Author: The Eclecticity

The Ultimate Staycation: Watergate Bay

A few years ago a very good friend said to me “You should go to Watergate Bay, you’d love it there.” Since then I’ve visited every year – it is safe to say, she was right. I’ve always been a fan of a staycation. I didn’t holiday abroad until I went on French Exchange in my mid-teens. Instead, our holidays were exploring the UK; largely the quaint, picturesque Cotswolds and rugged, rural Northumberland. We never did quite venture as far south as Cornwall, I think the furthest we got was to Glastonbury. The Tor, not the festival, sadly, that one is still on the bucket list. I’m so glad I have now ventured to Cornwall because it’s a dream. There is nothing not to love about the hotel and the surrounding area. The only downside is the drive but that’s nothing that can’t be cured with a good playlist and a couple of strong cups of coffee. Once you’re past that, it is divine. The hotel is relaxed and friendly. The decor is gorgeous; plush and nautical and …

Columbia Road Flower Market & Around

This morning I made the trip into London to do some research for the novel that I am writing (or at least trying to write – it’s a bit of a labour of love as time is often scarce (I work full time and I’m often out of the house for 12 hours on a weekday). It was a beautifully bright and crisp Autumnal day (Autumn is by far and away my favourite season) so I headed to the eponymously named Columbia Road Flower Market. I absolutely love its buzz – the flowers fill the air with their beautiful fragrance and your eyes are dazzled by the outstanding rainbow of colours. The pink pineapples (which I had never seen before but which are fab!) were some of my favourites and it goes without saying the plush hydrangea too which were as big as footballs. There was even the first glimpse of Christmas with miniature Christmas trees, fir cones, scented oranges and cinnamon sticks. I also used the opportunity to also have a go at improving my photography skills …

HELLO AUTUMN & HYGGE

Whilst most are quick to lament the passing of summer, I have alway preferred the cool, crisp, bright mornings of Autumn to hazy summer days. Add in cosy afternoons wrapped up in thick woollen knits, bracing walks in the fresh air and the smells of log fires and bonfires and I am in heaven Recently I have been reading about the Danish phenomenon of Hygge (which I like to pronounce higgy but is actually pronounced hoo-gah). Essentially it equates to living in a state of contented cosiness and, reading about it, I think that Hygge and Autumn go hand in hand. Both inadvertently lend themselves  towards plush furnishings, I like to think a good bit of tartan and velour, and indulgence (whether that be through pastries and hot chocolate or pampering). It also means looking after yourself; relaxation, woollen throws and open fires (and in their absence a Jo Loves Log Fires candle (on a tangent Jo’s (as in Jo Malone – the company Jo Malone was bought by Estée Lauder a number of years ago …