Saturday, 22 October 2016

An Autumnal Day Out

Pollok Country Park

Pollok Country Park

Pollok Country Park

Leaf and pond

Autumnal leaves on the ground

Pollok Country Park

Pollok House

Pollok House

Pollok House

Pollok House
Yesterday I had a day off from everything - no work, no lectures, no dancing. Although I do have assignments to take care of I decided to take advantage of an empty diary and headed to one of my favourite parks in Glasgow, Pollok Country Park. Having grown up in the countryside, I often get pangs of longing for nature and while Pollok Country Park isn't technically the countryside, it does the trick when those pangs become one too many. I've always enjoyed doing things alone ever so often, just spending time with my thoughts. I had a lovely couple of hours time strolling through the park, and I also visited the house for the first time (hurrah for being a National Trust member) and had a warming butternut squash soup for lunch ('a table for one, please') before heading back home. 

Love, Mimmi. 

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #4

It seems that my blog is full on Wonderful Wednesday these days. I figure it could be worse though, because who doesn't like a bit of mid-week positivity? So without further ado, here are the things that have made me happy over the past seven days...

:: Handing in my notice. I told my manager that I'll be leaving before Christmas and I couldn't have asked for a better reaction. She took it so well, thanked me several times and even gave me a hug. I still have two months before I actually leave, but simply the knowledge that I don't have long left makes everything seem easier. 

:: The vegan shepherd's pie that I made the other day from a recipe out of Niomi Smart's Eat Smart cook book. It took a wee while and I dirtied quite a few pans in the process, but it was worth the effort! It was incredibly yummy - comfort food at its best, bursting with flavour. Plus I got quite a lot of left-overs, which is always a good thing.

:: The start of citrus season. Clementines are my all-time favourite, and I would eat them all the time if I could. The first really sweet oranges and clementines have appeared in the supermarkets (and subsequently in my cupboard) and oh, it's good to have them back. 

:: A catch-up with my dad on skype. We are really close, dad and I, but we don't talk that often. Time tends to just slip away, and then suddenly we haven't properly talked for over a month! It's always lovely to get the chance to chat with him though, and he never fails to make me smile. Family is the best.

:: Meeting up with my old flatmate over lunch on Saturday. We decided to try out the new Bread Meats Bread on Great Western Road, and I had a beetroot falafel burger and sweet potato fries. Although the burger was a little bit of a disappointment, it was a lovely way to spend Saturday lunch. 

How has your week been so far?

Make sure to check out the other Wonderful Wednesday ladies' happy lists as well - SallyJoHelenMichelleSarahKateCatSamElKerriJasmin, Martina and Isabelle.


Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #3

Last week was really rather hectic, and Wednesday came and went in a flash. This week I'm back with another Wonderful Wednesday post however, so here we go...

:: That magical light right up there. October so far has been absolutely beautiful, with warm sunlight, blue skies, crunchy leaves and a chill in the air. Every year I fall in love with this month over again.

:: Knowing that I'll be going home over Christmas. I wasn't sure I would be, but then mum got me plane tickets as an early Christmas present and convinced me to think of my own well-being and leave work before Christmas. I feel suddenly lighter, knowing that I'll have a proper Christmas with my family this year. 

:: The amazingly creamy coconut milk chocolate I found reduced to £1.60 in Waitrose. Yay for vegan chocolate! I might have to run back for some more, because I already finished the pack... 

:: An afternoon browse in Oxfam's second-hand bookshop and leaving the shop with a few new books in my bag. Not that I have time to read anything that isn't for university these days, but just filling up my bookshelf makes me happy.

:: Brunch with a dearly missed friend who came up from London over the weekend. A whole group of us got together for brunch on Sunday morning, and it was lovely to see her in person again. 

Don't forget to head over to the other Wonderful Wednesday ladies as well - SallyJoHelenMichelleSarahKateCatSamElKerriJasmin and everyone else. 

How has your week been so far?

Love, Mimmi

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #2

Another week gone, and it's time for my second Wonderful Wednesday post, which happens to be very food and drink oriented this time...

:: Porridge topped with nuts, berries, maple syrup and cinnamon in different combinations. The chill in the air means that porridge season is well and truly here, and as much as I love banana pancakes and smoothie bowls, a warming bowl of porridge will always be my favourite.

:: Finding a tv-series that makes me feel all warm, fuzzy and happy - namely Gilmore Girls. After years (or what feels like years) of people gasping at the fact that I had never seen it, I finally dived into it last week and I'm hooked. It's an instant happy pill.

:: Filter coffee, fresh from our sparkling (albeit very plastic-y) new filter coffee machine. We always had a filter machine in the house when I grew up and french press coffee is not my favourite. Watching Gilmore Girls awakened my need for coffee, so the other day I just had to pop into Argos and got one. Tea, you will always have my heart, but you'll have to make some more room for coffee.

:: An impromptu coffee and cake date with myself, after a busy weekend shift at work. My intention was to pop in for a take-away coffee, but my eye was drawn to the most delicious-looking vegan teacake with maple, pecans and blueberries. Who could possibly say no to that? 

:: New autumn clothes, including a large, very soft scarf and not one, but two, new coats. When you live in Scotland, having a few different coats and jackets to choose from makes life a little bit more fun. 

