Wednesday, 23 May 2018

What I Read in April

I've had so much going on this past month that it is already the 20th of May by the time I am writing up this post, so forgive me if I have no idea what any of these books below were even about haha! Not only was it a busy/stressful month but it was also pretty book heavy compared to the previous 'What I Read' with actually double the amount read - yay!

Oswald Bastable and Others by E Nesbit
4th - 8th
At the back end of 2017, I read the first 3/main 3 books about the Bastable family from Edith Nesbit which I had in hard copy. Despite looking, I couldn't find a hard copy of Oswald Bastable and Others anywhere! Then I found an ebook version on Google books so wanted to round of my Bastable series reading.
It was okay, well it was good, I enjoyed the majority of the stories but I felt like the 11 'other' stories overshadowed the 4 Bastable ones. I know it says it in the title but perhaps it'd have been better having the Bastable stories completely separate as a mini book rather than it be 'Others and Oswald Bastable'. Does that make sense?

The Magical Worlds of Narnia by David Colbert
Mar 15th - Apri 12th
The Magical Worlds of Narnia is a book I've had in my collection for quite a while now and although I've been dying to read it, I've just not made the time for it.
Compared to my usual child/young adult fantasy genre, this was a more serious, in some ways 'harder' read. But it is so interesting!! I think I only gave it 3 stars as the page layout - columns of extra facts on the edge of the main text taking up space etc - could have been better utilized. Maybe if I read it again in the future the double load of information on the small pages won't confuse me as much.

Tik-Tok of Oz by L. Frank Baum
12th - 18th
Still working my way through the Oz books!

The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
18th - 22nd
Oohh not Oz or Narnia, but another child's fantasy from the late 1800s. This was a suggestion on my Goodreads page so I looked it up and found a very cheap ebook version. Like most books, at the beginning, I wasn't sure where it was going but overall it was a cute story which made me look forward to reading the sequel.

The Scarecrow of Oz by L. Frank Baum
24th - 28th
At this point, I think the stories from Oz we're becoming slightly..well tedious is too strong a word..but they could have ended here or sooner I think.
Obviously, it's L Frank Baum so The Scarecrow of Oz was still a good read, but like any series sometimes it's better to quit while ahead.

Harry Potter: A Journey Through A History of Magic  by British Library / J.K. Rowling
9th - 30th
Last but not least for this month was one of the books I picked up from the History of Magic exhibition at the British Library when we visited waaayy back in October! This version of the book is the 'lighter' more to the point and kid-friendly edition, but I needed both and so shall read both haha.
It was an enjoyable read, more so I think because I had been to the exhibition in person and was just re-taking in the information from pieces I'd already seen. The layout was fun, the length was just right and there were facts etc that may be exclusive to the book - well either that or I missed them in person.

From 3 to 6. Who'd have known I'd turn it around so considerably and now, at the back end of May I am only 6 books off of my goal for the whole of 2018. Better slow down a bit and catch up on the movie watching seeing as that has taken a real slide of late!
Keep up with what I'm reading by checking out my Goodreads page here and let me know in the comments what you have been reading lately. I'd love to hear about anything you've been particularly enjoying.

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Sunday, 20 May 2018

Back Through the Lens // Week 20

Happy Sunday guys!
Over the past 5 years, I have taken part in a little photo project called Project 365. Project 365 is simply taking a photo every day a year. Now I have 5 full years of photo memories to look back on and wanted to share a few here to reminisce. So here it is, week 20 of Back Through the Lens!

May 17th, 2013.
I couldn't tell you what this absolutely stunning House Martin was doing, probably collecting mud to make it's little nest or something, but I remember this moment vividly because like most encounters with bird (especially those that result in semi-alright photos) I was rather chuffed with myself. We were just on the way back to our flat after a walk in the woods with Bman.

Week 20, May 2014.
This is my memory box.

May 15th, 2015.
He's soaring, flying, there's not a fly in the sky that he can't catch.

