffle coat, beanie hat and scarf. I was looking for a pair of leather ankle boots as my winter boots of choice this year but opted for this pair of suede look ones instead. These ones from Jones Bootmaker have have a pre worn look which meant I didn't mind getting a bit of mud on them in the park and the felt like a trusty old pair of boots the moment I slipped them on. they are comfortable and warm which make them perfect for a walk.

Have you been out for a winter walks recently?

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Sunday, 3 January 2016

Farewell 2015... Hello Future

The 2012 single girl, party all the time version of me would never have guessed that 2015 was the year that I would start viewing houses and taking the big steps to owning my own home. I would also never have guessed that I would now be engaged and not living at home with my mum and dog. It still baffles me that someone wants to live with me and I'm their 'forever' person. Very odd.

2015 has been pretty mixed, I made the huge step to leave the world of the library and information sector which I had worked in since university and have moved to the transport sector. Some days I miss my old team and long for the familiar and reassuring tasks my old job involved. My new team have been welcoming and fun and the railway industry throws new challenges at you every day with signal failures and extreme weather halting services. No day is the same and I'm glad that I challenged myself and moved to an entirely new sector but it can be really tough.

I've been on some wonderful trips to Austria, Aberporth and York, close friends have had beautiful babies and I can't wait to see what fun 2016 brings. I have to admit it is pretty exciting and daunting to know that being a wife and homeowner is on the cards. I'm suddenly feeling very grown up and a little sorry for Martyn, does he know what he's signed himself up for?

I think I've got a year of pinning home interior inspiration and wedding planning ahead of me. Happy New Year everyone! 

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