Thursday, 11 February 2016

In the Pink

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I felt just a tiny hint of spring this past weekend - although it was cold, it was sunny and there is a public square near where I live covered in snowdrops and crocus and daffodils. This pink floral jumper from Oasis was an early birthday present from my grandparents, the print definitely makes me feel springlike, although thankfully it is still warm enough to wear in this weather!

My trusty camera remote broke a couple of weeks ago so I had to go back to the old self timer and run back and forth to get these photos - such a pain! In the early days of this blog I had my camera balanced on a stack of books on a chair and had to run backwards and forwards which led to a lot of near disasters when the camera slipped, and outtakes that will never see the light of day of me running to catch it! I ordered a new remote this weekend - it's definitely not something I would be without now!

Monday, 8 February 2016

Instagram Book Review Five

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Here are the last few books I read in 2015 (hence a few Christmassy ones!) and the first couple of 2016. For more up to date book reviews follow me on instagram @whereisharriet.

A Blink of the Screen - collected short stories by Terry Pratchett. This was a really enjoyable collection - a mix of familiar Discworld characters and some pre-Discworld stuff, including his first published story from when he was 13! I loved the Discworld stories the most, but it was interesting to read his earlier stuff and see hints of what he would become most famous for in them.

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch. This book was totally my thing - I love a good magic-is-secretly-all-around-us tale, and this reminded me of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, or something from Tom Holt or Jim Butcher, all of whom I love. It's the story of a police officer who finds himself apprenticed to the (very small) Magical Crimes division of the London Met, and it was a funny, easy read. I am looking forward to picking up the sequels in the new year!

The Santa Klaus Murder by Mavis Doriel Hay. Something a bit seasonal! The Melbury family gather for Christmas, only for an unknown guest dressed as Santa to shoot Sir Oswald Melbury on Christmas Day. This is written and set in the 1930s and is a pretty classic English country house whodunnit. It was ok but nothing special, not terribly inventive, and not a patch on Agatha Christie, which I am reading next for my book club.

Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie. This is my book club book this month and although I've read it before I'd forgotten just how good it is. It's a Christmas English country house murder just like the last book I read - and very similar - a disliked patriarch is murdered at Christmas and everyone in the family has a motive - but 100% better written and more inventive. There is a reason Agatha Christie is the queen of crime!

Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. This was my book club book, chosen by me this month. Unfortunately only one other person made it to book club and she hadn't finished it! That was a bit of a shame as I really enjoyed this book and had looked forward to talking about it. It's the story of an out of work designer who takes a job doing the night shift in a 24-hour bookshop, but ends up being drawn into a mystery involving the owner and patrons of the bookshop. The characters were lovable, funny and believable and the mystery kept me hooked.

You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day. First book of 2016 klaxon! I am a big fan girl of Felicia's work, but I didn't really know much about her as a person so I was really excited to read her autobiography. Good news - I loved it! She is obviously amazingly talented and driven, it was exhausting just reading about everything she's done from being a violin prodigy to an actress and business owner, but at the same time she came across as so down to earth, it just made me want to be bffs with her.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Barbican, Eames and Bonfire Burgers

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A bit of a different scene to my last blog post! After Saturday's glorious sunshine and countryside Sunday was rainy and miserable, but James and I forced ourselves out of the house and up to the Barbican Centre to catch the World of Charles and Ray Eames exhibition before it closes in a couple of weeks.

No pictures allowed inside the exhibition but I did take a few of the Barbican from the outside, and of our lunch of course! Brutilism architecture isn't 100% my thing, but I can appreciate good design done well, even if it isn't my style and I love how striking and imposing the concrete is, especially contasted with all the plants tumbling over people's balconies. 

We had a burger craving so ate at Bonfire inside the Barbican. It was a good burger for a good price - not my absolute fave (that would be Five Guys for the burger, Shakeshack for the chips and milkshake) but a pretty decent meal. It definitely satisfied the craving but it didn't leave me so full I couldn't enjoy the exhibition.

What I love about the Barbican centre is that we had some time to kill after lunch and before our timed entry for the exhibition but we were able to just sit on a sofa and chill without feeling like we needed to buy something or otherwise justify our existance there. James said felt a bit like a students union for grownups, which pretty much hit the nail on the head. There were people just hanging out on laptops, groups who obviously used it as a meeting space, it just feels like a really nice place to be!

