The 101 Challenge

101 – Find a goat 

When I chose this challenge, I did it with the knowledge that at the end of my road is an animal sanctuary with several goats. Great I thought, this one will be easy. Awkwardly, the goats were shortly removed from the sanctuary and moved somewhere else, making challenge no. 101 actually quite hard. That was until my Sunday School class finished early one day and in an attempt to keep the kids occupied with something, took them to the farm at the back of the school that we meet at. And what should I find there? …..

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101 Challenges Completed: 5




£30 I Wish I Spent On Shoes…

Here’s our photos from the Clothes Show as promised…



K- We were so close to the catwalk I could almost pretend I was a fashion journalist at a fashion show.


H – Yes that is a pile of wood on his head, it’s fashion alright? Probably inspired by the story of The Three Little Pigs.20131213-171926.jpg



K – An incredibly over dramatic dancer who we couldn’t help but laugh at.




H – Ahh Scott. Yes he may have only sang two songs over and over, but look at that face. And his accent … either way, it was only the fact that I refused to go and take a photo of them together that forced Katie to take this slightly stalkerish photo instead.

K – I kind of love him a little bit. It’s something about the Scottishness I think.

H – It took all my will power to run at him and punch him in the face for the Binky drama from last season.

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K – I got some free fake tan. It was Medium… I’ve vowed to never use it – for good reason as you can see by Hannah’s hand…



Hannah & Katie

The 101 Challenge

78 – Go to a market

This one was pretty damn easy. We happen to live in a city that has a pretty famous market, which I go to every time I go into the center. The highlight of this trip was watching a man sell a mop like he was on some sort of game show. He had an example floor and everything.
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101 Challenges Completed: 3


The Many Disturbing Faces of Katie

H – Last weekend Katie and I went into the city center, mainly to see the new library. Don’t think we’re sad. Though we partly are. People have been going on about how amazing it is so we had to see for ourselves … and visit Primark. And we can report that the ‘people’ are right, it’s pretty damn awesome. And the library’s alright too. P.S. there’s not really a lot of pictures of the library here, we were too busy ‘ahh’ing at it.

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H – There it is, the amazing new library that is leaving window cleaners very confused about how they’re going to clean it. We also had to queue to get in it. Yes, that’s right, we queued to get into a library. DSC_1187 DSC_1188 DSC_1189 DSC_1200 DSC_1202 DSC_1207 DSC_1208

K – Not only did we queue to get into the library, we queued to get in the lift in the library. Honestly, it’s a pretty crazy place. The fact that these photos are taken from the top of it. This is no ordinary small village place – its serious stuff.

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K – I didn’t quite realise just how many pictures there were of me and how little there were of the library. I have also realised that this post became mostly about the library. Well to add some variety I ate ice cream that tasted like bubblegum and we visited a Costa inside a clothes shop. Not your regular kind of day. But definitely a good one.

Hannah & Katie

The 101 Challenge

Right, we thought it was about time we got round to posting some of the things off our 101 Challenge that we have completed.

So to start:

4 – Get involved with a world record attempt

About a year ago, our school decided to attempt the world record for the tallest cookie tower. As prefects, some of us were allowed to help out by letting children in and out of the room to help build it. I spent pretty much the whole day tiptoeing around because I was so worried I would fall over onto the tower and knock it all over. Seriously, they had teachers standing around the tower to make sure people did go anywhere near it like bouncers. They took it VERY seriously. Though a lot of us did end up stealing biscuits at the end of the day because we had about 10 boxes left over so there were some perks. I stayed there all day (no, not to avoid lessons…) and when the photographer for the newspaper turned up I was one of the only ones that had been there the whole time, so they chose me to be in the photo. Which you can see below:


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My hand looks bigger than my face…


The original cookie tower record was set by the Girl Scouts of Nassau County in America and measured 6 ft 1/8 in tall. However, we did achieve the world record as our cookie tower stood at 6ft 2inches.


101 Challenge Completed: 1



Sometimes …

If someone asked me right this second, “are you happy with your life right now?” I don’t think I’d be able to answer. If they asked me this evening, I’d probably say “yes”, and if they asked me tomorrow afternoon, I’d probably say “maybe not”.

I think the real reason for that indecision is covered in this quote from The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks.


I came across it while reading the book (obviously) and I just sat there for a bit, thinking that is so true! 

