City Living

I’m usually the first to sing the praises of countryside living. I love not hearing traffic in the night – or ever, really. I love that there’s space to roam about and explore. I love our proximity to nature.

But today, as I sat and ate my carrot sticks and tzatsiki, listening to geese flying overhead while the sheep in the fields butted heads, I felt an itch for big city living. Or, at least, medium city living. My city living.

As much as I love coming home, some days there’s nothing better than being wrapped in smog and being a two minute walk from most of your friends. Some days just call for the city.

Okay, so this picture isn’t of my city per se, but you catch my drift. My laptop is a bit low on pictures after a recent tidy-up, so this will have to do.

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Doing a ‘Hijab Challenge’. I wore my hijab all day yesterday, and actually quite enjoyed the experience!

Hello, again.

I know, I know, I haven’t updated my blog in like a month and that’s just not okay. I know. It has been pointed out, most notably by my vaguely furious sister. So here I am: updating. Filling you in. Carving a little hole out of the silence.

I thought I would do a ‘Currently’ post as a means of catching up, only for all intents and purposes we can call it a ‘Recently’ post, as it will be talking about a bit more than just my current happenings. How’s that?

So here goes. A recently post, just for you:

Working on: A film! A story! A performance! I’m doing largely creative modules for this final semester, which has been really great fun. It’s nice to take a break from a mountain of essays, even if it does mean having to learn completely new skills in a very short space of time. Final Cut Pro isn’t easy to use – who knew?!

Watching: Oh so many things…I’ve probably spent a bit too much time glued to a screen lately, but it has been entertaining. I’ve been watching a lot of documentaries, including ‘Queen of Versailles’, which I loved. I also watched ‘Wreck it Ralph’ last night and still haven’t quite gotten over how good it was. So funny! And adorable! “Who doesn’t love a girl with dirty hair?”

Anticipating: So many things! In the short term, I’m really looking forward to tonight. It’s a big night for quite a lot of my friends, and will determine the future year or so for some of them. I’ve been crossing my fingers that they’ll get the jobs they’re hoping for, so I’m excited to see what comes of things tonight. In the long term, graduation is pretty high up on my list! And finishing all of my university work before then…it seems like it’s rushing up on me, but is also a million miles away as well. It’s a strange place to be. I’m also very excited to move this summer: first of all I’ll be moving back home for a couple of months, then will be moving to Switzerland later on in the year. I can’t wait to be closer to my family and to finally get to live in the country that I most attribute ‘home’* to. It’ll be an interesting change of pace, and that’s exactly what I feel like I need at the moment.

Eating: Can we just talk about how good raw fruit and veg is for a second? I mean seriously. I’ve been craving all manner of fresh food lately and it has been amazing. I love having a plate/ lunchbox/ whatever crammed full of colour! Today I have been snacking on mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and cucumber, as well as some hard boiled eggs for good measure. Eggs are the best. That being said, I’m sitting here eating some cheese and onion crisps as I type, and have big plans of going for a burger after results night later. And I ate half a cake yesterday…so I guess I am still myself in the food stakes.

Reading: Nothing! I’ve just finished Katherine Boo’s ‘Behind the Beautiful Forevers’, and am still waiting for my new book to arrive (it was neither available as an e-book or in the library, sad). I’ll be sitting on a train later, though, so I may have to treat myself and start ‘The Book Theif’…’Behind the Beautiful Forevers’ was originally recommended to me after I did a book review of ‘Shantaram’ (back when I still had red hair and a different blog). It was interesting, and I enjoyed reading the real life stories of people in one of India’s biggest slums (it’s non-fiction). That being said, the writing style was quite to-the-point and never particularly poetic, which is something I usually look for in a book. It lacked atmosphere at times because of that, I felt, but all in all it was a good read, and I would recommend it if books about India are your thing.

Enjoying: My new climbing course! Though ‘new’ might be a bit of a stretch – we’re over halfway through already! It’s been fun learning a new skills, and I’ve had the opportunity to get to know some people who I can’t believe I’ve never run into before. I’m still being a bit of a wimp (scared of heights), but it’s been a good challenge and I definitely feel excited to go every week, and exhilarated when the class is finished. I’m hoping to invest in some of my own climbing shoes so that I can go bouldering with my dad sometime.

Right, I think that may be all I’ve got for you right now. I’m currently sitting in an editing suite needing to learn how to use software to make my film and accepting anything as a distraction. I’m more interested in watching how my friend’s film develops than in actually doing my own. Oops! One of these days when I understand film making a bit better, I’m going to get into it. I just hope that day comes soon…

For now, it’s over and out from me! Hope you have the loveliest of lovely weekends.

* Speaking of home, Danielle from Sometimes Sweet (who also started the idea for these posts) recently wrote a really interesting post about what home is to her.

I have so many things coming up for you – a long overdue review, some adventuring…as ever, this is all taking a backseat as I’ve been welcomed back to my usual routine with a landslide of extra tasks and responsibilities. And there I was expecting calm! It was quite a rude awakening.

In case you haven’t seen it already, I wanted to share this Disney short with you. It’s absolutely adorable and a fun way to cheer up your day in only six minutes. It’s even been nominated for some awards, too!

In keeping with the love-theme of the film, I’ve found a few cute blog posts to get you excited for the upcoming holiday:

This Valentine’s Day DIY looks so simple and is really sweet

…and this brunch looks delicious, too!

