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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

Katie

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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Little Things

Flowers

Chickens

Lunch

Do Small Things

Beach

Daisies

Clover

Florist

Joining in the weekly stills over at The Beetle Shack.

1. Little pot plants in the winter sunshine. How is it that kraft paper and string make everything cuter?!
2. We’ve spent a lot of time over at my mum’s farm in the last couple of weeks. I took this picture one day while we were cleaning out these tiny chicks’ cage. A bucket of cuteness!
3. We had an amazing lunch with friends at Mr Beebe’s in Bendigo yesterday.
4. I’ve been having lots of fun making pretty things with paper.
5. My mum and I spent a couple of nights in Kiama last week (while Reubs minded things back on the farm). My family was gathered to honour the memory of my gradparents, who lived by the beach there for many years.
6. We scattered daisies in the ocean.
7. Little Clover, looking cute as a button in her winter coat!
8. The last week has been full of flowers…

Wishing you all a gorgeous week ahead!

Katie xx

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Winter Days

Reuben

Reuben and Cows

Tiny Toadstools

Family

These pictures were taken at my mama’s farm today. Spending time over there is so good for my soul. The older I get, the more I long for the peace, quiet and space of the country. The feel of earth under my boots, raindrops on my eyelashes and wind in my hair. The warmth of a horse’s velvety nose and the sound of happy chickens scratching in the grass. I was lucky enough to grow up on a farm and though at the time I never thought I’d say it, I miss living on the land. I’m so glad my mum’s little slice of the countryside is just a couple of minutes away.

The days here are short and grey now. Each morning our tiny town is swathed in mist, the grass is crunchy with frost and the cold bites at our toes as we creep out of bed. Outside the deciduous trees are bare and the earth is cold and damp, but inside we are cocooned with socks, blankets and bowls of soup.

I love the hush of winter. Though we all carry on with our usual busyness, somehow everything seems a little quieter. A little slower. Like the world around us pauses to take a breath.

I hope you’ve all had a restful, happy weekend and managed to find a little quiet of your own. Sending warm, happy thoughts for the week ahead!

Katie xx

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