Learning, growing, sleeping. A New Zealand retreat.

I’ve been away for nearly two months, and I’m straight back into a new role at work when I get back. I want to give this my all, spend time with my neglected family and all my important people, and keep my momentum with newly forming long term goals. I’ll be focusing on my health... Continue Reading →

Reinventing The ‘F’ Word

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, Gail Honeyman I believe in signs. I saw this advertised, had it recommended then nearly walked into the stand it was in my current local bookshop. So, usual clumsiness aside, I just had to get it on Kindle. As much as I love print books I tend to get them... Continue Reading →

Dreary Weekend Cosiness

Liane Moriarty, Truly Madly Guilty I read this in a day. I had nothing else to do so I just cosied up with this and a blanket and several hot drinks, and cheesy pasta, and biscuits... Ok, I have loads I could and probably should be doing, but it was raining (torrential) and windy (gale... Continue Reading →

Hettie the Highwayhound

Hettie was born with a twisted spine. She wasn’t expected to live past the age of four. She’s now 10. When she runs, her back legs have to hop, her feet pushed together giving her some stability. When she turns a corner, it is cartoonishly adorable. Imagine, if you will, a highwayman of yesteryear sitting... Continue Reading →

It’s Not Me It’s You, Mhairi McFarlane

My Mum mentioned this book to me a while ago and I ignored her. Oops. It was lodged in an essay-long Whatsapp and I didn't even look it up at the time. It was only when I was recently compiling a new to be read list that I scrolled back through to see what she'd said. This book... Continue Reading →

The Play Date and the Driveway

I’m a pet sitter. That's not my full time job, but it's an amazing part time pastime which allows me to see different parts of the world and meet new people. I’m pet sitting at the moment in an extremely picturesque part (are there actually any other parts?) of rural New Zealand. I have been welcomed... Continue Reading →

‘Let’s Call It The Grasshopper’

I'm on a pet sit in New Zealand at the moment. It's in a pretty secluded spot so I'm training myself to enjoy the downtime, and finding things to do. On Mondays there's a yoga class in the local community hall. I decided it'd be a good excuse to get out of the house and... Continue Reading →

Settling in to rural life…

Imagine someone who jumps at the slightest thing. Who absolutely cannot watch horror films, and sometimes even has to hide at the more tense bits of Midsummer Murders. Ok, ok, and some adverts. Now put that person in the middle of nowhere, on their own, in the gathering darkness. And then throw in a power cut... Continue Reading →

Goodbye Panda Eyes

I'm having a few friends round for a Tropic party with the lovely Neenie this week, so this seems a good opportunity to share my thoughts on the rest of my first order! Firstly, the face wash is fantastic! Sorry, smoothing cleanser. This is coming from someone who doesn't usually bother with stuff like that... Continue Reading →

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