Monday, 29 April 2013

Lucky Black Cat

So I thought some of you might be interested in seeing how Figgy is getting on in her new home! I didn't manage to include many pictures of her in my original post since she was so nervous and spent most of her time hiding behind the sofa! We've now had her for a whole month (it feels like longer) and she is a completely different cat to the one we bought home a month ago.


I say cat, but Figgy is completely convinced that she's a dog. She spends half of her time carrying random objects around in her mouth (mainly pens and toys) and chewing things. We've had to start unplugging everything just in case she chews through a live wire. She particularly likes to chew the wire on my GHDs, which is a bit worrying! She also thumps her tail when she's happy (she purrs at the same time) which is something I've never witnessed from a cat before!

The good news is that she isn't hiding at all now. When she gets scared now she'll run upstairs and into my room instead of behind the sofa, and if there's somebody she doesn't know in the house, she'll only go downstairs if I go down first. She's incredibly fussy though, everybody who has been to my house has fallen in love with her!

The sad news is that she has so obviously been abused in her last home. If I catch her doing something naughty (like trying to drink my tea out of my mug for instance) she'll lower herself to the floor and whine, and when I tried to step over her the other day she thought I was going to kick her. The thought that anybody could ever be cruel to her breaks my heart, but at the same time I'm glad that she's safe with us now. I still miss Thomasina every single day, but it's comforting to know that we've given Figgy a second chance at life and an opportunity for her to be happy and loved instead of scared and alone.

She really is a lovely cat and is coming out of her shell a lot now. She's very vocal and lets you know exactly what she wants when she wants it, and has the cutest and most innocent looking face! She's extremely playful and mischievous and loves cat toys. When she wants to play she goes behind the sofa and drags her toys out into the middle of the rug, which is just the sweetest thing! It's nice to see her developing a personality.

The other good news (I think?) is that she loves the garden. She is only allowed out into our little garden at the moment, we're trying to get her used to her surroundings and build her confidence a bit before we completely let her loose. She did manage to sneak out once and went wandering for an hour, but she came back. I'm a bit concerned that Figgy is too friendly...the majority of my neighbours are lovely (Thomasina used to go into my next door neighbours house for chicken and fuss and we didn't even know about it), but I don't trust some of the kids on our road. Figgy is the kind of cat that thinks everybody is her friend, and I'm worried that someone will take advantage of that and hurt her. I'm still hoping that she's more of a house and garden cat!

We've still got a few kinks to work out. She doesn't know how to use the cat flap for instance (she'll go through if I hold it open but not when it's closed) but aside from that she has been absolutely perfect! It's great to see her learning to trust us.

I hope you're all having a great week!

Friday, 26 April 2013

Red Rose Cameo Black Velvet Handbag by Restyle

Restyle's handbags have been on my wishlist for absolutely ages. Their red rose one in particular caught my eye, and I'd been watching numerous clothing websites for months waiting for it to come back in stock, so I was pretty excited when The Gothic Shop made them available to pre-order! My old handbag was falling to bits, the zip opener kept coming apart and I was struggling to open it, so this order was definitely overdue!



This bag features a red cameo rose on the front of the bag, encircled by ribbon and lace. The back of the bag is made from faux-leather and the front is velvet. The top of the bag has a silver metal fastening, decorated with silver leaves and gems. It also has two compartments on both ends of the bag, which have a magnetic fastening. The handles are also faux-leather, and are extremely strong.



Inside, the bag features a zip pocket and a pouch. There is ample room for me. I managed to fit a small notebook, a pencil case, a small water bottle, a lunch box, my huge purse, my hairbrush, a lipstick, a 500 page novel and my glasses case in there last Wednesday. It will pop open if you cram too much in there as I discovered when I tried to fit in all my dissertation information and module book in there too! In particular I like that it has a zip compartment to put more valuable items in. I get really paranoid when I'm wandering around in town on my own so it helps to know that nobody can reach in and take anything important!

