Shop Update and Goings On…

  
Good Friday morning to you all! It’s way overcast and a bit dreary here in Bridport today but my mood is not dampened by it! I’m excited for a couple of reasons, the most important being that, after a very long hiatus, I’ve decided to open up my Etsy shop again with fresh new designs and more to be added weekly! 

Walks in Beauty Paperie will open its virtual doors this morning at 9:30am and I’m very pleased with what I have in stock at present and what we will have in stock in the next few weeks! 

I worked endlessly for the last two and a half weeks cutting and prepping stock and am looking forward to doing more! 

 

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Stationery stack, all cut and packaged.


The other thing I’m excited about for today is that I’m going to my first British Pantomime show here in Bridport, at the Electric Palace! I’ve been told it boasts lots of laughs and audience participation so I’m ready for a good evening of fun! 

I’m continuing my Portland photo diary series next week with our Day 2 photos from the Coast Path and Church Ope Cove as well as some other posts I’d like to share with you. Saturdays and Sundays I’ll not be blogging as I want to spend that time with my hubby.

What exciting things are you doing this weekend?

Here’s some things I’m liking from around the web this week:

This new Zero Waste post from The Old Fashioned Mama spoke to my heart this morning… 
Littlehouselea’s Instagram photos make me swoon…

These Valentine’s cookies from My Three Little Kittens…yum!!

Have a happy weekend! 

Nadia xo

Portland Bill Getaway in Photos Part I: Friday Evening Stroll by the Lighthouse

Strong winds greeted us last Friday upon our arrival to the Bill! We took a taxi from Weymouth to the B&B cottage we were to stay at and after checking in, having a coffee, and unpacking a few things we set out to walk around Portland Bill toward the lighthouse before heading to the Pulpit Inn for dinner. Here are a few snaps I managed to take before my phone died.

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  

  
  
  
  
  
 
We went up into the lighthouse on the Sunday but I’ll have a more detailed post about that soon! In the meantime enjoy our blustery photos of Portland Bill on the last Friday of January! 

How many of you have visited the Isle of Portland? What was your favourite part? 

Cheers!

Nadia xo

Off to Portland we go! 

It’s Friday and I am currently writing to you from inside The Curve, a lovely little cafe just outside of M&S in Weymouth. Alan and I don’t have a car so most often we have to rely on public transport, trains or coaches and taxis. 

We took the bus from Bridport to Weymouth today and will probably take a taxi to Portland Bill to our B&B. But first we are enjoying a hot chocolate! And they are delectable! 

  
  
    

  

Can you guess which one was mine and which one was Alan’s? ;) 

Off to finish up and get to the isle!

Cheers! 

Nadia xo

Blogging Goals and New Series

Lyme Bay from Stonebarrow

Lyme Bay as seen from Stonebarrow National Trust site, June 2014. Photo by Nadia M. Perez Bugler ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Well, it has been a while since the beginning of the year, January is nearly at a close and I am FINALLY getting more organised with things, career-wise, goal-wise and now with blogging. I dislike feeling like I am in chaos or in limbo and while we are not yet exactly where we want to be with our life, Alan and I are taking steps to get there and enjoying actually being together in the same place knowing that the future is brighter from here on out.

At the beginning of the year I decided that I wanted to try a few new things, one being Ali Edwards’ One Little Word project and the other being my New Year’s resolutions of using the massive amount of craft supplies I have in my possession and not buying more until I have run out of things or am getting low on certain things, buying local more often, less waste (would love to get to ZERO waste like my friend Ouissi is doing from The Old Fashioned Mama), and enjoying the simple things in life.

