Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Welcome little man.

ITS A BOY! Unless you have been under a extremley large rock you will know that Britain has a brand new prince. Duchess of Cambridge, Prince of Cambridge, Prince William, Royal Baby, Kate Middleton
The little bundle of joy was met with a very happy London and a lot of well wishers.
I miss London so much when something like this happens. I can just feel how lovely it must be there, everyone smiling, union jacks everywhere and people being very proud to celebrate together.
I understand that someone people are sick of this news and that they see no point in celebrating a random event but I like to think about it like we are celebrating all of the babies born this year in Britain. The royal family use to cost us 15p each a year in Britain but in the last 3 years with the wedding, baby and jubiliee they have made the country so much money that they now only cost us 5p a year. This is a very small price to pay in my eyes.
Any excuse to celebrate can't be bad can it. All we are doing is being happy. Thats all. We are celebrating together that good things happen. I'd rather have a story like this on the news than see the bad in the world. So everyone just enjoy this time. We have a prince. A couple love each other and its a brilliant summer.
Royal Baby, Kate Middleton, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William
Congratulations to the happy family.
I have put a bet on the name George so fingers crossed. Also I realise that there is a bit time difference here but I wrote my last post about the baby at the exact minute he was born in Britain. Thank you for making us all smile little fella.
Royal Baby, Kate Middleton, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William

Monday, 22 July 2013

Royal Baby Watch...

I know some people will think i'm sad but I cannot wait for the Royal baby. Good luck Will,Kate and bump.....Kate Middleton Photo - The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge And Prince Harry Attend The Inauguration Of Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Things my mother taught me

I saw this fantastic post from ReeRee at Rockalily and just had to share with you the things I’ve learnt from my fantastic mother.
There are many more but here are the most important:

1.     Life’s not a rehearsal, this is it.

2.     “The clock of life is wound but once” – this is a quote she always says to us when we are scared of change, whether moving jobs, changing years in school or just struggling with growing up.

3.     Heart & Head – My mum puts this at the end of all her messages. It means I’m always thinking of you and I always love you.

4.     We all see the same moon – The moon will always be the same so no matter where you are we are looking at the same place. It has had a big impact on me and is the reason for my wrist tattoo.

5.     Dance – Dance like no one’s watching, dance every day, dance until you smile. My memories of my childhood have a lot to do with dancing. Not classes or professionally but just turning Michael Jackson up as loud as possible and dancing like maniacs. All my favourite memories are dancing. Whether with friends, family or on my own.
6.     Stomach in, shoulders back, hips forward – My mum is a gymnast and has fantastic posture. She has never made me worry about my body image but she has always taught me to stand gracefully and to have good posture. Stand with confidence and you will feel confident.
7.     No makeup needed – although I love playing with makeup my mum has never worn any. She sometimes wears lip-gloss but that is all. She has always made me remember that make up is to feel feminine and to wear for fun. It’s never needed to make you beautiful. If you wear it out of fear it will never hide what you want it to.
8.     Moderation – She has always been a great believer in the fact your body tells you what it wants. If you listen it will tell you when it’s hungry, thirsty and tired. She believes that moderation is the key so we will have pizza and popcorn for dinner now and again and its ok as long as you enjoy every single bite of it.
9.     Perfume is the secret ingredient – Although she’s never told me this lesson she has taught me it time and time again. When she goes out she sprays her perfume. Her smell and she is suddenly a different person. Her smell is her confidence. I will forever be reminded of her when I smell Yardly Chicque.
10.    You don’t need to get married – This is a very important lesson for me. My mum has always made sure I know that she doesn’t put pressure on me to get married. She wants me to be happy and thinks it’s crazy to marry someone you haven’t lived with.  She doesn’t mind if I do marry but she has always wanted me to be happy.
11.   Children and the secret to happiness – Although she doesn’t mind if I get married she is very adamant that grand children would be welcome and I don’t mind this. It makes me feel she doesn’t regret her children. In fact she loves us all so much she wants more of the same. She has never pressured me to have them early or start a family but she stands by the fact that being a mother is the greatest thing you can do in your life. I don’t know what my life holds in store but it’s nice to hear that it would be a welcome addition if I did give her a little person to care for.
12.   Always carry tissues and water.
13.   Keep carrier bags as you never know when you will need them.
14.   Lift with your knees
15.   Remember to breath - If stressed just remember to repeat “I am (breath in) calm (breath out)”
These are but a few of the things she has taught me. She also gave me my love of books, drawing, singing, photography and cooking. She is fantastic and I am extremely lucky to have her.

p.s Oh my gosh I forgot the best one that made me move to Korea.....'A year is such a long to waste but such a short time to wait' you mum x

Monday, 15 July 2013

Curled Up With A Good Book

Shockingly the BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here.
I found this list via the lovely Katherine
The ones in bold are the books I’ve read so far. 
1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien  

3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte 

4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling 

5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee 

6 The Bible

8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell

9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott 

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy 

13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller 

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (I’ve read a few)

15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien   

17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks 

18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

20 Middlemarch – George Eliot 

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell 

22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens

24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy 

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh 

27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky 

28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck 

29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy 

32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens  

33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis 

34 Emma – Jane Austen 

35 Persuasion – Jane Austen 

36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis  

37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Berniere 

39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden 

40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne

41 Animal Farm – George Orwell 

42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown 

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving 

45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins 

46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery

47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy 

48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood 

49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding 

50 Atonement – Ian McEwan 

51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel

52 Dune – Frank Herbert 

53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons 

54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen 

55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth 

56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon 

57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley 

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez 

61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov 

63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt 

64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas 

66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac 

67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy 

68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie 

70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville  

71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens 

72 Dracula – Bram Stoker 

73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson 

75 Ulysses – James Joyce

76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath 

77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome 

78 Germinal – Emile Zola 

79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray 

80 Possession – AS Byatt

81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens 

82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell 8

83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker

84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro 

85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert  

86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 

90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton 

91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad 

92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks 

94 Watership Down – Richard Adams

95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute 

97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare

99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl 

100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

55/100 and counting... I will definitely make it my mission to read all of this list and I hope we can prove the BBC extremely wrong.

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Sick on a saturday

The weekends here are magical times.  There is so much possibility but this weekend I am still sick. I thought that somehow the weekend would magically fix me . Friday started off great I was treated to a delivery of chicken and chips plus some chocolate from the lovely Lee to make me feel better before I zonked out. I fell asleep last night at 7pm and didn't wake until 9 this morning.

I woke up on a mission. I tidied and got ready to get some weekend breakfast when I walked into a wall of tiredness. My plans were thwarted so I came home and had yet another nap so now there is only one cure....WOODY ALLEN. I'm going to watch Woody movies inbetween sleeps and eat some popcorn. Good times.
Woody Allen - New York NY - 1996

Thursday, 4 July 2013

The ultimate

Its weird how some people can have points in their life they want to reach. I have things i've dreamed of doing my whole life. There are those perfect moments that are as fantastic as you always thought they would be.
Standing in Times square was one of them for me and my first days work in an animation studio was another (I went and did a little dance in the bathroom on my first day that I was so excited).
As I've become more girlie as i've got older i've started to appriciate the little things more and more. I love making situations pretty and as lovely as possible. Its the problem with being a member of the instagram, pinterest era.
There is one thing i've dreamed of for a while and that has been a bottle of this 


It's a pointless material item but there is something about sharing a beatiful moment with a glass of champagne. This bottle is something I could never dream of owning but I plan one day for it to be something I achieve. A perfect moment in a bottle thats had time spent to make it special.
I hope that I can drink it with special people too.

What are your perfect moments?