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My Experience of Living in a Tiny Home, Part 1

I’ve lived in Bristol for 8 years. In this time I’ve moved from BS1 to BS7, then BS2 to BS3 to BS6, back to BS3 and finally to BS4. I’ve lived in my fair share of houseshares, basement flats, and terraced houses. Throughout my rental history in this city I’ve carted box after box from one house to another, moving twice in one year in 2014 (never again!). But the real change came when we moved into our latest abode – a converted coach house with just 420 square feet of liveable space.

I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts and watching a lot of videos lately about minimalism and small space living, most typically about American individuals who have decided to downsize. But what makes me laugh the most is the fact that they are calling their 680sq. ft. of space a ‘tiny apartment’, which got me thinking – is my current living situation really that out of the ordinary?

I asked some folks on Twitter whether or not they would like to see some posts on my experiences of small space living, and the answer was a resounding yes. So, here we are. For this first post I thought I’d give you a bit of a potted history about my experiences with moving, my current obsession with throwing as much of my stuff away as possible, and my previous life as a prospective hoarder.
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Bristol’s Best Bits: Clay Workshop at Studio Upstairs

As I have mentioned previously countless times on this blog, I adore learning new things. I could happily wake up and learn a new skill every single day if it were at all possible; this weekend I tried my hand at spoon whittling at End of the Road festival, and the week before I had the chance to get stuck into a clay workshop at Studio Upstairs, as they are the charity partner for this year’s Affordable Art Fair, taking place in the city this weekend. Read More

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That Time I Was in a Music Video

I was thinking the other day about how I rarely talk about one of my favourite pastimes on this here blog, which is unusual considering that this supposed to be an online diary of sorts; an extension of my life. I think it’s hard sometimes to get caught up in the auld ‘what I want to post’ vs ‘what I should be posting’, ie. getting paranoid that I’m not posting enough flatlays of rose gold sunglasses next to immaculate lattes on a marble background. Should I be posting things like that? Should I ease up on the pizza photos on Instagram and instead curate my grid so all the colours match?

I don’t mean for that to sound catty. I am in awe of what other people do but sometimes its hard to not compare yourself to others and try to emulate exactly what they are doing. What I’m trying to get at is that I’m not really what you would describe as a ‘typical’ blogger. That is, my interests extend into the realm of the slightly off kilter, and I’m not very good at keeping to a regular posting schedule.

I digress.

What I am reeeeally trying to get at is that I never talk about morris dancing on le blog, and it’s been taking over my life slowly but surely over the last 6 months. In case you missed it, I’ve been hopping with Boss Morris since last November, and it’s been more fun that I possibly could have imagined, and more than you can shake a hazel stick at. Boss aren’t your typical morris side; we’re an all-female ensemble (other than our ace accordion player Mark) made up of artists and makers from Stroud, and there’s a fair amount more neon colours and face paint than average morris-ers.

(You might be thinking ‘but you don’t live in Stroud, Lily’, and you would be correct. I drive there every week for practice. DON’T LET ANYTHING COME BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR DREAMS.)

Keepin it real with the @boss.morris gyaldem in auld Chelters this evening 💃 #freeupmyinsta

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A few months ago Boss had the excellent opportunity of hopping in the new Sweet Baboo vid for his song ‘Pink Rainbow’, which was being directed by the ace Bristol-based Hankin Films. It was a bit of a surreal afternoon of arsing about in front of a green screen in a tiny room, eating houmous and generally having a laugh. Plus it meant I got to meet Sweet Babs himself, who I have been a bit of a fan of for a good few years.

Anyway, the video was released about a week ago and you can have a peek below.

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Hanging Out at The Forge

One of my 2017 resolutions is to take this blog more seriously. I have a pretty hard time taking myself seriously in general, to be honest; I chalk it up to that crippling British condition of hard-wired self-deprecation, which also happens to be the reason why I’m completely shite at selfies, and the only time I feel comfortable is when I’m camouflaged in morris make-up.

