The Little Angel

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This weekend has suddenly brought in the winter weather and I feel we are definitely moving at steady speed to that exciting ‘C’ word (Christmas). Keep a look out on my blog over the next couple of weeks as I show you how to make a variety of homemade Christmas decorations!

But first, with the blustery gales, first frosts and crisp wintery cool air I felt a pub lunch calling my name. This afternoon we headed over to The Little Angel in Henley-on-Thames for one of their infamous Sunday lunches and a favourite among the Marshall clan. Please note this is not a hidden secret and if you are planning on going to The Little Angel on a Sunday then booking a table is essential.

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There are so many delicious options to choose from on the menu, today we went for the Sunday Roast Beef and The Little Angel Oxfordshire Burger, for desert we shared the Cheese Board. Our table was in the Conservatory part of the pub which had a great atmosphere and buzz. It’s also light and airy yet cosy and comfortable.

 

My burger was better than I could have ever imagined and the roast beef was tender and flavoursome, accompanying it was the superfood Kale (something else on my to grow list for 2016).

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The Isle of Wight – a long weekend getaway

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Last weekend was my very good friend Sanita’s 30th Birthday and she came up with the most perfect way to celebrate, a weekend getaway to the Isle of Wight with her nearest and dearest. It was an absolute honour to be invited and I could not wait to create more unforgettable memories with her and her friends.

We hopped on the Red Funnel Ferry from Southampton to East Cowes. The crossing only takes an hour and was a very pleasant trip. We of course went onto the decks for some compulsory selfies. Landing at East Cowes we then headed straight to our accommodation, The Mission, it took us approximately 30 minutes and was a lovely drive through picturesque countryside. There is definitely a lot less traffic on the Isle of Wight compared to Berkshire!

Where we stayed – http://www.vintagevacations.co.uk/other-fab-places/the-mission/

Our accommodation was found and booked on the Vintage Vacations website (please see link above). It is run and owned by Helen & Frazer Cunningham who left us the most informative welcome pack which was not only useful but interesting too. They have a variety of different properties and also a fleet of caravans, all sleep various numbers to cater for a range of group sizes. I would highly recommend you check out the website. The Mission made a great base for our stay offering everything we could need. I fell in love with the sunken bath and decided that should be a must have in any home. We also had a log burner which kept us so toasty throughout the weekend and added to the cosy vintage atmosphere.

 

Just around the corner from The Mission is the most delightful pub, The Wight Mouse Inn which we visited frequently during our stay both for lunch and dinner. Portion sizes are generous to say the least, yet the quality of the food is superb. On a Saturday night the pub has a real buzz and it is recommended you book a table if in a group. We strongly recommend the steak and ale pie and the chocolate brownie!

Find out more about The Wight Mouse Inn here – http://www.wightmouse.co.uk/

 

After lunch at The Wight Mouse Inn on Friday we set off on a walk to get our bearings and explore our new and exciting surroundings. The weather was windy but the sun was out in full force. We found a Dinosaur, a very unusual antiques shop with resident Shetland ponies next door and the most beautiful views from the coastal cliffs just a short stroll down the road.

 

The weather wasn’t ideal on Saturday, blustery and rain for most of the day. We didn’t let this defeat us and set off exploring the island, making our way down to Steephill Cove for a hot chocolate on the beachfront!

 

We had the most fabulous weekend and I hope you have enjoyed the read and that it may just inspire you to take a trip over to the Isle of Wight. If you have already been, or even visited any of the places mentioned above I would love to hear from you (use the comment box below).

And last but not least…wishing one of my best friends a very very Happy Birthday xxx

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Welcoming Autumn

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After the clocks going back just over a week ago, I now feel that we are well and truly within the cosy clutches of autumn. For those of you that know me will fully understand the sun worshipper I am (30°C, beach, sunglasses and long evenings are my heaven). However this year I am fully embracing the autumn/winter season. Maybe it is because it is still quite mild in the south east and we have not had much rain.

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The past week I have spent enjoying dog walks through the woods and fields. Murray especially enjoying pattering around in deep leaves, every so often snorting and running away from an invisible leaf beast! Of course getting him to pose every so often is just compulsory. Along the way I have been snapping away the changes in nature and have fallen in love with all the autumn colours.

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This week I have also tacked every girls nightmare, I have had a much needed clear out of the wardrobe, getting rid of old, dull clothes and replacing them to create a sea of autumn tones. That rich aubergine purple and dark land rover green are my top two tones for this autumn/winter season. I would recommend for everyone to have a sort out as it puts you in such a good mind set. It also highlights staple things which you are missing in your wardrobe for that season. I like any other girl am a bit of a shopaholic, and therefore frequently buy things because I like them and not because I necessarily need them, which ends up in a regular search for i.e a black long sleeved slightly baggy jumper that should be in my wardrobe but I have NEVER bought! You’ll be pleased to know that has now been rectified.

So my top tips for this week are… get yourselves out enjoying the autumnal scenery and prepare your wardrobes for this season.

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