Sunday, 23 October 2016

Little Things I've Loved This Week #37

Well this has been rather an unusual week indeed! I worked my first week of night shifts, so it's been somewhat all over the place the last seven days. They went far better than I expected, although I'm very glad to be done with night-shifts for a while - staying up all night does not come naturally to me at all! Day or night though, here are the little things I've loved this week...

1. Half-price flowers in M&S. They were reduced as they'd reached their sell-by date, but were still looking in perfect condition. I said in my bedroom tour post that I've been sticking to false flowers recently, but this was a bargain too good to pass up.

2. The little boy in the supermarket who gave me a massive grin and an enthusiastic wave on Friday morning. What a cutie.

3. Toasted homemade bread. To save mealtime confusion while working nights, I decided just to make pretty much every meal breakfast. Think beans on toast, scrambled eggs on toast, poached eggs and avocado on toast... All made just that little bit better by having thick slices of chewy, buttery homemade bread that is so much more flavoursome than sliced shop-bought loaves!

4. Heading down to the docks at Southampton with my sister, admiring the boats - big and small!

5. Rewatching Downton Abbey from the beginning. All the series are on Amazon Prime and I had forgotten just HOW GOOD it is! I'm not a huge TV series watcher, and this is one of the very few series that I actually can't wait to watch the next episode of.

6. Watching as it gets light outside, knowing it means my shift is coming to an end. There was something pretty nice about knowing I'd managed to work through another entire night and that it would only be a few more hours until I could go home!

7. Crisp autumn walks along the river this afternoon. I packed my camera and set out for a stroll along the Thames, capturing the beautiful autumnal scenery in the afternoon sunshine. Blue skies, red leaves and sparkling water - idyllic :)

Hope that you've all had a lovely week!



Sunday, 16 October 2016

Little Things I've Loved This Week #36

I'm writing this feeling ever so lazy still sat in bed on a Sunday morning! (Ok, I have already gotten up and put a wash on because the guilt was too much.) I'm preparing for night shifts next week, so today's a day for a lazy morning, as late a night as I can manage and then hopefully getting some sleep during the day tomorrow before working the night. Anyway, that's next week. Here are the little things I've loved from this week:

A Saffy-style welcome home. I went home on Saturday to go for lunch with my mum and of course to see my beautiful little terrier, Saffy. They always say dogs give the best welcome and it's so true. Saffy's getting to be more of a "mature lady" in age nowadays, but there's still something so puppy-ish about her whirling tail and flying paws as she hurries to say hello when I'm back!

A live orchestral performance. One of my closest friends plays in an orchestra and she invited me down to Paddington for their autumn concert this weekend. They played some of my absolute favourite classical music - The Nutcracker Suite - which never fails to make me smile. There's something so enthralling about being up close to an orchestra and seeing how every sound you hear is coming from the people and instruments in front of you!

The patient who, upon me asking how she was that morning, replied "all the better for seeing you!". I know I shouldn't have favourite patients, but she's working her way towards it!

Matchmakers. They were on sale in Tesco and I may have bought myself a box. Or two. 

Being able to fill my fridge with fresh food. Basically, I'd had a faulty fridge since moving in to my flat and finally it got replaced the other week. Since then, I've been loving being able to buy lots of fruit and vegetables without worrying about them going off. It's also meant I can prepare my lunches for the week! (I've also been enjoying the ability to have fridge cold chocolate too...)

Jadu Tea's Spa Afternoon loose leaf tea*. This was sent to me a while ago and I've only just gotten around to trying this particular one. It's minty and refreshing and I have been enjoying it by the potful, sipping it from my beautiful Bombay Duck tea cups. It's a beautiful blend of spearmint, Chinese Oolong tea and nettle, dandelion, burdock and milk thistle. 

What have you been up to this week?

Monday, 10 October 2016

A Bedroom Tour

You know how ages ago I promised a tour of my new bedroom?!

Well, finally, I've gotten round to doing it! I moved into a new flat back at the end of July so maybe it's not such a new bedroom anymore, but better late then never :)

Pink and grey bedroom
When I moved, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to go for a new style with my bedroom. I spent a lot of time searching for inspiration on Pinterest and blogs - making it only fair to share some photos of my own finished room. 

The room was pretty much a blank canvas when I arrived - all white furniture and walls just waiting for an injection of colour. 

White bedroom
I really loved the idea of a sophisticated pink and grey room and set about most my favourite activity in the world - homeware shopping!

At the age of twenty-three, I think I can finally trust myself not to destroy white bedding and so opted for a simple waffle-patterned set from John Lewis that would be the perfect base for adding blankets and cushions to.

Pink satin cushion on white bedding
Many, many hours of my life have now been spent in Home Sense which is where I found a beautiful soft, grey blanket that's ideal for breaking up the 'whiteness' of the bed - and is wonderfully cozy now that it's starting to get a little cooler!

