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 →

Not A Real Avery

The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne follows the life of Cyril Avery (not a real Avery, you understand), who is adopted by way of a hunchback redemptorist nun. I didn't judge this book by its cover, but by its title. It's a bit fancy and a bit inspirational at the same time. The blurb hooked me... Continue Reading →

Things A Bright Girl Can Do, Sally Nicholls

Disclosure: I think I bought this when I was drunk. Amazon is sneaky like that.  I must have been drawn to it for some reason, but it's not my usual fayre. Suffragettes, London, wartime, feminism... I do always like it when a book's chapters are split into the different characters, so you get a different... Continue Reading →

The Humans, Matt Haig

Acquired at Lytham Hall for 50p. The blurb was intriguing so I went with it as I loitered outside the loos. It's lovely. It made me think. It made me laugh. Read it. Just for for the list of life advice near the end. Even if you think, 'Aliens? Really?' Yes. Really. Read it. See... Continue Reading →

The Art of Looming

Maybe it's because they're so vast, or as Terry Pratchett would say - they've perfected the art of looming - but mountains make me feel so calm. Tiny, safe, insignificicant...but in a good way. Bear with me. The universe is so huge, and you are a tiny fleeting part of it. Really, you might as... Continue Reading →

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