My 23 Before 23!

Happy New year! I hope you all had a great one 🙂

Right, I have finally finished deciding on my 23 items to complete in the year before I am 23! It seems an apt time to share them since everyone is sharing their resolutions at the moment! Here they are:

1. Make a dress.
Yep, this one is a hangover from last year. I have already got the fabric, the thread, the zip and the pattern, the only thing that I am lacking is time! I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this one will come off this year!

2. Complete ten cross stitch projects.
I’m aware this may seem strange, as it is more ambitious than one that I didn’t complete last year! Last year I wanted to complete seven cross stitch kits to clear through some of my stash, but I didn’t manage it. This year, however, I am not just limiting myself to ‘kits’ but to ‘projects’. I have an abundance of patterns, books and magazines that I have never used, so I have cancelled my subscription with the intention of spending my time stitching the designs instead of just admiring them! I haven’t picked 10 specific projects for the year, I will just stitch what I fancy although I already have a few in mind and in progress. I have also gone through all of my magazines and put sticky notes on all of the designs that I want to stitch! But those will keep me busy long after 2014…

3. Read 20 books of my choice.
Last year I amazed myself at how well I did with this one. Not that reading 20 books is the challenge…it is finding time to justify reading 20 non-university books! This year my teaching finishes in May, then I officially leave university in September (eek!) so it won’t be long before my university reading is at an end forever, which might help me get a little closer to my goal this year!

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Is That You Darling A-Z Photo Challenge

I took A-Level photography a few years ago as I was at a bit of a loss of what to choose for my fourth option. I intended to drop it after the first year but I fell in love with it and I couldn’t walk away from it so I ended up continuing four A-Levels. Sadly, once I got to university I didn’t have much time to take photos, even though I had just spent hundreds of pounds on a Canon DSLR! Well, a while ago I noticed that Janey was organising a monthly photo challenge and I knew that I had to take part, simply as an excuse to take photos and get to practice with my camera! Here is the A-Z theme for February:

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Rome Photos!

After having yesterday to recover from my hectic holiday, I am now organised enough to share some of my photos with you!

After frantically racing around Rome for four days, it is safe to say that I have seen a lot of it! However, I will share with you some pictures of the main sites so as not to overload my blog with hundreds of pictures!

My first sight was one that I saw before we even arrived in Italy! On the plane journey we flew over the Alps, which was a wonderful treat as I got to experience this breath-taking view!

Stunning view of the Alps from the plane!

When we arrived at the Hotel Albani, I was surprised to discover that our room had two floors! Exciting stuff!

The ‘first floor’ of our fancy hotel room!

On our first afternoon in Rome, we explored some of the nearby sights, including the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, and the Pantheon.

The Spanish Steps

Trevi Fountain – we threw our pennies in!

My mum, brother and me getting a wet bottom after throwing our pennies into the fountain!

Inside the Pantheon

On our first full day In Rome we had a tour around the Colosseum, as well as paying visits to the Roman Forum and seeing some famous Brits in the local cemetery!

Inside the Colosseum

Percy Bysshe Shelley’s grave – ‘Nothing of him that doth fade, But doth suffer a sea-change, Into something rich and strange.’

John Keats’ grave – ‘This grave contains all that was mortal of a young English poet who, on his death bed, in the bitterness of his heart, at the malicious power of his enemie, desired these words to be engraven on his tomb stone, here lies one whose name was writ in water’

And perhaps a more fitting tribute:
Keats! If thy cherished name be “writ in water”
Each drop has fallen from some mourner’s cheek;
A sacred tribute; such as heroes seek,
Though oft in vain – for dazzling deeds of slaughter
Sleep on! Not honoured less for Epitaph so meek!


















On Saturday we visited Vatican city and spent hours getting lost in the enormous Vatican Museums! We also went to St. Peter’s Basilica and saw the Sistine Chapel.

St. Peter’s Basilica

And finally, after four manic days of racing around Rome, we spend our last day having a steady ramble round the shops! In tomorrow’s post I’ll share my shopping with you!

I had a fantastic holiday but I’m certainly feeling a cold British summer after thirty-five degrees every day in Rome!