We then wandered round the exhibition which was busy but really good. I would say I am an Eames admirer but not an Eames junkie, so it was really interesting to learn more about what they did beyond making beautiful chairs! Like designing a plywood splint for injured soldiers on the battlefield for example, or an exhibition for the Department of Fisheries where they had loads of tanks of marine life moved into their studio so they could really understand the exhibition they were designing the space for!

If you have time before 14th February then I'd definitely recommend.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

A picture of the week

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I'm not great at the countryside - I get freaked out when I don't have signal, and I don't really like mud, but on a day like yesterday I was ready to give up city life and move to a small holding and live off the land, because with a view like that, who wouldn't?

I exaggerate, but still, what a slice of Home Counties perfection! I went for a walk in Cobham with my family on Saturday, about a half hour drive from where I live and just passed Bluewater shopping centre (convenient!) on the motorway. The weather was gorgeous, crisp and cold but sunny, and I am pretty sure I annoyed everyone, apart from my mother who is very forgiving, by stopping every few minutes to take a photo and exclaim 'Isn't this just the most beautiful view you have ever seen?!' Add to this I was in borrowed wellies a size too big and it made for a very slow walk!

Best of the week: comfort food. Eating jacket potatoes with beans and cheese and drinking hot vimto - the food of my childhood.

Worst of the week: How is it still January?! I feel so ready for a holiday but we're only one month in to the year! I had a sneaky day off on Friday to give myself a long weekend - partly because I had a few bits of volunteering to do, but partly because I just really wanted a day off! I don't want to wish the year away, but still, we must be due a bank holiday or something at least?!

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Fitbit Flex Review

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In a typical fit of January enthusiasm I purchased a fitbit flex at the start of the month, and now I have been wearing it for about two weeks it seemed like a good time to do a first impressions review. 

My reason for getting one is that I really want to make a lifestyle change and do more exercise, rather than keep on taking somethng up, getting bored of it and going back to my sedentry ways. I am quite motivated by data and wanting to 'beat' a target, or beat myself, and so I thought the fitbit's ability to set challenges for myself would work well to motivate me, and while it may not encourage me to do any real heart rate increasing exercise, if it encourages me to move and walk more in my everyday life, it couldn't be a bad thing.

The fitbit flex is basically a fancy pedometer, which also tracks your sleep. You wear it on your wrist day and night (not in the bath though!) and it syncs to an app on your phone or computer and records your steps, activity and sleep patterns. You can get some fitbits which display info on the actual devide but the flex doesn't, so you check everything on the app. This works fine for me because I am surgically attached to my phone anyway, and helps prolong the battery life (off the fitbit, not my phone though, which is dire). I am currently charging my fitbit about once a week, for maybe an hour or two and that seems to be plenty to keep it going.

Although it has only been two weeks I am definitely finding it motivating. I have gone out for extra walks during the day when I have been concerned I wouldn't make my 10,000 steps goal, and a few times when I am nearly there you will have found me walking up and down the stairs in our house to get me over the top! I have seen a bit of weight loss since I started wearing it, which wasn't my intention but a not unwelcome side effect, and as I have eaten very normally these past few weeks, inclusding take away pizza last Friday and a couple of nights out at the pub, I put that down to the fitbit effect.

The only downside is my 'going for a walk' usually takes me to the shops so I have probably spent more money than I should have thanks to the fitbit! 

I appreciate I could have just got a cheap pedometer, which would have given me the same data, but I do love the app integration and all the charts and trophys, and I find the wristband a really comfortable easy way to wear it, so I am pleased I splashed out on the fitbit. Given it has only been a couple of weeks I will be interested to see whether I continue to be motivated to walk more by the fitbit, or if the novelty will wear off, but so far I like it a lot.


Monday, 25 January 2016

Work Outfit

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 This skirt got a lot of compliments when I wore it this week, which was pleasing! It was nice to wear something bright when the weather has been so cold and miserable.

I actually got it back before Christmas in the Asos sale, but it was about 10 inches longer than it is now and I wanted to get it shortened. After spending way too much time looking for the perfect midi skirts for my little legs I have given up and just take everything I like to be adjusted before I wear it.

