A Little Catch Up

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I am the absolute worst for going AWOL and hibernating when I’m working on a particular project, completing ignoring everything else around me. What I mean by this is that I have been sat, staring at my laptop screen, for up to 8 hours a day over the past two weeks, attempting to type some words onto a page that will enable me to pass my degree…yep, you’ve got it…the dreaded deadline season. If I’m being completely honest, the last thing I wanted to do after an entire day of writing was to write some more…hence, my little blogging break. I thought, now that I’m assignment-free, it would be cute to catch up and fill you guys in on what I’ve been doing and how I’ve been (just about) surviving.

What I’ve Been Doing

In all honesty, the new year has seen many days of me wrapped up in my duvet, binge-watching Grey’s Anatomy and snacking excessively. I’ve been extremely lacking in productivity but have actually really enjoyed having some chilled time-off after what was an extremely emotionally turbulent semester at university. I’ve spent time catching up with my home-girls (not trying to sound cool, just unsure what to label my group of friends from home lol) which has been super nice. They know I’m one of the worst people when it comes to replying to group chat messages (orrrrr even texts that have been sent directly to me) but whenever I’m home it is as if nothing has changed. We celebrated my friend Harriet’s 20th birthday with food (yes) and cocktails (YES) which was a very cute night. I was also able to be reunited with my lovely friend Charl who abandoned me 3 years ago to live in Devon (still not ok!!!!) which again really was the best.

How I’ve Been Feeling

I’ve been feeling goooood. Life is currently at that stage where I have nothing going on for the next week so I can just chill, relax and spend time with my family before I start second semester. This break really has been needed (I mean…really needed). I was struggling a lot at uni before the Christmas break – I felt as if someone was standing with a gun pointed at me, but instead of bullets they were shooting big, SCARY, adult decisions at me that needed to be made quickly. Now, I am a pretty good decision-maker – if I may say so myself – but I like to have a lot of time to process what the consequences of each particular decision may be as change scares the ever-loving shit out of me (which you’ll know if you’ve read any of my previous lifestyle-y posts). So, when I was faced with 3 essays, 2 presentations, an 8-minute solo performance, auditions, co-directing a full-scale musical theatre showcase, rehearsals, homesickness, budgeting, meetings, housing decisions, placement decisions, course decisions, LIFE DECISIONS…yeah, my brain pretty much said no thanks Georgia, not today. I’m pretty sure (and this is going to be 100% a self-diagnosis) that I was – and potentially am still – having a quarter-life crisis (is this a thing????? Probs not). I’m turning 20 this year and I found myself thinking ‘What am I doiNGGG?!?!!?’ I was feeling unhappy more than I was feeling happy which has never happened to me before. This impacted everything I was doing: I didn’t want to go out with my friends but then I would be sad that I didn’t go out with my friends, I wanted to be at home all the time, I wasn’t enjoying my lectures, everything was just a little bit crazy. Now I’ve had time to step away from the situation I honestly think I was just putting too much pressure on myself – so much so, that I was sucking the enjoyment out of everything I normally enjoyed doing. Hence, the hibernation station I’ve had going on this holiday. Although I’m not jumping for joy at the prospect of returning to uni next week (however I am BLOODY EXCITED to see all my little angels aka friends) I feel a lot better about it than I did pre-holiday.

What I’ve Been Loving

Whilst I’ve been in my temporary state of hiding, I’ve had the time to try a few new products / watch new shows / listen to new music. With the lack of my December Faves, I have a few new things that I’ve been loving over the past 6 weeks or so.

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One of which being these No. 141 lashes from Eyelure. Whilst I do like Eyelure lashes, I tend to gravitate more towards Unicorn or Backstage Lashes as I find the quality tends to be slightly better meaning I can get more than one use out of them. However, over the mad sale period, these lashes were reduced to half price (I think I paid around £3.00 for them) and I liked their wispy vibes. I have quite small features so tend to favour a pair of lashes that fan out towards the end, compared to the rounded-look and this pair does exactly that. I have actually ended up being really pleased with this little purchase. I’ve managed to wear this pair twice already as they aren’t overly dramatic but also finish off a makeup look well.

The next thing I’ve been loving is Grey’s Anatomy (as mentioned above). Honestly, it’s embarrassing how quickly I’ve arrived at Season 8 Episode 10 but I really freaking love it. I love all of the characters and the plot-lines are so sad but so bloody good at the same time. I’m completely in love with Patrick Dempsey, Eric Dane and Jesse Williams whilst identifying on a scary level with Cristina. I don’t really know what I’m going to do once I’ve finished all 13 seasons. I’m worried it will be similar to my post-PLL and Gossip Girl phases where I felt very lost for around 3 days after the finales. But for now, it’s constantly on.

