If working a full time job has taught me anything, it's that making the most of your time outside the office is a must. However tempting it is to laze around - and those days are totally okay too - the reality is, a day out often trumps a duvet day in. 

This weekend, I put my new-found mantra to the ultimate test as I left the house at 8am on Saturday, was home by 10pm and back on the road at 11am the next morning, for a road trip in celebration of my friend Ryan's birthday.

A queen deserves only the best kind of surprise, which is why I was in charge of the sat nav, and he cluelessly and unknowingly drove us towards Blenheim Palace, where I'd booked for us to have afternoon tea.


We were shown to our seats in the magnificent Orangery, where we were served our pots of tea and a magnificent array of sandwiches, scones and cakes. 

Surely afternoon tea is up there with the best form of British tradition? 

Feeling ridiculously full, it was time to explore the palace gardens. 

Because of the vastness of the gardens, we only bought a pass for the gardens. However, we were there all day (even in the rain) and I can safely say I do not regret it in the slightest.

The gardens go on for miles, covering lakes, formal gardens, a cascade and a rose garden.

Some of us (me) may have taken on the role of Belle in the rose garden too seriously and swept through it as if I owned the place.

Winding our way along one of the many paths onto the gardens, we found ourselves walking through archways of greenery, visiting the Winston Churchill memorial and trying to shelter from the rain. Until we finally made it to the cascade.

Just as we reached our final destination, the heavens opened and it was time to run for cover.

We had the best day, I could've spent hours more wandering around, and the the grounds make for a perfect place to have a picnic if you want to save a bit of money! 

All in all, it was a 10/10 day with one of my favourite people in the world! 

Love, A x