The Importance of Friendship: A Review of ‘The Beachside Guest House’

There are few dreams more enticing than owning your own windmill on a picturesque Greek Island. The Beachside Guest House, by Vanessa Greene, stirs up this imagery beautifully, and leaves you itching to book a one way ticket. The recently-released novel follows the stories of three friends, whose lives slowly re-intwine after years of moving…

Challenge #2 & 3: Commissioning a picture and getting a family portrait

I managed to (figuratively) kill two birds with one stone in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago, ‘commissioning’ a portrait of myself, as well as getting a family portrait with my wonderful parents. To set the scene, we were walking down Las Vegas Boulevard, about to go into Caesar’s Palace for dinner, when we…

Dinner Party Desserts: #TimTamMoments

How do you make the new Tim Tam Temptations even better, I hear you ask? Two simple ingredients. Have you ever been in the situation where you’ve got a dinner to go to, you’re asked to bring a plate, and you have no idea what to bring? Let me solve all of your problems with a…

Dear X: I’m ok now

Below is a letter. It didn’t take long to write. In fact, it took far longer to realise that I needed to write it, than it did to put pen to paper. It is a letter to someone who put me through a lot of emotional turmoil a few years ago, and who left me…

Top Three Picks: What to do in Edmonton, Alberta

So I’m still blogging about my trip to North America back in September/October, and today we’re talking about Edmonton. Last September I went to Canada to go to my brother’s wedding. He lives in Edmonton, a city of just under 750,000 people, north east of Vancouver. The little known cousin of Vancouver and Toronto, it’s not…

Challenge #1: Cliff Dive (Failed)

Well, I knew this would happen sooner or later, but I didn’t think it would happen this quickly. I failed my first challenge! I went to do a cliff dive, and instead of starting with the baby jump of 4m, I went for the 12 and FREAKED out! Check it out: It’s been a good…

Turning 23 – A birthday with my favourites

Another year older, not a lot wiser, but a whole lot happier. I turned 23 this week. So far I’ve celebrated with a birthday lunch, two birthday dinners, and a third to come tonight – it’s been fabulous! I say this every year, but the best thing about birthdays (and sadly, about funerals), is the…

The Hardest Part is Starting – My #101Challenge

I don’t know about you, but I’m not feeling 22 any more. This is it! It’s my birthday! And for the last week and a half I’ve had this funny feeling that this year is going to be even more magical than all the others. Call it a hunch, an inspiration, a gut instinct; call…

How to spend two days in Vancouver

Well I’ve been back far longer than I was away and I’m still yet to write/post/blog about my whirlwind trip to North America. That changes. Now. Vancouver was a quick trip. Two days spent catching up with my aunt and cousin and packing in as many sites as possible. It’s an exciting city, similar to…