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Showing posts with label winter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label winter. Show all posts

Monday, 12 January 2015

A creative year

winter brittany shutters

My time without the internet has been less traumatic than anticipated, if I'm honest. I had a chance to see my family, to recharge my batteries, and to think a lot about what I wanted from the next year of my life. I tend to get very existential towards the end of the year, what with my birthday and new year falling so close together. Plus, surrounded by the intense, frosty beauty of midwinter Brittany, I can't help but contemplate the world and my place in it.

I've got a lot planned for this year, and I'm going to share just a few of my ideas here, so you guys can hold me accountable, and then you get to look at some of the photos I took while I was visiting my Dad:

Food:

1. Make a new recipe we’ve never tried before, every single week.
2. Eat cheaply and healthily for the rest of the week.
3. Make lunch and take it to work.

Exercise:

1. Start Pilates – all of my doctors tell me I have to, so I should probably at least give it a go.
2. Go swimming with Dan every single week. Decide which day is best.
3. Attend these ‘back strengthening classes’ the hospital has decided to make me do. Eek!

Creativity:

1. Finish all of my currently unfinished poems (as of the beginning of the year).
2. Collect poems together into small book. Perhaps make it into a poetry zine of sorts and sell it? If not, think of something else to do with them.
3. Write at least three complete songs, and record demos of them.
4. Take a self portrait of me and Dan every single month. Be creative.
5. Buy a proper black fineliner, dig out my watercolours and watercolour paper to do some illustrations.
6. Make the picture-wall for our flat.

Blog-related stuff:

1. Work ahead with blog posts so I am not writing and publishing and photo editing all on one day.
2. Post at least twice a week.
4. Participate in all the networking bits and bobs! Make friends!

Being a functional human being:

1. Remember people’s birthdays and send them cards.
2. Actually collect all of my friends’ postal addresses into one single place. I think they call this an ‘address book’ but it’s been such a long time since I’ve had one that I can’t be sure.

Being magnificent:

1. Wear more glitter.
2. Bother to do my eyeliner more often.
3. Go on adventures, at home and on holiday.
4. Be kind to everyone (including myself).
5. Wear the best clothes.
6. Make time for self-care.
7. Work towards having a job I really love.

So, those are my main goals. I'm hoping that this year is a really meaningful one, with plenty of magic and lots of memories. Winter is always really tough for me, but I'm going to work hard to make it to spring and get a lot of important shizzle done. I feel like I've been out of the blogging loop for so long now - am I doing alright? How are you getting along with your new year goals so far?

frosty morning france
sea glass collection
nutella breakfast tea
winter boat party time
delicate silhouette sunset
moonbeams in winter

Monday, 22 December 2014

Internet troubles (I feel bad for you, son)

Cup of tea

This is just a very very quick post to say that I've been having some awful internet trouble recently. We moved into our flat, and for the first day we had INCREDIBLE internet. The stuff of dreams, it was. Then, the cable outside our house broke and the engineers told us that they couldn't fix it until the first week of next year. We've been chronically under-internetted ever since, and I've had to neglect my poor blog, and all of you guys. To be honest, we've been really busy moving in, and having birthdays and stuff, so it's given us a chance to get some of that stuff done.
If we'd had internet all of this time, I doubt we'd have got our sofa built.

Anyway, my birthday was lovely, and I got some beautiful gifts. We're going up to Dan's parents' place (which, as you know, has very little internet) to celebrate Christmas, and then straight to my Dad's house in France for New Year. In January, normal posting will resume and I've got some excellent plans for this here bloggeroo! My dear friend Angelica from One Little Vice has given me a little beauty box full of wonderful things to review, so you can expect my first beauty-related post! I'm also going to be doing lots of posts about our interior design choices for this flat, and you can expect a lot more cooking posts now that we've got a lovely spacious kitchen!

Until then, please bear with me - I think you're all fantastic and I am beyond grateful that you read my blog. Happy holidays, and see you in 2015!

