Saturday, 29 January 2011

Someone Like You

I had the best time in London!

I went to many wonderful exhibitions, saw many amazing sights, and by the end of the week I was even happily wondering the streets of London alone, something I would not have thought myself capable of at the start of the week! As soon as I arrived I had that same rush of love for this city that I had felt many years ago.

Two of the Museums I enjoyed so much I actually revisited, I fell in love with the V and A, and the Foundling Museum 'Threads of Feeling' exhibition was right up my street, definitely worth a visit if you are in London anytime soon!

Thoughts of my next London trip are already forming, this time I plan on taking a certain someone with me! As great as the week was I found myself very excited to be coming home to this man on Friday! <3

I missed you Mr!


Sunday, 16 January 2011

Little Italy Rendezvous

So far in 2011 my spare time has been absorbed completely by books and reading! Entirely through choice 80% of my Christmas presents were books. I don't regret this at all!

I finished The Longest Whale Song which was quite a lovely children's book, now I am indulging in some travel writing, one that has been on my 'to read' list for quite a while - Eat Pray Love.

Since reading The Tent, the Bucket and Me, a great read which is so so funny I have been pinning away for other tales of travel. Eat Pray Love seemed like the obvious choice. During the beginning of the book I was afraid it would turn into something too based around religion for my liking, but now into the section on Elizabeth's stay in Italy I am finding myself longing to go there!

It sounds like such a beautiful country. Very romantic, atmospheric, laid-back, with plenty of good food on offer I think I may just have to visit here with my Mr one day! It sounds like a place after my own heart <3

Meanwhile accommodation for the London trip is sorted! Yay!
I hope I enjoy the trip, I'm not the biggest fan of City's although my 13yr old self thought London was the most wonderful place.

These days I prefer to keep to myself more, I only seem to enjoy travelling these days with my Mr, I feel safe and secure that way and know there isn't a chance of me getting lost with him around! And of course we just have fun together, I find it a lot easier to relax!

What has everyone been up to? I have started drawing again, this is always fun to begin with until I get over-faced with having to fill endless sketchbooks! I will post some drawing soon. Me and John have also discovered the most amazing soup which we have been having for lunch, today followed by a yummy stew :)

Neither of us seem to be able to work solidly after the holidays, we have been having longer lie in's then we should be doing, reading lots, cooking lots, and of course geeking a fair old amount!

I think we both wish we had another week off, back to uni tomorrow....


Wednesday, 12 January 2011

London Calling

How hard do you think it would be to organise a trip to London?

The answer: VERY

The main problem is finding a place to stay that is clean, secure, and won't break the bank. I don't mind staying in a hostel although I really would prefer not to, I have accepted due to cost this is definatly the most practical solution.

Finding a suitable place is the problem! Everywhere I search I find bad reviews, mainly complaining about hygiene, noise, and most importantly security. Preferably I would like to stay in an all female dorm, just to feel safer and for my own piece of mind. Last year on a trip to Barcelona I stayed in a mixed dorm which turned out to be fine, but you never know who you may be put with. I am naturally an over cautious person.

I have been searching all day and have finally managed to find somewhere that looks nice, although it comes with extra cost and doesn't have the added perk of a free breakfast I am happy to pay if I will feel more comfortable. Fingers crossed the other girls I am travelling with will agree!

Has anyone ever stayed anywhere in London they would recommend or stay away from?


Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Noughts and Crosses

I have had a big case of writers block recently, I have been much more into reading then writing for the past few weeks!

Following Sarah's blog I got the idea to make a list of all the books I read this year, just out of personal interest. The best of these I will review!

So far this year I have read:
*Katie Price - You Only Live Once
*Tracey Chevalier - Falling Angels
*Malorie Blackman - Double Cross
and currently *Jacqueline Wilson - The Longest Whale Song

So quite a mix! I don't tend to stick to genre's I like a good mix of adult and children's fiction, historical fiction, autobiographies, travel writing and much more. Despite this books that seem to grab me are the ones that have many unexpected twists, and aren't afraid to confront hard hitting issues.

Since reading Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman I was hooked.

This is the first book in a FANTASTIC series, don't be put off by the fact it is in the teen section - I would recommend this book to just about anyone.

Blackman creates a world that instantly sucks you in, the characters are all very believable, you come to care for them which makes the plot twists and turns all the more dramatic. The book also manages to deal with topical issues such as racism from a completely fresh perspective.

It isn't all comfortable reading, and although there is a strong relationship between two of the main characters Sephy and Callum it isn't all fairytale's and happy endings, the characters go through a lot in the book, I often had to re-read pages as I couldn't believe things that had just happened! In my opinion that is what makes this story so great, the plot twists you don't see coming keep you on the edge of your seat the whole way through the story.

I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to sink their teeth into a truly original story.


Thursday, 6 January 2011

Dog Days are Over

I have had rather a long break from the blogging world! I haven't been keeping up with the blogs I usually read so avidly, or been writing my own much lately, but I am hoping this will change!

I haven't had the best Christmas holiday I am afraid, There has been a lot of things going on in my little world that have turned it upside down and back again a few times over, so please forgive my absence! I am hoping that 2011 will bring change and wonderful things <3