It’s my (Victoria) 2nd wedding anniversary in a next week, which not only means that I’m due a hella sweet present but also that lots of lovely wedding pictures have been popping up on my Facebook timeline. I’ve really enjoyed looking back at all the photos. It still feels like it was the perfect day. A few photos that really caught my eye (and given me a severe case of wanderlust) were from our honeymoon. We went on a bit of a tour of Japan and it was honestly the BEST TIME EVER. I can’t imagine ever visiting anywhere that’s as magical, fun and interesting as Japan.
I can’t wait to take my daughter there in a few years time. My husband and I have decided to wait until she is old enough to appreciate it fully. We are keeping all of our fingers crossed that she loves Studio Ghilbi as much as we do, as it’ll be a great excuse to go back to The Ghibli Museum. As we are both huge Ghibli fans, as soon as we had our honeymoon route plotted (through the awesome Inside Japan), one of the first things we did was book our tickets to The Ghibli Museum and got VERY excited about riding the giant Cat Bus. A typical (purr-fect?) honeymoon activity I’m sure you’ll agree.
I came away from the museum with so many beautiful photos, it was hard to whittle them down into a blog post. Hundreds of photos of dust bunnies, spiral stairways and glorious glass windows. Spellbinding stuff. There’s so much to enjoy that I’d even recommend a visit to non-Ghibli fans! Watch a short film in the Saturn Theatre, wander the roof garden with gorgeous views over Inokashira Park (and a giant robot) or pop for a Ghibli-themed lunch in the Straw Hat Cafe. Thinking about it all over again has put a big old smile on my face. You’ll be pleased to know that I did get a little Spirited Away in the gift shop and that cheeky Totoro above came home with me.
Back in the Summer we grabbed our BFF Ellie from Better Bristol and Beyond (new blog klaxon!) and jumped straight on the Dreamland bandwagon. We had spotted several other bloggers had been along and enjoyed it’s colourful rides, tasty hot dogs and retro rollar disco, and as we had a girly weekend away already booked in neighbouring Whitstable, it would have been a crime against Instagram not to spend a day thrill seeking in sunny Margate and join the fun! As Jo and I are pregnant we were quite limited as to what rides we were able to go on, but we were more than happy to spend our afternoon indulging in fizzy pop and donuts whilst Ellie roadtested the rides. If you couldn’t tell by that huge smile, the rainbow slide above was her favourite.
We had such a great time soaking up the atmosphere and admiring all the deligtful retro touches. Dreamland really did live up to the hype! We also really really enjoyed the food (hello hotdogs!) and Ellie was full of high praise for their extensive (and delicious) vegetarian options. We also really liked how all the staff seemed to be having a ball and it was hard not to be swept up with their joy.
We wanted to go for a retro vibe for the occassion and, as our bumps weren’t so big back then we were still able to squeeze into a shirt and skirt combo! Victoria wore her Spotty Shirt* from Sugarhill Boutique, a Demin Skirt* and bag* (similar here) from Boden, cat eye sunglasses from ASOS (similar here) and glittery trainers from La Redoute. I wore my beloved cat shirt (can’t wait to fit into that bad boy again) from Topshop (similar here), skirt* from Boden, Pink Trainers* from Superga and a bag* from Boden. Ellie wore the incredible pencil dress from Cath Kidston that all three of us own!
Once upon a time we took a trip to the land of Oxford to visit the magical world of the Story Museum. We had so much fun exploring this delightfully quirky wonderland that we couldn’t help but dedicate a whole post to our adventures. Shall we continue?
Since opening in 2009, the museum has been steadily working to create an international centre that’s dedicated to celebrating all forms of storytelling. Thanks to a willing army of volunteers (who are all very helpful and friendly), teachers, artists, and authors they have been transforming what they have called a ‘dilapidated building’ (but what is now more sort of charmingly ‘shabby chic’) into the most incredibly fun place to spend an afternoon. We honestly had so much fun there, it really does make you feel like a big kid!
Just when you thought we couldn’t get any more ridiculous! You can imagine how happy we were when we stumbled across ‘The Changing Room’ where you are encouraged to throw on all sorts of ludicrous fancy dress and then sit on a giant talking throne! We spent a fairly unreasonable amount of time here.
Much merriment was also had as we wandered around the ‘Draw me a story’ exhibition which features six fabulous illustrators. It was wonderful to see their original artwork, prints and sketchbooks as well as seeing so many children getting involved with the workshops and chatting to the the artist in residence!
On the top floor of the Story Museum you are treated to the extreme reading room in which you can sit and read (books are provided) in all manor of ridiculous spots including a garden shed, a cage or, if you’re like us, one or two boats! You are then invited to pop on a dressing gown and enter the ‘Time for bed’ room in which you will find a 15ft bed, complete with patchwork quilt. This quite magical space is all lit up with fairy-lights and is, quite possibly, the comfiest room in the land!