It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! 

Last weekend it was finally time … Finally time to blast the Christmas songs, eat some pigs in blankets and put the tree up. I was so excited!

After looking for a few weeks we bought a brand new 7ft tree, gold LED lights and gold and red decorations. Due to this taking place in October/ November I had too put them in to storage and wait for the first weekend in December before they were allowed to make an appearance.

We started by following the instructions and clipping each section of the tree together (which took longer than expected), this was followed by placing all 1000 led lights around each layer of the tree. It was then time for the main event – putting the decorations on. Due to my hate for anything being uneven we had to make sure all decorations were in pairs and symmetrical.

After about three hours this was finally achieved!

  

Bonfire night// Fireworks 

 
Better late than never!

Every year hundreds of locals from both sides of the Runcorn bridge gather to watch the fireworks and this year was no different. 

Being from Runcorn we don’t really have high expectations for things, but the fireworks are one thing we do get right, and this year was no exception. The fireworks were even better than last years and were definitely worth the wait in the cold.

Same time next year? 

Things I have learnt from Boating on the broads 

So, a group of us decided to rent a boat for a week and go around the Norfork Broads and we have ended up with this! I know right, cool! 

  

After driving around for the past two days we have already learnt a few important tips. 

  • When mooring (parking for an evening) make sure you do it between 4-5pm otherwise you won’t find a spot.
  • If you have a boat higher than seven meters make sure you read the hand book for tide times as you may not fit under certain bridges. 
  • Listen the the guy teaching you how to tie all the different types of knots, you will need to know them!
  • Even if the weather is good take jackets as you will be cold when on top of the boat. 
  • Open a window in each bedroom at night otherwise condensation will collect on the ceiling and fall on your face while you are sleeping! Trust me this happens. 
  • Follow the speed limits as there is a £1,000 fine (luckily we haven’t been fined, just something useful to know).
  • If your boyfriend is tall like mine make sure you have first dibs on bedrooms as beds aren’t that big. 
  • Stop and connect your water cable daily as you don’t want to run out of water.
  • Make sure someone has a general idea on how to read a map!

Most importantly, make sure you have enough alcohol! 

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The excitement of getting new nails 

It’s that time of the month again where my nails are due to be “made all pretty”. After booking my appointment last week I started my search for new nail designs. 

I always have a browse on Instagram to get inspiration, as there are thousands of pictures with different ideas. I found a few different designs I liked, but after a few vists back and to on Instagram I decided on the nails below.

You may ask why? look at them, they are perfect!  

 

I feel like a girl again

One of my monthly highlights is getting my nails done. I have bitten my nails for longer than I can remember and have tried to stop numerous times but I can’t. After trying every method possible I have given up and just accepted that I will have to pay a monthly fee and get them perfected.

A typical visit to a salon would usually consist of me spending days browsing Instagram to get ideas of what I want my nails to look like, but this month I left my appointment that late I had to pick on the day.

Luckily it was a success!

Beautiful views of Llandegla 

What did I learn this weekend? Not to go to Wales on a Saturday especially if it’s sunny or in the midst of the summer holidays.

 After looking for another dog friendly location Llandegla seemed like the perfect place, walking trails, lovely views and a lake for the dog to swim in. Shortly after setting off we were quickly stopped by traffic heading into North Wales, which wasn’t the best start. After a quick change on the Sat Nav, we rerouted and took the long way round through the Cheshire countryside which ended up taking us over 2 hours, not the best way to complete a journey that should have taken us about an hour.

 On arrival we took a look at all the routes available around Llandegla which were a mixture of walking and biking routes. Due to having no idea which way was best we attempted to follow the route that looked like it went straight to the lake, which somehow we actually managed to do without getting lost. After wandering around and taking lots of photos we eventually removed the dog from the lake and set off home to roads with no traffic.