Saturday, 31 December 2016

My Favourite Things: December

Hi everyone!

I honestly cannot believe that it is already December and this is the final favourites post of the year. Time has simply flown by this year! We do, of course, have a slight Christmas theme this month, and I really loved all the things I have to show you.

I have finally read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, well the first book anyway. I have to admit that this book did take me quite a long time to read (a good few weeks!) but I really loved every second of it. The books incorporates some of my favourite things - history, a good romance and a slight fantasy element. So so good and I cannot thank my friend enough for recommending that I read this book. It's a new favourite of mine and I seriously cannot wait to read the next books. (Also: Jamie Fraser. Swooning.)

If you don't know by now, I absolutely adore Downton Abbey and I would honestly say that it is my favourite TV show. Combined with my love of movie/TV soundtracks I have really been enjoying the Downton Abbey soundtrack this month. I'm not sure why this month particularly, because I bought the CD a while ago now but it has been my go to for blog posts and when I go to sleep. It makes me feel so nostalgic and happy whenever I listen to it, so I couldn't help but share.

Sanity has the best deals on at the moment so when I saw three movies for $20 I couldn't resist having a tiny peak at what was available. I ended up buying Christmas movies (and admittedly not watching two of them) but I finally have a copy of Love Actually and I really really love this movie. It's definitely slightly ridiculous at times but it is such a feel good movie and I adore watching it around Christmas time, as is tradition, with my Mum.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Christmas Haul 2016

Hi everyone!
Seeing as though my Birthday Haul was such a hit earlier in the year, I figured I may as well do a post on what I got for Christmas this year. I personally love hearing what people got (I'm a bit nosy) so I have actually been looking forward to writing this. I definitely think I was spoiled this year and my family picked out some really nice gifts - and I didn't even give them a list this time!

I didn't take enough pictures on Christmas Day to justify a separate post so I thought I would just share a bit in this one instead.

I forgot to take a picture of our table - so here's a photo of the one I did up for my friends at our Christmas Dinner a few days ago. It's a tradition of ours each year now and we always do Secret Santa which is a lot of fun.

We started off the day with crepes (like we always do) and then pretty much lazed around until the extended family turned up for dinner. We watched a lot of The Big Bang Theory (Kiara got the box set for Christmas) and played a bit of Uno. It was definitely a weird Christmas because it was a little chilly! It got to a top of about 23 degrees (Celcius) and I actually put on a pair of jeans and could drink a hot chocolate. It's been aaaages since we've had anything but a sweltering hot Christmas.

When the extended family arrived they brought with them their super cute dog, Cosmo (the little black one. Sulley, our dog, is the white fluffy one). Sulley hadn't been for a walk yet and I decided I wanted to go because I knew I was about to eat heaps at dinner.

They had a great time and look how cute they look walking next to each other!

This is literally my only other photo of the day, so just take a moment to bask in their cute little faces.
And now onto the presents!

Kiara and I got this book of the Game of Thrones houses to share. It's basically a book that chronicles the main houses, their family trees and important information about them. I wish I'd had this when I first started reading/watching as it would have been so useful!

My Grandparents usually get me something ornamental and they know I love Disney so their present is always something I look forward to. This time it was this absolutely gorgeous Eeyore! I have a few in the Disney collection by Britto now and they all look so lovely on my shelf in our display cabinet.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Book Tag: The Twelve Days of Christmas

Hi everyone!

I can hardly believe that Christmas is right around the corner (it's on Sunday!!), it is actually incredible how quickly this year has flown by. In honour of Christmas, I thought it would make sense to do a book tag this month that matched the theme of Christmas. As such, I am doing the Twelve Days of Christmas book tag - I'm sorry, I can't actually link anything because I've taken a few different variations so maybe just google it if you would like to see more.

A partridge in a pear tree / favourite standalone book
Well this is actually quite difficult - I don't read too many standalone's (I've just gone through my Goodreads and that was a complete lie). I think I might say The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman because it was such a beautiful book and I have honestly never cried harder over a work of fiction.

Two turtle doves / your OTP?
I really dislike questions like these because while I love certain romances and characters it is never intensely enough for them to get a specific mention. The one I always think of first though would have to be Adrian and Sydney from Bloodlines by Richelle Mead. They've got a great dynamic and they have such different personalities which I really love.

Three french hens / favourite trilogy
I think for my favourite trilogy I would have to say (this was a tough one) the Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. There are so many fantastic trilogies but this is one my favourites simply because of the perfect balance of romance and action.

