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Saturday stroll, Carisbrook, The Tennyson Trail and Gatcombe

Good afternoon friends,

Yesterday morning/early afternoon, my fiance and I set off for a stroll

We didn’t anticipate such a long walk, but as the weather was so beautiful we decided to make the most of it.

We packed a lunch along with a flask of tea, wrapped up in layers, and set out for our trek. We walked from,

Carisbrook to the Tennyson trail to
Bowcomb down, towards Gatcombe, back through Carisbrook and into Newport.

Here’s just a few pictures from our journey

To walk for hours without a destination, to just chat, no distractions, getting exercise and taking in the glorious views, it was wonderful.

We ended up walking 13.6k, my legs definitely needed the stretch, and my chest the fresh air.

We passed less than a dozen people and a few dogs, spotted 2 robins, a sparrow, buzzards, a pheasant, sheep with their lambs, and a festival of birds singing in a tree.

The last few miles of the walk, the trees bowed over is along the tunnel path, I felt as though we were hobbits leaving The Shire.

There were dozens of exposed roots, with burrows, perfect for small creatures, as well as what I expect were rabbit or badger holes around them.

We were tempted to walk around Carisbrook castle before we heading home, though we could hear the families and dogs barking, and decided to take a different route as it looked a little too busy

Forever thankful for our Island, and cannot wait for Spring right around the corner

Kaya •

Isle of Wight

Totland Bay, Headon Warren Saturday Stroll

Good afternoon friends,

How is this weekend treating you so far?

Yesterday was glorious, almost Spring weather.
The sun was shining, I was warm and ready to stretch my legs. My fiance and I (warms my heart every time I say that), packed a picnic, a flask of coffee and drove out to Totland Bay.

Forgive me, I talk about the Island, (Isle of Wight), as if you know exactly where I mean – below is a lovely picture I found on Google of a map of the Island (Totland is the far left, under Yarmouth)

OOTD
Crazy town t shirt – from the merch table
Checked skirt – New Look
Black ankle boots – H&M
Parka in a pocket – Primark

Face
Foundation – B.Flawless Matte Foundation
Lips – Kylie Lip Kit in the shade Boujee
Eyes – Primark Amber Passion 9 pan Pallette
No 7 Eyeliner
No 7 Eyebrow Pencil
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Revolution Ultra Face Base Primer
Bare Minerals Lashtopia Volumising Mascara

As we walked up hill, we passed a few dog walkers, and I could hear a group behind us.

I could feel my chest tighten at one point, we were walking up hill and chatting away, so my first thought was that I was feeling a bit unfit, we slowed down but I could still feel a bit if pain

The group were walking about 30 or so meters behind us, the paths were long and twisted, most of the time I couldn’t even see them, just hear them in the distance, then I realised my chest was tight because I was anxious.

I think where I only leave the house to do food shopping, to leave the house and be free to explore, to hear and see others around me without a mask, I guess subconsciously it made me uncomfortable.

It was a bizarre feeling, I was out in nature with my love, enjoying our exploring, and then reality hit with what the world’s gone through the past year. It happens, for anyone who’s felt the same, take a minute or 10, a deep breath, remember all the good that’s around you, and carry on.

I realise this is an over-share, but let’s be realistic, we’ve all done it and I couldn’t stop laughing …

The wave of anxiousness subsided, but then the realisation of how much I needed the loo hit.
I’m not going to lie to you, this happens.. and when nature calls, friends, sometimes you have to pick a spot, and pee behind a bush!
The views were glorious, but I was distracted by not only finding some bushes to hide behind so I couldn’t be seen, cursing myself for wearing tights, and preying some creature didn’t crawl up and bite my backside. How bloody awkward.

Anywho, that happened, my other half kept a look out and I wasn’t caught.

We made it to Headon Warren and took in the spectacular views, I haven’t visited here for years and forgot how beautiful the view was over the Needles.

We sat and had a little picnic on the beach which consisted of, Mixed cheese’s and meats on home made sour dough, chocolate chip cookies and cocktail sausages

Little collection of stones – I pick a few favourites and take them home to display in a glass jar – I do this every time we go to the beach

Two ladies to the right of us braved the calm waters for a swim, it looked freezing but they were laughing and had huge smiles on their faces for the time they were in the water.

It was lovely to just breath in the sea breeze, listen to the waves crash and relax.

We made our way back to the car by walking along the seafront, it had started to get alot busier, there’s always one or two who think they’re more important than others.

