Musings and Snapshots

Musings and Snapshots of August 2016

7th September 2016

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1. Classic pieces from Boden 2. Afternoon tea 3. Evelyn’s Cafe and Bar 4. Lavender 5. Santorini 6. Plant pots from IKEA 7. Wild at Heart 8. Foundation Coffee House 9. Hydrangeas

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1. Chelsea 2. In Clover magazine 3. A Covent Garden cafe 4. My bedroom dressing table 5. Barefoot Oxford 6. Mykonos 7. A cosy Friday night at home 8. Bits and bobs 9. Spending a few days in Manchester

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MUSTY MANOR HOUSES AND MANCHESTER

August was about slowing down and planning for the coming season. I worked on a couple of commissions and did some much-needed blog maintenance. Including deleting all my old posts. It’s amazing what you can achieve when you spend a little time offline.

It was quite a valuable exercise and it pushed me to try out new ways of doing things. I also learnt that posting less on Instagram results in more follows and less unfollows. Who knew?

My man turned 40 and we spent a long weekend in Manchester. It was fun to explore the city, especially the Northern Quarter. I left my camera at home so I could take a proper break. It was blissful!

I caught up with bloggers Susie, Ashley and Rosie, and there were many leisurely days with friends. I also put my National Trust membership to good use visiting Chastleton HouseNuffield Place, Greys CourtBasildon Park and Cliveden. A weekend no longer feels complete without a musty manor house and some homemade cake.

And finally, I decided to tweak the format of these posts. I hope you like them.

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AUGUST ON CANDY POP

The benefits of a month or season of rest
8 timeless transitional pieces for the wardrobe
Learning ways to tackle stress with the Hayo’u method

AUGUST ELSEWHERE

Living small in a big world
Lifestyle business owners, this one’s for you
Creating from the heart
Creatively burnt-out? Let’s talk about it
10 good reminders to spend more time with the right people

SEPTEMBER GOALS

Plan an autumn adventure.
Spend more time reading and less time online.
Swim three mornings a week.

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26 Comments

  • Reply Lazy daisy jones 7th September 2016 at 7:42 am

    Even though August is a holiday month you still found plenty to do. So enjoyed my time in Oxford . Admiring your plans for sept! Good luck xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 7th September 2016 at 7:45 am

      Thank you Ashley. You must come back to Oxford soon! Have a lovely day. x

  • Reply Cristina 7th September 2016 at 8:07 am

    I really like your new blog format! You had a wonderful August, taking time offline does wonders doesn’t it.
    Thank you for including a link to my blog post! xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 7th September 2016 at 9:51 am

      You’re welcome, Cristina. Thanks for stopping by! x

  • Reply Sue 7th September 2016 at 11:18 am

    Yes I’m loving this format too. Like the fact you are telling us your goals, and your reasoning. Makes you accountable too I guess. Was lovely seeing you in Manchester xxx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 7th September 2016 at 11:30 am

      Gosh, yes. Now I’ve got to make sure I reach them! It was lovely to see your city. Have a great day. x

  • Reply Slummy single mummy 7th September 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Beautiful, as always – such sweet, soothing colours.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 7th September 2016 at 5:47 pm

      Thanks so much Jo. x

  • Reply fashionforlunch 7th September 2016 at 6:38 pm

    the pink door is perfect!!!!

    http://fashionforlunch.net

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 7th September 2016 at 8:01 pm

      Tell me about it! x

  • Reply mummydaddyme 7th September 2016 at 8:24 pm

    I really love how you have done a round up like this and included your goals and things, I wonder if I should nab your idea and do something similar. And your photos are just utterly stunning. x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 7th September 2016 at 10:33 pm

      Thanks so much. I hope publishing my goals will make me a little more accountable! x

  • Reply Katie Albury 7th September 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Loved this post, such gorgeous photos. I love how you capture such fresh, clean and bright images. It’s really made me think about planning ahead for the new season too. Love the idea of taking time away from online and reading again, plus I really need to spend some time with the Hubster! x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 7th September 2016 at 10:34 pm

      Thanks Katie for your kind comment. Time offline is really motivating and idea generating! x

  • Reply Mrs Mosscockle 7th September 2016 at 10:30 pm

    So calming and essential, as ever. How is Nuffield Place? I haven’t been yet. Xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 7th September 2016 at 10:36 pm

      Thanks Kate. Nuffield Place is fascinating, especially with the Cowley and Oxford University links. See you soon. x

  • Reply Lucy 8th September 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Gorgeous photos as ever! As you know – I have voted for you – good luck xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 8th September 2016 at 8:48 pm

      Thanks so much Lucy! x

  • Reply kate 8th September 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Ahh, looks like you had a great month Natasha & fab to spy Evelyn’s & Foundation Coffee House in there, 2 of my fave spots in Manchester 🙂

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 8th September 2016 at 8:49 pm

      Thanks Kate. Amazing cafes – I hope to return soon! x

  • Reply Cate 8th September 2016 at 11:12 pm

    I always love your Instagram pics, so clean and beautiful. You deleted your old posts? I always find it hard to let go of things! X

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 11th September 2016 at 10:42 am

      Thanks Cate. I’ve been blogging for so many years I was tired of seeing them! x

  • Reply Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely 10th September 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous photographs. I have those gold Boden shoes in my virtual shopping basket. You also have a similar September goal to me, less time online and more time reading. I have a pile of books by my bedside crying out for my attention so I think it’s time to log in less.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 11th September 2016 at 10:43 am

      Thanks so much Rachel. I hope you get some time with your books! x

  • Reply Eva 27th September 2016 at 7:51 am

    Very nice post, like pictures and the quote. Joyeux anniversaire to your man. xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 27th September 2016 at 12:31 pm

      Thank you Eva. x

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