Sunday, 21 September 2014

If you cannot be a poet, be the poem// Poet Feature

Those who know me, will know that I am an absolute sucker for all things literature. In particular- poems. I've written a far few poems myself however I doubt that I will be sharing them anytime soon. Keep in your mind my love when I tell you that BY FAR my favorite poet is Erin Hanson, of

Whenever I see a quote, poem or something similar that inspires me, I always save it. For a while I've been building up a HUGE collection of literature that I can refer back to on days where I just need something to take comfort in. Poetry always wins in this case. I was scrolling through this collection one day when I noticed that most of my all time favorite poems had the initials '~e.h' on the end of them. This sparked curiosity within me and I'm pretty sure I simply googled 'e.h poems.'

I could not have been more pleased with what I discovered, the mysterious 'e.h' had a blog! As soon as I discovered Erin's blog, I fell even more in love with her writing. She constantly updates it and her poems never fail to mesmerize me. What I love most is the way in which she uses continuous metaphors throughout her work and her use of personification is simply perfect.

What's more, she connects with her audience so much. She passionately replies to messages and comments as If she were talking to a close friend and It just creates so much more of a community. Moreover, You can actually pay (a tiny sum may I add) to receive a handwritten letter, equipped with a unique poem. This is such a lovely idea and I know If I were to receive one, It would mean a awful lot, the fact that the poet has gone out of their way to provide such a thing is a truly sweet gesture.

Erin has also recently released a book, which just tops it all off for me. The idea that I can have a collection of her poems sat in my bookshelf or the book open on my desk, fills me with joy. It will definitely be on my birthday list!

If you haven't already, I HIGHLY recommend you have a wonder through thepoeticunderground and fall in love with Erin's poetry. She continues to be a huge inspiration of mine and I wish her massive success for the future.


Friday, 19 September 2014

Quotes to end the week #1

A while back, I started writing up a few quotes in my journal on a Friday that I particularly liked or thought summed up the week well. I think this is a nice way to look back on your week, either in a good or bad light. Regardless of what happened, you can reflect on your week and get ready for the weekend ahead. Here are some quotes I think relate to this week.

What quotes sum up your week?


Thursday, 18 September 2014

Sunday Adventures

Last Sunday, my family and I decided to go for a drive, with the intention of heading towards the new forest and not much else, we set off.

We ended up a place called Buckler's Hard, a natural port and Maritime Museum. It didn't take us very long to walk the whole thing; however, we skipped out on doing the woodland walk so maybe that would have taken us a longer time. The history of Buckler's Hard is extremely interesting (especially if you're a history nerd like me) and has bits of information that everyone can enjoy. From the history of the smugglers to the remains of the artifacts re-discovered after the sinking of the SS. Persia.

To summarize, It was a interesting trip but I would not call it a day trip unless you bring a picnic etc. and really milk what the sight has to offer.


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Autumn playlist

It's not technically Autumn yet but we will just skip over that small fact.

Evenings are drawing in, I've traded tanning for studying and shorts for leggings. Here's what I've been listening to since September started.

Reasons Not To Be An Idiot//Frank Turner
Cigarette Daydreams//Cage The Elephant
Not Nineteen Forever//The Courteeners
School Uniforms//The Wombats
Tenerife Sea//Ed Sheeran
Scar Tissue//Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Kathleen//Catfish and Bottlemen
Many of Horror//Biffy Clyro
Kids//Cover of MGMT by The Kooks

What's on your playlist at the moment?


Sunday, 14 September 2014

Write away the blues

A while back, I purchased an A5 notebook, with the intention of turning it into a journal. If I'm honest with myself,  I didn't expect that it would last very long. I've tried (and failed) to keep journals in the past and have given up after I hadn't been able to fulfill my vision of what I wanted it to be like.

However, 7 months later, my journal has become a hive for my thoughts, ideas, fears and everything that is whizzing around my head. I feel like I have to write, to do my thoughts justice on paper. It has become so much more than 'dear diary...'

Thinking about it now, I was able to overcome the viscous circle of half finished journals by trying to forget what I was trying to accomplish. To me my journal isn't just writing about my day but about putting the world to rights, through words. I am able to unwind after a long day or even write about an out of this world theory, one that I'd thought up while browsing the internet.

If you are, like I was, someone that likes the idea of keeping a journal but ends up quitting: persevere. My journal is for my benefit only and I love what it has become.

Do you keep a journal?


Saturday, 13 September 2014

Hands down the busiest summer to exist (ever)

7am starts are never a welcome sight, especially when they mean starting a routine that will finish when you have finished exams and closed another chapter in your life. In short, I have a hell of a busy -but exciting- time ahead of me. And, through it all, when I feel like curling up and screaming about how much coursework I have to complete or how I only have 2 days until a science exam and 3/4's of a topic to revise in that time- I can think back to my amazing summer and how things can only get better once exams are over.

Without further ado, here is a whistle-stop tour of my summer.

I visited a family-friend's farmhouse in somerset, one of my closest friends and I stayed in an adjacent cottage to the farm house and got up to all sorts: building dens, exploring Glastonbury and wells, midnight walks and generally just goofing around.

We stayed for 5 days but, If I am quite honest, I could have stayed there all summer.

I met up with friends, attempted to go for a run that ended up a walk, fell over rollerskating and soaked up the summer sun before packing for my first long-haul flight to the Caribbean island of Barbados!

We managed to get through Gatwick super fast (considering our flight was at 9am) and struggle through a 9 hour flight to walk off the plane into a super hot paradise.

Pictured above is our resident monkey, who often spied on us from the bushes looking over the pool.

Unsurprisingly, Barbados wasn't short of things to do. We stayed in Holetown, around 5 minutes from the celebrity-ridden Sandy Lane and although many things seemed overpriced, you definitely didn't miss out on quality.

I have hundreds of photos from my summer and I will most probably end up sharing many more in future blog posts and sharing more Barbados anecdotes.

What did you get up to in your summer?