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Showing posts with label kitten. Show all posts
Showing posts with label kitten. Show all posts

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

2013 is going to be my year.

goals for 2013

It's no secret that 2012 was a difficult year for me. I've struggled with my health; with a career path I didn't enjoy; and subsequently with unemployment. For this reason and many others, I am determined to make 2013 different. I'm going to share a few things I'm looking forward to this year, as well as some personal goals, because I'm more likely to accomplish them if everyone on the internet knows about them! (At least, that's the aim!) Don't worry though, I'll sprinkle this post heavily, with photos
of Hemingway playing in the snow.

ginger cat in the snow

What's coming up in 2013?

- More employment - I've got a temporary job until March, but I need to find something more!
- More MUSIC! There's going to be plenty of musical activity this year.
- I'm getting married in July!
- Then of course there's the honeymoon! I love to travel
- Hopefully, we'll be moving house! Another chance to nest!


snow kitten

My Goals for 2013

- Turn this blog project into something I'm really proud of.
- Do something creative every day.
- Do something for my fitness every day.
- Experiment with a new recipe every week.

goofy cat
Oh, and to finish, here's a picture of Hemingway being super excited about the snow... Perhaps TOO excited there, Hemity!
Thankyou for reading about my goals for 2013. What are you looking forward to this year?

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Birthmas Tide.

Salut, mes amis.
I've been awol for a while due to having had an operation, followed by a very sleepy and ineffective recovery period, which encompassed my birthday and Christmas! Tomorrow, I'm off to France to visit my Dad. I'm taking the overnight ferry - thank goodness I'll be in a cabin! Originally, I was just going to be in a "reclining chair" for the night.
I've been a really lucky lady this year, with regards to presents and lovely celebrations. Among my many wonderful gifts, I got a graphics tablet from Dan's parents. I've been experimenting with drawing on photos. Here's one of the little naughtypants cat.

In the new year, expect more updates, more often, and more joy! I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year's Eve! x

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Walking The Cat

Salut!
How are you liking the new blog design? It's still a work in progress, but I think it's going to be super pretty when it's done!
Today, Dan and I decided to kill two birds with one stone and take some photos for the blog whilst we were taking Hemingway for a walk in the garden. He's grown so much! Remember when we brought him home for the first time? I know, I am a crazy cat-lady!
The light outside had that perfect moody-but-gentle Autumnal quality. Yes, I know, it's pretty weird to walk your cat, but I've seen far weirder animals on leashes. (Ferret on a leash, goat on a leash, teacup pig on a leash, anyone?) We live in London, and after reading that the life expectancy of an outdoor cat in London is 2 years, we decided that taking the cat out on a harness was our best bet. At least for now.
cat on a leash
Hemingway doesn't mind being on the leash at all. He doesn't exactly enjoy it when he is in the house, but once we're outside, he is too busy sniffing things and exploring to mind. This is our very overgrown garden!
red head bangs
Over the summer, we didn't use the garden as much as we anticipated, and when we looked out of the window one day, the whole patio had been overrun with ivy and creepers. The tiny little bush in the middle had turned into an enormous tree, and the garden was like a jungle. I'd love to sort the garden out so that next spring and summer we can have some little barbecues and parties. Maybe that should be our next project!
My hair is finally growing, and people have been noticing how long it is getting. I can put it in a bun now, for the first time since I was about 17, I think! Exciting stuff. It may sound mundane, but as someone who has had short hair for roughly five years, it's lovely to be able to swish my hair again! I'm sure that before long, I'll crave my neat little bob again. Such is life!
Owl Brooch Regarding accessories, I've hit a bit of a wall recently! I almost always wear a necklace, and it's usually a fairly dainty one. Much as I love my necklaces, I think it is time to branch out. Or to 'brooch out'. Ohoho. This little owl brooch is from Cath Kidston. I got it in a lovely set from one of my ex-colleagues, last Christmas. It came with a gnome and a toadstool. I'm sure they'll make an appearance at some point, if I keep trying out this whole brooch thing.
hemingway cat
Hemingway saw a little insect that needed to be chased! He goes quite well with my green tights, doesn't he? Who needs accessories with a cat as majestic as this?
Have you ever seen someone walking a strange animal on a leash? Do you think I'm weird for walking my cat?
Dress: YesStyle
Tights: H&M
Shoes: Dr Martens
Brooch: Cath Kidston
Glasses: Specsavers

Friday, 5 October 2012

My Autumn Goals!