Four calling birds / favourite series
There is actually not very many series I have completely finished, so can I cheat and say Harry Potter? In all honesty though, it would probably be Vampire Academy/Bloodlines by Richelle Mead. I really love her books!

Five golden rings / one ring to rule them all - favourite villain/antagonist? 
I don't want to spoil Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, but the villain in her books would have to be my favourite. It's just so personal and absolutely heartbreaking and the way the villain goes about things would destroy me, personally, so I think that's an indicator of a damn good villain.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Nerdy Shirt Collection

Hi everyone!

We are doing something a little different today - we're delving into the depths of my closet to take a look at all the "nerdy" shirts I own. And yes, I'm including Disney (and Mickey Mouse in it). To some it's probably not many but I love my shirts and just wanted to show them off a bit. There's no rhyme or reason to the photo's - it's just in the order I uploaded them but I hope you enjoy it anyway.

If you're not already aware, I am a huge fan of Game of Thrones so I obviously had to have a shirt commemorating this. My favourite character (or one of them) is Jon Snow so this one was perfect. I got this one from K Mart, but I couldn't find it on the website. But go in store or check out their site because honestly, this was $6 and there's always something to be found (Kiara has a few Marvel shirts from here).

This one is probably my least favourite of them all because it is so garish and bright. It was a lucky dip from a website for cheap so I thought why not? I do want to get another Doctor Who shirt though because I love the show. (No idea what website it was - I've searched my emails and cannot find it)

I think this shirt is my favourite, it is just way too cute! It comes from JayJay's, like most of these shirts do. I'm not even kidding but I could buy that whole shop because they just have so many great nerdy shirts! (Their Harry Potter collection at the moment is so great). Unfortunately I haven't bought any of these recently but so many great ones available now as well.

Friday, 9 December 2016

My Reading Journey

Hi all!

I know I know, I have the most cringe title in existence but I couldn't think of anything else. Because this post is, essentially, my reading life or journey over the years. This may be a long post because I'm starting from picture books and going all the way through to what I read now.

Basically, I have always been a reader. For as long as I can remember nothing has made me happier or more content than how I feel with a fantastic book in my hand. Mum says she used to read to me when I was still in her tummy, so I honestly think that is where it all started. I've picked picture books to show you that I can vividly remember from my childhood, and that one day I myself want to read to my children.

These first ones actually get their own photo because they were absolutely stunning. As a child I loved these stories (as did my sister) and the illustrations throughout them were enchanting. Honestly, even at 18 I love the illustrations in this book - they're just so beautiful.

Now my picture book selection is limited to what I own, so we have some picture books at the top (I don't even know who wrote those but I loved them), Dr Seuss, my favourite Beatrix Potter story, and of course the Little Golden Books. I read a lot of books as a child and these stand out particularly vividly to me, as well as Pamela Allen, Mem Fox (I'm interrupting to let you know I almost just jumped out of my skin at how loud that crack of thunder was, holy moly), The Very Hungry Caterpillar, We're Going on a Bear Hunt, Hairy Mclairy... So many!!

We're now moving on to about the ages of 8-10 (I think - it's kind of hard to place things when everything blurs together in your memory). The earliest reading ones here are definitely the "Fairy Books" as I called them - Lucy the Diamond Fairy was my favourite. Honestly, I wanted to be one of the girls in these stories and I used to have an imaginary fairy who I packed a mini lunch box for and took to school with me (I wish I was joking - I used lego and Barbie/Bratz stuff). There's also the Fairy Realm series by Emily Rodda which I loved loved loved and the Tinkerbell books.

Moving up a bit age wise you can see my horse obsession shine through with The Saddle Club and sequel series Pine Hollow, Black Beauty (an abridged version, although it will later be the first classic I ever read), Phantom Stallion and Winnie the Horse Gentler. I was also a pretty big fan of Nancy Drew and Roald Dahl, and a series I don't own which is Lily Quench by Natalie Jane Prior.

There was honestly a gazillion books in some of these series and I read them all!

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

My Favourite Things: November

Hi everyone!

I'm not going to lie, I had a really hard time coming up with my favourites this month. I'm the sort of person who really loves the same things over and over, so I can pretty much guarantee that I still love everything in my previous favourites posts and wanted to talk about them again. But I have got a small list of things I loved during the month of November so I hope you enjoy!

