Joys in December

31 December 2018

Castleton

This little blog of mine has changed quite a lot over the past year or so and after blogging with 'An Enthusiasm For' for around 4 years now I decided that it was time for a change. I had been thinking about changing my blog name to my own name for a while now, since last summer in fact. I was thinking about what I wanted to do next with my blog and since I spent most of my time focusing more on my photography it just felt right to make that change. Since changing my blog name I also thought it would be a nice idea to change my design around a bit too! I've spent a few days busily writing in my planner, jotting down so many ideas for next year. I just can't wait to get started!

Joys In November

1 December 2018


Hello December.

I can't quite believe how we're into the last month of the year already. Even autumn, my favourite season of all, seemed to just come and go so quickly. All of the trees around the village have pretty much lost all of their golden colours, leaving the branches bare. And not to mention we've had some really cold frosty mornings too. Winter is most certainly on its way.

Autumn In The Peak District Photo Diary

14 November 2018



Pine trees standing high upon the hilltops, winding countryside roads, rugged moorlands, woodlands filled with magic and mystery, I don't think there's anything quite like adventuring the great outdoors. It's not often I go on adventures and travel out of town, but when I do, I try to soak up as much of that countryside air, capture as many photos as I can and just enjoy being surrounded by nature again.

Joys In October

1 November 2018


Happy November! It's been a while since I last shared a little monthly joys round up. I've been changing the blog around a bit over the past few months, sharing seasonal written pieces and including a couple of photo diaries, but I thought it would still be nice to keep a monthly round up at the end of each month.

Autumn Wanderings. Markeaton Park Photo Diary.

24 October 2018


There's always so much to see when getting outdoors for a walk throughout each of the seasons. Winter for it's magical frosty mornings and snow days, spring for the beginning of new luscious green leaves and daffodils that dance in the still slightly chilly breeze and summer for wandering through the meadows of wild flowers and fields of golden grasses. But it's autumn walks I love the most as the warm palette of colours and magical treasures that this season brings is always a spectacular sight to see.

October

4 October 2018


October is without a doubt my favourite month of the year, it's when I feel like autumn is in its full glory and everything about this wonderful season comes to life.

Autumn's Treasures

27 September 2018


It's that time of year again, where no matter where you wander, you'll always find plenty of autumn's treasures along your way. You'll find all the fallen leaves scattered across the paths, covered in a sea of golds, browns, blazing oranges and reds, that create a delightful crunch under your boots as you walk amongst them.

Celebrating Autumn

19 September 2018



The transition from summer to autumn has always been my favourite of all. I've always found it to be a gloriously magical time of the year. Although it felt like Summer weather had been trying to hold on for that little bit longer, there were even a few days towards the end of August where I could already sense a difference in the air, a sense of a seasonal shift.

Joys In August

1 September 2018


Summer has noticeably been making it's shift into autumn and now that September is here I'm more than ready for the colder seasons to arrive and that 'back to school', fresh start like feeling. Over the summer my motivation and productivity levels took a turn and I was going through a rough patch with my anxiety again. Things were just a bit all over the place. However August had been a bit more of a calmer month. The weather has changed so much and I've felt a lot more at ease when getting on with my day to day things. It had been a month of slowing down and focusing on the positive things along with a few little goals I've set for the rest of the year ahead.

Summer Wild Flower Pressing.

15 August 2018



There's magic amongst the flowers throughout summer. An abundance of wild flowers that grow chaotically in the meadows and grasslands, hidden in the cracks of walls and pavements, swaying in the breeze by the coastlines or even springing up in local parks. There's just so much floral magic to see throughout each of the seasons and you'll find them growing wherever you go.

Joys in July

1 August 2018



Happy August! I still can't quite believe how quickly these spring and summer months are flying by and that we're in August already! As I've always preferred the colder seasons, I can't help but be tiny bit excited for the fact that we're getting even more closer to autumn. I just love that feeling of getting closer to a brand new season, especially around autumn and winter time. Before I get carried away talking about all things autumn... I'm feeling a lot more positive this month after a few ups and downs a few weeks back and I'm looking forward to a couple of things I have planned over the rest of summer.

The start of July had a bit of a rocky start, but as always I love to share my joys in each month, even if it is the smallest of joyful moments. So without further ado, here are my joys in July!

