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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Knee deep in water.

This is another belated post, but due to anticipating not having much to write about over the past few weeks (due to revision for exams, and playing Skyrim to procrastinate doing revision for exams) I decided to save it.

Anyone from the UK will probably be familiar with the bout of awful weather we had not long ago and the flooding it caused, and anyone who isn't, well, it rained a lot.  Contrary to popular belief, the UK isn't normally as bleak and rainy as people imagine (depending on where you live, anyway), but this winter it rained, and it rained like hell.  Even after crossing the country on the way home, I barely saw sun for two or three weeks.  You learn to expect constant grey weather in Manchester, but it's rare that spells of miserable weather last that long in Norwich!

A short walk away from my house at home is a field and some marshland.  On Boxing Day, one of the first sunny days in who knows how long, my mum and I wanted to make the most of it and go for a walk, and figured that the fields would be boggy but still accessible through some raised walkways.  Oh, how wrong we were!  As it turns out, those fields became a temporary lake - probably because the nearby river burst its banks - that was likely between knee and waist level in certain areas.  A couple of days later, despite more rain, it apparently all disappeared!


Saturday, 12 January 2013

Belated Holiday Post

I hope everyone had wonderful holidays, ate a-plenty and got all of the gifts they asked for!  My Christmas was relatively uneventful; it was nice to go back and see family and friends, but the more often I visit home, the more I realise that it's not really my 'home' anymore.  It seems as though something changes in between every visit, and I just feel so out of the loop (on top of bored, because there's really nothing to do there) that my being there doesn't feel natural, anymore.

Anywho, Christmas day was spent at my aunty's as per usual, and the atmosphere was a little strange but it was otherwise a lovely day.  Boxing Day was spent mostly with my mum, and then the next day I headed off to visit Chris for just under a week, so we spent New Year's Eve together.  It was strange to think that at that time last year, I was getting drunk with one of my best friends and dancing like loons in her bedroom in Japan.



I'll write about some of my gifts in a separate post (including the haul I used my gift cards for), but some other honorable mentions are my new iPod, an aroma diffuser and essential oils, more pants and socks that I really need, Rachel Allen's Cake recipe book, 150 Soup Recipes, 150 Salad Recipes, a blender, a new charm for my charm bracelet and some new Essie polishes.

And, of course, it was lovely seeing my cat again.  He seemed happy to have me home and kept pestering me to play with him every single chance he got.