Monthly Archives: October 2011

A little look around my home

I’ve been living in my beautiful little dreamflat with flatmate for almost 2 months now, and we’re definitely getting towards being unpacked and settled. I thought I’d share some pictures of our lovely work in progress so far.

Flatmate found this chesterfield sofa on gumtree, and we went to uplift it from a room that wasn’t much longer than the sofa. It’s super comfortable, and about 7 feet long. Amazing for when friends come visit.

Sunflowers and typewriter. Beautiful.

This chalkboard came to me this week from etsy, from a lovely couple just outside of Edinburgh. I’m going to hang it in the kitchen, and it’s going to be a brilliant meal planning aid.

Our living room is on the ground floor, so we have shutters in the living room! They’re so pretty, and keep in so much heat!

This is Mama Schultz’s Singer sewing machine, and my new best friend. It is a classic machine and still perfectly formed and in working order. Getting to know this beast has been a pleasure so far, and I’m looking forward to becoming more competent.

I’m also in the middle of upscaling our hideous lampshade, so that it becomes a thing of beauty. Updates will probably be in DIY Friday this week.

love, becs


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A series of unfortunate events

It’s been really hard to blog these last couple of weeks. I didn’t want to write anything depressing, so I didn’t write anything at all. This is a place of happy things and achievements. Now it’s been a couple of days, I’m seeing the funny side to a couple of disastrous moments.

Firstly, I went home last weekend, and left boy to look after the bunnies – something he did with great care. Unfortunately when he came to pick me up from the station on my way back, he left my keys inside. Sundays are not good days to be locked out, so I was grumpy until I got back in at around midday on Monday.

This week, boy managed to slice the tip of his finger off with a salami slicer while at work, so I’ve been playing nurse and changing dressings. Thank goodness my Mama was a nurse. She taught me all the first aid I’ll ever need.

Also, bunnies were due to go to their very first (with me at least) vet appointment, so we packed up into a cosy cat basket with plenty of blankets and lettuce for the journey and off we went across the meadows. Unfortunately, I made a pretty major error, and had to call the vets at five minutes before the appointment time to ask how to get into the building. The very patient receptionist had to explain that the very close veterinary practice I chose is in fact about half an hour long bus ride from my house.

Bunny bum in transit.

We made it to the vets today, via a rainy rainy adventure from the bus, for a lovely checkup. Both of my lovely lady bunnies are lovely gentlemen bunnies! I’m super pleased that they’re healthy, but it seems that I’m now in the market for new names. Luna Lovegood and Nymphadora Tonks aren’t quite masculine enough. Suggestions on a postcard…

This fortnight I also…

  • went wedding dress shopping with my best friend in the whole world, and found her perfect dress!
  • had a visit from said bestie in my hometown, and spent a gorgeous weekend in the sun with her.
  • baked a super tasty maple and pecan triple layer cake for the return of my wonderful flatmate.
  • had a david bowie party and wore many many sequins.

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Food glorious food?

Two little bunnies started eating vegetables this week! We’re starting with romaine lettuce leaves, and the occasional raisin for treat time. Their first introduction to lettuce went down a storm, with all of the lettuce disappearing very very quickly. Hopefully this addition to their diet will stop them trying to chew cables and bookcases quite so much.

This is a picture of only Luna, because Tonks always gets red eye in pictures. Not sure why, but it means I can’t just insert a picture straight away.

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Summer in Scotland

Today has been a perfect day. Walked to work in the rain with my beautiful umbrella, and worked a little shift with lovely people. Then I came home and donned sweats to clean. I love the post cleaning feel, when everything is fresh and exactly how you want it. Then the lovely Nicola came over and we had beautiful pomegranate and halloumi salad, followed by pea and mint risotto and then passion fruit tart. Beautiful.

There will be a photo of the gorgeous colourful salad here when I can work out how to access photos I took using Instagram. (EDIT: found them all in my iphone photos – they’d been there all along. Duh.)

We sprinkled the halloumi slices with a little cayenne before grilling them so they got melty and lovely. The salad is a mixture of crunchy leaves and a lot of rocket, with some red onion very finely chopped. On top of that was a little drizzle of olive oil and balsamic before we added the halloumi and pomegranate seeds. This was my first attempt at deseeding a pomegranate. They’re pretty tricky things.

Inspiration for this salad came from here, which in turn came from a google search and I’m now totally in love with the eat like a girl blog.

Nowhere boy is on channel 4. It was at a screening of “Nowhere Boy” at the Cameo in Edinburgh that I first met my boy. We both went to see it with the same mutual friend. I don’t remember very much about him, it was mostly dark. I didn’t think watching this film would give me the happy fuzzy feeling, we barely spoke that day. But it does.

All week we’ve had weather from the summer that never was.  It’s over now, but it was a beautiful few days. I enjoyed getting a last couple of outings in my favourite summer outfits, and now I can look forward to getting into proper wooly jumper and welly season. I love when the leaves start to fall. The meadows are stunning in all of that colour. Brilliant.

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