Slow Living Sunday: Sunshine & Serenity

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It’s a beautiful and sunny Sunday evening here in Bridport today. Alan and I had a nice long lie in followed by him making us cinnamon rolls! They were so good! It was his first time making them too and they turned out fantastic! We had to run some errands earlier so after having breakfast we went into town to get a few things and enjoy the sunshine. It is lovely to be out and taking all the signs of Spring in. I had a few things I wanted to do when we got home, making a nice loaf of bread being one of them!

Back in January we moved into our own place but we still have a few things over at Alan’s parents’ place so while I got busy making my Bara Soda Carawe (that’s Welsh for Caraway Soda Bread), Alan went to go get some of our books to add to our bookcase which had been sitting in the hallway not getting much use other than as a catch-all of sorts. We cleared it out last weekend and now it is finally starting to look like a proper bookcase and soon I will have the hallway clear of all the excess clutter.

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So, today has really been more about slow living, trying to just take at least a day to enjoy life without all the major distractions from the everyday. Alan made a lovely chili con carne while I baked and we had a late lunch followed by a nice nap (sunshine and a hearty meal will do that to you). Now I am up, writing to you all after having finished a few designs and test prints to upload some new stuff to the Etsy shop and Alan is making scones for supper! Couple that with a gorgeous evening of sunshine and a leisurely viewing of Vera on ITV in about 40 minutes and we are ready to end this relaxing day to start a new and vibrant week ahead. How was your Sunday?

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Well, I am off to enjoy the rest of my Sunday evening with my hubby! More news to come tomorrow! Have a lovely week and stay positive!

 

Photos by: Nadia M. Perez Bugler ©2017 All Rights Reserved.

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Inside the #Portland #Bill #Lighthouse and other views…

Portland Bill Lighthouse and more

Part three of our journey to the Isle of Portland was all about going up inside the lighthouse and taking in the last few scenic views of the area before heading back home to Bridport the following day. Sunday dawned grey and windy, cold and not the best day in the world to be out and about but we made the most of it heading first to the Coast Watch Tower for a mini tour by the volunteers there (it’s free and they really like visitors). The tower itself isn’t much to look at but going up there is worth the trip just to have a look through the giant binoculars. The detail of the lighthouse that can be seen through them is incredible! After that we walked down to the lighthouse to book a tour spot. We went up with 15 other people and a guide, some of which included children. A word to the parents out there who wish to take their children to Portland Bill Lighthouse, because of the potential safety risks due to structural features of the lighthouse, small children are only permitted to climb the lighthouse if they are at least 1.1 metres in height and capable of climbing up and back down without help. If your children are too small to go up inside, it is still worth the wait until they are tall enough to go in.

So, without further ado, I will share some photos of our last day of exploration around Portland Bill!

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Looking down on the Old Lower Lighthouse from the road by the Coast Watch tower…

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The grey day made for some very atmospheric photos…

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One last look at the Pulpit Inn where we had eaten the bulk of our meals that weekend…

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Heading back toward the lighthouse, getting ready to head inside it…

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Hubby taking a few last shots of the area…

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Best view of Pulpit Rock we had throughout the weekend. It was too wet and windy to actually stand on the rock bed in front of it…

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Close-up so you can see how narrow the lighthouse is, and we went inside that with 16 other people!

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Inside the ground floor of the lighthouse at the start of our tour. Those steps above are quite narrow and steep.

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A little bit of lighthouse history on this Trinity House plaque…

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Still within the ground floor, looking at all the commemorative items inside…

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This was above us on the next level up…

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A look at the actual light from the lighthouse. The bulbs inside are small but just imagine the beams they make reflecting off of all those panels!

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This was taken of the obelisk from inside the lighthouse, in the part which houses the light…

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And one last look at Pulpit Rock from inside the lighthouse…

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Hubby inside the lighthouse so you can see the scale of the windows that the light shines through…

We were really hard pressed to leave such a naturally beautiful place! We fell in love with Portland Bill and can’t wait to explore again, especially when it is a bit warmer. The lighthouse tour was not very long but it was worth the £14 we paid to go in and have the experience. It is volunteer run through the Trinity House Trust. Would you go up into the lighthouse if you had the chance?

Cheers,

Nadia xo

 

For more information on Portland Bill Lighthouse please visit: http://www.trinityhouse.co.uk/lighthouses/lighthouse_list/portland_bill.html

For Health & Safety Regulations: http://www.trinityhouse.co.uk/lighthouses/visitor_centre_h_s_guidelines.pdf

#Christmas in #Bridport: A Glimpse into December’s Late Night Shopping Tradition

 

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A couple of weeks ago on 9th December, Alan and I went to Bridport’s Late Night Shopping where the majority of the town’s shops stay open later than usual and there are stalls down along South Street as well as fun fair rides for the children and an appearance from Father Christmas. We headed out into the evening a little after it had begun but were able to see and experience the full effect of everyone out having a good time. We even saw a few friends out enjoying the evening, had a coffee from Soulshine Cafe and bought a few things from some of the local shops for the festivities.

I love seeing the town brimming with people and as it is my first Christmas here in Bridport I was happy to snap a few pics to show everyone how many lovely folks were out and about that day.

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Walking down West Street heading toward the activity.

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Frost’s “XMAS” light display above the shop front windows.

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The tree in Bucky Doo among the hub bub of people and stalls…

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Looking down South Street at the people and stalls…

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The Hot Chestnuts stall and two townies…

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People and the fun fair rides in the distance…

What sorts of Christmas traditions do your towns hold? Does Father Christmas usually make an appearance, does the Salvation Army Band come around? I’d love to know what other places do to get into the holiday spirit!

Merry Christmas!

Nadia xoxo

 

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Monday Musings: Thoughts on the Future of Walks in Beauty

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I’ve been thinking a lot about the direction in which I would like to take Walks in Beauty which is why I haven’t updated it much lately. Ideally, I’d like to have a main focus on this blog and the focus I’d like to give it is plain and simple but requires a lot of effort, of course. I want to make it into a true expat lifestyle blog and focus mainly on the area of the UK I will soon be residing permanently in, Dorset. I want to bring you, my readers, closer to the place I have come to love and feel most at home at. I want you to see it with me as I go about daily life. I’d like to take you to where I shop, where I go for walks, share my kitchen adventures with you and invite you to share Dorset’s magic with me from the comfort of where you are. While I am here in Florida waiting to complete my visa application process I will be sharing throughout the next few weeks photos and moments from my time in Dorset last year which I did not previously share while I was there. Also, I will continue to research the area surrounding Bridport, the market town I will be residing in, and sharing what I find with you here.

Aside from that though, I really want to share with you what is going on in my life as I wait here in Florida as well so you will be able to catch a glimpse of life in this peninsular tropic. Aside from the heat, it’s really not such a bad place. *wink*

There are also some very lovely places to visit here in the Tampa Bay area and I will share with you some of my favourites so that if you come to the area you will fall in love with it.

So, stay tuned for new blog posts and a few other new things along the way…

Cheers!

Nadia xo