Cake, bunnies and geek chicks…

Weather-wise, wasn’t Good Friday a beautiful day? Sunshine yellow certainly seemed to be theme for me – from the delicious Easter nest cake I ate in Costa ,through to my homemade springtime displays for the house. I’m especially pleased with … Continue reading

Book Review: ‘The Taxidermist’s Daughter’ by Kate Mosse

  I feel I did this novel a disservice when I started reading it.  Having finished my previous book, I dived straight into Kate Mosse’s latest without really pausing for breath.  This resulted in my first impressions of The Taxidermist’s … Continue reading

Yoga progress and the full moon…

does the full moon affect your yoga practice?

Having seriously increased my ‘mat hours’ recently, I have found that both my flexibility and strength have improved. I’m currently loving Triangle Pose and Happy Baby Pose, which according to the Internet, are both poses that help alleviate stress. However, my … Continue reading

A bit of history…

Last bank holiday Monday we visited the site of the Battle of Naseby.  I know I’m a tad late posting this but as the 370th anniversary of the battle is next weekend I figured it was (almost) topical!

Naseby is a village in Northamptonshire and in June 1645, it was the site of the most decisive battle of the Civil War.  Charles I and his Royalist troops were defeated by Oliver Cromwell and the Parliamentarians.

According to a flyer I found, The Sealed Knot and The Naseby Battlefield Project will be re-enacting the battle on 13th and 14th June, admission to which is free.  I might pop over and take a look.

Please excuse the quality of the photographs.  I didn’t take my camera with me so I had to rely on my iPhone.

The battlefield site was very quiet, despite a road running along side.  I don’t know if it was just my imagination, but it certainly felt like there was an atmosphere there…

naesby collage

Why are our pets so important to us?

iheartmypetsDuring the week, I stumbled across this article on the BBC website, stating that children are more likely to confide in their pets than they are their siblings.  As I’m an only child who grew up surrounded by a variety of different pets, there was a lot in the article that I could relate to.

I count myself as extremely lucky to have grown up in a house where owning pets was the norm.  A number of my friends weren’t allowed pets as they were ‘too messy’ or ‘needed too much looking after’ and I can help but think they missed out.  Ironically, many people ask me if I think I missed out by not having brothers or sisters and I can honestly say I didn’t!  I was never alone and never lonely.  My dog, Mitzi, rarely left my side when I was a child.  She arrived at our house an undernourished, scrawny puppy with her twin sister Susie.  We were supposed to be fostering them for a local rescue shelter but when it came to sending them back, we were so devastated that they ended up staying!

Despite having a lousy start in life (the rest of the litter and the mother had died) they were both incredibly friendly and outgoing little characters.  Like all terriers, Mitzi was full of fun and mischief and particularly delighted in finding odious things to roll in when she was out on a walk.  Even as a child, I was an avid reader and would spend hours reading books aloud to Mitzi.  She’d sit quietly next to me whilst I poured out all the trials and tribulations of my days at school and was always ready to offer licks, cuddles and unconditional love.  I couldn’t have asked for a better friend or confidante.

Mitzi has been gone a long time now.  She finally departed after a long battle with illness, around the time I was taking my A levels.   Since then, I’ve been lucky to share my life with many different animals.  Each one with its own personality, idiosyncrasies and special place in my heart.

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I’ve been promising to write a piggy update for a while now.  So, here’s the girls watching TV from the luxury and comfort of their brand new cuddle cup with matching pillow, made by the lovely Pigs in Blankets.

Don’t they look sweet?

Check out Pigs in Blankets on their Facebook page and Twitter – they have a beautiful range of products and designs suitable for piggies and other small rodents.


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Do the perfect pair of black leggings exist? I think so…

There’s something almost Holy Grail-esque about finding perfect wardrobe basics. Considering these garments are defined as ‘basic’, it is easy to assume that purchasing them will be well, basic. As every committed fashionista out there knows however, this is sadly … Continue reading

Ballet and (lots of) Tea

I’ve been thinking quite a bit about whether or not I should try to set myself a blogging schedule.  I know a lot of people like to publish certain posts on certain days of the week and this clearly works well for them.  I’m not entirely sure that I’m at the point where this is particularly feasible for me.  Some weeks I’m incredibly busy studying, which means I would find sticking to a rigid schedule quite difficult and possibly prohibitive in terms of creativity.

