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PORTRAITS OF THE CHILDREN AT STOURHEAD GARDENS AND A NEW SUGAR-FREE ME!

PORTRAITS OF THE CHILDREN AT STOURHEAD GARDENS AND A NEW SUGAR-FREE ME!

Argh, I know I am so bad at keeping my blog and newsletter on schedule! I’m so sorry – my life is totally insane and I’m now also trying to lose a heck of a lot of weight (5 stone ideally!!!) which has seen me join the local gym and get a cross trainer off ebay. So most evenings you will now find me red faced and puffed out in front of “Obese a Year to Save My Life” trying to keep the motivation going! I’m half a stone down so far – and no I am not telling you my starting weight!! So it is going well, but it is tough! I’ve had to throw out all the sugar in my house, even granulated sugar because whenever I get stressed that is my go to thing. I’ll even make raw cake mix if I don’t have anything else in the house!

Fortunately I now don’t have that option and I’ve found it really useful to have a cup of chai tea with Stevia sweetener whenever the sugar cravings pounce. Three weeks in and I’m still sugar free mainly due to that!!

Anyway I digress! I hope you are all enjoying the new term and the season starting to change! I am loving the beautiful colours and lovely autumnal walks in the crisp air with friends. My friend Cazz actually showed me a fantastic new walk from Branscombe beach in Devon that is buggy friendly and half a mile to a tearoom and back – isn’t that the best?! (No cake for me, obvs!). I took all the children back there with my mum today and it is so great to find a new place where they are safe to roam away from cars but also easy for the buggy!

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One of my favourite places for an autumnal walk is Stourhead Gardens in Wiltshire. It’s famous for being ranked as one of the top ten places to see Autumn in the UK. We went for the first time last year and thought there had been an accident because the queues were back to the dual carriageway. But nope – just lots of other people wanting to walk around the lake and admire the gorgeous scenery like us! So if you want to go then my top tip would be to definitely arrive early!!

I plan to take the children again once the leaves have turned a bit more, but as well as the gorgeous autumn colours, Stourhead has some gorgeous buildings. Ever since I saw the buildings (which are a stunning bath-stone type colour) I’ve thought it would be lovely to get the children in their best clobber and take some nice shots of them there. So a few weeks ago that is exactly what we did ????

It did start raining half way round and there was actually quite a lot of bribery involved in the form of gummy bears, but I think the kids did good! Hopefully they will love these when they are older! I do love natural shots but sometimes when you want to be sure of a great shot then a bit of thought and effort in terms of location and outfits goes a long way! ????

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I told the girls to rub each other’s noses. I didn’t mean with their fingers! Sweet little moments like this are so lovely!!

EEKING OUT THE LAST OF THE SUNSHINE AT THURLESTONE BEACH!

EEKING OUT THE LAST OF THE SUNSHINE AT THURLESTONE BEACH!

I am writing this while feeling very virtuous, sipping on my peppermint tea with sweetener. Oh yeah baby, four weeks of no sugar – feeling very pleased with myself! Along with exercising I have lost ten pounds so far, so I’m feeling very encouraged!! Really looking forward to getting back to my old healthy self and taking care of me more!

Hasn’t this year been amazing for weather?! We have had such a beautiful long summer – and every time I think it’s over and autumn has definitely arrived, it goes and surprises me with another balmy hot weekend!

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To make the most of the sunshine, a couple of weekends ago I took the kids and my Mum to discover Thurlestone Beach in South Devon. A few friends had recommended it but we love Salcombe so much that if we are traveling that far (about 1.5 hours from our house) we usually just go there.

But wowzers, I am so glad we took the time to discover somewhere new! Although the sand is a bit more gritty than Sandy Bay at Salcombe the amazing warm and shallow rock pools more than made up for that! The children absolutely loved it! A definite must visit if you are ever down this way!