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It’s 2019.

The start of a new year is always exciting – making plans, having a clear out and thinking about what might unfold over the year.

I can’t believe I finished university 10 years ago. All the 10 year challenge photos doing the rounds on social media are not helping either ha! Ten years ago I was just finishing my studies and looking for a job. I was living in Liverpool and didn’t really have a clue what to do.

Ten years on – I’m in Oxford, I can finally drive but do I still know what I want to do!? Some things don’t change. Last year I started a new job, which was all very exciting, doing some more digital things. I bought a new car and finally started saving for a house.

So far this year I’ve got a few plans up my sleeve. For now I’ve been doing lots of cooking, house and wardrobe cleaning a la Maria Kondo and trying to be a good saver (in between buying some new clothes – but in a sale so that’s ok!)

Have been buying a few new bits for my house as well. TK Maxx is a killer and as I’m a commuter now – next day delivery on Amazon and Argos is my best friend.

I’m looking forward to this year and hope you are too.

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What a Spring we are having. My Facebook time hop keeps showing me pictures of the last few years featuring BBQs, cocktails in the sun and picnics in Oxford. We are certainly not there just yet.

Finding things to do as the weather changes can be tricky but a few weeks ago I braved the open air and took a trip to Cotswold Wildlife Park. It’s about a 40 minute drive from Oxford and tickets cost just £14 if you buy them online.

I had my Mum down for a visit and so we took the trip out and hoped for the best with the weather. The park has many different areas to walk around and you need about three-four hours to really see everything.

I first visited the walled garden which had penguins, an aviary, Madagascar section, tropical house and more. Seeing real life penguins was a treat and the noises that all the birds make as you walk around. Not to forget the roaming peacocks!

The bats and reptile area is full of weird and wonderful species. School children were getting very excited and asking the tour guides lots of questions.

The farm yard had lots of familiar favourites – including rabbits, pigs and goats.

Finally, another highlight was seeing all the wild life such as giraffes, zebras, lions and rhinos. They are such beautiful creatures and it was amazing to see a lion feed as well.

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