Blogging Goals for 2018

I first started my blog as a project to keep me occupied once I finished my dissertation. I had no idea what post-university life was going to hold, but knew that I wanted a way to continue and improve my writing. Having started reading blogs earlier that year, it seemed like blogging was a good way to go about it. I wasn’t expecting to keep it up for two months, let alone be sitting here two and a half years later still writing, but I’m really pleased I did as not only has it made sure that I continue writing, I also look at the world in a different way. It’s not entirely down to blogging, but I’ve found myself more keen to do and try different things. I question things and reflect on them more. I read more blogs and as such have opened myself up to more knowledge,… View Post

Happy Birthday – 2 years old!

I’ve now been blogging for two years, which is scary in many ways as it means that it is two years since I handed in my dissertation and finished my degree! However, in those two years I have managed to fit in an awful lot more than I thought I would. I’ve been doing plenty of travelling, working hard and earning money, bought a car, completed multiple online courses to help me learn more about what I’m interested in and much more besides. View Post

A New Chapter

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”   –  Alexander Graham Bell Anybody who knows me well, or who follows this blog, will know of my love for York. It is a place I began to call home four years ago when I started university, and somewhere that I never expected to get so deeply under my skin. I love the history which surrounds the city, the restaurants within it and the fact that there is always something going on. I love its size (not too big or too small), and I love its location in comparison to the rest of the UK, with most places being fairly easily accessible by train. A year ago I thought I was saying goodbye to York, but was lucky enough to… View Post

A break on the Northumbrian Coast

Last week I spent a couple of days in Northumberland, in a cottage very close to St Cuthbert’s Cave. Having grown up in Cumbria, I’m reasonably familiar with the Northumbrian coast and always enjoyed days out at Druridge Bay, and then going further up the coast for fish and chips at Seahouses before returning home. However, there was still plenty which I hadn’t explored before (or it had been a long time ago) and so I was excited to return and add to my knowledge of the area. Here’s a small overview of what I got up to… View Post

Poison and magic at Alnwick Castle and Garden

I love the town of Alnwick and have visited it several times over the years. The Barter Books shop is a firm favourite with my family and has always been our main stop off point in the town. I’ve just come back from a short break in Northumbria and was pleased to be visiting the town of Alnwick again, but this time even more excited to finally make it to Alnwick Castle and Gardens. View Post