This is pretty typical of my go-to work outfit now. A midi skirt, vintage belt and a relaxed (read - doesn't need to be ironed) top. It strikes the right balance for me between wanting to look put together but also not overdressed for my office's very un-corporate culture. I do like to have a bt of a uniform when it comes to work, it's just way too cold at the moment to spend any time at all out of bed yet not dressed, so taking time in the morning to put things together is not happening! 

Monday, 18 January 2016

2016 House Project List

We're slowly ticking the big things off the list in the house, but there are still a ton of smaller projects along side these which I want to get sorted this year. The below list is probably a bit too ambitious, but hopefully it will keep me focused and if I get 70% of this done in 2016 I'll be pretty happy!

1. New blinds and hem curtains

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The blinds in our house were inherited from the previous owners and have sat through all our dirty demo work, so they are not in the best condition. We've mostly just hoovered them and hoped for the best so far but as we are getting towards the end of the really dirty work in the house I really want to replace them this year. Our windows are really big, so I think we will need to get custom blinds made up, which is a pain but at least I can then get exactly what I want. At the moment they are black out blinds in all rooms but I want to get something a little translucent so we can have privacy while still getting some light in.

In addition I have been saying for ages (about two years) I am going to learn to use a sewing machine and hem the curtains in the bedroom, as we bought them for our old flat which had much higher ceilings, and we currently have about two foot of material on the floor. I may cave and just take them to our dry cleaners to shorten, but it seems like something which would be so easy to do myself I slightly begrudge spending the money, especially as the curtains are only cheap ones from Ikea.

2. Pave the garden and get rid of the lamps

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We worked a lot on the garden last year, and I want to finish it off by covering the bare concrete with paving, and finally ditch the redundant lamps we have at the back.  I'm itching to fill the garden up with more plants, and get a barbecue, but there isn't much point getting more heavy pots which we will just have to move when we come to lay the paving until it's done. The other reason for getting the garden paving done this year is the only way to get to the garden is through the house which brings me on to project three...

3. The Kitchen

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2016 is hopefully going to be the year of the kitchen! Not much has changed in the kitchen since we moved in, although we have fixed that hole in the ceiling, and while I'm glad we lived with it for a bit as that has really helped me decide what I want in a kitchen, the time has come to finally do away with the dingy old kitchen forever. It's a big project as we also have to deal with the rising damp problem in the back wall and replace a section of the roof which is flat and in major need of repair, but hopefully this is the year.

4. Tackle the damp generally.

I won't show you any pictures as it's not particularly exciting, but our house really suffers from damp, and this year I want to say good bye to it permanently. We already had the rising damp in the living room professionally dealt with, but we also have patches in our bedroom and the back wall in the kitchen to blitz, as well as a condensation problem in the spare room. Home ownership - glamorous it ain't! 

5. Tile the bedroom hearth

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Two years ago I said I was going to learn to tile and then tile the bedroom hearth myself. Two years later this is not a thing I have done. We have some offcuts and spare tiles from the bathroom which I want to use in the bedroom hearth so this is the year I am finally going to get this done.

6. Add bookshelves and picture rails to the living room

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When we do the kitchen my plan is to lose the bookshelves we have in there in favour of a pantry, so I really need to get on with building some bookshelves in the living room. I want to get maybe 3-4 shelves in this little alcove in the far corner of the living room, and also put some of those ikea picture rails everyone in the world seems to have over the top of my pc so I can display a rotating gallery of vinyl cover art and pictures and knick-knacks. 

I am also considering changing the paint colour on this wall, as I have gone off the green. You wouldn't know but these photos were taken mid-morning (in January, but still) because this end of the room is just so dark. The green colour is pretty dark itself which doesn't help, I'm also not sure it really goes with the rest of the room. If we are going to end up moving everything to put up the shelves anyway it seems like as good a time as any to repaint. I am condsidering a turqoise-y azure blue, what do you think?

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Lazy Sunday Links

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1. Love Emily Hednerson's post on Jessica Helgerson 2. A pretty editorial in Paris 3. Love this editorial too 4. Obsessively reading every blog post about New York right now 5. Some kitchen inspiration 6. Sfgirlbybay painted her house black and I love it.

This weekend after James finished work on Saturday we went to look at the London Lumiere Festival, which was pretty amazing. I had completely missed that this was coming to London, but my Dad texted me some photos of the artworks near his office and so I made sure to catch some quickly, as it finishes today. 