Pink and grey cushions on bed

Finding pink cushions turned out to be a much harder mission than I anticipated, but I eventually tracked down a couple of bright pink ones in Tesco and a lighter, satin-textured round one in M&S. The grey cushions were also an M&S find.

Pink and grey cushions on bed

I knew I wanted some flowers to brighten up the room, but despite loving fresh flowers I knew I wouldn't be able to maintain them and so opted for some fakes instead (shh!). These beautiful pink peonies came from Hobbycraft, and fit perfectly into the vase supplied by my landlady.

Fake pink peonies
Pink peonies, candle and photo frame on bedside tableFake pink peonies in white vase
 I love having a dressing table, but easily fall into the habit of having everything out all the time! I've tried to be tidy with it this time and only have out brushes and some moisturisers, while all my make up is stored in the drawer below. Keeping it as clutter free as possible means there's space for a few scented candles which I light in the evenings when I'm winding down for bed.

Brushes and make up on white dressing table
 Scented candles on dressing table

Lake Sunset Yankee Candle jar

I've also freed up some dressing table space by storing all my haircare things in this wicker basket from Dunelm. No more tangled hairdryer wires!

Wicker basket with magazines
Pile of magazines
 My bedroom is easily my favourite part of the flat and as my bed is a million times more comfortable than the sofa, I spend a lot of time sitting in here! There's still more I'd like to do with it, like maybe getting some fairy lights to wrap along the bed, and I'd love to be able to change up the questionable canvasses that were here when I moved in. (Not pictured here, but for some reason they thought a photo of a creepy forest opposite the bed would be just the thing to fall asleep to...). If it was my own property, I'd probably also swap the blinds for something a little more stylish, but I guess I can't have everything!

Pink, white and grey bedroom

I'd love to know what you think of the room. And if you've got a room tour post, pleaseeeeee  leave me a link because I'm really nosey :)


Sunday, 18 September 2016

Little Things I've Loved This Week #35

One of the things that's kept me away from blogging recently is the fact that I just don't seem to have a lot worth blogging about!

However one post I can definitely get back on track with is this weekly round-up of the little things that make me smile each day. The kind of things that just happen to brighten up the week. So here are the happy moments from the past seven days:

1. Blissful relaxation while having my hair cut. The hairdresser was lovely, and while I don't mind making conversation during a hair cut, she said that sometimes she likes to just let her clients zone out for a while and enjoy a little downtime in life. Now that's something I can totally get on board with!

2. Handwriting compliments from my consultant. I feel like something similar has made it onto one of these lists in the past, but it does make me smile each time! The ward consultant changes every two weeks, and the first time I met this week's, she said she had been admiring my handwriting in patients' notes, and how easy it was to read. Messy doctors' handwriting is not a myth and deciphering my colleagues's notes is a skill!

3. Victoria on ITV. I know we're already pretty far in, but I am loving this series. It's replacing the Downton Abbey shaped hole in my life very well.

4. Joining the local library. When I lived in Bristol, it took me four years to join the library... and when I eventually did, I never took out a single book. Oops! Now that I've moved, I've been much speedier about getting a library card and enjoyed picking up a few new reads.

5. Walking along the river. It was a beautiful, warm evening on Tuesday and I decided to make the most of it with a stroll along the River Thames. It was a great decision and I really enjoyed a moment of true relaxation, sat beside the river watching the ducks, swans, rowers and kayakers on the water.

6. New cushions. I've been really indecisive about how I want to style my flat (which is why there's still no flat tour post yet!), but I spotted these duck cushion covers in Dunelm and couldn't resist them. So I guess I'm going for a sort of country-style theme for the living room...

And tell me, what have you been enjoying this week? :)



Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Remember Me?!

Hello everyone, it's been a while hasn't it?

I've been settling in to a new job, a new city and a new flat and it's all been keeping me rather busy, with not a lot of spare time for blogging. But as I am beginning to feel more settled, my break has definitely made me realise I miss it.

I miss actually writing my blog, but more than that I miss the whole blogging world. I miss reading other blogs, and keeping up to date with other people on Twitter and Instagram.

As I started out my first few weeks as a new junior doctor, I went back to using my personal Twitter account, one with that connected me with lots of other medically-minded people. A gang of people who knew what I was going through and were there with advice and inspiration. 

But now I think I'm ready to come back out of my medical bubble. I need that something else to help me switch off from work and the hospital and give me a completely different focus. So while I won't be able to spend all day scrolling Twitter and Instagram (*sob*), I am going to try and get back into at least looking at them occasionally. And posts may be a little sporadic, but I'm keen to get typing and editing again!

So let's have a little catch up as a good starting point :)

How better to get back into blogging than with a close up of some scented candles?!

