Archive for September, 2016

Our great road trip begins, taking us from Reykjavik all the way to Akureyri in northern Iceland.

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The Golden Circle is a popular tourist route looping from Reykjavik into the southern uplands of Iceland and back. The three primary stops are the geothermal area in Haukadalur which contains the geysers Geysir and Strokkur, the Gullfoss waterfall, and Þingvellir National Park.

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After killing time at the airport with my freshly converted currency (and picking up a couple of bottles of prosecco at duty free in anticipation of an upcoming reunion), it was off to Iceland!

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A blast from as far back in my past as I can actually remember. As an adult, I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been to a McDonald’s (and usually then as a matter of necessity over choice), but as a kid, I was obsessed with the toys that came with Happy Meals, and the cut & fold boxes that used to transform into playsets. Few were more dear to me, however, than these – which I found in my mum’s loft on a recent trip back home.

Constituting one of my very first memories, I recall that we went to the cinema to see The Little Mermaid and then to McDonald’s afterwards where Ariel herself was the toy of the week in the Happy Meals. For the next month, I insisted that we go back at every opportunity to see when the next one was available, until I’d finally collected the whole set of bath toys. Ursula appears to have been lost to the sands (or seas) of time, though Eric is still kicking around somewhere in his little yellow boat. How fitting, regardless, that one of the earliest moments my brain began to crystallise experiences into memories occurred during – what remains to this day – one of my favourite films of all time. I think I might just have a bath tonight for old time’s sake! 🐚


These books were so much a part of my childhood, and the perfect way to celebrate what would have been Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday.

“So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.”


We now return to our regularly scheduled cat photos. (aka a mega-post of everything from the first half of 2016 that didn’t merit its own entry).

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A return trip to my favourite place in Scotland.

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