This month is a tale of two halves. As you read this I’m travelling back from 2 weeks in South Africa, (remember when I started planning back in January?) I have so much to share from the trip but for now will whet your appetite with a few Instagram snaps. The first half of the month follows, with my usual and far less interesting exploits 😉
As always, the links in the list go back to posts I have written that correspond to the snaps (if you want to catch up,) and you can follow me throughout the month on Instagram @rebecca_norris on your phone, online or there’s a feed on the right hand side bar here on Florence Finds 🙂
- My Travel Outfit for the plane: spots and stripes, layers and flats.
- Cocktails on the roof of The Grand Daddy Hotel, amongst Airstream caravans
- A long way from anywhere, at the Cape of Good Hope
- A rainy day outfit for walking and sightseeing on the Atlantic peninsula.
- The view from our Camps Bay Hotel
- African Pengins at Boulders beach
- Just one selection of amazing seafood we enjoyed.
- Table Mountain, from the ferry to Robben Island
- My very apt lion birthday card (from Paperchase) from Pete 🙂
- Birthday outfit
- The view from Table Mountain
- Camps Bay beach
- One of our hotels on route to The Eastern Cape
- Meeting the Cheetah’s at Tenikwa – a trip highlight.
- Making macarons with my sister and enjoying nights out over Easter, with Francesca again.
- Re-wearing my Whistles Wisteria print dress for a (cold) early April wedding with tights and sparkly shoes (see it worn here and here also)
- Mixing animal prints in my new favourite outfit – worn for the Style Me Vintage Weddings book launch in London.
- Animal print points with my blue lace skirt (and Pete getting in on the footwear action!)
- The Style Me Vintage Weddings launch
- Breakfast in Hoxton
- New reading material, courtesy of Gemma, pre-holiday.
- Purchases from & Other Stories
- Trying out my new boots and my go-anywhere dress for dinner one night.
- New art (that I bought pete for his birthday) framed and ready to hang, starting off our new gallery wall.
- Outfits of the day, trying to bring colour into cold days.
How was your April readers? Are you looking forward to May with all it’s bank holidays and the promise of warmer weather?
Last year was Pete’s 30th and as part of that I planned a weekend away at the end of January to The Drawing Room in the Elan Valley (just click the links to read more.) I’ve heard people say in the past that having something to look forward to in January helps you to get through the month and last year it was such a pick me up that we’ve decided to do the same again.
Even if you don’t go away in January, just looking for and planning a trip is fun and helps take your mind off the dreary weather. As we’re heading into mid January now and even I am feeling a trace of the blues, it’s definitely time to start planning and bring back the #JanuaryJoy!
I was going to tell you about one of my recent trips today, but thought I would save that for February. Instead I’m going to share my travel plans for the year and who knows, I might be reflecting back on that in another 12 months. This New Year’s eve, Pete pulled out a dog-eared bit of paper he had found on which we had written our travel plans for 2012. We had listed the months and filled in all the things we already had planned, like friends weddings and then pencilled in a few trips we wanted to take. Our plans included the trip we took to The Drawing Room, Yosemite and Vegas, and skiing, all of which we managed. We were dreaming big and also listed trips to Mexico to see the ruins, a South Africa/Safari trip and a mini break in Madrid that didn’t get done. It was fun to look back and see what we did but I also felt a bit disappointed that we hadn’t planned those bigger trips.
So this year we have our annual ski-ing trip planned, and the getaway I mentioned at the end of the month. We have a family trip planned in Cornwall in August and the potential for a trip to Spain in May. That’s three weeks holiday gone already and I’m no closer to planning a life-list trip. Right now I’m all about the trips that children in future may make difficult (if only for the short term.) I’ve been enthralled by Africa on TV this last week and always wanted to see big cats up close, so this year’s goal is to plan a trip to Africa. I want to see South Africa, go on safari and explore what looks like a naturally stunning country. I’d love to hear any tips or recommendations you have?
So, what are your travel plans this year and are you planning any trips right now? Do you have a fail safe January pick-me-up?
PS If you are looking for a recommended weekend break closer to home…