Back to reality.

After finishing my dissertation a couple of weeks ago, I have to say I’m surprised at how I feel. For the month before the deadline, I couldn’t wait to finish. I just wanted it to go. I had read countless memoirs, information texts and war crimes about the Far East and I felt like it…

Oysters, squid and gin.

Not the first thing that springs to mind when you think of a fish platter or meze. Delicious all the same. Earlier this week I was lucky enough to experience a platter of cooked and raw oysters: the cooked ones were with stilton and cream (and they were bloody good), the raw ones had accompaniments…

Easy peasy tomato soup. 

Today felt like autumn was well and truly on its way. Grey, dull and a bit chilly, and weather like that makes you want to curl up on the sofa under a blanket to binge watch a TV series! It also makes you want to eat warming and comforting food! I’ve just had six weeks…

Confessions of a stationary addict.

I’m positive in thinking that will be the most embarrassing title I’m ever likely to write. But I feel like it’s true and I am truly addicted to buying pretty, matching stationary. I often see meme’s about buying all sorts of items such as highlighters, list pads and notebooks – anything that gives one the…

All things English…

On 4th February, I was among 82,000 other rugby fans excitedly making their way into Twickenham stadium for England’s first RBS Six Nations game of 2017 versus France. Up until last September I had only watched a handful of rugby games on TV, not really understanding what was going on and constantly asking “what’s happening?”…

Memories

Today is the 13th anniversary and birthday of my Grandad – I wouldn’t usually write anything on social media about something like this as I don’t really agree with it – however, this year I have decided to write my dissertation about his experience being a POW in the Far East during World War II….

Here are a few of my favourite things…

And by things I mean books. Although I do want to burst into song and pretend that I’m Maria from The Sound of Music (but I’ll save that for another day). Today I got asked what my favourite book of all time is and if I could only read one book for the rest of…

Out with the old, in with pretty much the same thing….

Hello 2017! Now I’ve seen a lot of posts today about how this year has been like a roller-coaster and it has been emotional but that’s not what this one is about. I’m sure most of the country, everyday face conflicting emotions and daily challenges so I don’t believe they are important to focus on….