Enchanted Forest

Friday, 8 August 2014
Life has been pretty hectic recently, hence the lack of blog posts. But here's a quick photo of a recent photoshoot I did with a few friends.

Harriet x

Life through my iPhone

Tuesday, 8 July 2014
Just thought I'd share some photos of life lately, including my time of from rehearsing in Brighton. I was so lucky with the weather when I was staying there last week, so I made the most of my free time by wandering around, eating ice cream, window shopping, exploring and sitting on the beach. I absolutely love Brighton now and am so glad I got to have some time off to explore it while I've been there.

Some legs... my legs
Lovely cafe where I relaxed and did some work
Foodilic - The best all you can eat buffet ever! 
Having a quick sit on the beach 
Sunny Brighton
Pretty lanes and shops

Jason and Bonnie on the day we got her
Bonnie having a kip
Jason at the pub I briefly worked at!
Cuppa tea in the garden, lovely!
Sorry that was a very picture heavy, text minimal post, but I hope you liked some of the photos of the past couple of weeks.

Harriet x

Bloomin' marvellous!

Sunday, 6 July 2014

My housemate Annie and I have been spending our free time making the most of the glorious weather at the moment by doing lots of gardening. It's fair to say that what we lack in knowledge or experience we make up for in enthusiasm! Several of our herbs perished :( but we did manage to save a few. Now we've started planting veg from seeds. At the moment we've got broccoli, french beans and spinach starting to grow, as well as some potatoes. We're also planning to have some other staples - carrots, onions, garlic, radishes etc which should keep us in lovely food throughout the coming months. We're waging a war against snails, however, which are doing their best to munch through everything we've got! They destroyed our sunflower, which was a shame, but luckily everything else is hanging on at the moment.

We've also started some flowerbeds and pots with pansies, french lavender, heather, geraniums, with some more bulbs and seeds ready to be planted. The aim is to have the garden full of life and colour over the summer. We don't have much space to plant as the garden is paved except for one flowerbed, so it needs lots of greenery to make it feel like a proper garden that we can relax in during the nice hot summer we're praying for! 

There was already a lovely little mint plant growing when we moved in, which we can finally see now that the weeds have been obliterated thanks to Annie's dad! So I'm going to be enjoying lots of fresh mint tea for the foreseeable future I hope. 

In other news, say hello to the newest additions to our house. Jason and I decided to get pet rats after holding some in a pet shop, whilst we were in Sussex. We did some reading and found out how intelligent they are, and that they can learn their names and be taught tricks. Obviously we spent many obsessive hours on youtube watching videos of them too! We found a lovely local-ish breeder who we bought 4 little baby girls from. We were only going to get 3 but the breeder gave us one more for free because she was the only one left in the litter and it would be better for her to go with her sisters.

They are absolutely adorable and each have very distinctive personalities! Their names are Sylvia, Morgan, Daphne and Pepper. Pepper and Daphne are dumbo-eared, which means their ears are on the side of their heads as opposed to the top, which is very cute. Pepper is a big bruiser and clearly the boss of the cage. She was the one we took on as an extra. Sylvia is very placid, but likes to try and escape from everywhere. Morgan is quite skittish and VERY fast; she also likes to get involved whenever any of the others are having play-fights. Daphne was really nervous of us when we first brought them home and we thought it would take her a while to learn to trust us. We've only had them for 4 days though and she is already crawling onto our hands of her own accord, and she's always the first one to try and get out when we open the cage. So it's fair to say we're kind of obsessed with our new babies! Thankfully our housemates think they're cute as well. At first Annie and Mike weren't keen on the idea but now that they see them running around and generally being the cutest little fuzzes ever, they've very quickly fallen for them :)

Harriet x

My favourite blogs

Saturday, 5 July 2014
I've had a few days off rehearsals so have been back in London, relaxing and catching up on other work. I've been designing some posters for friends' shows, doing lots of cooking and trying to learn my lines for this coming week! My brother is rehearsing a play in London soon too so he's coming to stay with me from tomorrow. I haven't seen him for a while so it will be nice to see him and catch up.

