cookiesncandies The current weather condition outside - showers, grey skies and gloomy. A sign that I've been properly British-fied. I talk about the weather 🌥🌧🌦🌤⛈🌬☂ incessantly. 7h

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cookiesncandies Aha! A modern car in Notting Hill. Not a vintage . This one's for @siobhaise. I'm trying to convince her that sleek and contemporary automobiles that purr like are Instagrammable. Oh wait...I forgot the hashtag #soloparking. 🤓 24h

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cookiesncandies As a general rule, I don't ever post anything pink unless it's to do with cherry blossoms cos pink things and I don't go well together. Since this mews has appeared in my favorite movie, Love Actually, I'm going to break my rule. Just this once. 1d

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cookiesncandies A friend of mine got chatting to an elderly neighbour of hers who'd lived on Canon Street since he was a wee lad. He told her stories of how it was once a red light district where prostitutes plied their wares on the narrow street.
The boys from Winchester College were banned from taking the shortcut via Canon St up until the 80s. The Green Man pub on the other end of the street had frosted windows above eye level to stop young 'uns from peeping in when the topless shows were on. These days, the area is so gentrified that properties cost a fortune around here.
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cookiesncandies The most instagrammed blue van of Notting Hill. 2d

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cookiesncandies I'm rather bummed that I missed the filming of The Crown, the most expensive TV series ever produced in England. Friends of mine told me how exciting it was to see College St and Kingsgate St being transformed into an explosion scene. The windows were boarded up too. Those who live nearby mentioned the number of times the street has been used as a backdrop in major movie and TV series. 3d

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cookiesncandies Daffodils, crocuses and a smattering of trees covered with cherry blossoms (not in the photo). Spring arrived early this year. 4d

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cookiesncandies If everyone followed the "eye for an eye" principle of justice, eventually the whole world would go blind - Gandhi. 4d

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cookiesncandies Our interpretation of 5 a day - (lots of) meat, Coke (there's a slice of lime), fries (it's a type of vegetable), ️ coffee (the bean is the seed of a fruit. So there) and garnish (well, it's green, innit?). That was seriously THE best beef short ribs I've ever tasted. . 5d

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cookiesncandies The Royal Oak Passage, a dark cobbled medieval alley that's purportedly haunted, thanks to Sir Oliver Cromwell and his cronies who enjoyed blowing up things and people. Believe it or not, this was my first time walking down the length of this narrow alley. I guess 3 loud and excitable Instagrammers managed to scare any potential ghosts away. 5d

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cookiesncandies I'm often asked what is it like to live in Winchester. Yes, it's very very very old. Like Iron Age old. It's only recently that I'm seeing more of an international crowd forming in an otherwise homogenous city. Funnily enough, I feel more at home here than anywhere else I've lived in. 6d

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cookiesncandies Here are my tips on "How to host out-of-town travel Instagram friends". 1. their race against time to photograph every picturesque spot begins the minute they get off the train. It's all about lighting, guys.
2. be prepared to show your ass in the middle of their shots or do tons of #strideby until they've nailed that photo.
3. caffeinate yourself so you're alert at all times. You'll be asked to "take me to this place. Remember that photo you took xx months ago? Remember??!!!" 4. feed and pump caffeine into your friends so that they have enough energy to climb gazillion steps up and down the hills and tower.
5. Google your city the night before so that you appear properly smart and professor-ish as you recite historical facts.

@angrybaker and @snowflakesfairy it was a hoot spending the day with you two. Let's do it again soon.
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cookiesncandies Ok, enough of the rain. We need some ️ . 1w

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cookiesncandies This is perhaps the wackiest and most interesting pub I've ever been to. Okay, so I've had a drink or two there on a number of occasions but you either it or you it. Taxidermy galore with regulars putting costumes on them to gouged dolls' eyes glued to the ceiling of the women's toilet. Definitely not for the faint-hearted. 1w

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cookiesncandies A normal week day in Winchester. The monument on the right is known as the Buttercross, dating back to the early 15th century. There are many interesting hypotheses about its history and name but one stood out. Apparently, butter and other dairy products were once sold by market traders on the steps of the Cross. 1w

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cookiesncandies Handsome little fella. 1w

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cookiesncandies As you can tell, I have developed a rather strange obsession with this shade of green. 1w

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cookiesncandies To the Vintage Cars Brigade (I just made that up) @siobhaise @snowflakesfairy @angrybaker @whatalexloves, this one's for you. Nope, I haven't moved over to the "old" side. On a side note, if the owner of this mint colored oldie charges £1 for every Instagram shot of his car, he would be sitting on a small fortune by now. 1w

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cookiesncandies Picture perfect house with a certain rustic charm. 2w

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cookiesncandies Let's deviate from travel and talk about my other love - fashion. My current winter neutrals and favourites up on the blog now. Link on profile. 2w

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