Chatsworth Summer Snapshots & A Little Catch Up

29 July 2018


A few weeks back we took a drive out to the peak district, through the towns of Matlock and Bakewell towards the beautiful Chatsworth House. It was so nice to get back out into the countryside again, taking a drive around the scenic, winding countryside roads with the windows down, and passing through the quaint villages of stone cottages and little shops and cafes.

July in the garden. Sweet Peas, Sunflowers & Hedgehog Visits

18 July 2018


I had been on weather watch all week, hoping that rain would be on it's way. Then last Friday afternoon, dark grey clouds were looming over, which was a sure sign that a shower of rain was close by. I stepped outside in the garden as the rain started to fall, which felt so refreshing after the heat we've had over these past few weeks. I came back inside and watched the downpour from my bedroom window, listening to the soothing sound of the rain. I even spotted people down the street watching the rain from their windows too. It may have been a short downpour, but it was definitely needed, especially for the garden!

Things To See & Do This Summer

8 July 2018


At the end of June we celebrated the start of the summer solstice. The weather has certainly been beautiful for the beginning of summer, with blue skies and plenty of sunshine over these past few weeks! Summer is my favourite time for slowing down and being outdoors. Discovering all the beautiful wildflowers, enjoying a cup of tea or iced coffee out in the garden and long walks in the sunshine. So here are a few ideas for things to see and do this summer!

Joys In June

1 July 2018


June had been a little quiet for me. I've been focusing on taking things one step at a time and trying not to let stress get the better of me, as things have been a little up and down these past few weeks.

Now that summer is here and we're mid-way through the year, I'm taking some time just to slow down, take in the sunshine and focus on now rather than overthinking too far ahead. This month may have been a bit up and down in some places, but as always I like to make note of the positives, no matter how small and so here are my joys in June.

Summer Playlist

20 June 2018


I loved sharing my autumn playlist last year with a selection of my favourite songs that I had been listening to throughout the season. I said that I would share my playlists for each of the seasons but completely missed out winter and spring, so I thought I'd make up for it and share what songs I've been adding to my summer playlist for this year!

Summer Time Lemon Traybake

13 June 2018


If I was asked to choose my favourite summer time bake, I would definitely pick some kind of lemon cake. So when I spotted this lemon traybake by Mary Berry in a magazine I was reading, I just had to give it a try. I even went out and bought a new traybake tin just to make this cake! It's super easy and quick to make, with a light sponge, finished with a zingy, zesty icing. At first I wasn't too sure about using lemon curd in the mixture, but it definitely adds that extra lemon flavour to the sponge. Delicious!

A Wander Amongst The Wildflowers & A Slow Summer

10 June 2018


Happy June! I always love the beginning of a new season and although the summer solstice doesn't officially begin until the 21st June, it does feel like summer is already in the air!

Joys In May

30 May 2018



A little round up of my joys in May!

Wholemeal Carrot Cake With Buttercream Frosting

23 May 2018

Wholemeal Carrot Cake

I've been meaning to share a new baking post on the blog, and with it being spring I've had plenty of spring time bakes on my to-bake list! Last week I decided to have a go at baking a carrot cake and since it went down well with the family I thought I would share the recipe on the blog.

Spring in The Garden :: Sowing Seeds

15 May 2018


Last year I started to get into gardening, helping my mum with re-potting, planting an apple tree (currently on my third attempt) and even creating a new border for the garden. This spring I'm back out in the garden and have started to sow some flower seeds for summer blooms! I don't think I've shared any gardening posts on the blog before and so I thought it would be nice to share something a little different on the blog!

A Few of My Favourite Ways To Wind down After a Long Day

9 May 2018


Whether it's after work or a day out somewhere, I just love to spend some time winding down at home after a busy day. I love having that wind down time in the evenings whether I've spent the day out or not, but after I've been out for most of the day I love nothing more than to just relax and slow down when I get back home. So without further ado I thought I'd share some of the ways in which I love to wind down after a long day!

Joys in April

29 April 2018


A little round up of my joys in April!

Blossom Trees, April Showers & A Little Catch Up

18 April 2018


It's been a while since I last shared a little catch up post on the blog. Things have been a little quieter than usual over here and on social media as over the past few weeks have been a bit busy and exhausting. But I think I'm now slowly getting used to a new routine again and starting to feel much more organised.