The handbag is longer and flatter than I was expecting when it first arrived. Of course, I forgot to check measurements again. It's also quite weighty, it was a lot heavier than I was expecting when the postman handed me the parcel! I'm actually glad that it's bigger than I was anticipating, because it means I can take it with me to university instead of my giant backpack on days where I don't have many lectures. It's a lot rounder once you begin to fill it.

My only concern with this handbag is the rose on the front. I had a top made out of the same material and the design eventually wore away and I'm worried that the same thing will happen to this bag. However, aside from that I really love it. It's beautiful but also very practical. I would even consider buying one of the other ones for variety at some point!

This handbag costs £34.50 and can be purchased from The Gothic Shop or the Restyle website.

Disclosure: I bought this handbag myself.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Lime Crime Lipsticks in Poisonberry and Glamour 101

You know those products that you feel like you've been waiting for forever but they are never in stock? This was how I was feeling regarding lipsticks from Lime Crime, so you can imagine how pleased I was when I saw that they finally had the two I wanted in stock at Cocktail Cosmetics! I'd been curious about Lime Crime for awhile now, so I ordered the two lipsticks that interested me the most - Glamour 101 and Poisonberry. I have heard when looking through Google that as a company they are quite controversial but I'm going to focus on the products for this review and leave you to make up your own minds about that.



If you've ever bought a Lime Crime lipstick yourself or read a review on them, you're bound to know about the packaging. They come in a bright pink tube complete with a glittery unicorn. You'll either love or hate the packaging. It isn't quite up my street, but at least it's easy to find in the morning! However, I just can't let myself put them back into my lipstick storage without making sure the unicorn is lined up perfectly...



Glamour 101 is described by Lime Crime as a 'brick red.' When I bought this they had a swatch guide on their website that showed this as being a deep blood red, which it isn't at all. It's a lovely bold retro red. If there's one thing I'm lacking in my lipstick collection, it's a red lipstick. I'm very pale, so lots of reds really don't suit me, and I haven't really got the patience to go out looking for that does! Although it isn't what I was expecting I'm incredibly pleased with it because it fills a gap in my collection. I don't know why my skin looks blue on my lip swatch! The lighting my house is really bizarre, one moment everything looks orange and with the teeniest bit of sunlight I look like a dead smurf. Weird.

Without a lip liner.
With a lip liner. It's actually darker than this shows. It's also the only picture that actually managed to photograph my skintone correctly...

Poisonberry on the other hand is a purple berry. Again, it is not accurate to the online swatch at all. I find that using a lip liner underneath (I use Deep Purple from NYX) makes it a lot closer to the swatch on the website and really brings this colour to life. It looks amazing in the tube and applies really well.

Both of these lipsticks are incredibly creamy with a little bit of shine. They are incredibly pigmented and they last forever. I can wear these all day at university and they survive numerous cups of hot chocolate and food. They do stain the lips so there's still some colour there once they fade. I really love the way that these feel on my lips, they aren't drying and feel very comfortable. They are not tested on animals either.


Overall I love these lipsticks! I may have to buy one of their Velvetine lipsticks at some point too! I also want Serpentina but I can't quite justify it as I don't know where I'd wear it.

These lipsticks cost £11.50 for 3.5g. I bought mine from Cocktail Cosmetics. You can also buy them from the Lime Crime website.

Do you own any Lime Crime lipsticks?

Disclosure: I bought these lipsticks myself.

Monday, 22 April 2013

Books - This or That? Tag

I found this tag over at Elle's blog (which you can find here), and since I can never resist tags that involve books, I thought I'd give it a go!



Audio books or book in hand?

Books in hand. I used to listen to audio books when I was little, but it's just not the same as reading.

Soft or hard cover?

Absolutely hard cover! I love love love hard cover books, they look so beautiful on shelves. It's a shame that they're so expensive. I'd love to get a copy of all of my favourite books in hardback. I found a lovely hardback copy of Tolkien's Unfinished Tales in a charity shop for £1.50 a few months ago.

