31 Day Blog Challenge #16


What is at the top of my bucket list?

A bucket list is basically a list of all the things you want to do with your life before you ‘kick the bucket’. Some say that it’s quite a morbid idea, but nearly everyone I know has one.

On the top of my bucket list is that I intend on having one of my novels published. It might never become a bestseller, but hopefully people will buy it and read it. I mean, I woke up in the middle of the night with an idea for a new novel, but as soon as I grabbed a notebook and pen, it had completely evaded me.

I’ve dreamed about being a published author ever since I was seven years old, when I sat in the corner of the classroom polishing off yet another book whilst the other children rummaged through the toy box. One day I shall sit in a bookshop at a desk, signing copies of my latest work for adoring fans. But for now, I have a lot of work to do in order to get there.

31 Day Blog Challenge #15


A timeline of my day? Interesting idea! Since no one day that I lead is ever the same, I’ll talk about yesterday, as it was, well, interesting…

7.30am – Get woken up by my phone alarm

8.00am – Crawl out of bed and throw open curtains

8.10am – Get into work uniform, do my makeup

8.20am – Breakfast

8.30am – Leave for work

8.40am – Get ferry over to Portsmouth

9.00am – Arrive at work, clock in

9.30am – Morning Briefing

10am – Museum opens to the public. On Main Deck

12pm – Switch decks. Am now on Lower deck on lift duty. Better get the joke book out!

12.30pm – Lunch break looms, but family group complain that the lift is playing up, so sit with them until help arrives.

1pm – Lunch! Book train tickets for Kelmarsh. Help a colleague with advertising a new top for the gift shop.

1.30pm – Back on lower deck. Mother comes up to me to report lost child. Chaos ensues.

1.40pm – Child found, thank goodness! Back to lower deck!

2.30pm – Switchover! Upper Deck time!

3pm – Talking to an American man about his photography project, as he leaves, he slaps my inner thigh! Felt uncomfortable but didn’t report it, probably happens often…

4pm – I pick up a load of maps off of the floor and take them to Front of House. I stay there for a while chatting to some of the front of house staff.

4.55pm – Leave work with a tshirt and bag of scones the cafe had to get rid of.

5.30pm – Get ferry back to Gosport.

6pm – Back home, change clothing, have dinner.

8pm – Bath

9pm – chill out watching tv

11.30pm – Bed

31 Day Blog Challenge #14


If I won the lottery…

Well, I don’t play the lottery as I’m not very lucky, and would end up becoming pretty poor. However, there is always the ‘what if’ so I might as well get on with it!

I would first of all pay off social services and that debt I’ve accumulated. Then I would get my passport paid for, followed by a nice holiday to somewhere I would never get to go to otherwise. After that, I would get my reenactment wardrobe and kit done, and book the wedding and honeymoon and get that paid off. Then I would buy a house and a cat. I would then save the rest of the money to make a nest egg for any children Josh and I may end up with.

31 Day Challenge #12

What’s in my fridge?

Considering that I don’t really own a fridge, it isn’t a question I can really answer.

Instead, I shall make this a ‘wildcard’ post. And what I mean by that is that I shall create a question and then answer it, simply because the question provided is one that I cannot feasibly answer.

What is my favourite non fiction book/series.

I say non fiction so as to make the question more specific, so I can’t ramble on too much!

I am a shameless Horrible Histories fan, and have been since I was seven years old. I had the entire collection of the original books and a lot of the specials that were bought for me by various foster carers and family. Unfortunately I had them stolen off of me by the abusive foster carers that I left at the age of fourteen, as they refused to give them back to me, even though a lot of them had my name written in them.

So I am putting the box set onto my Amazon wish list in hope someone will buy them for me for either my birthday or Christmas.

I sure don’t want much, aha!

31 Day Blog Challenge #11

List 15 of your favourite things.

So, fifteen of my favourite things…

1. Clothes!

I am a closet fashionista. Seriously, I have a massive wardrobe packed with clothes, which I am often adding to on a regular basis. I often purchase fashion magazines to inspire what I shall purchase next, and I know it is a terrible habit, clothes shopping, but I do struggle to resist a cute top or a floaty summer dress.

2. Stationary

I adore stationary! Paperchase is one of the shops I love, with its cute notebooks and pretty pens. I bought an organiser off of them the other day, and I love it! Everyone knows to come to me if they need a pencil, as I have them coming out of my ears! The best time of year for my addiction to stationary is towards the end of the summer holidays, as they are all on offer, and often have exclusive lines to get you all excited for the academic year ahead. No word of a lie, I always do a huge stationary shop before a new academic year, to motivate me to actually study!