I definitely think I'm the ultimate Granny right now, but I have been absolutely loving watching Escape to the Country. If you don't know what it is, the show is basically about people (usually relatively wealthy) who are living in the city and want to make a move to the English countryside. This show takes you around an option of houses that the buyers look out, adds some history of the area, and you basically get to just bask in how beautiful the countryside is. As a result, I kind of want to move there (it would never work out I'm not very good at being cold) and I love it. Highly recommend!

I've only read one book in the month of November (I know I know - I've been on holidays for two weeks, I'm being ridiculous!) and that was Blood For Blood by Ryan Graudin. I've definitely mentioned the first book Wolf by Wolf before. I don't want to spoil it for you as it is a sequel. but I will say it was a fantastic conclusion to the duology even if it ripped my heart out a little bit. The first book is basically about an alternative wold where Hitler and Japan won the Second World War, and every year there is a motorcycle race in honour of Hitler. A girl, who can change her appearance at will, enters the race disguised as someone else in a plot to kill Hitler. It's dramatic and it's absolutely amazing.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

20 Facts About Me

Hi everyone!

I have no idea if any of you are frequent readers or if you are just popping over for the first time. Either way, I thought it might be nice for you all to get to know me a little bit as it has been a very long time since I last wrote a post like this. So I hope you enjoy learning 20 random facts about me!

This is me, for reference

1. I can play two instruments: the flute and piccolo. I would like to think I'm not too bad at them either, but I'm definitely better at the flute.

2. I can say with 98% certainty that I have misophonia - I get so intensely frustrated and annoyed by repetitive sounds that I could literally strangle someone at times. The worst ones include nail picking, loud eating, the dripping of a tap, whispering in the back of a lecture theater... I could honestly go on and on.

3. While it is ridiculously hard to pick a favourite book, if I had to choose it would for sure be Heidi by Johanna Spyri. It's a childhood favourite of mine and I still adore it to this day.

4. History was my favourite subject at school, and I'm loving learning about it at university. It's so fascinating learning about different cultures and different times. If I could do my whole degree in it I would. (not even going to lie, I'm seriously considering it but it doesn't really give me a lot of job prospects).

5. I don't like the food and drinks everyone else seems to love - coffee, tea, avocado, and coke being the main ones.

6. Much to my constant consternation, I am a very clumsy person. There's not a day that goes by where I don't trip or drop something or spill my drink!

7. I don't wear make-up

8. It is my dream in life to be able to travel the world - I've started a whole list on my phone and some of my favourites are the Swiss Alps, Cornwall in England, the Scottish Highlands, London, Paris... I might to a whole blog post on this actually because there are so many places I want to see.

Me having the time of my life in Italy 2013 - the trip that started it all (just search Italy in the search bar and you can read all about it)

9. If I could have any job, I would love to work in the publishing and editing industry, specifically for books.

10. Downton Abbey is possibly my favourite TV show of all time

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Holiday TBR Pile

Hi all!

I have some exciting news (for me) to tell you today: I am officially on holidays! I had my last exam on the 16th (at 8am - it was torturous) and I feel so free. Most of my friends went out to celebrate finishing but I was so not in the mood - although I never am to be honest. So after a little cry on the walk to the train station I had a really lovely, chilled out evening eating pizza and ice cream and watching Game of Thrones with one of my good friends which I really enjoyed.

Finishing my first year of university has left me, to be perfectly honest, a little unsure as to what my future holds. At this point I don't even know if I want to continue journalism. I loved my history this semester and I wish I could do a whole degree with it but I'm just not sure that is practical.

I'm choosing to ignore that for the moment and am instead focusing on something I love to do - read. I never usually do a TBR for a month or anything like that, but it was a photo idea Kiara and I had for her bookstagram, mazesofpages. It made me think about what I want to read over the holidays (and there's a lot, this is just a selection of 10) and so I thought it would be fun to share with all of you my picks.

I didn't mean to pick this picture but just roll with Kiara's closed eyes... you can see the better one on her instagram!

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Book Tag: Intergalacitc

Hi all!

I've written down so many book tags now that I actually had trouble choosing which one I would do this month. But we got there and I have chosen to do the Intergalactic Book Tag - I found it at SophietheBookworm. As usual I am procrastinating (it's so ridiculous, literally one more exam and then I'm free for three months) and as I cannot bring myself to do any uni work right now, I decided to do the tag post for you all.

Space: name a book that is out of this world - that takes place in a world different to our own
I honestly had a little bit of trouble with this question because there are so many books to choose from, but I've deiced to go a little unconventional with my answer. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin is set in a world where Hitler (and Japan) won World War 2 and it was such a fantastic book I just needed another excuse to talk about it. I think it qualifies though.

