Katie

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Katie is a tea drinking, jewellery making, op-shopping daydreamer. Katie likes vintage dresses, Pictionary, doilies and colourful tights.
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It’s no secret that I’m a homebody. I relish the time I spend with Reuben in our nest, surrounded by our fur babies and the things we hold dear. Though I love going out for adventures and to spend time with friends, I’m always happy to come back to our own little patch of earth.

Our big trip reaffirmed just how much home means to me. Though we had a truly wonderful time and each day was full of amazing exeriences and surprises, I really missed our home. I missed cooking meals in our shabby apricot kitchen. I missed my vintage linens and mismatched crockery. I missed collecting the eggs in the morning. I missed our messy garden. Most of all, I missed our cats, dogs and chickens. Life just feels a bit empty without their furry (and feathery) little faces close by.

A little part of me worried that after exploring some of the world’s most incredible cities, our tiny village would feel suffocatingly small. I was concerned that when we came back, all the messy, imperfect bits of our regular life would seem more apparent and tiresome. But on the contrary, I find myself fonder of the flaws and imperfections than ever before. Spending time away from here reminded me just how much I love this simple life we are building, in all its messy, imperfect glory.

I hope you’re all having a lovely week. Sending cozy, happy thoughts from our home to yours.

Katie x

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Postcards from Europe

My goodness friends, it has been a long time between posts! Last time you heard from us we had just left Paris…

While I fully intended to keep this space updated while we travelled, sometimes good intentions aren’t quite enough. Wifi was unreliable a lot of the time we were away, we found putting posts together difficult without our usual laptop, and if I’m to be very honest, blogging just wasn’t really a priority while we were adventuring. I spent about a week stressing about the fact I “needed” to post here, before giving myself a (metaphorical) shake and reminding myself that actually, the world doesn’t stop if I don’t blog. While I love coming here to tell our story, doing so is not life or death, and while we were soaking up this once in a lifetime experience, it just wasn’t all that important. I know your worlds carry on just fine without us popping up in your reader, and so, I let go… We enjoyed our trip and we didn’t worry about documenting, knowing this space would be waiting for us on our return. It was a good reminder of the importance of taking a step back and living in the moment.

Venice

Westminster Abbey

View from Orvlietto

Van Gough Museum

Rome

Pancakes

Prague

Paris

Katie and Reuben

Notredam

Vienna

Nice

Luxembourg Gardens

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London

Gelato

Food and Wine Fest

Fountain in Nice

In Paris

Colleseum

Monaco

Pastries

Burano

Bridge

Flowers

Barcelona

Reuben 2

Berlin

Berlin Wall

Amsterdam

Florence

Buckingham Palace

Our time in Europe was incredible. So many lifelong dreams fulfilled and so many once in a lifetime opportunities experienced. From meandering down an Amsterdam canal in a paddleboat, to climbing the stairs of Prague castle and wandering the ruins of the Roman forums, there were so many magical moments during our six week journey. Of course, as with all things in life, there were less-than-perfect bits too! But on reflection, I’ve come to realise that sometimes the mishaps make for the best (and funniest) stories.

Reubs and I actually arrived home about a week ago but since our return we’ve been taking it easy. We both came back with nasty cases of laryngitis (as well as jet lag) so we’ve needed to take some time to rest and recuperate. This week we’re both feeling better and getting back into the swing of our regular routines. Our trip was wonderful, but it feels so good to be home!

I hope things have been sunshiny and happy for you while we’ve been away? And you’ve been having a lovely spring? (Or autumn!) I have so missed this space…

Katie x

PS Thank you all so, so much for your kind wishes on my last post! Truly, you are all so kind.
PPS If you’d like to see more of our holiday snaps, there are quite a few on Instagram. I tried not to go too overboard with pics in this post!

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Paris (and a Little Announcement)

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After leaving London last week, we spent five days in Paris! I was especially excited about this part of the trip, as visiting Paris had been a dream of mine since I was little. We caught the Eurostar across the channel and I have to admit, stepping out of the train station for the first time, into a foreign country where we didn’t know the language, was a little intimidating. We spent the first day or so feeling a bit overwhelmed, but after working out the Metro and taking some time to explore and figure the city out, we adjusted fairly quickly. Seeing the iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre was amazing, and quite surreal.

Aside from visiting the main tourist attractions, we spent a lovely afternoon at Luxembourg Garden and we placed a love lock on the Pont des Arts. We meandered through the flea markets fossicking for treasures, we took lots of time just to wander and drink in the culture, and we ate a lot of macaroons and croissants! I turned 28 on September 16th and to celebrate my birthday, we made all my childhood dreams come true by visiting Disneyland. Which brings me to a little announcement…

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On the evening of my birthday, after watching the fireworks over the castle at Disneyland, catching the train back into the city and walking back to our motel through the bright lights of Paris, Reuben proposed. After almost 10 years together, we are finally making it official! Hurrah!

I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with my best friend. (How on earth did I get so lucky!?)

Katie x

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London

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Hello friends! I’m sorry it’s been a little while between updates. Between an unco-operative iPad, a lack of wifi and a severe lack of time, blogging while travelling has proven tricky so far. We are actually in Paris now, but these pictures are from our four days in London. We visited the British Museum, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the Natural History Museum, as well as just wandering and exploring as much as time would allow. We packed a lot into just a few days and left with sore feet, full hearts and hopes to return one day for a longer stay (we’d so love to explore Bath and other areas outside of London.)

We’ve got two nights left in Paris before we leave for Amsterdam – so many more adventures ahead! We’ll check in again as soon as we get a chance.

Hope all has been well in your world while we’ve been away. Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!

Katie xx

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Headed for Europe!

Tomorrow we leave for six weeks in Europe! Though this trip has been booked and planned for months now, it still somehow managed to sneak up on us. This year has just flown by so fast. The last couple of weeks have been a bit frantic around here as we have scrambled to get everything organised before we leave. I’m sure we’ve forgotten bits and pieces but we did manage to get our spring seeds into the ground and set up irrigation on timers, which is what we were most worried about.

We will spending four nights in London, five nights in Paris, five nights in Amsterdam, three nights in Berlin, three nights in Prague, three nights in Vienna, one night in Munich, three nights in Venice, five nights in Rome, three nights in Florence, two nights in Nice and four nights in Barcelona. Phew! There are lots of things we want to see and do along the way, but if any of you call these cities home or have visited, we’d really love to hear your suggestions and recommendations.

We are still pinching ourselves over the fact this amazing trip is happening. We’re excited beyond measure and so very, very grateful for this opportunity. Can’t wait to share this amazing adventure with you all here!

Happy weekend friends!

Katie and Reuben xx

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