This year Ben and I decided that we'd treat ourselves to a Christmas holiday in Malta rather than give each other a specific Christmas present. We were away for a week and at first we didn't know what to do with ourselves as we have been so busy recently that we couldn't remember what it was like to do absolutely nothing. So, we packed up the SUP Board (previous posts here & here) and went to the Golden Bay on the North West coast of Malta. With a delicious picnic and an abundance of water, we rolled out our towels and had a go on our Stand Up Paddle Board. The water was calm and crystal clear, the weather was lovely and warm, the equivalent to a British summer which felt odd in December! However the views where breath taking and I can really see why it is called the Golden Bay.
Tuesday, December 24
Wednesday, December 11
Christmas is the best season of the year, families come together and celebrate the festive season. Also there is an abundance of mulled wine and an excuse to eat one too many mince pies. Not long now until it's the 25th, and with all my Christmas shopping done, I am extra excited! The house has a certain charm about it now that all the decorations are up, like they say, 'tis the season to be jolly!'
Sunday, December 8
There is no need to fear my lovelies, I am back! Trust me when I say it has literally been killing me not to blog for the past two weeks, but with it being the end of semester 1, University is demanding a lot of my time and energy. But I sincerely apologize to all of you who have been frequently coming back to my blog and being disappointed that I haven't updated And Kate with new posts recently. However I will now promise not to do this again, for mine and you, my followers sakes, as it has been so difficult not to do a post. Here are a few snaps of what I have been admiring in my bookworm of a life lately!
Wednesday, November 20
Being ill requires all of your energy, focus and attention on the end goal: getting better. However as I am usually such a busy person, I can't help but create endless to-do lists in my head. What is all the more frustrating is that when you're ill you realize how much you want to just immerse yourself in the outdoors, especially when you're missing out on beautiful days like these.
Monday, November 18
After being snuggled up in my bed with a severe cold, I ventured outside to snaps some photographs of the aftermath of a rainy morning, only to discover the intricate spiders' webs were speckled with tiny drops of rain. Unfortunately for me, I didn't get a glimpse of the spiders who had made these webs ... maybe next time.
Saturday, November 16
I still exist! I promise. I've been beyond busy this week that I can hardly remember what I even got up to! This week I've been super busy with deadlines, as warned in the previous post, and also doing my work experience at two different schools. Not only this, but I have also had the most relaxed night with my lovely friend, Mimi, which was definitely needed to keep us calm this week! As I have now completed my deadlines, I can now say that I am back my friends. Whilst I've been very busy with deadlines, I have found heaps of inspiration for up-and-coming photography posts, so keep your eyes peeled.
Hooray for finishing deadlines!
Tuesday, November 12
Going for a walk and clearing your head at the beginning of a busy week is the best way to refresh yourself. Sometimes when you are really that busy with deadlines, all you need to do is separate yourself from your books and computer screen in order to relax. This is exactly what I did with Ben, we walked for hours in the crisp November air and chatted until we were exhausted. Nature looks so beautiful at this time of the year, the changing colours, fallen leaves resting on the forest floor and the bright red berries hanging from the trees. I hope you have a wonderful week!
Friday, November 8
I'll be honest, ever since I went with Mimi to the Jamie's Italian in Manchester, I have been desperate to go back and try out more of the delicious food. So for mine and Ben's 4 year anniversary we headed to Liverpool for the day and stopped off at Jamie's Italian for lunch. This time, however, we ordered a selection of starters so that we could indulge ourselves even more in the scrumptious food.
So we ordered the cured meats plank, crispy tomato and mozzarella risotto balls, crispy squid, Italian spiced chicken wings, and the Italian bread selection. What a mouthful! (Quite literally). Oh, and just for the record, I've never tasted chicken wings like it, they were so tender and perfectly spiced (definitely recommend them!). To accompany the food, I had a homemade lemonade which I swear should win the award of the best lemonade ever and Ben had the Messina beer which was delightfully refreshing.
As for the interior, I was obsessed with the black and copper lights hanging from the ceiling and the exposed wooden beams. Jamie's Italian always has impeccable interiors, just see my previous post on the Manchester restaurant to see how decadent the interior is!
Even though I've been twice within one month, I am already planning my next meal at Jamie's Italian. The spagetti alla norma seems to be getting my taste buds going.
Wednesday, November 6
Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines.
Now, after a busy Reading Week, I am now back into the full swing of University life, with deadlines cropping up on the horizon constantly. But hey, not all is lost as I am keeping focused and motivated to successfully complete the work which has been set. It's so easy to let the stress get to you, but really all you need is a little reassurance from yourself that everything is going to be okay.
Reading week was a blast though, working at my local cafe most days and of an evening chilling with Ben and family. Halloween was pretty low-key for me, instead of having a party we watched The Devil Inside as we wanted to really frighten ourselves. I also went to see Fiddler On The Roof with my mum which was really good fun, such an interesting musical with all of the religious connotations.
Saturday night was also another movie night, but this time at the cinemas. Ben and I went to see Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa and oh my oh my was it hilarious! If you're looking for something to see at the cinema, I would definitely recommend this movie, you'll be in stitches with laughter.