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Happy Sunday World!

How have you been doing in this whirlwind, crazy time? That’s what this moment has seemed like to me – crazy, whirlwind, bonkers.

I arrived back on English soil on June 1st, after around 2 years away from home. Everyone said to me that nothing will have changed at home in the time I’d been travelling – and they were right, really. The houses looked the same, the road signs led to the same places. People still milling around, doing their jobs, looking forward to the weekends. Flowers blooming, streetlights flickering.

But when I arrived back, so many small things struck me. I took in my home like I was gulping breaths of fresh air – the familiarity of the sofa, how tall my sister had grown, what the garden looked like in the soft light of the morning. Dogs bounding around the house, having a cup of tea and a long chat at the dining room table. There are so many things that we take for granted, that can only be appreciated really in absence.

Anyway, enough of my poetic ramblings. Essentially my life spiralled at a million miles as soon as I opened my front door. Within a week of being back in Nottingham I’d got a job, and within 2 months I’ve moved into my own flat. Whether this is where I want to be forever, who knows. But what I do know is, it’s nice to be home at the minute – and I won’t go into the ridiculous up and down of emotion that comes with moving back, because that’s a conversation for another day.

Here’s a few nice moments from the past few months in between the ups and downs. Since I last wrote on here my art has taken a nice little feminine niche also, that I’m pretty into. More of that to come.

Peace out for now. Life’s a trip x

 

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MELBOURNE LOVIN

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Melbourne’s been my home for a good few months now, but it’s taken a while for me to fall in love with it. I’ve been in and out of jobs like no-one’s business, mostly skint, and I just can’t seem to find routine. I also spent a month over Christmas at home, so it’s been very hit and miss.

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But I’m just starting to feel the Melbourne groove. I bought a bike, and I’m really enjoying whizzing through the streets, going for coffee (we all know Melbourne is known for it’s coffee) and getting occasionally caught in a downpour.

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Whilst I’ve not taken nearly as many photos as I normally would have done over the last few months, here’s a few faves from Melbs adventures so far.

Smith & Daughters.

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A Mexican Vegan Canteen with food that left me puzzled as to how it could be Vegan. Beautiful, pink haired, tattooed lady staff (girl crush siren), a ridiculously awesome Latin Madonna vibe and delicious food. Winner.
Located on Brunswick St, Fitzroy.

Original Keith Haring Wall.

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I stumbled across this one day when I was wandering around trying to find a new book to buy. Pretty cool.
Located in Collingwood.

Naked For Satan.

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A rooftop tapas bar with expensive wine, but an excellent view.
Located on Brunswick st.

David Hockney Exhibition at the NGV.

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Say no more. Mostly pieces that he has drawn on his iPad, which amazes me as the man’s about 80 years old. I’m all about the colour combos. Big fan.
Exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria

The Australian Open.

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Not normally a sport fan, but I felt that I couldn’t miss an opportunity to go to the Aus Open. And it was SO GOOD. Maybe I’m gonna start playing tennis…

Slowpoke Espresso.

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Slow Monday morning coffee vibes. Nice Granola.
Located on Brunswick st, Fitzroy.

Fitzroy Gardens.

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At one with tree. Tranquil, beautiful green space near our house. Melbourne really can’t be beaten when it comes to parks.

So I’ve still got a lot to explore, you’ll notice most of these things are on Brunswick st/Fitzroy – which is conveniently near where I live. I’ve a lot more touristy things to do here. But so far, so good.

Welcome to the bad luck club 

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So, I’m a superstitious person, yes that’s true. BUT I had not realised the actual power of a broken mirror. I’m now low key freaked out.

 

Last sunday, I shut my window which had a mirror balancing on the ledge, and it fell and broke much to my dismay (seriously, that little mirror has travelled 12 countries and countless festivals with me). Oh no! 7 years bad luck! My boyfriend laughed it off, little did he know…

 

Fast forward a week later and there’s been a few mishaps. They say bad luck comes in threes. Well…

 

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      1. The car broke down on the way to the great ocean road. It 100% died. On the motorway somewhere random an hour away from Melbourne. We managed to get it to a train station, but of course the train was a coach replacement, and of course it was late, and of course it took twice as long.

 

      1. I had a beautiful job in a hip little cafe in Fitzroy. They haven’t been that busy though, and therefore I lost that beautiful job. Bye free coffee, bye kimchi pancakes (sob).