Fiction or non-fiction?

Fiction. I read quite a lot of non-fiction for uni but I'm not inclined to read it unless it's really something that interests me. I won't pick up an autobiography to read recreationally for instance.

Fantasy word or real-life issues?

Fantasy. Reading is a form of escapism for me so fantasy works wonderfully for that. I've loved fantasy novels right from when I first started reading. My grandparents bought me all of The Chronicles of Narnia in hardback when I was tiny which is what I think ignited my love for it!

Harry Potter or Twilight?

Neither. If I had to choose, I'd choose Harry Potter because I really, really disliked Twilight when I read it. Neither of them are my kind of thing.

Kindle, iPad or other?

Actual books? I don't have a Kindle and I don't read books online or anything like that. I like the feeling of holding a book in my hands and seeing them on my shelves. I guess I'm a collector as well as a reader! Having a Kindle would make my life so much easier and I wouldn't have to carry so many books around with me all the time, but I'm a creature of habit and it will be a very long time before I give in and buy one. I'm not very high tech when it comes to books to say the least!

Borrow or buy?

I borrow most of my books these days, but if I'm reading a series that I'm likely to want to read again I'll buy. I borrow 90% of my books for uni.

Book store or by online?

I love visiting bookstores and having a nosy around, but it's so much cheaper to order online. I sometimes go around bookstores and write down names of books that interest me and look them up online when I get home. I'll buy hardback books instore, and paperback online usually.

Standalone or series?

Either. Reading a series is both wonderful and frustrating. I love the anticipation when the next book is due to come out, but I hate finishing the last one and knowing that I have to wait! I'm currently in the waiting stage for A Song of Ice and Fire...

Monster read or short and sweet?

Monster reads. I'm an incredibly fast reader so short and sweet doesn't last me very long! Monster reads tend to have more plot detail, character development and tend to have more room to experiment. There are exceptions to that of course, but I feel like 90% of what I read are monster reads nowadays!

Starry eyed romance or full of action?

I never pick up romance novels unless I have to read it for uni; it's just not something that I enjoy reading! It's probably the reason why I didn't like Twilight, actually.

Curl up in your snuggie or lay in the sun?

I love curling with a hot chocolate and Figgy (who likes to rub her face along the corners of my books) to read! I will sit in the sun if there's a parasol that I can hide under. I burn in the slightest bit of sunshine!

Hot chocolate or latte?

I love hot chocolate, especially with lots of whipped cream and a flake! I do like lattes, but I don't have them very often, and they have to decaf because caffeine makes me faint.

Read the review or decide for yourself?

I never read book reviews because it's too much of a subjective topic. I've read books that everyone else has loved and I've hated, and vice versa. It's better to find out for yourself.

If you've done this tag send me link!

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Changes

Since you are reading this, I'm sure you've noticed that there has been a few changes template-wise!

I'd been debating changing it for awhile, and I had the overwhelming urge to just completely overhaul it. While I loved having a dark background, I do find blogs with lighter backgrounds a tiny bit easier to read. So far I'm liking the change but it will take some time for me to get used to!

A huge thank you to the lovely Y from Tech Bunny who very kindly took the time to make me my header! She is one seriously talented lady and I couldn't be more pleased with it! You can find her blog here, or by clicking her button in my sidebar.

There's still a few kinks that I'm trying to work out, like font sizes and styles and so on, so you can expect minor changes going on until I find a format that I'm completely happy with. The background I'm currently using is from DinPattern.

Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Restyle Dark Poetry Necklace

As you can probably tell from my onslaught of jewellery posts, I've been really loving Restyle jewellery recently. And as soon as I saw this locket on Restyle's website, I fell in love with it. It's exactly the sort of thing that I love, and it is book shaped. It also has Edgar Allan Poe's The Haunted Palace engraved inside. It really wasn't going to be long before I bought it was it?


