20 Things I Learned in my 20s (SO FAR!)

My 20s so far have been a weird and wonderful time and I thought I would share them; some are insane, some mundane, and some fundamental 🙂

  1. Being important is lovely but it is more important to be lovely.
  2. Beer before wine is fine, but wine before beer will make YOU VOM.
  3. Always drink a glass of water before bed. It’s good for you!
  4. Cut away the toxic people. Life is too short to be surrounded by people who make you feel bad about yourself.
  5. Sometimes it’s not how you feel about someone – it’s how someone makes you feel about you that is important.
  6. Never skip breakfast. You’ll be a ravenous monster and no good decisions are made on empty stomachs.
  7. Getting 7 hours sleep or more a night is important, as similarly, no good decisions are made when you are tired.
  8. Now is the time to get in shape.
  9. Sugar is your enemy
  10. I love sugar – Especially when it comes to Macarons.
  11. Some mistakes can’t be corrected, you just have to live with them
  12. You should always go outside, at least once a day!
  13. Nobody notices your imperfections as much as you do.
  14. Insecurity will destroy you.
  15. Internet trolls exist and are a problem for the next generation.
  16. Most internet trolls are children. Those who aren’t are sad, toxic individuals that are best cut from your consciousness.
  17. I learnt how to curl my hair with straightening irons. Fact.
  18. I can make a really bloody good curry from scratch.
  19. I am intelligent and if I need to learn something – I absolutely can.
  20. I learned to edit video – even though it was hard at first.
  21. Learning is earning
  22. The path to enlightenment is everyday happiness.
  23. A warm baked Camembert is a treat sent from the gods. The gods of France?
  24. No diet is worth sacrificing my enjoyment of cheese.
  25. I actually really like ale.
  26. The Yorkshire Dales are one of my favourite places on earth.
  27. I know my worth.
  28. If something doesn’t work out, I’ll be fine because I am me and I am capable.
  29. I am my own hero.
  30. It is possible to have a career and earning a living on youtube
  31. Gin in a tin is great. The best one is cucumber flavour.
  32. There are people in the world who don’t like Radiohead….we’ll probably never see eye to eye.
  33. When love hurts, it won’t work.
  34. Changing your personality to attract someone will never end well.
  35. Trying to change people will never end well.
  36. Casual sex is actually not really worth it.
  37. L I F E G O E S O N
  38. Being cute to yourself is good for your mental health – my friend Katie Brennan taught me that one. Hey beauty. If you don’t know what being cute to yourself means, I’ve left a link to Katie’s blog so you can find out.
  39. You can say no sometimes.
  40. It’s okay to like whatever you like, even if the things you like are eclectic and don’t fit with a type.
  41. If you have an idea or something you want to do then do it right now. Every day you wait is another day you are getting older.
  42. Trust is the ultimate liberation.
  43. Friendship takes work but true friends will ALWAYS be there.
  44. If you don’t like your situation you can literally change it.
  45. Tragedy doesn’t define you.
  46. There are such things as second chances.
  47. My future is bright
  48. I like who I am.
  49. I trust myself.
  50. It’s fine to eat with a teaspoon if that’s what you want. In fact it is fine to do anything that doesn’t hurt anyone if that’s what you want. You should do what you want.
  51. I value my independence more than I value the figures in my bank account.
  52. I love my family – but moving out and staying out when I was 18 was a good call.
  53. Love can be passed down through blood. I loved my niece before I met her.
  54. My passport is my most valuable possession.
  55. You should save for things that will change your life.
  56. Living in another country will dive your heart irrevocably – but it’s worth it for what you’ll learn about the world in that time.
  57. People are fantastic.
  58. The world is fantastic.

My Week In Pictures 9th -15th May

FINALLY my website is working again so I am posting last week’s blog followed by this one. Anyway, good times…. a lot of beer!

Monday

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Our projector finally arrived! Now we can watch movies really large on the wall and project weird funky patterns.

Tuesday

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I went to the cinema went to see Captain America, but I walked most of the way which was insane – it took the best part of two hours. I walked through High Park and the weather was beautiful!

Wednesday

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All the fun in the Studio. This is Liam, doing a handstand… because why not.

Here I am!

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Thursday

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The weather has been nice this week, so Will and I went to the park after work for a cheeky beer and some sun.

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Friday

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Oh…more beer…! Oops! Jessica and I went to WVURST, a German beer hall that sells an array of good sausages!

