Green Home

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We’ve just had a plant disaster.

My friend kindly gave me one of her spider plant babies and it’s grown in to a huge beast of a plant, with many babies of it’s own. The original big boy has been sat on the shelf I put up in the spare room (my only bit of DIY apart from hanging pictures) but today it looked a little lopsided. About an hour ago it fell off the shelf (was the shelf wonky? Nothing else has fallen… Did the plant jump?!) and on to the pale floral bedding in the spare room. Another good reason for a spring clean I guess.

Anyway, here’s a selection of the greenery in our house, covering most surfaces, making it a nightmare when toddlers come to visit.

We don’t have children, we don’t have pets, we don’t own our house so we haven’t painted the walls, so instead we have filled the house with beautiful plants: a small orange tree, our cheese plant, air plants hanging in the windows, cacti and succulents.

Oh and the small gin at the end was a Christmas present that I’ve only just got round to enjoying and wanted to put online because the bottle, which is the size of my palm, is so damn cute.

 

Instax in Prague

I love my little Instax camera and being able to hold a physical photo seconds after it’s been taken. The colours are muted and have a faintly seventies feel to them. Here’s a selection I’ve taken this year, some from our anniversary trip to Prague and one of Dan djing at Picture House Social in Sheffield.

Here I am at Tretter’s cocktail bar in Prague with a gorgeous basil and egg white cocktail (wearing my favourite Monki shirt) and a nice one of Dan in Old Square.

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At the top of the hill, by the Castle, we tried to take a picture of the view, but Instax doesn’t lend itself to beautiful landscapes!IMG_0344

Our amazing hotel had a floor for guests to play games, watch TV and drink coffee, here Dan and I are posing for still life portraits.IMG_0346

Looking solemn in the hotel basement.IMG_0347

Finally, Dan djing at Picture House Social and a bleached (wrong setting!) picture of me in Old Square.IMG_0341

A short break in Prague

Ooh it’s been a long time between posts! In February we went to Prague to celebrate our 12th anniversary (my entire ‘adult’ life!) and it was truly wonderful.

Prague is so beautiful… Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, every single other building! Here are a few of the pictures I took, not included here: the rooftop jacuzzi, the amazing meals we ate and cocktails we drank (so much fantastic food and drink!) Instax photographs to follow…IMG_9681 copyIMG_9684 copyIMG_9713copyIMG_9720copyIMG_9759copuIMG_9792copyIMG_9831 copyIMG_9836 copyIMG_9839 copyyIMG_9840copyIMG_9846copyIMG_9859 copy

Equality is snow joke

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A small group turned up at Sheffield Town Hall today for Women’s Day of Action Rally, organised by SheFest.¬†Speakers included Natalie Bennett, former leader of the Green Party, Labour MP Louise Haigh and Annalisa from Our Mel, a Sheffield festival celebrating black culture.

Despite the snow, we were there. As SheFest said 2017 was a year of female activism and the activism and fight for equality needs to continue. I decided last year that it was time to do more, to learn more, to turn up (even if it’s snowing), to speak the truth, to not just stand there, complicit, when others discriminate against each other.

I didn’t know where to start, but Rebecca Solnit’s Hope in the Dark is a good book to help you to see that it only takes a few people who want change, to start a movement. There may not have been many people who attended the rally today, but next time, I intend to bring a friend, I intend to share the messages from the speakers, I intend to be part of the few who turn up, who listen, who share – sometimes that’s all we can do.

I didn’t take many pics because it was snowing/raining but I have a few, including one of Louise Haigh talking and Natalie Bennett supporting her. Here are two women who have campaigned against each other, but have come together to support this cause, as Louise said: “It’s so important that women support women.”

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Annalisa from Our Mel

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MP Louise Haigh and Natalie Bennett

 

On my reading list

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Hello friends, I’ve done a blog about the books I read in 2017, so I thought I would do one about the books I plan to read (and actually have already read) in 2018. Some of these were presents, some I picked up from a secondhand book shop in Scarborough over Christmas and the others have been recommended by friends.

Have you read any of these? What did you think?

I’ve just finished Conversations With Friends (loved it, the breakdown of relationships, an honest depiction of loneliness, smart and creative characters – they felt so real to me.) I’ve started The Girl with All the Gifts (so far, very much enjoying it, it’s had my heart racing when I felt I should be reading something a little slower paced before bed!)

This is my reading list in full (I’m also desperate to read Patti Smith – Devotion, but I’m going to read all of these first….)

M. R Carey – The Girl with All the Gifts

Sally Rooney – Conversations with Friends

Yuval Noah Harari – Sapiens

Alan Bradley – The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Will Storr – The Heretics

Lori Aurelia Williams –¬†When Kambia Elaine Flew in from Neptune

Patricia Lockwood – Priestdaddy

Roxane Gay – Hunger

Gabriel Tallent – My Absolute Darling

 

A good list, no?