Spring Awakening; A trip to the park

Greenwich Park is one of the Royal parks and is known for being the home of The Royal Observatory, The National Maritime Museum and Old naval College, as well as it’s panoramic views across and beyond the Thames. All that is swell and pretty impressive, but what i love most is its spacious greenland playing host to nature and mother earth of all shapes and sizes. From it’s colourful flower beds to its hundreds of year old ancient trees, to it’s huge family of squirrels and ducks, as well as their deer park. With a number of path and walk ways, the park is accessible for all and is perfect for a day out. 

My favourite time to visit the park is around September-Novemember; it’s so pretty watching the trees surrender to the autumn season; though i must admit after a harsh winter, of both health and studies, i was raring to get out the house and back to that park. I’ve been visiting Greenwich Park since i was a child, and yet overtime i revisit i discover something new. For instance; i just found out that theres a Rose Garden! I’m already mentally planning this next venture there in my mind, who’s in?

We gathered some monkey nuts, bird seeds and a few picnic bits and set off. We arrived to find and quiet, and peacefully still park. With very few around, we delighted in taking a stROLL around, and headed for the duck pond whilst taking in the dawn of the awakening season. Everything looked the same, yet completely different. The trees stood tall, strong; like an elder brother watching over us. The bushes and flowerbeds whispered as the breeze whipped by, waving to us as we walked by. The squirrels somehow familiar, stop and starring, greeting us like old friends as they rushed by. 

We breathed in that last bit of fresh air, from that hilltop before sliding into the car and heading over blackheath back homeward bound. Our first trip of the year had been a success. Recharged and refreshed from the claustrophobic spell winter held over us, we’d been awakened to the new season. A Spring awakening. 

Have you had your spring awakening yet? 
Cheerio for now! 

March Musings

This past month -well few months- i’ve been a little all over the place. I’m in my last block of this (academic) years studies, and can honestly not wait for summer to commence! I’ve always been an autumn to winter kinda chick, with my heart skipping a beat just at the thought of crisp orange leaves and oversized scarves; though this year theres been a bit of a change and i’ve found myself lusting over sunday drives in the countryside, pimms in the park and skinny dipping at the seaside. 
As well as my seasonal preferences shifting, i’ve also found myself leaning to more ‘spring-like’ bits and bobs, with accents of a more fresher and feminine feel then my usual vibe. I honestly feel more comfortable in dark earthy colours but lately I’ve been embracing more of the lighter and brighter tones and textures, which ordinarily i would never go for. Here are a few items i’ve had my eye on… 
What have been your March Musings? Had your eye on anything or had a spring awakening? 
Cheerio for now!

Beauty: Cinderella x MAC

So of course Cinderella is the newest addition of live action movies disney have produced. I, personally love live action movies and have been waiting for more from disney since Alice in Wonderland (2010). In light of this new release, MAC have released a new line of products for the film. 
Now i have to admit i’ve never been a MAC girl. *moment where every woman gasps in shock and clicks off, totally disgusted*. I’m not sure why this is, i just never really liked MAC all that much. Maybe i didn’t inherit the MAC gene like every other girl on the planet? Or maybe it’s where i grew up in stage school community and was constantly plastered in heavy stage make up; which as great as it was, sometimes was really irritating especially for my sensitive skin. Nevertheless i’ve never been a huge fan, until now. 
I was recently talking to a friend, when she mentioned MAC’s new makeup line for the Cinderella release. Now i don’t know whether i’m a little late on the times with this news, but i was completely surprised by this development and couldn’t get my tush over to MAC’s website fast enough! All the products seem to have a great write up and report, I mean it’s not no kiddy make up! I love the pretty packaging. Out of all the products though, i’m absolutely loving those shades in the stroke before midnight eye palette, think i may have to get my hands on one of them bad boys! 
A fan of MAC? What do you think of this collection? 
Cheerio for now! 

Where have I been?

I haven’t been on my Instagram account for around six or seven weeks -well thats a lie. I have been on it. I’ve been on there in brief, rare moments here and there. Checking up on friends, family members and some fellow spoonie pals. But i haven’t actually been on there and uploaded anything. Why? 
Well, I guess you could say I’ve been on a serious, and unintentional, ‘Instagram & Twitter cleanse’. Sure, I’ve broken this cleanse every now and then, but nevertheless this cleanse has still been on-going, and as i write this now -it’s still ongoing. I don’t know how this cleanse happened, but all a sudden I didn’t feel the need to use it or even feel like logging in. Lately, I’ve been feeling a little blue and slightly under the weather; as well as feeling bombarded by the number of things and sudden shifts going on in my life right now. It’s all been a little overwhelming. 
As a result of all these changes, the spare few moments that I’ve had free to myself have been, what can only be explained as, a god-send; for me not only to recharge in my solitude but also spend on studying towards my last assignments and exams of the year. Because of this I haven’t been on Instagram or Twitter much at all. I’ve had a browse through Instagram every now and then, and seen a few posts of some Spoonie pals but other then that nothing. I have to admit having that time away from social media came at just the right time and was precisely what I needed to recharge and refocus. I never thought what a difference social media made to my life. 
It was only last week, when I received a worried message from a Spoonie pal, asking if I was okay, that I thought maybe I should raise a flag or some smoke signals to let everyone know I’m alright and haven’t dropped off the face of the earth. All in all, this cleanse was probably the best thing for me, in this present time. I’ve had the time to myself, to grow and refocus on certain areas of my life which definitely needed a little extra attention. 
Ever had an insta-cleanse? 
Cheerio for now! 

