For those of you who follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you'll have noticed that I was living off a pretty dairy heavy diet recently- all thanks to a work conference in the amazing Franche-Comté region of France. Of course as with all work trips the majority of the time was- alas- spent working, so I … Continue reading 72(ish) hours in Besançon, France
A few weeks ago (though it seems like longer) I bought a small patio set for our communal garden, on what turned out to be the last sunny day before a month of solid drizzle and gloom. That day, I assembled the flat pack furniture with immense satisfaction, poured myself a glass of elderflower cordial, … Continue reading Sanctuary: lessons learned from a wise man in France
Note: I almost changed the title of this post to "Isn't it ironic?", as after I finished writing it the delays started stacking up against us. Stolen cables, a broken down TGV in front AND behind ours; we ended up arriving in Besancon a full three hours after we expected to (and nearly 15 hours … Continue reading Travelling by train: appreciating the journey, not just the destination
I’ve decided to start listening to podcasts at work, in an effort to optimise my time (though I still make the effort to be “in the moment” at regular intervals throughout the day). Last week when I got to the office, instead of flicking automatically to my local radio station to listen to the same … Continue reading Happier Habits: I joined the library!
Lately I've been trying to make a conscious effort to support more local businesses (though it's a slow transition, I'm still a supermarket shopper due to time constraints but definitely an aspiring veg-boxer, butcher/ cheese-monger/ fish market visitor! One day!). When I saw that the St Fagan's Food Festival was to be held the weekend … Continue reading Supporting Local Business: St Fagan’s Food Festival
I wasn't quite sure how to move on from my last post. It seemed that whatever followed it was going to take away from the sentiment I had struggled so hard to put into words in the first place, and I certainly didn't want to seem insincere by glossing over the issue within just days. … Continue reading The Importance of “Being” in a world of Time Optimisation
When it dawned on me- sometime last week- that today would mark my 6 year "Kiliversary" I was struck powerfully by two things. Firstly; six years has passed since nineteen year old me set out on the biggest, scariest adventure I could comprehend at the time. Secondly; I can remember the whole experience as vividly as … Continue reading Kilimanjaro: Memories from the Roof of Africa (6 years on!)