I've got today off, having worked eight days before that and it's been a very welcome day off! When I'm working, the rest of my life tends to get a little chaotic, so today has been a very satisfactory day of sorting out laundry, going to the bank and giving the kitchen a good scrub. I've also got my baking things out and whipped up a batch of Bakewell Tarts, one of my favourite bakes. 

It's little things like this that just make me feel better about everything. I feel so much more relaxed when the flat's clean and tidy and I've worked through my to-do list of little errands. I've also been able to get a much needed extra couple of hours sleep - being on-call over the weekend meant I felt a bit full of adrenaline by the end of each shift and that makes it so much harder to drop off to sleep in the evening.

I also made a bit of a spontaneous decision to have my hair cut today! I had planned on going clothes shopping, but was struggling to find anything I wanted. So determined to make my trip into the town centre a productive one, I sought out a hairdressers and had a bit of trim. Nothing drastic at all, just the usual tidy-up of my layers, but I love just refreshing my hairstyle :)

So that's what I'm up to with my mid-week 'weekend'... back to work tomorrow, but feeling much more relaxed and refreshed :)

Hope you are well and I look forward to getting back into blogging!


Monday, 15 August 2016

Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace

Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace

The weekend before last, mum and I made a trip to the beautiful estate of Blenheim Palace for the first ever Countryfile Live.

I sort of got into Countryfile by accident. It just happened to be what was on TV in the evenings when I was making dinner. I still don't go out of my way to watch it, but I usually find it's a good choice for some light evening television while I'm cooking.

I love a day out, especially if it gets me out of the city, so I was really pleased to find that mum had a couple of free tickets thanks to her Sparks card.

We headed up to Blenheim Palace for the Saturday of the show - a gloriously sunny day! The event covered a huge area and was full of activities, displays, exhibitions and stalls, all with a countryside theme. In fact, there was so much going on that we didn't manage to see everything - it was as I was reading the show guide afterwards that I realised just how much we'd missed!

Countryfile Presenters Signs

We started off in the craft area, admiring some of the amazing work on display. If I had a big enough house and garden, I could happily buy all kinds of art and sculptures to fill them!

Woodwork display at Countryfile Live

Craft Tent

There were displays of tractors, from vintage machines to the gigantic modern day vehicles, all being brought to life in a demonstration of haymaking.

Vintage tractor
vintage farm potato sorter
 Blenheim was a beautiful setting for the event and it looked absolutely wonderful in the sunshine, with crowds of happy people of all ages wandering around. I'd love to be going back for the International Horse Trials later this year, but sadly I'm working that weekend :(

Blenheim Palace Countryfile Live
The Waterside at Countryfile Live
 My favourite parts of the event are all the animal features! With a dog ring, an equine ring and Adam's Farm, there were plenty of animals about. I came away from Adam's Farm with a long list of animals I'd like to have in future - better keep working those weekends in order to afford them (and somewhere to keep them)! There were all kinds of cute farm animals, from chicks and sheep to rabbits, pigs, goats and cows. It was possible to go in and pet them all, but that would have involved shoving little kids out of the way and I decided that was probably not a great move! I've had plenty of experience of petting farms as a child so I thought I'd let the children have their turn while I admired the animals from a distance.

Goats at Adams Farm
Bull Display at Adam's Farm Countryfile Live

Adam's Farm Suffolk Punch and donkeys

In the main arena was the 'Countryfile Calendar' performance, a show taking the audience through the seasons and life in the country. With circus performers, a herd of sheep and an enthusiastic group of young farmers, it was an action-packed display! Countryfile presenters Rani and Tom also made an appearance.

Cirque Bijou at Countryfile Live
Countryfile LiveRunning sheep

Countryfile Live BMX Display

Countryfile Live BMX Display

Anita Rani and Tom Heap
Countryfile Live Anita Rani and Oxford Young Farmers
 With dogs and horses being my favourite animals, the dog and equine arenas were always going to go down well! We watched a thrilling semi-final of the trials and scurry driving, with some very speedy ponies dashing around.

Scurry drivving

British Scurry and Trials Driving
Shetland Pony Scurry DrivingScurry Driving at countryfile live

Scurry Driving
Scurry Driving The  highlight of the show though for me? Being asked to volunteer with a dog in the Essex Dog Display Team! I was just about to sit down at the side of the ring when one of the handlers came and asked if I'd like to have a go. Luckily I've had a little bit of practice with Saffy at taking a dog round an agility course. They paired me up with a gorgeous little dog called Bella who was utterly perfect as she whizzed round the course not missing a single obstacle! We were the only pair to have a clear round which I was delighted with. Then the professionals took over and showed just how incredibly well trained their dogs are; jumping through fire, chasing down 'bad guys' and leaping over one another.

Essex Dog Display Team
Dog Agility at Countryfile Live

Essex Dog Display Team at Countryfile Live
Overall, it was a fantastic day and I really hope it's on the calendar again next year!

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