Sunday, 18 November 2012

Bath & Stonehenge

Stonehenge is one of England's most visited tourist attractions, but it isn't necessarily the most exciting one. To a lot of people anyway. There is no fancy visitor centre - just a couple of gigantic stones in the middle of nowhere. I however love going there and wondering how and why 3500 years ago, people transported stones weighing up to four tonnes, over 240 miles from Wales to an inconspicuous plain in the English countryside. How did they do it? How did they erect them when they finally got there? And why?

There are many myths and legends surrounding Stonehenge, and to this day so called neo-druids pilgrimage and gather there to celebrate the summer solstice. I actually spotted one myself this time, but sadly didn't get the chance to speak to him. Have you been to Stonehenge - and if yes, did you like it?

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

4 simple goals before 2013 - halftime update part II

Here is the second part of my 4 simple goals challenge update:

3. Make a home:
No progress here, I'm afraid. Still no pictures on the wall, still no cosy corners:-(. I'm thinking of starting a pinterest board to gather some inspiration, but I guess a homely home doesn't come overnight...

4. Improve Anchor & Sing:
I haven't actually started the Blog Love E-course yet, but I had a lot of other things on my to-do list that I wanted to implement anyway. I also got a few additional ideas from the 'Blogging for Creatives' book (see this post for a review).
So, here's a list of recent changes to the blog:

- a search bar after reading the DIY Blog Redesign series from The Flourishing Abode.
- a Creative Commons License
- categories to my sidebar
- my twitter feed to the sidebar (I'm @anchorandsing if you would like to follow)
- a note to my comment form
I have also updated my blogroll and it's now revolving.

These are mostly really simple and small changes and yet, some of them took me forever! I guess Rome wasn't built in a day, but there's so much technological stuff to learn about when you're fairly new to blogging, it's quite mind-boggling. Anyway, I'll keep at it and hopefully you'll see some more exciting changes soon.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

A poem for the weekend (and a reason to celebrate)

If I could write words by Spike Milligan

If I could write words on an autumn forest floor,
What a bonfire my letters would make.

If I could speak words of water,
you would drown when I said
"I love you."

This very gentleman successfully defended his PhD thesis last week and is now a Dr. I am so happy and proud!

Friday, 2 November 2012

4 simple goals before 2013 - halftime update part I

Now that November has begun, I thought I'd do an update on how I've been faring in the 4 goals challenge. You can read more about it in this post. Here is what I've managed to do so far (I'll be posting part II soon):

1. Read four books:
These are the four books I chose:
1.  Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
I read this book over a weekend and just couldn't put it down. It tells the story of a young Irish girl who emigrates to Brooklyn in the 50s, her struggle to settle into this new world and to lead a self-determined life. It's written in a wonderfully melancholic style and I can only recommend it!

2.  A Little History of the World by E.H. Gombrich
I love history and thought this book was fantastic. It was the opposite of what you'd expect a book with such a title to be - interesting, vibrant and written in a style that's easy to read and understand. As part of my job, I get to sit in on weekly lectures on British history and it was great to read this book alongside and put the events I'm learning about into a broader perspective.
3.  Blogging for Creatives by Robin Houghton
I won this book in a giveaway on Robin's fabulous blog: Blogging for Creatives. It's a great resource for all bloggers and if you're not familiar with it, I highly recommend stopping by.
I haven't actually read many books about blogging and didn't really know what to expect, but I ended up learning something new on every single page! The book is full of information about everything a blogger needs to know - content, design, PR, troubleshooting. The images and layout are great and it contains lots of interview with all sorts of different bloggers. I'm so happy to have a copy of this book and I'm sure I'll be going back to it again and again.

4.  Hearts and Minds by Amanda Craig
Still need to read this one

2. Knit something:
It took me quite a while to decide on a project. I wanted something fairly quick and easy and eventually found this pretty (and free) pattern for a cowl. I finished it yesterday, but unfortunately it didn't look one bit like the pretty picture on the Pickles website. I must have completely misjudged my gauge swatch, because my cowl was at a length where is looked more like a knitted necklace, but was too short to wrap around my neck twice. Soo, I’ve just unravelled the whole thing and will be starting afresh with a different pattern. If anyone has any suggestions - let me know!