The Liebster Award

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Thank you so so much to Caitlin at Caitlinfmc, for nominating me for The Liebster Award! Being very new to this whole blogging thing, I am really very grateful! Check out her blog, she is a film student and writes about all sorts of things, including films, music, book reviews and advice for University students! It’s fab!

These awards only have a few rules: 

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you with a link back to his/her blog
  2. Answer the questions asked by the nominator
  3. Nominate 5 – 10 bloggers with under 500 followers
  4. Create 10 questions for the nominees to answer.

First I have to answer these questions:

1.) What inspired you to start blogging?

I finally started my blog this year, as I missed spending time writing and researching. I wanted to set myself a challenge and also share my random thoughts and ramblings!

2.) If you had a super power what would it be?

I would be able to fly…..no more airports, I could go home whenever I wanted!

3.) Where in the world do you want to travel to most?

I think probably Africa! I would love to go on a Safari…maybe even a horseback one!

4.) What’s your dream career?

My dream career would probably be to be a film actress or to work in musical theatre!

5.) What was the last song you listened to?

The last song I listened to was ‘Volare’ by Gipsy Kings.

6.) What was the last film you watched?

The last film I watched was ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ at the cinema with my family.

7.) What is your biggest goal to succeed in life?

This is a hard question, but I would probably say my biggest goal is to be happy and content….and maybe to write a novel!

8.) List three things that make you happy?

Three things which make me happy are my family and friends, music and my dog!

9.) Which would you rather be, able to read minds or fly?

Fly of course – but then I wouldn’t be able to use ‘Oh the bus was late!’ as an excuse!! Haha!

10.) What is your life motto?

This is another difficult question…but I would probably say to try and always see the positive in everything! It is something my Grandma always taught us and I believe in strongly!

Thanks again to Caitlin and here are my questions…

  1. What do you enjoy most about blogging?
  2. What is your favourite book?
  3. If you were throwing a dinner party and could invite five famous people (dead or alive) who would you invite?
  4. What is the most precious thing you own?
  5. What can you not live without?
  6. Would you rather swim in a lake or the sea?
  7. What is your favourite song?
  8. Puppies or kittens?
  9. If you could play any musical instrument, what would you choose?
  10. If you could speak any language (other than English) which would you choose?

And the nominees are..

Anna

Things I Love Sundays

Good evening!

The end of another great week and what a busy one it has been! Only one more full week at home until I head back to Italy, so I will get straight on with just some of the things I am thankful for and loving this week…

  Macarons from Ladurée Quality quiet time to read and evenings spent writing   Meeting my Auntie and Uncle in London after not having seen them since I moved to Italy  1940’s Fashion Spending time with my parents Long walks in the country Staying with friends who used to live in Milan and laughing the night away Bellinis at brunch for my friends birthday Seeing the state rooms at Buckingham palace

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The ornate gates outside Buckingham Palace

I have lots of posts planned for the next few weeks, including a review on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time play,  photo posts from my break in Suffolk and weekend in London and how living in Italy has changed me, as well as how I am still British through and through.

I hope you have all had a lovely weekend!

Anna

A Day at the Zoo

I don’t think I had been to the zoo in at least ten years, so my friend and I decided it was the perfect day trip for the Summer holidays! Our local zoo, Colchester, has recently been rated 2nd best in the UK and 11th best around the world! It is home to over 270 species and is set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes. The zoo partakes in many different breeding and conservation programmes and helps to protect threatened and endangered species.

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It has changed a lot since I went there as a little girl and has some fascinating new animals such as the adorable Red Pandas and the Sun Bears! We had a lovely day exploring the zoo, I even fed an elephant and a giraffe! We managed to catch a picture perfect moment when two sea lions had a cheeky kiss as they passed over our heads in the sea lion tunnel and saw two lions hugging! So sweet!

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I also posted this photo in my last ‘Things I Love Sunday’ post – but I just love it, so I am including it again!

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This is one zoo I would definitely recommend, not only for the animals and the awards it has won, but for all their efforts in helping to improve animal welfare standards, research work and education programmes. Hope you enjoy some of my photos!

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Have you been to Colchester zoo? What is your opinion of zoos? Do you a favourite zoo or animal park? What is your favourite animal?

Anna

Things I Love Sundays

Good evening all!

It has been another busy but lovely week at home and we finally had some sun! I even managed to do a little sun bathing! I have a lot planned for this coming week and am working on loads of new posts! I am trying to start posting more frequently and regularly from now on so keep an eye out!

What has been making me smile this week?…

  Full rainbows in the sky after a rainy afternoon Trip to the zoo, seeing sea lions kiss, lions hugging, feeding an elephant and a giraffe Walks in the countryside – Playing pooh sticks in the River Stour with my friends (who remembers this game?)   Seeing the utterly amazing ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time‘ at the Gielgud theatre in London Spontaneous invitation to a Golden wedding anniversary celebration Late night baths and listening to Classic FM Staying up late with my Grandma and laughing our heads off – And my cousin giving birth to a beautiful baby boy!! Lots to celebrate this week! – 

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Hope you all have a great week!

Anna

Things I Love Sunday

Why does the Summer always go so fast? I have already been home for two weeks and I will be heading back to Milan and work at the start of September! However, for now I am so happy to be in England, relaxing, catching up with old friends and enjoying the great British Summertime…..hahaha!

So here is what I have been loving this week…

Walks in the wood Games night with friends and being a pro at playing Taboo  Trips to London with my Dad and his history lessons on the Tudors in the National Portrait Gallery Buying pretty postcards Audrey Hepburn portrait exhibition  Reunion with my house mates from University and it feeling like we hadn’t spent a week apart, let alone three years! Wandering aimlessly around London’s canals Peppermint tea  Listening to Lady Gaga on repeat

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Tower Bridge as the sun was starting to go down

What have you loved this week?

Happy Sunday evening!

Anna

Things I Love Sunday

I have decided to start a ‘Things I love’ feature, which will be a regular Sunday post! It is such an easy way to appreciate and be thankful for the small things in life and remember all the little things from the past week!

So without further ado, Things I love this week…

Being home with my family Catching up with family and friends Endless cups of tea and biscuits Relaxing bubble baths Being woken up by my dog Popping candy ice cream Seeing a clear sky of stars at night Dinner with friends – Poached egg on toast with crushed avocado and chorizo  Singing at the top of my voice with my Mum as we drive along with the roof down Long train journeys, visiting my cousin and the chance to read George Orwell’s Animal Farm in one day Skype dates with my friend in Milan – 

What are you thankful for this week?

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I took this today in Norfolk, it was a beautiful day in the countryside!

Have a great week ahead everyone!

Anna