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Durdle Door, Dorset

Earlier this year, I visited Durdle Door in Dorset. I never got round to writing about it, but as I was going through my photos, I realised that I have some truly remarkable shots of the seaside, which I just have to share.

The weather was rather dull – clouds and grey skies – which makes the electric blue shades of the water even more impressive.

Please also note that with the exception of the last photo, all the photos are completely unaltered – no filters or colour adjustments.

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Spring, with a whisper of summer, via brownies

Admittedly not my most original baking post as I made brownies, again.

In my defence, it’s a different brownie recipe, and one I made without the convenience of my scales or measuring spoons. I was over at my best friend’s flat and she doesn’t own scales, measuring cups or spoons. It’s amazing how dependent I’ve become on my baking equipment, when only a few years ago I didn’t even know that measuring spoons existed.

So I stepped into her kitchen and asked for the scales. Scales? What scales? Fortunately her flatmate owned a measuring jug. Then it was on to Google to find out the equivalent of a cup to mls on the jug. I have a funny feeling that the quantities I ended up with may not have been exactly what the original recipe called for, but the end result was still delicious.

This time the only change I made to the original recipe (apart from my suspect measuring devices) was to add about 50-60 g of dark chocolate chips to the brownie mix. Other than that the recipe is exactly as Deb, of Smitten Kitchen  posted it, here.

I used the melting in the microwave method as I didn’t really feel like setting up the water bath. It came out fine, as the following pictures can attest. Continue reading Spring, with a whisper of summer, via brownies

Spring (and shortbread) madness

So spring has finally arrived. It seems as if everything and everyone is making the best of the warm(ish) weather, and I am no different. I’ve been for long walks and picnics in various parks and just generally chilled. For now, I just intend to make the most of my free time, so in addition to working my way through the library and making a few stabs at my own writing, I’ve also walked around the city sketching whatever catches my eye. Looking at my surroundings with an artist’s eye really does make a difference – so many things stood out that I previously did not notice.

I often have my head in the clouds, but I do want to share some pictures that I feel best sum up my wanderings over the past week:

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A trip to the zoo

I went to the zoo two weeks ago, for the first time in my life. When I was younger I never went because my mother didn’t agree with the idea of caging animals, and felt uncomfortable about supporting it, and my dad just went along with her. I spent enough time on farms and around horses and various other domestic animals growing up, so I didn’t miss out on animal interaction as a child. Also I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything because you can’t really miss something that you have no inkling about, really.

Then, at the ripe old age of somewhere in my late twenties, my best friend suggested a day at the London Zoo. There’s a new tiger exhibition, she told me one day over lunch. Also there’s a penguin beach at zoo.

Well, I couldn’t really say no to tigers and penguins, could I?

So we rolled up to the zoo, got our tickets (2 for the price of 1, with the purchase of any two rail tickets) and there we were: a pair of childless, non-romantically linked adults in 36 acres of zoo, surrounded by either photography-mad, affectionate couples or squealing kids and their parents and/or teachers. Continue reading A trip to the zoo

Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures

I saw this challenge and thought it would be worth trying. I’ve always enjoyed looking through piles of old letters and cards and I imagined this challenge would be similar.

2012 was a mixed year for me; parts of it have been pretty near perfect, while other parts were decidedly less so. I’ve treated this challenge as an exercise in reflection.


My birthday meal – the original plan was for my best friend to cook for me. Unfortunately, she had the world’s craziest flatmate who decided to bin all the ingredients “because she didn’t want the flat to be noisy”. Fortunately, we live near some very nice restaurants and so still managed to have a great evening.



It snowed! I had a hard time deciding which picture to choose. In the end I chose this because I love the movement of the people. It just perfectly captures the atmosphere that day. We don’t get much snow in England, so whenever it does snow everyone goes a bit mad. This picture reminds me of how carefree I was that day. Image


I was on the train, going past the East Midlands Parkway. It’s a journey I used to go on quite regularly, travelling between Nottingham and London. This picture has managed to capture the industrial quality of the place and I think the reflection in the window of the other side of the aisle gives the picture an extra dimension.



Outside the Natural History Museum, meeting up with old uni friends.


At the end of the day, walking through Kensington Gardens towards Bayswater in search of Chinese food.


Lunchtime at St Thomas’ Hospital


Russell Square



Having lunch at Chives Cafe on the top floor the Canterbury Waterstone’s, looking down at the cafe across the street.



Fourth event down – one of the most important days of my career.



8th July 2012- Roger Federer beat Andy Murray in the Men’s Singles Final 4–6, 7–5, 6–3, 6–4. It was such a dramatic match and I’m so glad I finally got to experience Wimbledon.


The Whitstable Oyster Festival.

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View of Canterbury Cathedral from the High Street.



The view on part of my running route. This was a rare occasion when I took my phone with me.



Best seat in a cafe in Canterbury. It’s in a tiny side room, just big enough for two tables. Unfortunately countless other people have now found this spot and I’ve not been able to sit there since I took this picture.



One of the most impressive bookshops I’ve ever seen – the Birmingham New Street branch of Waterstone’s. I asked around and it turns out it used the be the former site of a Midland Bank branch.



One of my best friends decided to get me a ticket for the Christmas ball where I used to work. It was such a great night and made me realise that even though I am jobless and my savings are rapidly declining, I am still so incredibly blessed.

Onward to 2013!


I had to be quite ruthless in selecting pictures for this challenge, and I definitely did not manage to cover all the aspects of my year. Nevertheless, after completing the challenge I can conclusively state that I had a great year and that despite my disappointments, I don’t think I’d change it.