When the teacher becomes the student….

And just like that… Back to school I go! Today marked the start of a new adventure for me! Floristry school here I come πŸ’πŸŒΈπŸ΅οΈπŸŒΉπŸŒ»πŸŒΊπŸŒ·πŸŒΌ This last year has been a difficult one. But with the leaves falling off the trees and ready for a new season, I’m also ready (albeit a little nervous!) for a new season in my life. Ready for a new challenge. Ready for something new. Ready for a fresh start. Ready to follow my passion.

My favourite view 🌷
Wild flowers from my walk
And some more…. I love making use if what nature has to offer!
My little helper 🐢
My absolute faves – picked straight from the garden 😍

Throughout this last year, when times were difficult and getting up each morning seemed an impossible task there were a few things that brightened my day. Family (especially my husband @aiedwards90 for putting up with me, never giving up on me and always encouraging me), friends, Allie, yoga (@yogaloftcarrickfergus ) and flowers. Flowers. They always brighten my day and lift my mood. They remind me that even the most beautiful things need loved and taken care of.

Beautiful sweet pea from a lovely friend ❀️
An assortment of everything… πŸ™ˆ
Yet again… What a view πŸ‘€
My new obsession… Indoor plants! How long can I keep these ones alive?!
A wee mix from a friend’s dad’s allotment 🌺
All the colours in one vase πŸ™ˆ yolo! Or should I say you only turn 30 once so why not?!
Stunning selection from bloom and wild ordered by my husband for my 30th, just lovely ❀️❀️❀️

So with that I decided to take the leap, go for passion, trust my heart! I love to create (what I hope are!) pretty arrangements and I love to just walk into my garden and potter away. It is both therapeutic and rewarding. And so here I am. Starting this next stage and although yes I am nervous and worried I will be absolutely awful, I’m excited for the challenge!

Just before the hydrangea took bloom! I love this wee spot in the garden β˜€ 🌸
My favourite spot in the kitchen, vase and ink pot courtesy of nook living in Carrick ❀️
Allie keeping watch of my fuschia 🀣🌺
I love using some of the lower stem flowers for my wee table vases, love making use of all parts of my flowers πŸ’
My happy place 🌸 ❀️🌻
Our wedding day rose (which has just started to bloom again 🌹😍)
Peonies 😍 if only they lasted longer!

I can’t wait to see what the next year brings and I’m ready to make lots of mistakes and hopefully some pretty things too 🌹🌼🌷

#floweraddict #flarrs #newbeginnings #backtoschool #flowerarranging #herewego #freshstart #readyforachallenge

Last day in my twenties…. Someone is getting OLD!!

I spent the last day in my 20s in the best way… cuddles my girl, dinner with my guy and lots of pretty flowers!

So thankful for the last 30 years and excited to see what the future has in store! It’s safe to say that this last year or two hasn’t quite worked out how I thought it would but I’m so grateful for my amazing family, friends and faith who have got me through it all and I am super excited to see what the next 30 years has in store! If I was to give any advice? It would be to be thankful for what you do have and smile and enjoy every minute with the ones you love – no matter how hard things get. Bring those people closer and don’t push them away. And remember, it’s ok to not be ok sometimes, just remember to share that with someone you trust and love. Try not to dwell on the past but instead focus on the future and the exciting journey that God has planned for you! 😘❀️

#birthdayflowers #familyandfriends#faith#looktothefuture#remembertosmile#lifeisprecious#enjoyeveryminute#godisgood

Uplands Treehouse 🌳🏑

If there is one thing that I love more than anything, it has got to be travelling! Especially when it involves staying in somewhere unusual and beautiful with all of your home comforts plus a few wee extras ❀️

Oh but here wait…. I lied…. There’s another thing I love just as much as travelling and that is to plan!!! Understatement of the century! Ask any of my friends or family and they will confirm that I’m a little (*cough*massively*cough*) bit ocd in my organisation of anything and holidays are no exception!

So when I can combine these 2 things together I am absolutely in my element! And so I take all opportunities to plan as many little trips as I can. And trust me, I go on many little and big trips as I can afford and fit into life!!

So when it came to organising my husband’s birthday trip this year (we opt for holidays/experiences over gifts now!) I decided to try somewhere a little bit different…. πŸ™ˆ

And that’s when I discovered this amazing little travel company called Canopy and Stars. It has lots of amazing and unusual places to stay in the UK and further.

http://www.canopyandstars.co.uk

As we drove through the beautiful countryside to get to our home for the weekend, we knew we were gonna have a peaceful escape and decided that we would do a digital detox – so no social media! We got dropped off at the main house and then walked up the lane to our treehouse. As we pulled our cases through the farm (stony paths – my workout for the weekend!), we passed fields of horses, sheep and alpacas and I knew I was in heaven 😍

Then we got our wee treehouse and all I can say is WOW!!! It was amazing! The views out over the fields of animals and surrounding countryside was incredible. And we got those views all from our own balcony that had a tree growing right up through it!

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Once inside the adorable treehouse we found that we had a fully kitted out kitchen, living room with lots of games, bathroom, outdoor shower and bunk beds that we had to climb up into. And boy we could not wait to look at the sunset and sunrise from the viewpoint up there! Oh because yes, how could I forget the best bit – there was one wall that was solid glass looking out over the countryside 😍 those views!!!! The hosts had even provided us with home baked bread, crossants, jam, eggs, chocolate and milk! It was just perfect for our idyllic escape.

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We spent most of the weekend dandering around the local countryside, wandering into the village (15 minute walk), making jigsaws, having food and a pint in the village pub and of course eating chocolate and drinking wine whilst sitting by the fire and looking out over the beautiful fields.

It was the perfect mix of tranquil and idyllic without being too far out of things. The hosts were also nearby and always at hand with helpful tips without being on top of you.

It is safe to say that we will most definitely be using Canopy and Stars again (in fact, Andrew has booked us a little stay in one for my 30th in a few weeks!) and can highly recommend this particular location, Uplands Treehouse.

https://www.canopyandstars.co.uk/britain/england/bristol/uplands/uplands-treehouse

So with all that said, look up their website, it has some amazing spots and truly has something different for everyone ❀️

Love Laura xx

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A little about me…

Welcome to the land of Laura… Thank you so much for visiting my site!

So a little about me… I am a laughter loving girl from Belfast who is always travelling, eating out, shopping (much to my husband’s dismay!), cooking (much to my husband’s delight!) or walking my wee dog Allie! Anything which is bright, bold, beautiful and flowery will always catch my eye so expect to see a lot of that in my blog!

Recently, I have discovered so many places, foods and fabulous finds that I wanted to share with you all. My little bits of sparkle to hopefully brighten up your day!

I would love to hear from you all with any ideas or questions at searchforsparkle@gmail.com or pm me on my Instagram.

Hope you enjoy!

Laura xx