Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Playing with stop motion

My first attempt at making a stop motion film. The beautiful books were kindly sent to me by Flying Eye Books.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Bloggers' Book Club update

Hello. Long time no speak. Domain issues. Don't ask.

Saying that, my old blog is no more. If you have only just found me again then welcome back, if you're new - well hello!

I just thought I would drop by and let you know what the book club is reading next month.

A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler

Andreas lives his whole life in the Austrian Alps, where he arrives as a young boy taken in by a farming family. He is a man of very few words and so, when he falls in love with Marie, he doesn't ask for her hand in marriage, but instead has some of his friends light her name at dusk across the mountain. When Marie dies in an avalanche, pregnant with their first child, Andreas' heart is broken. He leaves his valley just once more, to fight in WWII - where he is taken prisoner in the Caucasus - and returns to find that modernity has reached his remote haven.

If you would like to join us on the 18th August you are more than welcome. We meet on Skype at 8pm and just use the chat facility. Although we have webcammed to coo over babies in the past. If you would like to join us please sign up here.

We've also chosen a spooky read for October - We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Postcard Swap 2016

The old blog may be closing but I certainly won't be letting go of my favourite parts of it. This will be the fifth year I have run the postcard swap and I look forward to it every summer.

For those of you who are new here it's pretty simple. I split you into groups and you each send each other a postcard. The photos above are just a few of the lovely postcards that were sent out last year.

Signing up is a two stage process. First you need to join the mailing list, then you will be sent joining instructions. I find if I let people sign up directly on the blog we tend to have a lot of people pull out. Always frustrating and a little odd really.

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Thursday, 14 April 2016

Reader, I married him

I promise to share our day with you soon, but for now I'm just popping by to say we're back from honeymoon and I'm back, here. For over a year our wedding has always been at least at the back of my mind, so although the day was amazing and our honeymoon was amazing, I am quite glad to have my brain back. I have friends to catch up with, blogs and books to read and plans to make other than wedding ones. Speak soon my pretties.

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Disney Bound

So you can't wear that totally not naff Cinderella outfit you bought in Asda at DisneyWorld, but you can be a little more subtle about it. I give you DisneyBound. You're welcome. Now which outfit to choose for our honeymoon?

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

The Slow Home Podcast

I am a consumer. I love to consume information and content, hence my addiction to YouTube, blogs and podcasts. I don't listen to a huge amount of music, mainly because while I'm busy cooking, driving, cleaning (rarely!) I feel like I'm wasting valuable information consumption time if I just listen to music. My music time is usually when I need to concentrate on the task in hand or when I want to dance like no one is watching.

On my old blog I started a mailing list, which was essentially a mailing that included all the things I wanted to write about, but felt I couldn't on my blog. For some reason podcasts was one of those things. I think it's more that I felt obliged to write long posts with beautiful photographs, when in reality I wanted to post nothing more than a link to a podcast I love. I can do that here. Although I find myself still typing and perhaps you're going to get more than a link after all.

For my first recommendation I give you The Slow Home Podcast. In this episode, featuring Gretchen Rubin, Brooke starts off by saying something like she isn't a natural at slow living but she really benefits from it. I am quite a naturally relaxed person, I rarely take on too much or overthink things, and I am good at saying no. I appreciate the smaller things in life and I have always been good at managing my mental health. But I could do better! And occasionally when things get a bit hectic I suffer from bad boughts of insomnia. I am also incredibly messy and I don't think this helps to relax the mind. It certainly doesn't relax Ben.

This particular episode is all about habits - making good ones and breaking bad ones. And what our tendancies are when it comes to habits. I am an obliger - I meet outer expectations, so I follow rules and stuff (somewhat begrudgingly I have to say) but I fail when it comes to meeting my inner expectations, hence why I never stick to my New Year's resolutions. It's a fascinating episode and a good one to start with if you've never listened to the podcast before.