 

I’ve also been loving The Greatest Showman soundtrack (and the film, obvs). I’ve had the soundtrack on repeat ever since Rewrite The Stars was first released on Spotify. If you know me, you’ll know I’ve been planning my wedding to Zac Efron ever since HSM came out so of course I’m going to love anything he does. Add this to the fact that the songs were written and composed by Pasek and Paul (my FAV musical theatre songwriters) and you have a winning combo. My favourite songs have to be The Greatest Show, The Other Side, This Is Me and Rewrite The Stars. Yes yes yes yes.

So that brings us pretty much up to speed. It’s been a chilled few weeks but they were definitely deserved and I now feel recharged and ready to get back into the real world. I promise I’ll start sticking to a blogging schedule once I sort my life out (lol).

Lots of love,

G X

BLOGMAS DAY 3: The Christmas Tag

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Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

Actually, no. I know this is quite a common tradition among my friends but my family tend to save everything until Christmas day. My brothers and I are allowed to open one present before everyone else wakes up on Christmas day so we’d always try and feel for a DVD so it would pass the time.

What holiday traditions are you looking forward to most this year?

This isn’t going to sound exciting to anyone else in the slightest but I loooove looking through the Radio Times and circling all of the Christmas films I want to watch during the lead up to Christmas.

Also, my younger brothers and I always have a sleepover on Christmas Eve and watch a festive film. We’re definitely too old now to justify how excited we get over Christmas.

Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

Sadly, it’s fake. We used to always go and buy a real tree but there were a few years where our tree kept dying before we’d actually reached Christmas. So, we purchased a fake tree. It still looks pretty real but we don’t get the nice festive smell, sadly.

What is your favourite Christmas film?

It’s a definite toss-up between Nativity and Love Actually. I’ll be posting my Top 5 Christmas films very soon…

Where do you usually spend your holiday?

At my house with my immediate family and my grandparents.

What is your favourite Christmas song?

100% ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ by Shakin’ Stevens.

What is your all-time favourite holiday food?

Hmmm…I’d have to say either yule logs or, if we’re talking about christmas dinner, it would HAVE to be pigs in blankets.

Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?

Honestly, giving. I love when you know you’ve got someone a present that they’re going to love. But I can’t lie, I don’t hate receiving presents either…

What is your favourite thing about Christmas?

Definitely the build-up – I love how excited everybody gets.

When do you start getting excited for Christmas?

Truthful answer: Some time in mid-November.

Answer I give to people: 1st December.

What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever received?

Hmm…I had to think long and hard about this. I think I would have to go with my first ever laptop that I received when I was around 9 or 10. It was a pink Dell (yes, I was that girl) but it was my most prized possession for the longest time.

As a kid, did a sibling ever receive a present that you wished was for you?

YES. There is only a year between my older brother and me and he would always end up getting CDs or DVDs that I asked for and, at the time, it seemed like the world’s greatest injustice to 7-year-old me.

 

Do you make New Years resolutions? Do you stick to them?

I always make resolutions and try to stick to them. Keep your eyes peeled for a resolution-based blog post coming in the next few weeks…

What’s the best part about Christmas for you?

Christmas dinner is probably what I look forward to the most and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Also, since I’ve been at university I love coming home and spending time with my family.

So, that’s my take on the Christmas Tag! I hope you enjoyed reading it…what’s your favourite thing about Christmas?

Lots of love,

G X

Instagram: @geeheasel

 

October Faves

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What I Wore: Cropped Yellow Jumper with Bell Sleeves

I purchased this little Autumnal number from Topshop at the very end of September and it’s become a staple in my ‘it’s suddenly really cold now’ wardrobe. This jumper cost £29 (sans student discount) which I think is relatively reasonable for Topshop prices. It’s super soft and is made really well so you definitely get what you pay for. I’ve never owned any clothes this colour before but when I saw this jumper on the model I knew I had to try it on. I feel like it goes really well with an all-black outfit as it adds a pop of colour. I’ll deffo be taking another trip to Topshop soon to purchase some more Winter jumpers.

What I Watched: Confession Tapes

Confession Tapes was definitely my Netflix addiction during October. If you’ve read any of my Monthly Faves before, you’ll know I’m a big fan of crime dramas and documentaries so when I saw ‘Confession Tapes’ come onto Netflix, I was super excited. Essentially, each episode focuses on a different case in which a suspect is forced into making a confession for a crime they may not have committed. The show documents the history of the crime, followed by the police’s process to convicting a suspect. It’s so interesting – each episode had my friend Lucy and I hooked. If anything, I wanted the series to be longer as there were only 8 episodes but I’m hoping Netflix bring out some more in the near future. I’d definitely recommend this if you haven’t seen it!!

