Travel

Wednesday Wanderings: Oxford’s Canal

I used to live in Oxfordshire, so I have several friends who still live in and around the city. I don’t see them as often as I’d like, so last week I got on the Oxford Tube and headed over there to catch up with one of them.

The friend in question lives on a canal boat, which is one of those things that seems romantic and lovely but is probably quite difficult in reality. A few of my Oxford friends live in boats moored along its waterways, and from time to time one of them will try to persuade me that I’d enjoy it too. But I grew up in a caravan and I know that life doesn’t often reflect romantic ideals. I have had quite enough experience of emptying my own toilet, and these days I much prefer being connected to the London sewer system.  Continue reading “Wednesday Wanderings: Oxford’s Canal”

Psychology

Dear London Anti-Obesity Campaign, This Is How You Do It. Love, Florence.

I am fat.

If you’d asked me as a teenager whether I thought I’d grow up to be fat, I would have laughed in your face. I was anorexic, you see. At age 19 I was wearing clothes meant for 7-8-year-olds.

I have never had a good relationship with food.  Continue reading “Dear London Anti-Obesity Campaign, This Is How You Do It. Love, Florence.”

London Wanderings

Wednesday Wanderings: The Thames Path

I love London. I always thought I hated it, because it’s a city and I think of myself as predominantly a country person, but I love it. The anonymity, the melting-pot of cultures, the way my little corner of it feels like a community but also most people mind their own business.

I love that it’s a very walkable city, and few areas are more appealing to walk around than the Thames Path.  Continue reading “Wednesday Wanderings: The Thames Path”

Weekly Round-Ups

How Do You Fit It All In? #3

The third instalment in an ongoing series which was born of me not wanting to keep dealing with people’s incredulous looks when I tell them what I do.  Continue reading “How Do You Fit It All In? #3”

Books, Personal

A few things I’ve been up to recently

I’m currently reading Vanished Kingdoms, which is a long and excellent book that’s taking me a while to finish. Once I’m done I’ll review it in depth (and no doubt recommend it highly!), but in the meantime, here are a couple of things I’ve been working on lately.

Continue reading “A few things I’ve been up to recently”

Weekly Round-Ups

The Spiderbeast Saga And Other Stories

This week was largely taken up with pitches and client calls. I’m not sure if we’ll win the pitches, but I hope so. They’re all quite interesting and I’d like a chance to get my Italian translators a bit of extra work – things have been quiet on the freelance translation front over the summer.

Continue reading “The Spiderbeast Saga And Other Stories”