 

      1. To put the icing on the cake… I found a new job working on an apple farm through a lovely friend. I work up yesterday with a swollen face the size of china because I’m allergic to my new job on the apple farm.

 

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And so.
JOY. All about that PMA though (see prev. post). You’ve got to laugh, or else you’d cry (sobs into cup of tea after dropping a biscuit in it).
Also, I’m not listening to any of the inspirational quotes that say ‘you make your own luck’, or any of that crap. I’m sticking my middle finger up to luck, accepting it’s been a bad week for it, and I’m carrying on.

2017, A job to write about, and some nice photos

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Hello world and HELLOOOOO 2017, how are ya you shiny little thing. (It’s now February, and I wrote this in Jan but I’m lazy, so lets just pretend).
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So 2016, despite bringing the Earth some (well a lot) of horrors, was a hell of a year for me. I climbed Machu Picchu, travelled a whole lot, lived (still do) in Australia, did some volunteering, learnt some Spanish, decided to be Vegetarian.. the list could go on.
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It was a fab year for all of those reasons, but also a hard one for all those reasons. Being away from home for the whole of 2016 made me sad a lot of the time, but I’m turning that into positive experience of appreciating my family, my friends, and the familiarity of home so much more.
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So I feel like I’m coming into 2017 a bit different than last year, and I’m into that.
There’s been a few thoughts flying round my head during these first weeks of January, (see, now it’s Feb. sorry.) and as with a new year comes a new mindset (naturally) so I want to jot it down so it makes more sense.
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I’d like to share one part of my career life which is really going my way – which is being a copywriter for the wonderful Shae Maree. I’ve written some copy for Shae’s website, and more recently been writing for the blog (which you can read here). And I love it. Such a great tone of voice that I can get down with, topics I’m super interested in, and a vision I can get involved in. Plus, writing is my jam. Go check out Shae’s beautiful creations that are often made from recycled materials, it’s a boho dream world.
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I’m also doing some other bits and bobs. Sometimes it feels like I really haven’t got my shit together. Sometimes it feels like the world’s my oyster. But in 2017 I’m all about that Positive Metal Attitude. It’s all gonna be grand. Keep working hard, keep hustling, keep being happy.

Mount Victoria, Blue Mountains 

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Mount Victoria is a sleeeeepy sleepy town in the blue mountains, a couple of hours drive outside of Sydney. We went to stay there for a couple of days on a really good groupon deal (highly advise checking it out), where we stayed at Cedar Lodge Cabins for next to nothing.

We arrived on a Monday, only to find that nothing was open. Reminiscent of English or Welsh countryside towns were everything stops in down season, the town is quiet but quaint. 


We went on a couple of hikes – to Mount Piddington (great name) and the famous Wentworth falls. Not tough (for once) but ridiculously beautiful with great views.


Coupled with a massage and a couple of visits to cafes (all we seem to do nowadays is visit cars for wifi and cake), a great few days out of the city.

The Grounds, Alexandria. Flowers, food and lots of photos. 

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I’d been lusting after this place ever since some photos popped up on Instagram. Blue skies, flower galore, and food in abundance – The Grounds is a place of dreams.

We went on a Saturday with 8 of our housemates and it was chaos to say the least. So so so busy, we were running around trying to take it all in and avoid the hoards of people. That being said, we managed to get a table in the restaurant pretty sharpish. The food was nice and the company even better. But if you do go to visit I’d say choose a weekday if possible. I’d love to see the place minus a million people.

BUT it’s a photographers paradise. Or my kinda paradise. The colours… I die.

Botanicals and the Blue Gum Walk

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Who doesn’t love a nice walk on a Sunday? Especially when it’s in the Australian bushland, which turns out to be just an hours train ride from Sydney city centre. Meet Hornsby, where we began the Blue Gum Walk.

Also featured: a couple of flowers in the Botanical Gardens (what more do you expect?) and a sneaky floral from Watson’s bay.

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Pastel houses and balconies of dreams

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Wandering the streets and looking up from my phone is a fave activity of mine. I’m really into these colour palletes – dreamy pastels with 70’s vibes and flowers growing wild out of balconies.

Below is a nice little selection of beautiful houses, balconies, flowers, colours that caught my eye whilst I’ve been travelling. Must.Stop.Taking.So.Many.Photos. But somethings are just too lovely not to document.

Houses from… Cartegena (Colombia), Caye Caulker (Belize), Copan (Honduras), and Newtown (Current residence, Sydney).

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