November 15, 2017

Why You Need to Visit the Magical Village of Castle Combe, UK

Castle Combe is a little village in the county of Wiltshire, tucked away unassumingly amongst the countryside. If you’ve ever watched the movie ‘The Holiday’, you’ll […]
November 8, 2017
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All the Colours of the Rainbow at Stourhead – Autumn Edition

I’m going to apologise in advance, because there are a lot of images in this post! I’m also going to apologise for any desperate urges to get up […]
November 5, 2017
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5 Good Things

1. Getting to grips with my new role as Web and Social Media Manager for Creative Countryside magazine. I’ve followed Creative Countryside since stumbling across it […]
November 1, 2017
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Exploring the History of Gin at Bombay Sapphire Distillery

It was my birthday this month, and to celebrate we decided to take a trip to the Bombay Sapphire Distillery in Whitchurch. Birthday + gin = […]
October 30, 2017
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5 Good Things

1. Catching up on a whole load of good TV – Lucifer, Stranger Things 2, Gunpowder, The Walking Dead, Blue Planet 2 – there’s a lot […]
October 29, 2017

A Day of Pumpkin Hunting in the New Forest

This weekend, the last weekend before Hallowe’en, and Samhain, we went off into the forest in search of one of nature’s most autumnal offerings, pumpkins. We’re […]
October 22, 2017

5 Good Things

Last week was my birthday weekend, this week saw mine and Jona’s 13 year anniversary weekend, so October’s a pretty good month for us! Next up […]
October 22, 2017
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Autumn at Mottisfont House and Abbey

Mottisfont began its life as a priory back in the 13th century, but gradually over the years it has been owned and developed by several different […]
October 18, 2017

5 Good Things

Sorry this is a late post this week, it was my birthday on Sunday so I took a break at the weekend from blog writing! As […]
October 8, 2017
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5 Good Things

1. Treating myself to some Lush goodies and a nice new candle on a trip to town this weekend. This ‘Sleepy’ body cream is one of […]
October 8, 2017

Lunch at The Pig Brockenhurst

Last weekend we had lunch at The Pig, a beautiful rustic restaurant in Brockenhurst. We had been given glowing recommendations of this place by friends, and […]
September 3, 2017
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5 Good Things

1. A visit to Bournemouth this weekend to watch the Bournemouth Air Festival. We were so lucky with the weather, it was incredibly sunny and warm, […]
August 28, 2017
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5 Good Things

1. A long bank holiday weekend! Oh I do love an extra day off work – and this time the weather even played ball and we […]
August 20, 2017
5 Good Things - Oxford, Lush and Fat Face Sales | www.melandjona.co.uk

5 Good Things

This week has been a pretty tough one in terms of stress, and I’ve found myself feeling a bit down as of late. Sometimes I think […]
July 23, 2017
10 things to do in the city of Oxford

10 Things to Do in Oxford, UK

The city of Oxford is synonymous with English culture and creativity. Alice in Wonderland was dreamt up here, the inspiration for the great hall of Hogwarts […]
July 7, 2017

All the Colours of the Rainbow at Stourhead House and Gardens, UK

When Stourhead Gardens first opened in the 1740s, it were described as a ‘living work of art’ – and it is easy to see why. Henry […]
July 1, 2017
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Experiencing History Live at Warwick Castle, UK

When you think of a fairytale castle, chances are, something similar to the breathtaking Warwick Castle will come to mind. Originally built back in 1068 by William the […]
June 4, 2017

5 Good Things

Summer is officially here!! It’s been so warm and lovely this week, and I’ve been soaking up all the sunshine I can get! 1 – This […]
June 4, 2017
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Why you need to visit Old Harry Rocks, Dorset, UK

South Coast Gem We have lived just under 2 hours away from Old Harry Rocks for the past 8 years, and have only just visited it […]
May 28, 2017

5 Good Things

Yay for bank holidays! No work tomorrow, woo! This weekend we took a drive up to Warwick Castle, and spent the day exploring up there. It […]
May 28, 2017
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Discovering History at Corfe Castle, UK

Following our trip to Tyneham Village, the old abandoned village in Dorset, we headed a little further back along the coast to the historic Corfe Castle […]
May 22, 2017
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Tyneham – The Abandoned Wartime Village of Dorset

Tyneham Village Nestled on the Jurassic Coast, at the end of a long, winding road, lies a little abandoned village, locked in a suspended state, forever frozen […]
May 21, 2017
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5 Good Things

1 – This gorgeous vintage, pink Fiat 500. Is that not one of the cutest cars you’ve ever seen? 2 – This little fox.  3 – […]
May 14, 2017
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5 Good Things

Warning, there a lot of photos of trees in this post! This weekend we went to Stourhead in Wiltshire, to start making the most of our […]
May 7, 2017
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5 Good Things

This weekend we spent more time exploring our home country, with a drive down to the coastal county of Dorset on the Jurassic Coast. 1. Spending […]
May 7, 2017
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10 Things to See on the Isle of Wight, UK

10 Things to See on the Isle of Wight We both grew up on the Isle of Wight, and met there as teenagers, so the island […]
April 30, 2017

5 Good Things

This weekend we took a trip to Wiltshire for a wander around Chippenham and to check out Castle Combe. I love Wiltshire, it’s so quaint and […]
April 23, 2017

5 Good Things

1 – Spending a beautiful sunny day in Winchester celebrating my Dad’s birthday. Wisteria everywhere! I can’t wait for our’s to bloom in the garden. 2 […]
April 1, 2017
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Kew Gardens – The Best Bits

Kew Gardens is a place that we have been wanting to visit for a while. With our affinity and passion for all things green, we knew it […]
March 26, 2017
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The Quaint Beauty of Gold Hill, Shaftesbury

Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, UK Gold Hill, Shaftesbury. You know the one, from that Hovis advert! Well ok, I actually didn’t know about it before Jona surprised […]