Other than that this week I have mainly eaten a lot of pizza, walked a lot (so it's fine!), and had to emergency order in my bookclub book which I had forgotten about! The meeting is next week and I chose the book so I need to read it and think up some questions before Thursday! The book is Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore, which looks excellent, and was recommended by numerous people, I just wish I had remembered a week ago!

Best of the Week: Booking our holiday to New York in March! SO excited, James and I have been talking about going for so long. If you have any recommendations or tips let me know!

Worst of the week: It's so cold, I just hate it. I have terrible circulation and am also really cheap about my heating - the worst of both worlds! I just feel cold all the time and my skin is chapped and dry and it makes me so lethargic, I don't want to do anything except take hot baths and get into bed with a hot water bottle.


Thursday, 14 January 2016

New Bedding from Habitat

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The first set of 'grown up' bedding I ever bought was a luxurious white waffle-pattern duvet and pillowcase set from John Lewis, and I swiftly learnt when we brought home two black, highly fluffy,  highly excitable kittens, who (guess what?) love to scratch, that this beautiful bedding was not for me.

I finally binned it before Christmas when the pulls in the fabric and the constant need to pick fluff off the bed got too much, and I've been hunting for new bedding to replace it with ever since. While I haven't quite given up my love of crisp white bedding altogether, I do now know that if I want to preserve my sanity I need to cat-proof sheets.

What I've found works best for me is something untextured, so there is nothing to scratch, with a printed pattern, preferably grey so it matches the cats! This geometric printed set from Habitat has been calling to me for a while, and as it was in the sale, along with the monochrome bedspread, I figured that was enough of an excuse to make the purchase. So far I am a big fan - it's crumple free, and has got the cats' seal of approval (they've been sleeping on it all day) too. Also pictured - my first read of the year - You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day, which is excellent.

Monday, 11 January 2016

New Year New You?

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James had Saturday off work so we pottered up to Borough Market and Maltby Street Market for a lunch and a wander round. We started at Maltby Street and then headed to Borouh but in retrospect it would have been better to do it the other way around. Borough is better for produce to take away, whereas Maltby is more about food to consume there and then.

I've been feeling a bit uninspired lately, and I am trying to force myself out and about to actually go and do things, and resist my instinct to sit at home and play computer games and stroke my cats all day. 

Normally I am such a sucker for the New Year buzz, I always have a lot of get up and go and inspiration for blogging and life generally. I make a ton of resolutions and usually stick to them til at least mid February (although I always fail dry January!) 

For some reason this year I am just not feeling it though. 

I find my blog is better when I plan fun things to do first, and think about photographing and writing about them second. I love the feeling of getting really excited to share something on the blog, rather than sitting at my computer on a Sunday afternoon thinking 'what on earth am I going to write about this week?'

I started blogging in 2008, which is seven years ago now, and it's changed a lot, and I've changed a lot since then. I have read a lot of new year blog posts and twitter comments from people who want to try and get back the fun feeling that came from blogging back in the early days, before everyone became semi-professional photographers (or hired them) and blogging was a business not a hobby. For me I think it's not so much that I want to rekindle my love of blogging, as I want to rekindle my love of taking photographs and sharing them online. At the moment I get a lot more fun out of sharing something on instagram than I get from blogging, because I don't tend to think about it so much, I just see something I like, take a photo and share.

I am not really sure what the answer is. Is it to stop putting pressure on myself to blog three times a week, and just blog when I have something worth sharing, or is it to go the other way and get better at planning and photographing fun things so I always have something I feel like sharing? Should I take a blog break and see if that re-energises me to get back into it, or force myself to push through the bloggers-block. Forcing myself to keep blogging is my usual approach, as I feel like if I stop for too long the effort to get started again will be too much and I will just abandon it altogether. Seven years of blogging is a long time and I don't want to throw the towel in on a whim, but at the same time I am just not getting out of it what I used to, and to use a cliche, I do blog for me, so there is no point if I am not enjoying it.

This isn't really a decision or anything, just random musings on what I am feeling at the moment. Any advice or thoughts from anyone going/who has gone through the same thoughts definitely welcome!

Monday, 4 January 2016

Feel Unique Sale Haul

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Bleaurgh, it's back to work day for me (and I expect a lot of people), but my morning routine has been made a little brighter by a few (ok, a lot) new makeup and beauty bits. I got some cash from my parents for Christmas (thanks guys!) and dropped some serious dough on Feel Unique.

