The British Tag

Cashmere and Confetti The British Tag

 

I saw this tag over on Little World of Beka, and she offered an open invitation to anyone that wanted to do the tag. I love the reaction that people, usually American, have to my accent, or to learning that I am British. The American friends and acquaintances that I do have are baffled but charmed by so may British things, and I thought that this would be a fun tag to do.

1. How many cups of tea do you have a day? How many sugars?
I usually have 2-3 cups of tea a day, but it can be more if I am at work. No sugar for me, I am sweet enough ūüôā

2. Favourite part of your roast?
It has to be stuffing. Yorkshire puddings and gravy are a close second though.

3. Favourite dunking biscuit?
It’s either a good rich tea biscuit, a digestive or a hobnob. You need a biscuit that will absorb the tea without breaking into your cup.

4. Favourite quintessentially British pastime?
Tea and cake, or afternoon tea! I love both equally.

5. Favourite word?
Pretty much any British version of swear words…but I love old fashioned words such as golly.

6. Cockney rhyme slang?
As I am not Cockney I never use them, and I cannot even tell you what many of them are.

7. Favourite sweet?
Rosy Apples!¬†I have loved them since I was a little girl, or sherbet…sherbet is pretty good too.

8. What would your pub be called?
The Wanderer, pretty much sums me up.

9. No# 1 British person?
David Attenborough.

10. Favourite shop/restaurant?
Betty’s Tea Room for afternoon tea and Joules for clothing

11. What British song pops into your head?
Anything by Queen, or Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles as that is one of my favourite songs.

12. Marmite?
Love it, I have even tried Marmite infused cheese and rice cakes.

I don’t have anyone specific to tag, but if you read this and end up doing it let me know below and I’d love to read them!

Five Things Friday

Five Things Friday

1) David Attenborough Documentaries

Do I really need to explain this one? The man is amazing, and I would happily watch a documentary by him about paint drying. I am sure it would be fascinating. One of the things I enjoy most on a Sunday is to curl up on the sofa, wearing a face mask and to pop on a documentary. Whether is it about lions or insects, I am equally interested.

2) Strawberry and White Chocolate Magnum Ice Creams

I have always loved Magnums. The white chocolate and vanilla ones used to be my favourite, but recently that has changed. The white chocolate and strawberry flavour have the delicious white chocolate coating that I love, but the strawberry ice cream has layers of  strawberry sauce, creating a lovely refreshing flavour.

3) Macarons

Last Saturday I was out shopping with my mum and discovered the English Rose Bakery, selling the most amazing macarons, cakes and meringues. They have the most incredible flavour combinations and they are the perfect little treat to finish off a hectic day.

4) Tea

It may be my britishness, but there is nothing that cannot be made more relaxing by the addition of a cup of tea. Tea really does make everything better. I love unwinding at the weekend and at the end of the day with a hot cup of tea, and it always tastes better if I am wearing my pyjamas…I am sure that is a scientific thing.

5) Sunny Evenings

With the warmer weather finally arriving this week, it has been so nice to be able to enjoy the evenings. Rather than leaving work with the sun shining and arriving home to a sky full of clouds, I have been able to enjoy a few hours of sunshine to help me relax and unwind.

 

What has been making you happy this week?

101 Things in 1001 Days – An Update

Seeing as I have been working on my list for almost five months now, I thought that I should quickly post an update about what I have been able to tick off my list. Each item will have it’s own blog post over the next few weeks, and I will post a round up every couple of months. ¬†I have been having so much fun completing these goals, and planning which ones to complete next.

 

