May 20, 2015

Wanderlust Wednesday - New York

New York, New York

I'm pretty sure I have posted about New York before in my wanderlust series, but who can blame me this city is fantastic. The city that never sleeps, truly.

Who has been to New York before? what would you recommend for the must see sites?

May 19, 2015

Highcliff castle, England

While we were exploring the New Forest we discovered cute little towns like Lymington and Highcliffe. Our original goal for coming down to this area was to enjoy the sunshine and pebble beach. During our search for a place to stop for lunch we discovered Highcliffe castle, which also had an adorable little cafe where you could sit out in the gardens with your lunch.

As we parked the car and wandered down the trail towards the castle, I peaked through the trees to see the perfect picture opportunity. There was absolutely no one around, no sound but the little tweety birds in the trees. The sun shining high and bright overhead. It was stunning.

We spent a couple of hours here after enjoying a light lunch. There was lots to explore. I really enjoying walking around the outside of the castle, plenty of secret spots to discover. Sadly the inside is not nearly has amazing as the outside was. Most of it was closed for repairs although there was a few parts you could get to.

 As you can see we also made it to the beach. Although it was not the sandy beaches of Australia that we had come to know and love, we layer out our blanket and enjoyed the sunshine. Again there was no one around, it felt like our own little piece of paradise.

May 8, 2015

Lets spend the day in Farnham

If there is one place in England that has totally stolen my heart, it would be Farnham. I have amazing memories of my childhood, most of them taking place in Farnham. So I thought I would take the time to share with you a few things to do around the area if you find yourself here for a day or two.

Farnham, Surrey

I spent a few years growing up in this quaint little town. It has many things to offer. Boutique clothing stores, farmers markets, coffee shops and the huge park which includes Farnham castle. This beautiful town is well worth the visit. Spend the day wandering around the shops, check out cathedral, walk along the river and the park where you can spend a few hours relaxing in the grass, having a picnic, reading or just enjoying the peace and quiet.

The Sculpture Park

The Sculpture Park is located about 30 mins outside of Farnham, Surrey. Its the largest all year round sculpture exhibition in the world, with over 600 sculptures from many different artists. Tucked away in acres of maintained ponds and flowers gardens its a magical experience. Most of the sculptures are also available for purchase, if only I had more room in my suitcase.

Promising hours of fun, allow yourself to get lost and wander through the trails. Each sculpture is set up in a unique area setting the scene for amazing pictures. I would recommend breaking up your day by wandering over to the pub across the street which offers all kinds of refreshments.

Jane Austen's House Museum

I have been a long time Jane Austen fan as I am sure many other people are. Whenever I have taken trips to England I always make it a habit of stopping by one of the places that feature something regarding Jane Austen. Located in Chawton, Hampshire its about 16 mins away from Farnham. This is a really small town and there really isn't much else to it other then the museum, although there is a lovely cafe right across the street.

This beautiful 18th century house is where she spent the last 8 years of her life. The house itself features artifacts that belonged to Jane Austen. Walk through the rooms and experience how she lived back then. Outside wander through the cottage garden where you are free to sit and enjoy a picnic.

Waverley Abbey

Located about 2 miles outside of Farnham, this abbey is well worth the trip. One of the first abbeys to be built in England it was unfortunately mostly destroyed during the dissolution of the monasteries. Hidden away in the countryside with nothing around it for miles it is a very peaceful place. Walk around and enjoy the serenity that is offered by this mystical place. The abbey is well maintained and even has drawings of what it use to look like when it was first built.

May 7, 2015

A drive through New Forest National Park

Whenever we are driving somewhere new to explore and discover places, I am always one for driving the back roads instead of the highway. I feel that you see so much more of what the countryside has to offer and England is no different.

On our way to Highcliffe castle and the pebble beaches that surrounds it we happily took a slight detour to drive through New Forest National Park. New Forest is located in southern England and also includes one of the largest remaining unencloused pasture lands. This means that there are horses everywhere and I mean everywhere. Make sure to drive slow when you are in the area especially in the little villages.

