Clashing kings & flowering aubrietas

Wednesday, March 28, 2018


It's been a wee while hasn't it?

I worked my last shift at the coffee shop yesterday. The place closes on Thursday and although I'm going to miss it, I'm hopeful for things to come. It's been a difficult few months dealing with redundancy so I have to admit I felt a bit of relief when I came home, like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. However, being unemployed isn't fun, so until I find another job I'll be filling my spare time with films, thrift shopping, napping, writing, reading, spring cleaning, possibly some painting and even maybe some city sightseeing (all depending on how far my money can stretch).

I'm determined to not make unemployment too depressing - of course I feel anxious being out of work, but I'm fortunate enough to live at home and not have to pay any big bills (apart from to the Student Loans Company, damn them). All I can do is be patient and positive.

In other news, spring is here! The aubrietas are starting to flower (above) but other than these purple lovelies, our garden looks rather unloved. It's time to get the gardening gloves out the garage and get to work.

I recently picked A Clash of Kings back up after a... 2 year... hiatus... oops. This book is a chunky fella, I can plough through 40 pages and not even make a dent in it. I found it overwhelming at first which is why I put it back on my shelf, but I've been missing the wonderful world of Westeros and thought it was about time I tried again. I'm aiming to get ACoK finished before the show returns next year but I'm not holding out hope. Fun fact: A Clash of Kings is 928 pages long. THAT'S TOO MANY PAGES. I can't cope.

Anyone here been watching Mum on BBC2? It's a fantastic show, very real and funny and sweet. I think it has just aired its series 2 finale, but I'm sure you can catch up on iPlayer if you want. I highly recommend it. Series 3 films in the summer and I'm already so stoked for its return.

One last thing: I finally watched Thor: Ragnarok on Monday and it was so good, so much better than I expected. I love fun, outlandish, silly Marvel.

Happy hump day, hope the rest of the week is kind to you.

DIY button brooches

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


In the latest issue of Country Living there's a little free booklet that comes with it called My Vintage Style Sourcebook that is filled with craft projects, courses, and where you can find any local vintage/craft shops and fairs. I flicked through it and came across a section on how to make your own flower brooches using buttons.

I figured I'd give it a go as I know my mum has some brooch backs and lots of spare buttons lying around.

I managed to do this DIY in about half an hour. It's very easy and very fun, you only need three things (buttons, brooch backs, glue) and you can probably find everything you need in Hobbycraft or your local craft shop/haberdashery/market stall.

Here's the result...

Lovely quotes / 13

Monday, March 19, 2018

“We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversations with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk.”
— Thomas Moore

“In March I’ll be rested, caught up and human.”
— Sylvia Plath

“Somewhere in my throat there must be gold, even if it does sound like tin.”
— Franz Kafka

“One home, with all the books, all the flowers, is enough.”
— Katherine Mansfield

“Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it.”
— Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

“She pressed a palm to the pane and the web disintegrated. When she pulled her hand away, a moist print remained on the glass as evidence of an iffy existence.”
— Steve Yarbrough, The End of California

“March, all that deceptive light but no fruits yet.”
— Talvikki Ansel, “16 Stanzas in February,” Field

Pinterest mood board / 5

Saturday, March 17, 2018

A walk around Clumber Lake

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

My mum and I decided to go to Clumber Park yesterday to walk around the lake and make the most of the sunshine.

There are daffodils shooting up everywhere and even some snowdrops still hanging around. Spring is finally showing its face and I'm excited.

I enjoy walking as a form of exercise because it's easier on my 90 year old knees and it's also nice to be able to take in the scenery at my own pace.

One of my favourite things to do at Clumber is squirrel watching. They're so tame, they couldn't be less bothered about people. We also spotted quite a few blue tits and I never realised how tiny they were (I've only ever seen photos of them). 

When we'd finished our walk and got back to the car, it started chucking it down. I love timing things perfectly. 🙌

It was a lovely peaceful morning spent in nature. I'm excited for more days like this in the summer.

A life update in verbs / 6

Friday, March 09, 2018

Watching: Jessica Jones S2, Call the Midwife S7, and Jane the Virgin S4. Because the weather's still rubbish all I've been doing on my days off is watching catch up TV and YouTube in bed.

Listening to: A lot of Queen, and George Ezra's new song 'Paradise'.

Reading: The Simple Things and Country Living magazines, two of my regular reads. Their March issues have me very excited for spring and being able to spend more time in the garden reading and bee-watching.

Eating: Pancakes. Like, almost every day. And I'm going through a cheese toastie obsession, but I swap out normal bread for Warburtons sandwich thins because it doesn't make them feel as stodgy.

