Monthly Archives: April 2015

Scottish Escapes.

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While I’ve been putting this post together the sun has been streaming through my open (open!) window, but looking back through the photos has reminded me just how cold it was only a few weeks ago. I have to say I’m enjoying the fresh Spring sunshine a little bit more than the gale-force winds that accompanied my trip to Edinburgh. This was my second time in the Scottish capital, so I wasn’t so hell-bent on making my way around all the top sights and instead opted for a more relaxed, casual exploring visit that involved plenty of coffee and cake. Edinburgh is such a lovely city and one that has a much different aesthetic to other places in the UK. The skyline is a huge higgledy-piggledy mix of roofs and old spires but completely surrounded by mountains. It leaves for a pretty dramatic view from any of the city’s high up view points.

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Edinburgh certainly has plenty of things to fill your time including galleries, castles, palaces and underground tunnels but following along the lines of our laid back traveller vibe we went for a range of classic sights and culture, mixed with a few hidden gems. Here’s a little list of the top things that filled our days:

Edinburgh Castle – an all round classic

Scottish National Gallery – right in the centre, it offered us a little respite from the cold

The Royal Mile – you’ll never see that much tartan anywhere else!

The Dogs Restaurant – super affordable and super tasty

The Modern Art Gallery – there was a cracking Lichtenstein exhibition on during our visit

Princes Garden – a little chilly to sit in, but would be beautiful in the summer!

Love Crumbs – a fabulous cake shop, I’ve followed their lovely treats on instagram for a while

Calton Hill – a nice easy climb, and one of the best views of the city you’ll find

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SCI-FI-LONDON.

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It’s not often that you find yourself on a film set on your weekend off. Unless you’re in the business of course. But for myself and all the amateurs out there, this weekend was a new experience! As part of the SCI-FI-LONDON 48 hour film challenge we wrote, planned, filmed and edited a short film. I say ‘we’, I mean mainly my boyfriend and his film-making friends. Not being the most knowledgeable about films and how they’re made, my role mostly involved observing, the odd bit of lighting and my very first go as an extra.

When the filming was wrapped (I’ve learnt a lot of technical film lingo this weekend!) we left it in capable hands and had the next day off to do a little exploring. Being in London was a massive excuse for a little trip home, and with the complete 180 flip that the weather’s done recently a trip to my ol’ faithful Greenwich was in order. I’ve spent many Saturday’s as a teenager wandering around the market with friends, hitting the Shake Away for a skittles flavoured milkshake… Memories! ┬áSometimes a lot changes while you’re away and looking around the new shops, coffee shops and market stalls makes me all excited for my home town again! At least the view from the top of Greenwich Park hasn’t changed too much. It’s one of my all time favourite views and I’d probably start a petition if it did!

Have a little look at our finished film here, especially if Sci-fi is you film flava of choice!

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Climbing Cliffs.

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Since I got back from the long weekend this view is all I’ve been thinking about. It’s just so dreamy! It seems like spring has arrived in full force and I intend to make the most of it. I took this little photo from the top of the Sussex Downs whilst visiting family at Easter. It was more of a treat than my chocolate egg! Well, maybe only just better…

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Hot, Crossed and Toasted.

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Since starting full time work I’ve really learned to savour the weekends. In those two days you aim to do everything that you would have normally fitted into your free-as-a-bird, loose scheduled student weeks, which can sometimes prove tricky and you find yourself running around, crazy-lady style, when really you should be taking it a bit easier! Then, every so often you get an extra special weekend – THE BANK HOLIDAY! A glorious extra day off to do whatever you may please with.

This weekend happens to be the Easter weekend, with which comes a Friday and a Monday off work. In honour of this I decided to spend the majority of my Good Friday in the kitchen. I’m not usually one for super time consuming bakes with lots of proving or resting needed in between stages, I like to get in there and have a nice freshly baked result shortly after. But what with it being Easter then Hot Cross Buns where definitely necessary!

Having just said that I don’t really do baking that involves lots of rising and kneading and resting, these buns included all of those but really it wasn’t that much faff! I used a recipe from here, and I have to say for a first time I feel that don’t look too bad. They definitely look homemade, and more on the rustic side but altogether not too shabby. But the test truly comes with the first taste which although was vaguely Hot Cross Bun like, could have been better had I remembered to add in the egg. And the sugar…(oopsy!) At least I’ll know for next time and until then I have a nice batch of unique, slightly spicey bread rolls!

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