I am in Italy so there might not be many posts for the next two weeks

Hello readers,

I am currently in Modena, and later today I will be going on a tour of a traditional balsamic vineyard. I will then spend all my money on balsamic vinegar despite only arriving yesterday evening, and will have to stretch out about €10 to last the rest of the time I’m here.  Continue reading “I am in Italy so there might not be many posts for the next two weeks”


So it turns out I just want to live underwater

Since I moved into this flat four years ago, I have told people that the plan is to buy it, then sell it in a few years’ time and move to a little cottage in the middle of nowhere, probably in the Scottish highlands. I mainly told people this because it shut them up about my life plans, and because it’s the kind of Sensible Plan most people seem to approve of, but in reality I’m not convinced I ever actually wanted to do that.

I called my landlord a couple of weeks ago to find out whether I could buy the flat, and they said I am eligible to buy a flat from them, but not this flat, because it’s not for sale. Which is a pretty good reason.  Continue reading “So it turns out I just want to live underwater”


How To Repot A Fern

I’ve spent the past few days repotting various plants, including my tomato babies. I’m now going to Italy, and since I don’t have a cat anymore I was thinking that I’d be saving money since I wouldn’t need to pay the catsitter, except then I realised someone needed to look after my plants, so now the catsitter has morphed into a plantsitter for the next couple of weeks.

I posted about the repotting on Instagram, and then a friend asked if I could show him how to repot a fern. Since I’ll be videoing the conference in Italy next week and needed to test the videocamera anyway, I decided this would be a good opportunity to do that.

So, here you go: how to repot a fern (works for most other plants too). Full transcript below.

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The Shape Of Water

Why in the world I keep taking myself to the cinema when I know I don’t enjoy the experience is beyond me. I’ve been twice in the past few weeks – before that I hadn’t been for years. I don’t like cinemas for the simple reason that there are other people in them. Although the screens are much better than the one on my little Macbook, I am more than happy to deal with a lower resolution if it means I don’t have to sit in a room with humans.

However, when Guillermo del Toro brings out a new film I find it hard to resist, because I love his work and want to support him. So off I went to see The Shape of Water, which was beautiful and had Doug Jones in it, whom I also love.

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Spooky Supermarket Wines

I usually buy my wine from wine shops or online, but I was in the supermarket a while ago and they seemed to be having some sort of goth wine theme, so of course I had to try them.

One was Apothic’s Dark blend, which I’ve wanted to try for ages but which hadn’t been easily available in the UK until now. The others were wines I hadn’t heard of before.  Continue reading “Spooky Supermarket Wines”


It’s Book Blog Tuesday, So Here, Have Some Novels

There are currently sixteen pictures of books in my Google Drive folder, which is how I organise my upcoming blog posts. If I blog one per week it will therefore take me sixteen weeks to complete the posts, but I also have other books on my TBR list so by that point I’ll still be behind and then it will just keep spiralling on forever.

So I’m going to smush a few together in a post for today, and only save a couple for their own special featured posts.  Continue reading “It’s Book Blog Tuesday, So Here, Have Some Novels”


Objects With Meaning

Magpie At Midnight is currently doing a series of blog posts about objects that mean something to her. In the first post in the series, she says:

“I am slightly suspicious of wholesale minimalism. I feel that some objects come with important emotional meaning attached, and they form part of our emotional memory. Our emotional story. What looks like simple clutter to some people, is for other people an anchor to an important moment, good or bad, in their past. I am sure that sometimes getting rid of those anchors can, in itself, be a very psychologically healthy thing to do. But I am not an advocate of throwing things away simply for the sake of being tidy, of creating a clean, minimalist environment.”

And I completely agree. So I thought I’d take a look at some of my own objects of meaning, but I’m putting them in one post rather than spreading them out, because my posting queue is horrendous right now and I don’t want it to get even longer. Hop over there and take a look at Magpie’s blog too!  Continue reading “Objects With Meaning”