September Favourites | 2017

This favourites post will be a very quick one as September has just flown by! Here are a few of my favourite things in the month of September:

Ceilidh dancing at the Ghillie Dhu. What a wonderful idea for a night out- I love a ceilidh!

Listening to ‘Dialect versus language — what’s the big deal?’ on The World in Words podcast. This episode actually came out in June but I just got round to listening to a couple of weeks ago. The World in Words podcast is full of brilliant facts and discussions about language, and this was a particularly interesting episode about languages and dialects.

Listening to the Generation Anxiety podcast. Another podcast I’ve enjoyed is this Australian one about ‘why millennials are so anxious, and how we can work together to solve it.’ As someone very anxious, it’s always reassuring to know that it’s not just me.

Catching up with friends. This almost always makes my list because spending time with people I love but don’t get to see too often is almost always a highlight.

Reading ‘The Novel of the Century’ by David Bellos. I saw David Bellos at the Edinburgh Book Festival in August and couldn’t wait to read it. It’s a fantastic book about the imagining, writing and publishing of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables and the historical and political significance it holds.

Victor Hugo was born #onthisday in 1802, so to mark the anniversary we’re immersed in David Bellos’ new book, The Novel of the Century. . This is the extraordinary story of how a simple tale of love and revolution, the poor and the downtrodden – Victor Hugo’s beloved classic Les Misérables – conquered the world. . There has never been a book like it. It’s the most widely read and frequently adapted story of all time, on stage and on film. But why is Les Misérables the novel of the century? This new book brings to life the story behind the book, the story of how Hugo managed to write his epic novel despite a revolution, a coup d’état and political exile; how he pulled off the deal of the century to get it published, and set it on course to become the novel that epitomizes the grand sweep of history in the nineteenth century. . What’s your favourite quote from Les Misérables? (You can see ours in the photo!)

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Cycling in Hyde Park. Every time Craig and I are in Hyde Park we say we should use the Santander bikes and go for a cycle and in September we did just that. I definitely recommend it!

Eating a doughnut from the Wheat Free Bakery. This was my first doughnut in over a year and my oh my I’ve missed them! I like the bread and rolls from the Wheat Free Bakery and they have plenty of tasty treats too. I’m working my way through them! It didn’t taste exactly like a doughnut, more like a bun? Either way it was very tasty.

Driving my grandparents out for lunch. When I was little I promised my grandparents that when I had a car I would drive them to various places. Well, the day finally came. For whatever reason I was driving the day Craig and I went to see them so the four of us piled into my little Ford KA. They were absolutely delighted. I promise it was quite the adventure!

Eating gluten-free fish and chips in Anstruther. The Anstruther Fish Bar really does do delicious fish and chips and it’s well worth the journey on their special gluten-free days!

Listening to new music from Miley Cyrus. I loved ‘Malibu’ and ‘Inspired’ when they were released earlier in the year, and I loved her recent Live Lounge covers. I thought she came across as very genuine and mature in her interview with Clara Amfo too. ‘Younger Now’ is so chilled and I’m enjoying listening to this current evolution of Miley.

Booking tickets for Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. This was my fourth time trying to get tickets and I finally managed to book some for August 2018! I am so so excited.

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August Favourites | 2017

What a quick month! I love writing these posts- it’s so lovely to look back on all the things that have made me happy over the month. Here’s what made me smile in August!

Craig surprised me at the airport. I was so focussed on finding the Stanstead Express that I almost walked right past him but it was such a lovely surprise when I landed from Portugal.

Yorica. It has totally “free from” ice cream and toppings (no lactose, no gluten, no nuts, no eggs) and is almost as good as the real thing! Totally worth the slight taste compromise for a happy tummy.

Running through Golders Hill Park past the zoo. When Craig chooses a route I just follow blindly as my sense of direction is nil. You know what I don’t normally see on a run? Lemurs! Lemurs meditating in the sunshine! Very exciting.

Dreamgirls on the West End. I was blown away by how brilliant this was. I’d go back to see it again immediately if I could!

When I was down in London I spent a lovely sunny afternoon catching up with my oldest friend, Zoe- we see each other when we can and it’s so nice to chat with someone who really has known you forever.

Visiting Kew Gardens. It was so peaceful and we could have spent all day there- just as well as it’s pretty pricey!

Foil, Arms & Hog at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This was a very good show, as comedies in my Fringe experience can go either way, much recommended if they’re back next year or touring.

A lovely surprise parcel arrived from my lovely friend Louise with a selection of Danish goodies and teas!

I’ve been to the Edinburgh Book Festival a good few times. This year I saw John Boyne and an event called Visions of the Future: Youth Mental Health with my best book loving friend, as well as Victoria Hislop with my mum and David Bellos, who has written a book about the writing and impact of Les Misérables, with Craig. All were brilliant. I love the chilled out atmosphere of the book festival and the chance to indulge my true book loving self!

I went back to Body Balance this month after a wee break- it’s my favourite fitness class and I always leave feeling so zen.

I finally watched the last ever episode of Pretty Little Liars. I somehow managed to stay spoiler free, even after waiting six weeks to watch it! I’m still not sure how I feel about it, but I do think it was a very PLL-esque way to go out.

