Frosty Hedgerow

A Late Night Monday Look Back Week 18. 

And we are back to your usual Monday look back.

I am currently in North Norfolk for a few days, having a nice break after what has been what feels like a crazy beginning to 2016, what with the overtime, the socialising, culminating in the BAFTAS last weekend.

This week has been a mixture of cold frosty mornings and horrid wet soggy ones, and I much prefer the frost. No one likes soggy feet at 6am. After having a few days off from the gym Tuesday was rather painful. I took Monday off to recover post BAFTA, I really needed to catch up on sleep so there was no way I was setting an alarm for 5am.

Still getting through a book at week at the moment, still on the travel and adventure theme too. Last week I read Sean Conway’s Hell and High Water, this week it’s Call of the White, in which Felicity Aston gets a group of women with no experience to walk to the South Pole. I do love reading books with a focus on female explorers.
It’s been a week of gym and work and not much else. Until Saturday when we had an 80’s night out. We started in Dirty Martini at near St Pauls. I walked across town, through the rain. Lots of rain. I clearly didn’t plan my outfit well that day. I managed to get this picture which I have wanted to get for some time…

In reality I looked like this!

It was a brilliant night. We busted a lot of moved to fab 80’s music at Reflex, which had an amazing atmosphere and drinks that came in rubiks cubes!

The downside was that I had to get up at 6.30 am to get the mega bus back to Norfolk Land. I think I slept most of the journey. In fact, I went to bed at 7.30pm Sunday and got about 12 hours sleep. I clearly needed it.

When I got home the cat wanted to introduce me to our new neighbors, who are dirty and smelly BUT very inquisitive and fearless too. We get sheep every year, but never this many!

Or so dirty.
I just have to stop myself sitting there and taking pictures of their cute faces, I mean look at them!

A little post this week as I am working on the worlds WORST laptop running the most buggy version of Windows known to mankind. Blame my 14yo brother.

I’ll be seeing you tomorrow night with a post that I have written on a computer I don’t want to launch out the window.

Much love,

-Amanda. x


BAFTA awards

The EE BAFTAs Red Carpet 2016

Not your usual Monday Look Back this week – as most of my week revolved around our annual camp out for the EE British Academy Film Awards, otherwise known as the BAFTAs!

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Our traditional spot on the barrier…

I will go into more detail tomorrow about what camping for the BAFTAs entails and the build up to the red carpet itself, as that is most definitely a long blog post on its own, never mind this photo heavy ramble you are about to read! Warning – This is a long post!

As per usual the Red Carpet arrivals started in the daylight which gave me a good chance to get to grips with my Olympus OMD EM10 – it was its first proper red carpet outing and I had no idea how it would react to the ever changing light. I shouldn’t have worried, it was A DREAM to work with!

So let’s kick off the arrivals.

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Sunday at the Stanfords Travel Writers Festival.

The Destinations Travel Show was held at Kensington Olympia from the 4th till the 7th of February. The vast hall contained over 550 travel brands for you to peruse at your hearts content. That’s if you weren’t distracted by the plethora of talks, performances and food.

The main reason I attended was to go to as many talks as possible at the Stanfords Travel Writers Festival. I am a travel procrastinator extraordinaire. I love reading about people’s adventures into the unknown. I dream about doing these things myself. At the moment I am working on getting my fitness up to a good level so that it’s one less thing to worry about should I ever venture out my door when I find a ‘thing’ I want to do. (more like decide which of many ‘things’ I will do.)

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Monday Look Back Week 16.

Good afternoon from a VERY blustery and wet London.

Today’s blog contains photography exhibitions about India – and MUCH wanderlust!

And this week is going to be super busy, what with the BAFTA awards on Sunday. If I don’t post next Monday it’s because I froze/drowned/got blown away *delete as applicable*

Bad Jews opens tonight for a quick six-week run. It’s nice to have people back in the theatre, even if it is a very small cast. I am looking forward to catching it at some point in the next few weeks. (after I have maxed out my Cineworld card catching up on all the films I’ve missed)

Isn’t our auditorium pretty…

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A Monday Lookback Week 8 – Blogmas Day 14.

Last week was both uneventful and super eventful at the same time. The days I did nothing, I TRULY did nothing, just work. But on my busy days I was very busy.

On Monday I hit the Post Office festive queue to get my mail out before all the deadlines start hitting.I had some cards going out all over the world and parcel on the way to Italy.

Over the weekend I was lucky enough to win a competition for two tickets to The Danish Girl Premiere in Leicester Square. I wrote a full post about it HERE – feel free to have a read.

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A Monday Look Back – Week 6.

At the beginning of this week I was still suffering ( and still am a little) from whatever bug it was that caught me last week. Whilst I don’t feel ill anymore, I am still sleeping way more than usual and I am not actually hungry – I just eat because I know I should.


The week started with a tradition that I have had since 2002, when The Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition was released.

I discovered Middle Earth when I read The Hobbit at around 9/10 years old. But I truly fell in love with it when I watched Peter Jacksons film in 2001. As soon as I left the cinema I got my parents to buy me the books and read them all over the space of a week. I couldn’t wait to till the following two Christmases to find out what happened to the characters.

My bedroom walls were covered in posters – many of which I still have today rolled up in a tube somewhere.

It was my first foray into movie fandom, and I went head first!

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A Monday Look Back-Week 5 – In Pictures.

Last week I was ill. Like, you could knock me down with a feather -ill. I am still not better, I have zero energy and am struggling to eat anything. I am SO over it! I am also a rubbish ill person, because I don’t want to stay in bed, I don’t want to call in sick. I potter around and do things when I should just rest up.

It’s safe to say I did not really do anything of interest last week – so there is nothing to report home on.

Instead, I decided to let my camera do the talking.

Here’s my week in pictures.


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A Monday Look Back – Week 4.

Autumn is lingering well into November.

I am SO ready for cold frosty mornings and yet it still remains fairly warm in London. It’s making it really difficult to decide what to wear, the tube is still stuffy and hot, but as it gets a little chilly at night, you still need a warm coat. So it’s onto the tube – coat off. You then get elbowed in the face by someone who decides to take their coat off when 100 people get on the train. Then there are the people that touch out of the barriers at the other side and stop immediately to put their coat on and you bash into them.

Hashtag commuterproblems!!

Autumn, Apples, Berries, Shade, Shadow, Blue Skies.

It does make for lovely photo opportunities mind you.

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A Monday Look Back – Week 3.

Red Cups are here.

Starbucks, Red Cups, Coffee,

One tall soya toffee nut latte ( no whip) please and thank you!

Even though I left Starbucks a few years ago now, I still get really excited for new promo days, especially the Christmas one. I love seeing the designs and the marketing, as well as all the new merchandise that I don’t need to buy, but probably will! Whilst all the baristas I know will be sick of the Christmas music by the first week of December, I do love the little blast of Christmas you get for a few minutes a day on the lead up to the main event.

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