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Feeling Blue in Wintery London

The weather in the UK has been unendingly miserable for the last few months, and London is no exception. My morning commute is dominated by a sea of unhappy faces, dead eyes focused grimly on the gum-flecked pavement ahead. Dan and I have both been working full time, and even though it's been getting slightly lighter in the mornings and evenings, it still feels like we spend all our daylight hours indoors. I guess that's the world of work, but I'm hoping that one day, I'll have a job where my hours are a bit more flexible and I can feel less like a cog in an unending... box? of cogs... Not sure where that simile was going, but you get the idea.
Still, there is beauty to be found in this gloomy, grey landscape. I've been snapping some photos on my iPhone on my way to and from work in the last few weeks and I think they give you a fairly good idea of the general mood in London at the moment!
Grim South London south london trees
 photo mistylondon_zps7548d702.jpg
I can't wait until it stops snowing and raining, and I can find daylight hours to take photos for this blog again. I spend a great deal of time fantasizing about the carefree summers of university, making particular usage of my keen ability to look back on things through the hazy glasses of nostalgia! It's going to be amazing when the sun comes back!! Until then, I have to make time and make an extra special effort. It's not all been doom and gloom anyway. I've met some lovely new people at work, and our wedding planning is coming along very well. Stay tuned for some wedding-related bloggage!

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

How to dress on windy days!

how to dress on windy days

If you haven't noticed, it's been INCREDIBLY WINDY recently! "Nice girls shouldn't wear skirts when it's windy" I remember being told by a teacher when I was little, "in case the lads caught a glimpse of knicker!" No, I wasn't brought up in the Victorian Era. Anyway, I say SOD THAT! I dress myself almost entirely in dresses and skirts, no matter what the weather, and if people see my knickers, that's their problem!

wool and silk layers

That being said, I do have some tips for dressing appropriately on windy days. Comfort and happiness are my priorities when dressing for any occasion, and windy days are no exception. So without further ado, here are my top five tips regarding dressing yourself on a windy day.

1. Wear lots of underwear layers. On windy days, I always wear a thermal vest. If you have thermal longjohns or pants, those are a good idea too.
2. Long skirts or tight skirts are best when it's blustery. I know, I said before that it doesn't matter if people see your knickers, but it's still nice to have that secure feeling that your skirt is going to stay where you put it! 
3. Cover up your whole body! Wear long sleeves, wear tights, and if you're going out for a while, make sure to cover your head and neck. We can lose a lot of heat through these areas, so I always wear a long woolen scarf and a hat when I leave the house (although I'm not in these pictures!) Also, make sure to seal up any areas where drafts can get in! That's why I'm wearing a belt over my jumper in these pictures - wind gets everywhere!!!
4. Layers also work on your legs - Sometimes I wear tights, long socks, AND legwarmers. You can get really creative with patterns and colours when you wear lots of layers!
5. If you have long hair and don't want to be picking it out of your mouth all day, I'd advise you to wear it in a nice, simple up-do or plaits when it's windy. By the time I'd finished taking my outfit photos, I could barely pull a brush through my hair!

girly dr marten boots

I like to pair soft, 'feminine' fabrics and textures with my big ugly Dr Marten boots. I know, I didn't INVENT this combination, but I love how it's functional AND attractive. I like chocolate and vegemite together too, so maybe I can't be trusted.

messy red hair

I am a magpie. It's like I have to add something sparkly to EVERY outfit or something... It's almost as though I am unable to wear a completely muted colour palette, because I have to add antique costume jewellery or something. Almost. Maybe. Anyway, I hope this helped you decide what to wear next time it's windy!

Jumper: French second-hand shop.
Necklace: Antique - My grandmother's.
Belt: Topshop.
Skirt: Urban Outfitters.
Tights: H&M
Leg warmers: Second Hand (originally Sweaty Betty)
Shoes: Dr Marten boots.
     

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?

Monday, 28 January 2013

Winter in Brittany

I love the "country lifestyle".

Right now, I live in central London, but when I was growing up in Brighton I always had unlimited access to both the beach and the countryside. I also spent my summers in rural France, exploring everything on my own. I always relish going to stay with my Dad, so here's a little taster of what I got up to on my very relaxing trip to stay with him, this winter.

winter beach walk
winter sunset

festive table setting

winter prawn stew

analogue camera and woolen legs

twilight trees

magic lake brittany
It was the perfect way to convalesce after my operation. I'm on my way back to health, and looking forward to a productive, healthy, and happy new year. This year, I'm getting married, and lots of other exciting things are going to happen too! Keep your eyes peeled, friends!

Thursday, 25 December 2008

Another Long Blog.

Every now and again, I get an urge to write in this blog. Some might say more often than is really socially acceptable, but then nobody reads this blog anyway. Once I realise that, I usually lose my impetus. But never mind.

