Brown paper packages tied up with string

I love presents. I love giving presents, and I think I’m pretty good at presents. I don’t give presents and expect reciprocation, I do it because I get a kick out of it. I love shopping and wrapping and seeing peoples’ faces when they open them. I give presents all year round, so Christmas is like, well, Christmas for a giver like me. To quote from an article in issue 33 of Mollie Makes “Present-giving is an ancient way to show affection via the medium of… stuff.”

However, while shopping for other people, one can’t help but find things that one would really not mind receiving oneself. Etsy is especially dangerous for this sort of thing…

Love Birds Amongst The Orchids with Sterling Silver Chain and Initial Leaves by tinycottagetreasures on Etsy

Kooky Forest in Pearl & Charcoal Cushion Cover by TigerandHare

Handmade Fiery Goblin Doll by The Curious Panther

Friends of the Forest print by evajuliet

Handmade Long Wallet BiFold Clutch -Woodland Nutty Squirrels by faithonearth

Dinosaur planter by crazycouture

Fox Laser Cut Brooch by the Owl & Otter

I’ve been a very good girl this year 🙂


Yes, I do feel better

This may be a pretty poor return to blogging, but if I don’t actually do it on November 1st then NaBloPoMo will never happen.

I have spent much of the day [lies, about an hour] pondering something to write. I am still devoid of ideas so I’ll just post this…


Yes. That is a tweet to me from the one and only Mr Bernard Butler, and yes he has used the hashtag #selfieboobs. I don’t know why. I don’t care why. All I know is that little old me over here has received a tweet from a musical hero and I am supermegaawesomely happy about it.

in which Bethy starts thinking about Christmas

It’s a month away. One month. Judging by the speed at which all of the other months have passed this year I can anticipate that Christmas will be here before I know it. Yay! I love Christmas! I love the lights, and the food, and wrapping stuff. I’m a giver, I love giving presents. Yes it’s nice to receive them but I love to give more than I love having presents myself.

I probably should do some Christmas shopping then.

in which Bethy is happy that the sun came out…

Well, it came out for a few hours. The drive to work this morning was thoroughly pleasant and it’s nice that this is the view from my office window –


Of course, this is Wales. It tipped down afterwards.

So I’ve survived my first week in the new job. It’s different being on the other side of the process, hard to switch off from what I’m used to, but I like it. Everyone’s nice, and I have a parking space that I don’t have to pay for or fight with randoms and residents over.  More excitingly – we have a toaster, and a proper coffee maker for making proper coffee. Oh and there’s a dog on the wall.
His name is Wilson.

There’s also a Starbucks on the other side of the interchange that I am yet to investigate. Yay!