What I Listened To: Lewis Capaldi / Havana / 21 Chump Street

 

Lewis Capaldi honestly has one of my favourite voices ever. I love his songs and have them on constant repeat. He’s only released 4 songs so far so I’m hoping for an album soon. If I had to pick my actual song of the month though, it would have to be Havana by Camila Cabello.

MT-wise, I’ve been obsessing over 21 Chump Street, a mini-musical written by Lin Manuel Miranda. If you read my September Faves, you’ll know that last month I was loving Hamilton (and still am) but then I discovered 21 Chump Street. The music is trademark Lin, which is why I love it. My fave song has to be, “What The Heck I Gotta Do”.

What I Used: Nivea Express Hydration Primer

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The change of the seasons sadly means the reoccurrence of my dry skin, especially on my face. This month I’ve been using the Nivea Express Hydration Primer which I picked up from Superdrug for only £2.39 (like, what!??!!!). The name honestly does not lie – this primer is the most hydrating I’ve ever tried. It’s a very thin, wet consistency and applies a clear sheen to the face. It helps my foundation sit nicely, avoiding the cling to any dry patches (which nobody wants). I’d 100000% recommend this product for anyone who has normal to dry skin.

What I Did: 

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I hope you’ve had an amazing October!! I’m super excited for November because it means I can start counting down to Christmas and no-one can be frustrated by it hahaha. I just quickly want to apologise for the inconsistency in blog posts; moving back to university has been so much busier and more stressful than I thought it would be so unfortunately my little blog had to take a back-seat for a couple of weeks. However, I’ve got some super exciting posts planned so hopefully you will enjoy those!!

G X

Instagram: @geeheasel 

Tips For Dealing With Homesickness

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It’s a known fact that I’m a pretty homesick gal. As much as I love university and feel comfortable here, I miss my family and home so much when I’m away. I knew this would be something that I was going to struggle with before I even moved to uni as I’m really close to my family so it was always going to be difficult moving so far away. Honestly, I don’t think there is anything that can make you feel 100% better when you’re feeling down and homesick but here are a few of the things I do to make myself a little happier when I’m missing the fam…

1. FaceTime them

This one is pretty obvious and is as good as it gets when you want to see your family and friends. I usually feel slightly better after physically seeing my parents or brothers on my little laptop screen so this is definitely something I would recommend doing.

2. Become ‘busy’

Luckily, I’m always super busy when I’m at uni. Alongside my course, I have extra rehearsals, insane amounts of work and I’m on the Musical Theatre Society committee which also takes up a lot of my spare time. This means I’m rarely just sat in my house feeling sad or lonely. So, if you’re feeling like this I would definitely recommend going out with your friends, joining a society or taking on an extra responsibility which will subconsciously take your mind off feeling homesick. It definitely works for me.

3. Plan your next visit home

I’ll always plan the next time I’m going home a few weeks in advance (by booking train tickets etc) so I have something to look forward to. I find it makes it easier whenever I’m having a super homesick day as I can tell myself that it won’t be long until I’ll be home next.

What are your tips for when you’re feeling homesick?? I’d love some advice as I tend to just struggle through and cry to sad music sometimes (hahahaha).

G X

Instagram: @geeheasel

My 19th Birthday

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Honestly, I was slightly underwhelmed to be turning 19. Last year, I think I arguably had the most epic 18th birthday celebrations (shoutout to the legends that are my parents) so there was no way this year could top that. Nonetheless, I am a birthday lover and get so excited whenever anyone I know has a birthday, so of course I was excited about my own.

My celebrations started a week early with a cute little garden party. My school friends came round and we chilled, listened to Whitney and drank (a substantial amount of) wine. It was so nice be reunited with them all as, due to our busy schedules, we rarely see each other as a complete group so I was super grateful that they all made the effort to come. Although it was deathly cold and I thought I might freeze to death (in the middle of AUGUST!!!!!) it was still a really nice night.

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WHAT I’M WEARING: Floral Playsuit – Missguided – £30.00

I received some of the cutest presents from my family and friends and wanted to share some of my faves with you.

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Firstly, I got a GORG new Kate Spade handbag (which I was definitely not expecting!!!!) in a baby pink colour…I literally nearly screamed when I opened it. I’ve had my eye on the baby pink KS bags for a long while but (obviously) the old student budget wouldn’t take too kindly to me splashing out on one. I have a black and white KS bag which I use all the time so I was honestly so grateful when my mom picked this one out for me!!!