May 14th, 2016.
Oooh, look! The Flying Scotsman making it's way through Berwick. A cool thing about my old house was that I got to stay in my PJs and watch this from my bedroom window.

May 17th, 2017.
Trees are so underrated.


To keep up to date with 2018's current project 365 you can check my second blog (and even maybe give it a follow if you like!) by clicking here.
Link me to your project 365's in the comments!!

For more photos from the years above you can click below -
May 2017
May 2016
May 2015
May 2014
May 2013

Friday, 18 May 2018

Countdown to Disney 2018 // The Bucket List

24 Days
3 weeks & 3 days
0.78 Months

Oh my goodness...24 days? Like, literally less than a month. Despite looking like a year in advance, these trips always creep up super fast and then disappear in the blink of an eye. I know every time I mention this holiday, in general, I go on and on about it being an extra special one because Dad is coming, but it really is and so I have high hopes and wishes for what these 5 short days will be.
Here is my Bucket List for our visit!

Photograph Our Hotel
I always try to do this, sometimes it happens to be more than others, but this time it needs to be extensive because a) I won't be staying there again and b) the Hotel New York is obviously getting a big renovation done so won't be looking like itself for much longer!

Go on Panoramagique
Hasn't this been on the past 3 DLP bucket lists or something? Haha well seeing as last time Kerri was there with me it was like being in the Arctic I don't think it would have been as enjoyable anyway, so let's try and tick it off on a sunny day.

Castle Family Portrait
Despite the number of visits I've had, I'm sad to say that I still don't have a photo of myself that I like in front of our breathtaking castle! But I tell you what, I'll be standing there for 3 hours if that's what it takes to get a nice photo of myself and a one of Mam, Dad and I.

Eat at 2 New Places
I'd like to think that I've eaten at a fair few places over the two parks and Disney Village, considering my eating habit limitations. There is on, in particular, I'd love to do purely for what is inside said restaurant, though there is litterlly not one item on the menu I can eat. However, there are also a couple that has been closed when I've visited during different seasons or I just haven't had the chance to experience yet, so they are 100% on the to-do list this time around.

Use Our Pool
I am one of those people that like to use EMH every day and stay until the parks close every night. A hotel is just to sleep in and have breakfast in my eyes because I don't want to waste precious time that could be spent in the parks when I don't visit multiple times a year.
That being said, I do try to experience the facilities in my hotel. When I stayed at the Disneyland Hotel we spent an evening in the sauna, steam room and swimming pool. When in Sequoia Lodge we went for a night time dip in the pool before bed. And so at some point, I want to have a go in our pool at the New York!

'Listen in' at Market House Deli & New Century Notions
Something I have meant to do for a long time but never quite gotten around to (aka have always forgotten!). Little hidden details like this are totally what give me life!

Shoot a Cool Video
I have a video that I edited togehter from the old video camcorder footage of our 1990 trip, in 2014 (Mam and I's first visit together since 1990) I made the one below and this time I am set on making something super special to remember all the details forever. I'd love to try and get a few tiny clips of myself interacting with the characters as I don't have anything like that...I don't like to have myself on photo or video but for extra magical moments like these, I'll make an exception.

There we go! Another in the Countdown to Disney series done and dusted. It's insane to think that in just over 3 weeks we will be there and all of my plans will be over before they've even started haha. Planning really is my favourite part of a Disney trip.
From what I can remember I think there is only one more countdown scheduled which will be the 'What's in My Luggage' post.
See ya real soon!

Keep up with my Countdown to Disney here:
The Low Down
Attractions Hitlist 
Meet and Greet Wishlist
My Shopping List

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Project 365 // April Summary

Top 3 Photos -  

Top 5 Moments -
 - My new birdbath
- A girls day in York with the best mate!
- Seeing all the (newly released from the wildlife rescue) swans in the river.
- Boat trip up the tweed with the other best mate!
- Enjoying the weather with Baker in G&G's garden.