1. Come up with 101 things.  (Clearly already done)
2. Make 5 new friends through my blog.
3. Complete a color run.
4. Professionally redesign my blog.
5. Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop.
6. Learn how to do calligraphy.
7. Complete 5 craft projects from Pinterest.
8. Write down the birthdays and addresses of all of my friends and family in a book.
9. Put £10 into savings for each goal completed.
10. Kiss under mistletoe.
11. Bake something from Pinterest.
12. Knit an item of clothing. (Currently in progress)
13. Go to New York for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
14. Donate blood 10 times.
15. Have afternoon tea.  (With my mum at The Britannia Hotel)
16. Start my own company.
17. Invest in quality business cards.
18. Buy my parents something significant.
19. Send 50 handwritten letters.
20. Learn how to use chopsticks.
21. Take a baking lesson.
22. Send my mum flowers out of the blue.  (On Christmas Eve)
23. Get a facial.
24. Read 20 new books.
25. Attend a polo match.
26. Learn to drive.
27. Buy a car.
28. Send a postcard to PostSecret.
29. Have a real Christmas tree.
30. Go on holiday.
31. Be in Times Square for New Years Eve.
32. Ride a horse.
33. Drink 8 glasses of water a day for a month.
34. Purchase a pair of designer shoes.
35. Purchase a designer handbag.
36. Visit 5 museums.
37. Make a snow angel.
38. Watch every Disney film.
39. Have breakfast in bed.
40. Go to the zoo.
41. Build a snowman.
42. Fly first class.
43. Do something special with my brother.
44. Enroll for a new degree/qualification.  (Postgraduate Degree starts next month!!)
45. Redecorate my bedroom.
46. Watch 10 different TED talks. (Completed about six times)
47. Try yoga.
48. Sort out my Amazon wishlists.
49. Begin paying into my pension. (Joined my company’s pension scheme in March ’14)
50. Sort out my Good Reads account.
51. Pay off my student credit card.
52. Sell 200 items on eBay.
53. Buy no new cosmetics until I have used all the ones I currently own.
54. Make 20 different soups.
55. Bake a rainbow layer cake.
56. Donate to a different charity every month.
57. Buy 5 items from Etsy and do a feature on each seller.
58. Take three short courses/classes.
59. Get paid for a published article.
60. Organize my iTunes library.
61. Buy luxurious/fancy bedding.
62. Teach a class.
63. Carve a pumpkin for Halloween.
64. Visit Disney World and Disney Land.
65. Learn to identify 10 constellations by sight.
66. Complete level one British Sign Language.
67. Learn to sign 20 words in ASL.
68. Find three things to do as new holiday traditions and do them every Christmas for the duration of the 1001 days.
69. Blog about each goal completion (weekly round ups if needed)
70. Try 20 new restaurants.
71. Grow a plant from a seed.
72. Build a blanket fort.
73. Go to a botanical garden.
74. Have a birthday party.
75. Go to a book signing.
76. Go to an aquarium.
77. Give someone a handmade gift.
78. Ask 10 people what their favorite book is and then read them all. (1/10 done)
79. Spend the night in a five star hotel.
80. Write a business plan.
81. Give £5 to charity for every goal not achieved.
82. Build a sand castle.
83. Find a mentor.
84. Clear out my email inbox.
85. Try three foods I’ve never had before.
86. Contribute to another blog.
87. Master SEO.
88. Become more confident in networking.
89. Spend an entire day in bed watching documentaries.
90. Learn to apply liquid eyeliner.
91. Host a giveaway on my blog.
92. Interview 5 female entrepreneurs that inspire me.
93. Attend a blogging conference.
94. Sleep under the stars.
95. Spend one day saying ‚Äėyes‚Äô to every opportunity.
96. Make a list of 101 quotes that inspire me.
97. Complete 10 random acts of kindness.
98. Be kissed in the rain.
99. Have a picnic.
100. Be in bed before 10pm every day for one month.
101. Watch 40 new (to me) movies.

So far I have completed 6/101 things on my list, and whilst that may not seem like a lot, I feel as though I have been making steady progress. If you would have asked me yesterday, I would have been able to correctly guess around half of the goals on this list, and it feels really good to go over them again and to re-inspire myself to achieve them.

I am really looking forward to being able to cross a few goals off this list over the summer, and I would love to read everyone else’s list. Leave the link to them in the comments section!

101 Things in 1001 Days

Lists. I love them. Every morning I write a list of everything that I want to get done for the day, and challenge myself to get as many things ticked off my list as I can. For me, lists help me focus on things, ensuring that nothing is forgotten. A few days ago, I came across Mackenzie’s blog post of 101 things in 1001 days.

1001 days is just under three years, so it is the perfect time frame for some goals that would take a little more planning yet just enough time to keep you aware of how many days you have left. I love a challenge, and I love lists, so this is perfect for me.

