The holiday so far!

- We’re staying in a little apartment on the hill above the village, with gorgeous views down into the bay and up to the mountains. The pool is fab too, though it’s a bit cold for me, and I’d much rather stick to the Med, which is deliciously warm here!

- Talking of which, we have made it to the beach, though we haven’t yet built sandcastle models of the Parthenon and the other usual monuments. Slacking, I know!

- I am of course sunburnt, despite my genuine best efforts to avoid this. On my chest too, which is doubly annoying considering the high necked bikini I ordered specifically for this trip didn’t arrive in time… In other tanning news, my arms continue to do completely different things when exposed to sunlight - my right arm is remarkably tanned, whilst my left has gone even more freckly than usual…!

- Thus far there has been surprisingly little archaeology, especially considering that this is my family, after all. We’ve made a brief visit up to Aptera, which we did at least do in the heat of the day, which is reassuringly typically us. We tried to do Knossos yesterday, but it tried to rain on us, so we hit up Heraklion instead, and Knossos will wait until later in the week, as will the other sites we’re considering.

- We may not have done much archaeology yet, but we’ve done our fair share of mountain driving, up tiny, winding roads, exploring little villages, ruined churches, and hidden rivers and waterfalls.

- Every dinner comes with free raki. So my alcohol consumption has upped rather!

- I’m also mainlining frappes and fanta, because the things they do to those drinks over here is honest to god witchcraft. I will be bulk importing both of those things on the way home from this trip, as per usual!

- The landlady person has a chinchilla. IT’S SO FLUFFY.

- I am in Minecraft withdrawal. But at least I have wifi!

- The wifi didn’t help for the F1 though, goddamn BBC’s regional restrictions on its live sports programmes… Sister’s boyfriend came to the rescue though, skyping us with the audio from the radio! I owe him much, especially considering the result! XD #FELIPEONTHEPODIUM

- Can’t believe we’re halfway through already! Feels like we’ve only just arrived…

The holiday so far!

- We’re staying in a little apartment on the hill above the village, with gorgeous views down into the bay and up to the mountains. The pool is fab too, though it’s a bit cold for me, and I’d much rather stick to the Med, which is deliciously warm here!

- Talking of which, we have made it to the beach, though we haven’t yet built sandcastle models of the Parthenon and the other usual monuments. Slacking, I know!

- I am of course sunburnt, despite my genuine best efforts to avoid this. On my chest too, which is doubly annoying considering the high necked bikini I ordered specifically for this trip didn’t arrive in time… In other tanning news, my arms continue to do completely different things when exposed to sunlight - my right arm is remarkably tanned, whilst my left has gone even more freckly than usual…!

- Thus far there has been surprisingly little archaeology, especially considering that this is my family, after all. We’ve made a brief visit up to Aptera, which we did at least do in the heat of the day, which is reassuringly typically us. We tried to do Knossos yesterday, but it tried to rain on us, so we hit up Heraklion instead, and Knossos will wait until later in the week, as will the other sites we’re considering.

- We may not have done much archaeology yet, but we’ve done our fair share of mountain driving, up tiny, winding roads, exploring little villages, ruined churches, and hidden rivers and waterfalls.

- Every dinner comes with free raki. So my alcohol consumption has upped rather!

- I’m also mainlining frappes and fanta, because the things they do to those drinks over here is honest to god witchcraft. I will be bulk importing both of those things on the way home from this trip, as per usual!

- The landlady person has a chinchilla. IT’S SO FLUFFY.

- I am in Minecraft withdrawal. But at least I have wifi!