:: Colder temperatures, chilly winds and an excuse to wear the above-mentioned new clothes. I do love autumn.

Make sure to head over to the other Wonderful Wednesday ladies as well, namely SallyJoHelenMichelleSarahKateCatSamElKerri and Jasmin. And enjoy the rest of your week!


Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Wonderful Wednesday #1


Blackberries in hand

I'm joining in the Wonderful Wednesday gang and morphing my dusty old Happy Posts into something... well, very very similar but also a little bit sparkly and new. Let's get onto it...

:: Friends; friends who make you laugh when you'd rather cry, who are there when things are tough, with wise words, support and encouragement, and who you can be both utterly silly and serious with.

:: Doing what I've been thinking of for several months and dyeing the ends of my hair purple. Sometimes it's okay to be a little bit shallow, and receiving compliments for something so simple like your hair actually does give your confidence a little boost. 

:: A day trip to Edinburgh, including a trek up Arthur's seat to admire the breathtaking view, fuelling up on almond milk mochas and vegan cake, wandering through the most beautiful museum, and then a stop in Linlithgow for a delicious, warming, homemade lentil dahl.

:: Getting back into dancing several times a week, and noticing how much I have improved in a year, but also how much there still is to learn. It's strange to think how important it has become to life in only a year.

:: The start of the new year at university, and forcing my brain into working hard again. It's a little bit dusty and rusty at the moment, but hopefully the exciting modules I'm taking will polish it right up.

:: Blackberries, ripe and juicy, bursting full of sweetness, and scattered along my favourite walking route, just asking to be picked and enjoyed.

Make sure to jump over to the other lovely Wonderful Wednesday ladies for some more happiness: Sally, Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Kate, Cat, Sam, ElKerri and Jasmin (I do hope I didn't miss anyone!)

What has made you happy recently?



Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Bridges, Thermal Baths and Blue Skies: Two Days in Bath


After a week in the big city, two days in Bath proved a welcome change of scenery, and a change of pace. We were treated to lovely weather, and enjoyed the last of summer by enjoying everything that Bath had to offer, and I think both my sister and I fell a little bit in love with the beautiful, elegant city.



Royal Crescent, Bath

Pulteney Bridge
Bath Abbey
Topping & Company Booksellers of Bath
Bath appealed to me more than Brighton did, and somehow suited me better. Around every corner there is a bit of history, another place or building to admire - and amidst all of this are charming streets full to the brim of magical book shops,  independent caf├ęs, cute shops and homely pubs. 

Prior Park view of Bath

Palladian Bridge

Palladian Bridge
Prior Park was a highlight of the stay. We began the Saturday with a visit to the beautiful landscape park, designed in the 18th century and situated in the outskirts of the town. It was a scorching day, and so wandering through the lush greenery and enjoying the quiet and calm was wonderfully calming. The Palladian Bridge stood proudly in the midst of the park, asking to be photographed from every angle.

Roman Baths Bath

And of course, we had to visit the Roman Baths. Expensive, crowded and touristy - but fascinating all the same, and most definitely worth a visit. It always fascinates me to see places with so much history, where people walked years and years ago. 

Coffee in Bath

But the best part of Bath wasn't the abbey, the thermal baths or the famous landmarks. What I loved was the relaxed, welcoming atmosphere; the beautiful, calm streets; the chance to just enjoy being in the moment, having a coffee on the side-walk with your favourite person and watching people go by.

Have you ever been to Bath?

Love, Mimmi.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Happy Post #38

Leaves and fence

Heather blooms

Petals on the ground

Flowers in bloom

:: Catch-ups with friends, both in person and over skype, chewing over both the ordinary little everyday things and the deeper, more difficult bits of life. 

:: Treating myself to a new camera lens and re-discovering the joys of photography. Autumn is my favourite season for photography (there's something about that soft, warm light), so I'm looking forward to snapping away over the next few months.

:: An impossibly soft and fluffy donut with the best salted caramel filling; the fudgiest, most chocolatey peanut butter brownie; melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chip cookies. And people think being vegan means missing out...

:: Slow days of doing nothing, recharging batteries and mulling over life. Sleeping until my body wakes up naturally, and not minding if that's a bit later (eight thirty, usually) than I'd normally like.

:: That distinct autumnal scent suddenly making its appearance; a slight chill in the air; leaves starting to go brown, and the promise of scarves, jumpers and dark colours. 

:: The return of The Great British Bake Off, with all its silly puns, ridiculous challenges and intense moments (who knew baking could be so stressful?). Oh, how I had missed it. 

:: Discovering new music, and listening to it over and over, again and again, until you know the songs and their order by heart. 

:: Baking chocolate banana bread, feeling the scent of it spread through the flat, and then eating it together with a cup of tea. Ultimate comfort. 

:: And of course, reading inspiring, brilliant blog posts, like these...

'Puppy Photos!' on Fox Socks.

'Offline' on Bethan Likes.

'Confessions of an Internet-Avoider' on The Salty Sea Blog.

'Feel Good Friday #43' on Tartan Mouth.

P.S. I'm trying to figure out what I'm doing with this little space, so blog posts might be very haphazard in both content and style. I hope you won't mind.