Friday, 17 May 2013

#BEDM - Walk to Work

PicMonkey Collage
Turns out blogging when your husband goes away with the laptop and camera isn't so easy - who knew?

I'm writing this at the end of my working day, before I head home. Here are some snapshots taken at various times of the year of the short walk I make to work. When the sun is shining it is a lovely area to walk through. When it rains I don't take photos, I put my hood up and walk as fast as I can!

I'm very lucky to have a short and picturesque walk to work.

PicMonkey Collage2

Images all my own.
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Friday, 10 May 2013

#BEDM-Travel Dreams

I didn't do the last 2 posts for Blog Every Day in May as I didn't really feel I had much to say on them. I'm conscious that these posts are written very quickly and probably not as much thought goes in to them as it should do. But I'm writing them at work as I am computer-less right now so if nothing else it's polishing up my (minimal) html skills!

I do love a holiday but as I've got older I've been torn between the relaxation and chill-out versus getting out there and doing things. I think my ideal is a mix of both.

I don't have an exotic holiday booked this year but one of my friends is getting married in Belfast so we're taking a few days to travel up the Antrim Coast and have just booked a wigwam near Giant's Causeway. I'm beyond excited by the prospect of sleeping in a wigwam! We've also got a hotel in Belfast for a night, a city I've been to a couple of times but not for years. I'm hoping to go over to the Titanic Quarter as there wasn't much there last time I visited.

If you've never been to Giant's Causeway I'd definitely recommend it. It is so much bigger than I imagined and it's amazing just to be able to walk over all the hexagons. I'm really looking forward to going back. In fact, the whole Antrim Coast is gorgeous, especially if the sun shines like the last time I was there...finger crossed!

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Tuesday, 7 May 2013


I don't mind animals but the only pets I've ever had were a couple of goldfish that I don't ever remember being that interested in. They wouldn't make for a hugely exciting blog post.

Instead I'm directing you to Kirsty's blog, where she does an fabulous line in dogs wearing clothes (and writes excellently about other stuff too!)

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Monday, 6 May 2013

#BEDM - bank holiday

No posts on Saturday or Sunday for me as I was away in the gorgeous Dumfries and Galloway for a birthday trip! This is a quick one too and written on the ipad so I apologise for any formatting issues in advance.

My husband doesn't get bank holidays off work so they're usually my 'me time'. I had planned to spend today doing a bit of crochet, tidying up the house and maybe popping into the shops with my birthday vouchers. However, my mum and dad decided to come and visit me for my birthday which scuppers those plans. We went for a couple of drinks last night and they've just gone off to the museum near my flat while I do a little bit of housework and write this blog post! I'm meeting them in half an hour for lunch then my dad wants to go to the shops. He's definitely the biggest shopaholic in our family.

In past years the May Day bank holiday has traditionally meant a Sunday night out for my birthday. Now I like to enjoy a relaxing day and savour the four day working week-proper sign of getting old!

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Friday, 3 May 2013

#BEDM - Day in the Life

Today's topic is a 'Day in the Life'. Today is my birthday, so it is an excellent day in my life!

This time last year I turned 30. I went to work in Edinburgh, I met my parents and hubby for dinner in Leith and we sat outside for drinks. Yep, last year it was sunny in May.
The next day we went to London to visit my old flatmate and her boyfriend for the weekend. We went to Borough Market, Skybar, Wahaca and ate and drank much more than I can recall now. So I basically just spent the first weekend of my 30s stuffing my face - start as you mean to go on!

This year we are both off work for the day and we're taking a trip down to Dumfries, somewhere neither of us really know. I'm hoping for sunshine, walks, relaxation and scones!

I hope you all have a lovely day too

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Thursday, 2 May 2013

#BEDM - Spring

PicMonkey Collage

To me, spring heralds the appearance of light and colour back to my life.

Winters in Scotland can be very dark and grey so I really appreciate the light mornings when they begin.
This year I've been trying to buy myself more flowers. They really brighten up the room and don't have to be expensive to feel like a treat. The daffodils and freesia in the photos cost a few pounds and made my living room brighter and happier. I should really buy some more.

When I was young daffodils grew everywhere and we used to pick them for money in the school Easter holidays. Your flowers were scrutinised to make sure they were the correct length of stem. It was so nerve-wracking to take them up to the man in charge in case he refused them and you didn't get paid! Ah, the good old days.

The flowers in the scientific glassware were on the tables at my friend's wedding recently. We shared a bench when we worked in the lab and her old boss lent her all the different flasks which were then filled with a gorgeous mix of wildflowers. They were very much admired, and not just by the scientists!

Tonight I'm off to the opening of a new exhibition at my work, lured in by the promise of canapes and bubbly, before I finish for a long weekend. I'm hoping the weather remains spring-like but having seen the forecast this morning I'm not hopeful.

Images all by me, on my phone, because I'm lazy and rarely carry a camera.
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Wednesday, 1 May 2013

#BEDM - 5 lines

Blog Every Day in May
A challenge if ever there was one
If I appear on here more often
I'll take that as a win
But probably not every day

Image from Rotten Cupcakes
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