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A Look Back

Here’s a visual look back at the stories I’ve shared with you so far this year. I know Four by Three hasn’t been going for an entire year yet but I’ve been shooting for it for much longer than that. Anyway, thanks you much for letting me share these things with you and here’s to even more to come in 2015!

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Daylesford

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This summer marks Reid & I’s nine year wedding anniversary and where the time has gone completely baffles me! We tend to be hit or miss when it comes to celebrating our anniversary- sometimes we go out for a nice meal, a weekend away or other times life is too crazy and we forget to celebrate it all together. This year Reid surprised me with a getaway to the Cotswolds where we stayed at a lovely place called Daylesford. We had a weekend full of good food, drinks, long walks and beautiful weather. All in all it was a perfect way to celebrate nine years of marriage.

TRAVEL TIME: Daylesford is located near Kingham which is about a two hour drive west of London. Since we don’t own a car, we have been using Zipcar which makes it easy to go on trips where we might want wheels once we reach our destination though you can also reach Kingham by train.

STAY: The cottages at Daylesford are like staying in a fancy home away from home. They sleep anywhere from 2 – 8 people depending on which cottage you rent and all are equipped with a kitchen, sitting areas, wood burning fireplaces and the most beautiful bathrooms with gloriously large bathtubs. Our cottage also had an Aga which is a cast iron range cooker and oven. It was my first time to cook with one of these and I was quite taken with it, plus it is quite a beautiful oven to look at if I do say so. On our arrival we were greeted with fresh flowers, bread, eggs, orange marmalade and sparkling wine all from the farm. It was little touches like this that made the whole weekend feel really special. And my favorite part- all of the cottages are pet friendly so we brought the dog along!

And if you find that you would like to leave the comfort of your cottage, Daylesford offers a whole host of things like the farmshop, cafe, pizza bar, cookery school, spa and shop.

EAT & DRINK: 

  • Daylesford Farmshop & Cafe: Our first night we had a dinner reservation at the Daylesford Cafe and enjoyed a delicious summer meal of “meat from (their) animals, vegetables & fruit from (their) market garden, and cheese & bread made by hand on (their) farm.” It was a perfect intro to the weekend and all that Daylesford has to offer. Throughout the weekend we also frequented the farmshop for groceries that we used to make picnics or to cook meals in our cottage.
  • The Wild Rabbit: This pub/hotel is about a 30 minute walk from Daylesford. We stopped here for a quick drink before heading back to our cottage but didn’t get any food though it looked really delicious. The sun was out so we decided to make the most of it and sit outside with our drinks. One of my favorite details about this lovely place are the straw hats they have hanging up outside that guests can borrow for when the sunshine gets to be a little too strong.
  • The Kingham Plough: This pub, which is an easy walk from Daylesford, was recommended to us and provided a nice place for respite from the heat. We enjoyed some nibbles and a few pints while we rested our legs. In the back of the pub we stumbled upon a vending machine for organic Guernsey milk. It seriously was the coolest thing and of course we got some!

TO DO: Besides the copious amounts of food we ate, we also enjoyed the beauty of the Cotswolds and went for long walks. In the UK they have Public Footpaths that go through towns, countryside and even private property that are open to the public. This concept of being able to legally walk through private property is pretty foreign to me as an American where “private property” and “no trespassing” signs are posted everywhere but I absolutely love it. I think because these paths exist, people are very respectful when they are traversing someone’s land. This would be something I would love to see implemented back in the States but not sure if it would fly with everyone.

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Summer Polaroids

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It has been a little bit quiet here over the summer months and the look of things have changed as well! If you have a poke around you may notice that there are sub categories under the Travel Guide and London Guide sections that will hopefully make it easier to find old posts. And at the very top of the blog you will find links to social media pages (instagram, twitter, facebook and pinterest). I’ve also added side bars where you will find a few more things like a preview of the latest instagram posts, a search bar and a few more breakdowns of posts by category. My overall goal was to make the blog feel more accessible, so I hope this helps!

Reid and I have had a pretty packed summer and as a result I’ve got lots of new posts in the works, so keep an eye out on this space for new content soon. The images above were taken with my Fuji Instax which I’ve been trying to take with me where ever we go, whether it is a trip somewhere like San Sebastián or Cornwall (both above) or just a night out with friends in London. I love this version of the Instax because it gives you a few more controls/options that will affect the look of your image than previous versions have had. And the credit card size images are really adorable and easy to share with friends. We have a bowl full of these sitting in our living room that are fun to go through every now and then. I always try and write a date and place on the back of the image so down the road I can remember where things were taken. I hope you have had a good summer filled with some relaxation and maybe some travel too. I’ll be back soon with some more posts on London, our travels and life at home!