I then got an equally cute checkered skirt from Urban Outfitters which I wore later on for my birthday meal. I’ve really been getting into wearing skirts recently and think this one is so easy to pair with a little t-shirt to create that ‘I-didn’t-really-try-but-still-made-an-effort’ look (which is my general motto for day-to-day life).

A present that I knew I was getting was the ABH Subculture palette (as I ordered it as soon as it came out to make sure it didn’t sell out lol). I used it for the first time yesterday and am definitely planning to share my personal opinion in a blog post – coming very soon – surrounding all the controversy.

My all-time favourite musical is Wicked and has been since I was young. This past week I was fortunate enough to play Elphaba in my old MT company’s production of the show. My entire family loves the show too so when my mom found out about the 2018 tour of Wicked, she surprised me with tickets (yayyyyyy)!!!!!

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WHAT I’M WEARING: Top & Skirt – Urban Outfitters / Handbag – Kate Spade / Sliders – Public Desire – £19.99

I went for a lovely meal with my family at one of my favourite restaurants which was super nice. We then came home and watched ‘SING’ because, as you can probably tell, I’m an extremely wild soul. All in all, I had the best time and am very grateful to my family and friends for making it so good. They are the best.

G X

 

June Faves

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What I Wore: Hoop Earrings

Hoop earrings came into my life towards the end of June when I saw two of my friends wearing them and they looked FIT. I’m that annoying person who got my ears pierced at the age of 12 and have never worn earrings since (with the exception of Prom). I would never have dreamed in a million years that I would be a hoop-lover but here I am telling you all that that is the case. I find that they really dress up an outfit and help to frame my face…I honestly do think that anyone could pull them off. In the space of 2 weeks I have bought five pairs, varying in size and colour. They are definitely going to be a staple of my summer wardrobe. Watch this space!!!

What I Watched: Party of Five / Killer Women with Piers Morgan

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This month I’ve been binging on Party of Five on Netflix. The series is essentially about a family of five children who have recently lost their parents, resulting in the oldest sibling (Charlie) having to take on the responsibly of running the family. It’s a relatively old series (I think 90s) and was originally created to take the slot of the OG Beverley Hills: 90210 on Fox in America. It deals with your typical teen drama topics: sex, drugs, family, relationships and sexuality to name a few. Whilst Party of Five is not my favourite show I’ve ever seen, it’s an easy watch which makes it quite enjoyable so I would definitely recommend if you’re in the market for a new Netflix series.

June also saw the return of Piers Morgan’s documentary series ‘Killer Women’. Whilst I realise that Morgan is an extremely controversial figure who I have very little respect for, I bloody love his documentaries…particularly this one. I’ve always been a lover of crime dramas and documentaries, trying to get into the mindset of criminals to figure out why they commit crimes is something that fascinates me. I also love true stories; so this show is perfect for me. Each episode focuses on one case and one ‘killer woman’. It outlines their story interweaving with an interview with Piers in present day. This programme has me hooked so I would 100% recommend!! (Thursdays @ around 9pm).

What I Read: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

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I bought a couple of new books in the month of June but this was the one I was most excited about. As a Theatre student, I looooove appreciating different forms of art and have recently become particularly interested in poetry. Rupi Kaur’s collection of poems, broken down into ‘The Hurting’, ‘The Loving’, ‘The Breaking’, ‘The Healing’ is honestly one of the most beautiful things I’ve read to date. I can’t pinpoint exactly what it is that I love about this book but I’ve read it around 5 times already, always finding a new favourite poem. Love love loooooove this!

What I Listened To: Lorde / Bonnie and Clyde

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Oh my god. Lorde’s new album.

When Lorde first came on the scene, I cannot lie, I thought she was extremely overrated. I liked ‘Royals’ for a short while as it was in the charts but I really didn’t get the hype. Then her album dropped and I have been LIVING FOR IT. The songs are just so chill and so perfect for summer whilst also telling beautiful stories. Her sound is so distinctive and I’m turning into a massive fan. My fave songs at the moment are ‘The Louvre’ and ‘Perfect Places’. Definitely make sure to check it out if you haven’t!!!

From an MT point of view, I have been looooving the Bonnie and Clyde soundtrack. Not only are the songs amazing but the soundtrack features Jeremy Jordan as Clyde. I think that says it all. Perfection. My favourite songs are ‘Bonnie’ and ‘How ‘Bout A Dance’.

