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December Snapshot

Wow, is it really the end of December already!?! This can mean only one thing...my snapshot of December from Instagram and it is the end of 2016!

What a year 2016 has been and for some not a good one, but I am looking forward to the new adventures that await me in 2017 and hope that it is a better year. You can read about my year and the things that have gone on here.

This month I have managed to progress a little further in my Instagram following - thank you! Also remember you can also find me on Twitter and Facebook.

So without further a do here is a look at what has been going on...


I got a new watch from Kapten & Son after several months of looking and I love it to pieces!Took a day trip to Longleat - the festival of light was amazing! Read about it here and photos are on my Facebook pageTried the new Thai restaurant Thaikhun, in the new Westquay WatermarkCame home to a new Christmas decoration from my husband! A Saltrock shop opened in Southampton! This means that I don't …

Look back on 2016

2016 has not been a great year in many respects, it has had a lot of firsts, new chapters, adventures and losses!

For me it started off with the loss of my dear father, which still makes me tear up at the thought of it! While this door closed off a lot of worry, stress, travel back and fourth to Cardiff for hospital visits and most importantly for my mum the taking caring of him, it opened many more challenges and opportunities.

Christmas Prep

Less than a week until Christmas and I still have a lot to prepare...there are the presents and wrapping them, food shopping and house cleaning!

This year we are having my mum down from Cardiff and it means that I have to cook a roast dinner! Please bear in mind that the only other time I have EVER cooked a roast was in January this year, when she came down for her birthday.

Longleat visit 2016

On the 10th December I traveled to Warminster to visit Longleat with a friend, it was a trip organised by work so it meant that we didn't need to drive up ourselves - bonus!

The day started off early, we left Southampton at 9 and arrived just after 10:30. We were going to go around the safari first but as there were queues forming we decided that a walk around the park first.

The Silent Struggle

This post is about a silent struggle many people face - depression!

It is a common mental disorder that causes people to have depressed moods, loss of interest, feelings of guilt, low self-worth and much more. Having suffered with it myself before, I know all to well what it can feel like.

It was in 2009, aged 18, that I started to feel sad and nothing seemed to make me happy, I just put it down to a low mood and thought it would pass. After a while I started to feel very uncomfortable in my own skin in different circumstances, I would prefer to stay at home than go out and see friends and I just shut myself away.

I remember very clearly the day it hit me that there was something very wrong. I was in the changing room getting ready to go out sailing and while standing there in full thermals, trousers, jumpers and full water proofs I had a huge feeling of wanting to hide away. I wanted to curl up and disappear, not see anyone and not be there. I knew this was nothing to with self-conf…

November Snapshot

What a month...it has had its ups and downs but overall not bad.

I hit 100 likes on Instagram, which for me is a small step in the right direction and I have started using my Twitter and Facebook accounts. Please feel free to follow me on all, it would make my year.

I took another leap forward this month by starting to share my blog with family and friends. I am not sure why but I am still a little self conscious about telling people what I am doing but hoping to change this next year.


To round off here is just a snap shot of my November adventures...
I took a last minute trip to Cardiff to see family - came back with a new laptop and a Camera which I am borrowing to see what sort I want to buy! Finally got around to cleaning my necklace - to find out more the blog post can be found hereMy iPhone 6 died on me but it did me I could get the new iPhone 7 :D - again see blog for the story behind thisStarted...and not yet finished...reading Aleph by Paulo Coelho - loving it so far! Took a t…

A personal, meaningful gift!

January 2016 I lost a very special man in my life...my dad! On the same day at the spur of the moment I had a thought that I would get a necklace to mark the occasion, and it would then give me something I could always keep close and remember him by.

So I went on to the internet to see what I could get engraved, and knew that Not on the High Street did unique stuff like this. That afternoon I went through pages and pages of different ideas, until I came across the one!

Personalised 'Her Story' Necklace by Nina Louise

Reasons to love Cardiff

While on the train to Cardiff for a last minute visit I thought I would write a blog post about why I love the city and what else it has to offer...so here it is

I am a Welsh girl who grew up in Cardiff before moving to Southampton in 2009 for work and sailing. My family still live there, which means I go back and visit often but over the years the city has developed a lot and every time I go back there is either something new going up, or something old being taken down.

A bitter sweet story and lessons learned!

It has been an emotional week and a lot of lessons learned, so here goes (deep breath)...

This story actually starts last week when I took my MacBook into Apple because my iPhone 6 would not talk to iTunes or iPhoto. It turns out that since I had updated my phone to IOS 10 that my operating system was now out of date and needed to be updated - Great!

30 things to do before 30!

So it is my birthday weekend and that means one step closer to the big 30! So I thought that I would make a list of 30 things I would like to do before I hit 30. (FYI I have 3 years). Although remember that numbers do not matter and you are only as old as you feel and/or act.

Here goes and they are in no particular order:
Visit MaldivesVisit Australia Visit New Zealand Visit IcelandSee the Northern lightsVisit SantoriniVisit the CaribbeanBecome healthier Make something of this blogVisit New YorkDo a transatlantic crossing on Queen Mary 2Explore more on my paddle boardHave dinner at the Hand and FlowersVisit Bermuda  Visit Barcelona Meet new people Get a watch Worry lessVisit ParisVisit RomeGo Skiing/ Snowboarding again Complete the round Hayling Island SUP raceComplete a SUP, Bike, Run event See Niagara FallsGo lay beneath the stars, with no light pollutionBe able to do a hand/head stand with no wallScuba dive the Great Barrier ReefVisit Canada Lay in a hammockEnjoy life! As and when t…

You don't need to go far...

When you say adventure some people might think you have to go a long way from home to be able to find one but I think differently! There is always something to be found on your door step.

