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Surprise! We bought a house!

So after all my writing in cryptic terms I can finally tell the news that has had me bursting at the seams for the last month.

It’s been exactly one month from the day we first saw the house on the internet at our anniversary dinner to the day we got conformation that we definitely have the house!

It’s a three bedroom house only 10 mins bike ride from my boyfriend’s work. We are very very lucky (being only 20 and 21!) and my only sad thought is that as I’m still at uni I cannot live there full time until I leave uni and get a job up in the north.

Still I get to spend my christmas holidays redecorating ‘my’ (our) first house- a dream I’ve had since I was little. I’m please that we get the keys at the start of my month break as I have an exam next week and I think I wouldn’t study well if we got the keys before that!

We announced it on facebook yesterday and it’s been lovely to see all our friends and family so excited for us! I will update my blog with household renovations as we do them so you all can see them too 🙂

I must go now because I have to revise for that exam of mine 😦 and I feel quite poorly tonight 😦 😦 so I need to get an earlyish night (much rather just go straight to bed but I’m feeling really guilty for not revising this weekend!!).

One final thing, my filofax hole punch came yesterday so have now managed to fit my dividers into my diary- will post on this another time! (see previous post on filofax here)

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The Good Bag Co. – Good Bags of Grasmere

PLEASE DO NOT ASK FOR ORDERS THROUGH ME, IF THE SHOP WILL BE OPEN ON A CERTAIN DAY OR WHETHER THERE IS A PARTICULAR BAG IN STOCK!!!  I do not know the answers to these questions as I do not work for the goodbagco any more as I am in my 3rd year of uni. 

I would be grateful if you passed any questions you have (or words of thanks!) on to the great people of the good bag co. Please see the link below. Thanks!

In early summer this year, just before the May half-term bank holiday 2 very lovely, happy bubbly people from the Good Bag Co. opened thier first shop, in Grasmere (where Jumpers used to be), and I was so lucky to be employed by them! I thought seeing as it’s been such a big part of my summer, I should do a bit of a blog about them before I went away back to Uni. I hope they don’t mind! I’ve taken some cheeky shots inside the shop too!

First off… here’s their online shop on the website. THE GOOD BAG CO. You can order their fun, (and very useful) bags offline if you cant pop in and see us! But we are well worth the visit, I’ve been told that we are getting a mini golf course in the shop soon… you cant miss out on seeing that can you now!

Some of these first shots are from when I started working at the shop and as they had only just opened and started getting things sorted, are a little outdated, it looks alot better now!


First meet the resident dog, Salvo (so named as he was rescued from a Salvation Army Dogs Home!)

“feel free to wonder lonely, or as a crowd” General Bag Shop Shots now…

This mini sofa is soo GOOD!!! haha, I was told that they were getting in sofas for the Dads to sit on while the women looked around 😉 BUT when I first saw them I was shocked! they are child sized! Really cute, but I dont think any guy would be able to get out of the sofa and the chair because they are
a) so low down, and
b) not really for man sized backsides! LOL!

This dummie is modelling a lovely “grandma is good!!!” apron. They are new in! Put the dummie together myself *feels slightly proud*, I’ll have you know! 😀


How cool is our pink phone? It even matches the kid’s armchair perfectly! Goes with our “sexy pink” walls too! Do you knotice our ‘carpet’? It’s actually as-good-as-grass, fake grass in other words…I must be one of the only people in the world that gets to hoover grass indoors! 🙂

Now you can get a matching apron and waterproof-lined jute shopper bag together! That’s Mum’s/ Auntie’s/ Grandma’s present sorted out in one fell swoop! Great Price too! Aprons are £8.50 and the Large Bags are £4 each…(see below for special deals!)


Pre-shrunk means that it wont shrink all funny when you put it in the wash- it won’t shrink at all 🙂

The other day I had an idea to do a ‘bag of the week’. Last week it was ‘My little bag of sunshine’- cause we all need that in our rainy climate- was so appropriate too, as its waterproof lined! This week it was our smaller ‘chocolate is Soooo Good!’ bag.


There is a bigger version too!

So the special Deal I was talking about earlier was the “3 for £10” offer. Basically you can have any 3 bags (small or large) for £10… an absolute bargin in my opinion!

Loads of people come from all around the world to our shop (painted a bright pink outside) and take home the bags as presents for friends and family as there is a design to suit everyone. They are also really light(- great for packing in already buldging suitcases!), and affordable.

Some of the best selling designs when I’m about are…
Friends are good!
Mums are good!
Shoes are good!
Chocolate is sooo good!
Gardeners are good!
Shopping is good!
Dogs are good! (we also have cats, horses and ponies)
Witches are good! (seems a popular choice for neighbours who are house sitting!)
Nurses are good! (and nurses are bad! too!!!)
and My little Lunch bag…

Lastly before I end this blog, I’ll tell those of you who think that a shop cant exist just selling bags, I ask you why not? Shoe shops just sell shoes do they not? Why can a bag shop not exsist? Before this shop was opened my bosses had been selling these bags for several years and things have just exploded!

I hope that’s enough of an introduction to the shop… come in and see us!!!!

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Farm in the heart of the English Lake District for sale!

It’s not a great picture but this is my family’s farm, where I have lived for my entire life is up for sale as from today onwards. This means that both the businesses (hostel and holiday cottages) and our house (along with the barns and farmland) are also for sale.

My mum is pleased as it’s taken ages to get to this point, and she is ready to move. Although I dont mind moving as much as I would have done say, 2yrs ago, the thought of it now happening doesnt exactly please me as Ive always lived here, and when my family moves, it’s not going to be in the lake district… more like Cotswolds at the moment. I’m not that fond of the Cotswolds; it’s away from my friends who I’ve known since I was a baby.

Maybe it is selfish of me, but I’m really against moving far away, even though I fully understand my parents reasons for wanting to do so. I just know that I wont want to spend as much time with them though if they move far away from my friends as I will be wanting to see my friends more, and my ‘home’, rather than them.

Oh idk… we shall see how things go, after all, it’s not that likely that someone will decide they want our place in just 2 weeks of it being on the market or something, more likely to be 1yr, or maybe 2. Just got to make the most of living here now!

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Country wide snow!

I just thought I’d blog this photo my boyfriend found on the internet after I mentioned I’d seen this amazing photo taken by a satellite on the BBC news. It’s amazing to think that the snow covers everything, no-where is snow free!

Today I went with my boyfriend down to the river and I was able to cross it on ice! When I put my hand under the ice as far as it would go (without getting my coat wet) I found the ice was about 10-12 cm thick… and that was at the edges, it got thicker in the middle.

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