Anyway, I just thought I'd do a quick post about the blogs that I read really frequently. I love finding new blogs so maybe there will be some on here you haven't visited before. It's also nice to share the love. I was initially going to do a Top 10 but actually these are my favourite and most frequented blogs so I decided to stick to these.

  • Being Little  - I love Lyzi's blog and always make sure I'm up to date. She has great style, blogs about some cool things and is also a lovely person.
  • The Dainty Squid - Kaylah's blog is just a goldmine of inspiration to me. Her photography, adventures, hobbies and, obviously, pets are what I love about this blog.
  • From Gem With Love - Gem's blog is a great lifestyle blog, she's really good at writing with a good balance between fashion/beauty etc and more personal stuff.
  • Ebba Zingmark - Ebba is the reason I wanted to dye my hair red about 5 years ago! I've been reading her blog for years and can't believe how awesome she is, especially for her age. 
  • Geninne's Art Blog - I've been getting my desktop calendars from Geninne's blog for ages, and her artwork is so beautiful, not to mention her photography.
  • Vivatramp - Bee is another lovely blogger who I had the chance to meet a couple of years ago in Bristol. I love her blog, especially her book reviews. 
  • Ghostparties - If you like beauty blogs I'm sure you already read Kate's blog. I love her product reviews, despite the fact they make me want to spend too much money. She also has the cutest cat called Mouse!

In other news, meet Bonnie! She is our new kitten and she's so adorable. She was incredibly shy when we first brought her home but she's massively come out of her shell over the past week or so and is now enjoying wreaking havoc by doing typical kitten things like chewing, running around like a madman and attacking anything that moves. Oh, and stealing socks. Like a dog... I never have normal pets. 

Harriet x

Phoenix Park

Friday, 20 June 2014
I was in central London the other day and had a few hours to kill in between meetings and stumbled on a little park in Soho called Phoenix Park. It was nice because it wasn't open, it was basically a twisty path through a park with benches secluded along the way and trees and flowers in between. The weather was lovely so I chilled out the for the afternoon with a book, coffee and my camera.

It was lovely and quiet, although there were people on almost all of the benches (and a distinct smell of weed coming from one corner..!). It felt really out of the way and a nice little escape in the middle of a really busy area. 

I'm going to Brighton tomorrow for a while as I've just got a part in another play in Sussex - can't keep me away from the place at the moment! I'm going to be back and forth until near the end of July now, but obviously I'll take my laptop with me (so expect some Sussex updates!) and I'll have a few days off in between rehearsals where I'm sure I'll come back to London to see Jason and my housemates. 

The company I'm working with are really cool. They're a horse drawn company, so they travel around with a horse and wagon to pull the set and everything like in ye olde times! This play isn't a full tour, just a development phase, so sadly I won't be travelling around with a horse and wagon (boo!) but hopefully if all goes to plan there will be a full travelling tour next year. We're rehearsing in Brighton and performing in Kent, so for the last week of Kent we'll be camping on location, which I'm excited about because I love camping! I just hope it doesn't chuck it down with rain, because that would be typical of England, and also a surefire way to make a bunch of people quickly wonder what we're doing in a soggy field trying to rehearse a play..! So fingers crossed for glorious weather and a lovely experience :)

Harriet x

5 DIY ideas

Thursday, 19 June 2014

DIY and crafts is easily the number one way I get sucked into a Pinterest vortex of no return. I could spend hours looking through and pinning little projects and crafts - so much so that I now try and only pin things that there is actually a chance of me using. Otherwise I find I end up with a board full of 'inspiration' that never goes anywhere. Now, the time I spend looking at DIY projects and the time I actually spend making things is... somewhat disproportionate. As I'm sure most people agree, the easy bit is looking at all those cute ideas online and thinking I could totally spend a few hours making a wall decoration from feathers, paper and bits of wood and my room would look so cool and different. In reality, most of my spare hours are spent hypothesising about just how far Game of Thrones will go to destroy me as a person, trawling through Pinterest and watching Archer with Jason. A thrilling life I lead, I don't need you to tell me.