I bought it from The Gothic Shop. I was quite excited waiting for it as I'd heard from other people that it really beautiful, and I've been incredibly impressed with all the Restyle jewellery I've ordered so far.



This is a book shaped locket, with 'Dark Poetry' inscribed on the front as a title, and decorated with black and purple stones. The detail is astonishing for such an affordable piece; it's very intricate and beautiful. Unfortunately the poem inside is too small to be distinguishable, which is a shame, but it's a nice touch nevertheless.



The only negative regarding this necklace for me is that the hinges on the clasp don't feel overly sturdy. It hasn't broken on me yet, but they feel rather flimsy. The chain could also do with being replaced, but that's easy enough. Personally I think the originality of the piece and the beauty of it far outweighs the negatives. It's a lovely locket and I'm glad I bought it! I'm not sure if I'll use it to store things in, but it's definitely thick enough to do so. The locket itself is a bit smaller than I was expecting. It isn't tiny, I just think I've gotten used my jewellery seeming huge when it arrives!

Restyle are very much like Alchemy Gothic in that they always seem to go that little bit further when it comes to the quality and the uniqueness of their products. The only difference is of course, that Restyle is half the price. There are a few minor issues for me (the hinges, mainly) but overall it's a wonderful piece for the cost.

And since you can't read it on my photos of the locket, here's a copy of Edgar Allan Poe's The Haunted Palace for you to enjoy! The line spacing went a little crazy and I don't know how to fix it!


The Haunted Palace


In the greenest of our valleys

By good angels tenanted,

Once a fair and stately palace-

Radiant palace-reared its head.

In the monarch Thought's dominion-

It stood there!
Never seraph spread a pinion
Over fabric half so fair!

Banners yellow, glorious, golden,

On its roof did float and flow,

(This-all this-was in the olden

Time long ago,)

And every gentle air that dallied,

In that sweet day,
Along the ramparts plumed and pallid,
A winged odor went away.

Wanderers in that happy valley,

Through two luminous windows, saw

Spirits moving musically,

To a lute's well-tuned law,

Round about a throne where, sitting

(Porphyrogene!)
In state his glory well-befitting,
The ruler of the realm was seen.

And all with pearl and ruby glowing

Was the fair palace door,

Through which came flowing, flowing, flowing,

And sparkling evermore,

A troop of Echoes, whose sweet duty

Was but to sing,
In voices of surpassing beauty,
The wit and wisdom of their king.

But evil things, in robes of sorrow,

Assailed the monarch's high estate.

(Ah, let us mourn!-for never morrow

Shall dawn upon him desolate!)

And round about his home the glory

That blushed and bloomed,
Is but a dim-remembered story
Of the old time entombed.

And travellers, now, within that valley,

Through the red-litten windows see

Vast forms, that move fantastically
To a discordant melody,
While, like a ghastly rapid river,
Through the pale door
A hideous throng rush out forever
And laugh-but smile no more.



You can purchase this locket from The Gothic Shop (where it is now back in stock!) or the Restyle website.

Have you bought any jewellery recently?

Disclosure: I bought this myself.

Friday, 12 April 2013

Jacob's Ladder and Peacock Queen from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab


I've been admiring Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab perfume oils for what seems like forever. I'd been considering ordering from their website for awhile but their high international postage rates always made me hesitant. I actually found these on Ebay. One seller had several bottles for sale so I watched them and tried to win a couple of them. I so desperately wanted Snow White but I was outbid by about 10p, which was frustrating! I managed to win Peacock Queen and Jacobs Ladder. The packaging is so gorgeous - I'll most likely keep these once they're empty! I love seeing little bottles of lotions and potions like this on my dressing table.

