A Visit To Cambridge Botanical Gardens

Sunday, 9 June 2019

My friend Charlotte and I recently went on a day trip to Cambridge Botanical Gardens. I live locally to Cambridge, however for some reason despite it only costing £5 to get in, I've only been once before. This trip has definitely made me want to change that - I already can't wait to go back. Despite a few light showers - we picked quite a warm day to visit and the place felt magical. There were even baby ducklings! 

My personal favourite part was the greenhouses that hold hundreds of tropical plants. We hid from the rain and wandered around each room. It was so nice just to sit and listen to the rain!

They also had a nice cafe, which I was quite impressed by as they had no plastic bottles for sale; only glass or metal cans. I guess if any place is going to be environmentally friendly it's a gardens, but still, it was good to see!

Next time, I am going to make sure to take a sketchbook so that I can sit and draw the plants as well as taking photos. I regretted not having one with me on this trip. 

Have you been to the Cambridge Botanical Gardens? Let me know! I'd love to know what you thought of it.

Kate x

Magazines To Feed Your Wanderlust

Monday, 3 June 2019

Recently, my favourite shop has been 'Magazine Heaven' at Rushden Lakes. I can't visit Rushden without spending at least 45 minutes browsing the hundreds of magazines they have to offer. From baking to sewing to surfing to fashion, any hobby/ interest you may have, they've most probably got a magazine for it. 


'Ernest is a journal for enquiring minds. It's made for those who value surprising and meandering journeys, fuelled by curiosity rather than adrenaline and guided by chance encounters.'

I picked this one up mainly because of it's feature on Snowdonia - my absolute happy place. The photography and little illustrations in this are gorgeous, the paper quality makes it feel so special that you want to care for it forever. This issue also has such a variety of articles; like 'Shantyboats: an alternative American history' and 'adrift in the atlantic'. This journal is one of my new favourites and I'm excited to keep buying them.


'Elementum is a biannual journal of new writing and visual arts that explores the natural world and our place within it.'

I also picked up edition three of Elementum, 'a journal of nature & story'. This journal has a lot more art than the other - including some lovely watercolours. As well as articles, it also holds poems and stories which make it a great coffee table book - as well as how gorgeous the cover is! 

Obviously, I love reading blogs and scrolling through social media; but sometimes its nice to sit and hold a real magazine/ journal, see the photographs printed on paper rather than looking at a screen. I worry that magazines are a dying media, so it feels especially important to me to support shops like Magazine Heaven. If you live nearby, I really recommend having a look!

Kate x

A Weekend in Brighton

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Charlie and myself recently popped down to Brighton for the weekend to explore the lanes and relax on the (very cold) beach. We booked an airbnb in Hove, which ended up being an ideal location right by the sea front. I already can't wait to go back and spend much longer in what is now one of my favourite places. 

We went up in the i360, which is a glass pod that takes you 460ft up on the seafront. It wasn't the brightest day but we could still see quite far. Lots of the buildings have painted their rooftops for people to see when they go up, which was the highlight for me! It's right opposite the old west pier, which is all burnt down. Despite it being very cold and very windy, we even saw some surfers out on the water. We sat and watched them for a long time, whilst feeling quite lucky we were dry and wrapped up in our coats!

The lanes were my highlight, especially the north lanes. They are full of independent, quirky shops. It's easy to lose track of time and spend all day wondering in and out of them. My favourite was Zoingimage, a photo shop that sells film, photography related pins and patches, as well as loads of gorgeous prints of Brighton. I definitely recommend finding this shop if you visit the city.

Let me know if you have been to Brighton and I'd love some recommendations for my next visit if you have any!

Kate x

Eating Vegan in Barcelona: Roots & Rolls

Thursday, 28 February 2019

I was so impressed with the number of vegan places Barcelona has to offer. Not only did we find places just walking in the street, but we were also recommended some by local people. We were told about this plant-based Japanese restaurant called Roots & Rolls which had just opened so made a special trip.

Getting There

Roots & Rolls, Carrer del Consell de Cent, 401, 08009 Barcelona

The place was really easy to find. We just jumped on the metro and got off at Girona, turned right, and we had arrived. From the outside the restaurant looks quite small but it goes really far back.

The Menu 

The menu has loads of choices, which meant that even my non-veggie friends were happy. There is something for everyone from small bites like edamame, to bowls of ramen, to a very long list of sushi options. Prices range from around €4-€12. 