The horses were super friendly and I was excited to get out to fed and hug them all. They walk around freely and don't seem to be bothered by our presence at all. We even drove by two horses on the sidewalk of the little village that were dozing in the sun, completely oblivious to the traffic going by.

The forest offers a little something for everyone, escape into the quiet forest, hike the trails or wander around the little villages and explore the gardens. You will not be disappointed.

We decided to stop to walk some of the trails, its just too beautiful to pass up really. Getting lost in the wilderness, the smell and sounds of nature surrounding you. Its sure to calm even the most restless soul. The day was cloudless and bright which was the perfect excuse to take our time and discover our surroundings instead of rushing to our originally planned destination.

If your heading down to the many seaside towns I would recommend taking the detour through the New Forest, especially if you are a horse lover like myself.

May 6, 2015

Wanderlust Wednesday - Romeo and Juliet

Verona, Italy

 Where the romantic story started. Walk around and hear the tale of Romeo and Juliet. Visit Juliet's house and step out on her balcony. Leave a love note in the wall. What's not to love about Verona.

May 5, 2015

April round up - Chakra teas, taking a leap of faith and growing your blog business

Well I know I say this pretty much every month, but can you believe its May all ready. Life in Penticton is good, busy but good. We spent this weekend browsing flower markets, weeding and creating new flower beds. I'm also going to be starting an indoor flower garden soon. Lots of outdoor projects in the works this year.

Here are a few great reads I found this month. Enjoy.

For all those tea lovers out there. DIY your own tea

Chakra teas. I'm very intrigued with these and might order a few to sip before/after I do some meditation

How not having children has become a rational decision. Interesting

Change these 5 things in order to get that glowing skin everyone craves

Are you ready to take a leap. A good read for those of you who find yourselves at a crossroads

Trying to build a business through your blog? A great article written by Emily Schuman on how to grow and thrive your blog business

90 min video for those of you looking for a few ideas on growing your blog following

April 1, 2015

March 31, 2015

March roundup - Switzerland, ginger and ultimate road trips

Hello April, oh how you are fast becoming one of my favourite months. It is undoubtedly spring around here. The last few weeks everything has started blooming in the Okanagan valley. Driving to work the orchards and wineries look like a patchwork quilt of beautiful colours.

I can't wait to get out and explore this long weekend. What are your Easter plans?

- Amy Lynn Hayes wrote a fantastic  guest post about realizing when your plans are not working for you and why its ok. Excellent read

- Crazy facts about Switzerland

- Preparing for the road trip season? Here are some fantastic suggestions for America

- Want to move but not sure where, take the myers briggs personality test to figure it out

- Lets try to grow a few different things this year, how to grow ginger indoors

- 300 totally amazing free things just for bloggers, enjoy

- An example of incredible strength, vinyasa flow

Here's to a short work week and a long weekend.

March 6, 2015

She belonged to no one

She was free in her wildness. 
She was a wanderess, a drop of free water. 
She belonged to no man and no city.

- Roman Payne

March 5, 2015

A day in Worcester

If you only had one day to spend in Worcester, here is what I would suggest you do.

To get your day started, stop off at one of the local cafe's. My suggestion would be Soho Coffee House. With its inviting atmosphere, perfectly brewed espresso and lots of choices for something to eat its the perfect start to your day.

After a satisfying cup of coffee our next stop is the Worcester cathedral. One of the most impressive cathedrals in England, its right up there with my all time favourite, Canterbury cathedral. Take your time to wander around both inside and out, the architecture is incredible. Can you believe that I was completely mesmerized by the stone glass and overall detail that I completely forgot to take pictures. If you're lucky everything will be open to the public including the crypt.

Continuing on, make your way slowly down to the river. Walking along you will see house boats, chestnut trees and plenty of ducks and swans to feed. Also something interesting would be all the dates etched into the side wall each time the town has flooded. Every year is placed at the height where the water reached. It is crazy how high the water went.