Joys in March

5 April 2018


Happy April! I'm here with a slightly later edition for my 'Joys in March' as things have been a little busy over the past few weeks. Since starting a new job I've been working around a different routine, but now that I'm getting used to it I've finally managed to plan some time in the week to focus on the blog! So without further ado here's a little round up of some joys in March!

Things to See & Do in Spring This Year

25 March 2018


Happy spring! I've been ready for spring since I started to spot the first signs, from the lighter longer days to seeing the daffodil shoots starting to appear. I just love when a new season begins and as much as I do love the colder months, I'm looking forward to start seeing the warmer sunnier days of Spring. I have so much I'd love to do throughout spring, from baking to sowing seeds. And so without further ado here are a few ideas for things to see & do in spring this year!

A Few Ways I've Found Helpful For When Creative Block Hits

12 March 2018


When creative block hits it's something I tend to really struggle with. Whether that be within photography or written work I can get so down about it and end up letting stress and self-doubt take over. Especially those days where your work ends up not going the way you planned or you get to that point where you feel stuck with what to do next. But after reading so much advice from others online who had been struggling with the same thing, I've been finding different ways to help get back on track with creativity again.

Joys In February

28 February 2018


Since January felt like it lasted for ages, to me February has been quite the opposite and it's flown by! I must admit, I'm kind of glad as it means we're one step closer to Spring and I think I'm in need of a fresh new month and season to get back on track again. But Winter is certainly holding on as we're due some snow and minus temperatures this week.

My Current Favourite Podcast Episodes I've Been Inspired By

19 February 2018


Last year I started getting into listening to podcasts and since then I have discovered lots of interesting and inspiring episodes! I've gained so much from listening to podcast episodes, with online creatives that have not only given me the inspiration for my own creative work, but have also given me the advice I have needed to hear when things weren't always going so well.

Granola Bars

14 February 2018


I shared these granola bars on Instagram a few weeks back and I had a few people ask me where the recipe was from. So I thought it would be a good idea to put together the recipe in a blog post!

Ways I'm Embracing Slow Living & Mindfulness This Year

7 February 2018


Over the past few years I've started to bring slow living and mindfulness into my everyday lifestyle and I've started to notice little positive changes and how much it is beginning to help with some of my struggles with anxiety and stress. I came across slow living and mindfulness when I started to get into blogging a few years back. It was online where I heard about different ways in which people were embracing a slow living lifestyle and including those moments of mindfulness in their day to day life. Once I began to learn more about it, I immediately knew it was something I wanted to include in my lifestyle too!

Joys In January

31 January 2018


I've made a slight change to my usual 'recently I have been' post and because I really want to start focusing on the positives this year, I've decided to start documenting the little joys in each month in a little end of month round up.

I feel like this has been a very long month, but overall (minus a slight case of the Winter blues and catching a cold this week), It's been a calm and quiet month. So without further ado here are my little joys in January!

Wholemeal Banana Bread

24 January 2018


It's been a while since I last shared a baking post! Looking back at last year I discovered lots of new recipes that I had found either online, in magazines or in some of my cookbooks and I had so much fun trying out all these new recipes and started to see a much more bigger improvement with my baking skills. I'm definitely looking forward to getting stuck into baking on a more regular basis again!

Frosty Wanderings & Winter Blues

17 January 2018


The past few weeks have been the gloomiest and coldest by far, with downpours of icy rain and temperatures that make me want to hide away indoors and cosy up to blankets and warm up to plenty of cups of tea.

A Quiet January & A Few Simple Goals

10 January 2018


It's been a quiet start to January so far. I've been slowly getting myself back into a routine again, working on some creative ideas and I've also started getting back into going for walks around the local area. January is usually a slow month for me anyway, but I like to spend these first few weeks organising through documents, de-cluttering and sorting through things to go to charity, rearranging for a clear space, starting my to-do lists and jotting down new fresh ideas in my notebook.

Happy New Year & A Little Catch Up

3 January 2018


It seems like ages since I last posted. It's been nice to have a little break away but I've definitely missed creating content for the blog! I didn't post as much as I had planned over the Christmas period. I had a couple of ideas for some festive content, but with things going on at work and me trying to rush about to do too many things at once, it just didn't seem work out and so I gave it a miss and took some time out to slow down.