27 May 2014

A relaxing weekend in Bath

Life right now is Hectic (yep, with a capital H) so when the lovely people at Francis Hotel, Bath suggested we come down for a weekend break I jumped at the chance. 

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'The Francis Hotel has been restored to its former glory following a recent, complete refurbishment. In the heart of the historic city of Bath, this historic Regency style townhouse hotel, a member of the MGallery Collection boasts 98 individually-designedbedrooms, many with four poster beds and views over the city. Our stylish bar and lounge offer a haven of tranquility after a day exploring the many attractions of this World Heritage city. Enjoy Dining in Brasserie Blanc that adjoins the hotel.''


We set off on the beautiful drive early afternoon and arrived in perfect timing to explore the city before dinner. We parked the car in the on site car park and before we turned the engine off a wonderfully polite gentleman was there to carry our bags inside. We checked in and then made our way up to our room....

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Where we were greeted by a huge, comfy bed and flawless decor, which definitely lives up to their boutique claim. 

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A wonderful waterfall shower and some luxurious toiletries


We quickly hung our clothes up in the wardrobe and packed a new bag with our swimming gear ready for a trip to Thermae bath spa, which sadly was packed full of noisey tourists and far too many PDA's so we cut our time short and headed for dinner. Luckily for us there was a wealth of restuarants a stones throw from the hotel, we settled for wagamamas and then dashed back as the heavens opened.


francis hotel bathfrancis hotel bathWe got back soaked, luckily the shower was a gift from the gods and left me feeling perfectly relaxed ready for pyjamas and a movie in bed. The bed, there are not enough words to described how blissful it was to sleep in, perfect mattress, big squishy feather pillow and a wonderful feather duvet. I slept like a baby....

The next morning we woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed and skipped walked down to breakfast with grins on our faces...
francis hotel bathWhich got even bigger when we discovered the buffet....
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francis hotel bathI wish I photographed everything, we got ourselves a little selection and then a waitress came to the table and asked if we'd like anything from the menu, I hadn't yet had time to comprehend more food but rushedly shouted PANCAKES, whislt Dan opted for a fry up... 
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We then sadly checked out and did a little bit of retail therapy before heading home.
A massive thankyou to all the wonderfully polite, attentive staff who couldn't have done enough to make sure we enjoyed our stay (nb : they didn't know I was blogging about it!).

Francis Hotel  is part of the MGallery collection by Accor hotels, room prices start at £119 per night.

xo




This post has been written in collaboration with Francis hotel, all views are my own.

18 May 2014

a wilvery wander

Last weekend we decided to make the most of the sunshine so headed out to Wilvery in the new forest for a nice long walk....


We tried to recreate the picture of us in this post (which my mum now has hanging over the fire place) although forgot we didn't have pup last time, not that it matter as she's part of the family and it helps the picture resemble our hectic little life a little bit more. 

What've you been up to lately?
xo






14 May 2014

Christchurch food festival 2014


The highlight of Christchurch food festival  for me is the street market, over 100 stalls lining the high street with tasty treats ranging from venison burgers to peanut butter fudge. It was busy as ever this year, the sun was shining (mostly), drinks were flowing and there was definitely more than enough food to go around...

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Dan's Pork and apple hot dog
christchurch food festival
christchurch food festival
Chicken and Chorizo Paella 
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and a veggie hot dog for me from Original Meat Free Gourmet


It goes without saying that there was room for pudding...
christchurch food festival
more flavours of fudge than you can imagine
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delicious goodies from the lovely folk at urban reef  (the carrot cake was insanely yummy)
christchurch food festival
and La Patisserie macarons.


Do you have a food festival local to you?
Have you been to Christchurch food festival before?

xo

2 May 2014

I'm just here for the savasana

I've practised mindfullness for a few years now and most some mornings I start the day with sun salutations ( deep down I hope that by doing them the sun will shine all day long). I've had a go at yoga before a local gym, but it just seemed to be a lot of women balancing on mats in bright light, competiting to be the most flexible, I am not flexible so thus was not good at this 'yoga' and very quickly decided it wasn't for me. A few months ago however Rosie found an amazing deal on live elite which led me to my first spiritual yoga class....



