Where is my mind?

Do you ever do or say things that make you instantly question your own sanity? It’s starting to become a fairly regular occurrence for me…

Quite often I find my self driving along, minding my own business, when my brain suddenly cries, “Turn back! You’ve forgotten your car keys!”


Gratuitous puppy picture. This is Monty, by the way.

Recently, when we had the terrible wind and rain, I gazed out of my office window and started to worry about whether the dogs would be scared at home. Sounds normal, right? I then said (to myself, but nonetheless out loud) “maybe I should ring them and check they’re ok”. The best thing is this is not even the first time. Last time I actually wondered if I should text them.

Today’s may have topped them all, though. Today, I got out of the car, gazed down at my loafer-clad feet and said, “Shit, I’ve forgotten my shoes!”

And it’s only Tuesday. Somebody pass me the gin.


Reasons to be cheerful

Hello! Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend so far!

I was looking forward to lovely, busy Saturday today – my other half is away for a friend’s birthday so instead of going to his place like I usually do, I’m staying home. I had hoped that this would mean a day of industrious sewing and traipsing around shops…but unfortunately my body had other plans and I woke up with a cracking headache that I cannot shift!

I usually get grumpy and let myself wallow in self-pity when I’m feeling poorly, but I’ve decided to make an effort to look on the bright side a little bit more. So, here are a few things that have brightened up my day:

A nice stack of magazines

Sometimes it’s nice to come away from the computer, put down the phone and get into something made of paper. I was moaning the other day about how Elle Decor never comes free with Elle here – when I was living in Spain they used to all the time – so I was pretty chuffed that WH Smiths had them on offer. Homemaker is a monthly staple for me, it’s the perfect thing to flick through if you’re running low on inspiration. It a great mix of crafts, interiors and recipes and the design is seriously pretty to boot.

Ice cream

Who doesn’t feel better after ice cream?! These little pots come from Aldi, they’re £1.99 for four and they are amazing.

Making something

I’m pretty new to sewing, and the amount of concentration required to not make holes in my fingers was just a bit much today, so I picked up the hook and crocheted a little pin cushion instead. Much more relaxing and far less dangerous! If you’re interested, the daisy pattern is here.

Right, I’m going to get into bed and catch up with Call the Midwife. Don’t judge me. I just watch it for the frocks, honest!

First Steps

Well, hello there!

I’m Hannah, I’m 25 and I am terrible at introductions…

If you asked me ten years ago what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have said ‘a writer’. Five years ago, it would have been ‘translator’. Although there have been a few tangents between then and now (Teacher! Pastry chef! Housewife!), I have always wanted to spend my life working with words. Right now, I am not and I feel like something is missing.

I read a lot of blogs, about a whole heap of different things, and it was while I was reading this post on Rosie’s blog that I realised that biting the bullet and signing up to WordPress might just be the answer to my frustration.

You see, I have written blogs before in the past, but made the mistake of giving myself one topic to stick to and eventually given them up out of frustration at not being able to write about other things. So this time I’m going for a bit more variety – no labels, just a smorgasbord of things I love. Things like the word ‘smorgasbord’.

To give you an idea of what to expect, I’m into cooking, baking, interior design, sewing and making things (largely a mess, if you ask anyone I have ever lived with). Hopefully that’s a wide enough range that I can stick around for a good while this time.

So, here’s to writing more, reading more, meeting some new people and trying some new things! Better get the kettle on…