Random Moments

I’m cheating on you Bloglovin': Bloglovin’ alternative

September 18, 2014

feedly

Ever since switching from Blogger to WordPress I have had intermittent problems with Bloglovin’ not pulling my posts. Sometimes it’s to do with my RSS feed, sometimes it’s not. It’s all rather infuriating. Bloglovin’ sometimes takes hours and hours to show my posts. That’s not to say it’s a problem exclusive to Bloglovin’, all RSS readers seem to be having the same trouble.

But alas, I digress. The reason I am about to wax lyrical about Feedly, is because I started to look for Bloglovin’ alternatives during a moment of despair. I have the same problem with my posts taking hours to show, which means it must be something at my end, but in hunting for a fix, I think I’ve found my new favourite RSS reader.

feedly

I love the interface of Feedly. It catagorises the blogs you follow and shows them in your feed separately. Rather than all posts listed together.

I’ve decided to use Feedly for reading blogs that are more like magazines. You know the ones, beautiful editorial pieces and they post daily, sometimes more. In Bloglovin’ they clog up my feed and I genuinely don’t have time to read them all. This inevitable leads me into a ‘I just don’t have enough time’ panic and hitting the ‘mark all as read’ button. Sadly, this means that some of your lovely personal posts get thrown in the bin along with them.

I also suspect that Feedly is a traffic thief, as you read posts in a nifty looking reading window. It doesn’t automatically take you to the blog. I don’t want to deny all you lovely bloggers your traffic, so I’ve kept all my personal blogs in Bloglovin’. Plus having you guys separate means I am much less likely to miss a post.

Have you guys tried Feedly? What do you think? Or perhaps you use something else completely?

Wish list

Love stationery

September 16, 2014

love stationary

Princess Bride pencil set | Aninotes notebook (be sure to watch the notebook in action | Hydrangea notebook | Pastel Moleskines | MT ex Garden Washi Tape | MT ex Encyclopaedia Plant Washi Tape

After visiting Charlotte at the weekend and sleeping in her wonderful studio space, I am totally inspired and excited to move back into mine. My course starts in just a few weeks, and as many of the lovely ladies on Instagram have said, it’s the perfect excuse to buy lots of pretty stationery. First on my wish list, and a total writer cliché, is a moleskine notebook.

Whilst I strolled along the seafront in Margate and drank copious cups of tea and elderflower cider, Ben was painting our spare room and pulling up the carpet. The desk is on order and I’ve finally bought a handle for my writing bureau. Which, urm, still isn’t finished. Three years after I bought it. What can I say, I like to take my time.

Anyone else as obsessed with stationery as I am!?

Book Review

Book review | Tampa by Alissa Nutting

September 15, 2014
Book review | Tampa by Alissa NuttingTampa by Alissa Nutting
Published by Faber & Faber, Limited on 2014-05-01
Genres: Fiction, General
Pages: 272
Format: Paperback
Goodreads
AmazonBook Depository three-stars
Celeste Price is an eighth-grade English teacher in suburban Tampa. She is attractive. She drives a red Corvette. Her husband, Ford, is rich, square-jawed and devoted to her. But Celeste has a secret. She has a singular sexual obsession - fourteen-year-old boys. It is a craving she pursues with sociopathic meticulousness and forethought.Within weeks of her first term at a new school, Celeste has lured the charmingly modest Jack Patrick into her web - car rides after dark, rendezvous at Jack's house while his single father works the late shift, and body-slamming encounters in Celeste's empty classroom between periods. It is bliss.Celeste must constantly confront the forces threatening their affair - the perpetual risk of exposure, Jack's father's own attraction to her, and the ticking clock as Jack leaves innocent boyhood behind. But the insatiable Celeste is remorseless. She deceives everyone, is close to no one and cares little for anything but her pleasure.With crackling, stampeding, rampantly sexualized prose, Tampa is a grand, satirical, serio-comic examination of desire and a scorching literary debut.

I read this for the Bloggers’ Book Club and gave it two stars as soon as I’d finished. But I was open minded about possibly changing my star rating once we’d discussed the book as a group.

Tampa is the story of Celeste Price. She’s 26 and has a thing for 14 year old boys. Not just a passing fancy either, she actively predates on them. This much I knew before I started reading. Continue Reading…

Norfolk

In ruins

September 9, 2014

Ever since stumbling across St Mary’s Church on Pinterest, I have been eager to go on a little adventure to find it. There’s something about ruins and abandoned buildings that fascinates me. They offer a window into history that no restoration project can. I love to picture the movements of the people who frequented these ghost buildings. And although often coated in blankets of dust or crumbling under the constant barrage of the UK’s changeable weather, they feel unspoilt. Continue Reading…

about her

Life lately

September 8, 2014

Goodness life is busy at the moment. That and lack of internet at home means I feel I am neglecting this little space of mine. Posts are being written when I can snatch a few minutes on a lunch break or stay a little late after work.

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But life goes on and is generally captured through Instagram. My course material has arrived and on the 4th of October I will officially be a student again. Until May, I will spend every Friday working on my creative writing and now I can’t wait to start! Ben is currently decorating our spare room. Which will transform it from dumping ground with a bed, to home office and reading area. I also know what I am getting for my birthday. Let’s just say I will no longer have to steal Benjamin’s laptop. Continue Reading…

Recipe, Sweet Treats

Recipe // Lemon Meringue Baked Alaska with lemon sauce

September 5, 2014

lemon meringue baked alaska

AKA. Great British Bake Off challenge number 3!

For those not living in the UK, you wouldn’t believe the furore that Great British Bake Off caused the week they attempted Baked Alaska. A bit of ‘you’ve got your own freezer’ drama, meant melted ice cream and ultimately one Baked Alaska thrown in a bin mid strop. There was outrage on Twitter. Accusations of OAP ice cream sabotage. It was all so stressful that I couldn’t even contemplate attempting Baked Alaska. But I came round and I’m so glad I did. I’m proud to present to you – Lemon Meringue Baked Alaska. Continue Reading…