Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Replenishing the bookshelf...

I'm moving in one week.  To a CITY.  Where I have never lived before and barely know my way around.  I'm very excited!  But.  This means I've had to surrender my beloved library books, since I don't really want to drive back down here to return them.  Last week I popped in to the library to pick up a book or two anyway, thinking I'd be finished reading them in time, and lo and behold, they had a book sale on.  Problem solved!  Well, to an extent.  There was a good choice but I really had to dig to find anything interesting enough to spend a whole 40p on.  I think I did ok though.

I picked up Watch Me Disappear, The Palace of Strange Girls and The Glass House in the library book sale.  I'd heard of none of them before but they all sound interesting from the blurb.  The Palace is set in 1959 which is when Mother was born, so I liked that.  I found the other two at the charity shop on Saturday.  My friend was buying Circus Shoes and couldn't believe I'd never read Ballet Shoes, so when we found a copy I had to get it.  I also found one of my favourite books to make her read (Oystercatchers by Susan Fletcher, since you asked), and since it was three for £1, and since I was all 'Richard Madeley wrote a book?!', I chose Some Day I'll Find You to round off my pile.

Has anyone read these?  I need opinions!


Sunday, 20 July 2014

A trip to the fair

The day after the photography workshop, Tam and I went to the fair at Burntisland.  (We also went to another castle, look out for those pics soon!)  I was dying to try out all my new skills and the bright, bustling fairground seemed like the perfect place.  It was pretty busy but I think I managed to get some cool shots.  And yes, Tam won a minion!  Not one of those ones though, they were impossible...


Friday, 18 July 2014

Recent Awesomeness #4

I was killing time waiting for Tam's train to get in last week and accidentally wandered into the Clarks sale.  I don't think I've owned shoes from here since I was a kid but I was delighted to find these brogues reduced after hunting all winter for the perfect pair.  They were there all along!  And at half the price too.  I also picked up some black loafers (here - now £20!), another thing I struggled to find last year thanks to my fussy feet and fussy taste in shoes.  I'm on the fence about these ones - I love the style but they're very flat, rather unlike most of my other shoes...

I just rediscovered this picture - I totally forgot to share it before now.  It's a knitted haggis!  Spotted at a local fair.  I really want to make one...

Speaking of fairs...Tam had his birthday a few weeks ago and it fell on the local fair weekend, so it was balloon central at his house.  Especially after Tam's mum bought me this minion one...  We decided the tiny knitted mouse at work needed an accessory, so the Lego folk kindly shared a top hat.

 I'm still on the bruscetta kick!  It will never end!

The ultimate bargain last week - five issues of The Knitter for £1 in the library book sale!  Considering these usually retail at £5.99 EACH, you can guess how quickly I snatched them up...

I got new red jeans (here) in York's Long Tall Sally.  I've wanted red jeans for as long as I can remember and I'm so pleased to finally have a pair.  They're the same style as my polka dot ones but in a slightly stretchy fabric, so no losing their shape...hopefully!


Thursday, 17 July 2014

A trip to Yorkshire

The weekend before last saw me heading to Yorkshire again to hang out with my oldest buddy Mhairi.  She's getting married soon and moving to Ireland, so it felt like it might be my last chance to hang out with her before the wedding.  I got the train down, always an adventure (long story short - I booked the quiet coach, it was not quiet, I tweeted them to complain and they responded saying the quiet coach no longer existed as of the week before.  Good to know, Cross Country, good to know.  I obviously wouldn't have just driven down if I'd know about that in advance and saved myself a headache.).  After a tedious four hours, I nearly cried with happiness when Mhairi said on arrival 'Do you mind if we go to Long Tall Sally to pick something up?'  Great minds.  I de-stressed by buying jeans and bonding with the sales girl over our shared love of Hoxtons skinnies.  Lovely.

We were walking by Bettys the same afternoon and did a double take when we realised the usual round-the-building queue was practically empty, so we raced to join it.  My third time in York and I finally got in there!  The tea and cake was very good, but I'm not sure it's worth the incredible hype...  That night we went to see Walking on Sunshine (SUPER CHEESE ALERT) and delighted in learning that Willoughby was part of the cast.  The next day involved a trip back to Bridlington, and chips and ice cream and peanut covered fudge.  OMG so good.  I love a tacky seaside town so I love Bridlington.  I even found the perfect house for me and Tam to move to...  Then on Sunday it was home time!  I was dumb and didn't realise the Tour de France was going on in York that morning (cause France = York apparently...?) but we managed to avoid most of the crowds by getting there after lunch.

The trip home was slightly more pleasant owing to the conductor also thinking the quiet coach was still a thing, plus my seat buddy was the same guy as Friday so it was a nice peaceful journey.

(see more Yorkshire adventures here and here)


Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Work pyjamas...

blouse - Gap
jeans - Long Tall Sally
loafers - Converse

This is a typical work outfit for me - comfy, but not quite looking like I just rolled out of bed.  Our lovely lack of dress code means that's not totally unheard of though...  Mind you, this Gap pyjama style top does need a fairly smart bottom half to make it passable as daywear!  I found it in an outlet in America last year for something crazy like $8.  The Converse loafers also came from an American outlet (the same day if I remember right...) but they've only just seen the light of day owing to the terrible weather we've been having.  Aren't they fun?  Silver!  Loafers with laces!  My new favourite.