Learning to surf and from Eleanor Roosevelt

Last weekend I went camping in Devon with some new friends. It was altogether lovely and included fresh country air, pub dinners, my first surf, creamy fudge, wellies, wild flower picking and piping hot showers. Very repeatable!

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I have just finished Eleanor Roosevelt’s You Learn By Living which is ultra-recommendable. The weekend even included some reading aloud of this fine specimen. Some of my favourite quotations would have been included, had I not gone and lost my Kindle.

It is officially getting chillsome in London, I felt a little like Snow White on the way into town yesterday with orange leaves, damp ground, black boots and a shiny red apple for good measure. In such weather, one simply must buy a bobble hat that is dangerously similar to your tea cosy and visit Anthropologie.

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Tonight an adventure to a rooftop cinema in Peckham Rye with Carey-Anne awaits. Feeling thankful today for a warm house, good cup of tea, job I am really enjoying and countless other blessings – including my inbound mum, who arrives for a visit to London on Tuesday. We’ll be heading to Spain together for some sun and relaxing, and then I will go onwards to Turkey and Bulgaria.

“Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier. We do not have tobecome heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each new thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.” – E. Roosevelt.

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