For that very reason, there aren’t many decent photos of my mush on this auld blog, something which I have been vowing to fix for a long, long time. The Friday before last, myself and some fellow blogging friends (Lyzi, Fritha, and Charlie) plus the lovely and insanely talented photographer Lauren hung out at the absolutely stunning Forge to drink tea and snap some totes Instagram-worthy pics of each other. Read More

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Bristol’s Hidden Gems

This post is in collaboration with Pegasus Life.

It’s fair to say that I’m completely obsessed with this city. I mean – I write about it, I tweet about it on a daily basis, I’m forever exploring new pockets of Bristol which I never knew existed, and of course spending money that I don’t have on snacking at some of our many, many amazing eateries.

I’ve been challenged by Pegasus Life to come up with my hidden gems in this absolute beaut of a city, and after much deliberating I believe I have whittled it down to the following… Read More

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Playing Catch Up

This photo was not taken by me. It’s also not really related to this post, but PUGS.

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Hello friends, it’s been a wee while again! While I usually dislike reading these kind of ‘sorry I’ve been away’ posts on other people’s blogs (not for any other reason than the fact that hey, it’s your blog, you can post as often or as little as you like, don’t mind me) but I feel like I should explain why I’ve dropped off the radar again, and also use the blog as a cathartic outlet for some of the frustrations I’ve endured over the past week. Read More

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Spotlight On: The Sad Ghost Club

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This post has taken me quite literally months to write. Mental health problems aren’t always an easy subject to talk about, let alone write about, but it’s something that most of us will have to deal with at some point in our lives. With the news this week that cuts in funding have led to a 10% decrease in mental health nurses in the NHS, it’s easy to feel disheartened and assume that the future for support is bleak. But there are so many awesome organisations out there who are reaching out and helping people who need it the most, which is where the fantastic Sad Ghost Club step in. Read More

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Recently

It’s been a bit quiet round here as of late, and for good reason! Me and Tom packed up our bags and moved south of the river, to beautiful Windmill Hill.

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We don’t get the internet for another week or so, so blogging is going to be a bit hit and miss for the time being! I thought I would just give you lovely folks a snoop into what I’ve been up to this past week…

Exploring our new stomping ground. Windmill Hill is between Bedminster and Totterdown, on the south side (arguably the best side) of the river. Everyone is mega friendly round here, plus we live right next to a massive park!

Unpacking seemingly endless piles of boxes. I have way too many clothes! I think another Frock Swap might be in order.

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Growing veggies! We’ve inherited a pretty decent little vegetable patch, so I’ve turned my hand to a spot of gardening. I’m hoping to get some winter veg in soon. It’s a pity the neighbourhood cats like to leave little ‘surprises’ in my flower beds though… Ewww.

Reading this article about the first thing different bloggers saved up for, including yours truly! It’s a pretty fascinating read, who knew Tamagotchis were so popular?

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Eating mountains of leftover goods from our brand spanking new slow cooker, easily the best thing we’ve ever bought! This was beef and mushrooms slow cooked in red wine, with tagliatelle. What is it about cooking something for 8 hours that makes it so darn delicious?

Normal service will resume shortly, but for now, enjoy the rest of the week!

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April Favourites

If I’m honest, I think this is fast becoming my favourite post to write – obviously I love everything I plan and write for the blog, but it’s nice to look back over the month and remember the little things. Plus these round up posts are some of my favourites to read over on other blogs – probably just me being nosey!

April was pretty busy; I still have things in the back of my mind which I have yet to blog about, but nevertheless there were more than enough exciting things on here! The biggest of these has to be my fancy lunch at Pizza Express, plus of course my very first giveaway! Winner will be announced on Twitter soon.

As well as all the blog excitement, this month I have been enjoying:

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BATH IN FASHION! We got to go on a ‘trend scavenger hunt’, plus I got to hang out with a bunch of awesome ladies.

