Monday reminder

November 3, 2014

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Taking me forward into my week:

Cherokee legend has it that the battle between two ‘wolves’ is waged inside us all. One is bad: made up of anger, jealousy, sorrow, spite, guilt, resentment, lies and false pride. The other is good; it is joy and peace, kindness, love, empathy, generosity and truth. Which one wins?
The one you feed.


October 9, 2014


Interrupting some scheduled away-time to say, currently in the US enjoying a good rest and recharge. Also GO NANCY for winning the bake off!! Also, turns out spelt bagels are edible things for people with wheat intolerance and zomgsohappy.

National Poetry Day

October 2, 2014

When I heard the learn’d astronomer;
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me
When I was shown the charts and the diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them;
When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon, unaccountable, I became tired and sick;
Till rising and gliding out, I wander’d off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.
– Walt Whitman

You don’t have to try…

Breaking pre-holiday work craziness just to say: this video and song are wonderful. Reminds me of Amy Poehler’s perfect response to a guy who was interviewing her complaining that there were too many expectations of how men should be because, “Being cool is, like, passé. And now you have to be awkward and adorkable.” Amy:”Well, this feeling that you’re having right now – which is like “I’m supposed to be all things” – is a feeling that women have every day and have their whole lives. So you’re just starting to experience it now.”



September 27, 2014

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It’s Saturday! I’m in the Shire! Off for a walk in the sunny fresh air soon, and it’s exactly what I need. If you’re relaxing with a nice cup of something hot, then here’s a few bits and bobs…

– Interesting analysis on why women don’t apply to jobs unless they meet 100% of the criteria

English Heritage list of places in the UK to visit for that beautiful Autumn colour

– Props to this guy in Leeds who figured out how to make money from those annoying PPI calls

– The phenomenal finalists of the 2014 Wildlife Photographer of the Year (honestly, some of these terrify me)

Hilary Clinton’s expression when she’s asked the second question here says it all really…

Have a  great weekend!


September 20, 2014


I’m so excited it’s the weekend! After a heavy workload for a couple of weeks, I’m glad to have a couple of days to lie flat on my face and do nothing; Chief basically has the right idea. Maybe there’ll be a bit of cycling in there, and some errands and maybe brunch, and damn, I do have my final long run before the 10k next week but other than that…! I will not be moving for the world. Here’s some weekend reading for you – have a good one!

– The Disruption Myth

– there’s a giant Hippo in the Thames! I can confirm, it’s adorable.

– The theory of awesomeness

– Time for weekend pinning… Current loves: these gorgeous textiles by Caitlin Wilson and this Apple Crisp ice cream recipe from Fabtastic Eats. Yes!!

– My favourite coverage that came out of the Scottish Indyref was basically John Oliver’s spot. #Unicorn

– Food 52’s 8 favourite food blogs of the week

– 16 instagram accounts that will make you dream of Ireland

- How long would it take you to read the entirety of the Game of Thrones? Or Anna Karenina? This infographic can tell you.

- Moleskine released a coffee journal. Oh. Yes.

- I never found bull terriers cute until these adorable photo/illustrations

Autumn to-do list

September 16, 2014

Autumn to-do list |

  • Drink all the apple cider (as in the American-style hot drink)
  • Knit a new scarf
  • Gather conkers
  • Find a pumpkin patch in the US in October/go apple picking
  • Make copious (GF) blackberry & apple crumbles
  • Walk in the leaves
  • Watch Hocus Pocus, My Fair Lady and all the other dark-evenings-are-coming ritual films that I love
  • Steal all the hugs, light all the scented candles, wear alllll the crew neck jumpers!
  • Finally get round to a good golden hour shoot
  • Run my third organised 10k of the year (and actually cross something off my January goals list!)