Have you seen Ruby and Ben’s posters? Such a nice gift idea.

James’ gift guide made me smile.


I hope you’re doing well out there, and that you’re keeping warm this winter. It’s only a few more days until spring!

I spotted this film on, and shared it from, Alice’s blog.

Currently // Radio Silence

Changes are in the works around here. On a more minor note: I’m currently working for a few weeks, and that accounts for part of my recent silence. On a more major note (for me, anyway): Liam is moving. Not down the road, but to the other end of the country. I know I shouldn’t complain – some relationships span continents, for crying out loud! – but this is a big change for me. He’s been a constant companion recently, and I don’t know what I’m going to do without Liam to adventure with every weekend, and sometimes even during the week.

So yeah, there’s been that.

Next week, work will stop and life will return to an element of normality. I hope to be posting a bit more again, and documenting my solo adventures (or adventures with friends…I’m making myself sound like such a loner, geez). Prepare for an overload of pictures from the park, as that’s about as far as I’ll be able to take myself without Liam’s driving.

Until then, I hope you stay dry and warm, whatever this winter weather has brought to you. I’ll be enjoying little bits of snow after work for as long as it lasts, hooray!

Have I missed it? The window of time in which it’s OK to post Christmas-related things, that is?

I know, I know…but I was really proud of this table and so I wanted to show you, OK?!

This was how we decorated for Christmas Eve, and these decorations were still on the table when I left home last weekend…so they’re probably still there now. I found all of these bits in the garden, and the little mason jars were pulled out of a cupboard, waiting for more jam next year. I just played around with everything until I liked how it looked and then plonked it on the table – simple! Though I will admit I spent a good couple of hours doing this – including time spent collecting items. It was fun, though, and so I’ll say it was worth it. IMG_2142 IMG_2114


This is going to be a quiet week for me, filled with work I can’t quite motivate myself to do. In an effort to find inspiration, I’ve collected some links for those with a bit more time to relax. Enjoy!


Not sure how I feel about the song in general, but this cover is awesome.

Why libraries matter, found on Danielle’s blog. It was too good not to share.

A new favourite.

Dreaming of scented candles to keep me company. This, this or this would make me happy, even though Christmas is long gone.

Everything here looks delicious, especially the trout.

I love what Sara’s wearing, and her blog is lovely too.

Need this cake in my life right now.

A go-to for stretching.

Looking forward to spending time here soon.

Happy New Year!

To welcome in the new year, Liam and I went for a walk around a lake near his home. It was a lovely, peaceful trip and just how a new year should start. I hope you had a good one, whatever you did, and wish you all the best for 2013.


Today is a day for doing work. And messy hair with big glasses. And playing on Lightroom because doing work is ever so dull.

Watching: Kirstie’s Vintage Home on 4od. I love Kirstie; her programmes are completely addictive and are particularly compelling because she’s learning, too. While she knows more than anyone should about vintage or antique shopping – and loves to talk about those things – she’s also learning different crafts on screen. I love that this showcases other crafty people and that you get tips from people who really know what they’re talking about, but more than all that I find watching Kirstie make mistakes or get excited to see the outcomes of her projects endearing, and it makes me feel like I can do them too. I’m just going to go out and say it: sometimes I wish that I was Kirstie. There, I’m done.

Loving: Kirstie’s Vintage…just kidding. I’m actually loving lots and lots of reading, which isn’t unusual but is still always nice. Liam spoiled me this Christmas with a tablet, which means that when I’m traveling about as I so often am, I can read without breaking my back under the weight of half a bookshelf. Lately I’ve been coupling my reading time with tea as well, which is unusual for me. Caffeine makes me sick, so I used to just avoid tea like the plague, with the exception of camomile sometimes, and only when drowned in honey. Well move over camomile, I have discovered that there is so much more out there and am enjoying everything from mint to that strange bag of pink flowers I found in the cupboard. Delicious!

Listening to: Nothing. Absolutely nothing. I can’t have background noise when I work (or at least not music) because I find it really distracting, so I tend to sit at home in silence when I need to get things done. Sometimes it gets a little depressing, but other times – like today, after a very people-filled Christmas – it’s really nice to just zone out.

Going: On short walks through muddy fields! I’ve been on a hunt for animal bits these last few days – scraps of sheep wool and feathers – and there’s nowhere better to find them around here than tangled in barbed wire fences or stuck in a hedge. I’m lucky that I live in the countryside so that when I need these natural bits for little projects, I know I can nip outside and find a ton that have been shed somewhere in the fields. It helps when these walks mean squidging through mud, too – I love a good mess.

Making me happy: Making little gifts for friends. There’s yarn everywhere! Everywhere, I tell you!

As ever, this post was inspired by Danielle.

Merry Christmas

IMG_2018 IMG_2016 IMG_2022Yesterday, on probably the windiest day since time began, we decided to go for a quick walk through the hills. We stumbled across some trees that had been decorated and set about re-attaching any decorations that had been blown off in the wind. It brightened up our day to see some unexpected festivity up in the moors, and gave us the burst of energy we needed for racing up the hill, down the hill…

Merry Christmas from our family to yours! And if you don’t celebrate, I hope you have a lovely day doing whatever it is that takes your fancy.

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