I remember us walking in to the dimly lit village hall on a wet windy evening in February, at the front of the room incense was burning and music was playing quietly. The yoga instructor greeted us and asked us a little bit about our yoga past and present. We were then left to find our spaces in the hall and after a while the class begun, the instructor explained that we would be focusing on that week. We were asked to hold a mantra in our minds that session, om shanti. 

The first few classes were hard, more so mentally than physically. The instructor is keen to remind us that yoga is more about your spiritual and mental states than the physical state, but all three interlink and without one being present in the moment, the others will fall. If, as a begginer, you focus too much on being in the right pose, having the deepest stretch in the class you wont be reaping the mental benefits of the practise. 

I've learnt quite quickly that I am not yoga fit, I may be able to push up, pull up and plank till my hearts content at the gym making squeaking noises and wobbling before I un-gracefully flop to the floor in a heap of sweat and tears, but I cannot peacefully hold a plank in yoga yet. But that's okay and I've learnt to accept that quite quickly and I know that through continuous practise I will develop, it may take years to progress to anything but a begginer, but that also is okay, afterall yoga is 99% practise and 1% theory. 

I've learnt to not be self concious, a true yogi won't be looking at you judging you, they'll be focusing on their body, mind and soul. So if everything get's to much and you need to revert to child's pose on the floor that's okay. Time out to re-connect with your body and your surroundings can only be good for you.

The asanas seem to fly by, and before I know it we reach the meditation and relaxation at the end of each class. I look forward to this more than anything, I get time to just be and the feeling of being in a complete state of relaxation is becoming almost euphoric for me. No worries about the world, not a thought about that meeting I've got tomorrow morning, or swapping banks, moving house, putting the washing on, just being. Being present in the moment.


"Better indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice. Better than knowledge is meditation. But better still is surrender of attachment to results, because there follows immediate peace.“ - Bhagavad Gita.


If you've ever thought about going to a yoga class do it, each class varies hugely and it might take a while to find the right one but once you do you'll find yourself developing in more ways than you could ever imagine.

I post a lot about fitness on instagram you can find me @ _happyhealthyhannah 

xo

27 May 2014

A relaxing weekend in Bath

Life right now is Hectic (yep, with a capital H) so when the lovely people at Francis Hotel, Bath suggested we come down for a weekend break I jumped at the chance. 

'
'The Francis Hotel has been restored to its former glory following a recent, complete refurbishment. In the heart of the historic city of Bath, this historic Regency style townhouse hotel, a member of the MGallery Collection boasts 98 individually-designedbedrooms, many with four poster beds and views over the city. Our stylish bar and lounge offer a haven of tranquility after a day exploring the many attractions of this World Heritage city. Enjoy Dining in Brasserie Blanc that adjoins the hotel.''


We set off on the beautiful drive early afternoon and arrived in perfect timing to explore the city before dinner. We parked the car in the on site car park and before we turned the engine off a wonderfully polite gentleman was there to carry our bags inside. We checked in and then made our way up to our room....

francis hotel bathfrancis hotel bathfrancis hotel bath

Where we were greeted by a huge, comfy bed and flawless decor, which definitely lives up to their boutique claim. 

francis hotel bathfrancis hotel bath

A wonderful waterfall shower and some luxurious toiletries


We quickly hung our clothes up in the wardrobe and packed a new bag with our swimming gear ready for a trip to Thermae bath spa, which sadly was packed full of noisey tourists and far too many PDA's so we cut our time short and headed for dinner. Luckily for us there was a wealth of restuarants a stones throw from the hotel, we settled for wagamamas and then dashed back as the heavens opened.


francis hotel bathfrancis hotel bathWe got back soaked, luckily the shower was a gift from the gods and left me feeling perfectly relaxed ready for pyjamas and a movie in bed. The bed, there are not enough words to described how blissful it was to sleep in, perfect mattress, big squishy feather pillow and a wonderful feather duvet. I slept like a baby....

The next morning we woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed and skipped walked down to breakfast with grins on our faces...
francis hotel bathWhich got even bigger when we discovered the buffet....
francis hotel bathfrancis hotel bath
francis hotel bathI wish I photographed everything, we got ourselves a little selection and then a waitress came to the table and asked if we'd like anything from the menu, I hadn't yet had time to comprehend more food but rushedly shouted PANCAKES, whislt Dan opted for a fry up... 
francis hotel bathfrancis hotel bath

We then sadly checked out and did a little bit of retail therapy before heading home.
A massive thankyou to all the wonderfully polite, attentive staff who couldn't have done enough to make sure we enjoyed our stay (nb : they didn't know I was blogging about it!).