I chose to use EXPLORE as my one little word for this year and have already started exploring more of Dorset and even within our local area. I love going to different villages and just having a wander, photographing them and just enjoying the scenery and atmosphere. So far, from after Christmas and well into this month we have explored the likes of Symondsbury, Poundbury, Broadwindsor, other areas and small hidden away parts of Bridport and more. This weekend we are set to explore Portland Bill and its surroundings while celebrating Alan’s birthday on Saturday. I am looking forward to it and hope we can visit at least one of the places mentioned in the book we got over the Christmas/New Year’s holiday season called Secret Places of West Dorset by Louise Hodgson. If you are local to West Dorset and have not picked up this wonderful book you really ought not hesitate to get it. Louise has come out with a sequel to it as well, called More Secret Places of West Dorset which I hope we can get soon!

One of the things I hope to do as Alan and I explore more of our beautiful county is use Louise Hodgson’s books to bring you gorgeous photo diary posts on the blog of the places we discover with the aid of her book. While in Portland this weekend we hope to get to visit Church Ope Cove and the ruins of Rufus Castle and St Andrew’s Church in the vicinity which are noted in the first book I mentioned. I have decided to do a series of posts of each of the places we visit this year that are outlined in Secret Places of West Dorset, photo diary style with minimal writing, so that you too can see it if you are too far away to explore it yourself or perhaps it will inspire you to come out to Dorset and see it all for yourself. Once we have seen each place in the first book we shall tackle the second book! Wish us luck!

As for my main blogging goals, well, I would love to really strive to write a post a day from Monday to Friday, sharing with you all the things I am currently loving, doing, working on and most of all I would love to share what is going on in Bridport and the surrounding area as well as showcase local artisans, shop owners and the like. So, stay tuned for even more blog series coming your way in February as well as more gorgeous photos of my life as an expat here in England, more specifically Dorset.

Have a beautiful day all!

Cheers,

Nadia xoxo

Here’s a few things from around the web that I am loving:

A DIY fruit and veg bag to cut down on plastic bag waste…

Local wedding photographer and my dear friend Dawn Potter‘s website is divine and ripe with her fabulous photos…

Another book I’d love to get: Discover Dorset- Lost Villages by Linda Viner…

Philippa Clunes talks about her home with actor Martin Clunes, Buckham Down in Yarn Magazine

After Christmas Sale Bargains

  

Despite the fact that we live in a fairly small market town and that many of the shops weren’t even open yesterday, Alan and I got some good bargains at Lilliput’s and a couple of the charity shops around. The first things we bought in the sales were more Christmas cards at 50% off the regular price. I like to be prepared and thought what better way than to get the cards I didn’t get earlier this year since I already had a ton and use these next year? I still have some leftover from this year but as my list seems to grow yearly it’s always good to have plenty on hand. Also, chocolate, one can never have too much chocolate. 

  

Our local home goods shop was having a sale as well and since we’d been eyeing a wintry duvet set for a while we went in to see if it was included in the sale and BARGAIN! It was and we got it plus a couple of other things that at full price would have cost us £30 more than we actually paid for them. I rarely like to pay full price so for me these were well worth it. 

 

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Lots of lovely bits from Lilliputs…


What sorts of bargains do you seek out after Christmas? Or do you not shop at all in the days after the festivities? Normally I don’t shop after Christmas sales but our local shops had such great bargains that they should definitely not have been missed. 

Cheers!

Nadia xoxo

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ©2015 Walls in Beauty 

Photography by Nadia M. Perez Bugler 

My First #British #Christmas 

  
I took a couple of days off blogging to fully enjoy the holidays and experience my first British Christmas and I must say that while I love American Christmas celebrations, thr British do Christmas just as well if not slightly more family oriented. 

On Christmas Eve, Alan and I did some last minute shopping and also pre-cooked the ham we’d bought from our local butcher’s Balson’s. It was the first time either of us had cooked a ham from its raw state and I was super excited at the prospect of this. It’s much easier than I though! 

 

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Our ham was too big to fit in one pot do we boiled it in two chunks.


We also had a nice nighttime game of Scrabble before heading to bed to wait for Christmas morn.