By this time we have reached the main shopping area including high street. If you are in a shopping mood there is plenty to choose from. Art galleries, flower stalls and boutique clothing stores. Another interesting place to check out while you are in the area is the Worcester Guildhall. Its well worth the visit for the internal and external architecture. There was a craft fair going on inside while we were there and I bought some home made soaps and baked goods.

If you have any energy left a few other interesting things worth a look would be The Greyfriars, a very quirky tudor house with tons of history. Elgar birthplace museum, the birthplace of a famous composer. Last but not least Hanbury Hall.

As the day draws to an end I think a much deserved pint is in order. When it comes to pubs there are plenty, my favourite would be The Chestnut. Although I am not much of a beer drinker Jason was absolutely in love with everything he tasted here. I on the other hand enjoyed a nice refreshing jug of pims.

I hope you enjoyed my tour around Worcester, if you have any favourite places I would love to hear about them.

March 4, 2015

Wanderlust Wednesday - Rustem Pasha Mosque

Rustem Pasha Mosque, Turkey

I been reading a few travel blogs recently that have shown the wonders of Turkey. I must admit it has never been high on my list of places to travel to. However after seeing all the beautiful pictures and hearing about the amazing experiences people had, I have to say I am reconsidering.

March 3, 2015

February Roundup - bohemian homes, lavender milkshakes and a delicious read

Hello March, I am very happy to see you. Although are winter has been mild here in Penticton, I am still so ready for Spring to arrive. I looked out our living room window this morning and realized that the bushes underneath the windows had little buds on them. Tulips and snow drops are starting to bloom and everything is greening nicely.

I think I have found the perfect spot in Canada to live.

I first clicked on this link simply because of the title, wanderers. Its a short film about space travel that I found really interesting

  • My lovely sister introduced me to this book and it is a must read for everyone, I promise you will love it

Found any great links lately? Feel free to share in the comments below.

February 25, 2015

Wanderlust Wednesday - Wales

Portmeirion, North Wales

We spent about a week of our vacation touring around Wales. I have been here a few times now, mostly to visit family. Every time I come back I fall a bit more in love with this beautiful country.

Do you have a favourite spot that you would recommend?

February 20, 2015

A day exploring the delights of Marylebone, London

Today I am excited to have Lucy take over the blog. Originally from London she is here to talk about one of her favourite places. All the more reason I should plan another trip.

Hey there, I am Lucy from Lulabelle Lifestyle and it is so great to be guest posting on The Way I Wanderlust sharing some of my Travel tips and experiences with you. I know Kayleigh spoils you with her adventures so I hope I can live up to the challenge and show you a side of London you may not have visited before.

 Just a bit of short and sweet background info for you about me; I am a brit living in Singapore who moved from London two years ago in search of sunshine and fun living on the other side of the world for a short while. Prior to moving to Singapore’s sunny shores I lived in London for a number of years and got to know my capital city very well. London never looks better than on a crisp sunny day when you can wrap up warm and wander the endless streets soaking up the history that surrounds you at every turn.

As Mayfair’s lesser-known neighbor, Marylebone is home to some hidden gems you won’t find on all of the typical tourist trails despite it being a stones throw from Oxford Street. And after working in the heart of Marylebone for 3 years I want to share my guide to getting the best out of this neighbourhood.

This affluent area is situated just north of Oxford Street and south of Marylebone Road and consists of many specialist stores, upmarket eateries and some good old English pubs.
Here is my itinerary for hitting all the highlights in Marylebone:

Start your day by heading for breakfast at the quintessentially English and family run Paul Rothe & Son delicatessen on Marylebone Lane. They do the BEST bacon sandwiches here along with some delicious home made English food at its best...think hearty soups and sandwiches on thick bloomer bread. Delish.

Then wander north along Marylebone Lane until you hit Marylebone High Street. Here you will find fashion, beauty and homeware boutiques without the hoards of tourists that you will find in Soho and on Oxford Street. Have a browse and pop into one of the English pubs along here for a pit stop too if you fancy.