Peacock Queen - Yule 2007



According to the Ebay listing I bought this from, Peacock Queen is described as follows:


'In dramatic contrast to the soft innocence of Snow White and the dew-kissed freshness of her sister, Rose Red, this is a blood red, voluptuous rose, velvet-petaled, at the height of bloom. Haughty and imperious, vain yet incomparably lovely to the eye, but thick with thorns of jealousy, pride and hatred.'

Isn't the description just delightful? I think it describes it very well. It has a dark sense of sweetness to it. There's a rose garden in a park near me, and that's what it reminds me of. It isn't a fresh rose scent, more aged and deep, almost like when you leave flowers in a vase after they've begun to wilt. It's a very rich scent, and rather sophisticated, it's more of a womanly scent. It's beautiful, and I can see me getting a lot of use out of it. I normally go for sweeter smells but I adore this. It has a certain degree of elegance to it, and I love it. It lingers throughout the day and the throw is very good. With usual perfumes I normally can't smell them after a few hours, but with this I kept getting a hint of it. It's really wonderful!

Jacob's Ladder - Yule 2006



The description for Jacob's Ladder is as follows:

'The meeting of Heaven and Earth: golden amber, galbanum, benzoin, ambrette, rocktose, costus and tonka.'

I have to admit that have I never heard of half of the ingredients in that description! All I know is that Jacob's Ladder is a very musky scent, and the oil is a wonderful golden orange colour. It reminds me of my Nanna, because it's very similar to what she used to wear. I'm assuming that Jacob's Ladder refers to the Bible story in the Book of Genesis (I think? My religious knowledge is pretty poor I'm afraid, I apologise if I'm wrong). Jacob's Ladder is a connection between Heaven and Earth. I'm not sure that it's a scent that I'll wear very often, but it's nice nevertheless. It could pass easily as a unisex scent. It isn't overly masculine but it isn't feminine either. It lasts an incredibly long time on my wrists, and the throw is good. It grows sweeter throughout the day on me. I do think that it is beautiful, but it's a little on the dark side. I will probably get more use out of it in Autumn.

As you can probably tell, I am thrilled with both of my purchases! I am scouring Ebay to see if I can nab a few more. These are the first perfume oils I have tried and I really love how long last compared with usual perfumes. I normally can't smell perfume on myself throughout the day, but I can with these! They've definitely won me over into looking into getting some perfume oils - I actually bought a couple from Nocturne Alchemy on Ebay the a few days ago too! I will probably give in and order from the official Black Phoenix Alchemy website at some point too...

Have you tried anything from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab? Any scent recommendations for me?

Disclosure: I bought these myself.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Rufford Abbey

First of all, I'd like to thank you all for your feedback concerning my Newstead Abbey post. It really is helpful to know what people want/don't want to see, and since the general consensus seemed to be that people wanted me to continue with posts like this I'll continue to post them!



My visit to Newstead Abbey really put me in the mood to go visiting more places, so when I got home I did a quick Google search and wrote down a list of places I was interested in. I could vaguely remember visiting Rufford Abbey once before when I small, and I was curious to see it again so I decided to take a look. Rufford Abbey features the ruins of a medieval monastery, gardens, woodland walks and a lake. It's very close to Sherwood Forest, which is one of my favourite in the world to visit. Would you all be interested in seeing Sherwood Forest if I go back again?

My trip to Newstead Abbey lured me into a false sense of security concerning the weather. Spring decided to abandon us again, and it was freezing. It didn't help that I've somehow lost my hat and one of my gloves at university. Needless to say, our visit was very brisk to say the least!

Of course, the ruins of monastery are the highlight of the park. The exterior was really quite astounding. From a distance it doesn't actually look like a ruin and it's in good shape considering how old it is! I found the interior really quite eerie and strange, but you can just feel the history in the colour of the stonework.


The fireplace in the interior was spectacularly large. I can only imagine how impressive it looked when it was lit! I was surprised at how intact the ruins are, and how well they've been maintained. I was expecting an empty shell but to see the lower floor interior and the even some of the window frames still there was very impressive!



