Hello lovelies!

Those of you who follow me on Twitter (psst, if you don't, you can find me @SianKathrine) may have seen that I've spent the last week in Devon with my family and other half. I'm currently up to my eyeballs in washing and I'm already back to work but I just had to share with you about the lovely week that I've had and why staycation's are actually pretty great.

Devon is easily one of my favourite places in the world. When I was growing up, our family holidays were down in Devon every year, and to some people, the thought of spending their summer holiday in England is pretty unsavoury. But dragging three kiddies on a plane and have them cry and whinge and want food every five minutes was my mum's worst nightmare. We absolutely loved our holidays, and Devon is just SO beautiful. The picture above is actually the view from the patio doors of the lodge that we stayed in. It was in such a beautiful and peaceful location, and sitting on the decking with a cup of tea and a book first thing in the morning was just bliss.

Our first day was spent at Exmoor Zoo, which was a really lovely day. It wasn't the biggest zoo I've ever been to, but still plenty to see, with loads of talks throughout the day for you to go to.

Ilfracombe is a little harbour town on the coast of North Devon, and that's where we used to stay every year when we were little. So it was pretty much obligatory that we spent a day there! The weather was absolutely glorious and we spent the day just wandering around, sat in a rooftop beer garden and played a (really competitive) game of crazy golf! This is a picture of the view from the harbour, and it's one of my absolute favourite spots!

Ilfracombe Harbour

 The weather the next day was equally gorgeous (who said England was all rain and gloom!) so we went to Clovelly, which is a beautiful little village steeped in history, walking down the high street towards the quay is like taking a step back in time. The whole village is privately owned and has been in the same family for three generations, so there's no council in control of it and it is run by locals. It's full of little cottages and shops, and the whole village sits along a hill with cobbled streets. I could have sat and looked at the views for days, it was absolutely stunning.

The view at Clovelly

We had a couple of rainy days after that but overall we had a week of gorgeous weather, chilled out days and beautiful surroundings. At times it even felt like being abroad! Travelling to far-off places is amazing but I don't think enough people appreciate and take the time to explore the beauty we have here in England!

If you've had a staycation this summer, let me know! I want to hear your stories!

Sian Kathrine xo