Thank You and Goodnight

Hi dear friends,

I’ve decided to stop writing here for a while. The reason is two-fold. You may have noticed that this blog is a bit of mess with funky links not working and so on. I simply do not have time to get it all spiffy and shiny-new (do you want to see my to do list?) but I feel a bit mopey writing when it is like that. It makes me feel like a crap blogger.

The other reason is that for some reason (nesting? pending 25th birthday?) I feel really focused on my career at the moment. But write I must, so I’ve created a new blog (yep, another one). It’s very simple and bare-bones so I can focus on writing. If you fancy it, do pop over and have a read. I would like that (but if you want to give me the silent treatment that’s cool too).

My new blog is called Letters to the Zoo and it lives here https://letterstothezoo.wordpress.com/

It’s all about books, movies, weird library shenanigans and the internet. Thank you for reading, here, friends. It’s actually one of the best things, to get to write and that maybe someone will read it.

Bye for now,
Laura

 

Taking Stock

breadEvery year, or actually just all the time, I want to somehow wrap up all the good things that are happening and hold them in the palm of my hand. I want to somehow see all these good things lined up and nod at them, ‘thank you’. It’s hard to do that. So much happens: days blur into weeks and the times slides by. I’ve come to the realisation, at 24, that these really are our golden years. We’ll have more golden years. We’ll have golden years with babies in them, and hopefully when we’re old and wise. But these years are pretty great. We’re obviously not rolling about in money, or ‘living the dream’ but there is something kind of special about right now. And so here is a wee list of my 2016 so far and all the peachy bits of now.
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Sunday things to read, listen, make and do

ApplesHey friends. It’s Sunday! Extra special bonus Sunday where we don’t have to go to work on Monday (cheers Easter, you weird commercial holiday). I’ve been a busy Lizzy this month so I haven’t written a blog post in a while. You understand, right? I’m sure you are busy too. Anyway, there are all sorts of weird and wonderful things popping up in my internet bubble that I thought I would share with you. Here goes. Continue reading

Peaches, Curry and Postmodernity

Peaches on the bench

The season is changing. All the time, at these times of year, you have conversations that go “I LOVE the heat, winter blargh!” and “I can’t wait for the soupy cosiness of autumn”. I’m firmly in camp autumn. Firmly. I don’t think anyone really likes being cold, or weeks of grey skies and rain, or a nose turned pink after huddling up a hill in the dark after work because yes it’s dark when you finish now. Nope. BUT I do very, very much like a cooler clime. See, I don’t do well in the heat. I shrivel up into a prune. I become as useful as sock without it’s pair. Or a broken rubber band. I turn into a floppy heap. So yeah, I’m excited about this change in the air. The literal change of a wisp of cool. And so here are just some things happening now at the turn of the season. Continue reading

That Time I Went to Kew

Cacti 2Last year I went to Europe and took approximately 756 photos. Those photos now live tucked up in a folder on my desktop in one of the saddest relisations of the twenty first century.  I only wrote one or two posts about my trip and so I thought I would share a few more snippets. When we decided to go to London the trip was planned around ticking two very special things off my bucket list: Kew and the Natural History Museum (I’m like the funnest person ever, right?). To my amazement both of these places far exceeded my expectations. If you haven’t been to Kew it’s an absolutely massive botanical garden with a rich history. It’s like one of those places with a surprise around every corner if it had like 570 corners. There was just so much to see. One of the most fascinating things was the Marianne North Gallery, featuring more than 800 botanical paintings from around the world from the nineteenth century, which could not be photographed. Anyway, here are a few of the photos I took. Continue reading

This Weekend: Some Photos

Bread rising

Hi everyone. Is everyone feeling as depressed as am that it is Sunday evening? I always get a touch of the Sunday blues. On a less grey note, this weekend I did not have to work OR study which is basically a work of God, or just, ya know, timing. I decided at some point that despite the high 20s heat I would not retreat to my bed a la sloth but would in fact Do Nice Things. Here are some of the nice things. Continue reading