- The wifi didn’t help for the F1 though, goddamn BBC’s regional restrictions on its live sports programmes… Sister’s boyfriend came to the rescue though, skyping us with the audio from the radio! I owe him much, especially considering the result! XD #FELIPEONTHEPODIUM

- Can’t believe we’re halfway through already! Feels like we’ve only just arrived…

Tuesday September 9, 2014 · 3 notes

12
Plays
Everybodys Talkin (1969)
Artist: Harry Nilsson

I’m going where the sun keeps shining
Through the pouring rain,
Going where the weather suits my clothes,

Banking off of the North east winds,
Sailing on a summer breeze,
And skipping over the ocean like a stone…

Anyone would think I’m looking forward to going on our first family holiday in fourteen years…

Sunday August 31, 2014 · 1 note

Finally did the F1 Guessing Game with my sister! And proved that watching many hours of F1 2012 Let’s Plays clearly doesn’t help in this game much… (For “much” read “at all…”) XD

Purple Comic Sans was entirely necessary for this.

Vettel, Button, Massa, Hamilton, and Kobayashi she got right straight away, and nationalities for all of them except Vettel straight away too. She also tried to choose Hulkenberg for every answer, I swear…

Other choice quotes included:

  • They’re all really familiar but yet I don’t know them…
  • They range from distressingly attractive to very old looking
  • Why are there so many Nicos?! God damn, there’s too many! Every sport gets one. Pick another sport Hulkenberg, racing is over for you!
  • I’ll know which one Maldonado is by whichever one looks like he’s going to kill you the most
  • (After I referred to Alonso and Guti as Brothers Eyebrows McGee) Attractive Eyebrows McGee and Distressed Eyebrows McGee
  • Too many Germans! They’re too good. Get out the sport leave some space for some more countries… German children are clearly just birthed into racecars to see if they have The Gene.
  • (After I said about Germany having so many WDCs) I just have to choose whichever team looks like they’re champions… Which of you guys LOOK LIKE WINNERS. Gotta have it in your eyes…
  • I was not prepared for this test! I needed flash cards!
  • None of you look very French, well, some of you do, but…
  • Kobayashi, tell me your teammate, he’s in green, and I don’t know who he is…
  • One of them’s Australian??
  • I’m going to pick attractive names and put them with attractive people.
  • You had too high hopes for me…
  • I will not be beaten by a bunch of guys who drive cars for a living. They’re like really fast taxi drivers.
  • SO MANY GERMANS.
  • This is just a clusterfuck…

PS: FFS Tumblr, this has been an nightmare to post…. ¬_____¬

Wednesday August 20, 2014 · 23 notes

Just got my early birthday present from my sister - absolutely gorgeous astronomical embroidery by @hannahclairehughes :D Going straight on the wall in the new flat!

Just got my early birthday present from my sister - absolutely gorgeous astronomical embroidery by @hannahclairehughes :D Going straight on the wall in the new flat!

Monday August 18, 2014 · 1 note

Depression is like being forced to wear a cloak made of lead. You don’t get to choose when to put it on and take it off. It is a second skin which gradually seeps into your own, real skin and poisons it until you are a walking, toxic, corrosive bundle of infectious awfulness. (…) You can “pull yourself together” only inasmuch as you can make yourself three feet taller. Whether you’re alone in a squalid bedsit with tinfoil on the windows or in a 17-bedroom mansion with a loving family and the career of your dreams makes no difference.
—  This is an important quote.

Monday August 18, 2014 · 3 notes · Source

New flat!

So we’re pretty much moved in to the new place now, although we’re still waiting on the internet, and a good chunk of our stuff is still in piles of boxes, but we’ve emptied the old flat and handed the keys back to the landlord of doom (and are now awaiting the return of the deposit…) so I’m considering us Moved In.

New flat is and improvement in some ways, but not in others, so it’s all a bit swings and roundabouts - I guess I’ll see how I settle in. The old place felt like home within about a day for me, but this one doesn’t yet, even though the boyfriend is pretty settled already. I guess vanishing back home for a long weekend pretty much as soon as we’d “finished” moving (as I’ve done!) probably hasn’t helped, so that might be one reason why it doesn’t feel quite right yet! Plus there’s some more furniture we need to get hold of, like a new dining table, and a desk for me, as well as a cabinet for the junk that used to be on our mantelpiece, and having the internet will probably help too…!

