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Friday, 16 June 2017

A Birthday, A Garden Centre Adventure, Melodrama, and A Rainbow Cardigan

I'm writing this post in the midst of a mild essay-induced panic in the hopes that it will help me to chill out a bit before I have to begin attempting to cobble together 4000 words that hopefully, at least vaguely, make sense and address how power relations affect the transmission of narratives before my deadline next Thursday. I had been hoping that constructing that sentence would make my task sound a little more achievable, but it's safe to say I'm not confident about this one. We'll see though. As usual, the materials have been super interesting, but the actual essay writing part currently feels like a ridiculously impossible task to complete.

Life feels as though it's been running at a million miles per hour and somewhere amid the chaos we all carved out some time to celebrate my Mam's birthday. Alongside a bottle of her favourite perfume, which was wrapped waaaay better than I ever could (10/10 for Escentual's wrapping service!) I had a brilliant time choosing a stack of books to add to her summer reading list, and locating the silliest card in the shop.

We also received a bottle of SPAR Extra Dry DOC Prosecco and some SPAR Valdobbiadene DOCG Prosecco as lovely gifts from the brand, both of which were happily received and glasses of which went down very nicely sitting outside in the evening sunshine with slices of cake. We must admit that although we certainly aren't experts, both come very highly recommended from all of us! I think they're both under £12 and so make brilliant gifts, especially if you're planning any summertime get-together's with your loved ones this summer.

There are periods of time where living feels so much heavier, like you're trying to walk when you're knee deep in treacle and you don't really know where you're going. But it's in these moments that setting time aside to be with those people who help you to feel truly yourself in spite of everything is more important than ever. So, say those I love you's, send that text, and make those plans. Even if you think you don't have time. Because you do. And it's all worth it because those moments are what make life wondrous.

Gifts aside, we decided to have a little wander around our local garden centre to choose some plants for some of the beautiful pots my Mam has been collecting for her garden. I have a bit of a soft spot for both potted gardens and garden centres so this trip was basically my dream come true. We found some super cute alpine plants, as well as a collection of fragrant herbs and a stunning lavender plant that looks so glorious in the sunshine. We also got a sweet little bee house that I'm incredibly excited about because we're all well and truly in 'save the bees' mode here!

All that, and I got to forget about the impending doom of my essay for a couple of hours, which is always appreciated!

Sorry about the filter. I'm forever living my best koala life over on Instagram stories. No regrets.

A trip to admire some beautiful blooms seemed like the perfect occasion to wear my new Lazy Oaf cardigan for the first time. As soon as I saw this rainbow beauty, well, it was love at first sight. But, typically, I dithered and before I knew it they were all sold out. Thankfully they decided to restock and as soon as it made its way back on to the website I snapped one up. And oh my goodness. It's everything I had hoped for and more.

Speaking of everything I had hoped for and more, can we just talk about Melodrama for a second? Lorde's second album has been worth the wait and my next post, whenever it appears, is almost certainly going to be a stream of thoughts about how vivid and fierce, euphoric and so bursting with light and life it is. Writer in the Dark, though. Much talent. So wow.

Bet you rue the day you kissed a writer in the dark - Lorde

Lots of love,


  1. Garden centres are my mecca, I can lose hours wandering around mentally planning my garden. Also, loving the cardigan, what a beaut!

  2. Seeing a new post of yours always makes my day! :)

    Essay writing and meeting deadlines always seems impossible at some points during the process but you've been doing so great and I know you'll ace this one as well!

    Sounds like your mum had a beautiful birthday - all the best to her. That stack of books you chose for her is just perfect!

    And oh my gosh, that cardigan is a dream!! Brings me so much joy to look at it :D

    Also, Melodrama was truly worth the wait! <3 It's a masterpiece and I can't to read more of your thoughts about it. I want to get that quote from Writer In The Dark tattooed, it's my favourite. Can't wait to see her perform in Germany in October.

    Good luck with your essay and have a lovely weekend,


  3. I LOVE Owen Jones/The Establishment, I just about devoured that book whilst nodding enthusiastically at every page. That guy just GETS it.
    I'm really sad that Lazy Oaf don't go up to my size, I wish they'd consider expanding their size range a bit cos I think I'd probably exclusively clothe myself in their stuff, it's so amazing.

  4. It's been a while since I visited a garden centre, so I think I'm going to have to change that soon! I find it so relaxing to walk around the plants for an hour or so, and then stop off in the cafe for a cold drink and a cake. I hope your Mum had a wonderful birthday - and that she liked the pun card as much as I did, haha! :-) xxx

  5. I love this little check in! I love what you said about making time for people you love, even when you feel like you don't have time to spare. If something is a priority, I believe that you can always make time for it. God knows how much time I waste in a day, which could be better spent having a good time with good people! Good luck with your essay! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

  6. I feel you on the essays! Especially if it involves some Judith Butler. She says such clever things but just assumes you can untangle the incredibly complicated way she says it. I'm googling Bee Houses right now! I've never heard of them but it sounds like something I'd like to get involved with :)

    I S A B E L L E xx

  7. Yay I found your blog again! It's been a while. You know what? I bloomin' love garden centres too. Good luck with the essay, you've got this. I kind of wish I had an essay to write too :/ Keep smiling.
    From Jas //jaspoole.co.uk


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