The Celine Dion Diagnosis

The Celine Dion Diagnosis

As some of you know, I’ve had a little health scare this week. Sudden, severe arm pain, chest pains / tightness, breathlessness and nausea plus an overall feeling of being unwell, suggested I was having a mild heart attack. What? I’m not old enough to have a heart attack am I? It most definitely isn’t on my list of achievements to unlock before I turned 40…


Cue internal panic, displayed in that typically British, stiff upper lip way – ignore it and everything will be fine. Except I began to feel worse and S decided that me Googling a diagnosis was helping nobody’s sanity, so eventually convinced me to go to A&E.

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Sunday Surprises: Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award

Sunday Surprises: Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award

This is an impromptu post due to having a lovely surprise this evening (albeit hiding itself in a missed comment!). Charlotte from deviantdaydream has very kindly nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers’ Award (thankyou!). Not only is it very exciting, especially when I’m so new to blogging (it’s my first nomination), but it also has a cool name…although I feel a need to bust out the travelling pants 😉 However, Charlotte is even newer than me to the blogosphere so make sure you check out her writing too.

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A Pattern of Posts

Well, as I said in my post to celebrate a month of blogging yesterday, I’ve come up with a pattern of future posts in an attempt to organise the content and give some coherence.

So, starting from tomorrow we will have:

  • Monday Munchies (A recipe / food related post)
  • Wednesday Lens Day (Yep…it’s all about photos!)

And either

  • Fadtastic Fridays (showcasing my latest or a past whim)


  • Weekend Whatnows? (Musings, rantings or reviews)

Or both…depending how I feel!

I make no apologies for my love of cheesy word play and alliteration, plus I could quite possibly get bored of this order and change it without warning. So, I guess this is more a note to myself to remember what I’ve decided to do!

Now that I’ve wasted a minute of your time reading my schedule, I thank you and bid you a pleasant day! 🙂 x

The Pokemon Directive – 28 days since outbreak of Aloada’s BLoGGins

The Pokemon Directive – 28 days since outbreak of Aloada’s BLoGGins

Happy 4th of July everyone!

I’m always a little jealous of the celebrations across The Pond. Here in the UK we don’t really have any annual celebrations on the same scale. We do of course roll out the fireworks each November to essentially cheer a historical act of terrorism (Guy Fawkes’ attempt to blow up our parliament some 400+ years ago) and then we store a few to let off at New Year. But beyond that, we either have to wait for a milestone birthday of our Queen, host the Olympics or declare some Irish heritage and adopt St. Paddy’s Day!

As well as the Independence Day frivolities, today is a little sparkler worthy for me too because it marks 28 days of my blog! If you’ve read my About page, you’ll know that I wasn’t all that confident of reaching this far. My magpie tendencies were sure to quell my initial enthusiasm by turning my attention to something far more worthy of my time. But so far, I haven’t forgotten my login details and I’m continuing to really enjoy uploading a load of bobbins for the world to read 🙂

A huge thank you to everyone who has checked in, liked, commented and followed – your interest and encouraging words have fuelled my desire to keep posting 🙂 I feel like I’ve more of a handle on it all now, but I still have far more ideas for things I’d like to do with the blog and equally as much to learn. But I decided today’s post would look at a few things I’ve learned (or I’m in the process of learning) so far. Perhaps it will help some other fledgling bloggers out there too.

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I have a plant named Khaleesi…

I have a plant named Khaleesi…

Probably a slightly odd thing to let the world know as a first post, but as I knocked into her the other day and apologised to the Mother of Dragons, I realised that I, myself, was slightly odd. I was apologising to a PLANT.

Why is she called Khaleesi? Because she’s a dragon palm of course! Plus, I have a healthy obsession with all things Game of Thrones – but I’ll leave that for another post.


I began thinking of all the other plants I’ve named in (and outside) the house and discovered there’s a fictional character / celebrity theme running amok. There’s Bob, the rubber tree plant, after Bob Hope. Mistakenly, I thought he sang ‘High hopes’, with the line, “…oops there goes another rubber tree plant!” But apparently it was ol’ blue eyes, Frank Sinatra. Maybe Frank can be the plant’s middle name…

Then there’s Cotton, after Fearne, UK TV and radio presenter, funny lady and creator of fashion loveliness. (Yes, it’s a fern, I’m nothing if not original!).


Padme – A ‘Princess Amalia’ (sounds like AmiDALA right?), Faulty, a lovely bit of basil, Tyrell, a healthy marjoram bush (‘Throners’ will get this) and Lion (no, not another GoT reference, this is for ‘Parsley the___ ‘ as in children’s 70s/ 80s tv show The Herbs).

Oh, and an area of the garden referred to as Desperate Housewives corner, where the wisteria grows…

But there are many other, nameless beauties, because, like with everything else, naming them was probably a fad! Which makes me quite sad, as I think everything has feelings and I worry I’ve upset them by preventing them monikers. Told you I was a bit strange!

So do you name your plants, aside from the common / latin names they’re given? Or anything else unusual you feel necessary to personify? Do share if you do, so I don’t feel quite as bonkers!

Haylee x