Spring & Easter Picks

Today marks the first day of Spring. Spring, for me, is a bit of an odd duckling. Living in Britain means that the weather is of course notoriously fickle and we never know when or what the weather will do. Spring usually means it starts to get warm, though i can remember a few years back when, here in South East England, we had heavy snow showers and severe weather warnings in April -April! 

Over the past couple of years i’ve got myself into the useful habit of getting into seasonal spirit through seasonal decorations, traditions and of course yummy recipes. This year is no different; so here is my Spring musings moodboard. Lot’s of yellow, bunnies and daffodils. Ofcourse Easter is in Spring and i did include a couple of references -though i was shocked at how little collection of items or objects steered towards the real celebration of Easter. Sort it out Polyvore! 
What makes you think of Spring? 
Stay tuned for some scummy Easter recipes,
Cheerio for now! 

Book Review: The Five People You Meet In Heaven

The five people you meet in heaven, Mitch Albom.
I remember Joanne Harris once saying “some books you read. Some books you enjoy. But some books just swallow you up heart and soul.” This book relates to those words so well and was exactly what it did to me. I remember it being on my suggested list on Amazon and reading such great reviews, but at that time there was other books I was absolutely craving to get my hands on, so I didn’t purchase it. A few months after that I got a sample chapter off the iBooks app and was gripped to it, though still, there were other books. It weren’t until our trip to Whitstable with my pops that I finally decided to get it. I’d finally decided on four books and was heading for the cashier when I noticed it. Without thinking I grabbed it, and swapped it with one of my books I was already holding. Having now read it, I am so glad I saw it and had that sudden impulse. By the following night I had devoured it, cover to cover.
Albom tells the tale of Eddie the maintenance guy at ruby pier, and how he dies and of course, the five people he meets in heaven. Throughout the book he meets the five people, and his story unravels as he understands how and why his life played out the way that it had. How even though he may have felt he never truly did something or made something of his life, and that he may have felt unimportant a lot of the time, he played a vital role in so many people’s lives without ever truly knowing it.
Not just how it’s wrote, but the story itself, ideas and themes Mitch Albom brings up are thought-provoking yet mesmerisingly beautiful. This book has had a truly profound effect on myself, and after reading it, I can imagine many others also. I would recommend it to anyone, and can’t wait to delve into his other works.
Whenever I read a book I always have a pencil on hand to underline any quotes and sentences I particularly like, or to jot some things down in the margin. I also fold the bottom corner of that page too.
Favourite quote: “There are five people you meet in heaven,” the Blue Man suddenly said. “Each of us was in your life for a reason. You may not have known the reason at the time, and that is what heaven is for. For understanding your life on Earth.” 
This originally was going to be a collection of reviews from books I’d recently read, but I do have a tendency to over write so I had to rethink things.

Any recommendations? 

Stay tuned for more reviews,
Cheerio for now! 
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a trip to the bookshop

Just after i submitted my first TMA back in November, I decided to take some time away from the books to recharge. I was feeling drained but slightly anxious too, at the thought of getting my results -I thought writing it was bad enough, waiting for the result is ten times worse! With that in mind on the following Sunday we all piled into the car and headed for the coast, to Whitstable. We even managed to drag grandfather along with us, which is a miracle within itself.
It was a chilly day, with the coastal breeze making it that extra bit nippy. Whitstable is a quaint historic town, the road pathed with old stone and tiny shops and businesses lodged here and there down pokey alley ways. It’s a beautiful place at any time of the year, but not the most ideal place for a wheelchair user. Because of that we have to park as close as possible to the shops we want to have a look in. Of course the only shop I’m likely to want to go in is the bookshop, which I dragged everyone into.
You know when a dog sees their owner and they get all excited, wag their tail like crazy and jump about -that’s what I’m like when I see a bookshop; although as a chronically ill person the jumping around is more spiritual than physical. Whenever I go into the store I head straight for the Classics and start the excruciating process of picking and deciding which books I want, need and which I’ll eventually buy. It’s a tediously long process much to my families delight, but I eventually narrowed it down to four books -which I must point out is a record for me! By this point my family just agreed to get the books for me and get me out of there before I took up permanent residency. The adrenaline of being able to go in the book shop got a little too much, so I crashed in the car as the rest of the cronies dodged in and out of the rest of the shops.
Our day ended with a nice cruise and guided tour down memory lane from my grandpops -which I must admit was more like being in a jeep on a rally drive; fast drivers and leather seats are not a good mix! We ended up finishing our day with a nice roast -unfortunately I was too exhausted to even get through half of mine- and then headed home, where I flopped into bed, just like every other day. Why break the habit of a lifetime huh?

**i just realised how long this is getting so I shall save my reviews of my bookshop haul for another day.
Cheerio for now!
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your health’s, your wealth

Your nothing without your health
I completely agree with the saying above. My mom always said it to me when I first became ill. I think it was her way of reminding me that I’m not invincible, that I really do have to listen to my body and that there are repercussions for my actions. Without your health you are nothing. Your body is something that you have to take care off. Its not something you can take back to the store and exchange for another. But ultimately I’ve learnt through my chronic illness that yes of course your nothing without your health but your nothing without your family. Your family, friends; your nothing without them. They are your tribal community in which support and nurture you through anything you face. And as you journey through the good, the bad, and the ugly that life throws at you; you discover who are members of your tribe.

Cheerio for now!