Black and White Photo Challenge, Day 4

The other day An Historian About Town nominated me for the Black and White Photo Challenge For seven days (roughly – they may spread out over more than 7 days) I will share one black and white photo from the day before, with no people in it and no explanation.

I nominate anyone who wants to do this tag πŸ™‚


An Autumn Walk

Last weekend was supposed to be the “optimum” weekend for autumn colours here in the UK, so me and dad ventured to the local National Trust place Winkworth Arboretum to see their autumn colours. Sadly I don’t think the colours were as good as they could have been yet as I think it is still a bit too early because we haven’t had that many cold nights yet! It has been a surprisingly mild October!

Anyway, we still saw some beautiful autumn colours so I thought I’d share with you some of the photos I took on our trip! I hope you enjoy them! πŸ™‚


I think we might try and visit again in a couple of weeks to see if the colours are any better, or if we’ve missed it entirely! πŸ™‚


A Day in Cardiff

One of the great things about where I was in Swansea was being an hour away from Cardiff on the train. Sadly I didn’t really discover this properly until after Easter this year otherwise I think I may have visited more often! Swansea was OK… I mean it was good enough, BUT it is pretty naff for shopping which means if you want a proper shopping trip your best bet is to head to Cardiff for the day. So that is what I did a few weeks ago now. It wasn’t really for the shopping that I went, but really for a little day out to get away from uni work because I just needed a day off!

With a 16-25 railcard, a day return to Cardiff from Swansea costs only Β£7.60! πŸ˜€

So I got on the train and headed to Cardiff. Once I arrived in Cardiff I got off the train and got on the BayCar to Cardiff Bay, where I decided to ride through to the Doctor Who experience and walk back through the Bay.


Cardiff Bay is honestly a beautiful place and I fell in love with it the first time I visited when I was about 12. I really would recommend a visit if you ever get the chance!


The main reason I headed out to the Bay was to visit the Poppy display they had on at the Welsh Assembly building. It really was beautiful!



I then had a little wander round the Bay and went on the big wheel they had there πŸ™‚




After a wander round the Bay I got the bus back to the city where I did a bit of shopping. Thankfully I’ve always managed to go to the shops during the day so it has never been that busy in Cardiff when I’ve been, but I’m not sure I’d like to go at the weekend!

I didn’t take any photos of the shops/centre, but here is a photo of what I bought πŸ™‚ I had a bit of a shopping spree really!

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I bought a couple of scarfs from Fat Face. I already have a Fat Face scarf but I fell in love with the blue star one as it is less Christmassy than my scarf I already have! πŸ™‚

Of course I also visited Cath Kidston πŸ˜‰ (The purse was for my mum) as well as stopping off in Animal back in Swansea on my way back where they had 20% student discount! I wanted the coat but couldn’t justify full price, but when the 20% student discount came up I could no longer resist!

All in all I had a lovely little day out, I only regret not discovering how easy it was to travel to Cardiff sooner, otherwise I would have liked to have visited a few more places there! πŸ™‚

Camping Essentials

The majority of the holidays I’ve been on, until I was 16 have been camping holidays. Pretty much every year we’d go camping on one big summer holiday, usually to France or Germany, as well as camping most weekends through May to July. I’d never really experienced a holiday staying in a hotel until I went to New York!

I was away camping last weekend so today I’d thought I’d share with you some of my camping essentials! Firstly I’ll point out however that our camping has mostly always been in a folding camper/trailer tent so it’s a little more comfortable than “proper” camping!

1.Microfibre Towel

Mountain Warehouse

A Microfibre towel dries so much quicker than a normal towel and you can get them in different sizes. Plus they fold down really small πŸ™‚ OK they aren’t nice to snuggle in to once you’ve come out the shower, but they dry quickly and take up next to no space.

2. Blanket

Nights can get cold when you’re camping, so a blanket and extra layers for night can be a help if you want a good sleep!

3. Hand Gel

photo-23-07-2017-17-39-50.jpgCause you know, campsite toilets can be a bit… yeah! Also because camping can just feel a bit dirty! I’m using the Carex Moisture plus hand gel at the moment, I find it dries my hands out less.

