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Since I moved jobs last month I've cut down my daily commute from a two hour drive to a ten minute drive, so when I return home after work I feel considerably more content than I did before.  I've started to form new routines that don't involve ranting about traffic/bad drivers or scrolling through my Blackberry to read all the work emails that have stacked up on my journey home (in fact, I don't have a Blackberry anymore,or a pager or a work phone - it's bliss!) This last year has definitely made me realise how much I love home comforts and the simpler things in life, and I feel so priveliged to have been able to gain back some of my time every day to enjoy those things.

// "give me some more attention mum!"
A couple of weeks ago I had a bit of a mini-breakdown when I flicked through my diary and realised that it was starting to fill up all the way up to Christmas with various engagements - some which I thoroughly enjoy and look forward to (dinners with friends, weekends away, birthdays, weddings etc) and some not so much (dentist's appointments, dates to take Bodhi to the vet's etc).  It made me realise first of all how incredibly lucky and priveliged I am to have the very welcome demands of a wonderful family and friendship circle, and I wouldn't have it any other way.  But it also made me realise that I treat my diary like I'm a hair salon and book things back to back, simply giving out the next available date when someone asks if I'm free or I suggest plans to someone.  The reason I had a mini panic the other day is because I realised that organising my time this way gives me no time to myself, and no time for Tom (or Bodhi!) So I've started putting slots in my diary that simply say 'keep free' - an evening or two a week or a weekend every month, for some me time (soaks in the bath, reading in bed etc) or some us time (a long walk with the dog, dinner out, etc).  I'm finding it means I appreciate both the plans I have and the unarranged relaxing time so much more as I'm acheiving a good balance between the two.

When I come home from work on a 'keep free' day I tend to light lots of candles through the house and enjoy spending time making a yummy dinner or trying a new recipe whilst I wait for Tom to get home.  The rest of the evening is for pajamas, movies on the sofa and cuddles with Bodhi.  I often go early to bed and then Facetime Tom from upstairs to beg him to bring me up a Sleep Easy tea - which he usually does! Speaking of Tom, he also brought home the lilies in the photo below as a present on Friday, they are gorgeous and have filled the house with such a beautiful fragrance.


//lillies from tom

// last of the flowers in the garden are now dying away [cosmos]
//early nights and magazines

Last night I went for dinner at The Old Vicarage in Highcliffe with the lovely Hannah from Baileycakes.  It was our second dinner date after I was a terrible date on our first a few weeks ago and had to dash off to do homework from the course I was attending back then.  The restaurant (part of a hotel in a country house) is gorgeous and they were really accomodating, especially considering I ordered a dish with mushrooms in when I can't eat them! Whilst we were there we chatted about the other cool/quirky restaurants around us and I spent my lunchbreak today looking up restaurants and tea rooms in Bournemouth and the New Forest so I can start a big list and tick them all off (I am basically 100% nicking Hannah's idea to do this - sorry Hannah!) If you know of any cool little places do let me know! I'm still new to living here but I want to make much more of an effort to explore where I live and find all the hidden gems.  In addition to that I also want to make a list of places I want to visit in the UK and start ticking them off - I do really love Britain and I want to get to know more of it.

// the old vicarage
Hope you've enjoyed this slightly longer post than usual and haven't got bored of all the words! I love posting outfit posts, wishlists and reviews but above everything I love posting snaps and snippets of my daily life (narcissist that I am) so I hope you enjoy these posts too.


25 comments

  1. Your living room is absolutely gorgeous - I love the pictures on the wall.

    Rowan xoxo

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  2. I agree with above, YOUR LIVING ROOM! I am terribly in love with it all. I need a Union Jack pillow, like now. Thanks for the intro to Baileycakes too.

    xxx

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  3. Keep free time sounds lovely! Definitely have to start doing this!
    x

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  4. Such a fab idea to schedule me time - will def need to start doing that. Me and robin have date nights at least one evening a week where we make sure that we have fun and hang out just the two of us which works well :-)
    Lianne x
    Rubyrubyslippers.blogspot.com

