Food for… Motivation

Food for… Motivation

Hello, my little lightbulbs! How are you? Are you feeling yourself this week or a little out of sorts? I’m a tad out of sorts myself - but nothing too crazy. I FINALLY have a courtesy car which is some good news! It’s a little Hyundai Aygo and (don’t tell Umeboshi) I really like it! [...]

Beeston Castle

Beeston Castle

Last Sunday I headed out to Beeston Castle with the famalam. My work-life balance has been absolutely shocking lately and it was absolutely essential for me to get out and not think about teaching and lesson plans for a while. With my Tudor Gothic module coming to an end, I was craving some Gothic vibes; [...]

Prioritising Self: March’s Top Cafes for Mindfulness

Prioritising Self: March’s Top Cafes for Mindfulness

Hello, my little lightbulbs! I hope that you’re doing well and feeling good and grounded in yourself. I, personally, haven’t felt so grounded lately; the three-job-boomerang has left me feeling a little bit whiplashed, disorientated and out of sorts. To reconnect I’ve been prioritising activities that make me feel happy: spending time outside in nature, brain-dumping [...]

Sengan-en: Where Japanese History, Nature and Sweet Potatoes Mash Together

Sengan-en: Where Japanese History, Nature and Sweet Potatoes Mash Together

A volcano, historical Japanese estate, sapphire blue ocean, UNESCO museum, a cute Starbucks…. Sengan-en has it all.  I visited this feudal estate, built in 1658 by Shimadzu Mitsuisha of the Shimadzu clan, before Ste went back to the UK. It was recommended by my awesome friend and Kagoshima connoisseur, Lydia. Her recommendations are consistently brilliant [...]