As with Newstead Abbey, I felt that Rufford Abbey would really be very beautiful in summer. The photo above the lake is actually of a rose garden which I think would look wonderful in bloom. The lakeside walk was very nice too, it just happened to be cold! You could easily walk around the lake and back to the abbey in about twenty minutes. I was too cold to attempt the wildlife walks and my flask of tea was calling to me!

You could easily visit Rufford Abbey in an hour, or even less than that if you don't stop for a drink. If you are thinking of visiting, I'd recommend that you do Sherwood Forest and Rufford Abbey in the same day because they are extremely close together and they are both worth visiting.

I am really looking forward to summer now. I'm usually the sort of person who looks forward to autumn and winter, but I am honestly just fed up with being cold and having to wear two coats whenever I go outside! I'm really excited for the weather to warm up and for everything to be in bloom so I can go out and enjoy more places!

Have you ever been to Rufford Abbey?

Sunday, 7 April 2013

MAC Lipsticks in Modesty and Capricious

This is yet another incredibly overdue post that I've been meaning to get round to finish forever! I bought these lipsticks with vouchers I received for my birthday in February. I bought my first natural MAC lipstick in October, and I realised that I was reaching for it nearly everyday, so it was getting on the small side! I was contemplating buying a few more of the same shade, but in the end I decided to go for variety. When I bought Crème In Your Coffee I very nearly bought Modesty instead, so this time around I thought I'd give it a whirl. I also went for Capricious despite not being overly sure about it from the online swatches. As an incredibly pale girl I find it very hard to find natural lipsticks to suit me. Some are too pink, some are too brown and others just make me look incredibly washed out, so finding some two that I thought might suit me was a challenge! Just a heads up, the photos are really poor, I can't even remember taking them so I'm not sure what went wrong! Most of them were really dark or orange. It looks like I took them in a cave. :/



As always, these come in the standard MAC packaging. I own quite a few of these lipsticks now, so finding which one I'm looking for at six-fifteen in the morning really isn't easy because you have to check the bottom to see which shade it is. You don't want to get one of these mixed up with Cyber...



According to MAC, Capricious is a 'fanciful rose plum.' It's a light, natural rosy lipstick that it isn't too pink that it looks silly against my pale skin. It's a little darker than I was expecting!



This is one of MAC's lustre lipsticks. I had never tried any of their lustre lipsticks before I bought this. It is a lot more moisturising than their matte/satin lipsticks, I'd say that this is probably on a par with some of their cremesheen lipsticks for moisture. This has an incredibly creamy texture and takes around two coats to become fully opaque on me. It isn't as sheer as I was expecting, it adds a nice burst of natural colour for days where I don't want to wear something heavy, or for occasions that warrant something a little more subtle. This lasts around four hours or so before I need to reapply.



Modesty is a lovely pink nude. It is a lot lighter than what I usually go for, so I was quite concerned when I bought this. My camera really seemed to struggle with picking up the colour of this one. It came out orange in all my shots, and I have no idea why!



This is one of MAC's cremesheen lipsticks. The name 'modesty' actually describes it very well. It's very subtle, and like Capricious, it's perfect for occasions that warrant something a little more toned down. I love the cremesheen formula, they are moisturising and soft to apply, and feel incredibly comfortable on the lips. I just wish they lasted a little longer! This lasts around three hours on before I need to reapply, or until I eat/drink. It isn't as moisturising as Capricious.

Capricious is on the left, Modesty on the right. Not sure Capricious looks so pink here!

Overall I'm incredibly pleased with both of these lipsticks, and it's nice to finally have some variety on days where I don't want to wear a lot of make up. At the moment I seem to be reaching for Capricious more, but I think with Summer on the way I'll be getting some use out of Modesty too. They are both beautiful and natural, and they've filled a gap in my collection.

What's your favourite natural lipstick?