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What I Used: Collection Lasting Perfection Correction Concealer in ‘Lemon’

As a lover of the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, I was super excited when the colour correcting products were released. I picked up the shade ‘Lemon’ for £4.19 from Superdrug and it has quickly become one of my holy grail products. However, I don’t use this as a colour correcting product; I actually use it to carve out my brows and act as an under-brow highlight. I tend to put a tiny bit of powder highlighter on top of this but having the concealer acting as a base really helps my under-brow highlight to pop even more. I LOOOOOOVE THIS and will never go back to using normal concealer.

What I Did: 

June has actually been pretty crazy. I handed in my final piece of coursework at university which means I AM OFFICIALLY ON SUMMER!!!!!!! I had my Course Ball with all of my friends, went to see The Woman In Black with my gal Allie, went to Windsor, was reunited with my girls at home, performed in MTSoc’s Summer Showcase and went to watch Idina Menzel in concert. More recently, I have been staying in London for some amaaaaazing work experience that I’m super super grateful to have been given the opportunity to do.

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What I’m Wearing: Dress – New Look (£27.99)

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What I’m Wearing: Top – Zara (£4.99) 

I’m looking forward to an equally crazy July!!

G x

My First Year At University

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IMG_4324DISCLAIMER: Although I am one of the least soppy people you will ever meet, I have no promises for this post…

I honestly can’t believe I am sat here writing this post having completed my first year at university; it’s absolutely crazy!! Thinking back to how hectic life was this time last year, with A levels and UCAS to worry about, I can’t help but love my younger self for making the best decision possible for me. It’s so strange to think how close I was to opting to study Law or Psychology at university, rather than studying what I really wanted to: Theatre. I definitely let peoples’ opinions get into my head about how Theatre is not an ‘academic’ subject…blah blah blAHHHHHHH (I would love for those people to attend some of my lectures as their opinion would most definitely change) but at the end of the day, I knew it was what I wanted to do.

I was then faced with the daunting decision of where to go to study. I can’t lie and say that league tables and reputations of universities did not play a part in my choices…they did. However, the most important factor for me was feeling at home wherever I was moving to. When I originally applied, I didn’t want to be too far away from home as, I’ve said before, I’m a little homebody and tend to get homesick when I’m away from my family and home comforts. Saying that, I ended up applying to Surrey, York, UEA and Royal Holloway – none of which are close to where I live at all (typical). Surrey ended up being my top choice and luckily I got in!

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I have had such an amazing first year and that can only be put down to the people I have met. I honestly did not think it was possible to meet so many like-minded people in such a small area. The friends I have made so far are the most incredible people and so similar to me it’s scary! I now understand what people mean when they say that you meet your life-long friends at university.

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A huge part of my first year has been joining Musical Theatre Society which is full of the most welcoming and talented people. Being involved in Legally Blonde was one of the highlights of my year, not only due to the performing aspect but also down to the huge sense of community that came with it. As cheesy as this sounds, MTSoc are like one enormous family; it doesn’t matter who you are, you will be welcomed in with open arms.

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Aside from meeting the best people ever, this past year I have done an insane amount of growing up (not literally, unfortunately). Living on my own was a huuuuuuge step for me, especially as Surrey is so far away from my home and family. I’ve had to cook for myself, clean (though this was very rare lol) and look after myself in terms of general life. Whilst doing this, I also had to stay on top of my work (which I did struggle with at times) as there is nobody telling you what to do and when to do it. I may actually do a separate post on the jump from A-Levels to university so let me know if you’re interested! Personally, I feel I have matured and become a lot more independent in the best way possible.

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All in all, I have had the best year. Although there have been times when I’ve felt super homesick, I’ve made the craziest and most caring friends who have always cheered me up. We’ve made the best memories and eaten so many Nando’s that I wouldn’t be surprised if I got a Black Card sometime soon (Nando’s, pls help a gal out). I also want to shout out Matthew who, after only a few months of knowing me, showed up at my door with all of my favourite foods when I was too ill to get out of bed around Christmas time. He is the cutest. Ever. Be sure to check out his blog (I shall link below)!!

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First year, it has been a blast!

G x

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The Cutest Town

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Earlier this week, my friend Matthew and I decided to have a cute day out and visit Godalming as we want to start exploring the surrounding areas of our university. It was a super nice day and beaut weather (for England anyway!). The town is really small but definitely worth the trip as there is an adorable high-street with some really lovely-looking pubs. If I go back on a nice day, I will definitely be planning to have a cute picnic sat by the canal with my friends.

Although there is not an awful lot to do there, it makes for a pretty change of scenery from our (also pretty) university campus. I would definitely recommend visiting if you’re looking for somewhere new to explore!

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Matthew and I are planning on visiting some of the other cute little surrounding towns in Surrey so look out for more posts in the future!

G x