Black Hole: name a book that completely sucked you in
Thinking back over what I have read this year, so far, I think the one that really grabbed my attention and refused to let go was Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. I started reading it on the way to uni one morning, and I literally could not put it down. Between lectures, during lunch, at the train station - I could not let go of it. It was so gripping (but not in the thriller book way) and I was so into it that whole day it took me to finish the book. Not gonna lie, I cried in public reading this one.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

What's In My University Bag

Hi all!

This won't come as a shock to you but I am very seriously procrastinating a uni assignment (an important one too! Literally what am I doing) so I thought it was time to change the pointless late nights of nothing to something productive.

So hi, I'm procrastinating uni by writing about uni (???) but it's a little different today. We're looking at what is in my bag! I apologise if this is a boring topic for you but I love watching these videos on YouTube, so it might work out here too. I hope.

The lightning isn't the best (It's almost 11pm) but this is the bag I use when I go to uni for the day (if I'm staying the night with friends I take a back pack). If I am being honest, it isn't big enough. It doesn't close half the time because my book sticks out too much and I carry around too much for it to be comfortable. But bag shopping stresses me out a little so we're sticking with it. (It's from Boohoo, and I've just gone through my order history and it says it's not available anymore. Sorry!)
Also yes, that is a jumper - in summer (almost). But I absolutely freeze in air-conditioning so jeans and a jumper is a must to uni.
Most importantly, I have my phone and wallet (if you were wondering where my phone is, the case is magnetic which is actually amazing). In the phone case I carry around the important things like my gocard (for the public transport in South East Queensland) my bank card, uni ID and driving license. My bigger wallet contains all my loyalty cards and cash, a train timetable and things like that - just the things I don't need as much.

I obviously take actual supplies to do my work in. One notebook which I use for all my classes and then spare paper for making pretty notes and then pens (I'm very particular with my pens, black only, these specific ones and red is only used for the pretty notes - blue is never an option. I don't use the sharpie).

This is when you think I'm nuts because yes, there are two books in my bag. There's always one for my English Literature plus sticky tabs in case I need them while reading and then a for fun reading book. (I'm not reading anything at the moment and I chose this one just because I don't think I've ever mentioned it and it is amazing. Just think - motorcycle race, just after a World War 2 where Hitler wins, pretending to be other people, and an assassin to kill Hitler. It's great and the sequel comes out this month and I'm so keen. Actually, it could be out already I don't really know).

Monday, 31 October 2016

My Favourite Things: October

Hi everyone!

We have again reached that time where I share what I have been loving throughout the month, which is actually a little bit crazy. Where is the time going? Tragedy has struck this month: besides the obligatory uni reading I have read nothing and as such I don't have a favourite book. I'm slightly devastated but we'll just have to make do.

My first favourite is not just a monthly or one off favourite - this has been something I have loved for years and years. Downton Abbey is probably my absolute favourite TV show of all time (although closely rivaled by Game of Thrones) and it was about time I shared my love of it with all of you. It's set from 1900 to around 1920 and I adore it. The show is about an upper class family and their servants, all set in their big estate of Downton Abbey. It's funny at times and is always an enjoyable watch. If I am feeling down this is, without a doubt, the show I will reach for to watch. I love it! (My Mum, Dad, and sister all do too)

I stay with friends overnight often and the toiletry bag I had been using just wasn't cutting it anymore. It was one of Kiara's and was super old, so I decided it was time for an upgrade. You can imagine my surprise when looking through the options in Target that I found a Zoella product! I didn't want to buy anything just because it was Zoe Sugg's, but I checked out all the options but I think this one gave me the most bang for my buck. It is a really good size and fits everything I need and more in it, plus it has a a quote on it that I absolutely lived by last year. I also really love the polka dots - my one wish though, is that the bag was blue! It's very practical though and I'm loving it. Why did an Australian Target have it though? I'm slightly bewildered by this.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Book Tag: Reading Habits

Hi everyone!

I am here today with another book tag - although is this really a surprise anymore? I post a book tag on the 20th of every month if you were wondering. This week isn't so much about books as it is about my reading habits. I haven't even read the questions yet so this could be interesting! I found The Reading Habits Book Tag at at The Reading Belle and you can find it here.

Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
I don't actually, but I do read in my bed a lot. One day when I have my own house (and money I guess) I want a super big and comfy armchair in the corner of a cosy room which will be solely for reading - I cannot wait!