Disclosure: I bought these with a voucher that was given to me for my birthday.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Newstead Abbey

Remember how I said I'd try and get some actual reviews posted soon? I have a few posts nearly finished but I just haven't found the time to finish them completely.  I'm going to blame my coursework, but at the moment it seems like time just slips through my fingers. It always feels like that here when the clocks go forward, I'm just not sure where the time goes. One moment I'm waking up and then, before I know it, it's too late to do anything...

Anyway, I decided to have a break from my coursework and took a long overdue trip to Newstead Abbey, the ancestral home of Lord Byron. I've never actually been before, it was always on my 'places to go' list but I just never found the time, which seems ridiculous now because it is so nearby.

It's incredibly beautiful. I was surprised at how quiet it was, and it really was rather tranquil and serene. The gardens in particular were lovely, and I would love to go back in summer when everything is in bloom. It was a little bizarre to see daffodils sprouting through the ground next to a smattering of snow in places! Fortunately it seems that winter is finally beginning to relent and we are moving into spring.

The tomb of Boatswain, Byron's dog. The inscription was beautiful and I stupidly didn't think to take a picture! I'm sure it's available on Google somewhere.

I really can't believe that I'd never been before. It was so beautiful and interesting. You can only go inside the house on weekends I think, so it wasn't open when I went. I'll have to go back in summer and take a look!

I'm never quite sure if these posts are interesting or not. I go to a lot of places like this in spring/summer, so let me know if you want to see more or less of these posts. I'd really appreciate the feedback. I'm going to a 12th century abbey tomorrow, so also let me know if you'd like to see photos from there too! I promise my next post will be a review...

I'm going to end this post with my favourite Byron poem for you all to enjoy.

She Walks in Beauty

SHE walks in beauty, like the night
  Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that 's best of dark and bright
  Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellow'd to that tender light         5
  Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
  Had half impair'd the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
  Or softly lightens o'er her face;  10
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
  How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.
And on that cheek, and o'er that brow,
  So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,  15
  But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
  A heart whose love is innocent!



Have you been anywhere interesting recently?

Monday, 1 April 2013

Meet Figgy!

Hi everyone! Those of you who follow me on Twitter/Instagram will already know this...but I have acquired a new member of my family!



I really wasn't planning on getting a new cat so soon after losing Thomasina, who was a huge part of my life, but the house felt hollow and lifeless and we needed something to bring some cheer into what has been an incredibly difficult few weeks of our lives. I think if we hadn't lost my Nanna at the same time we'd have waited, but we've had so much sadness in our lives that we needed some sunshine. We'd been scouring the internet for a few days searching, and eventually went back to the RSPCA at Radcliffe, where we bought Thomasina nearly fourteen years before.

All the cats seemed to range from one to seven, and I had completely forgotten how completely heartbreaking it is...I think I aww'ed at every single one. I wanted to take every one of them home, it didn't help that they were all trying to rub their heads along my hands through the glass! I was only six when we bought Thomasina so I didn't notice all the ones we left behind, but this time it was really quite stressful.  Then I noticed that one of the employees had one cubicle open and a fluffy black cat had made its way onto her knee, and she ran over to us for fuss and I fell completely in love. She made her way around in a circle like she was making sure that she received fuss from every single one of us, and I knew she was meant to be ours. Her name is Figgy, and she is three years old.

We reserved her and went to pick her up this morning.  She meowed all the way home and proceeded to run behind the sofa as soon as we got home. She is super fussy and has the cutest and deepest purr! She has climbed all over us for fuss. She was a stray so she is very nervous and jumpy but I'm sure watching her progress and learn to be comfortable with us will be more than amazing. She's a very sweet girl. The pictures are blurred because my camera was on the wrong setting! She also has a bare patch from where she had her injections.


I am so in love with her! I honestly didn't think I would ever feel this way about another cat again after Thomasina passed, but I completely adore her! You can expect a ton of photos on here obviously, but even more if you follow me on Instagram.

I hope you all had a lovely Easter!
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