Saturday

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EUROVISION!

Followed by incredible African food at a place in Bloor.

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Sunday

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Will and I went to a Brewery (yes, more beer) in Eglington for lunch and some ale. We had a Wh-ALE of a time 🙂

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Busy busy as always, but next week RUTH NORRIS (aka one of my best friends in the universe) is coming to visit so I am so excited!!!!!

My Week In Pictures May 2nd – 8th 2016

This week has been fun! While everyone back in England seems to have been enjoying a heatwave, Toronto still seems to be breaking the spring, so we have had a real mixed bag of weather – which keeps it interesting!

Monday

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Will and I went for chicken at a Portuguese place near our house that sells cocktails for $5 ! That’s ÂŁ2.50 back home. Rude not to really.

Tuesday

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Suns out, water-guns out! Or, erm…water jet streamy things. Whatever, they look like a summerlicious delight

Wednesday

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Suns out, HUNS OUT! Look how Spirng-y us gals at the studio were looking

Thursday

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A much needed beer sesh with a much missed babe; I haven’t seen Harriet that much over the past month but we finally managed to have a good beer and impromptu wine drinking sesh.  On my way home, I passed this chap:

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Friday

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Sometimes on a Friday I like to script from home and this Friday it turned out to be an excellent choice because I was able to script in the garden on a bloomin glorious day.

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Saturday

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On Saturday, Danny and his girlfriend, Skylar, came over for a BBQ and it was glorious. Will got pretty excited about his “waggly meat” and even more excited to christen the BBQ with a cook up!  MANY MANY beers were drunk. Oops.

Sunday

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Today Will and I went on a brunch cruise around the Toronto Harbour Front on Lake Ontario. The weather was a  mixed bag but it was nice to do something different and I enjoyed my afternoon at sea (not actual sea…but a really big lake counts, right?)

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Also being by the water means being able to hang out with these babes!

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A moody picture of the city to end the week! But fear not, I’m most jolly! Will and I have just bought the new Radiohead album, A Moon Shaped Pool, so we are getting into that RIGHT NOW.

HERE is a video of the cruise!

My Week In Pictures 25th April – 1st May 2016

I am feeling like a weird imposter as I am having to write this on Will’s computer as I left my laptop charger at the studio, which is very annoying as I can’t get it until Wednesday and that means I can post an adventure vlog today! Boooooo! Anyway, luckily I can still write my blog, so let’s talk about this jolly old week.

Monday

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On Monday evening Will and I went to a bar that does great beers with a couple of friends we have made here. They even have cask ale, which is kind of rare in Toronto. Cheers!

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Tuesday

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On Tuesday I got a free lunch, which excited me no end (those of you that know me will understand!). A new company called Feast is delivering food across the cities core and they came into my office on Tuesday Lunch to give us a taster. I had a delicious Kashmir beef curry with lentils.

 Wednesday

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I finally saw If/Then! I had been wanting to see this show for ages, since it took Broadway by storm. It is a simple story, a bit like Sliding Doors , but it is relatable and has a lovely score. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Thursday

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Éclairs and fizz cocktails you say? Interesting! Courtney and I went to check out Nugateau, a new éclair specializing patisserie on Queen West. Good lord they were tasty; the best was the lemon meringue one – which was divine!

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Friday

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I love that some days I can script my Top 10 videos from home! On this particular day, there were a couple of sunny spells, meaning I could enjoy my delightful Juan Valdez coffee outside. If you don’t drink Colombian coffee, I wholly recommend it!

Saturday

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So I was working filming videos at the studio during the day on Saturday, but after work I went fabric shopping with Will, which is actually way more fun than it sounds when you get to walk past this array of glitz! I need me some more sequins!

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On Saturday evening I went out with a few of the gals from work. We had drinks here first then went to a bar called Odd Thomas.

 Sunday

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Despite going out the night before, I got up at 7.45am, got ready and went to a bar showing the Leicester v Man U game, as I wanted to see Leicester win the league! Unfortunately it wasn’t to be, but Harriet, Will and I did have a great breakfast and a cheeky Caesar.

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We’re now deeply considering a late afternoon jaunt to Snakes and Lattes, seeing as I can’t make any videos!

Next week I have filming and a Sunday morning brunch cruise to look forward to, which is exciting!

