Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve managed to write a proper blog post here! I’ve been really busy recently – this is a usual thing by now, but even busier, I swear! I’ve been taking a course with work that took over my Monday and Wednesday evenings, plus an extra “on demand” lesson once a week and homework, but I finished that with my exam last weekend and passed with a distinction, so I’m really happy! I’ve now got my evenings back again, but seem to have an influx of events happening, including going to see musicals (Singing in the Rain by a local youth theatre group tonight, then Rocky Horror in York next weekend), Brownies and Guiding meetings.
Ben and I took a couple of days off before Easter though so that we extended our weekend from 4 days (thank you bank holidays!) to 6, which was awesome. So of course the first day, I decided we should have a day trip to the town I work in, because your first day off work you should return there XD I’d come across an awesome furniture shop in town that I wanted Ben to see too, and we’d also planned to visit Fountains Abbey and a nearby ice cream shop. Well, the weather wasn’t brilliant that day so we skipped Fountains Abbey but had a lovely wander round Ripon, lunch in town and ice cream out of town. We then spent the WHOLE rest of our time off clearing, cleaning and DIY-ing – spring cleaning much?!
It was actually exactly what we’d planned to do with our time off though. It’s now been a year since we moved into our house, and there were a few things we wanted to do. The hallway and first set of stairs were painted a rather bright and obnoxious shade of yellow, as was the conservatory. We’d planned to get someone in to do it for us (as I had visions of myself balancing a ladder on the stairs and breaking everything), but decided in the end we’d give it a go ourselves. I’ve got a full post to go up about this actually, so I’ll leave more till then! We also painted the front door (again!) and cleared out the garage that weekend from all the boxes and stuff we’d stashed there since we moved and did about 5 runs to the tip with everything.
We’ve actually continued the work on the house over the past couple of weeks too and are now painting cupboards in the kitchen (I also took that opportunity to clear them out completely and reorganise), a wall in the bathroom, instate a “larder” (ie. reuse the double height cupboard where the integrated fridge was), and add a few more detail pieces from IKEA, Homesense, the Range and more. Don’t worry, I’m planning lots of posts about all this DIY soon!
We did manage to get a nice break over that weekend though when the sun appeared one day and it actually felt warm! I immediately rang the parents to demand a BBQ, so off we went to their house. And I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try out this cute new Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Polaroid camera which I was sent by Ocean Loans to take pictures of our home around Spring – okay, technically this isn’t my “home” as it’s not the property itself, but it’s just outside, and I count the beautiful scenery of North Yorkshire as my home. Plus the daffodils in our garden hadn’t sprouted yet by this time and the front door wasn’t on the house as we were painting it, so both angles of the house are slightly off right now!
Do you know how terrifying it is to take pictures on film after so many years of digital cameras?! Really quite scary! I was so worried about clicking it accidentally or having the lighting set wrong so I’d mess it up and ruin one of the films – and they’re expensive! But they come out SO cute – I’ve wanted one of these for years, so I’m so pleased to finally have one now. I just need more film now…
Above is the developing film if you wondered, and yes, I was shaking it like a Polaroid picture…sorry for the song that’s now stuck in your head…
This was the perfect outfit for a warm-ish Spring day – striped bardot top (from Primark) plus Hollister jeans along with a pair of comfy ballet pumps. The flats came from Sinderella Shoes* and ideal for days like this as well as the nights out they’re designed for. I’m a big fan of ballet flats – they’re the shoe I’ll reach for first everyday throughout spring and autumn, and are even the ones I’ll pick for milder winter days and cooler summer ones. I debated for a while over which colour to pick in these but eventually went for Paris blue as I don’t own any other shoes in that colour and because I feel like they’ll go with lots of things in spring. It wasn’t a coincidence the camera ended up matching them by the way! The shoes are those awesome foldable ones that are perfect for nights out as you can fit them in a handbag, plus they’re made of vegan leather with a memory foam cushion sole which really makes a difference. The only tiny issue I have with them is that they dig in ever so slightly on my heel due to the elastic which helps them fold up so easily – I’ve worn them all day a couple of times now though and fortunately they don’t rub at all.
So what have you all been up to recently?