Francis Hotel  is part of the MGallery collection by Accor hotels, room prices start at £119 per night.

xo




This post has been written in collaboration with Francis hotel, all views are my own.

18 May 2014

a wilvery wander

Last weekend we decided to make the most of the sunshine so headed out to Wilvery in the new forest for a nice long walk....


We tried to recreate the picture of us in this post (which my mum now has hanging over the fire place) although forgot we didn't have pup last time, not that it matter as she's part of the family and it helps the picture resemble our hectic little life a little bit more. 

What've you been up to lately?
xo






14 May 2014

Christchurch food festival 2014


The highlight of Christchurch food festival  for me is the street market, over 100 stalls lining the high street with tasty treats ranging from venison burgers to peanut butter fudge. It was busy as ever this year, the sun was shining (mostly), drinks were flowing and there was definitely more than enough food to go around...

christchurch food festival christchurch food festivalchristchurch food festival
Dan's Pork and apple hot dog
christchurch food festival
christchurch food festival
Chicken and Chorizo Paella 
christchurch food festivalchristchurch food festival
and a veggie hot dog for me from Original Meat Free Gourmet


It goes without saying that there was room for pudding...
christchurch food festival
more flavours of fudge than you can imagine
christchurch food festivalchristchurch food festivalchristchurch food festival
delicious goodies from the lovely folk at urban reef  (the carrot cake was insanely yummy)
christchurch food festival
and La Patisserie macarons.


Do you have a food festival local to you?
Have you been to Christchurch food festival before?

xo

2 May 2014

I'm just here for the savasana

I've practised mindfullness for a few years now and most some mornings I start the day with sun salutations ( deep down I hope that by doing them the sun will shine all day long). I've had a go at yoga before a local gym, but it just seemed to be a lot of women balancing on mats in bright light, competiting to be the most flexible, I am not flexible so thus was not good at this 'yoga' and very quickly decided it wasn't for me. A few months ago however Rosie found an amazing deal on live elite which led me to my first spiritual yoga class....



I remember us walking in to the dimly lit village hall on a wet windy evening in February, at the front of the room incense was burning and music was playing quietly. The yoga instructor greeted us and asked us a little bit about our yoga past and present. We were then left to find our spaces in the hall and after a while the class begun, the instructor explained that we would be focusing on that week. We were asked to hold a mantra in our minds that session, om shanti. 

The first few classes were hard, more so mentally than physically. The instructor is keen to remind us that yoga is more about your spiritual and mental states than the physical state, but all three interlink and without one being present in the moment, the others will fall. If, as a begginer, you focus too much on being in the right pose, having the deepest stretch in the class you wont be reaping the mental benefits of the practise. 

I've learnt quite quickly that I am not yoga fit, I may be able to push up, pull up and plank till my hearts content at the gym making squeaking noises and wobbling before I un-gracefully flop to the floor in a heap of sweat and tears, but I cannot peacefully hold a plank in yoga yet. But that's okay and I've learnt to accept that quite quickly and I know that through continuous practise I will develop, it may take years to progress to anything but a begginer, but that also is okay, afterall yoga is 99% practise and 1% theory. 

I've learnt to not be self concious, a true yogi won't be looking at you judging you, they'll be focusing on their body, mind and soul. So if everything get's to much and you need to revert to child's pose on the floor that's okay. Time out to re-connect with your body and your surroundings can only be good for you.

The asanas seem to fly by, and before I know it we reach the meditation and relaxation at the end of each class. I look forward to this more than anything, I get time to just be and the feeling of being in a complete state of relaxation is becoming almost euphoric for me. No worries about the world, not a thought about that meeting I've got tomorrow morning, or swapping banks, moving house, putting the washing on, just being. Being present in the moment.


"Better indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice. Better than knowledge is meditation. But better still is surrender of attachment to results, because there follows immediate peace.“ - Bhagavad Gita.


If you've ever thought about going to a yoga class do it, each class varies hugely and it might take a while to find the right one but once you do you'll find yourself developing in more ways than you could ever imagine.

I post a lot about fitness on instagram you can find me @ _happyhealthyhannah 

xo

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