Friday, May 24, 2013

Bunnies of Instagram - the best part of my day



One of the things I miss most about home is having pets around - London living is not conducive to animal ownership both in terms of space and lifestyle. So I get my daily dose of fluff lovin' via Instagram by following these #rabbitstagram accounts:


@bunnymama


Proud custodian of Rambo (left) and Eddy (right), @bunnymama posts the most desperately cute pictures of the two every day. Eddy and Rambo are best buds and each has his own little personality.


She also posts tips on what to feed rabbits and how to litter box train them, and is an active advocate for bunny adoption.

I can't even...with these two. Too cute.

Follow @bunnymama for more.

@biscuitandmuffin


Where the majesty is.


Biscuit and Muffin are fairly new to Instagram, but the above picture of Muffin alone is enough to tell you they're worth a follow. 

@whiskeygalamy


Squee!
Meet Mylo. Arguably the most photogenic of the bunch, Mylo is often pictured by owner, Fine Art student Amy, wearing some sort of rabbit-sized headgear. It's too much for me.


She also posts artistic shots of what she and Mylo are having for breakfast.


Follow @whiskeygalamy here.

You can also find these bunnies (and many more) by following these hashtags: #bunnystagram #rabbitstagram #instabunny #petstagram #bunniesofinstagram








Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Love in the time of Pinterest

Perhaps my favourite board on Pinterest is my Wonderful Words board - it's the one I return to time and again to remind myself of inspiring words or just to absorb the gorgeous word nerdery of it all.

These are some of my favourite quotations, poems and book extracts about love:

Friday, May 10, 2013

3 Excellent slices of chocolate cake in London

Seeing as I spend most of my life talking about food (case in point), it makes sense that some of that would spill over into this blog. Behold, the best chocolate cake offerings in London!

You can rest assured that I've done some pretty extensive research on the subject, however if you think you know a better option, by all means leave a comment. I will take it upon myself to go try your chocolate cake suggestion out to see how it compares, for science.

Traditional Chocolate Buttercream Sponge, High Tea of Highgate




This looks and tastes like the party cake of your youth. Served in outrageous slices and resplendent with edible glitter and confetti, you can easily share this with a friend (but you probably won't want to). From £2.95 a slice.

High Tea of Highgate, 50 Highgate High Street, Highgate Village, N6 5HX

Flourless Chocolate Cake, GAIL'S


I don't have a photo of this one because it never lasts long enough to pose for a shot, but you don't need an image to be able to imagine the decadent, dense, dark chocolateyness of this cake. Not suitable for nut allergy sufferers (so little is!). From £2.70 a slice.

GAIL's, scattered around London, check out their website for branches.

Muriel's Chocolate Cake, Muriel's Kitchen



The most indulgent of the lot, this cake is very similar to what I imagine a Brooklyn Blackout Cake to be, in that it involves a rich, dark, gooey chocolate sponge, a chocolate custard/ganache filling, and a topping of yet more chocolate sponge crumbs. It doesn't get better than that. This one is definitely for sharing, even by the most seasoned of chocaholics. Around £4.50 a slice, if memory serves (faculties were impaired by chocolate -induced coma).

Muriel's Kitchen, 1-3 Pelham Street, South Kensington, SW7 2ND.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

My favourite words



Every now and then when I'm reading a book or article I'm struck by wonderful words that I'd forgotten existed or don't use nearly enough.

I've compiled a list of some of my favourites - it is by no means exhaustive and I look forward to adding to it over the years. Some letters of the alphabet do not feature at all; some feature a lot (S, M, L, O). Most are adjectives, which makes sense, I suppose - they are the jewels, the accessories that adorn the naked framework of language (made up of much less exciting nouns, pronouns, conjunctions and prepositions).

Enjoy! And do let me know what your favourites are in the comments.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Confessions of an X-Phile


The TV show is nearing 20 years old, yet all it takes is a few strains of the creepy whistling theme song, and I am reduced to a 12-year-old fangirl with a bursting heart and an unquenchable desire to seek the truth.

One of the bonuses of following this fandom as an adult is gems like this

We all have our triggers – those reminders of what it felt like to be part of something greater than our own insignificant teenage lives. For some, hearing a song or a band you once adored is enough to transport you back. For others, recalling beloved books and authors is the catalyst. For me, when it comes to The X-Files, I will always be an awkward, obsessed tween.

Unfortunately for me, as I grew up in South Africa, we were always three years behind in seasons and as such, the heyday of UFO euphoria had already passed by the time I was getting my paranormal kicks in high school. I was isolated in the universe of “X-Philes”; my love, my utter devotion, was to my peers as ludicrous and brow-raising as some of Mulder’s more outlandish theories.


At least I had one fellow fan... 


My sister Emma, who spent countless Friday nights in front of the TV with me, gasping whenever a close encounter was had, and squealing if Mulder so much as held Scully’s hand. But we yearned for acceptance, the embrace of other fans. The same sense of belonging that you get when you spot someone wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the logo of a band you love – that is what we craved. Sadly for us, the internet as we know it now was still in its infancy, and our years of dedication passed in isolation.


Fast-forward to the present, though, and happily it’s a different story


This past Christmas my sister and I, reunited in London, which we now both call home, received the complete X-Files box set as a gift. Re-watching all nine seasons with the benefit of Pinterest and hundreds of Tumblrs dedicated to the fandom, I am now blissfully part of an active community that still obsesses and adores, more than 10 years after the final episode.

This, for me, is one of the best outcomes of the internet and the consequent inter-connectedness of the planet. Browsing blogs, Pinterest boards, Facebook groups and Tumblrs dedicated to the things I hold dear gives me the warm fuzzies and a sense of comradeship I never felt before. The best part is discovering that other people don’t just like the same things, but the same combinations of things – there are hundreds of schmoopy YouTube videos celebrating just about every TV romance or partnership that ever was, and you can bet your limited edition box set that at least one of those will be set to a song by some obscure artist you were always afraid to admit loving.



The moral of this story? Don’t be afraid to wear your geeky heart on your sleeve, because somewhere out there, there’s someone exactly like you, and they’re also looking for a kindred spirit.

You can follow my Pinterest board dedicated to the Files and all manner of other dorky obsessions here.


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