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.

It’s still hot

Lots of people have been posting this week about the weather cooling down, but that has definitely not been the case in Newcastle – I’m still finding it really hot and stuffy, especially in the upstairs of our house, where the mugginess just seems to collect and sit there uncomfortably.  I’ve been trying really hard not to complain about the heat, because we hardly ever get summers like this in the UK, but in all honesty I am starting to get a bit fed up of only being able to wear about 5% of my clothes because everything else is too heavy.

Also, I love autumn.  It’s my favourite time of the year – the pretty leaves, the onset of crisp weather when it’s still a novelty, Strictly Come Dancing on TV, Hallowe’en, NaNoWriMo, and the long magical run-up to Christmas.  I know I shouldn’t wish time away, but it’s tantalisingly close now and I am starting to get excited.

Anyway, one day at a time.  I lost two pounds at Slimming World weigh-in today, which is great – it gives me a good buffer for the weekend.  I’ve been able to get a bit more work done this evening, and will be able to slot in a bit more tomorrow before the wedding on Saturday.  All going well!

OOTD 9th August 2018
OOTD: another very lightweight summer dress. Dress Monteau (2018), trainers Reebok (2017).

Phone Box Thursday: Main Street, Shap


Grey lamppost
Red…um…grey lamppost, 1st June 2016?

I know what you’re thinking – that’s not a phone box.  What happened was that for the third phone box in Shap, we were driving too fast for me to snap the photo properly, and on this occasion, Dad wasn’t able to stop the car.

Luckily, Google Street View comes to the rescue!

Red phone box
Red phone box, Main Street, Shap, April 2011. Photo from Google Street View.

(Coordinates 54.5329503N, 2.6782433W.)

That’s a wrap in Shap.  We’ll be somewhere else next week!

A different beat

Back to work today!  Another full day to get on with things before a hectic weekend.

Again, I did a pre-weigh-in SP day today – I’m at a wedding this weekend where there will obviously be a lot of eating and drinking, followed by a midweek visit from some of the in-laws, so I’m hoping to lose a couple of pounds as a buffer.  There’s been a bit more alcohol this week than there should have been, so we’ll see!  Fingers crossed.

(My first couple of months at target, incidentally, have really proven to me what I already knew: the summer is definitely the hardest time of year for me to stay on plan.)

Geth’s been away this afternoon and evening, so I’ve been taking the opportunity to listen to music that’s not Lisa and Kieran’s wedding playlist, courtesy of the Now! ’80s channel!

OOTD 8th August 2018
OOTD: that is my slightly grumpy ‘it’s still stupidly hot, where is this cooling down that everyone’s talking about?’ face. Dress unknown brand (thrifted from Steff in 2016).

20th century globes

For Christmas 1989, I got my first globe as a present.  Super educational!

Christmas 1989
The other presents in the picture are a jigsaw and two sets of hair accessories, all of which I also still have.

However, you don’t have to be a specialist historian to be aware that 1989 was a bit of a transitional year in world politics, to put it mildly, and so unfortunately my poor little globe was already out of date by the time I got it!

Here it is today (yes, obviously I still have it), complete with its depiction of the USSR and two separate Germanies:

1980s globe
1980s Eurasia, immortalised in a childhood Christmas present.

Perhaps so that I would have an up-to-date globe (that is not at all true – it was so that I would have a desk lamp for my homework), Mum and Dad then bought me this light-up globe lamp (labelled 1992) in the early ’90s:

1990s globe lamp
It’s also dotted with pictures of historical explorers and the dates they were active, which as a kid I found much more interesting than the actual map.

Obviously the 1992 globe is now itself slightly outdated (as you can see, it’s only got one Sudan – see this Wikipedia list for more examples), but for grown-up me as a 20th century throwback, that’s part of its charm.

I’ve occasionally considered starting a collection of even earlier 20th century globes, but given current constraints on house space, that’s probably not a good idea.

Maybe when I’m a very old lady, I’ll get an up-to-date one just to see how much has changed over the course of my lifetime!

Back to dashing about

A day of getting out and about and getting stuff done!

I went for a long run this morning – it’s less than five weeks till the Great North Run now, so I have to get those in every week – and then Geth came home with a bottle of cava to celebrate some financial news.  We had a glass and listened to the DJ set he’d mixed yesterday, and then headed off into town.

After picking up a few necessary bits and pieces in the shops, we went to the tailor to collect the smart clothes we’d put in on Friday.  Geth’s suit needed a lot of taking in, and my bridesmaid dress needed the shoulders raised in order to sort the length out.  They both look a lot better now!

A quick trip to the pub, and then home to listen to some more of the DJ set.  I think we’ll both know it off by heart in a few days’ time.

OOTD 7th August 2018
OOTD: running about town outfit. Blouse H&M (2018), skirt Gap (2007), trainers Reebok (2013).

2018 Ciders #45: Ernest

This was the cider I had at the bar on the Toronto Islands.


Yes, you can REALLY taste that honey in the cider.  It’s so strong, it actually reminded me of mead.  I’m not the biggest fan of honey, so I wasn’t hugely keen, but it did have a nice light refreshing aspect as well.