Archives for the month of: June, 2014

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It’s been a week since I’ve moved back home from University and I’m still finding it hard to adjust. I feel a bit in limbo if I’m honest, with boxes of stuff still to be unpacked in two houses, in different towns and waiting to hear back from jobs I have applied to, I’m a bit lost without a solid plan. I’m hoping this week I will start getting back into the swing of things and after the Cosmopolitan Bloggers Masterclass last Monday I am full of new post ideas and potential changes to make to my blog. So keep your eyes peeled for future posts and I will hopefully be posting again soon!

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My Rayleigh Twenty was a birthday gift from my boyfriend, with the intention that I would learn to “do it up”. In reality what happened was that I decided what I wanted and my boyfriend made it happen, although I was involved in some of the re-spraying of the basket. The changes that have been made so far to the bike are: new white-walled tyres, a new basket which we re-sprayed cream and the addition of a bag which sits in a tray on the back (the tray isn’t in the photographs at we hadn’t found one at the time). I am currently trying to decide whether or not to have the gearing changed back to the original format, where you twist the grip, or leave it as it now and just change the grips to non-rotating ones. I love how well my Twenty has turned out and can’t wait to ride around town on it, with only three gears and small wheels it is not one for long distances!

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My exams and degree are finally over. University, particularly this final year, has been one of the hardest things I have ever undertaken. Now it is all over I find myself a little lost as to what to do with my time. Currently I am planning to spend a lot of it seeing friends, getting back into blogging and getting Seventeen.Two up to scratch. On Sunday in order to celebrate finishing university Ellie and I did some boozy baking. All our friends our massive gin fans, so a gin and tonic cake was the obvious baking choice. There are several recipes online but we used this one as we loved how much citrus it used, I like lots of lime in my G&Ts, which we topped off with a gin glaze and gin icing, the recipes of which are here. After reading the posts we were a little nervous about using too much gin so used a tablespoon less in the cake (which we replaced with tonic) and slightly less in the syrup, though on tasting the cake we felt it could definitely handle the full amount (maybe we are just hardened gin fans). Either way we were left with a lovely cake full of citrus flavours with a hint of gin, which is perfect paired with a cup of tea or perhaps an afternoon G&T…

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