Rainy Autumn Days in Utrecht

A few weeks ago I took a short trip to Tilburg in The Netherlands to visit a friend of mine who is doing a year abroad there. While I was there we took a day trip to Utrecht, a small picturesque city that is a bit like a mini Amsterdam. It was raining the whole time we were there but didn’t damper our fun at all as we wandered in and out of cafes, cute boutique shops and bookstores. Utrecht is such a vibrant, creative city and we were surprised by the number of independent shops and businesses. The canals glistened beautifully under fairy lights strung along the banks and were framed by trees bursting with autumn colours. The rain gave everything a special cosiness and it was such a care-free day full of serendipity so I wanted to share some of the photos I took with you guys…

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Dark Magic Charcoal Cinnamon Rolls

I’ve been enjoying baking more lately, trying to follow actual recipes instead of the usual Betty Crocker ready-mix, so last week I ventured into the realm of dark magic and made charcoal cinnamon rolls, from a recipe by Foxmeetsbear (if you don’t follow her on Instagram,Β I highly recommend it).

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I used a different recipe for the dough, which you can find here.Β I know you must be raising your eyebrows,Β charcoal cinnamon rolls?Β but I promise you they are absolutely delicious and so much fun to make (though a bit of a mess).

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Autumn Sunset Walk

Last week I was in my kitchen about to make dinner when I looked outside and saw that there was the most beautiful sunset beginning, turning everything this radiant golden colour. So, I grabbed my jacket and my camera and rushed out to capture some pictures in the woods nearby before the light faded. It made me notice a big change in myself which I described in one of my Instagram posts:

“there is something miraculous about how much things can change in 12 months… this time last year I would go for walks to escape myself, late at night when the wind howled and no one was awake, hoping the cold would numb the aching pain enough so I could find a way to sleep. It was only when I reached my lowest that I realised I was letting my pain and frustration control me because it had somehow begun to feel safe, that my happiness was a choice I had to make every day, a choice I had to work for. Now, a year later, I go on walks to find myself, eagerly grabbing my jacket and my camera to catch the last slivers of golden sunlight through the pine trees, and in these moments life is simple and yet so full.”

Here are some of the photos from the walk:

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