Thursday, 29 January 2015

January Reads

I LOVE reading. In 2014, I really let it slide and barely read anything. As I've had a month of lazying around on the beach/in the garden/on the sofa I've had plenty of time to start reading again. It's all new books too because I left my extensive collection at home.
book pile
BOOK ONE: Funny Girl by Nick Hornby
This book was okay. It's a bout a lass called Barbara who wants too make it big in comedy. The pace is really fast in the book and for me it felt a little bit unreal. The characters were okay but bar the two writers I felt that they weren't really fleshed out enough for me.
BOOK TWO: Us by David Nicholls.
I lovelovelove One Day, Nicholls previous offering. His style of writing (I feel) is flawless. Us took me a couple of pages to get into but once I was into it, I read it within days. It tells the story of Douglas Petersen whose wife of 25 years tells him she's leaving. They go on one last holiday to Europe with their son Albie in an attempt to save the marriage. It's sad and happy and fun all at the same time and as usual David Nicholls gives you a really good feel for who the characters are and what they are like.
BOOK THREE: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton.
I picked this up cos I'd heard a lot of hype about it but honestly, I wasn't all that excited after reading the blurb. I'm glad I went against my instinct though because I did really enjoy it. It's full of good characters and mystery - although you are left with a couple of questions that need answering!
BOOK FOUR: The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith/JK Rowling.
To me, the goddess that is JK Rowling can do no wrong. I wasn't sure how I would feel about The Cuckoo's Calling but I got really into it, so when The Silkworm came out I was dying to read it. It was just as good as the first book and I think Strike and Robin complimemt each other beautifully and are really well thought out characters, each with their own past. GO GET IT RIGHT NOW.
So there you have it, four books, one month. A pretty good start to the reading year I feel! A good mix of genre and all new reads.
Too kick off next month I have Amy Poehler's 'Yes Please' (My new heroine by the way) and 'Station Eleven' by Emily St John Mandel..Both of which I've heard fantastic things about!

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

An Australian Update: Month One

Today marks the day that Jody and I officially moved down under! And for the first time since we've been here, we are in the middle of a HUGE storm and the most rain seen in a while.
In a month we have bought a car, applied for a zillion jobs and explored as much of Perth as time and money allows. Being here for a month now means it's time to start being adults - Start keeping tabs on what we spend and be a bit more careful with our money.

jody and i
There have been a few ups and downs this first month of being here - We've gotten lost countless times, missed our families and friends and worried over getting jobs - but it's definitely one of the best decisions we have ever made. 
Going on this first month I cannot wait to see what the rest of 2015 brings!

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Film review: Unbroken

unbroke movie poster 
Directed by Angelina Jolie and starring brit actor Jack O Connell in the title role, Unbroken tells the story of Louis Zamperini - a troublemaker turned Olympic athlete turned soldier turned PoW turned hero.
The film is intense, well acted, beautifully handled, and nearly made me cry about 6 times throughout...And trust me when I say me nearly crying at a film is kind of a big deal. What makes it even more amazing is the Zamperini went through all that and came out the other end as a strong, forgiving, inspirational human being.
Instead of harbouring hate, he rose above it and found forgiveness for his captors.
I would go see it again in a heartbeat and his book's are definitely going in my Amazon basket.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Murray Street Car Park

perth graffitti
perth street art
The most colourful car park I have ever seen.



Whitford Nodes Beach Park,
Hillarys, WA
I could get used to this


Thursday, 15 January 2015

8 things I've learned about Australia.

indian ocean
1. They weren't kidding when they said it's super amazingly achingly HOT.

2. The Australian's drive like EVERYWHERE...Probably because of exhibit A: It's too hot.

3. Even though the ozzie's call flip-flops 'Thongs', you will feel like a complete bellend saying it.

4. A bottle-o is a drive in beer shop. Who knew? Pull up, order, pay and they'll chuck it in your boot. What a country.


6. The ocean is surprisingly quite chilly for how face melting hot the country is.

7. Australians are very honest and pull no punches..Just the way I like it
8. Once you have seen the beaches you will never want to leave.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Australia spends...#2 (Photo Heavy)

If you read my blog last week you will know I turned the ripe old age of 23. So in typical me fashion I used it as an excuse to go and spend some of my hard earned cash in Perth City Centre. Instead of boring you to death with some fancy, descriptive text, I'll share what I got with you via my instagram feed! Oz also has some pretty shit hot January sales so Jode and I got some pretty sweet stuff!

ripcurl watch

A Ripcurl watch from the Mr - Sick of having no idea what time it is here in Oz!

birthday card with bulldogs

My card from my sis - Dogs + Superheroes = AWESOME.

care package

Abirthday delivery from my mum - How well timed?

disney calender

A 2015 calendar from 'Typo' - $5 and VINTAGE DISNEY.  

flip flops

New flip flops - NOT THONGS! ($20)

topshop shorts 

Topshop shorts ($62) - Another gift from the Mr...I had my eyes on these in the Uk but they were to pricy when I was saving! 