3. DSi

I was bought this for Christmas one year by my foster carer as my old DS (I was given the original console aged 13 for my birthday, and it had packed up four years later). I played it for a bit, but I got bored with it as I wasn’t bought very many games to go with it. I unearthed it and the said games whilst clearing out my bedroom, and bought some preowned games (they don’t bring out new games for the DS now the 3DS has been out for a couple of years), and now I no longer have a laptop, I can sit and have a lovely session on Mario Kart or Style Boutique (I know it was aimed at ten year old girls, but it is so addictive).

4. Knitting Equipment

Another thing I like is to sit in front of the television with my knitting. I am currently working on my Votes for Women square for my blanket, in tribute to the women who fought for what I take for granted today. I also knitted the start of my cash purse for my reticle that I will take to future events with me (though I might have lost my bone knitting needles already, sigh) no matter, I have just ordered some bamboo needles in a case which I hope will arrive before Kelmarsh.

5. Kindle Fire

Josh got me this for Christmas this year just gone, and it has saved my life! I did have a Macbook Pro that college had lent to me for the year when my own laptop broke, causing me to be unable to buy myself a new one (damn being poor!) So when I had to return the laptop, I was so glad to get the app for WordPress for the Kindle, so I can keep writing for you lovely people.

6. Makeup

I have a lot of fun experimenting with my look, with eyeshadow, eyeliner, even fake tan (I regretted the fake tan though, it isn’t for me really). I have tried goth/emo, pretty, funky, mysterious, glamorous and natural. I like all of them, which is why I have all sorts of stuff in my wardrobe.

7. Cuddly toys

I am a kid at heart, which is why I have a collection of soft toys. Obviously you’ve met Fred, and have been acquainted with Hatch and Derpy, but I have many more toys in my arsenal. Sadly I’ve lost my phone, otherwise there would of been lots of pictures for this post.

8. Jane Austen

I adore her, she is my muse and inspiration. She was a writer during a time when women simply didn’t have careers, or rights to political and educational freedom. Yet she still got herself out there, doing what she was most passionate about following her dreams and doing things with her life. If she could do it, then so can I. I own all six novels which sit with pride of place on my bedside table, although I still need to unpack Pride and Prejudice from my camp kit.

9. Tea

I am a shameless tea addict. I would drink nothing but the good stuff if I could. It is a social drink as well as one of refreshment. Seriously, it makes people come together to talk about everything and anything. It is over a cup of tea where stories often begin. That’s why it is so special.

10. Magazines

I love reading fashion magazines, as well as the weekly ones full of ‘sensational’ stories about wicked husbands and sick children, not because I’m morbid or nasty, but because it reminds me of how well off I am compared to other people. And because of the shock factor. Not to mention that once I am done, I can pass them over to my sister in law so she can get on with all the puzzles I can’t stand doing.

11. Perfume

I was bought Lola the other day as a treat from Josh when his pay check came in. I am obsessed with all things smelly from pretty bottles, and they always look rather glamourous sitting on my makeup table. I love Spunky Kitten’s perfume reviews that she does, and I imagine the scent as she writes. There have actually been times when I have been tempted to go and buy some of the ones she talks about, but then they might be too dear for me. I’ll just have to stick to Lush for now.

12. Past Diaries

I’ve kept all the diaries that I wrote from the age of ten right up to when I was seventeen. I couldn’t be bothered after that, especially as I had started college by then, and was simply far too busy to worry about keeping a journal up to date. But when I feel that life sucks, I read them, to remind me that I’ve grown up since then, and that I’m definitely on to better things.

13. DVD collection

I have all sorts of films, Shawn of The Dead (need to sort that cosplay out before the marathon of the Cornetto Trilogy next week) Hot Fuzz, War Horse, Nightmare Before Christmas. A very eclectic collection. Especially when my Austen DVDs appear…

14. Writing certificate

It is framed and on my bedroom window sill. I won a competition where I had to write a 50 word story called a ‘mini saga’ to go in a youth anthology. And I was one of two people from my creative writing class who won. And I have the certificate to prove I can write! So eat that, any critics!

15. Life

I just love the life I lead now. I have a lovely fiance, nice home and voluntary job. I have gotten an exciting new hobby, and am meeting new people all the time. My life never used to be that great, as I grew up in the care system for 15 years of my life. It opened doors to me, like going sailing and getting to check out Southampton FC’s HQ. But it caused me a lot of grief and nastiness, that I still struggle to look back on. It still causes me pain. But, at the end of the day, I fought the status quo to get where I am now. And it is something that I am very, very proud of. And that’s why I count life as one of my favourite things.

