30 November 2011

all was quiet in the land of broken technology...

Sorry its been a bit quiet around here for the last few days (read week and a bit!) I broke my laptop (again). This happens quite frequently... I managed to blow the power in our house at the same time so it was quite an achievement! Frantic phonecalls to my mother followed and after unplugging absolutely everything in the house and messing around with the fuse box, the power came back on. Luckily.

Turns out I fried my power cable, so no major damage. Awesome. I also realised how much I use the internet, and also, that not reading blog posts for over a week = major backlog in bloglovin'.

My life for the past couple of weeks has basically been this: READREADREADWRITEREADWRITEREADREADREADWRITE. You get the picture yes?

'cos who doesn't love soil?

Yep. Crazy interesting. I apologise for the hideous quality of theis picture. My phone apparently doesn't like the library. I've also been totally fangirling over the Hunger Games, so nothing new really. If you haven't read the books then you should totally go do that. Right now. Okay?

22 November 2011

come visit!

Hi guys,

I'm over at Lauren's blog today as part of her new Day In The Life Of series! Her blog is fantastic so go and say hi! You can also get in touch with her if you like the idea and want to be featured. GOGOGO!

21 November 2011

its a walk in the park

Last week we were walking home from lectures just as the sun reached that point where everything looks warm and gold, so we walked through the park and the light was perfect. One of my favourite things about autumn and winter is the late afternoon light.

14 November 2011

fatal hesitation

The cafes are all deserted, the streets are wet again,
Theres nothing quite like an out of season holiday town,
In the rain
- Chris de Burgh, Fatal Hesitation

This is one of my absolute favourite pictures, of the beach in winter in my hometown. Its busy when its sunny but its beautiful in midwinter when its freezing cold and the salt wind stings your face. Its a world away from this busy city of concrete. This was shot on Kodak Gold 200 with a Canon EOS 300.


I've recently started the mammoth task of going through all of my 35.7GB of pictures and having a good sort out. I'm starting to have trouble finding pictures I know I've taken, so re-organisation is long overdue! Anyways, I thought it would be fun to share some of the stuff I find with you guys. In all likelihood, there will be absolutely NO order to this pictures at all. One because my pictures folder is pretty disorganised and two because I get bored of looking at the same pictures for too long. I need to come up with some sort of logical way to store things that doesn't involve millions of nested folders. I think this may take a while...

10 November 2011

Kindle Lovin'

I've seen a lot of debate around the web recently regarding kindles and other e-readers, some folks seem to love them and others seem to hate them. I was kinda anti when I first heard about them. I mean, they're not books. And I love books. Ergo - I don't like digital imposters that pretend to be books. Only, apparently I do.

Yes, they aren't books, obvs. And it is a completely different reading experience, there's no pages, no book smell, no random bits of paper between the pages, no scribbles where someone else has read it before you. But for me, both as a student and as a lover of fiction - its pretty much perfect. Its so light that I can keep it in my bag pretty much all of the time, and as I've put a lot of the required reading material for my course on it  the odd half hours between lectures can actually be used pretty productively. It takes a little bit of fiddling sometimes to fit scientific journal articles on the screen at a size that's comfortable to read but I've not yet found something that I can't read. The only problem I've encountered so far is that graphs with different coloured lines are a little bit confusing!

Love love the fact that I can have a whole series of books with me at once - I never have to wait to start the next one and this makes me happy. Also, reading mega books doesn't make my wrists hurt - yes, this is an important point.

All in all, the kindle is awesome (IMO) and a really useful tool for students - and also I guess other people who are on the move a lot.

04 November 2011

beautiful words

I love pictures. But sometimes words can be enough.

"It was a terrible beauty, something that would call to your body and make your heart cry." - Laurell K Hamilton - Seduced by Moonlight

01 November 2011


Halloween was a pretty quiet affair in our house. We stayed in and carved pumpkins, R made pumpkin soup & I spent ages picking pumpkin seeds out of the pulp only to leave them in the oven too long and burn them. Pumpkin seeds taste like popcorn if you almost burn them - who knew?! We didn't even watch a scary film because we are lame at halloween. Hope everyone had a great halloween weekend!
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