The Space

The space is gorgeous and feels so open & bright. As a group of 6, we found the space ideal and even got seated in a cosy caged off corner full of cushions.

All Together

I really, really recommend visiting this place if you find yourself in Barcelona; whether you're vegan or not. The food is delicious, the staff are so friendly and welcoming, the space is gorgeous and you just won't regret it! 

Kate x

Barcelona in Pictures

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Last week I was lucky enough to fly out to Barcelona and enjoy a little bit of sunshine and city life. Exploring backstreets, vegan restaurants, beaches and shops,  it is a lovely city. To say that I didn't find it overwhelming at first would be a lie. I don't travel well and everyone I'd spoken to about the trip had replied with something like "keep your purse close!". In all though, it's so worth it. Barcelona has so much character and some of my favourite moments were when we decided to avoid the more touristy areas and wander the backstreets. It's definitely a unique city, and if you ever get the chance, I'd totally recommend going! 

Of course, being a photography student, I never left the hostel without my camera in hand, so here are some of my photos as a peak into the Spanish city...

Have you ever been to Barcelona? What is your favourite city break? Let me know!

Kate x

Charity Shop Book Haul

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

I've been popping into charity shops quite regularly lately, mainly looking at the selection of second hand books. I love books, I buy way too many books, so perhaps to justify the obsession to myself a bit better; I decided to start buying most of my books from charity shops. Here are a few of my latest finds...

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

In 1984 the world is decided into three parts, Oceania, Eastasia and Eurasia, all perpetually at war. In Oceania, the Party has created a totalitarian state that annihilates all opposition. In the forefront of the Party stands Big Brother, a figure of almost mythical power. The story of Winston Smith's rebellion against the Party, of his hatred of Big Brother, and of the thoughtcrime which must result in his destruction was first published in 1949. 

This is one that I've wanted to pick up for ages, so when I found it in an Oxfam book shop for £2 I couldn't leave it behind. It's not a synopsis I'd usually reach for, but with it being such a classic I feel I should definitely give it a go!

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots - joggers, neighbours who can't reverse a trailer properly and shop assistants who talk in code. But isn't it rare, these days, to find such an old-fashioned clarity of belief and deed? Such unswerving conviction about what the world should be, and a lifelong dedication to making it just so? In the end, you will see, there is something about One that is quite irresistible... 

Another book that I always see floating around on Goodreads. I also think it's a movie, and I love nothing more than finishing a book and being able to see it in movie-form! Again.- this was just £2.

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

It is Ireland in the 1950s and for Ellis Lacey, as for so many young Irish girls, opportunities are scarce. So when her sister arranges for her to emigrate to New York, Ellis knows she must go, leaving behind her family and home for the first time. 

I have read this before in Kindle edition and loved it so much that when I found it for £1 I decided to buy it for my book shelf. There is something lovely about having physical editions of books you love to lend out to friends or just to see when browsing.

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

It is July 1962. Edward and Florence, young innocents married that morning, arrive at a hotel on the Dorset coast. At dinner in their rooms they struggle to suppress their private fears of the wedding night to come and, unbeknownst to them both, the events of the evening will haunt them for the rest of their lives.

How could I leave behind a book with Saoirse Ronan on the cover?! I couldn't. Another one with a movie to watch after, and it was only £1.99. Bargain!

I can't wait to give all of these books a read. I've set my reading goal to just 12 books this year as I didn't want too much pressure & I figured one a month is a pretty easy target to keep - any more will be a bonus!

Kate x

A Festive Trip to the Seaside

Sunday, 30 December 2018

I feel like everyone who has time off in between Christmas and New Year feels the same, you don't really know what day it is, just that you're really full on leftover cheese and chocolate. This year we really wanted to make the most of the time off we have, so to keep busy we decided to get in the car and drive to the seaside!

We visited Wells-next-the-sea, which is about a 2 hour drive from home. The drive was so much better than in the Summer - clearly not many people decide to pack up and go to the beach in December!

We were dressed up with layers & scarfs, so decided to sit on a bench looking out at the sea to eat some fish and chips. I had a veggie sausage though, of course! Then we took a short walk and ended the trip in the slot machines - because no trip to the English seaside is complete without wasting all of your change on 2p machines!

It was a really nice afternoon out and I'm excited for the weather to get better so that we can actually enjoy the beach a bit more next time!

Kate x
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