Drinking: The usual water and OJ, but I've been thinking about all those gin and cranberry juices I'll be drinking in the summer poured over ice.

Loving: The fact that the sun has been rising earlier and earlier each day. Light at 6:30am is a welcome sight.

Wearing: On Wednesday I debuted my new stripey Fat Face number I bought in York (in the colour 'Dandelion'). It fits like a dream and feels so soft and comfortable. It's rare I buy something from Fat Face and it isn't utterly perfect.

Feeling: Quite deflated. I haven't talked about this on my blog yet, but my colleagues and I have been made redundant because our place of work is closing. I've been job-hunting since January and have had little luck so far. Work's difficult now because we're incredibly low on stock, staff are unmotivated, and customers are few and far between. Not a fun time. I just want to find a new job already and move on, y'know? I am not a patient person.

Thinking: About how I can step my blog game up. I'm always thinking about this, but more so recently. I feel like my content is good but I never get any feedback or comments. It's as if I'm talking to myself, which is fine (I'm used to it believe me) but not ideal. I'd like to try and get some sort of community on here and encourage conversation. I would love to socialise more with readers and other bloggers, so if you're in a similar boat or you want to help a girl out, feel free to strike up conversation with me on Twitter or leave some constructive criticism below. I just want to feel like I'm part of something and not just blogging on the sidelines and looking in.

Wishing for: A job offer please and thanks! Oh, and some warmth so I can leave the house without a coat on.

5 things I do to unwind after a long day

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Photo by Conner Baker on Unsplash

1. Have a bath or shower. 🛀
I love getting in from work feeling sweaty and gross and diving straight into a hot shower. I love washing all the cakey foundation off my face and rinsing the smell of coffee from my hair (I'm a barista, fyi). I feel like when I've had a bath or shower it means work is officially done for the day. Good or bad day, it's over with and I can finally put my feet up. And whip that damn bra off.

2. Watch something funny. 😂
I watch a lot of YouTube and I follow quite a few comedy channels. I love a good laugh (who doesn't?) so watching something funny will improve my mood and chill me out instantly. True relaxation to me is wrapping myself up in bed like a burrito and watching videos on my iPad until I get square eyes. 

3. Put my baggiest, fleeciest, cosiest clothes on. 👚
Fleece-lined joggers, oversized jumper, fluffy socks, no bra, and no cares. One of the most satisfying things in the whole world is taking off a tight, uncomfortable pair of jeans and wiggling into some baggy joggers. My belly is just so happy when it doesn't have big metal buttons and zips sticking into it. I can practically hear my skin breathing a sigh of relief.

4. Read a magazine. 📓
Two of my favourites are The Simple Things and Breathe - both very wholesome, down to earth reads that leave me feeling inspired. If typical women's fashion and celebrity gossip magazines fry your brain, I'd try looking into lifestyle magazines. As well as the two above, I also recommend Oh Comely, Frankie (an Australian mag, but available in large WHSmith stores in the UK), and Creative Countryside.

5. Spend my evenings outside (in the summer, of course!) 🌞
Obviously I won't be doing this in the middle of winter, but when it gets warmer and the day's get longer, I love to relax outside. I like setting my feet free and getting them a bit dirty in the garden and I love sitting on the patio and watching the bees. Gardening is also something I enjoy when it gets warm, and tending the garden at 7pm after a tiring day is pure bliss.

What do you like to do to unwind?

6 of my favourite Instagrammers / 2

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Hi! Here are even more of my favourite Instagram accounts that I highly recommend you follow if you don't already. I like to ~share the love~ so if you have any Instagram accounts you really like that I haven't already featured let me know in the comments.

Snow and more snow in York

Friday, March 02, 2018


On Wednesday my ma and I headed up to Ye Olde York for three days. Three days turned into two as the Beast from the East swept the nation and nearly snowed us into our B&B. We decided to leave a day early to avoid any more heavy snowfall and road closures. Better to be safe than sorry!

The wind yesterday was unbearable, with every gust it felt like a hundred knives slicing at your cheeks. I kept laughing because I couldn't quite believe how cold it was. I swear it was colder yesterday in York than it was when I was standing at the top of Edinburgh Castle this time three years ago, and Edinburgh was beyond freezing.

We were in York to celebrate my birthday - which is today! I was supposed to wake up this morning in our B&B but instead I woke up in my own cosy blanket-topped bed which I'm not mad about. It's still blustery and icy cold outside so I'm spending the day in my pyjamas, coconut oil all over my hair (to repair the wind damage), Hotel Chocolat caramel chocolate next to me, and Absolute Radio playing in the background. So far so good.

Anyway, back to York...
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