However, I have put myself to the test recently by actually using my DIY board to inspire some creativity. The results have been... mixed. The beeswax candles I made were great, but then again, this was literally the easiest craft ever! I ordered some natural beeswax from Etsy, rolled it up and ta-dah! They smelled great though. Failures have included making the little clay storage containers I saw on A Beautiful Mess - honestly, it looked ridiculous and was highly unstable - and just yesterday I got so angry with my origami butterfly I crushed its little paper wings and threw it across the room...

This is what they're supposed to look like. I won't show you my attempt. Click here for the tutorial.
Nevertheless, here are some relatively easy DIY projects that I'd like to attempt soon. Click through for the tutorials and if you make any of them I'd love to hear about it! I'll update you with any of my own crafty endeavours. I think I'm going to be sticking to the simplest projects for the time being!

Coffee syrups! This stuff is expensive - make your own! From Nelliebellie.com

Clay planters - pretty and functional. From A Beautiful Mess.

Paper lanterns - perfect for outside in the summer. From oncewed.com

Origami boats (hopefully easier than butterflies!) - string them up for easy decoration. Image from ing-things.blogspot.be.
Gilded mugs (and other things!) from handmadecharlotte.com 
I hope you like this little collection of DIY inspiration!

Harriet x

Back in LDN!

Tuesday, 10 June 2014
I'm currently sitting in the Hornbeam cafe in Walthamstow, which is just round the corner from my house. I love it because they do brilliant tea, coffee, cakes and really yummy food, most of which is veggie or vegan. I'm currently chowing down on daal and flatbread. It's also great because it's run by volunteers and everything is really cheap. My delicious lunch was only £3.50 and it's a massive portion. Jason and I used to come here all the time to work but we've got out of the habit lately, mostly to try and save money. I think we actually get so much more done when we get out of the house though, that it's probably worth a few quid to get into a different environment. I find getting out of the house into a cool space like this makes me much more productive.

Annie and Mike looking very seriously at their laptops!
Yummy daal!
So I'm back from Sussex after doing the play. It went really well, we got lots of brilliant reviews and even won an award! I went back last weekend to do another short thing for the same company too, which was lovely. I think it's always a good sign when people want to work with you again. On the last night there was a gig playing in Lewes as part of the celebrations for the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes, so we all went along. The band were called The Moulettes and they were incredible. They were a kind of folky, orchestral rock group and it was obvious that they were all just incredible musicians. The drummer sometimes played a guitar WHILE HE WAS DRUMMING!! So yeah, look em up :)

Sorry for the awful quality here - iPhone front camera!

Unfortunately, the day before Jason and I came back to London, we got some bad news. Jasper was hit by a car the Sunday before last and was killed. We were devastated, and it was also horrible that we were just about to come home and see him after a week of being away. So that was a pretty shit thing to come home too, but now it's been a couple of weeks we're all feeling a bit better. It was such a shame because Jasper was so young, but he did have a brilliant life with us, even though it was short. And he definitely made sure we'll never forget him by being the naughtiest cat ever!

In a kind of ironic way, we had booked to go to the cat cafe in Shoreditch for Jason's birthday, which was a bit weird because it was only a few days after we lost Jasper. But our housemate Annie had booked it way in advance and we still wanted to go for the novelty. It was so fun! We had a reaally good cream tea and Jason was like a kid in a candy shop trying to play with all the cats!

So that's a little update on what's been going on for the past couple of weeks. Now I'm back and getting back into the swing of actually dealing with all the admin stuff that piled up while I'm away I'm looking forward to posting more interesting things. Now, if you'll excuse me there is a delectable  slice of chocolate and cherry cake that is calling for my undivided attention!