After spending all our hard saved cash we ended up going bowling....I wore my daisy dress and looked the business in it...BUT I managed to flash my arse to the bowling security guard dude and it completely threw me off my game and I lost to Jody in a SPECTACULAR fashion.

So yep, a fun, slightly cringy, 23rd birthday.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Caversham Willife Park.

kangaroos and me

To kick off week two in Australia we decided it was the done thing to go and find some native Australian wildlife. As we are both a bit squeamish (and unfit) a bushwalk was out of the question so we followed out housemate's advice and toddled off to Caversham Wildlife Park in Whiteman Park.
One of our main goals in Australia was to see some kangaroo's and Caversham delivered - I promise you I was a lot happier to see the kangaroo's than I look in the above pic! The roo's were pretty tame and aslong as they didn't have lil babba's they were pretty happy to be stroked and fed...Pretty awesome.

a wombat
We also saw this massive beast - Big Buzz the wombat. You could touch his hind legs but apparently he wouldn't have appreciated tickles anywhere else! I won't lie, the smaller wombat's were a little bit cuter but it was still amazing to get so close to him!
(Also how cool is my vest? V.Mermaidy. Billabong, AUD $40)
jody feeding kangaroos
feeding kangaroos

It was 25 Aud for each of us to get in and we spent around two hours there. It was pretty awesome being able to get up close and personal with these cool little critters so we thought it was well worth it. There was loads more stuff to do in Whiteman Park (free entry!) but as we came out of Caversham the temperature had started to climb and we wanted to get back to the air con.
So far I've loved everything we have seen and done in Perth and I can't wait to get our own car and explore a lil bit more!

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Australia week #1

A week today we left blighty and in the word's of Alan Carr - 'What a week it's been.' 40 degrees heat, blue skies and equally as blue seas. I've got a new pet, a new home and essentially a whole new life.
Yesterday we had our first PROPER day out. Just me and Jody, no one else, just us two on an adventure day.
Since we got here the guy we are staying with - Jodys BFF - has been with us. He's off work with a dicky ankle so we think he's been a bit bored by himself. Now he's at a wedding in Melbourne so we have a bit more freedom to do what we want to do and discover our own Perth. 
fremantle possum
Yesterday we went to Fremantle which is a half hour drive from the northern suburbs where we live. After an intense start (We got lost) we were finally on our way and followed the coast to this beautiful city.

fremanle market
We went to the famous Fremantle market and we loved the hustle and bustle of it all. We're definitely gunna go back in the near future to do some more poking around and buy some more funky stuff. (I got some pretty cool art prints for our room). We also chowed down on a Swan River beef hotdog from a stall called 'Wassup Dog' - INCREDS. If Jody were to recommend anything we have done so far, it would probably to go get one of those hotdogs...LIKE NOW.
 circus bezerkus
Circus Bizurkus - Street Entertainer (Hilarious BTW)
fremarntle harbour
Fremantle Fishing Harbour

Jody and his new hat. 

fremantle prison
Whilst in Fremantle we also did a bit of nerding out. I'm a history geek so I reaaaaaally wanted to go to the Fremantle prison. I was a bit worried Jody would find it super boring but he actually really liked it...Which was good because I'd have never heard the bloody end of it if it was rubbish.

fremantle prison cell
Hearing about all the british convicts sent over in the 1850's and all the inmates up to 1991 was pretty eerie. The conditions in which the convicts were kept were horrendous - and they built the prison themselves! (Above is the original 1850's cell size- very Harry Potter Cupboard under the stairs-esque right?)

cell art

cell art

cell art
Some of the cells housed some antique prison art - Seriously how amazing are they?!

We also saw the flogging post and the gallows. It was so weird knowing that some poor convicts had stood where we stood and were subjected to brutal punishments. Even weirder was thinking that the last hanging was in the 1960's - Really not that long ago if you think about it.
The tour was about an hour and a half long and cost 20 AUD (just under a tenner) and we want to go back to do some of the other tours they have on offer - including a spooky underground tunnels tour on boats. Our guide, Ian, knew all there was to know about the prison and he kept the tour light and interesting.
SO if you're ever in Perth, or Australia for that matter, you should definitely try and make your way to Fremantle. It's charming, it's unique and the markets are fantastic and fun.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year!

Yep it's that time again where everybody wakes up with a raging hangover promising to eat healthy, get fit, quit smoking, etc, etc, etc.
I finally completed my NY resolution from the last three years - To spend New Year in another country.

We woke up to blazing 30 degrees heat and a beach day - definitely a big contrast to the current -2 weather back home!
My resolutions this year are pretty basic:
- To have fun.
- To say yes more.
- To cuddle a koala bear.
- And to get just a little bit fitter.
Oh and get a tan :)
Hope you had a wonderful NYE and wish you all the best for the coming year.