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

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

Paper lanterns - perfect for outside in the summer. From

Origami boats (hopefully easier than butterflies!) - string them up for easy decoration. Image from
Gilded mugs (and other things!) from 
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
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