Wales for a Weekend


My love of anything outdoors and being surrounded by mountains can some times drive Mr H insane. I hate being inside, I hate the feeling of being trapped in the house when I know there is fresh air waiting for me (even if it involves rain!). 

So when we were asked to join our friends in the mountains for a weekend of outdoor play we were straight there! The plan was for the boys to go off mountain biking and the girls to go to the beach with the pooches and enjoy copious amounts of cream teas. This kind of happened……. eventually! 

So, we loaded up with every kit bag we could find and headed off, taking a detour to the beach on the way to stretch our legs at Prestatyn.



We had booked to stay at the ‘Highest Inn’ in Wales, The Sportsman.  (http://sportsmansarms.wales/en_GB/). A cute little local pub on the Evo Triangle with a Airbnb letting to the side. We had a couple of bedrooms, bathrooms and ample living space with a secure garden to chill in, and enough room to house all of the boys bikes and our kit in. The pub gave us homemade food of chilli, pies, steaks and lasagne which fuelled us well before days of fun (accompanied by the obvious need for beer). Only in the last couple of years have I started to appreciate real ale. Mr H is passionate –  and I mean passionate – about beer. It has to be right, the right temperature, the right clarity, in the right glass – it’s an art form! And the Sportsman got it ping pong on point with a log fire for added atmosphere! 


The next day the weather was a bit hit and miss so we decided as group to do a short 9km circular route around a pretty reservoir. Turned out to be 9miles! Not so short, but lovely for us all apart from our lovely friend, who’s 6 months pregnant in what turned out to be 25degree heat! She waddled on like a true solider! 

After recovery ice creams and drinks we headed to Betws-y-Coed for lunch of handfired pizzas and cream teas. 

After filling our faces we turned to the pub once again and spent the evening chilling in front of the fire.

The boys headed off early to Penmachno for some biking whilst us girls relaxed with bacon sandwiches for breaky and then headed to Colwyn Bay for a run on the beach. George the labrador and our sprocker Fern enjoyed an hour of sprinting in and out of the waves before we were interrupted by a call to say one of the boys had fallen of his bike and given himself a nice concussion! After a trip to A&E, and the all clear the evening was spent taking a short walk up to a dilapidated shooting hut just 10 minutes walk from where we were staying. The views over the Snowdon range were gorgeous, although a little hazy, but this topped our weekend off nicely. 


It doesn’t take much effort to make a weekend relaxed and exciting at the same time, and being in the mountains does this for me. Thank you Wales for anotherfun packed  adventure. Until the next time! 

Lots of Love, 

Mrs Heatho x
Ps. You can book the lodge at The Sportman via Airbnb or directly. 

Picnic Weather 

You literally can’t beat a proper picnic – it has to be my favourite lazy afternoon treat! Good food, fizzy tipples and sun (hopefully 🙏🏻),  can provide hours of entertainment for minimal effort. 

This week, the weather has been so amazing that I suggested that my friend, her gorgeous little bubba and our pooches went on a nice dog walk finished off with alfresco picnicking! Plan in place, the tartan picnic blankets and wicker hamper were stuffed into the car and off we went. 

Elvaston Country Park is a small, but perfectly formed local council owned house and gardens just a mile or two around the corner. If you’ve seen my instagram you will know I spent A LOT of time there with Fern our sprocker spaniel wandering, and exploring little corners of this gem hidden just outside Derby. (http://elvastoncastle.org.uk/



The gardens are vast, with tree avenues, woodland, open fields, a walled English cottage garden and a perfectly sized lake to saunter around in an hour or two, but mostly, PERFECT for picnics! 

We let the pups run free before setting up camp with our picnic hamper treats. We drank Elderflower fizz and just watched the world go by. Not having my own baby, I tend to spoil the puppy-dog instead, and so packed in our hamper some treats for them too enjoy as well – this I have learnt from many a picnic experience always goes down well. 


Quiche, dips, veggie sticks, crisps, fresh fruit and a chocolate treat to finish, are affordable and please just about everybody, any day. My basket was a brilliant wedding present, it has a lovely leather handle to put on your shoulder and holds just enough for two of us.

As this little bubba is only 14 months old, garden games are a little out of her league, but one handed walking was her party game of choice. Normally a good rounders bat and ball or cricket bat can lead to some pretty random, and some fun times and occasionally an overly competitive afternoon! 


All in all a gorgeous couple of hours spent catching up and scoffing – here’s to many many more of these this year! 

I hope your all enjoying this gorgeous weather and are setting off with your picnic baskets jammed with goodies! 

Lots of love, Mrs Heatho x

Our Wedding 

So, here it is – my first blog post! 

As it’s our 2nd Wedding Anniversary today I thought I’d let you all into our wedding day. Time has truely flown since and so much has changed, but it really was the best day of our lives! 

