Saturday, 22 September 2018

autumn & winter manifesto 2018

This autumn and winter, I will:

up my biz game (need help with words?)
and my patreon game (join us?)

keep up with my admin  
and file my first tax return 

head to devon for a family adventure 
and share a blog post about it 

make some new comforting meals
get better at insta stories 

buy some prints for the stairs
read lots in my spare time 

visit stourhead
use up at least one disposable camera

keep up with my exercise routine 
uphold mine and lyzi's festive tradition 

buy stuff for chai lattes 
take poppy to the woods

buy a plant for the plant holder 
start working my way through my list of pubs/restaurants to visit 

write an epic quiz for boxing day 
take more instax snaps to frame 

try and find some more balance in my life 
buy an outfit that fits because I am running out of clothes 

What's on your list? 

Scroll through all my other lists over the years if you'd like to.


Saturday, 8 September 2018

Independent Bookshop: Book Barn International, Somerset

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Book Barn International, a bookish haunt that I'm particularly fond of, held a kilo sale over the bank holiday weekend where you could fill a box with secondhand books for just £2.

As a strong believer in the idea that you can never own too many books, I decided to drag my family along for a browse via Cheddar Gorge.

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We arrived, after spending 300 years behind lycra-adorned cyclists, to find part of the car park and entrance to the warehouse full of crate-upon-crate of secondhand books. Cookbooks, spine-cracked novels, non-fiction books on everything from cricket to yoga.

I set myself to work looking through the crates, mostly distracted by amazing old book covers. I find it extremely easy to get all sentimental about secondhand books and the lives they've lead so let's just skip ahead to some photos of busy bookshelves.

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After donating a bag of books at the front desk, I headed for all of the indoor shelves. If you've never heard of the Book Barn, it's essentially a big warehouse full of secondhand books that are mostly all £1 each. It's easy to spend a couple of hours wandering the maze of shelves in search of your next read.

There's also a cafe, a rug shop, a warehouse out the back filled with slightly pricier books, and a rare and antiquarian book section for good measure. The latter goes by the name of the Darwin Room and, as you can see, I spent a few minutes browsing before heading back to the car. 

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I usually find a few books that take my fancy, as shown in previous book hauls, but I couldn't find anything that caught my eye on this occasion so I remarkably headed home with an empty bag. Next stop: the fish and chip shop.

We sat up on the Mendips eating fish and chips in the car whilst active families cycled by. We wound down the windows and jokingly offered chips to every pour soul that made their way to the top of the road. We had the right idea if you ask me.

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Stomachs suitably full, we headed home to pick blackberries from my garden like we're in the Famous Five or something.

Blackberries sent on their way with my sister, so that she could make smoothies for the week, it was time to sit down with a book and the first hot chocolate of the season. Bliss.

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That was enough excitement for at least a week.

Have you been on any adventures recently? Been buying any secondhand books? Spill.

Check out my previous adventures if you haven't already done so.

P.S Have you downloaded the creative prompts guide yet?

P. P. S We've just started our Vivatramp Book Club read for September-October over on my Patreon page. Join us?


Saturday, 1 September 2018

Things That Make Me Happy 86

things that make me happy list

therapy calls that illuminate rather than frustrate 
being the first to the pastries so I can pick the one with the most icing 
nurturing my rational voice 
the last day of holidays where you actually feel excited to go home and put plans in place as opposed to miserable that it is coming to an end

I have been sharing things that make me happy lists for years. If you'd like to read some more, you can scroll through the archive.

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