 YouTube

I’m still ploughing away at my own little spin-off YouTube channel, if you fancy seeing what I have put out this week, then click the pic below – this one is a discussion on celebrity culture at festivals and whether it is healthy.

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My Week In Pictures 18th – 24th April 2016

This week has been a little quieter as I have been working on my new YouTube channel in my spare time, rather than guzzling a plethora of cocktails. Sacrifices!   Anyway, here’s what’s what!

Monday

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I took some delicious macarons to work, which I am 100% sure increased my productivity!

Tuesday

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A black and white snap of the newest “studio”, haha! I have been shooting little inspiration vlogs on my bed.

Wednesday

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Work work work work work work (it is ESSENTIAL you read that in the style of Rihanna.) With a love of food as strong as mine, I need to make a bit of time for the gym.  Yes, I am sure you are all a fan of my “Damn Daniel”-esque pink trainers! This little terror is a step machine….

Thursday

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All of the excitement in just one day! I had my hair done – gotta keep these red locks firey!

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I went to Ovest in Toronto to review their new menu and it is GREAT. My review will be live in Toronto Guardian later this week. Meanwhile, you can visually lust at these food snaps! Above is a steak tartare and below is a crazy performative take on tiramisu, made ON the table!

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YUM!

Friday

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Bit of a riches to rags story! The night before I enjoyed an evening of fine dining, and on Friday I had a second dinner of Poutine. Classy. Luckily two fabulous Canadian honeys were in tow and we had a blast.

Saturday

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I went to the park to get some fresh air and I found this little chap sitting around.  Hello little rubber dinosaur.

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On Saturday evening, Will and I went to a friends house, and it looked a lot like this ^^^^^

Sunday

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How to end an indulgent week? With a pizza hut? I wish I could say I was sorry…. but it was nice to catch up on Game of Thrones with a cheeky slice (or 8!)

SO yeah, next week I guess I’ll just eat leaves! (LOL JK).  If you fancy checking out my youtube stuff, then please do!

My Week In Pictures 11th – 17th April 2016

As usual, all the fun happens towards the end of the week! It isn’t like I live for the weekend, it is just that nothing fun every really happens on a Monday or Tuesday! That said, I had a good time!

Monday

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It’s amazing how a little card can make your day. I got sent this thank you card from my niece “Isobel” (actually sent by my sister) and it cheered me up to a colour as bright as this little hand chicken!

Tuesday

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Suns out, huns out! The sky got pretty blue and everything started to become very spring like from Tuesday.

Wednesday

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Sneaky Dee’s nachos and pub quiz for the WIN! (Although, we didn’t actually win!)

Thursday

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Studio life! I filmed many Top 10s this week and was covering Landon doing the news for Landon Production.

Friday

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Party! It was Jessica’s birthday on Friday so we went to her house for some good old fashioned fun, followed by a trip to a karaoke bar!

One of her friends drew this picture of us sitting down! I look like a hunch-back but I am into it!

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Saturday

Spring in bloom!

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This incredibly pimpin car was being delivered to the studio!

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Later, Michael McCruden was having a house warming party, where Will and Danny showed some true Bro-mance! IMG_6760

Sunday

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Absolute CHEERS to a day off! I am working six days a week at the moment so today I relished some chillout time in the glorious sunshine!

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Bellwoods babein’

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Will and I walked down Ossington to discover a buck a shuck place….would have been rude not to pop in!

So that was my week in pictures! I am currently working on my own Youtube channel, so if you fancy seeing more than just pictures, please pop over and check out my videos / subscribe to me!

Major love! xxxx

Be Your Own Hero

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Hello beauties!

So for a while now I have been thinking about what it is to be happy and how to get there. So many people, including me at one point, rely on others to be happy, without looking to themselves first.   Often people cruise along, feeling stuck in a rut and not knowing how to get out and change things.

I think it is really important to learn how to be your own hero.

Becoming your own hero is about learning to love who you are and using your individuality to put yourselves in situations where you can succeed. Being your own hero means not needing anyone to rescue you from situations because you are capable of rescuing yourself.  It also means not looking for anyone else to validate who you are. Friends are amazing, so are significant others, but the only person who can make you feel complete is you. You are a babe. You are a hero.

I have decided to make some vlogs on the topic and will posting weekly discussions and thoughts on how we can all support each other and learn to love who we are.  🙂

My Week In Pictures 4th – 10th April 2016

I am so ready for the summer…but, erm, Toronto isn’t yet! This week was COLD, but I still had a blast!

