Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Adventures in Athens.

Hello, long time, no write.

So, Moon and I are actually currently on the third-to-last night of our two-week holiday in Hong Kong and we've been sharing a whole bunch of new adventures, alongside a bit of me playing (clueless) tour guide. We've visited temples, seen pandas and (of course) we've shopped, and there's still quite a bit more left to squeeze into our last two days.

I figured that before I bombard you with Hong Kong tales and photos, I ought to share a few from last month's trip to Athens. I was there with work and it might have been one of the most exciting things I've done in my career so far, not only because it was a chance to travel but also because I got the see the fruits of eight months worth of labour hanging all over the conference venue and I could say that it was me who designed it!

After 3 days of conferencing and hyping and tweeting, I was lucky enough to fit in a bit of sightseeing with some of my colleagues before flying home. It was pretty great to see the image I'd been using on banners up close in real life and it was such a beautiful day, perfect for exploring.

Aside from the ancient ruins, I wouldn't necessarily say that Athens is my kind of city but I really enjoyed walking around and seeing somewhere completely new.

You really do get an incredible 360˚ view from the top of the Acropolis and on a day like the day we visited, you could even see the sea!

The amount of times I photoshopped pictures of the parthenon in the last few months...

We did try and be up to get out early and beat the tourists after hearing tales of two hour queues. Our worries ended up being unfounded as it was just a Wednesday morning so it was fine. Naturally as with any tourist attraction though, something I have been reiterating almost every day here in Hong Kong, it would definitely be better without tourists.

Forever cat-bothering.

Plant goals.

So that rounds up the first of my two trips to Greece this year - in September it will be a visit to the islands for some R+R.

I don't know what Moon and I are going to do with our days once we get home and aren't running around from one side of Hong Kong to another but there's painting to be done and furniture to be bought and built (in between, you know, our jobs) so I'm sure we'll still manage to keep ourselves busy.

We only lived in our new home for just four days before jetting off so more than anything I'm really looking forward to making it really feel like home when we get back.

If you can't wait for the influx of holiday spam in the weeks to come, you can follow me on Instagram, where I'm posting daily .

Friday, 24 April 2015

Home by Athens.



We got there! The little 3-bed-semi-in-Bicester is ours

This week has been a complete roller coaster of all emotions, from happiness and excitement to grief and irritability and tomorrow I have to put my 'big girl' pants on all over again and head off to Athens for my first ever 'business trip'. Isn't that exciting?

I'm not even really sure where my mind is right now, but I'm sure this evening will a combination of packing for Athens, packing for moving and trying to fit in cooking dinner and drinking a glass of wine (or two).

Our front room currently looks a little like part of a hoarder's house and I'm sure I'm going to need the longest nap once this whole ordeal is over.

Currently, I'm taking advice from the infographic below but slowly beginning to accept that I'll probably have to face a little more decluttering than I wanted to in my future temporary wardrobeless life. I can't wait for IKEA.

[Boxes2Move/Bring Digital]

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Garden Art.

A couple of months ago, on a quick trip over the Marlborough, curiosity finally got the better of me.

Every time we drive that way we pass the incredibly intriguing, Garden Art, and after saying we'll pop in and never actually doing it, I span the car right round the roundabout and back into their carpark.

Furnishing and decorating is very much at the forefront of my mind at the moment and I must say that the garden in our soon-to-be new home is probably one of the areas I like the least. It's just so uninspiring, with no flowerbeds or trees and just a washing line and very poorly looked after shed, it will take a little while before it's going to be somewhere I'm going to like spending time in - with that said, I wouldn't call our current garden perfect either.

So, Garden Art looked like a good place to get a few ideas for sprucing up the future garden - it turned out that their collection mainly consists of forlorn stone dogs, huge water features and anything and everything you'd expect in the grounds of a stately home — not quite what I was looking for for our small suburban space. It did make for a neat place to take photographs though, the first photos I'd taken with my SLR since Christmas.

Why yes, that is a train carriage, it had been transformed into a cute office, complete with border terriers and wood-burning stove.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Packing Up: Useful Storage

Moving day is getting closer, so that means that all storage is useful storage, whether it's cardboard, or something a little more fancy.

When I was sent this cute storage bag from Room to Grow it couldn't have come at a better time. I'm always on the hunt for receptacles to put things in but due to being semi-mid-move it was a bit hard to place this at the exact moment that I wanted to get the photos ready.

Room to Grow predominantly caters for pretty bespoke children's bedrooms so I have a pretty strong feeling that this is designed for toys or other child-related miscellanea. As a little person is nowhere near on my horizons yet, I can afford to be a little selfish and I reckon this is going to come in really useful for things like bed linen, towels and maybe extra cushions (which I've some how accumulated).

The bag itself is fairly sturdy and even though you do need to have something in it in order to hold it up, that's makes it pretty good for storing away when it's not needed - ideal for someone who's trying to cut down on clutter.

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