WIP Wednesday: Getting Festive

I love this time of year: the point where Christmas is everywhere, but still sufficiently far away that things haven't gotten too manic. The parties have just started to happen. Christmas cards are arriving. But Christmas is still over two weeks away, and the holiday wind down hasn't begun. For the most part, almost everyone is still…

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Socks on Saturday

As we’re getting ever closer to Christmas, my project pile is spiralling woefully out of control. This, invariably, seems to happen every single year. As socks tend to be the knitted gift request of choice from my family members and friends, I nearly always have an out of control selection of sock projects on the…

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Recipe: Leftover Muffin Pudding

If there’s a downside to baking all of your own bread, cakes and muffins etc, then it is certainly the potential for waste. As I share a two bedroom flat with only one other person and I bake almost everyday, there’s usually a selection of items hanging around at any one time. Generally, I use…

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London, Oh London!

Well, here I am: a Londoner, at last. I’ve moved, unpacked and started my first graduate job in Central London. The transition has been quite something and I’m still a little overwhelmed by everything if I’m honest. For the first time since leaving school, my life has a regular rhythm, schedule and commitments. At University,…

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New Beginnings…

It’s been nearly two weeks since my last post, which was meant to happen. During the time I’ve been away, my life has changed drastically as I’ve been offered a full time job in Central London. Since then I’ve had to act very quickly to get all the paperwork done, find a place to live…

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Rainbow Socks

There’s one thing that you should know about me, which is that I love colour. I decorate everything in bright, vibrant hues and my wardrobe is scattered with items in almost lurid colour combinations. Most particularly, I adore making use of colour in my craft work; the therapeutic motion of knitting and crochet combines perfectly…

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May Week, Balls and Bumps

For those outside Cambridge, the ‘May Bumps’, ‘May Ball’ and ‘May Week’ terminology used in my last post might seem a little confusing. Essentially, the persistent application of the term ‘May’ to events held in June is an issue of tradition. When these events were first established in the late 19th Century, they were held in…

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Places to Eat: Bread & Meat, Cambridge

Here in Cambridge, I’ve just reached the end of a year studying for an MPhil. Over the course of that year, or nine months to be more precise, I’ve often found myself pottering around the city centre after my classes or library trips. Invariably, this has nearly always been towards lunch time. As a result,…

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Recipe: Raspberry & White Chocolate Muffins

Happy #GBBO Day! I’m amazed that I’ve reached Week 4 of the series without baking a single thing. For me, this verges on criminal but is mainly the result of my hectic working life recently. I’ve been working 40+ hours per week, often leaving in the early hours of each morning and not returning until…

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Recipe: Apricot & Almond Sponge Cake

Last Friday, my parents and I stopped off at The Black Horse Inn in Grimsthorpe for dinner. As a country pub that we’ve frequented for a number of years, the food was predictably great (although the portions have easily halved but gone up in price in recent months, which is a bit disappointing) and the dessert…

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