The last day of NaBloPoMo

IMG_2316-1Well, we’ve made it: the very last day of NaBloPoMo.  Anyone who has managed to complete it, give yourselves a massive pat on the back and feel quite rightly pleased with yourself!

It’s certainly not been an easy challenge for me but here’s a few things I’ve learnt along the way:

  1. Writing every day is hard.  Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.  However, it is also *liberating/wonderful/expressive/cathartic… (*insert adjective of your choice here).
  2. Taking part in NaBloPoMo means you not only write more, you read more.  I’ve followed and commented on lots of different blogs since the start of November and ‘met’ some amazing bloggers along the way.
  3. The best posts are often the spontaneous ones you write when you’re stuck for something to say, so instead write from the heart or write with tongue firmly in cheek.
  4. I love (and need) a challenge.  Ok, I already knew that but NaBloPo confirmed it.
  5. All the best laid plans can easily go out of the window and it’s not always a bad thing if they do (see item 3).
  6. You don’t have to be sat at a computer to blog.  For example, I’ve blogged perfectly successfully from a delayed train and a pub this month, using my iPhone.
  7. Photographs help make your posts more visual but they aren’t always necessary.  Sometimes words are enough.
  8. People out there in ‘blog land’ are helpful, kind and supportive.  Even some of my less-than-perfect posts have received numerous likes (thank you folks!).
  9. Writing about the things you love or care about will always resonate with someone.
  10. Even on the days when writing has felt like a chore, ultimately I’ve enjoyed every minute.


I hope you’ve enjoyed taking part in NaBloPo too.


One Lovely Blog

lovely blog awardI’ve been nominated twice for this award now but have been rubbish at getting round to writing my post – apologies to the lovely Writing in Devizes who nominated me first) and my fellow nail-varnish obsessed The Beautified Blogger (who nominated me again).  Many thanks to you both for the nominations.

There are a few rules involved, which are:

  1. You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  2. You must list the rules and display the award.
  3. You must add 7 facts about yourself.
  4. You must nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated
  5. You must display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you – don’t worry, you don’t have to follow me 😉

So, here goes with the seven facts:

  1. I have two rabbits, Rupert and Jasmine, who haven’t featured on my blog yet as they are really shy!
  2. I have drawers and jewellery boxes full of costume jewellery, yet still I buy more!
  3. I’ve got 4 tattoos and am planning a fifth
  4. My favourite colour is red although I hardly ever wear it
  5. My favourite book of all time is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  6. I used to be a teacher but now I work in marketing
  7. I hate when people are late

My nominations hopefully reflect my love of books, beauty, vintage and piggies (plus other gorgeous animals too).  Apologies if you’ve already been nominated, but I think you’re ‘lovely’ too:

  1. Not Throwing Stones
  2. Hutch a Good Life
  3. Mrs Holpepper: Bookworm
  4. Miss Lucy’s Ladybug
  5. Art my Cat Makes
  6. Living the Squeak Life
  7. Greyhound Eddie
  8. I Love my Mani
  9. Cavy Adventures
  10. All About that Cake
  11. The Ladybug Chronicles
  12. Vintage Curl Girl
  13. Blissful Brit
  14. Blog a Book etc
  15. The Tales of the Guinea Pigs’ Gang

Happy Thanksgiving 2014

I’d like to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving 2014.


I’ll admit that, whilst I know what Thanksgiving represents, I know very little about the family traditions people have. I’d love to hear about them if you’d be happy to share them.

This year, I have a lot to be thankful for so I’ll spend some time today thinking about those things and being grateful.

My top 10 Britpop songs

This is my first ever top ten post so I thought I’d choose something I love but something I haven’t written about before. Therefore, I have settled upon the music of my teenage years: Britpop. Hopefully, it’ll bring back memories for some and introduce others to some amazing music…enjoy!

10. Babybird You’re Gorgeous
9. Garbage Stupid Girl
8. Suede Trash
7. Embrace Come Back to What You Know
6. Oasis Wonderwall
5. Manic Street Preachers Design for Life
4. The Verve Bittersweet Symphony
3. Pulp Disco 2000
2. Blur Country House
1. Pulp Common People

I make no apologies for Pulp appearing twice. I loved them in the nineties and that love has never dwindled 😍

Monday Munchies

I’ve spent all day researching stuff for my essay. I’m not complaining because I love it! It does just mean that I get so absorbed in what I’m doing, the day whizzes past without me really noticing.

I’ve found some really interesting critics I can use to support my argument, so now all I need to do is get a coherent plan written and start writing…easy really! Yeah, right!

After all that mental strain, I totally deserved this treat:


Enjoy the rest of your Monday 🐹😄

Rainy day reading

I decided to make today a reading day.  It’s been raining pretty much all day and it’s starting to get really cold so I didn’t need much convincing to stay inside and catch up with some reading for my MA.

I’ve now read this biography of Byron (last week’s charity shop purchase) from cover to cover.  Although the author’s writing style feels a little dated, it has certainly been useful in filling in the gaps in my knowledge regarding Byron’s life.

Byron biography

Byron biography

It’s always worth checking through the books in charity shops as you can often find a little treasure like this.