Recently, I've been looking at beautiful Autumnal pictures on lots of American blogs. Usually, they depict pumpkin patches, hearty mugs of spiced "apple cider" (Or just "apple juice" to English people such as myself!) and plenty of crispy dried leaves. Whilst these are beautiful, they don't really depict my personal experience of Autumn, which looks more like this:

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Which is dramatic, but not in a sunset maple leaf kind of way! London becomes miserable and rainy in the Autumn, and stays that way until the Spring. People get angrier, and fringes get plastered to furrowed brows by the wind and the rain. To combat this mood, I've decided to sample as many Autumnal treats as I can get my hands on! First on the list, was the most incredible toasted cheese sandwich (or "grilled cheese" as the Americans call it!)in London!

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I bought this beauty from a stall in Borough Market, called Kappacasein. Borough Market has more delectable food stalls than I could hope to review on my blog, but this is definitely a good place to start. This sandwich was fairly expensive at £5, but it was more than worth it. Two slices of artisan bread encasing a mountain of cheese are pressed inside a large grill until the cheese starts to ooze from the sides. At this point, the person behind the stall opens the sandwich and scoops a generous helping of a finely chopped onions and herbs on, followed by even more cheese. This photo does not do justice to the amount of cheese involved in this sandwich. Finally, the extra cheese is allowed to melt, before the whole thing is wrapped in greaseproof paper and napkins.
I wandered along the Southbank, devouring this beauty. I can see why it has been featured on so many blogs before mine. It must be tasted to be believed! Borough Market is very close to London Bridge Station and can be reached via the 35 and 40 buses, among others.
Sampling sandwiches is not my only goal for this Autumn; there are others! Here's my list!

Candy's List of Autumn Goals!

- Get a job! Earn money! (Especially if I want to keep eating £5 sandwiches!)
- Try a Pumpkin Spice Latte.
- Decide how my novel is going to end.
- Write a good ol' portion of it.
- Get paid to make music.
- Start thinking about button pins for Robin!
- Write several blog posts every week!
- Send all the save-the-dates for the wedding.
- Volunteer at the library
- Re-read the first book in The Cornish Trilogy by Robertson Davies.

Music-wise, there's an Autumnal gig coming up as part of the Royal Horticultural Society's Harvest Festival. I'll be singing with Robin Grey, and there will be all sorts of fun Autumny activities including cider-tasting. (REAL cider, not just apple juice!) More info about this event is available here, but the more the merrier, so you should totes come!

To conclude, here's a picture of Hemingway, reclining in his lovely cute, Autumnal way.

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So what are your Autumn Goals? x

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Our Cute Cat, Hemingway!

