Being ill requires all of your energy, focus and attention on the end goal: getting better. However as I am usually such a busy person, I can't help but create endless to-do lists in my head. What is all the more frustrating is that when you're ill you realize how much you want to just immerse yourself in the outdoors, especially when you're missing out on beautiful days like these.
Wednesday, November 20
Monday, November 18
After being snuggled up in my bed with a severe cold, I ventured outside to snaps some photographs of the aftermath of a rainy morning, only to discover the intricate spiders' webs were speckled with tiny drops of rain. Unfortunately for me, I didn't get a glimpse of the spiders who had made these webs ... maybe next time.
Saturday, November 16
I still exist! I promise. I've been beyond busy this week that I can hardly remember what I even got up to! This week I've been super busy with deadlines, as warned in the previous post, and also doing my work experience at two different schools. Not only this, but I have also had the most relaxed night with my lovely friend, Mimi, which was definitely needed to keep us calm this week! As I have now completed my deadlines, I can now say that I am back my friends. Whilst I've been very busy with deadlines, I have found heaps of inspiration for up-and-coming photography posts, so keep your eyes peeled.
Hooray for finishing deadlines!
Tuesday, November 12
Going for a walk and clearing your head at the beginning of a busy week is the best way to refresh yourself. Sometimes when you are really that busy with deadlines, all you need to do is separate yourself from your books and computer screen in order to relax. This is exactly what I did with Ben, we walked for hours in the crisp November air and chatted until we were exhausted. Nature looks so beautiful at this time of the year, the changing colours, fallen leaves resting on the forest floor and the bright red berries hanging from the trees. I hope you have a wonderful week!
Friday, November 8
I'll be honest, ever since I went with Mimi to the Jamie's Italian in Manchester, I have been desperate to go back and try out more of the delicious food. So for mine and Ben's 4 year anniversary we headed to Liverpool for the day and stopped off at Jamie's Italian for lunch. This time, however, we ordered a selection of starters so that we could indulge ourselves even more in the scrumptious food.
So we ordered the cured meats plank, crispy tomato and mozzarella risotto balls, crispy squid, Italian spiced chicken wings, and the Italian bread selection. What a mouthful! (Quite literally). Oh, and just for the record, I've never tasted chicken wings like it, they were so tender and perfectly spiced (definitely recommend them!). To accompany the food, I had a homemade lemonade which I swear should win the award of the best lemonade ever and Ben had the Messina beer which was delightfully refreshing.
As for the interior, I was obsessed with the black and copper lights hanging from the ceiling and the exposed wooden beams. Jamie's Italian always has impeccable interiors, just see my previous post on the Manchester restaurant to see how decadent the interior is!
Even though I've been twice within one month, I am already planning my next meal at Jamie's Italian. The spagetti alla norma seems to be getting my taste buds going.
Wednesday, November 6
Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines.
Now, after a busy Reading Week, I am now back into the full swing of University life, with deadlines cropping up on the horizon constantly. But hey, not all is lost as I am keeping focused and motivated to successfully complete the work which has been set. It's so easy to let the stress get to you, but really all you need is a little reassurance from yourself that everything is going to be okay.
Reading week was a blast though, working at my local cafe most days and of an evening chilling with Ben and family. Halloween was pretty low-key for me, instead of having a party we watched The Devil Inside as we wanted to really frighten ourselves. I also went to see Fiddler On The Roof with my mum which was really good fun, such an interesting musical with all of the religious connotations.
Saturday night was also another movie night, but this time at the cinemas. Ben and I went to see Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa and oh my oh my was it hilarious! If you're looking for something to see at the cinema, I would definitely recommend this movie, you'll be in stitches with laughter.
Sunday, November 3
After a week of working every day at my local cafe, my parents decided it was time for a well deserved pot of tea and some cake. So to make a day of it we headed north, past Lancaster and arrived swiftly at Carnforth. However we didn't just go to any old cafe, we went to the one at Carnforth train station where the film, Brief Encounters was filmed. Being unusually peckish, we orded three slices of cake (between ourselves to share - not each!), hazelnut chocolate brownie, chocolate and nut cake and my favourite, the ginger tea loaf. To be honest with you I am quite the fan of ginger so I also ordered a ginger herbal tea to accompany pieces of the cake. Feeling sleepy we wondered around the museum and watched some trains pass by in the crisp November air before heading back home for a movie night with more family members.
Thursday, October 31
After a week of being off University due to Reading Week, I have not only been reading library books, but also catching up on my favourite blogs and discovering new, interesting websites. So whilst the weather has been mostly rain and wind, I have had the perfect excuse to cuddle up inside with a cup of herbal tea and read until my hearts content.
1 Ever wondered how some bloggers take amazing photos? It's all about the rule of thirds and more fascinating facts about how to achieve those professional photographs here.
2 Travel to Shanghai and more magical locations with the most talented fashion/photography blogger around, Gary Pepper.
3 Need some inspiration to keep you looking effortlessly fashionable on these bleaker autumn days? Topshop Tumblr is the hub of my fashion inspiration.
4 Grow your Nikkor lens collection with these fantastic sales.
5 Get yourself completely organised and prepared for the Christmas festivities with Martha Stewart.