Harriet x

BBQ and Sussex

Friday, 9 May 2014
I've mostly been in Lewes, Sussex for the past couple of weeks, rehearsing and performing in a play. It's going really well, which is a great feeling, especially as I'm being paid! I've just had two days off in London and I'm going back tomorrow morning for the last week. It's so lovely to be out in the country, walking lots (so much walking!) and working hard but also enjoying going to the pub with the rest of the cast, playing with my director's dogs and drinking enormous amounts of tea during our breaks. The rest of the company are brilliant, which makes such a difference when working on a production. Most of the time we're having such a fun time it doesn't even really feel like work... until I wake up to my aching muscles from all the walking we have to do! And Jason is now assistant directing the production too, which is both bizarre and incredible. The other assistant director had to pull out of the project so I got Jason on board, and (somewhat surprisingly!) it's been a really great experience working in a professional capacity with my boyfriend! 

The views during the performance, which takes place on the South Downs in Sussex. 
With my deadly scythe, ready to kill anyone who gets in my way! This was taken during a rehearsal - my actual costume is bloody hilarious/ridiculous. Maybe I'll put a photo of it up another time if I can swallow my pride!

My housemate Madlen (hi Madlen, I know you're probably reading!) has pissed off to Germany for a few months (she's German, so it's not that out of the blue) so we had a little farewell BBQ before she left. It was lovely to see so many people from drama school who I hadn't seen in ages. We just about managed to have a BBQ in the English April weather, which predictably provided rain! The night ended in probably the largest game of Articulate I've ever played, which was obviously raucous but great. 

Madlen and I

I tried to wear a somewhat summery outfit for the occasion - I broke out the bright florals anyhow. 

Jason's idea of being helpful

So there's a little update of what I'm up to at the moment, and (shock horror!) a kind-of-outfit-post... right?! Ooh, groundbreaking. I have no idea why but I find it almost impossible to concentrate on anything else when I'm doing a production. So even though I took everything I needed with me to Lewes, I did absolutely no other work while I was away. It probably has a lot to do with the 45 miles I walked last week and wanting to fall asleep as soon as I got in every night! So I may or may not post next week. I'd like to, but if not then I'll be back after the play finishes next Sunday! We're all going to a gig after the final performance, which I'm looking forward to. And apparently I get in for free because I'm under 25. If only London had similar practices!

Side note - Jason's band Carthage have recently launched their website and released their EP. So, you know, check them out. They're already getting quite a bit of attention from bloggers and promoters so if you check them out now you can totally say you knew about them before they got big ;) Disclaimer - their music is noisy and aggressive... I think it's called punk or something ;) 
Harriet x


Wednesday, 23 April 2014
We all love Pinterest - it's great. I can find endless suggestions for DIY, clothes, photography, art, and pretty much anything else I could want (like a million pictures of fluffy little animals). But one of the most dangerous and addictive categories on Pinterest is food. Seriously, like some of those things can't even be eaten - it's so artistically presented I don't think I'd be able to! But then it also looks so delicious I wouldn't be able to take a photo before stuffing it in my face. Anyway.

Here are some of the most mouthwatering morsels I've discovered recently. YUM. Click through for original recipes.

This post has also given me a great excuse to look back at all the recipes I've collected through Pinterest and refresh my culinary repertoire. I'll try and give some of these a go soon, although they won't look as beautiful as this collection, I'm sure!

Harriet x

'You are tired' by e.e. cummings

Tuesday, 22 April 2014
You are tired,
(I think)
Of the always puzzle of living and doing;
And so am I.

Come with me, then,
And we'll leave it far and far away—
(Only you and I, understand!)

You have played,
(I think)
And broke the toys you were fondest of,
And are a little tired now;
Tired of things that break, and—
Just tired.
So am I.

But I come with a dream in my eyes tonight,
And knock with a rose at the hopeless gate of your heart—
Open to me!
For I will show you the places Nobody knows,
And, if you like,
The perfect places of Sleep.

Ah, come with me!
I'll blow you that wonderful bubble, the moon,
That floats forever and a day;
I'll sing you the jacinth song
Of the probable stars;
I will attempt the unstartled steppes of dream,
Until I find the Only Flower,
Which shall keep (I think) your little heart
While the moon comes out of the sea.

e.e. cummings

This is one of my favourite poems.

And, because why the hell not, here's a photograph of Jasper!

Harriet x
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