A moody weekend

Our view over Perranporth

There’s something beautiful about autumn weather and the seaside, especially when it goes all moody. It’s so cosy to sit inside whilst the wind is howling on the outside, plus I couldn’t be more content having the perfect window to gaze out of.

Sometimes you forget how nice to not have a running to-do list. Sometimes its nice not to worry about having to get for anything in particular. Reminding you it’s just as important to enjoy the small moments as much as the big.  

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King of the North(ern Quarter)

I grew up in North Wales where there wasn’t a ton of options for clothes shopping so we often made shopping trips to Manchester’s Trafford Centre. Those memories are still fairly vivid, but I don’t remember ever exploring Manchester itself. We definitely missed out, as I think I’ve found a new city to fall in love with.

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Looking back on 2017

Looking back over 2017, a few things have happened. I moved out of home (and Cardiff) and moved to Penarth. I explored a lot of Somerset, a fair bit of Wales and a little bit of London. I consumed many cappuccinos and devoured brunch after brunch. I took inspiration from quite a few art galleries (Hauser & Wirth, The British Museum and Tate Britain to name a few). And then took that inspiration to be creative myself. Here are a few highlights of the past year in pictures. I’ve not ordered them chronologically, but by place. Enjoy :)



Bristol Market

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Cornwall, England

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Flushing, Corwall – the town we stayed in

Three months ago it was August, which meant time for a summer vacation to Cornwall. My memory of Cornwall is a whirl of cutesy candy coloured cottages, bunting everywhere, salty sea air, hanging out with Bear the dog and cold ciders. I read a lot (I recommend the Manifesto of How to be Interesting) and explored a few lovely corners of the Cornish country. Favourite corners include the Tate in St. Ives, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and St. Ives itself.

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London: Greenwich & Bermondsey


So London, visiting my friend there came at a strange time. The beginning of January has been tumultuous. Things have begun and ended, sometimes leading me to get a little lost along the way. However, at the same time, its put everything into perspective for me. When you’re put outside your comfort zone it makes you realise the things you really want and need. So, here’s to the hope of better times! :)

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One of the things I wanted to do this year was explore new places, lucky for me I’ve been able to go to both Brecon Beacons and Birmingham before the first week of 2015 was out. Birmingham is a lovely city with a good mix of traditional and modern buildings, from The Bullring shopping centre and library to the central Museum. My highlights included visiting the independent shops found in The Custard Factory, dining at Topokki (mmm, takoyaki curry), watching Birdman at The Electric Cinema (this Portlandia sketch anyone?) and admiring all the artwork in Birmingham’s Museum & Art Gallery.

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Travel diary, May-June 2014

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21.05.14 – The colourful houses in Notting Hill, London

At the beginning of last month I returned to my family home in rainy Wales. It’d been the longest I’d ever been away from my immediate family, without visiting. I can’t deny that the significant distance between here and Vancouver factored into my return. But now I’m restless. Being in a place I’m so familiar with, has taken away my curiosity. When I visit new places, I want to walk about everywhere (which is in constant battle with my natural nature of “couch potato”). I’d like to regain that feeling of wonder for my environment, so I’ve decided that starting next month – I will try and get out of the house and explore. I also hope it will rekindle my interest for sharing the daily grind on here, as I’ve been terribly inattentive for a while.

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