4. Dry Shampoo!

Photo 23-07-2017, 17 40 35I forgot to take some with me last weekend though and I really really regretted it. My hair needed washing but the showers were cold. I just couldn’t bring myself to wash my hair in cold water! I use the original Batiste dry shampoo πŸ™‚ They also come in a travel mini size which may be more convenient for you! I want to try some of the Zerreau no wash shampoo (if anyone has tried it please do share your experience!) πŸ™‚

5. Flip Flops

I’m actually a Crocs kind of girl. Yes judge me all you want! But I adore my Crocs. They’re so comfy! Anyway, Crocs/flip flops = essential in campsite showers and are just easy to slide on and off!

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I mainly use these for cleaning my hands after putting sun cream on when I’m out and about. But wipes are very useful!

7. Sun Cream

Photo 23-07-2017, 17 41 32I’m ginger and have pale skin so I burn incredibly easily. Hence the factor 50+ kids stuff. I use the Boots Kids Play 8h protection sun cream, which really works. I’ve been using it for years and have never been burnt while using it. I also take a “normal” sun cream because although the 8h protection is great it is very thick and a bit of a pain to rub in. So I use the Nivea stuff as a top up cream or just something if I’m only out for a couple of hours. I honestly really do recommend the Boots Kids Play though!

8. Blister Plasters

photo-23-07-2017-17-41-10.jpgA selection of blister plasters won’t go amiss. I took the toe ones too and I’m glad I did as I had a huge blister on my toe last weekend!

9. Lip Balm

photo-23-07-2017-17-40-09.jpgI actually took the Carmex Cherry with SPF 15 in, but lip balm is definitely an essential. Especially if your lips get burnt!

10. Moisturiser

Photo 23-07-2017, 17 42 02Camping can dry your skin out. Especially if you’re like me and suffer from eczema. The grass at the campsite we were at dried my skin out a lot, and combined with being outside just made me appreciate moisturiser. Yes I know again this is a kids product, but it is great for people with eczema as it doesn’t irritate. Plus it smells wonderful!

Are any of these products in your holiday/travel bag? Did you forget anything last time you went away and regret it? Β πŸ™‚

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and I’ll see you again soon πŸ˜€



Swansea Air Show

One of the great things about working on my research project is I have zero guilt about having weekends and evenings off (at the moment anyway). I love a good air show, and seeing as Swansea airshow was on this weekend at the beach over the road, I didn’t have much excuse for not going!

It was an absolutely beautiful weekend, it was so sunny so I took my book and camera down and sat on the beach a while to watch the planes πŸ™‚ So today I thought I’d share with you some of the photos I took.Photo 01-07-2017, 13 05 23





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I hope you enjoyed today’s post and I’ll see you again soon πŸ™‚

The Picture Tag

So last week Bea from BeaFreeΒ did the picture tag, nominating everyone for it. So I decided I’d give it a go today! πŸ™‚


β€œBlonde’s Tea, creator thisΒ tag, got tired of seeing the same tags all around and decided to create a simple tag where you just have to post one picture ofΒ five different themes (e.g. your favourite picture of yourself, the best picture you have ever taken, a picture with your sibling, etc.) that will be given by your nominator. You don’t have to have photography skills or anything, it is just to spread lovely pictures on your blog and bring back lovely memories.”


  • Paste the text about the creator and the tag (the text above).
  • Post the 5 pictures that stick to the themes given.
  • Nominate 5 people (or just as much as you want).
  • Give 5 themes for your nominees pictures.
  • Notify your nominees about their nomination.

Favourite Photo of Me:Β 


This is probably my favourite most recent photo of me πŸ™‚

Photo of My Favourite Vacation


I think my favourite holiday has to be to New York in 2010.

Photo of My Funnest Day


My first ever trip to the WB Studio tour! πŸ™‚

A Photo of Your Pet


This was a long time ago now, and I don’t have any pets anymore, but this is me with 2 of my guinea pigs (I had 4).

A Photo that Makes Me Happy


This was the day I graduated from my undergraduate degree in 2015.

My Themes to You:

  • Favourite photo of yourself
  • Photo of you and your best friend
  • The best photo you’ve ever taken
  • A photo of your pet
  • A photo that makes youΒ happy


Everyone who reads this πŸ™‚