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{photo by me and edited with the wonderfully distracting picnik}

Hi to anybody who’s found this blog via 20sb and without further ado, it’s time for a 10 Things Tuesday moment…

1. Old friends

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Particularly the joy of long conversations with old friends who you haven’t spoken to in a little while but can pick up with exactly where you left off and it feels like you’re laughing the entire time.

(I was catching up with an old friend on the phone last night – good times ūüôā September will be 20 years of friendship, wows!)


2. Growing your own fruit and veggies

These are some of the things we’re growing in our garden at the moment.

Clockwise from the top left; courgettes, blueberries, beans, grapes.

Not pictured – spinach, strawberries, various herbs and tomatoes.

I can’t wait to taste them when they’re fully grown!


3. 30 Rock

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I only recently started watching this show but I absolutely adore it already…and see way too much of myself in Liz Lemon, well in the moments when she says or does something¬†excruciatingly¬†embarrassing.


4. Sun-kissed freckles

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I used to absolutely loathe my freckles and raided every old wives’ tale there is to try to find out how to get rid of them. Thankfully, the lemon juice didn’t work because now I think they’re kinda cute! Yay freckles!


5. Novels you can’t put down

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6. Long fringes

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Although mine is a little too long at the moment…


7. Organisation for the nation

Maybe it’s the Virgo in me but I absolutely adore organising things, be it in list form, notebooks, folders…just take a look at my post on finally finishing my summer exams to see my course summarised into notecard form.

I love Moleskine notebooks and I currently have one of their yearly planners but at the moment, I have an old-fashioned filofax at the very top of my wishlist. I have a couple of potential options that I’m deciding between and until then, I shall continue to salivate over the potential uses for the extra pockets, notepaper and planners that are included…Yum!

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8. Heroes from Jane Austen’s novels

I included Mr Tilney twice because he’s my favourite of all Austen’s heroes. Why, you ask? Because he appreciates a good novel and has a real understanding of muslin. What more could a girl want?


9. Wise words

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10. Treehouses

You can actually stay in one of these fabulous treehouses here. My inner child that was denied a treehouse is crying out for a visit…


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What’s on your List o’ Loves this Tuesday?

Boo-Who(?!)

Posted on: June 28, 2010

So this series of Doctor Who is over…well, until Christmas and I’m already excited about the promise of what the Christmas Day special will have in store. In fact, this will probably be the first Christmas that I have actively looked forward to the show.

I’ve always been aware of Doctor Who but never really watched it – I think I caught a little of some of the old show when I was young but found it all rather terrifying and it just never caught my interest before it finished when I was in my early teens, and then there was the void for several years. I remember being quite surprised to hear that the show was coming back but was living in Japan then so didn’t really follow it too closely. My younger cousins love it though (they weren’t even born for the originals…wow, how old does that make me feel?!) so I watched one of the Christmas specials with them when I visited the UK that year but didn’t come home often enough to see others.

Then I moved back home, halfway through the tenth Doctor’s era. I figured it was a bit too late to start watching and besides, I thought, it never caught my attention when I was wee. However, THEN there was the big fuss about David Tennant leaving and a new¬†Doctor being chosen and I saw a picture in some of the newspapers etc. of Matt Smith in the¬†braces and bow tie combo and I suddenly took notice. Yep, ¬†a lifetime of not watching Doctor Who was overturned by a cute guy with a fantastic fringe, in a bow tie and braces – I really am that simple. (In my defence, he does also wear some pretty yummy thick-framed glasses sometimes in real ¬†life so what chance did ¬†I have?! )

I’ll just watch one episode, I said to myself, see what all the fuss is about and ¬†whether Matt Smith can live up to the amazing outfit…

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I didn’t look back.

I have looked forward to watching the show every week and I ¬†know I have no point of comparison, but 11 is definitely my doctor (and Amy is an ¬†amazing companion)! I love his energy, his eccentricities (a fez?! Alas though, a ¬†short-lived fez…) and how he spontaneously bursts out with bizarre comments. And the show in general has at times completely terrified me – not the Daleks, or other alienesque creatures – but the moments where the show takes elements from ordinary life, things that you wouldn’t think twice about and makes them so petrifying that they follow you into your dreams. A crack in a wall, for example, which has been the main undercurrent of this entire series, a disembodied voice calling from an intercom on a block of flats asking for help, statues (which you shouldn’t turn your back on!), friendly looking old people, dreams themselves…ideas that are so simple and yet stay with you. Who hasn’t been afraid of what lurks under the bed or in the wardrobe with the door slightly ajar? Simple but truly effective stuff.

With this final episode, problems raised early on were resolved and little elements which didn’t seem to make sense or were out of place in earlier episodes all came together – it was fantastic! We even have a few extra questions to ponder until the new series begins…

So this year I’ll be the one volunteering to keep my wee cousins company while they watch the Christmas special…and of course, my little cousins, I’m only watching it for the action and not for the yummy eccentric doctor. How soon is too soon to start the countdown to Christmas?! It feels like an awfully long time away…especially now that I finally have the time to watch the show without feeling guilty that perhaps I should be studying instead.

In fact, all my current favourite shows have recently finished their season – Glee, the Good Wife and, my guiltiest of guilty pleasures, Cougar Town. (Don’t judge me for that last one!) Is this some kind of conspiracy?!

Inspired by this fabulous blog, which I have spent most of today browsing…

1. Holiday Research

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I have a short holiday to Budapest booked in August and I cannot wait! Now that the revision is finished, let the holiday planning begin!


2. This glorious video

Which is now making me want to watch ‘500 Days of Summer’ again and shop for vintage dresses…

3. Receiving handwritten letters

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4. Tea

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5. Pre-Raphaelite paintings

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6. The Doctor

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Squee! There’s definitely something to be said for bowties and braces…

7. Converse sneakers

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8. London Gigs

Most recently:

{Wild Beasts at Koko in Camden – source}

{Band of Horses at Koko – source}

Next up – Muse in September!

9. Window shopping

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Being a student at the moment, I don’t have a lot of money to flaunt but that doesn’t stop me looking…and creating a deliciously naughtily long wishlist in my head…

10. Cute hairbands

{In fact, pretty much any hairband from Accessorize}

Hope you’ve all had (because it’s almost midnight here in London)/ are having wonderful Tuesdays!


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