These are a mixture of things I've wanted to try for a while and impulse sale purchases. And a few things which fit both categories. Clockwise from top left:

Nuxe Prodigieux Gift Set - I've been wanting to try something from Nuxe for a while so this giftset which was in the sale seemed like the perfect opportunity. My skin has been really dry recently, and so I'm hoping this set containing their famous multi use dry oil and a body lotion, along with a candle will do some good.

Emma Hardie Merrily Moringa Gift Set (now sold out I think) - this is another brand I've wanted to try for a while afte seeing so many bloggers rave about it. It's pretty pricey usually and I didn't want to spend full price on something I wasn't sure would suit my skin, so I was pretty pleased to pick up with little sample size plus muslin cloth for only £8.

Ren Stop Being so Sensitive Giftset - I already know I love Ren products and as my skin has been really sensitive lately I am hoping this will help out. It promises to not only be formulated for really sensitive skin, but to reduce skin sensitivity too, so fingers crossed.

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in Rouge Feu - is it possible to fall in love with a lipstick? Because I think I have. I've not even tried out the colour yet because it feels too beautiful to use, I just sit and gaze at it. Definitely an impulse sale purchase but it just makes me happy!

By Terry Ombre Blackstar Melting Eyeshadow in Misty Rock - another blogger favourite I have wanted to try out for ages. I love cream eyeshadows, and having tried and been a bit disappointed by the high street dupes for this, it's time to try the real thing.

Sigma F80 - Flat Kabuki - My trusty Real Techniques buffing brush is looking a bit worn out, so I've been looking for a new foundation brush, and picked this up on a bit of a whim. I know Sigma brushes are generally well reviewed, but I haven't tried any before. So far I am a big fan. It's really soft and dense and gives a great streak free coverage. I haven't washed it yet, which always feels like the true test of a makeup brush, but so far I like!

Monday, 28 December 2015

Looking Back 2015

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Now that I'm properly stuffed with pies and suitably doused in whiskey, it's time to do the now annual review of the year. See 2014 here.

1. What did you do in 2015 that you'd never done before?
Changed jobs (I've worked in my graduate job ever since I finished university), renovated my bathroom and joined a book club.

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
My resolutions last year were to take more photos, particularly with friends, to get back into an exercise routine, even if its just taking the stairs more at work, and to unsubscribe from the hundreds of mailing lists I am signed up to. I didn't do great on any of them tbh.

This year I am not really doing new years resolutions as I'm planning on doing a 30 before 30 later in the year (I'm 29 in March).

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Oh my goodness babies all over the shop! And a fair few puppies too! This year I met baby Noah, baby Ciara and baby Molly, and more due in early 2016.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, thankfully not this year.

5. What countries did you visit?
India and the Netherlands.

6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?
More travel and it's time for project kitchen at last!

7. What date from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

I'm useless at remembering dates, but the 13th October was my last day at my old job, which was pretty momentous for me.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Probably changing jobs. It's one of those things I'd been thinking about for ages, and it was way overdue but I finally got my arse into gear and did it.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Not really, the usual under the weather moments, but I even avoided Delhi Belly in India thanks to my iron constitution and not eating any fresh vegetables or drinks with ice in them!

11. What was the best thing you bought?

I just recently got a new coat from Maje, greatly reduced, and I love it. Pics will come soon, although it's black with a white faux sheapskin collar, so I am not sure it will show up great on camera, but never mind!

12. Where did most of your money go?
The bathroom ate into most of our savings, which was the plan, but unforseen issues under the floorboards (someone had hacked away at the joists so they all needed replacing) meant we ended up at the top end of our budget. We still managed to save quite a bit though, so next year I am hoping we'll have a bit more cash to do some fun things.

13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Having a bath. It is everything I dreamed of and more.

14. What song will always remind you of 2015?
Hotline Bling

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
A lot happier

ii. thinner or fatter?
About the same

iii. richer or poorer?
A little richer.

16. What do you wish you'd done more of?
I wish I'd taken more photographs - I always say this, exercised more, and planned a few more excursions and day trips.

17. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Biting my nails.