Today has been Christmas. Even though technically it is Boxing Day as I write this, it has been Christmas today, as far as I am concerned. This Christmas has been a sparse and frugal one. We couldn't afford a tree, or presents, so we had a table cloth with a tree on it, which we hung from one of our bookshelves, and all of our presents were either home made, or from charity shops. Mum made me two pairs of pyjama bottoms, a hot water bottle and cover, and a dressing gown. Andrew got me a book about religion from a charity shop.
I did get a hard drive though, which is REALLLLLY USEFUL! I have a really old computer so, it has absolutely no memory, and I listen to quite a bit of music, which means I need memory space.









Dan got me a couple of books. One by Neil Gaiman, which I have already finished! And also the Alchemist, which is really lovely. Eleanor got me the DVD of a film that I really like called Eagle Vs Shark. It is a film from New Zealand, and it has the guy from Flight of the Conchords in it. (Another comedy which I adore)
That's the cover of the DVD/Poster for the film. I do love it. :) Andrew made me the DVDs of both series of Twin Peaks to take back to Cambridge when I go up.

So, now onto the rest of my holiday... I went to Dan's, and stayed with him and his family. Then Dan and I went to Venice. It was amazing. He took loads of photos. I took some too, but his are better, because he has an amazing camera which lets him take lots of high quality photos. Also, he has a lovely computer and software which allows him to edit them and make them lovely. I am more than a little jealous! :P

We spent hours and hours wandering the little lanes, passages, and bridges of Venice. We drank coffee in numerous little bars, and we did the usual touristy things, like going to St Mark's Basilica, and the Accademia. The hotel was nice, and we had some lovely food of course. I was expecting Dan to be able
to speak some Italian, being half Italian himself... but alas, he was somewhat linguistically challenged. Plus I kept speaking french, which was a bit of a problem.

Then when we returned from lovely Venice, it was my birthday! I am now 19. Crazy... I don't FEEL nineteen, but apparently I was born over nineteen years ago now. So yeah. Weird. I spent my birthday at Dan's, and we made an amazing brownie. The recipe is as follows:

  1. Look in cupboard and find a brick of year-old muscavado sugar, which miraculously weighs exactly 200g.
  2. Add this to 200g of melted butter, and stir a lot. A LOT.
  3. Add the remnants (about half) of a tin
    of golden syrup. You know you have some in your cupboard. Everyone does. Keep stirring.
  4. Melt an entire massive slab of Dairy Milk chocolate in the microwave, or in a bowl on top of hot water. Pour this into the mix. You should now have a bowl of brown, sticky gloop.
  5. Pour 200g of plain flour into the concoction. Do this bit by bit, to avoid having to deal with a massive flour explosion and a really dry bowl of gloopy flour.
  6. Break a couple of eggs in, and keep mixing.
  7. Pour messily into a brownie tin, and bake until you are bored.
  8. Take out the brownie and enjoy its unhealthy wonderment.
So, Dan got me some scarves, a ridiculously cute teddy bear, and a bracelet. And he took me out to eat at a Japanese restaurant in Cambridge. I will talk more about Japanese stuff in a minute. This appears to be turning into rather a mammoth blog.

The day after my birthday (The 22nd of December), Dan and I drove back to Brighton for my birthday meal with all of my Brighton friends. It was really good to see people again. Dan seemed to get on with everyone really well, a
nd Kim said that Dan and I were really cute together. Kat said that we were "unbelievably cute" too actually. I got some really thoughtful and nice presents from my friends, which made me very happy indeed. After the meal, Dan, Patrick, Tilly and I went to the pub for cider.

The week before we went to Venice, Dan and James came to Brighton and visited. That was so much fun! We went to the pier, and we went to the pub for lunch. Then we had a race back to Cambridge in their cars. They made me feel much better because that morning I had received the news that my cat had died. :(

On the 27th of December, I am off up to Dan's again, and he is giving me a lift to Stanstead airport the next day, (The 28th) so that I can g
o to visit my Dad, in France. I am going to miss Dan so much. But on the 27th, I am meeting his grandparents and his cousins and his aunt. I am nervous of the cousins most of all, because they are the same age as me, and I am scared of being judged!

On the 3rd of January, I am going to visit Laura in Luxembourg, and then on the 5th, we are going to Paris with the T.O.D.S plus a couple of others. This means ten days without Dan. The thought seems unbearable. I am tr
ying not to dwell on it.

Here instead is a picture of me and Emma, from the Winter Ball in Cambridge: