What is this ‘quiet weekend’ you speak of?

*blinks*  What’s this?  A couple of days where I don’t have to work, and my only appointment is parkrun?  It’s been a while since I’ve had this experience.

I really enjoyed parkrun this morning.  I wasn’t quite as fast as I have been recently, but I still got a respectable 31:30, my third best ever time.  It was nice to catch up with a few people we hadn’t seen in a while, too.

After we got back, showered and breakfasted, Geth fell back into Final Fantasy XIII-2 while I got some novel writing done.  Another thing that’s not happened since…actually, I can’t remember.

I do have another run to do tomorrow – and I should probably get some house stuff done, which is another project that’s looming ominously – but I’m hoping to have some writing time again as well.  The inspiration is strong at the moment, and I need to make the most of it.

OOTD 18th August 2018
OOTD: my fifth day in jeans in the space of a week! I’m really appreciating this cooler weather. T-shirt SF City Wear (2011), jeans Zara (2018), trainers Reebok (2018).

An unexpectedly quiet Friday

I was meant to go for a long run this morning and then come home and get on with some work to the sounds of Geth playing Final Fantasy XIII-2.  Unfortunately, the first thing we discovered this morning was that we’d accidentally left all my essential running stuff in a drawer in Edinburgh at the weekend, so Geth had to get an emergency train up to Mum and Dad’s today and collect it.

As such, there was no run for me, and Geth did not have the quiet videogaming day he was planning.  I will be cramming all my running into the weekend instead.

We’re now watching Disenchantment, the new Matt Groening cartoon on Netflix.  I’m quite enjoying it!

OOTD 17th August 2018
OOTD: quiet workday outfit. T-shirt Gildan for Stranger Things (2017), jeans Vivid (2018), shoes BHS (2016).

Woman of the year!

I didn’t feel like woman of the split second today (I was a bit delicate after a few drinks last night), let alone woman of the year, but that’s the award I got from my Slimming World group this morning!

Lilies and roses
I got these lovely flowers to celebrate.

I sort of feel like I didn’t earn it, because we didn’t vote on it like we usually do.  The reason is that I’m the only person in my group who qualifies for the regional competition, because I’ve lost more than four stone.  I have to fill in a questionnaire for my consultant to send in along with before and after photos, which is a bit nervewracking!

After group and a bit of email admin, I had a nice afternoon off.  Back to work tomorrow!

OOTD 16th August 2018
OOTD: posing with my Slimming World award goodies! Blouse H&M (2018), vest top Primark (2016), leggings Primark (2018), boots Primark (2017). Photo by Emma Butler at my Slimming World group.

Phone Box Thursday: Upper Street, London

We move on today to a series of Islington phone boxes from November 2016.

Red phone box
Red phone box, Upper Street, London, 12th November 2016.

(Coordinates 51.534093N, 0.1051901W.)

Geth and I have been going to London in November for a few years in a row, due to the Beat:Cancer charity gig taking place at Slimelight.  Unfortunately, we’ll be giving it a miss this year, as we already have too many gigs going on in the autumn.  As such, I will have to wait until the London Marathon in April before I can start collecting pictures of London phone boxes again!

In the meantime, I have a lot of them to show you.  Stay tuned for the next few weeks for more Islington examples.

A Wednesday out

I’m not usually out and about on Wednesdays, but seeing as Keith and Helen were in Newcastle today, it was nice for me and Geth to be able to show them around town.

After they visited the house (and gave us some good advice about uprooting some of the garden trees we have inadvertently inherited), we went into town and had a good walk around the Quayside.  Afterwards, we went to Uno’s Trattoria for a nice meal.

Back home now, and looking forward to a quiet weekend!

OOTD 15th August 2018
OOTD: shirt Topshop (2003), jeans Levi (2018).

Drawing in

I mentioned the other day that I was looking forward to the weather cooling down in preparation for autumn.  Well, it looks like I got my wish, because I’m back in full-length jeans and boots for the first time since the spring.  It’s still a bit stuffy upstairs in our house though.

The nights are getting a little darker too, although I’ve not really noticed due to the fact that I’ve been finding myself putting the lamps on at around seven o’clock all summer long, because it’s felt bizarrely comforting.  I don’t know what that’s about.

Also, they’ve started announcing the Strictly contestants, which definitely means autumn is on the way!  So far, I’ll be voting for Danny John-Jules (due to my massive love for Red Dwarf), but I’m looking forward to finding out the rest of the lineup.

Today was a nice normal work day, with a bit of cleaning and tidying involved because Geth’s dad and stepmum, Keith and Helen, are visiting us tomorrow.  Looking forward to a good day spent with them!

OOTD 14th August 2018
OOTD: that is my ‘telling Geth to focus the camera better by looking at the print on the boardgames’ face. I clearly need to work on that one. T-shirt Space Tribe (2006), jeans H&M (thrifted from Steff 2016), boots Carefree (2017).

An awesome weekend!

Geth and I are back in Newcastle today after another trip up to Edinburgh.  There’s been…more than a few of those this year!

This last weekend was definitely the best, though.  After getting to Edinburgh and spending the night at Mum and Dad’s on Thursday, we were picked up by Sharpy and Steph on Friday morning to travel to Dalhousie Castle, where we would be spending the weekend.

We immediately bumped into a post-manicure Lisa in the foyer, and after a couple of drinks in the bar, during which the rest of the gang showed up, I went downstairs to the spa for my own treatments.  I had a great massage and a much-needed file and polish for my fingernails, both from Lindsay, whom I really recommend tracking down if you’re ever at Dalhousie.

After sorting out a few things in the hotel room, I headed back down to the bar (we ended up spending quite a bit of time in there over the weekend, unsurprisingly!) for a few more drinks, then down to the restaurant for a really nice pre-wedding meal with all of Lisa and Kieran’s friends and family.  The highlight was some amazing gnocchi that totally made up for the disappointing version we had at the hen do!

OOTD 10th August 2018
Friday OOTD: dressing for dinner. Blouse Canda (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2018), necklace Claire’s Accessories (2003), belt Flip (2003), trousers Gap (2018), shoes Just Cavalli (2018).

Saturday was the wedding day, which was a great (if slightly blurry towards the end) experience all the way through.  After a hotel breakfast at which I allowed myself to eat ALL THE THINGS (you gotta create that base for a long drinking day), I joined the bride and the other bridesmaids in Sarah’s room for a fun morning of hair, makeup and prosecco.  Eventually we were all ready, and we walked down the aisle for a lovely humanist ceremony, before heading out for fizz and canapes in the hotel grounds with the new Mr and Mrs Leach!  The rain held off all day, so we got photos done outside, and before long it was time for the wedding breakfast, which was another great meal.  The fact that I forgot to take a photo of the cheesecake should indicate how good it was!

The evening saw a fantastic wedding disco courtesy of Geth, followed by a few late-night drinks back in the bar.

OOTD 11th August 2018
Saturday OOTD: the least blurry and drunk-looking shot of me post-late-night-drinks. There are much better ones on Facebook! Bridesmaid dress Issa (2018).

Sunday morning required another large breakfast, as everyone was very fuzzy from lots of drinking and not much sleep.  After some quiet recovery time sitting in the bar and not drinking, we got back in Sharpy’s car and headed back into Edinburgh.

I had some work to do yesterday afternoon – helped along by the Now! ’80s channel – following which Geth and I went down to the chippy where I got a much-needed fried battered half pizza supper with salt ‘n’ sauce.  Only people from the East Coast of Scotland will appreciate the beauty of those words.

OOTD 12th August 2018
Sunday OOTD: comfy recovery outfit. T-shirt Campus Crew for Toronto Blue Jays (2018), jeans Miss Selfridge (2018), trainers Reebok (2017).

This morning, Geth and I packed quickly – we had a fairly early train to catch – and, still feeling a bit fuzzy (a sign of a good wedding!) headed back to Newcastle, where I got on with some more work and Geth played Final Fantasy XIII-2 all afternoon.  We’re now watching WarGames, which I have never seen but was apparently a childhood favourite of Geth’s.  I am really enjoying it, I have to say – though to be fair I’ve rarely met an ’80s movie I didn’t like!

Monday OOTD: I may still be enjoying carrying my bridesmaid bouquet. Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), hoodie Gildan for Resistanz Festival (2016), t-shirt Para (1995), belt H&M (2017), leggings Primark (2018), shoes Zara (2018).


Great wedding yesterday!  I had such a lovely time seeing friends, and it was a wonderful experience to be a bridesmaid for the very first time.  Geth and I have spent the day recovering (and getting a lot of work done in my case), which included a Scottish chippy tea – the only correct type of chippy as far as I’m concerned.

Tomorrow will be a day of getting back to normal, and I promise I’ll post lots of pictures from the weekend!

Just passing through!

Just a flying post today as I’m getting ready for Lisa and Kieran’s wedding tomorrow.  I’ve had some lovely ciders and spa treatments so far this weekend!  I’ll post another quick update tomorrow morning, and then tell you all about the weekend on Sunday evening.