September 27, 2014

dbb14eef0769b03f13d56836a8283abaPhoto borrowed from here

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!)


September 13, 2014


Got your coffee? Got your salted pistachio chocolate? (You need some of this in your life) Good. Sip and read on…

- 10 college hacks that actually stand up outside the dorm, including: mcguyvered-one-cup-coffee brewing, how to chill drinks fast & how to stop your drinks stacks taking up all that fridge space.

- The Kitchn Cure - an Autumn clear-out guide to organising your kitchen workspace

- Just in case Youtubers have passed you by, here’s an article about a couple. There’s like a zillion more of them…

- British female jihadis are running al-Khanssaa, an all-women militia set up by IS in Raqqa, Syria

- There are just FIVE female CEOs in the FTSE100. Who are they?

- The inside story of how Microsoft killed the Courier, i.e. the only tablet I’ve ever, ever wanted to own and Microsoft were all “BUT THE EMAIL. WHERE IS THE EMAIL”. Sigh.

- “if money were no object”

- Viking Warriors: also actually female

- Latest pinspiration (slow cooker baked apples, rainy scenes, all the autumnal things and the most beautiful J.Crew scarf ever)

- And finally, 50 brilliant long reads for your e-reader

No Distractions

September 7, 2014

Distraction-free iPhone |

I love my phone. I hate my phone. I love it and I hate it and it feels like I’m stuck to it 24 hours a day. My relationship with my phone is making me lazy, short of concentration, devoid of my own creativity plus – conversely – stoking that inherent desire in me to do everything and see everything to a level that makes it impossible to do anything or go anywhere. It’s sort of…paralytic.

continue reading

Smushy face

August 31, 2014

Corn dawg //

There is nothing better than going home and being greeted by the dog of a thousand faces. Say ChEEEEse Chief!

Cheeese //

LOOK AT THAT FACE! I don’t believe there is a person on earth that couldn’t love it. He is the happiest, most spoilt rotten dog ever.

Playing catch //

Shall we throw this slimy, saliva-filled ball for you Chief? Of course we shall. Oh are you a bit pooped? Let’s have a rest, right here then. And then later you can have your slightly stiff hip rubbed and lay down on a soft bed. Or the sofa, because I think you’ve claimed that too.

English spaniel, cute dog, dogsofinstagram, spaniel

It’s the life, Chief, isn’t it? And so is mine. Because I too had my slightly stiff hip massaged, and my stomach filled with home-cooked food, and I was picked up and packed off from the train station with big hugs and love. We’re the luckiest, aren’t we Chief? Yes. Yes we are.

(a bit of a different) Monday Reminder

August 25, 2014

Sad times that this is the last summer bank holiday of the year…


It is, of course, raining today.


But yesterday wasn’t too bad…
Brighton Pier //

It may have actually been sunny at one point!

Out to Sea //

Sea air! All the sea air! And gelato. And some craft cider.


Annnnnd then I came home to find out my sister had so lovingly nominated me for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

She’s sooo kind, that one.

gulls  //

Still, money where my mouth is and all that.

Brighton PIer //

…actually, it woke me up today. Quite enjoyed it!
(I may have used a small bucket)
(not that I could lift a big one)
(oh well)
(…I tried*)

(*donated anyway)
Time to make comfort food and zone out to some filmage!