To find the adventures around you, you just need to get out, go somewhere new or try something different.  I am very fortunate to have a woodland outside my back garden which is an amazing little space to go and explore. It is ever changing with the different seasons, rain or sunshine.

I use it a lot as a walk through to get to the shop or gym, and I am amazed how there is this little gem in the middle of a built up area.

There is lots of wild life living here, meaning I can wake up the the singing birds, watch the squirrels jump through the trees, also we get the occasional fox in the garden.

Moral of this story is to go out and explore the little things around you, whether that is a new coffee shop, the local park or beach. It is always good to get to know your local area.


DIY - Pinterest inspired dressing table area

Since the thought of buying our own home I have been searching on Pinterest for ideas on how to style our house.

One of the main areas was the bedroom and the idea of having a dressing table again because before moving to Southampton I always use to have one that my daddy made for me but it was fitted so was not able to bring it with me! If you want to have a little look then here is the link to some of the things that I pinned - https://uk.pinterest.com/rosellecockrill/bedroom/

Name change and the start of a new adventure

When I started this blog I was not thinking about taking it to seriously and it was just going to be something on the side to get me writing...

But now I have decided to step it up a gear, after having another look online I noticed that the current name 'farrawayadventure' was already taken! It meant that I had to start from scratch and think of a new name...it took me days and loads of different name ideas until I decided on the new one! I hope you like?!

So here is to the start of a new adventure and the start of Adventure Each and Every Day

Until next time



Pom Pom Animals

This all started in April 2016, when I went home to Cardiff one weekend and my mum brought out these pom pom makers and said "try these!"


I picked one up, looked at it and became very confused so I turned to Google and searched how to use pom pom makers. After some research and watching some videos I managed to figure it out. Turns out they are easier than you think and before I knew it I had made a pom pom. 
Once I had mastered the technique I now turned to Pinterest and searched 'pom pom animals' to find lots of inspiration. At the time all I had was yellow wool to work with and as it was Easter I made the first thing that came into my head - A chick and added a prop for effect. 

So with this one complete, I added it to Facebook to have everyone say that they wanted one and requesting different animals. Therefore it was time to go out and buy more wool, and some foam because I needed something to make the feet and mouth with. 

Dubai - 10 things to do in 10 days

Two years ago I was fortunate to travel to Dubai for my honeymoon, we were going to spend 10 days there and wanted to pack as much in as possible. Below are 10 things that we did in our time out there...

1. Burj Al Arab

This beautiful "7 star hotel" is amazing! We knew that we wanted to experience this hotel and thought what better way than to have afternoon tea.

From the moment you arrive at the gate, your reservation is checked before they allow you to continue up to the front door. Once you arrive at the door and take your first steps into the lobby you are greeted by a spectacular water feature but it is not until you go up to the next level can you really take in how jaw dropping the interior is. The bright colours, sunlight coming in from the canvas like covering on the front of the building, the fine details and finally the gold. You just have to sit there for a while to take it all in.

We chose to go for afternoon tea which is served at set times in the Skyview Bar, whic…

Norwegian Fjords 2015

A while back I said I would post something about the cruise I went on back in June 2015 but alas nothing was posted - sorry!

As I didn't do anything back then, I thought I would write something about it now as I am on a roll...



"The Magical Mystery Tour" - Fly med cruise on Cunard Queen Victoria Part two...the cruise

So in part one I spoke about the run up to the holiday and how we got there, now I am going to talk about the holiday and the different ports we sailed into.

First night
As you might know we had been traveling all day and had been up for about 36 hours, but before we decided to call it a day we had to find my mum's brother and wife, complete our safety training and then finally dinner.

When we boarded the ship our room was available straight away, so we wondered off all confused trying to figure out where we needed to go and reading the little map that you get given with your passes. We soon found our cabin on deck 5 and took in the view from our balcony. As our bags had not arrived yet, it was time to take another wander and explore some of the ship, find something to drink and a little snack.

While sitting in the Lido restaurant we hear the announcement that we will soon be called to gather at our muster stations with our life jackets ready for the safety briefing. With that in mind…

"The Magical Mystery Tour" - Fly med cruise on Cunard Queen Victoria Part one...getting there

My next adventure was taking my mum on a well deserved holiday she had not had one for about 50 years, and the journey starts on a sunny but slightly upsetting day in April.
April 20th I travelled back to Cardiff for the scattering of my dad's ashes. I had travelled up a few days before because it would have been his birthday on the 21st and I had been going up to see him for the last few years, so thought I would do the same this year. It all started in the kitchen at home, when I asked my mum 'Where would you like to go on holiday?' she replied 'Constantinople' or Istanbul to the rest of us!  
I sat and thought about it and wondered if there was a cruise that went there. After looking around I came across a fly med cruise with Cunard on Queen Victoria. Perfect! Athens, Dardanelles, Istanbul overnight, Dardanelles, Rhodes, Mykonos, Athens. After getting all the information together, and checking the passports were in date. I sat my mum down, explained it to her and …

SUP for Cancer - 5th June 2016

Last time I posted I was going on about paddle boarding and how I was going to get one, well guess what...Santa delivered a very lovely pink one!!

I was lucky to get a Paddle for Hope board, which are made to help raise money for Cancer and every board sold will help one person suffering from Cancer on their way to recovery.  It's vibrant colour and awesome patten is hard to miss on the water.





















Only a few weeks after having the board my new year plan was to compete in the Hayling Island race but unfortunately after having a bad start to the new year I did not get the practice in that I wanted to do to be able to compete in March.

My first outing was on a cold, windy Sunday in January (perfect time to try it). I was taken to a spot in Gosport to give my board a go and claim my free lesson. I learned a lot of techniques in my time on the water but never pushing it to much because I had no plan of falling in the icy water!


Months went by and the weekends were not spent paddling! Before I …