It’s Officially Spring!


Hey guys!

We’ve made it! Winter has officially passed and we are into the time of newness: spring. I love this time of year. The new flowers, the lighter days and nights. I have been counting down to this moment. It’s time to feel refreshed and rejuvenated. 

I wanted to share with you a photo of my lovely little daffodils that have finally opened their little heads. It fills me with complete joy. I love splashes of colour like this. I can’t believe I’ve grown these too! Three years running these have popped up. I feel quite successful. 


Anyway, I want to wish you the BEST for Spring. Get out there. Look at the colours. Feel the fresh air. I am living and breathing it. Also, check out google today. It’s so cute! 

Big love and spring kisses! 

X

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Bye Bye Blade

Hey all!

Happy Sunday! Two posts in two days! I am on it! Today’s post is another City of Culture post. Today marks the end of the iconic blade in Queen Victoria Square as it is being moved back to where it was made: the Siemens plant in Alexandra Dock. 

Photos below taken 3rd February 2017. 


It’s quite an overwhelming piece of architecture really. It’s massive! A whopping 75 metres in fact. As strange as this sounds, it’s incredibly smooth as well! 

The blade is the work of Nayan Kulkarni. He took a rotor blade, that would normally be used to be a part of a wind turbine, to create the artwork. It is there to represent the work in Hull on engineering and manufacturing. Whilst it had mixed reviews from those outside of Hull, for us it’s become a massive talking point. In a way, I can’t imagine the square without it. 

So today I popped back to say ‘bye’ and to marvel in it’s wonder for the last time. Apologies for the bedraggled selfie – it was raining and I’ve not been very well! 


That’s it! Bye bye big blade! What’s next Hull?

Big love x

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Ferens Art Gallery Hull


Hey everyone! Happy Saturday! 

I hope you’re all well and spring is treating you well. Today I had some spare time so I went for a wander around the newly refurbished Ferens Art Gallery. 

You may have heard that last month Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visited as part of their day around the City of Culture. I had to see what had changed and what amazing art was being housed here. 

The last time I visited the gallery was in 2012 as part of my Masters degree. I studied a module looking at art and Victorian literature. Now, 5 years later, I can’t believe how much it has changed! 

Gallery 1: Renaissance. It is here that Ferens currently homes Pietro Lorenzetti’s stunning panel painting, Christ Between Saints Paul and Peter. It absolutely took my breath away. I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was or how it’s still survived all these years. It’s dated to the 14th century after all! There was a queue of people waiting to see it so I was unable to get a photograph. Nevertheless I did manage to get a postcard. 


Also there were two other paintings that caught my eye in this collection. First, The Virgin and Child with Two Angels. The gold is striking. 


The final painting here that was absolutely beautiful was The Betrayal of Christ. I can’t believe how bold and striking it is. The colours, the gold, the story. It’s unbelievable. A picture is worth a thousand words after all. 


Next The Netherlands. Progressing through time we are now in the 16th and 17th centuries. It was at this point that the Netherlands flourished as one of the major European art centres. My favourite painting here is by Cornelius Gijbrechts. Little is known about this painter; he is an enigma. Nevertheless I love this painting because it represents the passage of time. It features an hourglass, pocket watch and burnt out candle. It shows the simple pleasures in life: the violin now, bubble and wine glass. It’s a trick to the eye this painting. I was stood gawping at it for ages. The more you look, the more you see. 


Onto Eighteenth Century Europe. My favourite here was the beautiful Anna Isabelle Milbanke. She’s an absolute cherub. Look at those cheeks. 


Onto my favourite collection of the gallery: Victorian and Edwardian Art. It is here that takes me right back to my Masters. I spent a long time working on Leighton’s Farewell. I found the face absolutely painful. I wonder what the inspiration was for this. Of course we can all relate; we’ve all said ‘farewell’ at some point. But what happened here?! 


My absolute favourite painting here is John Atkinson Grimshaw’s Princes Dock Street. It’s dark and moody. I love it. I love how Grimshaw plays with light in his other works too. It usually comes from windows of passing buildings. Very clever. 


Modern and Contemporary Portraits finally. Here this young lady caught my eye. I think it was her nose that I saw first (nothing offensive meant here!) She’s fabulous; her hair, make up, pale skin. 


There’s other galleries as part of the Ferens collection currently, but it was just these that caught my eye today. For a free venue it is absolutely fabulous. Well done Hull! 

Other exciting news! When I was leaving I saw them working on the Poppy installation. Sneak peak below! 


Oh Hull. We really are showing the world. City of Culture 2017! I’ve had a wonderful couple of hours wandering around aimlessly, absorbed by culture. 

Big love xx

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Spring! 