18. How (did) you spend Christmas?
With James' brother and his fiance. They are both great cooks and the food was epic.

19. Did you fall in love in 2015?
No - the second half of 2015 has been such a period of contentment though. I have just been so happy and contented with James and the kitties, I hate to gush but it's true.

20. What was your favourite TV program?

I don't watch much TV but I did get addicted to the Great Pottery Throwdown though. It really made me want to make pots!

21. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No, I don't have much cause to hate thankfully. If I don't get on with someone I just try and stay away from them.

22. What was the best book you read?
I started instagramming my books to keep track of them this year which has been a lot of fun. My favourites were probably Wild by Cheryl Strayed and Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick

23. What was your greatest musical discovery?

 I mostly rediscovered old favourites (Stars, Barenaked Ladies, Little Jackie) but I recently became obsessed with Grimes.

24. What did you want and get?
A holiday abroad.

25. What was your favourite film of this year?

I didn't see many films at all this year. Controvertially I saw Star Wars on boxing day and didn't rate it much. Kingsman at the start of the year was probably the film I enjoyed the most.

26. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 28 and it was pretty quiet. I got a lot of cards, Reda made me truffles, and James and I had an M&S dine in meal for two.

27. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
If the first half of the year had been as good as the second half.

28. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015?
In 2014 I got a bit more grown up, but in 2015 I had a bit more fun. I moved to a job with a much more relaxed dresscode, so it meant away went the suits and I've been looking for ways to bring a bit more colour and personality into my wardrobe. I've mainly been about colourful midi skirts and bright scarves.

29. What kept you sane?
Good food and good company.

30. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015:
Just do it - you probably won't regret it later.

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Beetroot Soup

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Not a very Christmassy blog post to post on Christmas Eve, but maybe keep this one in your back pocket for the new year when you feel the need for a health kick?

I am obsessed with beetroot at the moment, and this beetroot soup is just gorgeous. It's definitely one of the best soups I've made - earthy but sweet, with the tang from the feta setting off the beetroot nicely. It has very few ingredients, making it super easy to make, pretty clean eating, and it can be eaten hot or cold so it's perfect for taking to work too.

Serves 4

Ingredients

500g Beetroot
1 tin chopped tomatoes
500ml stock - I used chicken but any will do
1 red onion
olive oil
salt and pepper
feta for crumbling on top

Recipe

Peel and cube the beetroot - it can take quite a long time to cook so I'd suggest err on the side of smaller cubes - and finely chop the onion. Be warned that beetroot does stain quite badly - I made this before a family party and spent ages with makeup remover trying to not look like I'd jsut murdered someone. If you need to not look like a serial killer straight after I suggest you wear gloves!

Heat a good glug of olive oil in a large pan, and add the onion. Cook for about 5-10minutes before adding your stock and beetroot. Cook the beetroot in the stock for about 20 minutes until it is soft. Add the tomatoes and cook for a few more minutes. Salt and pepper to taste then take off the heat.

Once slightly cooled use a blender to blend until smooth. Crumble some feta over the top and serve with crusty white bread.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

A picture of the week

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... In case you were concerned about my hunt for a Christmas tree last week you can see I managed to find one! Unfortunately B&Q had sold out of most of the small ones, and only had 7 footers left, but we managed to nab this display model, a modest 5 foot for a discount. The only downside - no box so we walked home with me carrying two bags of bristles and James with the trunk (stalk?) under his arm! I also made a rookie error and bought 48 unthreaded baubles, which we then had to thread with miniscule gold thread.

James managed about eight and I did the other 40 - not a fair division of labour if you ask me, and the air pretty much turned blue as we swore at the stupid balls! They look so pretty now though, I've gotten over it! Mostly.

Best of the week: Finally finishing my Christmas shopping yesterday. Major relief. I may buy something little more for my sister if I see something, but other than that we are done. Only downside is as we are staying with James' parents for Christmas we now need to cart everything down to Oxford next week.

Worst of the week: I hate how dark and gloomy it is at the moment. It really gets me down, just in how little daylight I see, plus I'm really unhappy with how my blog photos are coming out. I have a window of just a few hours on a weekend morning to take them, otherwise it's just too dark, and even then they don't come out as I want them to. My camera is a good little workhorse but she's quite old now and the sensor is definitely not top of the range, I am considering either replacing the body in the future or investing in some cheap studio lights so I can improve my photos a bit.