Adventures so far – a catch up blog

What with a house move, new car tinkering and heaps of Morris Minor adventures (three countries, in three different cars!), I’ve barely had time to write a blog lately. However, I realised we’re half way through the year and until … Continue reading

Bee – an unexpected addition to the family

So as many of you will know, I’ve been saying for months I was going to buy a sensible 4 door ‘everyday runaround’ to free Nancy up for restoration. In my head it was either a Maxi or a Metro…something … Continue reading

The tale of the Austin Metro

Just like you should never work with kids or animals, you should never let nostalgia rule your head on anything important. Especially if that ‘something important’ is buying a daily runner car (sorry Nancy, sorry Martha) to keep your cars … Continue reading

A return to blogging

Hello everyone!

It has been nearly a year since I wrote a blog post and so much has happened. I’ve been to France with my Morris Minor friends, I’ve moved to the West Yorkshire semi-countryside and I’ve been on too many car related and foodie adventures to count. I also have a new job as the Local PR and Marketing Coordinator at Bonmarche. So all in all, an exciting 12 months.

This year I’m determined to be more ‘full on’ with my blogging, learn French, go to the gym more than once a week and actually finally get around to properly doing something with all my ideas for stories and vaguely interesting novels. With the power of my exciting new laptop (vaguely admitting and joining the technological rat race) I may go someway to achieving everything I’ve set out to do.

Until I next write, here is a photo from my ‘birthday weekend’ car run to Haworth. In case you’ve not already seen it 1000 times; my car is the blue one with the boot rack.

PS. If you’ve stumbled upon this by accident, you can find my usual self on Instagram.

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The first car show of the season

Spring is good for many reasons, two of them being the excuse to treat yourself to new clothes under the guise of ‘the weather is changing’ and the other being the start of the car show season!

Now I won’t pretend that I’m enthralled with every single Morris Minor in the world, far from it at times. Once you’ve seen one, you can pretty much guess what the rest will look like (give or take some dodgy modifications, rust patches and blobs of filler).

Despite this, I’m very much involved with the young members register (MMOCYM) which is a section of the main Morris Minor Owners Club. We have over 300 members and we’ve been operating since late 2009 after some of those under 30 realised there was a gap in the club for something a little bit more lively.

This year after 4 years hard slog, we hosted our first MMOCYM rally! The event was held at the Coventry Transport Museum and was attended by over 20 young members and their friends and family from around the UK. We took part in a documentary and we had many, many local and countrywide visitors. In short, the event was an absolute success!

Let me know your thoughts below. Are you a classic car fanatic or would you rather see them tidied up and displayed in a museum? I’d love to know what you think.  

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Goodbye for now

It’s with a heavy heart that I write our beloved pet dog and family member Skip, has passed away.

Amazingly compassionate with a wisdom most humans would crave, Skip was a dog like no other. Born in a Welsh farmhouse 13 years ago, none of us predicted how much he would change our lives and now as I sit here, I can barely believe he’s gone.

The loss of a pet is nothing you can prepare for, even though I’ve not lived at home for a long time, Skip was always so important to me.

At the moment, the loss is brutal and raw. I can’t accept the fact we’ll never get another moment together where I give him a hug, play a biting game (a pretend game that involves a lot of tooth flashing and teasing) or slipping him a bit of something under the table.

The only condolence is that he went out on a high. He had a lovely day with mum, dad and my brothers and then he laid down and went to sleep. I wouldn’t have wanted him to suffer and he wouldn’t have wanted it either.

Perfect and loving, everyone deserves to meet a dog like Skip just once in their lives. I think if everyone got the privilege of meeting an animal as loving and genuine, cruelty towards animals would be a thing of the past.

It hurts so much and makes me feel indescribably sad to think we’ll never share another memory, but I’m lucky, I got to grow up with this flawless example of a dog and make enough memories to last a lifetime.