Even if social distancing wasn’t applicable, if you’re passing another party, move to one side, instead a group but 5 stood side by side strolling past others whilst they pressed themselves up against the wall to keep a bit of distance between them. The same walking up the cliff stairs, groups stopping and chatting mid step… Could you not?

We made our way up and back along the path smiling back at home owners sat in their gardens enjoying lunch with the radio playing.

Our looped walk of 3 and a bit miles was refreshing, I really need to get out more.

Kaya •

Blogmas 2020, Isle of Wight

Blogmas – Scavenger Hunt

Good morning friends,

Sunday afternoon we took a stroll around the beautiful town of Brading.

Each Christmas, my other half and I, take part in a Christmas quiz.

The Christmas quiz is arranged each year by one of our family friends, who picks a town for us to explore with a list of scavenger hunt style quiz questions

The quiz of 40 questions took us just under 2 hours whilst we strolled around the quaint little town.

Friends and family would normally take part in the quiz together in teams, this year was different but fun all the same.

Perfect way to spend a crisp Sunday afternoon

Kaya •

Blogmas 2020

Blogmas – Spa Day

Good afternoon friends,

Saturday was wonderful but hectic, working until 12, then rushing to the spa, then a night out, for a moment it felt like it should be, the excitement of being rushed off your feet, out and about and making the most of your weekend.

My best friend Callum and I have had a few spa days together over the past couple of years, and jumped at the chance when we saw a deal for a spa day at The Lakeside

For £90 between us, we had booked for use of the spa, a Elemis 20 minute back, next and shoulder massage each, and a afternoon tea.

£45 each for lunch, a massage and to drift away for a few hours was worth every penny

They had dressed the lakeside beautifully for Christmas. I always think it is a beautiful spa, but with the added Christmas trees and sparkling lights, it made it that little bit more wonderful.

There was a wedding that was held there at the same time, but we didn’t get a glimpse of it at all, as they were in another part of the building, but I can see the appeal.

Our spa afternoon started with lunch, a gorgeous variety of finger sandwiches, scones, fruit and plain, with clotted cream and jam, and mini cakes. Along with a shared pot of tea and a couple of pink gins, we were settled and relaxed

After lunch we got changed and relaxed in the bubble lounge before being led to our rooms for a massage.

My massause had magical hands, the warm oil and relaxing music had me struggling to stay awake. It was incredible

After our massages we spent some time in the outdoor hot tub, indoor jacuzzi, pool, and steam room, all whilst having a good old catch up.

I was a little skeptical at first, due to Covid, but there were limited people in each area, booking times were spaced out, and the spa looked clean and felt safe.

I am thankful for a escape, with a friend, even if it was just for a few hours

Kaya •

Isle of Wight

Grease – Cinema Under the Stars

Good afternoon friends!

I hope you’re all having a wonderful Bank Holiday Monday!

Last night my mum and I wrapped up warm and headed out to the Old Barracks.

Each summer the Old Barracks hosts a free night time out door cinema event that screen a dozen or so films through out the summer.

Pictures in the park screen a variety of films, from Moana, The Greatestest Showman, Rocky Horror Picture show, and our favourite,Grease.

In past years you can turn up on the day and try and squeeze in on the lawn (if there’s space and parking) this year for obvious reasons, it was a little different.

We reserved our free tickets and wouldn’t be given entry unless we had a screen shot or printed confirmation of our tickets as there was limited space.

Parking for the evening was only £1, and tickets were checked at the entrance where there were cones to direct the one way system of one way in and out.

Everyone had social distanced themselves, and snuggled into their plot with blankets, foldable chairs, bean bags and cusions.

The cafe served hot and cold delights, Mr Whippy Ice creams, tubs of sweets, crisps, fries, pizza and popcorn.

Mama and I bought a big bag of crisps and a Flask of tea, sat comfy on our chairs with throws over our legs.

Doors opened from 6.30pm with the movie to start at 8pm.

After an hour and a half of booming crappy chart music, when the time came to actually start the film they had technical difficulties, so the film actually started at 8.30.

Maybe next time some funky music in theme with the film could be playing, and they cluld prep the film before the start time so we arent waiting around for 30mins? But anywho!

I’ve watched Grease more times than I can rememeber, but watching it on the big screen, under the stars with my mum, it was spectacular.

We sang every word to each song, grining with excitement before each started, perfect.

Yes we were sat in the dark, but you don’t have to encourage me to dress up a little.

Not overly different from my normal style, I took a little inspiration from the 50’s

Polka dots, Rita red lips, soft black eye shadow winged liner, pearl earrings and red nails.