I’d be very interested to hear how others manage this dilemma!

I do however, like the idea of posting regular ’round-ups’ of the things I have been doing over the week.  I suppose they’ll be the blogging version of catching up with a friend and telling them what I’ve been doing in the week! So with that in mind, here’s a short round-up of what I’ve been up to this weekend…

Yesterday, I went to see the Bolshoi Ballet performance of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.  Cineworld is showing a number of the Bolshoi 2014/15 performances in their cinemas and they are well worth going to see.  I love the ballet and I find myself utterly mesmerised by the dancing and the music.  Stunning!

swan lake ballet

I finished off my long weekend with a trip out for afternoon tea with some of the people who work in the same building as me.  We went to a lovely village tea room and had their afternoon tea.  I’m afraid I didn’t get any pictures of the food as we were all chatting and I thought that pulling a camera out would be a little rude! We had some lovely sandwiches, scones, cake and an enormous pot of tea!

afternoon tea flowers

Table decoration in vintage pink glass vase

afternoon tea

Lovely mis-matched vintage tea service


My outfit for afternoon tea
Horse shoe belt: £1.95 from a local charity shop
Houndstooth leggings: Primark
Long sleeve black top: Store 21

I’m back!

It feels like an absolute age since I last sat down and blogged – in reality it’s been 20 days since I posted my charity shop haul.  I’ve had a manic few weeks but as things have finally started to settle down, I wanted to catch-up and let you know what I’ve been up to…

Well, top on the list has been studying.  I finally finished my Byron essay, after spending most of Christmas and the New Year working on  it.  I could easily still be sat here now working on it as I’m never happy but I got it finished and sent off last week.  It’s all about waiting for the results now…fingers crossed!

studying MA

I’ve spent MANY hours sat at the computer typing away…

Seeing as I couldn’t commit to blogging during this time, I’ve mostly been adding little bits here and there on twitter and Instagram.  I really love the visual nature of Instagram and it appeals to the wannabe photographer in me!

I’ve made a number of new charity shop purchases and have set myself a little challenge for this year.  With the exception of items such as underwear and socks, I’m going to attempt to only buy clothes from charity shops and vintage markets this year.  So far so good, although I am hankering after a T-shirt in New Look that says ‘Skint’ on it as it pretty much describes me at the moment!

After finishing my essay, I went to my local library and got out a load of books.  I’ve read two and am currently working through a third one at the moment.  I’m also reading a biography of the poet John Clare as I want to write my MA dissertation on him.  If you haven’t heard of or read any Clare, he’s a Romantic period contemporary of Byron and Keats. He had little formal education, wrote mainly about country life and sadly, spent many years in asylums.  For me, his poetry is a sheer delight – lyrical, beautiful and poignant.

I’ve also joined a Pilates class and I am loving it!  I don’t go to the gym because I genuinely don’t enjoy the atmosphere; I much prefer exercising on my own or in small classes like this.  I also intend to start running again from next week but most likely on the treadmill as it’s currently very cold here!

I’ve taken part in two new year challenges.  Firstly, I took part in the 14 day #ProjectPositive Instagram challenge with Anastasia Amour.  for the first 14 days of January, I posted images that related to the different topics set.  It was great fun and I got to ‘meet’ some lovely new people and to think about myself in a different light.  Do go and check out Anastasia’s blog – she’s all about empowering women to be more body confident and positive – a lovely lady too!

Secondly, I’ve been decluttering…big time!  My lovely new friend at Pauper to Princess has been running a January declutter challenge whereby you get rid of one item on the 1st, two on the 2nd etc., all the way up to thirty-one items on the 31st.  To be honest, I cannot tell you have much I’ve got rid of but it’s standing at a few sacks so far!

onesies charity

These onesies have gone to charity

books charity

Books I’ve read have either gone to charity or to friends

de-clutter challenge

I’ve been passing on old magazines to friends

I think that just about covers my January so far.  I hope you are all well and have been making the most of this month!