From watching him herd sheep, to chatting up the female dogs down Kirkstall Abbey (they would’ve been fools to have turned him down); I have some amazing moments I can treasure forever.

It might also be the key time to mention to mum that it wasn’t just Ruby that ripped out the massive bush in the garden when you went on holiday and left me in the house on my own…

Skip has left behind a family including our other dog Ruby, but it’ll never feel like he’s truly left us. Everytime I see a border collie, I’ll think of him, every dog I’ll meet I’ll know they would never meet his high standards. I’ll probably never stop thinking of him if I’m honest – he was ‘the one in a million’.

My only comfort is knowing that in heaven, he’ll be his youthful self. Energetically herding sheep and leaping over Dads wooden fencing with his glossy black coat and chocolate brown eyes. It’ll be a fair few years before I’m in heaven myself (unless I don’t sort my brakes out soon) but it comforts me knowing he’ll be patiently waiting.

In short, loss and grief are two of the worst emotions I wouldn’t wish on anyone. The only positive I can draw is that I have realised the true value of here and now. I’m going to work harder to make the most of what’s happening in the present rather than wishing for the next big thing.

Thank you Skip for everything, I’ll love you forever.

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Snow day at Kirkstall Abbey

One of the best (and worst) things about winter is snow. Unfortunately, we’ve had terrible weather this year and it looks set to continue into spring. Chris and I set out early on Saturday morning to enjoy the snow before the dreaded dog walkers ruined it all and we set off for Kirkstall Abbey.

Kirkstall Abbey is only a five minute walk from our house, so we decided to investigate and take some photos before it got busy. Here are some of our nice moments, including an obligatory car shot…because I realised that despite my blog namesake, there is nothing of my two lovely cars on here.

Please link me to your snow blog/weather photos. Especially if you’re somewhere sunny! 

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People Spotting and Street Style

First off, it’s been a long while since I wrote, purely down to having no internet and requiring a bit of free time to get the ball rolling again.

One of my favourite things to do when visiting somewhere new (or just walking around Leeds) is to people watch. The imagination of others and the way they’ve styled something or other can often lead to great ideas with clothes you’ve had at home but have no idea how to wear.

Recently, myself and the boyfriend visited Dublin for a Valentines treat and I decided that whilst we were there, I’d take photos of anyone I thought was interesting or different…but not in an overegged/I’m doing this for a blog sort of way.

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The first lady I discovered was an elderly woman walking through St Stephens Park, dressed head to toe in the same co-ordinating suit. I loved how the gentle purple and blue pattern complemented her look. I thought she was very advanced style (click the link to see what I mean) but totally appropriate and glamorous for her age. The lady was genuinely surprised that I wanted to take a photo and told me she dresses like this every day. I think fashion can sometimes overlook how truly beautiful the silver generation are and just how much they are inspire us.

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The second lady was a bit of a surprise. I first caught a glimpse of her head from behind and thought that she might be another older woman with insatiable style. I walked round to ask to take her photo and discovered she was no older than me! I love how she has styled her look with the white gloves and red jacket. I don’t think I’d be as brave wearing such thin tights on such a cold day though! The metallic bag (as seen on the bench) and the socks are very SS2013 street style, but don’t look out of place with the overall look.

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The third lady (who told me her name was Dandelion) worked in a shop in the Temple Bar area. This 60s obsessed fashionista was wearing all vintage and I loved her use of colour. Often people mix vintage with new to try and ‘level it out’ but this look was vintage from head to toe (including the gorgeous yellow shoes). Her makeup was also incredible and very Vogue fashion shoot for the era. The effort put into the whole look was brilliant, but still very wearable for day to day life. Probably my favourite style spot of the whole holiday!

Overall, there weren’t many people in Dublin that caught my eye, but these are 3 of the best looks. What do you think of street style? Do you prefer to read magazines and get your ideas through those? Have you spotted anyone special lately around and about? Why not leave me a comment below?