27 December 2014


Last night Byron and I hosted Boxing Day dinner for his family at our own little house. It was lovely to eat leftovers and some homemade mince pies, gather around the tree and exchange gifts. I love Boxing Day, for me it's like Christmas Day without the commercialism or the stress. Everyone is much more relaxed and rested. 

Once everyone had gone home, Byron surprised me with another gift. A ring, THE ring, and asked me to marry him. It was truly beautiful and the perfect proposal, understated, simple and so very us. He chose the ring from an independent seller and it was made just for me, blue Labradorite - not diamonds as I don't want to contribute to that industry - which apparently has magical properties. Basically, I am that much closer to becoming a real life Hufflepuff!

17 December 2014

The Christmas Tag

I came across this tag at The Pyreflies and Muted Mornings and thought I would add it to my little blog, what with it being the festive season and all. Christmas is always a magical time of the year for me, I love the lights, the smells, the food and a million other little things. If you haven't done this tag then consider yourself nominated if you feel like it.

15 December 2014

Five Happy Things

Last week was really chaotic, at work the GCSE mocks started so there was lots of seriously stressed out students needing someone to vent to. As most of us TA's were on a mock timetable the week felt like it went pretty quickly, sometimes it's really nice to do something different. I'm pretty sure my Year 11's felt differently though.

1. Birmingham German Market. My second market in a week and just as enjoyable as the first. We arrived in Birmingham around 10.30 while it was still relatively quiet so got to look around without being elbowed too much. 

10 December 2014

In Pictures: York

When my Mum called and asked if I wanted to go to York for Christmas shopping last Saturday I jumped at the chance. You see, I have never actually been to York, despite hearing and seeing some wonderful things about the city. A day with my Mum visiting the Christmas markets was going to be great, even if it did mean getting up at 7am on a Saturday. We started the day off with my Mum's very first Gingerbread Latte, her verdict: pretty good and not as sweet as she thought it would be.


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