Here is the much anticipated (I'm sure) post about the newest member of our family - our new kitten, Hemingway. Remember when we went to choose him? He has settled into his new home very quickly, and now essentially owns the place. Here are some pictures of the little sir.
I snapped this one on the way home from getting him, whilst we were still in the car. I haven't looked at this photo in a couple of weeks, and it's amazing how he has actually grown! We'll have to get a bigger carrying box if he grows any more!
Here I am with my absolute pride and joy! I never expected to fall in love with a cat to this extent, but I just want to look after him and look after him and look after him for ever! I have very rapidly become one of THOSE cat people, and I shall have to restrain myself from waxing too lyrical about the little ginger creature, lest I bore you to tears!
As an aside, this dress has a story behind it. Initially, I saw it in a picture someone posted on Tumblr, a million and one years ago, and fell immediately in love. Somehow, I found out it was from Topshop so I went straight to their website and found it. It was something like £95 pounds, which pretty much ruled it out for me. Then, in January I was wandering through Topshop on Oxford Street on my way home from work when I spotted it, peeking out of a pile of sale-clothing. Like a banshee, I leapt upon it, and held it up. It was a size too big, and had two enormous rips, one going from the neckline to the waistline at the back, and one going all the way around the armpit of the left arm. So, I bought it for £25 and took it home to fix it! I've never done such a big fixing job before and now when I wear the dress I can't put my arms in the air, but AT LEAST IT'S MINE!!!
Anyway, back to the cat:
Here he is all snuggled up in a blanket, looking like the most adorable little ball of kitten that ever there was! He sleeps in our bed with us at night, but in the day, he snuggles up in this blanket that I've had for a million years.
And to close, here is a picture of the little Hemity climbing up the curtains. He is so naughty, but he has lovely little markings on his neck, doesn't he?!

Next time, stand agape at my super on-trend galaxy/nebula skirt. I am too hip to live... clearly...

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Kitten Joy!!!

This weekend has been a weekend of kittens, and kitten-related items. My friend Nicole has a million billion (ten) cats at the moment, because one of her 5 existing cats, has had kittens! Because ten cats is a lot of cats, her family is looking for homes for the kittens, and as we've been thinking of getting a cat for a very long time now, we thought that now was a good time to start our family!

Despite the country being declared 'Officially In Drought', it's been raining all week, and apparently it is going to rain next week too. The only positive thing about this torrential downpour is that I get to use my gorgeous umbrella. I call it my Brolly-wood, because the combination of vibrant turquoise, with the rich pink pom-pom edging gives it a very opulent Indian feeling to me, and I can't resist a good pun!

This outfit is quite similar to one I wore a little while back, but I do love those woolen shorts, and I think you'll be seeing a lot more of that tweed jacket this spring!


  

I don't look very excited in this photo, but inside I am bursting with the anticipation of kittens, and the joy at having hair that is exactly the right amount of curly! I wish my hair would be like this without me having to spend an hour curling it. The curls had pretty much fallen out by the time we got to Nicole's house!

At Nicole's we met the adorable kittens and their mummy, but eventually chose this beautiful ginger kitten! We will bring him home in a month, and I am so excited, as is the Dan. We have been discussing names, but haven't come up with anything that's stuck yet. I suppose we've still got a month, but I am so eager to give him a name! He's more adorable than anything, isn't he!? I can't wait to watch him grow up into a big cat and become a feature of our family!!

Tweed Jacket: Zara
Umbrella: A present from my Mum
Shorts: Topshop
Tartan Shirt: Topshop
Scarf: Made by my Mum
Bag: A market in Newtown, Sydney.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

A new beginning?

Here I am.



I think I have decided to come back. My livejournal will be there for a few purposes, but mainly I will be on here. I am an erratic poster, but there you go.

A new year has begun at university. Things aren't going so well, regarding friends and things. Academically, on the other hand, I have never been so happy.

I bought a big book about Byron the other day and it arrived yesterday. I seem to be drifting towards a dissertation topic on Byron. Possibly something to do with incest. We'll see.

Right now, I am listening to Polly Scattergood. I have listened to her self titled album about three times now, but this time is the first time I have really listened to the lyrics. They are scary. I don't know how I feel about what I am hearing, but it is disturbing me quite a lot. I have been sad recently, but I haven't been depressed for a while now, and I would really rather keep it that way!

It was my anniversary with Dan the other day. A whole year. We went out for sushi, but apart from that and presents, the day was just like any other; full of cuddles. I am disgustingly happy.

Things I have learned today:
  • There is a sexual position called the Lucky Pierre. I learned about this in one of my Practical Criticism lectures. The lecture was pretty embarrassed.
  • I should water my plants more.
  • The rain destroys lecture notes with impressive vigour.
And to finish, an out of context Shakespeare Quotation:

"I had rather be a kitten and cry 'mew!'"