This Month in Previous Years -
April 2013
April 2014
April 2015
April 2016
April 2017

 Come keep up to date with this project through my weekly posts over on Underland 2 Wonderland!

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Back Through the Lens // Week 19

Happy Sunday guys!
Over the past 5 years, I have taken part in a little photo project called Project 365. Project 365 is simply taking a photo every day a year. Now I have 5 full years of photo memories to look back on and wanted to share a few here to reminisce. So here it is, week 19 of Back Through the Lens!

 May 7th, 2013.
I miss the days that I could pack a bag, head through the 10-minute walk through the woods and spend the day at the beach with Baker, by myself. My own anxiety, coupled with his anxiety and fear of other dogs means this is impossible now...but they were great memories.

Week 19, April 2014.
Spring walkies with no coats and a frisbee in hand, the best way to spend the day off work. 
(I put this post together before the break up, so this is weird to still include without mentioning that we are still on speaking terms. I will do an update post in the coming weeks to explain everything for people who may not follow me on Twitter)

May 7th, 2015.
Oh gosh, remember when I had time to sit and freakin' braid bits of thread into friendship bracelets. Those were the days.

May 6th, 2016.
I can't believe this was our first time meeting in person! This here is one of my best friends in the world and she travelled all the way from Belgium to meet me in Berwick before our holiday to DLP in Nov/Dec 2016. We had a good couple days. First of many :) See you again in 36 days!

May 12th, 2017.
The original description of this photo will better explain than I can right now -
''I got a 2nd job today. This is my 'yay' gift. I've eyed it for a long time in Asda but couldn't justify £12 for anything, let alone a vase. Today I spotted it for £5 all because one of the poor bees had lost a wing. Long story short, I actually love broken things and it made me want it more. I feel sorry for broken things because no one else wants them and I don't want anything to feel unwanted...even though it's an inanimate object.''


To keep up to date with 2018's current project 365 you can check my second blog (and even maybe give it a follow if you like!) by clicking here.
Link me to your project 365's in the comments!!

For more photos from the years above you can click below -
May 2017
May 2016
May 2015
May 2014
May 2013

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

HP & the Dark Arts // Leaky Caldron, Defense Against the Dark Arts & more.

Goodness me, I suck so bad at getting anything to do with the blog done this year. But who cares?! These posts are for my benefit and currently, it's somewhat benefiting me to be behind in blogging...if that makes sense.
Anyway, it's crazy to think it's already been 6 months since our last visit to the WB Studio Tour to celebrate my 27th birthday. This is only my 3rd post from that trip so I really need to get caught up! That being said, here are some photos.

This was the first real addition in comparison to our visit in 2015. The corridor from the Leaky Caldron! Doesn't it look super cool? It definitely conveys the effect it's meant to more so via camera than it did in person but I suppose that's the point it was created for.
With us being there during the Dark Arts feature we also got to see Nevile's boggart - Snape dressed as his Grandmother. Pretty cool eh?
I'm going to leave this post here and attempt to not leave it as long between this and the next in this series. :)

See the previous posts in this series here -
Halloween at Hogwarts // The Great Hall
The Yule Ball, Portraits & More 

Check out my full 'The Making of Harry Potter' series (photos from the WB Studio Tour) from Winter 2015 below -
Part 12 - Hogwarts Castle and the Wand Room

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Back Through The Lens // Week 18

Happy Sunday guys!
Over the past 5 years, I have taken part in a little photo project called Project 365. Project 365 is simply taking a photo every day a year. Now I have 5 full years of photo memories to look back on and wanted to share a few here to reminisce. So here it is, week 18 of Back Through the Lens!

May 3rd, 2013. 
The most handsome little puppy sitting on the window sill. He used to love sitting there and looking out onto the street when we lived in Blyth.

 Week 18, April 2014. 
I never tire of photographing bees.

