My Christmas at the Cotswolds
Firstly, I hope everyone who’s reading this had a wonderful Christmas and New year! I hope all your dreams and wishes came true this christmas and I wish you the very best for the upcoming year. Don’t expect me to list you my resolutions or to reflect on the past year. Since, I’ve told myself to start living in the present. Looking back on the past years fill me up with regret sometimes. But I’ve realised recently, there’s nothing we can do about the past. We can only do something now and change what’s happening now. Because, when it comes down to it, I can make resolutions but they can be subjective to the present moment. Yes, I do want to lose weight and get fit and healthy like thousands of others, however, I firstly need to sort out my procrastination problem. I’ve told myself to stop saying “I’ll do it tomorrow”, because what if there isn’t a tomorrow. As sad and daunting that might sound, I want to do things now. I want to stop being so lazy. So, you could consider that as my resolution. Because I don’t know what the future holds, but what I do now will determine what direction the future may take me. I apologise for taking you down this pretty deep road, but I think this year will be the year where I get things done to a good quality.
As much as we can’t change the past, it can be nice to reflect on memories and share them. Especially when they don’t hold regrets. I went away to the Cotswolds for christmas. My boyfriend and I stayed in a small little cottage about 5-10 minutes away from Wotton-under-Edge. It was the most beautiful and tranquil experience that I don’t ever want to forget. The cottage was situated down a small country road, that begun through a little forest until we reached a beautiful valley.
The cottage was perfect. Very modern, clean, warm and it held everything we could ever need. Downstairs was all one room, a kitchen with a small dining area and a lovely living room perfect for sitting by the fire and watching films. The woodburner was both entertaining for us and incredibly warm, we hardly ever felt cold! Finally, upstairs was a perfect cosy bedroom that was heated up through the chimney.
Unfortunately, due to the weather, we didn’t really leave the cottage much. We were both so desperate to explore more of the surrounding areas but we didn’t fancy walking around in the rain. I guess that’s just British weather… We never let the weather get us down though, we did drive out and visit Wotton-under-Edge. It was the cutest little village, I wish I had taken my camera. Especially since the views while driving to it were amazing.
Christmas day was perfect. As I've gotten older, my excitement for christmas has faded. I don't look forward to presents anymore, I now just enjoy spending time with the people who mean most to me. Christmas seems to be that time of year where everyone becomes happy and carefree. As much as I hate the stress of christmas shopping (I'm so thankful for online shopping!), it becomes worth it when you see the smile on their face when they open up your gift. I only opened the presents from my boyfriend on Christmas day, everything was so perfect, he knows me far too well. I was incredibly grateful for all the gifts I was given this christmas.
We only stayed there for 3 perfect nights and we both really didn't want to leave! But we had to drive back home and celebrate christmas with our families on Boxing day. I really hope I get to go back to this wonderful cottage and get to explore the wonderful landscape that surrounds it. If any of you were interested in this cottage, we booked it through tripadvisor. I've used AirB&B before but never tripadvisor, so it was a new experience for me. I really do highly recommend it! It was quick and easy to do, I had no problems at all.
I hope you all had a wonderful christmas and new years!