The Week That Was: Captured #45

Hello you lovely lot! I’m back!

Have you all had a great couple of weeks?

The rules are simple; link up one post about your week! It can be photographed, Instagrammed, written, videoed… basically in any format you wish! This linky is about capturing memories and I treat it a bit like an online diary. Please only link up relevant posts.

Last week… 
The lovely Aby from You Baby Me Mummy hosted for me last week! Thank you so much.
I’m still technically on holiday as I type, so haven’t had a chance to catch up with your posts yet, but I hope they were truly fabulous!

Our week… 
More like “Our week and a bit”! It has been so nice having a break from the blog and social media. The break (and the completely relaxed way of life in the Lakes) has made me realise a few things; I need to stop putting so much pressure on myself to post every day. Also, with The Little Geekery Company launching in the next two weeks, and the wedding getting ever-closer, I need to chill a bit and stop getting so het up about rankings etc.

Anywaaaay, enough self-reflection! This is our adventure… according to Instagram. I’ll be posting my DSLR photos in the coming weeks.

1. Exploring Wimpole Hall in Cambridge on journey up (Wednesday) // 2. We’ve arrived in Yorkshire – cheers! (Wednesday) // 3. Trying to put a sock on her head… as you do! (Thursday) // 4. Lunch smooch at Wensleydale Creamery (Friday) // 5. Our lunch view (Friday) // 6. Our amazing apartment, with the comfiest bed ever! (Friday) // 7. G&Ts on the balcony in the Lakes (Friday) // 8. Margarita! (Friday) // 9. Very hungover country walk in Grasmere (Saturday) 
1. Beautiful Grasmere (Saturday) // 2. Sheep! (Saturday) // 3. Grasmere gingerbread (Saturday) // 4. Lamb (Saturday) // 5. Prosecco and strawberries (Saturday) // 6. Bucksfizz for breakfast (Sunday) 
1. A walk to Beatrix Potter’s house (Monday) // 2. Still walking… (Monday) // 3. Lakes selfie (Monday) // 4. Third boat of the day (Monday) // 5. The view from Wray Castle (Tuesday) // 6. Bluebells at Wray Castle (Tuesday) // 7. Getting her artistic groove on (Thursday) // 8. Typewriters! (Thursday) // 9. Busby enjoying the Wensleydale Creamery (Friday)

On Wednesday we headed up to Yorkshire, with a stop in Cambridge to visit National Trust property, Wimpole Hall. The journey up was great; barely any traffic and Busby was happy enough in the car.

On Thursday we had a day in Yorkshire, preparing for mine and Nick’s journey to the Lakes without Busby.

On Friday we said “bye” to Busby for two nights and headed to the Lakes via the Wensleydale Creamery for lunch and cheese supplies (and Morrisons for the #MorrisonsMum challenge). It was our three year anniversary, so once we reached our gorgeous apartment, we got dressed up and headed out for cocktails, and a very delicious dinner. We got very drunk.

On Saturday we woke up very hungover at about 10.30am! After a well-needed bacon sandwich, we visited Grasmere (my favourite Lakeland village) for a gingerbread hit and cup of tea. We spent the evening watching The Great Gatsby and eating swordfish snuggled up on the sofa.

Busby and Nick’s parents were due to arrive on Sunday afternoon, so Nick and I had a relaxing morning and brunch. It was lovely to see Busby again after two nights, although it was a little bit of a shock to the system getting back in the parenting groove…

We headed to Beatrix Potter’s house on Monday. It was a gorgeous walk through beautiful scenery to her house, with a stop for lunch at a very lovely pub. The house itself was amazing, and I found myself getting rather emotional in the house – such an inspirational lady.

On Tuesday we headed over to Wray Castle. The view was amazing! After exploring the bluebells (whilst the men built castles inside), we headed to another pub for lunch. Nick’s parents then headed back to Yorkshire.

The weather was fairly miserable on Wednesday, so we took advantage of the country club passes that came with the apartment and went for a swim. The hotel was gorgeous. We then headed to Keswick for a wander and to visit Booths.