After getting your morning retail fix head southwards to Manchester Square, here you will find The Wallace Collection, a national museum situated within a historic London town house. This museum is home to a large collection of French 18th Century art with some Old Master paintings to peruse. Free admission and open from 10am-5pm daily, you can also enjoy a luxurious lunch in their courtyard restaurantwhere you can indulge in French cuisine to complement the French art you have been admiring.

After lunch and browsing the 25 galleries inside the museum, I would suggest heading for an afternoon pick me up coffee at the newly opened outlet of Workshop Coffee aptly called the ‘Marylebone Coffee bar. This artisan coffee house is now situated in St Christopher’s Place a short walk so uth from Manchester Square, where you will be sure to enjoy one of the best cups of coffee in London. For real.

With the caffeine making its way through your body you will be ready to tackle some more of the boutiques which line St Christopher’s Place and the neighbouring James Street. If you really want a shopping extravaganza then wander around the corner onto Oxford Street to visit Selfridges, here you can quite literally shop un til you drop before heading to their champagne bar or Le Chalet to perk you up before dinner.

This brings me onto dinner plans (more food); there are a number of restaurants, which line both St Christopher’s Place and James Street, all of which are pretty good and very reasonably priced for London. The ones that I have tried and I really liked are Cocochan for pan-Asian cuisine, Chaopraya for Thai and Made in Italy for their metre long pizzas. After dinner stroll down Oxford Street towards the nearest underground station or taxi rank to head back home to put your weary feet up!

And there you have your guide to the perfect day spent exploring Marylebone, giving you a taste of both new and old in the heart of London.

Thanks so much for having me Kayleigh, I hope you enjoyed this post and are planning your trips to London this instance! If you want to get in touch then please feel free to message me at or you can follow me on Instagram or Facebook for more Lulabelle Lifestyle updates. 

February 19, 2015

Oxford, England

As I fell in love with the world and characters Deborah Harkness created in her novel, The book of life, I knew someday I would make the trip to Oxford to see the world from her pages come alive.
As I delved deeper into the story I started to imagine what it would be like to attend All Souls College, or walk between the stacks in the Bodelain Library feeling the old leather beneath my fingertips.

The further we walked and the more we discovered I couldn't help but wonder what it would have been like to be a student here. To spend my days attending lectures and hours reading the library. Making new friends and trying out every pub until I found my new favourite.

Each part of the city has something different to offer. Paths along the canal lead to quaint cafes and pubs. Touristy shops filled with trinkets and souvenirs are mixed in with bookstores and historical landmarks. The buildings towered over us on either side making it hard to fit everything in to one picture. I imagine the view from above is amazing.

As we wandered down the side lanes trying to figure out exactly where we were, we ran across the most curious sign claiming to lead the way to the oldest known pub in Oxford.

True to its name the building looked like it was barely holding on. Jason had to hunch as we entered the ceiling were so low, it even made me feel slightly clostraphobic. I completely forgot to write down the name of this pub to share with you. Should anyone know which one I am talking about please leave a comment.

As the evening drew to an end, the sun drenched the old stone in rich honey tones.  My skin tinged red from way to much sun, it was time to find a local pub to rest our feet and enjoy a much deserved drink. I ordered a jug of Pimms, my all time favourite drink which seems to be pretty hard to find in Canada.

February 18, 2015

Wanderlust Wednesday - Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto, Japan

I have never been to Japan, in fact I have yet to travel anywhere in Asia. Eventually when I do make it to this side of the world I would love to go to the Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine. I have read many blog posts about this particular place and it looks amazing.

February 17, 2015

Sunsets and koala bears

Hello lovlies,

Today I am over at lulabelle lifestyle talking about one of my favourite places in Australia, Magnetic Island. We had so much fun while we were there and I could have spent much longer then a week playing with all the animals, relaxing on the beach and searching for seashells.

Head on over to read the full post and also check out Lucy's adorable blog. She currently lives in Singapore and writes about her travels and expat life.