Bookmark or random piece of paper?
I usually use a bookmark but if I've randomly started reading a book I am definitely not opposed to random paper or receipts being used instead,

Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/a certain amount of pages?
I hate stopping in the middle of a paragraph! It is so irritating. I like to finish reading at the end of the chapter, but if that's not possible I try to find a natural break in the story rather than just stopping at random.

Do you eat or drink while reading? 
Yes I do and it is something I need to stop. I will, without fail, make a mess so I think it's time to keep eating and reading separate.

Multitasking - music or TV while reading?
I can read almost anywhere so having the TV on or anything doesn't really bother me. I do prefer silence though, or music without any words.

One book at a time or several at a time?
I used to be so bad with reading so many books at once but lately I have been sticking to just one at a time and it has been great so far.

Monday, 17 October 2016

A Day in the Life of a University Student

Hi everyone!

I have been meaning to do this post for absolutely ages, but for some reason it has just never quite happened. But today is the day - you come with me on a day to my uni. For those of you that do not know, I am currently studying at the University of Queensland in Australia studying a Bachelor of Journalism/Arts, majoring in English Literature and Ancient History/History. It has been a fantastic experience so far and history is definitely my favourite. This semester I've been looking at ancient Rome during the republic and it has been so interesting!

I live on the Sunshine Coast but uni is in Brisbane, so my day is a little different to a lot of students who live around the uni. For one thing I spend a ridiculous amount of time on trains! I set an alarm for 5:45 (it was 4:30 last semester so lets all be glad that's over!) and please note the 'set alarm' part. I normally don't get up until about 6:20 because I hate mornings. Pro tip:the night before, even if you're exhausted or just wanting to lay in bed ignoring the coming morning, lay everything out (books, clothes, water bottle, everything) and all you have to do is get dressed and run out the door. It's actually amazing.

Here we have me standing waiting for the train at around 6:55 on a Thursday morning. Thursday's don't actually begin like this normally, I usually stay with some friends over the Wednesday night to save myself two train trips (it's exhausting and hurts my back/neck). But I had skipped my Wednesday this week (bad example - go to class everyone!) So here we are.

You're probably thinking right now that Australia, or specifically Queensland, has the dodgiest trains ever and I mean you're not totally wrong. This is one of the oldest but I won't whinge because the chairs are way comfier (high back, foot rest, can recline, blinds for the sun) and because I get on early I can get a single seat. Life is a dream when you get the old train! (Except for the one that broke down the other day and set me getting home back by almost an hour)

Here's my set up - the book is a lie. I napped a lot. On a side note: I bought these sandals the other day and they are so comfy. Like I have worn them non-stop and I've had no issues. They're incredible and I've now got a newfound appreciation for sandals.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Italy: In The North

Hi everyone!

We have finally made it - to the last ever Italy post from my trip in 2013. Today I am going to share with you the time I had in Northern Italy - including Milan, Torino, and Asti. Basically, after our travels around Italy that you have previously read about, we then stayed with an Italian host family in the town of Asti. It was a fantastic experience and my host family was absolutely lovely. I apologise in advance because this is going to be a very long post!

I had honestly completely forgot about this, but we stopped in Verona on our way to Asti. I was so ill at the time and I don't really remember much about the place. I know we got to Guiliette and Romeo's balcony and the lucky statue of Guiliette. 

If you touch or rub her right breast, it is said to bring you luck.

The balcony

We then met our host families and a few of us went out to dinner in their town, Asti

This is the pizza I chose - so delicious

Asti during the day - it was a delightful town!

Apple and raspberry gelato

Friday, 30 September 2016

My Favourite Things: September

Hi everyone!

It's a little crazy to think that we are now at the end of September - when I think back to this time last year I cannot believe how much has changed. Definitely in a good way though! Since it is the end of the month that can only mean one thing: a favourites post! I've got a few random things to show you, like usual, so please don't be expecting anything beauty related because that is not me.

It was actually really difficult to decide on my favourite book this month! I read a few good ones, including an old favourite (Delirium by Lauren Oliver), but I eventually decided on Poison Study by Maria V Snyder. It was so so great and honestly, a whole lot more than I was expecting. I had heard a lot of good things around this book but I was still skeptical and ended up being pleasantly surprised! Poison Study is basically about a girl who murders someone and instead of being hanged she is offered the position of being a King's (or Commander in this story) poison taster. It's set in a castle, she's got magical powers, and there's an older romance (not with the Commander) that makes you swoon. I loved the main character Yelena and it was just a great story all around.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016


Hi everyone!

