September Days

This month has flown by, I guess that is what happens when you spend almost half of it away from home. It is strange how I've been to the beach in two completely different types of countries. In between going away to Spain and Scotland I got a new part time job in an attempt to improve my CV, re-painted my bedroom and cleaned every little corner, I also got rid of a lot of clothes and now on the hunt for new Autumnal clothing. Drank a ridiculous amount of coffee and eaten a lot of sweet treats. It has just been one of those busy months but I like getting back into a project or job, fulfilling my time productively. I hope to continue this in October while taking time to enjoy my favourite time of year. Have a great month everyone.

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Book Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Most people tend to stick to a type of book or story. I'm a culprit of that. I typically gravitate towards contemporary-love-drama-tragedy stories, whether it is books, films, tv shows or music. I like to be consumed by something, have deep thoughts and feelings. If I Stay is one of those kind of stories. I found out it had been made into a film and watched the trailer then decided to give the book a read. It spoilt the story slightly but the back of the book does the same.

Mia is a teenager, cello player, family girl, best friend and girlfriend. She finds herself stuck in limbo. Between life and death while in intensive care after her and her family get into a car accident. While fighting for her life or slipping away we see her recount the big events in her life as well as the simple yet good moments. From the arrival of her little brother, when she first played the cello, the first kiss with her boyfriend, Adam. Mia watches those loved ones who are there for her while deciding if she should stay. A little predictable I will admit, it's also a good story that covers all areas of a typical young person's life. It's emotional at times, cool punk rock references and inspiring.

A week later I watched the film and it's not often I think a film adaption is as good or better than a book but I think it was in this case. The book translates well, it had good actors, great soundtrack and shows what the story is about. Showing that with or without certain people in your life there is always someone there for you, who loves you and we all have greatness and a reason to be here to pursue and the life inside us.

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Autumn Equinox

Woke up this morning, felt a new chill in the air as my arms reached out of the covers, the sun was out, adding a little warmth from its golden beams. I look out of the window, slightly blinded by the light and as the scenery around me focuses I see hints of brown and yellow among the green that has been there for the last couple of months. I'm craving a hot cup of coffee to warm up my body. I have a great desire to go out for a walk in the fresh air, put on my boots and a jacket to soak up the change that has arrived. The season I adore has come back round again. Autumn. I could write an endless amount of things that describe exactly why this time of year has a special place in my heart but I think keeping some of those little things to myself is what keeps it so special to me. Everything is beautiful, comforting and peaceful. A change is here and with that change I feel that fresh new feeling that makes you believe that anything is possible and inspires you to be great. I can't wait to relish in this season and see what comes my way. For those of you in the northern hemisphere immerse yourself this autumn. 

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Blueberry Scones

Every year when it starts to get a little colder and the night falls earlier all I feel like doing is baking. I had some blueberries that needed to be eaten and decided to find a new recipe to use them in, after looking for a little while I went for scones.

You will need..
250g plain flour, 100g granulated sugar, 2 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt, 115g unsalted butter,  120ml milk, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 200g blueberries, tablespoon of sugar for sprinkling on top before baking.

Preheat oven at 200C, line a round baking tray (8"). In a large bowl mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt into a bowl. Add the butter and combine with a knife or your fingers until it resembles a course texture. In a separate bowl whisk the egg, milk and vanilla extract together. Then drizzle that over the dry bowl. With a wooden spoon or spatula mix the ingredients together and carefully fold in the blueberries. Put the mixture into your prepared baking tray, sprinkle sugar on top. Finally put the tray into the oven for about 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly golden and cooked through. Take them out cut into even wedge shapes and enjoy.

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