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Our first trip to the Cube // I got my favourite print framed properly // I attended the Betties & Baldwins launch party // First ice cream of the year!

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We clung desperately on to the sunshine // I wore my Torpatoffeln clogs out to cocktails with Lyzi and got a bit tipsy and stomped around and nearly fell over a lot // I got a very sweet letter from Innocent Smoothies to say thanks for my little hats // I am currently sitting here blogging drinking a mug of this chocolatey deliciousness!

Hope you all had similarly lovely Aprils, here’s to a fabulous May.

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Realistic Goals for 2014

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Happy 2014!

Over these past few days I’ve been reading some pretty awe-inspiring 2013 round-ups, and some truly inspirational posts on hopes and goals other bloggers have for 2014. I’m not great at sticking to resolutions, so I only made one last year which I did manage to stick to, which was to cleanse, tone and moisturise my face every morning and evening (I was a face wipe kinda gal before, ew).

Resolutions are fundamentally a bad thing, in my mind, which only set you up for disappointment. With this in mind, inbetween all of the standard things-I-should-probably-be-doing such as going to the gym more often, eating less cheese, drinking more water and generally being a bit healthier, I’ve come up with a short list of goals for 2014 which I think I will almost certainly be able to achieve.

1. Get blonde hair again

About 4 years ago, I had super-duper blonde hair, and I absolutely loved it. Since then, it has gone from white-blonde to brown to dark blonde to red (for quite a while), to an accidental highlighter orange, and back to brown again. I loved having blonde hair, but in a desperate attempt over the summer to get rid of my ginger hair, too many boxes of bleach has left it with the consistency of tiny strands of frazzled polystyrene. It is my first goal, with some more gentle persuasion, to be blonde again before the end of 2014.

2. Go cycling more often

I have to admit, I’m a bit scared of cycling in Bristol. Despite being a pretty damn good city to cycle in, too many years driving a car in this city has taught me that it is a dangerous one too, if anyone else drives like I do. The other day I saw a flyer in No 1 Harbourside for cycling trips around Bristol and it got me thinking – I would absolutely love to take a cycle ride on my beautiful little Raleigh out in the sticks somewhere with a picnic basket and a few bottles of beer. I also think it’s something which I should reserve for a warmer day!

3. Take a trip to Beeses

There seems to be a bit of a recurring adventure theme here. I have been meaning to visit Beeses for what seems like an eternity, but will have to be patient until the spring when they open up for the year again. I had a brief glimpse when me and Tom were driving back from Bath one summery day and decided to take a look, but the gardens were heaving due to the sunshine, and it looked like we couldn’t get a table anywhere. Good things come to those who wait, however. Besides, everyone knows the best way to get there is by boat, and seeing as Bristol Ferry runs Sunday Roast trips there, that might be the answer!

4. Run more rolls of film through my many disused cameras

I feel so sorry for some of my cameras. I have a modest collection of Lomo cameras, vintage cameras, and a little Fuji Instax Mini which are begging to be used more often. When I was at college and throughout uni I adored shooting film, and couldn’t think of anything worse than working solely digitally. Now I work full time as a photographer and my day is spent glued to my DSLR I think now is the time for some creative output in the form of messing around with film again.

5. Do more craft

The main purpose of this blog was to motivate me to be more creative. Whilst I have certainly undertaken far more projects than I normally would have, I know that I am not pushing my creative ability. I want to be able to do the projects which have been hanging around for far too long because I am too lazy to learn new things in order to complete them. I want to see something on Pinterest and actually get round to making it, not just wishing that I had the time or skills to finish it.

Finally, another resolution is to blog more. More often, more topics, and more time spent writing. I’ve come to realise over the last six months that I really enjoy putting posts together; it motivates me to take more pictures on a day to day basis, plus I reckon my writing is I improving too. And that’s never a bad thing!

What are your resolutions?

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