Monday, 25 June 2012



I'm a little bit excited - even though this excitement hasn't spurred me on to start packing. And, not only do I have to pack my little suitcase for Berlin, I have to pack up my entire room and kitchen things as our lease ends on Saturday - while I'm in Berlin. Luckily I have a super lovely mummy who is going to come and take everything away for me while I'm swanning around Berlin in 30 degree heat - don't get too jealous, 30 degree heat and rain storms, which means I will be clammy.


Thursday, 14 June 2012

New Tricks

I have an exam in 7 hours and I've been trying to sleep for 3 hours, obviously with no luck - damn you brain!

I have a borderline dangerous obsession with BBC drama series 'New Tricks' (keep going, I do, surprisingly have a point to make) - I don't really think I'm the show's target demographic as it is a series about 3 retired police officers [Dennis Waterman, James Bolam and Alun Armstrong] going through unsolved cases with Amanda Redman playing their 'guvner'. It's the sort of police show grandmas like, so as I have a very grandma-ish TV taste (favourites include Murder, She Wrote, Monk, Lewis, history documentaries of any sort, Antiques Roadshow &c) I'm on my third episode of the night. I find it really hard to sleep if I don't have it on while I'm nodding off, even Michael's got used to it (he always used to listen to music to fall asleep). Alas, this evening, the smooth tones of Dennis Waterman's voice have unfortunately not worked their magic, sigh!

Gasp. I've just looked up New Tricks on Wikipedia (so bored) and I knew that James Bolam's character was leaving in this coming series as he's cracking on a bit, but I've just spotted who's going to replace him - noooo! Although I'm quite happy as it's Denis Lawson and in Holby City, a few years ago mind, I thought he was a bit of a silver fox, he also narrated a documentary I watched today about capital punishment, what are the chances, eh! He does have a rather dreamy Scottish accent.

So yet again it seems I've managed to write another blog about, well, nothing at all really. Looks like an all-nighter might be on the cards as I have to be up in 3.5 hours anyway;  I haven't done one of these since my early uni days (Uni of Manchester 2006-2008, left after 2nd year).  Plus, as it's an unplanned all-nighter I have no supplies! I've run out of tobacco and have no nibbly treats so will have to survive on coffee alone for the next 5 hours until Tesco opens... hmm, maybe I will try and snooze after all!

Monday, 11 June 2012

The end is nigh

So it's been a while again since I posted, too much revision (and crafting, more on that in a minute)!

I have 2 exams left!!!! Only 2!!!!! The end is nigh! I can't wait to be done with them, alas I only have 2 days between ending exams and starting work full time for the summer, oh the joys of being a penniless student! Plus I've just had to say goodbye to my housemate Betti and her boyfriend Oli as they start an 11 week adventure across Europe. Jammy beasts. Ah well, a week in Berlin is headed my way, where I will be meeting up with said Betti and Oli for a few jaunts so that will be most fun.

This week I have been mostly revising, as above, and busying my idle fingers with crafting, in the form of cross stitch and I LOVE IT! I rang my grandma mid-week and asked if she had any rings I could borrow (the frames you use to make it easier to sew) and she said she'd have a look and pop round the next day. She popped round armed with a bagful of cross stitch goodies, loads of kits, patterns, silks, needles - it was like cross stitch Christmas. So, as I was at Michael's this weekend I had to watch football and lots of it, 2 matches a day (with the end of the Premier League I thought I would have a football free summer, unforch this seems not to be the case) so I decided to keep myself sane by doing cross stitch at the same time. It's quite old fashioned I suppose  but it is so enjoyable to make, and as Michael said, it just looks really nice and neat and proper when it's complete. At the moment I'm very nearly finished with my first proper piece, I used a kit to make a needle case - an essential and a sensible place to start, I thought. I've finished all the actual cross stitch, now I just need to make it look like a needle case (for which I very much need my grandma's assistance). A kit consists of a piece of aida, the necessary threads, a needle and a tassel! This kit was for counted cross stitch, which takes some time, especially when you have a row of 45 stitches - I was getting very cross-eyed. It has taken me a good few hours to do, I will post a picture of it when it's finished. It is a very old fashioned design, the kit coming from a company with 'Victorian' in the name would suggest as much (I can't remember the name but will put it up when I have a picture of the completed item). I am also in the middle of making a birthday piece for Betti, but shh, she doesn't know and I hope to goodness she doesn't read this blog between now and the 27th!

Yesterday, while I was cross stitching, Michael skyped his mum in Perth for a catch up. Mid skype his sister and her fiance popped in and it made me super excited for Australia! I've probs mentioned this before but Michael and I are going to Australia in September for another wedding, last time is was Michael's brother, this time it's his sister and I cannot WAIT! I'm very excited and also very excited that I'm working full time this summer so I will, hopefully, have some money left over after all my wretched bills are paid, to buy some lovely bits and pieces to take down under with me.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Giveaway tip & I had forgotten I have that!

Do you ever get that, 'oh, I forgot I had that!' when you're in your old room and are having a look around at the things you left behind?

I'm at my parents' house tonight, we just got back from visiting my sister in Cornwall and I'm staying the night here before I go back to my uni 'digs'. I was just getting changed and I started having a rumble around my jewellery boxes and I came up with some right corkers I had completely forgotten about. Then I got the 'I-already-have-too-much-stuff-why-do-I-carry-on-buying-more guilt'. Hate that feeling. So I'm going to pack them up and take them with me tomorrow, in a bid to try and wear more of what I already have...

Anyway I have lots of lovely pictures from the weekend, including a gorgeous A/W jacket I picked up from a local arts and crafts fair for £10, which I will put up in a couple of photo blogs.

I'm just catching up on my blog-reading and saw that one of my favourite blogs to read is doing a really fantastic, generous give-away. I'm really new to this blogging lark, especially including fashion in my blogs and seeing give-aways [I only found out they existed like a week ago] I'm amazed at how many go on.

But this one is really great, everything in the give-away is so lovely, for your chance to enter go and visit Eloise's brilliant read of a [revamped, new look] blog at

Great stuff!