February 12, 2015

Worcester England

Although we prefer not to make any set plans while we travel, I still had family and friends that I wanted to catch up with and make the most of our trip. Our first destination was to be Worcester. My aunt and uncle had graciously offered to host us during our stay and show us around the Midlands.

Sheltered by the Malvern hills Worcester seems to miss most of the rainy weather that England is so famous for. Clear blue sunny skies made it perfect for wandering around the canals, feeding the ducks and enjoying the patios of several small town pubs.

Although Worcester is on the smaller side for a city it still boosts some amazing sites. Worcester was the home of the Royal Worcester Porcelin, its also the location of the Lea and Perrins factory where my beloved Worcestershire sauce is made.

The above picture was taken in the oldest part of Worcester, slightly tilting but still standing and considered sturdy. Not so sure about that.

This carving was created out of a massive stump that sat in the middle of the park. Talk about talent.

The cathedral here is one of my favourites. Can you believe I was so taken by its beauty I totally forgot to take pictures while touring the inside. We seemed to have luck on our side as even the crypt was open that day, talk about feeling ghosts around you.

 Have you ever been to Worcester? What was your favourite part.

February 11, 2015

Wanderlust Wednesday - Eiffel tower

Eiffel tower

A little something special for all the romantics out there. It just wouldn't be a trip to Paris without the Eiffel tower.

February 5, 2015

Our UK adventure

I have left pieces of myself in many different places all over the world and I'm sure I will continue doing so as I have many places still to check off my bucket list. The UK will always be one of the few places that truly feels like home. It has been over four years since my last visit, way to long. The longing for this amazing country has always been there and it finally became so strong that I promised myself regardless of whatever happened this year I was making the trip.

The moment I spot the fog drenched landscape around Gatwick airport and the lady at the customs booth welcomes me to this beautiful country, I know once again that I have made it home. The feeling that washes over me is indescribable. Giddy with excitement I can't wait to show Jason where I grew up, family and friends that I have longed to hug, and of course eat endless amounts of fish and chips.

We have three and a half weeks to explore and I intend to make the most of each and every moment. We chose to arrive with nothing planned other then the people we would be catching up with. Of course I have a long list of places that I would love to see but I prefer to just go with the flow and see where it takes me. I have always travelled this way and I find it is what suits me best.

Do you plan out your travels before you leave or do you like to explore day to day?

February 4, 2015

Wanderlust Wednesday - Iceland

If I was heading to Iceland for vacation something that would be on the top of my list would be a tour to see the puffins. How cute are they.

February 3, 2015


I'm a big fan of picking just one word to focus on each year. My word for 2014 was contentment. I knew that I would have to work had at this and my daily yoga practice certainly guided me in the right direction. Although I didn't always appreciate everything in my life I feel like having that word as a constant reminder kept me grounded.

This year it was easy for me. My word came to me immediately, NOURISH. Its absolutely perfect for everything that I want to work on/towards this year.

"Nourish - to provide with the materials necessary for life and growth"

Not only will nourish help remind me to eat healthy and be good to my body, it can also be used when considering career opportunities and cultivating meaningful relationships with the people around me.

I think this word will help me make good decisions, all I have to ask myself is will this nourish me. I'm excited to see where 2015 takes me.

Have you picked your word yet?

January 30, 2015

January - Slow start

Does anyone else feel like January went by in a blink? I'm still trying to find my feet, collect all my thoughts and write them down in one place. I've been working on my focus word for 2015, which I will share in a later post.

With the weather being pretty mild lately I feel like spring isn't far away and I can't wait to get out into the garden to plant all kinds of things. This is my first rental with a garden, its an exciting new experience for me.

Here are some fascinating reads for your weekend.

  • Sick of being cooped up inside this winter, here are a few road trip ideas
  • Looking for some vacation ideas in Canada, here is a great bucket list to get you started.
  • Are you finally living the life you always wanted but still feel like something is missing, this article might prove to be an interesting read.

Have a great weekend.

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