Croatia

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ITINERARY: This was a week long trip to the islands of Hvar and Brac in Croatia with two dear friends and it was all about relaxing and enjoying the nice weather. It was my first time to visit Croatia and I was blown away by the beauty of the place (it has a very similar vibe to some parts of Italy). The rocky beaches made for incredibly clear water that ranged from the most beautiful shades of green and blue depending on the time of day. And those sames greens and blues popped up everywhere on the islands (doorways, shutters, foliage) and were accented by an incredible orange/red that kept showing up in the roof tiles, boats, etc. When we arrived I was a little bit afraid that I had not brought enough film because everything was so picturesque!

TRAVEL TIME: For this trip we flew from London into Split via Zurich, hopped in a taxi to the port and then set off on a ferry to Hvar. The ferries run pretty frequently so no need to book ahead. After two days in Hvar we then took another ferry to the island of Brac and a short taxi ride (though a little scary as the roads were quite windy and mountainous) to our villa in Postira.

SLEEP: The first two nights we spent on Hvar at the Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort. My favorite things about this hotel were the view, the pool (which had a water slide!), proximity to the sea and the fact that it is a little bit away from the town center which can get pretty rowdy at night time. The rest of the week was spent in the town of Postira on Brac (another island just a short ferry ride from Hvar) at the loveliest little villa. The owners of the villa were so hospitable and greeted us with wine and a meat and cheese plate upon arrival. The villa has a beautiful ocean view, is steps from a lovely little beach, has its own pool and an outdoor grill that we used for almost every meal. It was nice to end the trip in a place that felt like a home away from home where we could cook for ourselves and stick to our own schedule.

EAT & DRINK: 

  • Hula Hula is a beachside restaurant and bar that was just around the corner from out hotel. We spent an afternoon here sipping on cocktails, eating and soaking up some sun. A great place to watch the sunset.
  • Hvar turns into quite a lively night spot in the evening and there are lots of places to choose from to grab a bite or some drinks. One spot we went to that had good cocktails and is located right along the harbour is Carpe Diem
  • Once we moved islands we spent most of our time eating and drinking at the villa we rented as opposed to eating out. We did have a great little neighborhood beachside bar that was a few steps from our villa but the town of Postira is so small I couldn’t find a website. Sorry!

TO DO: As I said before, this trip was all about relaxing and enjoying the warm weather and that is pretty much what we did! The beach or pool was visited every day and maybe interspersed with a drive to a new town, a walk to see some sights, or a competitive game of cards over a few beers. Pretty much every evening in Postira we had a BBQ and stuffed ourselves silly with delicious food. We came into the trip with no plans except for where we wold be staying and I would not have changed a thing!

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Cornwall

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Itinerary: A long weekend in February celebrating two friends’ birthdays in Cornwall.

Travel Time: About a 4.5-5 hour drive from London. You can also take the train or fly but when we head down to the coast we like to bring our yellow labrador, Bonnie, along so driving is usually the best option for us.

Accommodation: We have been lucky to have some dear friends who own an incredible house in Rock which is located just across the way from Padstow in Cornwall. It is the perfect set up for a group of friends to enjoy a trip together on the coast in a very relaxed way. And the location could not be any better with easy access to the beach, the ferry to take you to Padstow or the shops up in Rock which are all walking distance away.

Highlight(s): We have had to good fortune to be invited to spend time in Cornwall on a few occasions, the most recent of which was over a long weekend in February (we have plans to head back sometime this summer and will definitely do another post with more summery images then). The beaches and dunes that surround them in Cornwall are absolutely stunning and one of my favorite things to do is go for a long walk. Depending on the time of day, the difference between high and low tide is quite dramatic and can change the  landscape drastically, sometimes even cutting off the path you may have previously taken. I love photographing all of the different textures and colors in the sand, dunes and rocks on these walks. It really is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places on earth.

Our dog Bonnie is huge fan of the water and can spend hours fetching sticks, eating seaweed and just exploring all of the new smells as we amble across the sand. She definitely gets in a good workout and usually spends the rest of the day snoozing by the bay window looking out over the boats going by as we warm up with a cup of tea. I can’t wait to get back here and capture some more of the beauty of the Cornish coast.

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