Hippy Tat: Flamingo Mug

From the Fenella Smith collection at John Lewis. Back on the theme of Flamingos again!  This time in the form of my current favourite mug. I have spent the most of this morning unsettled, awaiting my first driving lesson.  My mantra was to trust the instructor for surely they would know what to do, even I hadn’t a clue.  The intention…

International Yoga Day

“Trees are patient creatures. They live a long, quiet time, and they know how to stand firm through all the changes of day and night, climate and season.”  -yogainternational.com  For International Yoga Day.  Tree pose-harder than it looks-standing firm, the effort to be still, to gain stronger. This is currently a good space in my…

Hippy Tat: Flamingo Lights

Flamingos are so hot right now.  In all the shops, printed on almost every imaginable product. For me, a lover of both the birds and of pretty tat-this is heaven.  I could kit myself in flamingo everything if I so desired (which I sort of do). Most of us who have grown up in and…

Hippy Tat: Beaded Chandelier Earrings

The other weekend I was travelling back from a friend’s wedding and found myself with an hour or so to kill in Birmingham. The Bullring in Birmingham is the most incredible place to go shopping and I headed straight to the Forever 21 store (we don’t have one nearer home).  This is where I found…

The Community Library

In my previous post about debt I mentioned the really tough year I had in London with no money, there have been other tough years but none quite so dire.  My salvation at this time was the Clapham library.  This is where I could go to get warm, use the internet and find entertainment that wouldn’t cost…

A truth about debt

I wasn’t going to post this blog for a while, it just feels too personal and it is not a comfortable subject but after seeing an article on the BBC News website today I decided to take the risk and post it. When I was 22 I lived in London for a year. I had barely…

Hippy Tat: Cowboy boots

There is nothing deep about this post.  I am literally just going to boast about my really cool shoes, it won’t get any deeper than that. Hopefully that is enough to manage expectations.  Now to the shoes. Returning to the UK means returning to the habit of checking the weather apps every five minutes and…

Ducks over f**ks

Disclaimer: the following is based upon true events but should be read with the knowledge that due to the lack of television* here one must rely on the ducks for entertainment. We have been away just a week but already a lot has changed for our duck friends.  There has been a lot of drama…

Hippy Tat: Opal

Back when I was a student I bought my first opal ring (in the hippy shop at the Metro Centre, Gateshead).  I was far more than I could afford to spend, handmade in Arizona, fire opal.  I was well known at the shop, it frequently fed my hippy tat obsession, so much so that the…

The potential perils of the C word

Let’s begin with a brag; yesterday when I was at the gym I managed to complete my full set of lifts, an achievement I have been striving since I first signed up a few weeks ago.  I am finally seeing some progress, I feel like I am getting somewhere. It was even more momentous that…