Have you been to an outdoor cinema before? If so what did you watch?

Kaya •

Cooking at home with Kaya, Isle of Wight

Farmhouse Fayre (Supporting Local)

Good afternoon friends,

I hope you’re all keeping well!

Now more than ever, it is essential to support your local business’s.

For the past year or so we have been visiting Farmhouse Fayre, our local Green Grocers. Before lock down, we would visit every other Saturday to pick up our goods.

I dont know if its because I love to cook, or picking out your own fresh fruit and veg subconsciously makes you think your food will taste better? Who know? But our trip to the green grocers always out a smile on my face.

The staff there are so lovely, helpful and kind. They’re wonderful at recommending what might mix well for certain dish’s, how to cook/cut certain products, and what is best in current seasons.

They also sell hummus chips… do I need to say more?

Since lock down we haven’t been able to visit, which was disappointing, but had discovered they are selling online, and also now sell Fruit and Vegtable boxes.

Hold me back!

They offer 3 varieties of boxes; Medium £20 (pictured above), Large £30 and extra Large £50

The standard Fruit and Veg box generally contains the following (subject to seasonal variations):

2.5kg Isle of Wight potatoes (dirty)

3 x onions (m)

2 x red onions

1 x swede

1 red cabbage

1 x cucumber

5 x apples

5 x satsumas

3 x pears

5 x bananas

1 baby carrots

5 x tomatoes (large)

1 x garlic

500g red grapes

1 x lemon

1 x lime

2 x kiwi fruits

1 x little gem lettuce

1 x cress (punnet)

1 x cauliflour

Now that is a heck of alot for £20!

When ordering these boxes online, you have the option to Click and collect or your box can be delivered for free!

Before we realised you could get free delivery, the past 3 or 4 times, we have clicked and collected which will have you order ready in about 2-3 days where you can pick between 8.30am and 5pm.

The green grocers also sell a variety of local produce.

Meats, milk, Cheeses, eggs etc

And have recently paired up with another local shop, Grace’s Bakery, who we ordered a fresh loaf of bread from. It was delicious and smelt incredible.

Since recieving our boxes we’ve been able to increase our fruit and veg consumption.

Just to name a few, we’ve made, Soups, casseroles, burritos, pasta salads, fruit salads, cauliflour cheese, vegtable curries,stir fry, roasted veg, jacket potatoes, the list is endless.

The boxes also helped us to have a meat free week (blog to follow in the future) something I’ve always wanted to try but never have. With such a variety of gorgeous fresh ingredients it made it so easy.

Buying these fruit and veg not only takes the pressure off going to the supermarket, or waiting for an online delivery with at times, ridiculous delivery charges, but you’re also supporting local.

We have been trying our best to support local businesses over the past couple of months.

Buying fresh, local produce, and helping the community, is something we should all be taking part it.

Kaya •

Isle of Wight

Carisbrooke Castle

Good afternoon friends,

I hope you’re all keeping well this beautiful Monday!

Yesterday morning, my family and I went for a social distancing at

‘The Castle’… Carisbrook Castle.

This beautiful 12th century castle was the location of where Charles I was held prisoner, before being beheaded.

The castle is currently closed to the public due to the global current events.

Standard Admission for the castle grounds is around £12.50 for adults and £7.50 for children.

Inside the grounds includes A chapel,museum, the well house, with a working well, operated by Donkeys, And many other rooms to explore.

In all honesty I havent been in the castle for years, the merchandise and the admission fee are over priced,but the site is beautiful to view from the outside also.

Leading up to and around the castle walks are extremly popular with all, and you can enjoy it for free.

Children and adults riding their bikes, walks with the family, visiting the horses on the adjacent fields, or just parking up outside the castle to take in the view

Walking around the moat of the castle, which you can run up and down of (great fun for sledding when it very rarely snows)

Beautiful old walls around the castle, with the most beautiful views over looking Newport,

A variety of pathways leading off of the path to local footpaths to and other ventures.

With many hidden windows and doors around the site, you cant help but peak through, and maybe attempt to wiggle the handle.

I’m forever thankful for our island, the sites, the nature, the history and all that is there to be discovered.

Kaya •

Isle of Wight

Bank holiday Adventure

Good evening friends,

I hope you’re all keeping well, safe and making the most of this glorious bank holiday weekend.

Saturday afternoon, my boyfriend mum and I went on a little adventure. We drove out to a beauty town in the south of the island, St Lawrence.

I could of dressed better for the adventure, but again, my head wasnt in the right place, I havent left the house properly for a stroll in months, I has the correct shoes but I could of worn shorts and t shirt instead of black Jean’s and a hoodie.