 April 30th, 2015.
I can't describe this moment accurately in a short paragraph, so instead pop over to this blog post here to see lots more photos of these babies and find out the story of this day.
 April 30th, 2016.
It's already been 2 years since Mam and I went to see the Mary Poppins stage show!! We saw it at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh and although it wasn't what I expected (and there was the most annoying guy sitting near us trying to tell everybody what happens in it very loudly before it had even started) it was good!
May 2nd, 2017.
Goodness me, the past year has flown, but how very lucky I am to only have 36 until I see this site again :O Insanity.


To keep up to date with 2018's current project 365 you can check my second blog (and even maybe give it a follow if you like!) by clicking here.
Link me to your project 365's in the comments!!

For more photos from the years above you can click below -
April 2017
April 2016
April 2015
April 2014
April 2013

Friday, 4 May 2018

My Disney Autograph Books [Part 3]

Over my 5 holidays in Disneyland Paris, I have met a few characters, not as many as some of course, but with those visits spanning from 1996 - 2017 there is a range of characters included within the pages of my autograph books, some which I think don't regularly meet anymore.
I don't actually go for signings every visit, only 'special occasions' like Mickey's Magical Party in 2010 and the 25th Anniversary in 2017 and after a recent conversation with Stephen, I thought it may be nice to share the autographs I do have currently to perhaps compare how Mickey's handwriting has changed throughout the years or something? ;)

This is the second of my two autograph books from my 2010 visit to Disneyland Paris. (See the first in the previous post by clicking here).
It was my first adult trip to DLP, my first holiday 'alone' and was my first proper holiday away with my ex-partner. We went for 7 nights from February 26th to March 5th during the 'Mickey's Magical Party' celebrations which were to celebrate Mickey Mouse's 80th birthday! Obviously, his birthday is November 18th, 1928 but this celebration ran from April 2009 to March 2010.
I decided not to do things by halves and got into the whole autograph thing! We met a considerable amount of characters (in relation to the rest of my visits) over the 8 days hence having to buy a second autograph book...:O
Something that I now think of as being a little, shall we say 'different', is that the vast majority of character meets we had were in the Walt Disney Studios Park. Most are in the 1st book, however, 4 of these autographs were gotten over In WDS. 2 was in one of our hotels, the Disneyland Hotel (we stayed in two over the course of our trip), 3 were from our Character Breakfast at Cafe Mickey and 4 were in the Disneyland Park!
Probably most memorable out of these meets were the one with Rafiki and Gaston. Rafiki and Tigger had been put out into the queuing area of  CafĂ© Hyperion during a particularly heavy rainstorm alongside some other characters. It was surprisingly not as hectic as normal free for all meets and they were milling around interacting with people of their own accord. Rafiki came up behind me and just started checking my hair for bugs and eating them haha - it got a good laugh from other people too.
As for Gaston, that meet is a lot funnier looking back on it. Back then he mustn't have been as popular and it was before the whole 'funny videos of Gaston at WDW' trend as he was just standing there with no one really bothering. I went over and he was really nice but as soon as my ex went to get his photo Gaston just looked him up and down and said, 'And who are you?!'. ahahaha I'm not sure why that photo isn't in the album but here it is. I know I look awful!

 [Side note - The relationship I was in at the time was domestically abusive and so when I left him I got rid of all photos etc. This meant I lost a lot of photos from this trip and the missing one by Cinderella is one we were in together and I no longer have.]


So, as the title suggests, I've decided to split this into a couple of parts. After taking photos of my first book it seemed better this way than having to miss anything out or have it be the worlds longest post.
I hope you enjoyed this peek into my autograph 'collection' so to say. I have 2 more books to share with you from 2 trips, the other part of this one and my 2017 25th anniversary one and would love to see yours too!! If you do decide to share them in a blog post pleaaase tag me so I can see - I'll be looking forward to it.

Check out the rest of the series here -
My Disney Autograph Books [Part 1] 
My Disney Autograph Books [Part 2]