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The Joy Of Walking

Walking is becoming one of my favourite things. Especially in parks and nature reserves where I can enjoy the wonder of nature. I have always liked walking – when I lived in Queens Road Peckham I would often visit Peckham Rye Park for a good few hours. But my love of walking has definitely grown since I moved to Nottingham, with Wollaton Deer Park almost down the road. And since I got a car last year, I have been able to visit the Peak District and any other nature reserves as much as I want.

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Introducing RMBLR

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I have a love for the British countryside, despite living in and near London most of my life. For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to live in a cottage, look after pet chickens, make my own cheese, and have a field for my garden. I just wish that spiders as big as my hand didn’t exist!

I don’t go out to the countryside enough. Now that I live in Nottingham with a new car, it is more accessible and I intend to go out for walks and explore my local countryside as much as I can in 2017. I’ve been to the Peak District and Wollaton Park a few times this year, and loved them!

RMBLR, launching today, is a British made outdoor lifestyle brand and it is right up my alley. Everything about their products; classic designs, earthy colours and thoughtful textures, are gorgeous, and the brand’s whole feel has me craving to drop everything what I am doing and go out for a wintery walk.

The brand’s inspiration comes from the Mass trespass of Kinder Scout – in 1932 a group of ramblers led by Benny Rothman trespassed the part of Peak District National Park, where government denied public access. This act of civil disobedience was one of the most successful in British history and secured the right to ramble. Read their story here.

If you browse RMBLR’s products on their shop, you will know where exactly each of them are made in and the inspiration behind their names, which makes those carefully thought out products extra special. I look forward to trying them when I go out for a walk, celebrating the right to ramble and wonderful nature that is available to us for free.

“In the digital age where our purpose seems less defined, the need for us to protect our relationship with nature and each other is all the more important. Go forth, just as those who came before us did. Take a trip. Escape.”

Get to know to RMBLR more by reading their founder, Fred’s interview with Proper, and this article by Huck x RMBLR about hiking through the UK’s most iconic rave spots.

Are you a city, country or bit of both person? I think I am the latter. :)

Eastpak Tranverz Carry On Bag

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Before going to France for my photography job, I was kindly given this handsome Eastpak Tranverz Carry On Bag by size? to take it out for a test drive. Initally I was a little concerned whether I could fit everything in as the hosts told me that I’d need to bring sleeping bag, blanket, and towel as they won’t be able to provide them. They also warned me that it would be freezing at nights (where we were staying is in the middle of the countryside) so I would need to bring a warm jumper too.

But on the day of packing, I was both surprised and delighted! The bag was a lot roomier than it looked. Four day outfits, toiletries (they weren’t travel sized as I was catching Eurostar train), Birkenstock sandals, cameras, jumper, towel AND blanket (honestly, that blanket was thick and massive) all fit in no problem. I was jumping with joy.

I love it even more because it is the prettiest travel bag I’ve ever own. It is not just pretty, it is also very practical. It has lots of compartments, spacious front pocket and adjustable clasp fastenings so they can be adjusted to keep everything together safely. I really like beige leather badges, handles and zip pulls, which I thought gave the bag a nice touch.

It is obviously sturdy (it survived London, train stations, crowded metro and French countryside!) and well designed. Like the website says, there is 30 year warranty! Very reassuring, right? I would truly recommend you to get one for yourself for a weekend break or even two week holiday.

It is available in black too.

Introducing Aneurin

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That handsome man is my boyfriend, Aneurin!

Last year we bumped into each other in Berlin after 7 long years. We went to the same boarding school but we never spoke, even the fact that he was in the same year as my older sister! They weren’t close due to their different means of communication – Aneurin was oral and knew a very little sign language while my sister was a full sign language user and don’t speak.

In Berlin, we got really well despite our differences of language but it helped that he knew a bit of sign language and I could speak (just not very well).

He brought up that he worked in London (he commuted from Reading at that time) and asked whether I would be up to meeting for dinner when we return from our holidays. I thought he was just looking for a friendship when he was actually falling for me, and then before we actually met up few weeks later, my feelings for him blossomed when we emailed back and forth. I’d realise how super lovely he was and that we had very similar interests, value, and humour.

But what confirmed my feelings for him was when I suddenly got really nervous before our ‘first date’ in Soho and luckily our feelings for each other were mutual as we had our first kiss right outside Oxford Circus tube station at the end of the night.

How did you meet your partners? Nothing is TMI!