Clarens photo diary

I was spoiled to a lovely few days away by my fiance for my birthday, and here are some of my snaps from the beautiful part of South Africa.

Aside from the gorgeous views at Golden Gate National Park (we stayed in the stunning mountain side cabins), Clarens is a gem of a town. It’s packed with delicious craft coffee, gin and beer and a lovely vibe.


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Hluleka photo-diary

I’m at it again! Here are some (VERY belated) photos from my trip to Hluleka this year. It is an absolutely beautiful part of South Africa and I loved the trip there – so calm, so quiet! Such incredible beauty. It made me remember how gorgeous our country is.


FYI, you can find a lot of the items featured in the photos on my craft blog:



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Photodiary | Cape Town and Kalk Bay

It’s a very special thing to have friends in your life that are as valuable to you when you were ten, and first met when nervously discussing Goosebumps, as they are now. My friend Rachel is one of those people. She recently moved to Cape Town to do important doctor things, and as a special treat bought me plane tickets to come visit her.

It was a really wonderful weekend, and I even got her to model with the herringbone cowl I knitted for her as a thank-you present! I’m going to publish the pattern on my Runny Babbit  blog and on Your Family magazine soon.

Here are some photos from a pretty special weekend.

Herringbone cow runny babbit
Rachel loving the fresh light and air of the vineyards around Paarl – I love that I made the scarf that she’s wearing!
The gorgeous vineyards

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Should I take a jacket? And how many dresses? Packing fills me with an intense anxiety I can only compare to studying for exams: you KNOW you should be prepared. You KNOW there’s areas you can trim down on, and others you should focus on; but it’s impossible to know what’s important until you’re there, in the moment, and then IT’S TOO GODDAMN LATE. Dresses or pants? Jerseys or swimming costumes? I packed for mild weather and English rains and was instead greeted by a heatwave so miserably hot I felt my will to live wither in the hot pink glow of my face.


In the muggy heat of the grimy Thames, with heat and pollen caught between the city buildings, I became my least photogenic.

So naturally I turned the camera away from me and any selfies, and instead indulged in using a new camera with a wonderful new lens on the city and people around me. It’s impossible not to have fun in London though, and with my trip to the metropolis sandwiched between a lovely visit to charming Colchester and the Guinness-laden Dublin, I loved every minute.

The UK was overflowing with deliciously ripe red cherries; this sweet thing was ripening on my aunt's tree in Colchester
The UK was overflowing with deliciously ripe red cherries; this sweet thing was ripening on my aunt’s tree in Colchester

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Drakensberg wedding | Photo diary

I hope ya’ll are a fan of photodiaries because with a new camera around my neck and some trips coming up you can expect a LOT of them.

This latest one is from an absolutely beautiful weekend away in the Drakensberg, on the border of Lesotho, with the wonderful El Boyfriendo. We stayed in Champagne Castle – a very well priced hotel with an unbelievable view. It has access to a lot of hikes (that we didn’t go on), tennis courts, an aviary, and a stunning chapel for one of the most touching and personal weddings I’ve been to.

Misty Mountains past the trees…

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Photo-diary of a market (and some self-indulgent doggie snaps)

There’s nothing like a good market. As an enthusiastic food fan, I really enjoy a great eateries market – though my chronic indecision when faced with so much deliciousness drives my loved ones a little crazy. I popped into the charming and quiet 1 Fox weekly market with friends, my camera and an empty stomach this past weekend and got some lovely snaps of the place.

What can I say, I'm a sucker for puns.
What can I say, I’m a sucker for puns.

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A slightly knitty post but I thought my Mission Succexy readers would enjoy ALL THE CUTENESS too!

Runny Babbit Crafts

As a knitter you might think my hobby is knitting.

It’s an easy mistake to make but let me assure you that YOU ARE WRONG.


Sweet, sweet yarn is my true addiction; much to my boyfriend’s amused disgruntlement.


This holiday, I found what might just be the best, softest, amazingest yarn in the world. Where did such a thing come from, you wonder?

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