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Friday Thanks

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Dear hot water,

Thanks for feeling extra luxurious after being missing for a few days while we had our new boiler installed. That first hot shower was incredible.

Love

Sarah

See other Friday Thanks here or visit the original inspiration for the project here.

Grace in Small Things

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  • Amazing water pressure
  • Time to reflect
  • Neatly wrapped presents
  • Pudding jumpers
  • Making plans with your oldest (and dearest) friends

See the whole list here

Friday Thanks

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Dear Feather Duvet,

Thank you for no longer kick starting Q’s allergies. You’re my favourite duvet to sleep under and I’m so glad that I don’t have to choose between you and my husband – it wouldn’t have been an easy pick.

Love

Sarah

See other Friday Thanks here or visit the original inspiration for the project here.

Télégramme Magazine – Issue 6

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We’ve come a long way, Télégramme and I. From issue one, with it’s scrappy layout and terrible fonts to issue six, with it’s sunny yellow theme and (I think) clean, elegant design.

www.hellotelegramme.co.uk

Issue six featured five fantastic photographers:  Joe St PierreFabrizio MingarelliTuane EggersIrina Munteanu and Roslyn Julia :) It also featured themes: Golden Hour, Open Space and The Sea. If issue four was the concrete issue (all stark lines and empty buildings) and issue five was focused on people then issue six is without a doubt a celebration of nature.

It’s a labour of love to work on Télégramme, something I’ve made no bones about in the past. But I do it because I love it and I’m so happy that people seem to enjoy it.

If you like photography, especially 35mm photography then I urge you to follow the Télégramme magazine blog (when you’re done reading the latest issue, of course). I don’t update it as often as I’d like, but it has more of the same things you’d find in the magazine, so is worth checking out if photos are your thing.

There’s a mailing list now too, so if you’d like to know when the next issue is out then all you have to do is sign up here.

Phew. I’ve already started work on the next issue (which is going to be lilac, fancy) which makes a change from taking five months off and then rushing it in the last three weeks. Ha!

Monthly Goals: December

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In November I set 5 goals for myself. I’ve been finding myself constantly swimming uphill lately – forever with a large list of things I “must make time for” but never actually seem to manage to. So I wrote myself a small list, of things I felt should be a priority for me.

I managed to tick off four of those five things (and I only missed the last item “go on 5 walks” by one walk, so that’s not so bad), so I’ve decided to carry it on for December.

5 Goals for December

  1. Exercise five times*
  2. Leave five ‘lovely notes for strangers’
  3. Try three new recipes
  4. Watch one ‘classic’ film I’ve never seen
  5. Crochet 15 granny squares

I’ve set up a page for my monthly goals, so if you want to see how I’m doing you can check in here at any time, I’ll keep it updated as I tick things off.

Does anyone else find that they’re much more productive when they’re working to a list? I know some people find them a little oppressive but I always find it super useful :)

*I originally had this as ‘swim 5 times’ before realising that the pool we use closes on the 21st of December for the holidays. Oops!

(I’m aware that I’m midway through December already, I meant to post this earlier but didn’t make the time. The irony is not lost on me).

Grace in Small Things

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  • Fairy lights
  • Sentimental pieces of jewellery
  • Birthdays
  • Getting a roll of film back
  • Snuggly jumpers

See the whole list here

November Book Update

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01. NEW Mitch Albom – Have a Little Faith
02. NEW Ray Bradbury – Fahrenheit 451 [November goals]
03. NEW Jojo Moyes – Honeymoon in Paris
04. RR Scarlett Thomas – The End of Mr Y [30 for 30]
05. RR Christopher Pike – Road to Nowhere
06. RR Christopher Pike – The Visitor
07. RR Francine Pascal – My Mother Was Never a Kid
08. RR Francine Pascal – My First Love & Other Disasters
09. RR Francine Pascal – Love & Betrayal & Hold The Mayo [30 for 30]

November was a funny month for reading. I didn’t finish a book until almost mid-way through the month (which is unusual for me) but it picked up towards the end after a visit home to my mother and the collection of all my old Point Horror books, ha.

I’m coming to the end of my 30 for 30 reading lists, meaning that only the big and hard to source books are left, eek. I ordered these Francine Pascal books and books two and three came a week before the first one, which was a little torturous. I only have 11 left to read (meaning I’ve read 49 of them since the end of June, gosh) and I’m looking forward most to re-reading The Time Traveler’s Wife in January – it is my favourite book after all.

I loved those Christopher Pike books when I was younger but sadly they didn’t live up to my memories – very few books you read as a teenager do I suppose. The Victoria Martin Trilogy was a happy exception to the rule – I remember loving this more that the Sweet Valley series when I was growing up and it was a delight to re-read them (I powered through all three in two days, so eager was I for a reminisce).

Elsewhere Scarlett Thomas is still baffling me even with a second read of The End of My Y (although I think PopCo is still my favourite of hers), Mitch Albom seems to be back on form (I much prefer his non-fiction writing, apparently) and Fahrenheit 451 wasn’t at all what I was expecting but was really rather fantastic.

I hit my 100 books target in November, so I upped it to 110 just to keep me on my toes. I’m up to 108 already so I’m fairly sure I’ll make it but you never know ;)

I’m still working my way through my read 1000 new books for my Life List, I started tracking those in 2011 and I’m up to 212.

Grace in Small Things

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  • Hand knitted jumpers
  • Trees full of yellow leaves
  • Laughing with a friend
  • Christmas sandwiches
  • The best pair of boots I’ve ever owned

See the whole list here

Friday Thanks

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Dear Google,

Thanks for making my job a hell of a lot easier. Thanks for also believing that which mascot a university has is one of the most important bits of information to display in search results. Everyone loves a bit of whimsy.

Love

Sarah

See other Friday Thanks here or visit the original inspiration for the project here.

Grace in Small Things

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  • Sparklers
  • Gloves on a cold day
  • Stools that look like giant champagne corks
  • Heated seats
  • Outdoor hot tubs

See the whole list here