31 Day Blog Challenge #10

What’s My best physical feature?

What a rather interesting question. I suppose it depends on how I feel on that day. I wouldn’t say I have a model-esque figure, or wonderful hair. My nose is a bit big for my face, and my eyes are dark with thought, rather than bright and full of life. I have big feet compared to other girls (I am a size 7 in sneakers and trainers, and size 6 in heels/flats. I was a size 8 in trainers for PE though) not to mention that I am tall and gangly rather than graceful. My smile is awkward rather than happy.

So I guess I like my legs and my bottom (oh, I said bottom, tee hee!). I have a lovely pert bottom, and long legs that look stunning when I bother to shove heels onto my feet! Then I fall over or stumble and I decide that perhaps I ought to just wear jeans and skirts that make my bottom look great!

31 Day Blog Challenge #8

Today’s prompt is:

‘What is inside your handbag?’

Well, it depends. I don’t have a ‘handbag’ persay, as I don’t relly lug one around. I have a backpack that I take with me to work, and I pack a suitcase most weekends to take to Josh’s.

But, today is different as I go off to camp tonight. So, this is the list of contents of both my big bag, and my backpack.


Sleeping bag
Dolly shoes
Wash kit (wet wipes, toothbrush and toothpaste, anti bacteria gel, dry shampoo, hairbrush)
Change of modern clothes for Sunday
Contact lenses, pot and fluid
Packed tea


Pride and Prejudice
Shift for costume
Dockyard id
Paperwork for financial stuff

Day #9 will be a few days late as I am going away, but look forward to a post on Monday when I will be back!

31 Day Blog Challenge #7

So, Day 7, where I am asked to talk about my pet hates. Basically, things I really can’t stand.

1. Litter

This is because I have to pick litter up in my bare hands nearly every time I go into work. I’ve had to deal with snotty tissues, food wrappers, and even a piece of half chewed sandwich. Gross!

2. Badly behaved children

As a rule, I put up with children, I mean, you get the ones that are polite, kind and friendly who are actually interested in what you are saying. Then there are the naughty, out of control children who really annoy you. Especially if you are trying to look after a handling table with children shouting amd screaming, chasing each other down the context gallery with the surgical saw…

3. Marrow, and other various veg

I can’t stand slimy raw foods, which is why tomatoes in salad are considered evil in my book. Marrow is a nasty sloppy vegetable that goes slimy and tastes foul. These are foods that make me want to vomit.

4. Not being able to pick out an outfit

Now, this happens every morning. I get up, to discover that it is actually very tricky to pick out an outfit. I have a massive wardrobe full of clothing, but I can never decide what to actually wear. Especially if I am running late. It’s a blessing that I have a uniform for work!

5. Writer’s Block

Now, this is something that always gets on my nerves. Especially when I don’t get much time to sit and get something off the ground. I always know where I want the story to lead, but it’s writing it down in a good way that gets me bedazzled.

6. Sneezing

I often suffer from sneezing fits, as when I sneeze, I have to do it at least five times. Perfumes set me off, as do deodorants and body sprays. Air freshener has also been known to set off an attack, and when I went to Bath for a university meeting, I had a huge fit of them. What makes it so much worse, is that I don’t have a feminine, quiet sneeze. I sneeze very loudly and violently. So having fits on the bus is the bane of my life

So, there are my pet hates. Stay tuned for the next day!

31 Day Blog Challenge #6

So, I apologise that this is a few days late, I have been working for four days on the trot, and am preparing to go on camp with the Coldstream Guards 1815.

Anyways, Day 6, where I talk about my five senses at this current moment in time.

I can hear lawnmowers in people’s back gardens, as they make the most of a rare moment of sunshine in England. I can’t smell anything as I had my perfume set off my sneezing fits that I always get with perfumes and other body sprays, as well as grass. I am in my room at the moment, so I can see through my bedroom window at all the houses in the area I live in, as well as the knitting I really ought to be getting on with. I am cuddling my beloved bear Fred who I have had since I was a lonely nine year old girl in care, with long brown hair and thick round glasses.


(My own image, from right, Hatch the Mary Rose Dog, Fred, Derpy the Mary Rose Rat)

I’m also guzzling sherbet lemons, my favourite sweets ever, so can taste the tart sherbet with the sweet boiled candy. Omnomnomnom!

Stay tuned for Day 7! However, after that may well be quiet on here again as I am hopefully going to the Chalke Valley History Festival with the Coldstream Guards 1815 as my first proper reenactment experience. When I can I shall take photographs, but I won’t have my Kindle or access to wi fi for the whole weekend. It’s all very exciting!