Pros and cons behind the cut, for those who care XD

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Monday August 18, 2014 · 0 notes

Reasons to like the new flat already - direct sunlight!

Reasons to like the new flat already - direct sunlight!

Wednesday August 13, 2014 · 0 notes

49
Plays
This = Love
Artist: The Script

It’s songs like this which make me wish I could edit videos. Because cut out the first verse and there’s an F1 / Felipe / Massa Mafia video building itself in my head. And I don’t have the skills to let it out.

This is why we do it,
This is worth the pain,
This is why we fall down
And get back up again.
This is where the heart lies,
This is from above,
Love is this, this is love…

Friday August 8, 2014 · 1 note

Art of Tolkein by breathing2004 on deviantart

There was a post of these doing the rounds, but after checking out the artist’s gallery I decided that I wanted a different selection of pictures than on that post.

But seriously. How gorgeous are they?? Answer: VERY. I spent about an hour just staring at them and I just GUH. ART. How can something cause you physical pain just by being so goddamn beautiful??

They’re available as prints/canvases too. The only thing stopping me buying any is that I can’t choose which one(s) I want, because they’re all so amazing.

Saturday July 26, 2014 · 8 notes · Source

Saturday July 26, 2014 · 1 note

Saw a couple of pictures of The Library of Celsus at Ephesus in Turkey floating around on here last night, which reminded me that I’ve never posted one of my absolute favourites of all the photos I’ve taken. This is the view up through the reconstructed front of the library, taken in late summer 2009.
I absolutely loved this site, but I was most annoyed when I discovered a few years later that I’d managed to miss an entire section, assuming that the bit under cover wasn’t open to the public, instead of investigating and finding the terraced houses, complete with mosaics and frescoes and all that kind of stuff. On the other hand though, that’s just given me a reason to go back someday!

Saw a couple of pictures of The Library of Celsus at Ephesus in Turkey floating around on here last night, which reminded me that I’ve never posted one of my absolute favourites of all the photos I’ve taken. This is the view up through the reconstructed front of the library, taken in late summer 2009.

I absolutely loved this site, but I was most annoyed when I discovered a few years later that I’d managed to miss an entire section, assuming that the bit under cover wasn’t open to the public, instead of investigating and finding the terraced houses, complete with mosaics and frescoes and all that kind of stuff. On the other hand though, that’s just given me a reason to go back someday!

Friday July 18, 2014 · 0 notes

Feltlipe wearing his new hula hoop with pride XD
aka: The awesome wristband of brilliance arrived from lookingspiffy this morning - thank you so much! *never takes off*

Feltlipe wearing his new hula hoop with pride XD

aka: The awesome wristband of brilliance arrived from lookingspiffy this morning - thank you so much! *never takes off*

Thursday July 17, 2014 · 5 notes

9
Plays
Stay Awake
Artist: Ellie Goulding

I saw Ellie Goulding for the first time at Glastonbury four years ago, turning up to her set because I’d heard one song of hers on the radio and kinda liked it, and there was nothing else on at the time that I wanted to see, so I thought I’d give her a go.

I had so much fun that I bought her album as soon as I could after getting home.

Her music’s changed quite a bit since then, heading much further into dance/pop than the acoustic guitar wielding singer/songwriter stuff of the first show I saw, but hey, I always did have a soft spot for dancey stuff. I didn’t bother to look up all of her most recent stuff before I left for Glastonbury though, because half the fun is falling in love with songs when you hear them for the first time blasting out of multi-storey speakers into a field. And this year was no exception. So with new songs to drown in and dance like a maniac to, a gorgeous sunset behind us, and her being still just as ditzy and a bit mental on stage as she was back in 2010; it was pretty much guaranteed that this was going to be one of my favourite sets of the whole festival.

Sunset during her set

Thursday July 17, 2014 · 2 notes