There are many aspects of my life that I’m not happy with at the moment. I’m disappointed in myself for having to have professional help for my anxiety issues; I hate the fact I’ll be re-starting sixth form in September a year below my friends, and the fact that I’ve grown apart from them in the past year especially as so many friendships and relationships of people I know seem to be breaking down and ending.

But despite all of these downsides, I can’t describe myself as being sad, or unhappy, because of the people around me.

A few weeks ago, my church welcomed two American interns that have come to spend the summer with us and they’ve definitely proved this quote right. I’ve never had so much fun watching a tennis game, looking round Birmingham markets or painting a lion. All ordinary things that have now become treasured memories, just because I did them with the right people.

Who are the special people in your life who makes the ordinary become the extraordinary?


I Think I Fell In Love …

Let’s just take a moment shall we, and appreciate the beauty that is handbags. If you’re a guy or a girly that doesn’t like this sort of thing, firstly, why?! And secondly, I suggest you run away right now because there’s only one way this post is going, and that is into handbag territory.

Let’s start at the very beginning, because according to the Sound of Music, that is a very good place to start. Whilst on my crying-with-excitement holiday to Wales, we went to visit a castle for a day, but discovered when we got there that this ‘castle’ was actually just two walls. Okay, originally the walls were part of a castle but there’s not really much you can do on a day-trip to some walls is there? There was a museum that you could pay £1 to look around … but hey, I wanted a castle not a room of old pictures. So we dumped my dad in there and my mum and I went shopping instead. Because that’s what girls do.

And there, in a remote Welsh town with like two shops in it, we found a lovely department store that was closing down and was selling everything off. Let me tell you now, I think everyone in Wales was in that shop. It was like being back in dear old Birmingham, except everyone was really polite and said excuse me a lot. So nothing like Birmingham, there was just a lot of people.

Wow, that was a very long and overly detailed explanation.

Basically, Wales, shop, I bought a bag, it’s pretty and cheap. (It’s David Jones don’t ya know, not that I’d brag or anything)





And in case you’re sitting there thinking ‘Hey Hannah, what was originally on that small table before you put your rather beautiful bag on it?’

I’m glad you asked.


This. This was on that table. Some dead branches with glittery pine cones (I think?) hanging on them. Why? I have no idea. My mum made me sit and paint them all, then put glitter on them all, then tie the most stupidly thin thread around them and hang them. Took me like two weeks, and ruined two paintbrushes. Just saying.



My Week in Photos #1

I wasn’t planning to start this series this week as I’m kind of on holiday, but today I am SO BORED that I thought I might as well. I have nothing better to do …



On Monday I visited Snowshill Manor with my family, and after walking around the town a bit, we found this window that desperately wanted to be a unicorn. If anyone knows what the hell this pipe is doing, please do let me know … (you can read my post about Snowshill here)



Tuesday was a day mainly spent at work, but when I got home I edited all my posts for the next week for Katie to post for me while I was away. I had a few ‘technical’ problems taking photos for my nail tutorial because my camera kept falling over seconds before it took the picture …


Wednesday was mainly spent travelling. We were travelling to a part of Wales that is probably the furthest point away from Birmingham, and it took us 5 hours. 5 hours of grey, rainy sky, ending with some lovely fog. It was at this point we realised we probably hadn’t packed very appropriately, and we were going to be very cold …



On Thursday, something very exciting happened … I lost my Cluedo virginity! I don’t even know how I’ve managed to go so many years and never played it, but I have now! It was that Colonel Mustard with his axe. I didn’t win.



Friday looked sunny, so we went along the coastal path. It was beautiful but incredibly windy. And of course, in true British style, it started pouring as soon as we got to the furthest point away from our car which was lovely. But this is the beach we sat on while we had lunch, and my dad and my very attractive walking boots …




We visited a very disappointing castle on Saturday, but more on that sometime later in the week. Here’s my mama and I ‘casually posing’ on a wall …




Sunday has been a day of sitting around really. There’s gale force winds outside, it keeps chucking it down with rain, and a lovely fog has now descended. This resulted in us huddling up on the sofa for most of the day, though being the little mountain goat that I am (my parent’s new nickname for me) I did make them go on a walk with me in the evening. It was cold and windy. But I digress. The highlight of Sunday was starting my new book. There’s something really exciting, starting a new book, especially one as hefty as this. 26 pages down, 730 to go …