New Year, New Goals…

It’s 2017… whaaaat?! Another year has gone by so quickly and dare i say it but we are already at the end of the first week in January! I really hope you’ve all had a fantastic start to the new year!

It’s been a while since I last wrote a blog post so this feels strange to say the least! So I thought I would start off the year with a post about my new years goals. Yes thats right goals… I refuse to call them ‘resolutions’ because if i’m being honest i’m less likely to stick by them if I label them as ‘resolutions’.

EVERY year around December I start thinking about ‘resolutions’ I want to set for the coming year, and EVERY year by the time January the 3rd comes I have forgotten what these ‘resolutions’ that I set myself were.

This year though I have actually taken the time to think about what goals I want to set myself and why. I have even written them down so I can remind myself. If I can stick to them and improve myself I suppose it will motivate me to look forward and improve on the things I have achieved. HOWEVER if I fail to follow through with them then that gives me the right to feel shitty  about myself and it might remind me why I haven’t bothered to set firm goals in the past …

For now I’ll share a few goals I have chosen to set for myself this year…

Be POSITIVE- because at times (not all the time, but most of the time) I can be SO negative

Be more ADVENTUROUS- I want to say ‘yes’ more because sometimes I miss opportunities to do things or go places because i’m just not that adventurous

Get HEALTHY- I wouldn’t say i’m unhealthy but I could certainly be healthier and i’m not just talking about watching what I EAT I also want to start working out more

COOKING- I LOVE cooking (when I can be bothered) but this year I want to do more of it and experiment with different ingredients and recipes

READING- I used to be a real book worm, but with general life things taking over I don’t think I have picked up and finished reading a book in YEARS, so i’ve decided that needs to change this year… I WILL complete a book!

Just a few I wanted to share …

Let me know, do you have any goals or resolutions for this year? What are they? How do you intend to keep them? Do you generally stick to them? I’d be interested to know.

The five minute edit x

 

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Pretty Little English Things

So last weekend (Sunday 6th of August to be precise) I was fast asleep dreaming about, (food probably lets be honest) when I heard my husband abruptly turn over and say, ‘Babe shall we  go to visit Chatsworth house today?’

At this point my eyes opened and I looked at him in shock.

‘You, want to, go to Chatsworth?’ I was in absolute amazement. ‘Erm ok then, lets go come on get up!’ I screeched! (My husband by his own admission is quite hard to convince to go on days out).

On to the post…

I shot out of bed, picked a simple outfit to wear, because I knew a lot of walking would be involved, ironed it and ran to the shower before he could change his mind.

Before he knew it I was dressed and ready, waiting at the front door with a picnic blanket, a small satchel type bag, and obviously my camera dangling around my neck ready to start snapping away.

‘Ready?’ he asked.

‘Yeeeeeaaaah of course I am.’

Now I’ve been to Chatsworth before, it’s in the Peak District in England, for any of you wondering what on earth I’m babbling on about.

Hubby hasn’t been before despite me going on and on about how beautiful it is.

How many of you have visited Chatsworth house before? So picture perfect isn’t it?

Once we arrived there, we were directed to a parking space, because it was quite busy. One thing I would suggest is to try and get there quite early. Obviously not 8am because I don’t even think they’re open at that time, but around 11am is a nice time to find parking and make your way to the area you want to visit.

On this particular day there was a Jaguar car show-taking place. This was rather exciting because I particularly loved the old classics on show.

Jaguar classic car

Jaguar classic car

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House

We opted to visit the beautiful garden, as it stands there is a charge to access this area of Chatsworth, but believe me when I say its totally worth it for a day in serene surroundings and beautiful views. You can get some pretty decent snaps there too.

Who doesn’t want some amazing pictures eh? I certainly wanted some! Credit goes to my amazing husband who followed me around snapping shots every 2 minutes of anything I thought would make a nice backdrop, which lets face it was everything. I did some snapping of pictures too but he did quite the load this time.

First we walked down a beautiful path which led us straight in to the gardens on our right there was the most amazing view of Chatsworth House, and to the left there was a carefully sculptured water feature, which was called the ‘Cascade’.

Chatsworth house

Chatsworth house

Views, views....views

Views, views….views

After trying all sorts of positions on the floor and on my tiptoes to get the perfect picture without invading other peoples privacy, I gave up. Had a small tantrum about how I wanted the best pictures but people were getting in the way and walked off.

But my husband being the most patient soul he is took some for me. He of course also tried different positions, but didn’t throw a strop like I did. In fact he got some amazing shots of the cascade.

'Cascade'

The ‘Cascade’

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Next we passed the ‘Rock garden’ that was essentially a rockery which appeared to have a small waterfall flowing down it.

'The Rockery' Image no 1

‘The Rockery’ Image no 1

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‘The Rockery’ Image no 2

Can you see the waterfall stream?

Can you see the waterfall stream?

Let me just stop you right there, just to set the scene, the deeper in to the garden I got the more surreal it felt. It was like I had been transported in to a fairy tale setting  in an ‘English Country Garden’ with a lavish mansion built for a king and queen in the Victorian era. I felt like I was in Pride and Prejudice.

Chatsworth house and a smidgen of the garden

Chatsworth house and a smidgen of the garden

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From above 'The Rockery'

Breathtaking views from above ‘The Rockery’

We were most excited about venturing in to the ‘Maze’, yes you read it right, they have a maze, and I ran round it like a over excited big kid trying to beat my husband to the centre.

I won. Obviously!

'The maze'

‘The maze’

Entry and exit in the maze area

Exiting the maze area

Finally we found the ‘Coal tunnel’. I wasn’t too sure about going in there, but my husband was beaming with excitement at the thought of getting me in there and scaring the life out of me.

Signs for the 'Coal Tunnel'

Signs for the ‘Coal Tunnel’

After much convincing, and seeing even small children eager to go in I decided to just go with the flow. The closer I got the entrance the more I asked myself, ‘Kiran are you absolutely sure you want to do this?’

Entry in to the 'Coal tunnel'

Entry in to the ‘Coal tunnel’

My husband had already gone in so I closed one eye took a step forward and ran, shouting his name. He came back to walk with me, and then started saying things like… ‘Can you see that spiders web?’ ‘Oh look there’s a bat?’

Inside the 'Coal Tunnel'

Inside the ‘Coal Tunnel’

Don’t worry guys there was no spider and certainly no bats for goodness sake, he just got sheer enjoyment out of making me squeal.

There were so many more areas of the garden I wanted to visit, but as we arrived quite late in the day we didn’t have that much time. Like I said earlier the earlier you go the more you can explore.

I would certainly recommend going to Chatsworth house. It’s suitable for anyone in my opinion and I can’t see how you would not enjoy it?!

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On our next visit we’ve agreed to do the house tour also. Obviously I’ll write about that too.

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For now farewell x

Love

The Five Minute edit x