I ran 10K in Glasgow in the Women’s Running Race Series in 59 minutes, which I was absolutely delighted with. It’s a whole seven minutes faster than my first one, but this one was a lot flatter!

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July Favourites | 2017

July is my favourite month of the year- there’s a marginally more optimistic chance of some sunshine and I have lots of birthdays to celebrate, including my own!

Birthdays 

I had a very relaxed birthday at home with my family and Craig. We went to Loudons for brunch then Craig and I spent a rainy afternoon  at the Jacobites exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland. We had homemade currywurst and Tesco’s GF and LF Carl the Caterpillar cake for dinner. My sister, my nana and two of my best friends have also had their birthdays in July too so it’s been a busy month! 

Graduation 2.0

I graduated again, hooray! This time was to celebrate the completion of my PGDE. I’m lucky to have met such lovely people along the way and I’m excited to see what comes next for us all! 

Summer Reading 

I’ve been on holiday in Portugal and have enjoyed lazing by the pool reading. It feels like such a luxury! I’ve read quite a few books I really enjoyed, but in particular I loved How to Stop Time by Matt Haig and This Must Be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell. 

Disneyland Paris (and Paris Paris) 

My sister and I went to the happiest place in France because it’s Disneyland’s 25th birthday and we just couldn’t resist a trip! We also spent some time in Paris, the city where I spent my Erasmus year and absolutely fell in love with, which is as beautiful as always. 

Family holiday to Portugal 

I’m just back from a sunny holiday to Vilamoura in Portugal where I’ve read on a sun lounger and done very little else. So relaxing. 

Amorino

My friend Sasha introduced me to Amorino and I’m so glad she did! It has delicious ice cream and sorbet. I can eat all of the sorbets on my (modified) low-fodmap diet as they don’t contain any lactose. I’ve eaten a fair amount of it in July between Paris and Portugal! 

Despicable Me 3

I’ve not seen Despicable Me 1 or 2, but I enjoyed this film so much more than I expected to! It was also advertised everywhere in Paris and it was very funny to see the minions hiding along the Champs-Élysées. 

Learning how to drive again (and getting a car)

I passed my test almost four years ago and then never drove again. Living in the city centre, I just didn’t need to. However, I’ll need to drive to work in August so I’ve had some refresher lessons and I’m back behind the wheel of my very first car. I was very nervous but it’s been less painful than I’d thought! 

Catching up with friends

It’s always so lovely to spend time with friends I haven’t seen for a while. 

Rimmel London 60 Seconds Super Shine Nail Polish in Ethereal  

I’ve been borrowing my sister’s nail polish (and have now bought my own, don’t worry, Megan) since I went on holiday to Croatia- she said that since it was a pale, pearly colour it wouldn’t be too noticeable when it started to chip. She’s right and I’ve literally not worn another colour since. It’s perfect for summer!

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June Favourites | 2017

Where did June go? It was a crazy busy month and just seems to have disappeared! Here are some of the things that made me happy in June.

Cheap train tickets to London
Virgin East Coast had seats on specific trains to and from London for £15 each way at the start of the month, so I ended up spontaneously visiting Craig the weekend after he’d been up to Edinburgh. I also managed to catch up with two London based friends which was a lovely bonus.

Finishing uni
I’ve passed everything and I’m graduating this week!

Beautiful Lies (De vrais mensonges) film
I loved this Audrey Tautou romcom. A hairdresser receives a love letter, and sends it anonymously to her mother to try to cheer her up. Lots of crossed wires, hilarity ensues, it all ends happily ever after. A lovely light hearted film!

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
I watched the first episode of the television programme and then had to read the book! I found it very interesting and ever so slightly terrifying too. It’s pretty powerful and I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

Reunion in Barcelona
My friend Anna is based in Perpignan at the moment and I haven’t seen her since this time last year. Martha and I flew to Barcelona to meet up with her and we had a fab few days in the sunshine exploring the city and eating tapas and ice cream (and reenacting scenes from the Cheetah Girls 2).

Weekend in Grasmere
I spent a weekend in Grasmere in the Lake District with my family to celebrate my mum’s birthday. We were so lucky with the weather, which was possibly a wee bit too hot for the somewhat ambitious walks my dad had planned! If you’re interested in a couple of fodmap friendly places to eat in Grasmere, have a look at this post here.

Holiday to Croatia
Craig and I went to Split in Croatia for a week and had a fab time. It was also really nice to be able to spend a whole week with Craig now that he has moved to London for work. My holiday highlights were visiting Krka National Park and the speedboat day trip we took to see different islands.

Schär chocolate chip buns
These are far from the healthiest free-from product, but they came in so handy for breakfasts while I was in Barcelona and Croatia. They’re tasty, keep well and passed my ‘being stuffed in hand luggage’ test. 

Anne with an E on Netflix
I’m a big fan of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables and I was so excited for the series on Netflix. I absolutely loved it but I can understand why people who like an adaptation to be 100% faithful to the book might be disappointed. I thought it added some more depth and I liked how they explored Marilla’s background too. Also, AmyBeth McNulty who plays Anne is almost exactly as I pictured her when I first read it!

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