This post is very picture heavy, but I can’t whittle these down anymore – I just love them all 🥂

Myself and Mr Heatho (Mr H), both come from beautiful rural Herefordshire and I’d always dreamed of getting married in my families tiny village church. When I say village, I mean, it has about 4 houses! 

We had planned our wedding for just over 18 months after a very unplanned and surprising engagement in Cornwall ontop of a cliff edge (whilst I stuffed my face with quiche)! We always wanted to get married in Herefordshire and a Herefordshire food and drink theme was carried out through the day.

The morning of our wedding was sunny and filled with tea by the pot, prosseco and croissants with two of the most creative, professional makeup artists and hair dressers I could ever of imagined. They really worked miracles along with making us laugh and forget about the nerves of the day and I cannot thank them enough for this!  

My gorgeous bridesmaids were my best friend, my two lovely cousins and Mr H’s little cousin. We had matching dressing gowns made to get ready in and I’m so glad we did – you can never have too much pink in a photo! 

After hair and makeup, this is when I got nervous, putting on the most amazing pearls and sapphires I had been gifted and spritzing on my wedding perfume (an absolute must!!!) My mum had bought me Channel Chance, along with the matching shower gel and body lotion to layer the smell on so it would last all day! It worked a treat. It was then dress time! 


My dress was from Lily Oliver Bridal in Hereford but I believe it’s closed down now. My dress was from An Australian Couture, who make the most beautiful, delicate lace dresses I have ever seen, and I added a little sparkle to mine to make it more personal to me. My veil was cathedral length, with lace skirting to match my dresses lace in a single tier. I loved it. I really loved it. But – by the middle of the day I had really had enough of carrying it around! 

My bouquet was made up of peonies and roses, in light pinks and whites. I’m biased, but my gosh The Hibiscous Rooms, Hereford had done the most incredible arrangement. 



Once dressed and ready to leave with the girls it was just a short 20 minutes to our little church,  where all the villagers leading to the church had come out to wave us good luck. I felt like a princess, the children with flags and flowers, the sun, in a beautiful old blue and white vintage car – what more could a girl dream of. When we finally arrived, our family friend vicar, lead us to the church doors and that was that – it was game on!  




The ceromy was short, but perfectly personal and made us laugh and smile as we’d always wanted. The readings and songs just as we wanted, read out loud and we laughed along. The songs  were sung as if Welsh choir had been employed – I have my bridesmaids father the thank for that!

After the service, confetti was thrown, literally in basket loads and off to the reception we went. A short drive, just a couple of miles, we arrived at Broadfield Court Vineyard. An old monks house which, sells some stunning English wines and has beautiful show gardens open to the public (which we put a very large marquee upon, sorry!). Here reception drinks of personalised sparking champagne perry and canapés fed and fuelled whilst photographs were taken. The marquee, decorated by ourselves looked like a garden. Late blossoming apples trees lined the outer edges, and large centre pieces of wild flowering jugs filled the tables. Mr H’s father is in the cider and brewery industry and so local produce really was key to our wedding. Both of us loving a farm shop, or a food festival we designed our wedding breakfast to meet our needs and we were not disappointed – Roast beef, and roast potatoes! 



After filling the marquee with our dearly beloved and filling our stomachs, the speeches came and went with laughs and giggles all around. The cake made by my mums wonderful friend was cut – the cake was naked, decorated with fruit my dad had picked up that morning and was assisted by the florist to decorate, it was better than I had ever dreamed! 

More photos in the wonderful vineyards of Broadfield were taken before the first dance, and then the bar and dance floor fully utilised by our friends and family! They love a good dance! 



Later on, Mr H and I were taken to have some more photographs and drink a glass of champagne just the two of us. This time was just magical. Being able overlook all our hard work, vision and dreams being enjoyed by everyone with love and care for (minus Aussie Robyn) was the best and I fully encourage all other couples to do the same, as hard as is it to pull yourself away from the party that you don’t ever want to end. 

Cows appeared at the bottom of the garden that evening, and growing up on a farm full of Pedigree cattle, this topped off my night! We dragged ourselves through cornfields to get some lovely sunset pictures before finishing the night dancing to baywatch! 

Our wedding was what we wanted. And every wedding is of course personal. I hope all that read this get the wedding they deserve and it’s as amazing as we felt our was!

I hope you’ve enjoyed a little insight into our day. Our 2nd year anniversary is a quiet affair as we are away with friends this weekend, so a bottle of fizz, and our favourite tapas restaurant for dinner is the plan! 

Lots of love, Mrs Heatho x

Hair by – http://www.rebelrock.co.uk

Makeup by – Serenity Beauty & makeup, Hereford 

Photo’s by – http://www.gemmawilliamsphotography. co.uk