Saturday, July 18

Oxford so Pretty in Pink

Yesterday was my day off, Tom was working and I hadn't made any plans so I decided to head out to North Parade, a pretty avenue that runs between the Banbury and Woodstock roads, and then I wandered down in to Jericho. North Parade has a fab looking coffee shop, Brew, which I'll have to pop back to try as it was pretty busy when I walked past but I've heard really good things. There is also a wool shop, Oxford Yarn Store, which is very much on my list of places to check out when I have some spending money so yesterday I just drooled over the yarns in the window display!

I walked down in to Jericho, past pastel coloured houses, debating whether I fancied a coffee or a cold drink and not really coming to a decision, it was a really warm, muggy afternoon yesterday and I just couldn't make up my mind! In the end I had a meander at the Woodstock Road shops, treating myself to a cactus plant for our flat, before heading back to North Parade and settling for a ice cold spritzer in the Rose & Crown (pictured above) back garden area. The Rose & Crown is a really cute little pub, I've not been in there before, with a lovely seating area outside with yellow benches, vintage signs and grape vines. I'll definitely head back there again.

When Tom came home we headed out to our local, The Plough, for drinks with friends in the sun before coming home for pizza ;)
Today I am back at work, lots of figures related stuff to do so I'm going to finish my tea and head in to get started, I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Saturday, July 11

Eleven years in Oxford

I have now had the pleasure of living in Oxford for eleven years and I've gotta tell you, I love this tiny little city. As cities go Oxford really is pretty small and it is one of the greenest cities in the country, you are almost always near a park or the river and, whilst this can be easy to take for granted, it is something that I make sure we make the most of every weekend.

Earlier on today I went for a wander down at our local nature reserve, a favourite place of mine to go when I'm alone and I need a recharge. Today there were butterflies fluttering around everywhere and no-one around so it was pretty magical.

This evening we headed down to our local pub, The Plough, for a peaceful drink in their outdoor area. It is right by a section of the canal so after our drinks we wandered over to the bridge over the canal there and watched a few of the boats passing through before heading home.

I celebrate eleven years in this city this summer and I think that making this green oasis of a city my home is one of the best decisions I ever made!

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Friday, July 10

A re-introduction... 10 things you didn't know about me

As I am resurfacing in the blogging world I figured a good way to start would be to tell you a few things about myself, so here are ten things you didn't know about me...

1. I was born in London, grew up in a town called Wellingborough, infamous for it's prison and I now live in beautiful Oxford, famous for it's University, dreaming spires and literary links amongst other things (Inspector Morse anyone?)

2. I have two webbed toes on my right foot.

3. I travelled around Cambodia for five weeks a few years ago and absolutely fell in love with the country and it's people, they have the biggest hearts I have ever seen. Their generosity to each other and their willingness to help you blew my heart wide open.

4. I once played a mermaid in a Peter Pan play at school.

5. I like to read, a lot. I will read pretty much everywhere and anywhere that I can. When I'm not reading books I am reading blogs. Am I reading yours?

6. I prefer dark chocolate to milk chocolate. A million times over.

7. I have hearing aids. True story.

8. I finally quit smoking this year after zillions of failed attempts. So proud of myself.

9. I have had an obsession with wool for years... but I can still not knit nor crochet. I make a pretty mean pom pom. I also have my very own wool love hashtag on instagram #ihavethisthingwithwool

10. Once I have consumed alcohol I am completely fluent in Spanish. Like 100% fluent. Although my boyfriend refutes this. Hhhmmmmm.

It's going to be good to be back here at the keyboard and in the blogging zone again, in the meantime if you want to keep up with me make sure you come find me on instagram or Twitter.