Day Out: Arundel
One of the intentions I've set for the year is to make an effort to plan more day-trips and camping adventures - ways to travel that don't break the bank or require to get away from work for a month. Because then there is just no excuse!
So this January I planned a day out to Arundel on an impromptu holiday, after the December burn-out. And it reinforced the importance of this intention. It's so easy to feel down and stuck when you're always doing the same things and spending time in the same spaces.
Arundel is small, quaint and grandiose all at the same time. The town is so tiny, but the castle stands large on the hill and it overlooks the whole town, and the fields in the distance. John and I walked around, visited some quirky antique shops, and a cathedral that still had Christmas decorations everywhere. It was weird to see mid-January, but as it was our mini "Christmas" holiday, it was sweetly fitting! I fell in love with the organ and spent a good 10 minutes just quietly appreciating the beauty and power of its presence. We tried some locally brewed beer, froze our fingers and eventually, we found ourselves at a beautiful water reservoir just before sundown.
We had afternoon tea at a cute little cafe called Motte & Bailey, and feasted on some lush Italian food at Parpadelle Ristorante & Osteria. I recommend a visit to both. We were recommended another place, but were too hungry to wait until it re-opened for dinner. So it's on our list to visit when we go back to Arundel to explore the castle & gardens sometime in the summer.
It was so lovely to just spend a day wandering about unfamiliar streets and using my camera to capture little memories for nothing but my own enjoyment, without any pressure for them to be great. As I've been working on building a business it has been too easy to forget to use the camera as a way of preserving my own memories and capturing the beautiful moments of my personal life. I'm hoping to do more of that this year and use this blog as a space to share my favourite captures.
Here's the little frames of our day at Arundel.