Postcards from // Alphabeth, Buttercup Belle and History Lover’s Guidebook

October 24, 2014

Where is this year going? Before we know it we will be in the throws of winter. But alas, it is nearing the end of the month so it is time for me to introduce the lovely blogging ladies gracing my sidebar in October.

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Sometimes bloggers come along that make me want to grab a cup of tea, snuggle up on the sofa under a blanket and read their entire back catalogue of posts. Beth is one of those bloggers. From the books she reads, to her taste in music, to the wonderful films she chooses to watch, I think she’s blumming marvellous and she should totally come hang out with me. She takes a damn good photograph too.

Favourite post of late: Things to do when you’re feeling blue – a candid post about depression and how to deal with it. Beth has a wise head on those young shoulders of hers.

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Buttercup Belle

Up next is the beautiful Amber. Amber emailed me a couple of months ago about sponsorship and I’ve been following her blog ever since. Amber lives in my second home, Cardiff, and blogs about a whole host of brilliant topics. From theatre to finding happiness. From being single to the joys of Tinder. Amber’s blog reads like a letter from a great friend and I can highly recommend her posts on self esteem and happiness. Plus she has a Welsh Bucket List which I have only done a handful of! Only lived there for 22 years of my life, but whatever. Trip to Oakwood Amber? That I can recommend!

Favourite post of late: 15 reasons why I will always be on this side of the screen – just read it! This is the story of my life and no doubt yours too!!

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History Lover’s Guidebook

As ever, it’s an absolute pleasure to welcome Beth back this month. Beth is one of my favourite bloggers. She feeds my love of historical buildings, historical fiction and that inner teenager that wished she’d studied history beyond year 9, no matter how much her teacher sucked. Beth always manages to get the right balance of lifestyle thrown into any post she writes. So although her blog has a clear historical theme, I know you will love it. Her blog has had a rather lovely facelift this month too.

Favourite post of late: Mulberry Hall: the jewel of York – this looks like my kind of shop. Porecelien tea cups, floral delights, Christmas decorations and low hanging beams. I’m in York in a couple of weeks, perhaps I can sneak away from my conference for a nosy.

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These postcards form part of my advertising packages. If you’d like to see your blog in my sidebar and featured in this post, then I offer a great variety of packages starting from around just £12 a month. A maximum of ten bloggers feature in my sidebar. That way, you’re rest assured that you’ll never be lost in the crowd.

Returning sponsors also get 15% off all future purchases. So once you make your first purchase at full price, you’ll have discount for life!

Christmas Card Swap

Christmas card swap 2014

October 23, 2014



After the success of this year’s postcard swap (thank you to those who have filled in the survey, it’s really helpful), I have decided to run a Christmas card swap.

It will work very much the same as the postcard swap. I will split you into groups of 5 – 6 people and you will send each person in your group a card.

If you would like to sign up please do so below. I will then send you a form to fill in. Please only sign up if you are fully intent on participating. It is very disappointing for those that do make the effort to participate, when others in the group do not.

The turn around will be pretty quick on this one, so the sign up form below will close at the end of October. All swap forms will need to be back with me by the 10th November 2014. I will then have the groups sorted by the end of that week.

Sign up for this year’s Christmas Card Swap

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Norfolk, Norfolk Eating

Cafe Britannia | Norwich

October 21, 2014

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You never want to disappoint visitors when it comes to showing off the city you live in and that includes, and perhaps is the deciding factor on whether you’ll stay lifelong friends, the places you take them to eat. I already knew I was going to take Alice to the Waffle House, but I’d never managed to find the perfect breakfast establishment. Now Bill’s does a pretty good fry up, but I’m loathed to recommend a chain, so when I spotted Cafe Britannia on Tripadvisor and got generally over excited by the concept, I knew that I would be treating Alice to breakfast at the prison. Continue Reading…

Random Moments

So you think you’re Harry Potter?

October 17, 2014

Well dear readers, I actually am!

Confused? Read on.

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I’m currently having my leadership skills developed at work. And as part of this process we’ve all been put through the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Basically a test that will spookily, accurately tell you what your personality type is. There are 16 different personality types according to the Myers and Briggs ladies and each and every one of you will fall into one of the 16 categories. Don’t like labels? Being put in a box? Tough because it’s happening.

The basic principle behind the theory is that each one of us is programmed, pretty much at birth, to prefer to react to a situation in a certain way. Your friend’s over the top reaction to you not having spoken to them in a few weeks. Someones incessant need to argue over everything. Leaving packing to the day of your flight, only to realise that you don’t actually know where your passport is. These may all seem like odd ways to behave to you, but actually, for that person, they are completely normal. Because we’re all different. Or different in 16 different ways. Whatever. There are basic differences in the way people prefer to use their perception or judgement. Continue Reading…

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Love Joules

October 15, 2014


Intarsia Jumper | Bee shirt | Women’s pyjama bottoms | Men’s pyjama bottoms | Amelie Floral pillowcase | Women’s cable knit hat | Women’s wellibobs

I remember as a small child attending our local country fair and being drawn to the marquee with the pastel coloured fleeces and wellies. Who’d have thought back then that the Joules clothing brand, regularly spotted at country shows and equestrian events, would have stores in towns and cities across the country today. Interestingly it was the foot and mouth crisis back in 2001, meaning all country and equestrian events were cancelled, that forced Joules to start selling their clothes in rural stores and more traditional retail facilities. Continue Reading…

Random Moments

Here come the brides

October 13, 2014


On Friday I witnessed two of my favourite ladies make a life long commitment to each other. I have known Eli since university. I have known Eli since before she came out as gay. And since she started dating Fran, she is the happiest I’ve ever known her. Continue Reading…