When you're a student there's nothing quite like going back to your parents' house for some home comforts. So after a busy exam period - i.e. one French lit exam - that is exactly what I did. But seriously, that exam was hard. It also just so happened to be the week of my dad's birthday, so on the train I hopped (accompanied by my lovely boyfriend Phil) to surprise my parents.
I was up for a nice little cosy weekend, and while I got to laze around to my heart's desire, there was actually a lot to get excited about. My mum had just found out that she was being promoted, my parents swapped in for a new car and my chocolate labrador just turned fifteen! A huge milestone in any canine's life, if you ask me.
On my first day back my dad insisted on taking me on a drive into the forest in the new car. It was a really nice little reminder that I come from such a lovely area of the country. I'm sure that most of us are proud of our hometowns, but this is pretty picturesque, right?
A new car in the family also meant that it was time for me to say goodbye to my first ever car. I got my little Toyota over three years ago and I have grown so attached to it. I'm in danger of getting a little too sentimental over what is essentially a lump of metal, but it really gave me my first taste of freedom as a teenager and has seen me through some key moments over the past three and a bit years.
In among sorting things out and enjoying a Breaking Bad marathon (Season 5 - just what?!) we managed to squeeze in a birthday meal for my dad. We went to a local pub that I hadn't visited before. The atmosphere was very rustic-chic and served local specialties like Lamb Hotpot and Chicken Tikka Masala... only the best of British, eh? It was a real treat to have a relaxing few days in the home that I grew up in. I'm counting down the days til I can go back again!