This is a little bit of a different post today - a little more chatty, but a little more serious. I have actually wanted to write this post for just under a week now but I haven't had the words. So I'm just going to type away and hope that this ends up making sense.

Basically, last week I felt a little bit (or a lot) like I had failed. Failed myself and my parents, and what I had aimed to do this year. I had promised myself that I wouldn't procrastinate nearly as bad as I had been the semester before. This was a slight lie to myself but I wanted to make sure everything was handed in on time and that I passed my courses.

Now, there was one course I absolutely hated (intercultural communication blah blah) and I just found it to be so boring. The lecture content was a rehash of the textbooks, tutorials weren't relevant to anything, and the assessment was ridiculous. It is compulsory in my journalism degree though, so I stuck with it. I handed in the first assignment (a personal reflection - bleh) and was 2 points off a 6, despite starting it the day it was due. I was okay with that.

Then flash-forward a few weeks where I realise that the main assessment is actually due before mid-semester break and not afterwards like I had though. Then cue the realisation I physically couldn't do the assignment on time. We had to attend a cultural event and interview people there, but it had to be a culture we aren't in and living on the Sunshine Coast I didn't have very many options (ie none).

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Italy: Pisa and Venice

Hi everyone!

I'm continuing on with my Italy series, and we are nearly at the end now. We have now left Milan and are on our way to Venice, with a quick stopover in Pisa - a must on every travelers list.I have to say, I would recommend not staying in Pisa, not much is there besides the Leaning Tower so it's good for a stop over on the way to somewhere else.

The tower, which is so famous around the world, is actually only the bell tower to the cathedral. Bonanno Pisano, the architect, only managed to complete three tiers before it began to lean. In 1998 workers managed to straighten it slightly (the lean has now lost 40cm) and experts believe that the tower will be safe for another 300 years.

The obligatory tourist shot

The construction of the cathedral began in 1064 and is now characteristic of Pisan-Romanesque style. The interior holds 68 coloumns and has two 16th century bronze doors (facing the tower) which were placed there in 1596 when a fire destroyed the original wooden ones. There is a mosaic above the alter of Christ in Majesty which was finished in 1302.

A very tasty pizza! Be warned everyone, if you sit down at a restaurant in Italy, especially in the touristy spots, you are going to have to pay a tax.

We were now on our way to Venice!

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Book Tag: Spring

Hi everyone!

As we are currently in the first month of spring (for Australia anyway) I thought it would be appropriate to do the Spring Book Tag. Some of the questions are a little random but we're just going to do it anyway and hope that it turns out okay.

I found this tag over at Fandomsontherun, so go check them out.

What is your favourite thing about spring?
My favourite thing about spring (I'm having a crisis right now, spring doesn't look like a real word anymore and it's so weird) would definitely have to be the lovely blue skies we get and the beautiful flowers. I love walking Sulley during spring because it is always a great temperature and the flowers and animal life just make it really pleasant and lovely.

What book reminds you of finishing school?
Honestly, The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger reminds me of finishing school. It is the book I took to schoolies with me at the end of last year so it is always going to make me think of sitting in the warm sun by the beach after a hectic school year. If we go back to childhood though, it would have to be The Saddle Club. I can distinctly remember sitting reading those once school had finished and loving them.

What cover reminds you of spring?

This edition of Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver reminds me of spring. It has the bright blue skies with fluffy clouds and then the vibrant grass with animals and flowers.

I don't own this one yet (I've only got Delirium) but it is on the list!

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Italy: Florence

Hi everyone!

It has been absolutely ages since I last did a post on my trip to Italy from a couple of years back, so if you need reminding what has happened so far you can find them here. My sister is going to Italy very soon (as you are reading this, she's flying out today) so I thought it only right that I finally finish this. If you want to keep up with her travels, she's taken over the old facebook blog my friend and I had.

After a quick breakfast in the hotel, we left Rome and were on our way to Florence. It was a bit of a bus trip and I'm not going to lie, I slept most of the way. We all hopped off the bus absolutely exhausted (and cranky) and it was straight into a walking tour of Florence.

There was a bike race on while we were there which was pretty cool. No idea what for though!

We went on a walking tour of Florence and ended up at the Piazza Del Duomo, which is of course where the famous Duomo (that you can climb) is located. What you are looking at in this picture is the Cathedral of S. Maria del Fiore and the Campanile of Giotto (the bell tower - 82m high) and the construction of this began in 1296 and took almost 150 years to be completed.