Thursday was our penultimate day in the Lakes. We drove over to Grasmere again to buy some more gingerbread (it’s the best gingerbread in the world) and visit Allan Bank House. Allan Bank swiftly became my favourite National Trust property to date; I wish we had something like it near us! There was so much to do; from an art room (which Busby loved), to a fantastic playroom, to a knitting room. The café was in the converted kitchen and there was complimentary tea and coffee. I saw my first ever red squirrel, and may have spent the day pretending I was Constance Chatterley and that it was my house… A girl can dream…

We had a quick get up on Friday morning as we had to be out of the apartment at 10am, and we had overslept (the one morning Busby slept past 8am – I think children do it on purpose…)! After packing up the car we decided to go swimming one last time. We had such fun that we spent a bit longer than intended there too! A quick stop into Wensleydale Creamery for a pot of tea on the way back to Yorkshire, and we finally made it back to Nick’s parents house for dinner… the journey was a little traumatic after Busby vomited all over herself whilst we were stuck in an epic traffic jam. I was made a strong G&T when we arrived…

As I write this it is Saturday and it’s our last day in the North. Nick and I had a lie in until 10.30am (thank you Carol and David!) and we’ve been preparing ourselves for the long descent South tomorrow… I’m not quite ready to re-enter reality quite yet.

Anything else?

  • Well, our National Trust membership earned its worth this week (and a bit)! Definitely one of our best buys since becoming parents. 
  • Busby had four teeth come through whilst we were away… perhaps it was something in the Lake air? 
  • Busby slept in a “big bed” as the travel cot was disgusting. We’re going to take the bars off her cot when we get home… eek!
  • We’ve decided to go back to the Lakes for our honeymoon in October! It’s going to be much less faff than going abroad, and family can come up and join us for a few days at the end. We’ve decided we’re going to do a gourmet restaurant crawl, as from now until September I’m going to be on a serious healthy eating quest, and if we are fortunate to get pregnant again, I won’t be able to eat deliciously naughty food (raw steak, blue cheese, smoked salmon etc) for 9 months. 

I can’t wait to hear about your week!

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  1. 10th May 2014 / 7:20 pm

    I’ve loved following you on instagram this week. So many beautiful pictures. I was actually saying to my husband today that I need to cap how many posts I can do each week – I have a couple of new projects that need my attention. I’m thinking about using instagram and Facebook more, for mini posts and then maybe just one or two a week on my blog. I’ll see how it goes.

  2. 11th May 2014 / 8:12 am

    Welcome back huni! I loved looking after #TWTWC for you. I am so glad you had such a lovely time. The pictures are fab. I have never been to the Lakes but I think we will investigate going there now, it looks so pretty. Well done Busby for sleeping in a big bed xxx

  3. 11th May 2014 / 11:07 am

    Lovely pictures from what sounds like a great time! I love going to the Wendsleydale creamery! We only live about 90 minutes away so I love it when we have an excuse to go up there. It truly is a beautiful part of the country! x

  4. 11th May 2014 / 4:44 pm

    Looks like you’ve had a great week (and a bit!). Loving the new header/look x

  5. 12th May 2014 / 10:47 am

    Your holiday looks lovely. Time out for you and Nick which is great (lots of fizz and gin too hurrah!)…but it’s always lovely to get the small one back isn’t it? Well done on Busby for sleeping in a big bed…another hurdle passed. I love the Lakes…great idea for a honeymoon. Vicky x

  6. 12th May 2014 / 5:56 pm

    We’re going to the Lakes for a couple of days in the summer holidays. Sounds like Grasmere is the place to stay! Your photos look stunning Hannah. So glad you enjoyed the break 🙂

  7. 12th May 2014 / 9:18 pm

    Your baby-free break sounds wonderful. How lovely for you to have that quality time together xx

  8. 14th May 2014 / 12:27 pm

    Looks like you had a wonderful time together, and much needed break without children does a world of good, no matter how much you may miss them. Think we will do a UK honeymoon for practicalities too! xx

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