It’s as if I forgot about how warm and beautiful our spring/summers can be.

We parked up and began our social distancing walk by strolling past some absolutly beautiful hidden homes.

I love walking past others houses and see how they’ve made it into their own, either with the plants, decor, ornaments and finishing touches.

I never have a reason to visit this part of the island, so often forget how beautiful and peaceful it is.

We were lucky enough to have the most beautiful weather, and only passed about a dozen others with children and dogs, all to which we said good afternoon and hello to each other, and all were respectful enough to social distance and stand 2 meters or more apart when passing.

Along the way we passed old churches, abandoned homes, homes that we’re getting a bit of TLC, old stone walls and monuments, and an abandoned railway.

My boyfriend and I popped our heads in, we were going to walk all the way to the end, but we’d already been walking a few hours and decided to give it a go next time.

All whilst my mum feeding us information about the gorgeous sites. She and my boyfriend have such wonderful knowledge about the island, I try my best to soak it in but it just doesn’t stick.

Either way, an explore with them made my weekend.

As we strolled through the town, through the fields and hidden enclosures, up and down some extremly steep hills, exploring every nook and cranny, we sat down on a few benches, tucked into some doughnuts and enjoyed the view.

A long walk on our beautiful island is exactly what I needed.The fresh air did me some good, hearing the birds sing, the leaves rustle, the fresh sea breeze, with not a care in the world. It’s been months since I’ve felt like this.

Rememeber to look for the little things that are still possible, that are beautiful and they’ll keep you going.

Kaya •

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Make a difference, if you can.

Good evening friends,

Well. Isn’t this something else?

You’ve already guessed what this post is about.

Kittens!

Oh if only. It would fill me with such joy to wrote about kittens. But no, we’re not there yet.

But hopefully for a split second you had a warmer thought rather than Corona Virus!

Living in the UK at this time, all we can do is wait. Nothing has really happened yet. Nothing has been put in place? A few chains of cinemas and leisure centres have closed, schools will shut on Friday, and a few supermarkets have reduced hours. But for now, all is running the same…. but weirder.

Any who. My real reason for this blog is to talk about giving back.

I know it seems like a scary time at the moment, and that the shelves are emptying from people panic buying and stock piling.

Please rememeber those who may not have the money to buy what they need at a drop of a hat, and that many still rely on food banks.

Not only food, but basic every day toiletries like toothpaste, shower gel, deodorant.

Even an extra 2 or 3 quid to your shop could help others massively in need.

I spent £8.40 in Lidl, to buy a few bits to donate to the Isle of Wight Food bank, it might not look like alot or very exciting, but it’ll still help someone in need.

Kaya •

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Pickle Wars 2019

Yes you read that right!

This sunday lunch time my partner and I took part in the 2020 Pickle Wars.

Each year in January, the Pickle Wars takes place at the Woodvale Pub and Hotel in aid of The Childrens Liver Disease Foundation.

‘The whole idea started in the Woodvale Hotel in Gurnard when 2 gents were arguing over who made the best pickled onions..
19 years later it would seem there are plenty of people that take pickled onion making VERY seriously!

The reason for choosing the Childrens Liver Disease Foundation as the charity is that one of the original gents at the bar arguing over his onions had a grandson born with a liver deficiency and I also know the family very well so we got our heads together and decided to make an event of it and raise a few pennies for a good cause’

– Lee Taylor (one of the founders)

This year there were an amazing 35 entries, all scored by the public between 1 and 10.

I’ll admit we couldnt quite handle all 35 at once, so we took a break after the first 15 and sat down for some lunch.

Prawn Barra Gallega with Sweet potato fries

Warm pulled pork with stuffing and apple sauce, with triple cooked chips

After a bite to eat, we bought a couple of raffle tickets and continued to work our way through the pickled onions.

The Woodvale was absolutely heaving, so I couldnt get pictures of all of the raffle and auction prizes, but as you can see from what I could capture, there was a ton!

A few of the auction prizes included

  • Football tickets
  • Paragliding experience
  • Vintage furniture
  • Overnight stay at a beautiful hotel with dinner included
  • A power boat ride across the solent

In 19 years, they’ve raised an incredible over £77,000!

*** update ***

On Sunday 26th January 2019, a sensational £8133.90 was raised!

We didnt stay for the raffle, auction or who was crowned King or Queen of The Pickle Wars, but we had a brilliant time, and it was certainly a different way to spend your Sunday afternoon!

Kaya •