People are lovely

People are lovely

After posting at the weekend and mentioning on Instagram that I’d been struggling with things recently I was overwhelmed by how lovely people have been.

Like really bloody lovely.

Lovely ladies I’ve met through this little old blog, through mail swaps and Instagram wishing me well and checking in has been so genuinely heart warming.

A very kind friend sent me a surprise book in the post to cheer me up and take my mind off it all. I’ve only dipped into it so far but Moths That Drink Elephants Tears and Other Zoological Curiosities by Matt Walker is the perfect thing for dipping into when a mental distraction is needed. The added bonus being that the random animal facts within it are brilliant.

Did you know ‘Adelie penguin chicks take part in group-hugs of up to 18 individuals in a bid to stop them from freezing to death. Smaller chicks appreciate a cuddle the most as the lose heat much faster than their larger brethren.’ I can’t deal with things this cute.

So, thank you very much you bunch of stars. I really appreciated the kind sentiments. You’re all fab.

Hello strangers…

HaflwayHome Mugs

It’s been 4 months since I posted on here and for a while I honestly debated whether or not to keep going with this little space on the internet.

I’ve been feeling a little bit, well, lost recently. Work isn’t the dream and I’ve been seriously struggling with a lot of anxiety around it all. That’s for another post (if I feel like I can articulate what’s been going on in the whirlwind in my brain.)

So, to anyone I’ve cancelled on in the last 4 months, to those people I’ve not been as good a friend as I could to, I apologise. Looking on social media is deceptive. Everyone looks like they’re having a rosy old ride through life and that’s not always the case.

Anyway, I’ve decided that in order to regain some positivity I’m going to start blogging again. I’ve missed having somewhere to share random snapshots of what’s being going on in my world. I like having this to look back through and see what past me was up to. I like having somewhere to have a brain dump. I like the community of lovely people that there is within the land of tiny personal blogs.

The plan is to share the little weekend trips we make, the process of gradually decorating our little home, the slowly growing handmade wardrobe I’m loving creating and any other bits and pieces that are making me a bit more shiny and happy.

If you’re still reading after this, not so coherent, ramble, thank you. I hope that you’ll stick with me as I get this little blog up and running again.

Attempting to Save

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Since I was little any money that I’ve had has burned a hole in my pocket. On holiday my spending money was always gone by halfway through the trip whilst my brother carefully decided what to spend on and, more often than not, came home with cash. Much to my disgust.

Now I’m an adult I’m still more in the mindset of splurge than save.  I can’t resist a bargain even though a lot of those ‘bargains’ soon make their way to the charity shop rather than being kept long term.

I need to take stock and start thinking about how to save. We need new windows, and have a lot of decorating plans for the house which aren’t going to happen if I keep buying new shoes and striped tops.

So, I’m going to attempt a no spend month. I saw the idea on good old Pinterest and I think it’s definitely do-able. I’ve chosen a month where there are no school holidays (as I’ll want to spend on a few days out during those) to give it a try.

The idea being that I will spend on the essentials: the mortgage, bills, petrol and food but will cut out non-essentials: shoes, clothing, toiletries, pretty bits for the house that I’ve found on Etsy.

I think the key to being successful with this will be to unsubscribe from a lot of the commercial emails I receive, delete my browsing history so my passwords aren’t saved for shopping websites (hopefully the time that I spend trying to find them will make me rethink my need for a purchase.) I’m also going to keep a spending diary to track what I’m spending on. I’ll let you know how I get on at the end of the March.

Wish me luck!

Photo An Hour 18.02.17

I regularly join in with Jane and Louisa’s photo and hour on Instagram but it’s been a while since I then shared my day here.

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8am: This Saturday was spent entertaining myself on the whole as Jonny was away during the day. It started, however, with him earning some serious husband points by bringing me a cup of tea up to accompany reading my book in bed. I’ve recently been trying to read more for pleasure and so far am 750 pages through my current behemoth!

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9am: Getting ready to leave the house. I was very lucky to receive the Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt perfume for my birthday so it was that accompanied by my wedding jewellery to start the day. The rest of me was less than well-presented (my hair is thick and a tad wild at times) but at least I smelled nice!

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10am: As I mentioned, I was thoroughly spoiled on my birthday and these were my other two main gifts. Since Jonny was out I decided to take myself on a wander around Lancaster to have a play with my new camera.

11am-18-2-1711am: Lancaster Castle and the Priory next door to it was my destination although once I got there I found that two thirds of each building was covered in scaffolding! I did manage to capture a couple of shots of it looking lovely despite the gloomy grey sky.

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12pm: Still wandering around, camera in hand. I got some funny looks blocking the pavement outside Waterstones to take this photo. I love that there is Literature/Cake based history in our little town!

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1pm: A quick whizz around the supermarket on my way back from town to our little village. My Orla Kiely shoppers are from Tesco and always brighten up a less than exciting weekly chore.

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2pm: Amongst my purchases were yet more daffodils. I am in love with these cheery yellow blooms. Currently we have 4 bunches of flowers dotted around our house. I’m not sorry.

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3pm: I treated myself to a sneaky dress purchase whilst in town earlier. I couldn’t resist the stripes (as always!) and fluted sleeves. It’ll be being showcased at school tomorrow.

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4pm: Finally a sit down with a coffee and The Simple Things magazine. I discovered this last year and have since subscribed as I’d been enjoying it so much.

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5pm: Putting the finishing touches to my latest sewing project. It’s a dress I started last year that had been relegated to the bottom of my craft pile. Finally finished, I’ve now ordered some new fabric to make a second improved version (having learned from my mistakes making this one.)

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6pm: Jonny finally home, we cracked open a bottle of wine whilst I searched for fabric for my next project.

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7pm: I found this Dirty Dancing soundtrack earlier this week at an antiques shop near us and this was its first play. I fully love this soundtrack although this is Part Two so I’m now going to be looking out for Part One!

All in all, a lovely chilled out Saturday. What did you get up to?