So I have recently been warned of the fact that adverts have been appearing at the bottom of my posts for awhile. I had not seen them, been warned about them, and actually have a wonderful extension called Adblock which means I don’t see adverts ever, at all, I like it this way.
However, for those of you who have seen them I do apologise, I do not endorse them and many of them repulse me. I would suggest Adblock, or a similar service, so you don’t have to deal with any of the rubbish anyway, but otherwise I have a few plans to deal with it:Continue reading
I haven’t written a post in a really long time, but it’s a new year and so I thought I’d start off with a look at the last year, what I managed, and what I didn’t, and what my plans are this year. My child is asleep next to me and so I’m not in the best writing position, but let’s see how it works out!Continue reading
I am a British woman with very little power. I am a British woman with one vote and only my life to give. I am a British woman with a faith in God and a love of Scotland, and so I promise to the people of Scotland the following:
I promise not to forget you when Westminster asks for my vote.
I promise to stand with you to stand up for the rights of the poor and marginalised when arrogance and elitism threaten to ignore you.
I promise to never assume you are English, Northern Irish, or Welsh, and give you the credit you deserve for being truly Scottish.
I promise to work hard to deserve to join you in the future, and then to work hard to keep your country great.
I promise to honor your history, people, and future with my actions and speech.
I promise to pray for you, with you, particularly for wounds to be healed.
I promise to be braver in the face of financial obscurities and uncertainty, braver on behalf of those who have no voice or are not being heard.
I promise to remind you of the amazing efforts you went through on the 18th September 2014, remind you that your views truly matter, and that you can change a nation.
I promise to embrace all your diversity and complexity and hold it in awe in my heart as the nearest thing to home I have ever felt.
I promise to teach my children to respect difference, to protect freedom, and to speak with the courage the Scottish people have shown in the last 2 years.
I may be grateful to Scotland for staying with Britain, but even if they had chosen Independence my family and I would have stood with them. That decision was made at 1am before we slept, before waking up to votes coming in at 4am, and before the result was announced early this morning. I’m sure there is much more to promise, and I will try hard to do my best come what may.
For now I will just pray, for God’s will be done, for mercy and grace in our hearts, and in love.
Here’s a quick lesson to the rest of the world: never underestimate a Scot; they can change the world.
I have written about my own experience of depression on a number of occasions, but especially with the recent news of Robin Williams own struggles with mental health, I don’t know of a reason to ignore writing and shared experiences where they can help. This is a new anonymous blog which sounds as if it is one to watch, one to help spread hope, and truth, about the thoughts that can go through so many minds.
Take a look and follow it if you wish, you never know when you might need a little support.
I think it’s exciting, good news, however, it does come with the disclaimer of: “Well, of course I’m crazy. But life’s more interesting that way!”
Today plenty of students across the UK are excitedly finding their results, and then with whatever they find, hoping or searching for a place in their chosen university. To all those students (and the admin and IT staff working hurriedly to help) I wish you well. I am also excited to say I will be joining you this September… kind of.
St Andrews is a very special place. Photograph by Ben Goulter.
Until a few weeks ago I hadn’t been to the dentist for over a decade. I can’t even tell you how much over a decade because as a teenager I started to refuse to go, and I can’t remember exactly when my parents stopped fighting my tears. I also have to confess, that other than an occasional boost of motivation I was never great at looking after my teeth.Continue reading
Every now and again I like to experiment with cake, specifically with cake both my sister and I can eat because we love cake, but can’t eat cow dairy, lemon juice, paprika, and a few more things. You’d be surprised at how many tins and packets contains these things, and in rebellion against annoying mass-produced stuff we play around and see what we can come up with that tastes half-decent.
Two Tahitian Women with Mango Blossoms by Gauguin. I decided to be somewhat sophisticated… for once.
A nice, new revelation of sweetness was wonderfully: Mango Cake.Continue reading
Working out how to design your website can be tough, but it should always represent you.
Here’s a really obvious piece of information: You are you.
There is no-one quite like you. Your age, your family and friends, your nationality, your education, your history. Only you.
Here’s another for any small businesses, charities, or freelance professionals out there:
Your work is different.
You may not be the very best, but the reason your customers come to you is because yours stood out to them. You are different and that’s good. You have different roots, different things that have made you do what you do, how you run your business, for who, with different principles behind it.
Support Handmade! Copyright Kate Brazier (KateCreates).
This is why individuality within your work, and how you advertise, is really important. Continue reading