Monthly Round-Ups, Personal

Monthly Round-Up: January

Happy February! And happy Imbolc.

I thought I’d do a round-up at the end of each month this year to see what I’ve achieved and what I need to work on more. Here goes January’s. Continue reading “Monthly Round-Up: January”

Books

Books of the Week: Winter Walks, Counselling, Apéros and Voodoo

This year I have a lot to read, which is exciting. I’m starting uni this week, which I’m sure will bring its own reading list; I’m working on a couple of new papers; I’m writing a novel; and of course there’s the usual TBR pile of things I’ve found that looked interesting.

Last week I read four books, although the first one is cheating a bit; it took me a full two weeks to read because it was a textbook, so although I finished it this week even I am not quite a fast enough reader to manage fitting in a textbook around working full-time.  Continue reading “Books of the Week: Winter Walks, Counselling, Apéros and Voodoo”

London Wanderings

Wednesday Wanderings: Hyde Park

One of the things I enjoy the most about London is its greenery. 40% of the city is green space, so no matter which area you live in, you’re probably not far from a park.

I am fairly close to Hyde Park, but I don’t go there often because it gets quite busy. The other day, however, I decided to go for a wander through the Italian Gardens. You can reach them by navigating to Lancaster Gate tube station and then entering the park through the gate opposite the station.  Continue reading “Wednesday Wanderings: Hyde Park”

Weekly Round-Ups

How Do You Fit It All In? #17

The latest instalment in a series in which I answer the ongoing question “How do you fit it all in?”, which people ask me when I tell them what I do. Continue reading “How Do You Fit It All In? #17”

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”