Return to Art

I didn’t do art GCSE. I had too many other things I wanted to do at the time and couldn’t make it fit my timetable, but I did do it in 6th form. Looking back I realise that what I worked on was all pretty superficial. There wasn’t really some great inspiration that was driving…

Review: After you Left by Carol Mason

I devoured this book in 2 days as it was the first fiction I had read in a while. Heartwarming story that you get inklings of in advance but unfolds in lovely or surprising ways. I wonder if real love is ever really like that depicted here though, but it’s nice to believe that it…

Review: Playing Big by Tara Mohr

A different way of looking at life compared to other self-help/management type books I’ve read. Many of the ‘issues’ to be dealt with were ones I have had to grapple with, but this book encourages tangible action with examples if you’re a bit stuck, which was awesome. Worth a read, but note if you have…

Everything Smells

Unfortunately the title is literal. Before I went on my break back home I forgot to empty the fridge in the van. I thought it would be fine, everything was contained (milk, yogurt etc), but I was wrong. I forgot about the butter. The butter that I had left in the top of the door…

Review: The Power by Naomi Alderman

Contemplates what would happen to society if the power suddenly shifted from the men to the women. Doesn’t go the way you might think. Gripping, with obvious potential as a tv series. 4*

Review: Your Pace or Mine by Lisa Jackson

Amusing and light hearted galavant through Lisa’s personal running journey, with all the laughs and tears along the road. Inspiring you to ditch the excuses and give running a go regardless of the naysayers, whether real or imaginary, she gives practical advice and proves that everyone starts somewhere. 4*

Andorra (and Spain)

When Adam came to visit we had already decided we were going to go to Andorra because I’d found the Tourist Information App that showed loads of different outdoor activity spots. It was however a longer drive to Toulouse Airport than I had envisaged so we wanted to do more than we had time for-…

Review: Faith in Nature Conditioner

So I literally just tried this conditioner, having left all of my toiletries in the van in Croatia while on my brief break back home and having to buy new as neither my mother or boyfriend have any I can borrow a bit of. First impressions squeezing it out of the bottle: it smells awesome!…

Packing

So I have a grand total of 4 days between Morocco and leaving the country for 5 months. Probably should have left longer. I kinda just needed to sleep! Having packed up all the equipment before I had gone, there was only ‘last minute things’ to pack. Turns out there is a lot more than…

Review: Wild by Cherly Strayed

I found the audio version unbearable but when reading it it was nice to have a story told rather than a list of events. Sometimes spent too long dwelling on her backstory for my liking but the story itself is valuable to anyone who thinks that they’re not good enough for a big adventure, because…