Monday

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SNOW. NO. BAH. I want to wear peep toe shoes but the weather won’t play ball!

Tuesday

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I went for dinner with Will afterwork at Duke Refreshers – it was a cheap, delicious mid-week joy! Above are Japanese chicken wings and below we have a glorious black bean and cheese dip.

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Wednesday

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I went to review Chimerica for the Toronto Guardian  – you can read my thoughts here.

Thursday

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We went to go and see Autolux at Lee’s Palace. All of the visual fun!

Friday

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A MUCH needed pint with my friend Harriet and a cheeky glance over the Jays Home Opener.

Saturday

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After work I went for a nice sunny walk with Will and wound up having a pint in a nice brewery on Queen West.
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ESCAPE, ESCAPE! Will, my friend Jessica and her boyfriend Neil went to one of those escape room thingys,

Sunday

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I LOVE BRUNCH! I had an EXCELLENT time at Cresta…it was SO SO GOOD!

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Cocktail!

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I have always had a strange fascination with keys! After brunch, Will and I went round an antique market and I saw this bowl of keys and I had a little smile to myself!

Featured Videos

This week our million subscriber video went live and I posted a vlog in a new inspiration series I am working on.  Feel free to browse!

My Week In Pictures 28th March – 3rd April 2016

Back at it this week and excitement was high as the Youtube Channel I work for,  Most Amazing Top 10, was about to hit a MILLION subscribers literally any day!

Monday

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I have discovered a salad place called Urban Herbivore and it is SO GOOD.

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In case people at the gym were wondering what I watch….yep, Landon has had t-shirts and jumpers made!

Tuesday

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Will’s band, Diamond Cabana, played at the Holy Oak in Toronto. It was great! Really good to see him back in the game.

Wednesday

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We filmed a special video on Weds that will be out tomorrow I think….. it involved ALL THE GLITTER!IMG_6624

If I could go back in time, I’d wear something a bit different…. but you win some you lose some! IMG_6628

OKAY so on Wednesday night I discovered all you can eat Korean BBQ!

Thursday

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On Thursday I went to Redbull Sound Select at The Silver Dollar Room in Toronto. It was nice to hear some new music.

Friday

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GAME CHANGER at the studio – we FINALLY have an autocue reader!

Saturday

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Saturday was ALL OF the joy. It started with Nachos at Sneaky Dees.

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We then found out we hit a million, so that was pretty crazy! Bubbles for all!

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We then played some games at Snakes and Lattes, a firm favourite of mine!

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Then I accidentally went to a club with Hayley! I was just “popping in”, but then all of a sudden was two shots of whiskey down and dancing to Daniel Bedingfield! Ha!

Sunday

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On Sunday,  Will and I sought out a cask ale pub in Eglington called the Granite Brewery. I have to say, it was actually really good!

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We even played a bit of chess! Happy Sunday indeed!

Other News

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So, Will and I have been working on getting my own Youtube channel up and running. My job is hosting for Top 10, but I don’t see why my hobby can’t be making a few videos too!  I finally published a video about moving to Canada I had been working on for a while. Feel free to check it out!

Lots of love xxxx

 

The Bruce Peninsula Ontario

My friends, Will and I took an Easter adventure to the Bruce Peninsula in Northern Ontario. It was still pretty wintery there, with snow on the ground, but the skies were SO BLUE.  It was truly beautiful! I would love to go back in the summer (although apparently there are rattle snakes and bears…soooo..)

Tobermory

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The Tobermory Lighthouse.

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Bruce Peninsula National Park

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The trails at the park were so clear and well maintained – even in the winter!

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A pebble beach overlooking Georgian Bay.

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Easter snow angels!

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Ice and turquoise water.

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And then suddenly we walked into Narnia….

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Feeling happy at Indian Head Cove in the Bruce Penisula National Park.

Lion’s Head

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Lion’s Head Lookout – look at the water! SO CLEAR!

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Lion’s Head Pothole, formed by ice! Peek-a-boo!

Miller Lake

We rented a beautiful Airbnb in Miller Lake.

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The cottage.

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Above is Miller Lake in all its placid and icy glory.

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Snow BBQs are the best kind!

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The grounds had an old abandoned car that looked amazing in the snow! It was like a film!

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