Summer 2017 Reading List

When you’re signed off work for 6 weeks in the middle of summer (however abstract a term that is in Northern Ireland!) you really need to find something to do.  I have always loved reading and find a special kind of comfort in reading when going through difficult or uncertain times: my choices here reflectContinue reading “Summer 2017 Reading List”

Know Thyself; on running your race and taking dodgy personality tests 

We decided to walk the length of Portstewart Strand and found that with each step, the beach bustle became quieter – as we passed the Windbreaker-in-any-Weather families, the enthusiastic games of “beach volleyball” (quotation marks intended), the romantic wanderers and the new puppies, the sand looked more vast and more ‘ours’. We got to theContinue reading “Know Thyself; on running your race and taking dodgy personality tests “

6 things I wish I could say to my friends who have kids

This post was originally written for Threads. We met one night at an after-party while at University in Belfast. I loved her sparkly green shoes and she was impressed by my maxi dress. We struck up a friendship that has seen us through graduation, living together in a tiny terraced house brought to life by many fairyContinue reading “6 things I wish I could say to my friends who have kids”

Love Languages at Christmas

LESS THAN TWO WEEKS TO GO! Are you all set for Christmas? One of the funnest things about the season is, I think, picking out gifts for people. And this year, I’ve been thinking a lot about the different kinds of gifts we give. Ready to get creative? Here we go… I first became awareContinue reading “Love Languages at Christmas”

One Year of Marriage & The Farm Yard of Dreams

Oh goodness. I have news. Big news. Blogosphere, I have found my new home. We spent our anniversary weekend in Newcastle at the gorgeously luxurious Slieve Donard. Such. A. Treat. As cliche as it sounds, I can’t believe it’s been a year already. That means it’s three years since I discovered the oh-so handsome bassContinue reading “One Year of Marriage & The Farm Yard of Dreams”

Thoughts before the Big Adventure

It’s the night before our Big Adventure and it feels like Christmas Eve, and also like we’re about to jump into the absolute unknown. Wow. I remember a conversation Dan and I had a few months ago. We quiz each other, every now and then, on our dreams, on where we’re going, on what weContinue reading “Thoughts before the Big Adventure”

The solution to 50 Shades of Grey is a shouty Japanese man

Unless you’ve been hiking in the Himalayas recently, you are aware that 50 Shades of Grey is hitting our big screens this very day…just on time for Valentine’s Day. Clever, clever Universal. I was going to write about why I don’t think this is good news think this is TERRIBLE, but then my friend Natalie NAILED IT.Continue reading “The solution to 50 Shades of Grey is a shouty Japanese man”

7 pieces of advice for people without Valentines

Dear singletons, In four days’ time, some of us will be sprinkling red rose petals and serenading the citizens of Paris with Celine Dion covers from atop the Eiffel Tower before dancing under the stars/kissing in the rain. Some of us. The rest of us might indeed have Valentines and choose to do a) nothingContinue reading “7 pieces of advice for people without Valentines”

BRIDE BLOG #15: Top Ten (wedding-y) Tips

Here we are…the end of the Bride Blog series! It’s been lots of fun, mainly because it meant I got to marry my best friend and begin the most exciting journey I’ve ever been on, but also because it meant interviewing tremendously talented people, sharing tips I gathered from wiser souls, and the inevitable ooh-ingContinue reading “BRIDE BLOG #15: Top Ten (wedding-y) Tips”