I drew my list up on 1st December 2013, so my 1001 days end on August 28th 2016.

I will be posting regular updates on how I am doing as well. If you also have a list, please leave the link so that I can see what everyone else is trying to achieve.

  1. Come up with 101 things.
  2. Make 5 new friends through my blog.
  3. Complete a color run.
  4. Professionally redesign my blog.
  5. Learn how to use Adobe Photoshop.
  6. Learn how to do calligraphy.
  7. Complete 5 craft projects from Pinterest.
  8. Write down the birthdays and addresses of all of my friends and family in a book.
  9. Put £10 into savings for each goal completed.
  10. Kiss under mistletoe.
  11. Bake something from Pinterest.
  12. Knit an item of clothing.
  13. Go to New York for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
  14. Donate blood 10 times.
  15. Have afternoon tea.
  16. Start my own company.
  17. Invest in quality business cards.
  18. Buy my parents something significant.
  19. Send 50 handwritten letters.
  20. Learn how to use chopsticks.
  21. Take a baking lesson.
  22. Send my mum flowers out of the blue.
  23. Get a facial.
  24. Read 20 new books.
  25. Attend a polo match.
  26. Learn to drive.
  27. Buy a car.
  28. Send a postcard to PostSecret.
  29. Have a real Christmas tree.
  30. Go on holiday.
  31. Be in Times Square for New Years Eve.
  32. Ride a horse.
  33. Drink 8 glasses of water a day for a month.
  34. Purchase a pair of designer shoes.
  35. Purchase a designer handbag.
  36. Visit 5 museums.
  37. Make a snow angel.
  38. Watch every Disney film.
  39. Have breakfast in bed.
  40. Go to the zoo.
  41. Build a snowman.
  42. Fly first class.
  43. Do something special with my brother.
  44. Enroll for a new degree/qualification.
  45. Redecorate my bedroom.
  46. Watch 10 different TED talks.
  47. Try yoga.
  48. Sort out my Amazon wishlists.
  49. Begin paying into my pension.
  50. Sort out my Good Reads account.
  51. Pay off my student credit card.
  52. Sell 200 items on eBay.
  53. Buy no new cosmetics until I have used all the ones I currently own.
  54. Make 20 different soups.
  55. Bake a rainbow layer cake.
  56. Donate to a different charity every month.
  57. Buy 5 items from Etsy and do a feature on each seller.
  58. Take three short courses/classes.
  59. Get paid for a published article.
  60. Organize my iTunes library.
  61. Buy luxurious/fancy bedding.
  62. Teach a class.
  63. Carve a pumpkin for Halloween.
  64. Visit Disney World and Disney Land.
  65. Learn to identify 10 constellations by sight.
  66. Complete level one British Sign Language.
  67. Learn to sign 20 words in ASL.
  68. Find three things to do as new holiday traditions and do them every Christmas for the duration of the 1001 days.
  69. Blog about each goal completion (weekly round ups if needed)
  70. Try 20 new restaurants.
  71. Grow a plant from a seed.
  72. Build a blanket fort.
  73. Go to a botanical garden.
  74. Have a birthday party.
  75. Go to a book signing.
  76. Go to an aquarium.
  77. Give someone a handmade gift.
  78. Ask 10 people what their favorite book is and then read them all.
  79. Spend the night in a five star hotel.
  80. Write a business plan.
  81. Give £5 to charity for every goal not achieved.
  82. Build a sand castle.
  83. Find a mentor.
  84. Clear out my email inbox.
  85. Try three foods I’ve never had before.
  86. Contribute to another blog.
  87. Master SEO.
  88. Become more confident in networking.
  89. Spend an entire day in bed watching documentaries.
  90. Learn to apply liquid eyeliner.
  91. Host a giveaway on my blog.
  92. Interview 5 female entrepreneurs that inspire me.
  93. Attend a blogging conference.
  94. Sleep under the stars.
  95. Spend one day saying ‘yes’ to every opportunity.
  96. Make a list of 101 quotes that inspire me.
  97. Complete 10 random acts of kindness.
  98. Be kissed in the rain.
  99. Have a picnic.
  100. Be in bed before 10pm every day for one month.
  101. Watch 40 new (to me) movies.