Tag Archives: Seasonal Stuff

Seasons Greetin- A Melancholy Christmas Playlist

I’m one of those people who struggles at Christmas. This holiday period makes me feel sad, nostalgic, lonely and a little lost. Good job Xmas tunes are so cheerful then, eh? Oh wait- What?! If you have Scots heritage you might know that ‘Greetin‘ also means crying. So why don’t you pop on this playlist and join me […]

Travel Blog- Grand Days out in Glasgow

Glasgow is fast becoming one of my favourite cities to visit. It’s compactly cosmopolitan and has a rich heritage in the arts and sciences which makes for inspiring places to visit. This year I explored the nooks and crannies of the Hunterian Collections at Glasgow University and strolled through the glass-houses of the 200-year-old Botanic Gardens. I love Victorian […]

Spring shoes-clog love

My Clog collection!

Last year I became clog obsessed and started a small collection. I thought it would be fun to compare the clogs I actually got, to my wish list here.  So without further ado this is my wooden soled clog collection, all from Lotta from Stockholm : I have two pairs of low-heel mary jane sandals in red /nubuck, one pair […]

Red Hair 90s style buns

Happy Hair Colour Accidents: New Year- New Hair 2016

It’s becoming a tradition that  I change my hair for the holidays.  Xmas and New Year can be a bit emotional and I often feel low. But it helps to remember these feelings are temporary. Now I’m aware of my mid-winter ‘wobble’ I anticipate it. Now I change my hair on purpose, not in the emotional knee-jerk/radically irreversible way I used to. This […]


10 Things I love about the Festive Season!

Is it too soon to talk about Xmas? I’m uncharacteristically keen for chrimbo again this year. This is a new thing for me. For years this holiday really bummed me out but I’m working on re-focusing things. Xmas is becoming a time to spoil myself, read lots, watch sentimental movies, cuddle on the sofa, and eat […]

Carving Halloween Pumpkins

Smashing Pumpkin Ideas for Halloween

I get super excited about Halloween pumpkins, because I didn’t have them as a kid. I loved dressing up and trick or treating, going to the parade and fireworks, eating Halloween snacks while nodding off in front of the TV watching schlockly old Horror films and B-Movies. But…Halloween without a pumpkin is like Christmas without a tree. We didn’t have […]

Orange is the new Black- last of the summer

Life Lately… Orange is the New Black

Lately according to my Instagram gallery I’m drawn to all shades of rust, red, copper, orange and ochre: Clockwise from Top Left: Bringing the last of the summer in from the garden, orange Irish wildflower Montbretia (Crocosmia)/ Whose been sleeping in my bed? My ginger tabby Sam / And so it begins, the first of the […]

Clogs- riverside reds photo series

Life Lately…Riverbank Reds

Lately according to Instagram I’ve been seeing red! Especially along the river bank… Top right going clockwise: My Red Mary Jane Clogs from Lotta from Stockholm /Graffiti covered by wild ivy/Detail of Rosebay Willow Herb/ Red bamboo-like stems of the Himalayan Balsam (Jumping Jack). I love to walk by the river and my clogs have been […]

photography Sycamore Helicopters- summer greens

Life Lately…Summer Greens

Looking back over my Instagram lately I’m seeing a lot of green. It’s been a long wet summer so far, with what feels like endless rain. Now that I live in the woods and have a back yard of my own I’ve developed a budding interest in wildflowers and botany. Clockwise from top left: Raindrops on overgrown […]

The Green Cat

Life Lately…Summer

Lately according to my Instagram feed I’ve been hotly anticipating summer. At almost halfway through June we are approaching mid-summer but I can’t deny the voice in my head is still crying out ‘Are we nearly there yet?’ Summer so far has meant dandelion season and blue skies that belie chilly days. Also rapeseed blossom on the way home […]

Genie meets Classic Trek

Boldly Going – resolutions for the New Year

I’m not a fan of the phrase ‘New Years resolutions’ but sometimes its helpful to set yourself goals or guidelines in life. Here are five of mine for 2015.

Pink Holiday Hair

Pink Holiday Hair & Happy New Year!

Happy New Year and welcome to my first post of 2015, I thought I’d celebrate by sharing some pics of my pink Holiday Hair! I’m notorious for making terrible hair decisions in January. I don’t know if it’s because my winter S.A.D is in full swing but I often feel down around Xmas and New Year resulting […]

Five Festive Films

Five Alternative Festive Films

Indulge in some festive movie watching with these off the wall holiday season film recommendations.

Blood spattered Sporan illustration by b.gillespie

Happy Halloween

Here’s a suitably spooky sporran illustration from my collection of short stories that I’ve decided to call- ‘Flash Fiction’! I created only a couple of illustrations in the end opting to stick to photo ‘illustrations’ for the stories over all to keep the ‘Flash’ in the flash fiction. But I enjoyed the excuse to get my dip pens […]