Sunday, 19 October 2014

Sunny Salcombe celebrations - A barefoot sea side wedding in Devon.



When I booked my flights Texas-UK to get to Cam's wedding I felt that Devon was so relatively close to London that I didn't really need to worry about how to get there once I was safely installed in the country. I am an idiot.

Salcombe is tiny, the nearest railway station is an hours drive away in Totnes. Totnes is at least three hours on the train from London.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

National Kate Day (or the London Sea Life Center)

"Why, pray tell, are you and C insisting that we visit the Sea Life Center?" - Bemused husband of best friend (who obviously hasn't seen the penguins or he wouldn't be asking) when we meet at Waterloo Station. He is aware that 'Day of Kate' has been in the calendar for ages but otherwise is bemusedly muttering about National Kate Day (An excellent idea. We will celebrate every year!).

Monday, 6 October 2014

Aaannnd back to London for an (extremely jet lagged) engagement party.

It hasn't been very long since my last trip to the UK (7 weeks in fact) but my friends keep getting engaged or married, and one of the deals that we made when we moved here was that we would prioritize trips home for important events above other holidays -  so, with one best friend having her engagement drinks (I'm a bridesmaid. Hurrah!), and another important friend getting married - I packed my bags, waved a sad good bye to my favourite boys and jumped on the (thankfully now direct) flight from Austin to London.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Pedernales Falls State Park (and a dip in to the Texas Hill Country Olive Co.)

With summer memories fading fast and Jon's Parents in town for a long weekend it was definitely time for an adventure. 

Inspired by a recent viewing of Richard Linklater's 'Boyhood' (a glorious film and three hour long Texas love letter - go and watch it immediately. It's absolutely perfect) We strapped on our walking boots and piled in to the car for the hour long drive out of Austin to the Pedernales Falls State Park - definitely worth taking an actual map if you're, like me, dependent on your iPhone for directions - absolutely no cell phone reception out here.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Care Bear pink Autumn Hair


During my mid teenage years I dyed the tips of my very blonde hair a deep pink. Sadly no pictures survive (I was also going through a phase of wearing pretty absurd eye makeup and absolutely gigantic jeans. It's probably best there are no photos...)!

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Apollo - Texas Moon Dog (a perfect Post-Wedding-Blues Puppy from Austin Pets Alive)


Coming back down to earth after our wedding and a summer in London, Surrey, Amsterdam and Hawaii (tough life..!) might have been a bit of a bump. But there is no better cure for post wedding blues than a long-promised puppy!

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

More Hawaii Honey - helicopters, hiking and hurricane lock down in Kauai



We flew out of driving rain on the Big Island and in to blazing sunshine in Kauai, perfect! Another hire-care pick up and a drive to Poipu to the serviceable but not rock-and-roll Sheraton on the coast. After check in and pouring over Island maps we made ourselves a pretty comprehensive schedule of hiking, helicopter touring and eating (and eating and eating)