Category: Opinion

Growing a Pumpkin – Tips and Tricks

I’m the type of person that can’t keep a cactus alive; despite the fact that I absolutely adore the thought of growing my own fruit, veg and flowers I have never been all that green-fingered.

That makes the next statement even more unbelievable; this year I grew my own pumpkin from seed (and it’s pretty sizeable too!) For today’s Blogtober post I thought I would share a few tips and tricks to growing your own pumpkin – pieces of advice I learned along the way. It’s not as easy as it looks but it is very rewarding and if I can do it, anyone can!

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The Frog

Pools of sunlight ripple on the river, a warm Autumn sun breathing life in to the marshes. I scan between the reeds and pond weed for a flash of golden eye, expertly camouflaged, easily missed. I’ve trodden those same wooden boardwalks countless times; followed all the beaten pathways. No matter how many times I make the journey, I always scan the water hoping to catch a glimpse of a frog. (more…)

What’s In My Record Collection?

On rainy Autumn days there’s nothing nicer than pulling a record from the crate and playing it on the turn table – snuggling up in a cosy blanket and singing your heart out.

Today I thought I would share a few records from my collection and explain why they stand out or mean something to me. Dust off your favourite vinyl and join me for a moment or two.

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Blogtober Begins

The rain is coming down in sheets, darkness rakes its fingers across the morning sky. Long gone are the days of heading out in a cotton dress and bare legs –  October is finally here.

And with it, comes Blogtober.

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Staying soft

Last November I wrote an article for Lucky Dip Club that was titled ‘Your emotions are your strengths – why you shouldn’t grow a thicker skin.’ In case it wasn’t completely obvious by my disgusting penchant for over-sharing on the internet, I am a bloody soft sort of person. That article is completely on brand for me.

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Life Updates – June 2019

All the daffodils are long wilted. Blossoms fallen from the tree. June is here and with it comes wind, rain and grey skies (your typical British weather then, really.) It’s kinda hard to believe that we’re already half-way through the year. So much has happened yet at the same time I feel stuck – paralysed in a moment which I am unable to move forward from. It has been two months since I last wrote a blog post so today I thought it was time to check in and let you know what’s been going on in my world.

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May Life Updates

Spring is finally here and I have been enjoying it as much as I can; walks down blossom-lined streets, long days spent outside in the sunshine and even the odd BBQ thrown in for good measure.

The past few weeks have felt really good – productive and positive. But I have been so busy I’ve barely had a moment to stop and reflect on it all – and as a result I’ve been blogging much less than I usually would. Today I thought I’d post some all-important life updates and just check in with where I’m at. So grab a cup of tea and your favourite snack – I have so much to share with you!

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Winter Appreciation Post

Outside my window the world is wrapped in a blanket of snow. Doors are shut firmly against the cold whilst snowflakes swirl and flutter, falling and settling, carpeting the street, the rooftops and cars.

Winter is here, and she is in full force.

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Hello November; Life Updates & Goals For The Month Ahead

November crept in silently, bringing with it the cold chill of imminent Winter.

It has been 13 days now since I last sat down to write a blog post. After the frantic month of October I have been enjoying some much needed downtime and relief from all of the writing, photographing and editing. But today I felt compelled to finally sit down and share some thoughts; November is a big month for me and it deserves documenting just as October did.

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Blogtober End / Reflections On October

It’s Tuesday 31st October, 2017 and that can only mean one thing; it’s the end of Blogtober and I officially completed the whole challenge!

Although to some it may not sound like a big deal, Blogtober has been incredibly hard and challenging – and I’m so proud of myself for completing it. I managed to write an impressive 31 posts over the month of October, writing them amidst a house move, work and a busy schedule. In all honesty I didn’t think I’d be able to do it but now that I have I feel really pleased.

For my final Blogtober post I want to reflect over the month of October and Blogtober and share my personal highlights with you, as well as a few things I have found challenging and what I have taken away from it all.

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Don’t Grow A Thicker Skin- Your Emotions Are Your Strengths

You’re too sensitive. You need to grow a thicker skin! Stop taking everything to heart. You take everything so personally.

Over the years I’ve heard them all, every single one of them. I am an emotional person, highly sensitive and I care a lot. In this society emotion is often perceived as a sign of weakness, so it’s really no surprise that time and again I am lectured on my feelings and expected to reign them in.  (more…)

What Is Blogtober, And Why Am I Taking Part?

I can hardly believe it is October already, it seems like just a minute ago it was August and I was walking with my mother, staring up at the tall Horse Chestnut trees and wishing for the conkers to fall! September was a very difficult month for my family and I, but I tried to celebrate and appreciate all of the small things; Autumn months are my favourite after all. I’m really hoping for a positive and fun-filled October so to celebrate this month I’m taking part in a bloggers challenge; Blogtober!

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