  
Christmas morning I received a few goodies from Alan in my Christmas sock…

   
Alan and I spent Christmas Day with his folks here at their home where we are living temporarily and just had a fabulous day of it. We cooked a lovely breakfast together of Brioche French Toast topped with a dusting of icing sugar and mixed berries and a drizzle of maple syrup. So delicious! 

   
 
We opened a couple of gifts before cooking dinner. Our tree looked so lovely the night before…

 

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gifts under the tree on Christmas Eve

  
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Christmas Eve shot of the tree.

 
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Christmas tree selfie

  
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Posing with one of the gifts I opened…

  
Our dinner was scrumptious though slightly less traditional. Since we’d had a turkey back in November at our Thanksgiving celebration we’d opted for having a ham which worked out well with the rest of our food. 

 

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Cooking pigs in a blanket and carrot & swede mash.

  
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Our table spread with everything including Christmas crackers.

  
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Our delicious Christmas meal of Cola & Mustard glazed ham, roast potato & parsnips, carrot & swede mash, braised red cabbage & apples relish, pigs in blankets, brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce , and bread sauce.

I’m already looking forward to the next Christmas! The bad cracker jokes, watching Christmas specials on the telly, playing scrabble with my hubby, it was all lovely! 

Here are a few silly Christmas hat pics because they have to be done! 

   

  

  

  

What was your Chrismas like? Do you have any interesting out of the norm traditions? 

Boxing Day was spent at my brother in laws opening more gifts, eating good food and watching movies and shows. 

We returned home yesterday and went for a walk around town a bit. Today we will be going out to watch the new Star Wars movie so expect to hear my reaction tomorrow! 

Cheers and Happy Holidays! 

Nadia xoxo

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. © 2015 Walks in Beauty 

PHOTOGRAPHY BY NADIA M. PEREZ BUGLER
  

Christmas in Lyme Regis: Lights and Window Displays

christmas in lyme regis

 

Ever since I was a child I always loved looking at the lights and window displays in shops and around the towns/cities I lived in. Coming from America a Christmas display was always a big deal and I still remember the magical feeling of seeing New York City all ‘done up’ for Christmas and all the local shops in the towns I’d lived in decorated plus the light displays at the houses along the streets. I’ve been enjoying seeing the lights in Bridport, my new home, and thought it would be interesting to see what one of my favourite coastal towns, Lyme Regis, had done for flair during the festive season. So off Alan and I went today to see as well as become battered by the strong winds when we stopped at the Cobb…

Lyme Regis at Christmas

One of my favourite cottages near the Cobb had its windows all done up.

Lyme Regis at Christmas

Aren’t they magnificent?

Lyme Regis at Christmas

An oddly large fairy at the Harbour Inn window…

Lyme Regis at Christmas

Just as the dark was about to set in…

Lyme Regis at Christmas

Looking up the High Street.

Lyme Regis at Christmas

In total darkness, lights all a flicker…

Lyme Regis at Christmas

Such a lovely winter wonderland in his display…

Lyme Regis at Christmas

White animals with a blue lit tree…

Lyme Regis at Christmas

Lyme’s lovely tree…

Lyme Regis at Christmas

A bit dark but you can just see my hubby with the tree…

Lyme Regis at Christmas

And then he had to take one of me…

Lyme Regis at Christmas

One together for posterity…

Lyme Regis at Christmas

Best fudge in town! Loved their red and blue lights!

Lyme Regis at Christmas

Christmas trees forming an arch way…

Lyme Regis at Christmas

The best kind of light, natural light from the moon lighting up the sea…

Lyme Regis at Christmas

Looking back up through the small path toward the High Street…

Lyme Regis at Christmas

Just a night-time scene…

Lyme Regis at Christmas

Hubby enjoying the view…

Lyme Regis at Christmas

I think this was my favourite display by far on the High Street…

Lyme Regis at Christmas

The other half of that display…

Lyme Regis at Christmas

And being on the Jurassic Coast, who could forget some dinos?

Lyme Regis at Christmas

A Christmassy T-Rex…