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  • From our home to yours, happy Thanksgiving day my American friends!!
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For all of you, may you have many many things to be grateful for!
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I wish this was our cosy lounge but it’s not. Beatrix Potter has great taste in slow country living!
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  • Published my blog post on how Instagram helped me heal from depression. Make sure you have a hot/cold drink before reading, it’s about a 12min read 🙈 Link in bio.
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The beautiful alleyway of Frome. All sorts of independent shops line Cheap Street.
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Cheap originated from the old English word “ceap” which meant “bargaining/trade”. Then people would say “good ceap” for “good bargain”. In the 15th century, cheap came about and it meant what it means today, inexpensive. The stream of water in the middle is called a leet, which is a medieval water system.
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Doing the exciting job of balancing the accounts. I don’t mind a bit of finance work but a lot, especially taxes, give me a special anxiety. I could feel my shoulders tighten and stomach turning as I worked. Every year, after submitting our taxes, I get ansy. In case I get audited. Hubby said he’ll make sure the kids get fed if I go to prison 😂😂😂
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Hope your day’s lovely!
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  • Extremely thankful for the life I have.
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The family I am a part of, the life challenges and learning opportunities that have come my way, being a stay-at-home-mom, the ability to travel to many fabulous destinations, the skills I acquired through trial and errors, and the friendship that I have made via @instagram .
Everyday for the last year and a half, Instagram has forced me to find the beauty and goodness in simple things around me. It forced me to search for simple things to be grateful for and also to dig up the history of places I visited. Research has shown how social media in general and Instagram in particular can cause anxiety and depression. In my case, Instagram has helped me get out of depression.
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Working on a blog post on the science behind this. Just a short research and writing practice. My first research writing in eight years at least. Stay tune!
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  • One thing I love about the high streets of many old towns: the unexpected cute alleyways filled with cute shops and cafes.
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When @se_railway 🚂 asked me to go to Deal to help discover the #SEhiddengems of the town, Emma and I found a few lovely side streets to explore. On those streets, we found many fabulous hot spots! One street had a gallery, another a record studio, a few more steps along and we’d stumble across a theatre.
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I am hoping to visit Deal again using Southeastern Railway 🚂 in the near future. Even though we live in Cambridge, it was very easy to get to Deal via the train. One in London, from St Pancras International, we hopped on a direct 1hr 22min train to Deal. To find out more about our train itinerary and the places we visited in Deal, check out my blog post. Link in bio.
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On our next visit, I want to have brunch here. One of their offerings is a Huevos Rancheros, spicy too! I love a good spicy Mexican dish!!
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Take care!
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  • I wonder if the folks at Castle Combe ever get tired of their village. It’s not just the tourists but the restrictions.
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I saw the lady that lives in one of these houses drive in with bags of groceries. She parked the car to the left of this frame, uploaded, drove her car away to a resident car park (not sure where) and walked home.
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It’s be a privilege I think to be able to live in a home like this. A privilege to care for a piece of history. With that privilege is a cost. Maybe mostly inconveniences. But I think it’s something I can cope with.
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What’s going on this weekend for you all? A get rid of stuff weekend for us. Prepping for Thanksgiving next weekend (we haven’t had a Thanksgiving meal on a Thursday since we got here) and also Christmas.
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  • Deal, Kent. In the centre of Middle Street, is Portobello Court. A small mews-like alleyway with a handful of adorable cottages. Just around the corner from where I stood to photograph this spot is an old free house pub, The Ship Inn.
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I went for a short getaway with Emma a few weekends ago in collaboration with Southeastern Railway 🚂 @se_railway. Our task that weekend was to find the hidden gems of Deal. I thought maybe we’d find a handful. To our surprise though, we found more than two handfuls!
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Deal is an old town. It was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Addelam. According to historians, Julius Caesar supposedly landed between Deal and Walmer during the British invasion in 55 and 54 BC. Maybe where Deal Castle is now. Between the 17th and 18th century, Deal was notorious for their smugglers.
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Fast forward to 2017... Deal is now a vibrant town full of small museums related to maritime history, including the smugglers; many independent shops, including a couple of lovely boutiques; lovely pubs, cafes and restaurants; cosy B&Bs and holiday cottages; a recording company, and a few art galleries.
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There are so many things I want to share! Because of this, I created a blog post so you all can read more about each place we visited and also some tips on how to get to Deal and back from London St Pancras International. Link in bio.
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Many thanks to Southeastern Railway for the opportunity to find Deal’s #SEhiddengems 🚂
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  • Bath on a moody day.
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Like Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Pulteney Bridge, completed in 1774, is a bridge around with shops built into it.
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A PJ day with the girls. We watched a baking show together, did some cleaning, had a casual lunch, finished a few homework, read and now we’re watching three different shows on two gadgets and the DVD player.
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How’s your Sunday?
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  • Our old local village pub. Even though we’ve moved from this village, it’s still our favourite local-ish pub. It’s so cosy inside and the owner is so welcoming. Hubby can sit here all day.
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Today was sunny and warm-ish. Warm for an autumn day. So the 🐻 in me took advantage of the situation and went grocery shopping with a long coffee detour 🙈
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En route I snapped this photo.
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Have a fab weekend, all!!
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  • Throwback to that autumn 🍂🍁 evening in Castle Combe.
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Do you ever feel like you’re some reincarnation of an animal? I do! I swear in my past life I was a bear!!
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The weather is getting colder and it’s been a struggle getting out of bed, getting dressed and out the door. All I have been wanting to do is either stay underneath the warm blanket or get dressed and sit against the radiator. The heat coming out of it is just 👌.
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In the spring and summer, I am full of energy. By middle of autumn to middle or end of winter, a sleepy 🐻.
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Hope your day has been wonderful!

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