Hey everyone,

Happy March! Spring is nearly here but I’m feeling like is because we’ve had lots of sunshine! It makes everyone feel so much better. I love seeing the spring flowers poking their little heads out, ready to show their colour. I’m thankful it’s a sign that winter is nearly out the way. 

I went for a little stroll around Charlecote Park. I absolutely love it there. I’ve posted about it before so I won’t repeat myself again. It’s grand Victorian house and beautiful land with roaming deer. I find them so tranquil and peaceful. I also feel immensely calm when I watch them. I can’t believe I was so close to them this time as well. I had to get a selfie! 


Make Spring count for you, it’s the start of all things new. I’m going to make more time to see things, visit places, do something different. Watch this space! 

Big love xxx

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Lush Ladybug Bubble Bar

Hi all!

Hope you’re all safe and had your feet firmly on the ground after storm Dorris hit the UK this week. All of my international friends, I hope you’re well too of course. 

Today I’m doing a slightly different post. I’m going to tell you all about an amazing bath product I used last night. From my previous post, you may or may not be aware I’m trying to be more mindful, to take time out to think and experience. Anyway, I always have time for a dip in the tub or a long shower (depending on where I am) and I’m forever jazzing up the experience with different products. Very mindful indeed! 

As usual I am filled with self doubt; who would want to ready this? Would anyone actually care? But, I don’t mind this because it might be of use to one person. If not, there’s some photos of pretty coloured water. 

I have quite sensitive skin so I have to be careful what products I use. However, I love this one. Firstly, it’s super cute. I mean, just look at it. Lovely red and purple. Lush!

The smell of this cutie is very floral but comforting. It has geranium oil and peppermint oil to make you feel all floaty and relaxed. 

So crumble bar under hot water and watch the magic happen! Such pretty colours. 

I was quite excited at this point. The bath was becoming a treat for my eyes as well as my nose. But what about the rest of me? More importantly, was my skin going to be upset after?


There she is! A bath full of bubbles. I don’t need to describe the whole experience, but what I do need to tell you is this. My skin felt wonderfully smooth and soft. I smelt like an English summer’s garden. This little bug sure made me feel cleansed and uplifted. 


There’s something to this mindfulness; taking the time to really experience things. We all bath and/or shower because we need to keep clean. (Incidentally it’s the same with food.) Yet, I really tried to focus on the five senses and experience it. Job done in my book. 

For £3.95 you’ve not a lot to lose. This little bug is a lovely addition to your bath! 

Big love xx

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Mindfulness – My Next Steps


Hey! 

It’s February!! Can you believe it?! What’s more shocking is it seems I’ve already broken my New Years resolution – I only posted once in January. What a let down I clearly am!! 

However, it’s time for a change. I love my job and what I do but I need to make more time for me. I keep saying it but I never seem to see this through, until now. Maybe. Hopefully. 

I was visiting my local Waterstones and spotted the book ‘A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled’. I do feel quite frazzled, tired, emotional, wondering how I am still standing. Therefore, it appealed. Ruby Wax however, is a new one for me. I was never a fan of her TV shows. Maybe I’d like her writing better?! It’s worth a shot. 


I’ve no idea if this book is going to help me or even change me. But, and I’m hanging onto this but, I feel like I need to do something. No one can carry on at such a fast pace, working 12, 13 or 14 hour days. It’s bound to catch up with even the best of us at some point. I just want to get in a clear head space, to have some ‘me’ time. No stress 2017 is my motto – even the kids are reminding me of this. I don’t feel stressed but I do feel frazzled

I’m going into this with my eyes wide open. I love reading anyway so the worst case scenario is that I’ve just read another book. Not such a bad thing really. Yet, if I can feel a little less frazzled that would also be delightful. 

So, I’m going to bed with my book to start the next chapter. Wish me luck. Oh, and if anyone had read this, please let me know what you think! 

Big love all xx

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Made In Hull – UK City of Culture 2017


Hey guys! 

Happy New Year! I hope the first 8 days of 2017 have been treating you well. 

You may or may not know that Hull (where I currently live and work) is City of Culture for 2017. There will be a huge range of events happening over the year and I can’t wait! You may have even seen the firework display on the news. I have to say, it was very impressive! 

The first event was Made In Hull. Running for a week, it shows the story of a city and its people via a range of installations about the city. Lights, images, sounds, people. What has happened in Hull’s history and what is in store for the future. 

I managed to catch the last evening of the light show. There were thousands of people there; dancing, cheering, laughing, welling up. There just was a real sense of community. I’m not from Hull, but even I, the permanent tourist, got caught up in it. 

The light show on the City Hall was incredible. I genuinely do not have enough words to describe how moving, emotional and utterly awesome it was. So, I’ve got some pictures for you!


We are Hull! Bring it on!!!! 

2017. Hull’s story. Be a part of it. Make memories, wherever you are. Tell your story. We certainly are. 

Big love xx

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