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  5. I have loved this longer post :) i often feel my calendar fills up too quickly as well, but the hard thing is that because i am at uni it is a long journey to see friends and family, not an evening event. Lobe the photos round your house. Its so cosy :) xx

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  6. I love posts like this...I always think about doing similar, but worry they'll be boring haha.
    I'm all about home comforts too, and I love your idea of putting 'keep free' on random days in your diary. A great way to make sure that you have that time to yourself/with Tom and Bodhi.
    Your house looks lovely too! x

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  7. Love your living room! I really enjoy reading posts like this, and in regards to scheduling 'me time' I definitely think that is a must. There's nothing nicer than getting cosy in an evening with a good book or film! x

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  8. I love you living room! It's adorable, I would like to have a cup of tea and snuggle in there!

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  9. I really enjoyed this post! So glad you've got a better commute now, two hours is crazy! I've gone from living round the corner from my old job to being an hour away via the tube, and it's amazing how much travelling impacts on the day. I absolutely love exploring new places - even when I'd lived in Portsmouth for four years, there were still new things and places I was visiting, which was amazing. And now I have the whole of London to explore! x

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  10. we have the same sofa! Mine isn't so elegantly covered in cushions though, they are generally flung haphazardly or underneath the blimming thing! I think 'me' (or we three) time is very important, and you definitely should diarise with as much importance as other events get!
    Exploring places in our country is one of my favourite things to do, I love having the freedom of a car and just driving wherever with the satnav off seeing what I can find, country walks, cosy pubs, perfect tea rooms... xx

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  11. I love your duvet/quilt! Where is it from?

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    1. It's from Ikea, I think it's one of the things they always have in - it's a quilt :) xo

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  12. your home is looking lovely :) I feel exactly the same, since when did I need a diary to organise my life? everyday has something in there and all I want to do is snuggle up with Sookie and watch a dvd. I don't say no to anything because I don't want to miss out but missing out is better than burning out I think xx

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  13. You really do have a talent for photography! All these pictures are amazing. I'm definitely a home bird and appreciate home comforts like you :) x

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  14. I agree, it's so important to build in time for yourself. Your home looks so cosy! xx

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  15. I say it every time you post pictures of your house but you have the best house EVER Rosie, so so jealous! (: I completely understand what you mean about being so busy all the time that you never have time to sit and think for yourself, and I'm not even in the world of big work yet. I do so much extra stuff at uni that so far this year I spend an average of 3 nights a week actually in my house and the rest off either working or at some society meeting. Busy busy, but I'm hoping that I can free up some time soon and just relax a little bit. (: xx

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  16. Keeping time to yourself is so important - I love nothing more than an early night with a magazine or old favourite DVD (there's nothing guilty about that simple pleasure!).

    Becky | lifestyleflash.com x

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  17. Hannah told me about that place - it sounds amazing. I'll have to check it out! You can check off The Living Room when we go for tea and cake :) There's a real cool-looking surf cafe near me somewhere too that I've never been to and have been meaning to check it out for ages. It's called Coast. http://wearecoast.com/

    xx

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    1. I have a few other little gems up my sleeve ;) I spent a good month trying to find a place from a photo on instagram and the girl couldnt remember the name or location but ive finally found it tehehehe xo

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  18. I love your place so much! xx

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  19. Wow a 2 hour commute is too much, so glad you have got some more time to yourself now. There are so many amazing places in the UK. I have hardly even explored some of those right on my doorstep. I can definitely recommend Bath for a lovely day out.

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  20. this is such a lovely post! I love reading posts when people just ramble on about their lives. Your home looks so cute and cosy! You made me appreciate how much 'me time' I get, haha xx

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  21. It pleases me greatly to hear you're remembering to take some time out querida mia. Loving the sound of the extra time you're getting with Tom, I have to admit, aside the 550 miles I'm doing each week, I'm getting to see T more than ever, and it's been amazing I've been a bit concerned about us being thrown together more after being apart so much.

    Muchos Love Rosie, keep enjoying the time, the pleasures and all the things life has to offer that might not be so obvious.

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  22. I need to come and play in your house sometime soon ,it looks so pretty!xo

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