Cactus Madness

Okay, just a friendly tip for you; do not try and pick up a cactus plant from above.

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I have admired mini cactus plants from afar, mainly my sister’s cactus that lives in a little teacup and on the many cactus and various other spiky plant trend on instagram. Anyway, I recently discovered some new cacti in a local garden centre, going for 90p a plant, my Gran kindly bought me three. Yay! I know have a rather diverse catus family in various parts of my room.

I thought I’d include some quick cactus facts, because I find it interesting and I want to force it on you all.

  • You can drink cactus water. Remember this for when you’re stranded in the Sahara with no water supply
  • Cactus can live between 15-300 years, so my cactus family may become an antique family heirloom. Hmm.
  • They can be green, blue-ish or brown-green
  • Some cacti create a (suspicious) substance called mescaline which induces hallucinogenic effects. It has been used by shamans to induce trans-like state and stimulate “communication” with God. Next E it seems. Get away from the plant. 

Okay enough learning, Here is a another photo just in case you have forgotten what a cactus looks like since the first photo.cacti

Hope you all have a great week!

Z x

I love Manchester.

So yesterday I went to Manchester with a new-ish friend from college called Rachel. We decided that we both needed to get our Christmas shopping done as its only 26 days until Christmas..,.26! :O Rachel doesn’t know Manchester that well so once we had been to the main high street shops for presents, I showed Rachel the Northern Quarter which is the best part of Manchester (well in my biased opinion). It’s full of all the old industrial, victorian buildings that have been converted into flats, boutiques, cafes and vintage shops. If you ever stop by Manchester  you should go to Affleck’s Palace, it’s a really cool building cram packed with a lattice of tiny shops where you can get anything from vintage clothes, 10 inch spiky flatforms, olde worlde sweets, a bead emporium and tattoos.

The Outside
The Outside

It’s like a labyrinth with lots of winding corridors, stairs surrounded by newspapered or graffitied walls and you just never know where you’re going to end up. So if you’re looking to get lost for a bit then off you jog.

One of the stairwells
One of the stairwells

I just love the city as a whole and it makes me even more excited to think that I could be living there next year…a whole city of inspiration just waiting to be found! Travel agent wannabe alert…oo-er.

I bought myself some beads from The Bead Shop in Affleck’s, if you like making stuff you would be in heaven there! Do you like my new necklace then? I do. Obviously.

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I have noticed that I’ve started caring a lot less what people think of what I wear, how i do my hair etc, I just wear whatever I want because I want to, which is the way it should be. I think it’s college that made it change a bit for me, there’s so many different people there and everyone is just accepted and that makes me happy 🙂 Ooh a smiley face for emphasis there. I’m not completely there yet with the self-confidence business but I will be.

We witnessed some aggressive street drumming ( I can’t say I could work out any particular rhythm) and some Green Party fracking protests which is always interesting to see. There were some strange people wearing scary white masks shouting out nonsensical protests, sadly didn’t get a picture of them but I got that one over there… the one with the big red sign? I also got a photo of the photobox in Urban Outfitters which is just cool. Personally I would have wanted to keep my picture but plastering them all over the box looks good too.

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Urban Outfitters, Manchester Central
Urban Outfitters, Manchester Central

I thought I’d just show you a watercolour painting Rachel did of me in art on Friday, Glenn has done one too, I am apparently their muse! Haha, er, no, we just draw each other all the time. I don’t look like Beyonce as requested. I look a bit sad actually.

By Rachel.
By Rachel

Feeling all Autumnal

 I just love the way the leaves crunch under your feet and you can curl up on the sofa smothered in blankets and watch the world go by in the rain outside. Autumn is one of the best seasons because its not too cold yet and it doesn’t rain as much as winter and there’s loads of pretty orangey colours everywhere

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   This is one of my favourite jumpers ever, for some reason I find it difficult to buy things or spend money on myself. I saw this one day in a shop just glowing from across the room, you know, the way jumpers do. On impulse I actually bought it instead of tearing myself away with great reluctance and I’m so glad I did! One day I’m going to knit a jumper, or maybe several, I’ve been meaning to for a while but keep forgetting to get some wool that fits a pattern.

    I actually find that (below) photo thoroughly amusing, it kind of looks like I’m dead. Don’t fret, I’m not. Obviously. Those docs have fur inside them and they’re the softest shoes I’ve ever owned. I practically live in them. Bit of juxtaposition for you there. I bought the nude skirt about 3 years ago, it was a midi but I grew (slightly) and now its a bit less midi. I wear it a lot now but when I first bought it I regretted it after a week because I ‘t think it looked right…glad I didn’t give it away now though!didnIMG_7447

The camper van is called Florence by the way. Aka Flozza. Ok I’m lying, we would never call it Flozza.

There’s been a lot going on at college lately, for some inane reason, Ofsted (the boss of education or whatever they are) have decided to add to the already too stressful lives of A level students. We now have a controlled assessment every three weeks for each subject, that must meet our minimum target grades or at least one below, and if not we are in the ‘amber or red zone’…ooooh. Scary. Then you have to resit it it the next week if you don’t meet that grade. To top it off I have tons of geography coursework and english coursework that nobody even knew about and and and…

Sometimes I just feel like school or college or whatever is taking over my life. I know for a fact that the majority of my friends feel like this too. And probably the whole A level community. I want to run away and do something fun. Like learn to speak mandarin and travel the world and jump out of an aeroplane (with a parachute, breathe). I used to love learning about new things and now its becoming such a chore and I’m beginning to resent my most loved subjects.

We’re doing a Christmas Jumper Secret Santa. Ai-eee 🙂 I love secrets and I love shopping for presents so all is bright on that front.