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Penny for your thoughts: Reasons why I’m turning into my grandma…

Do you find, that as you get older you’re starting to be more and more like your mom or your grandma? As a teenager I would have rather died than acknowledged this, but now, I’m embracing it. I can spot myself doing/being different things that majorly resonate with my mum and/or my grandma.

To start things off here’s a list of reasons why I’m turning into my grandma:


1. I open any present carefully, not necessarily because there might be a fragile item inside, but because I want to save the wrapping paper! I actually have some wrapping paper that my grandma saved in the 70s – proof is in the pictures above…nuts!

2. When my toothpaste is running low I cut it in half and scrape the rest out with my toothbrush (this might be one of the weirdest habits:)


3. I have a box full of buttons (one of the most special things was to inherit my grandma’s collection of buttons when she passed away).

4. I’m inspired to start making more of my own clothes. She made all her own and her children’s clothes – winter coats and all! (I think it’ll be a looong while before I’m brave enough to attempt winter coats:)

5. I knit. (And oh boy did my granma knit! She was a machine)

Some might find realising they’re turning into their grandma terrifying. I don’t – my ‘mummi’ is one of my heroes!

- Hanna

Ps. Sorry about the silence over the last weeks – life is taking over at the moment and making it so hard to keep on top of posting! However, we’re still managing to keep fairly active over in Instagram. If you’re a grammer find us under->

@hannaelinab , @celestemichelle , @sarahbelfrancis


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Penny for your thoughts: The Great Gatsby


After almost eight years I find my self coming to the end of a season and starting the beginning of a new one.

I was walking along a road I had walked so many times in the last eight  years, a road that had before been an escape, a road that I had lived off, a road which I had known and had known me but somehow it felt different…the sun shone brightly (and about time that you made an appearance sun!) As I walked, in the sun,  I read. From experience I have learnt that reading and walking can be a dangerous affair…It is an art to avoid lamp posts, pedestrians, prams and dog poop. I don’t want to sound smug but I pretty much nailed it.

”And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees … I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” F. Scott Fitzgerald

Sometimes it happens like this. That there is a book, poem, song that you have read or heard a thousand times and the words that you have seen, known & missed jump out at you and describe for you feelings, hopes or dreams that you may not have even known how to articulate. This has happened to me, today in the sun.

Cheesy but true.

P.S. I can’t wait for Baz Luhrmann’s film of this book, ‘The Great Gatsby’ to come out and blow my mind.

F. Scott Fitgerald and Baz Luhrmann in my mind only a winning combination!

Happy Thursday/Friday morning

xx Celeste 

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Penny for your thoughts: Amanda Palmer – The art of asking.


Yesterday, perusing the interweb, I came across this Ted talk by musician Amanda Palmer. Talking about ‘The Art of Asking‘. Like anything there are bits I love and bits I don’t love (being distracted by her eyebrows). More than her eyebrows what stayed with me was the invitation to creative generosity, community and humility.

To be generous with creativity, to be generous in community and to have humility are things in my life that I want to be in constant pursuit of.

Although I’m not sure I would strip naked though for drunk Germans to draw all over me. Maybe if the conditions were perfect? Hmm.. Perhaps not.

Have a look and see what you think? About the talk.. not particularly about getting naked for drunk Germans. But you tell me what you think about that also!

- Celeste xx

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Penny for your thoughts: Goodbye 2012. Hello 2013.


I have been thinking, as you do at this time of year, on the year that has passed. The things done and left undone. Taking stock of the things I am grateful for, the things that have disappointed and the things that make me excited for the new year. 

November 17th, 2012 saw me return to my motherland (Australia) for the first time in 12 years! That is a lot of years. I was pretty nervous to see how I would find it, and how it would find me.

It turns out we were the best of friends and it’s as if it we had never been a part. Although, I would regularly gasp and say things like,

‘Paddlepops, I remember Paddlepops!’ and,

‘The Crystal Car Wash Cafe! That still exists!?’ and,

‘Summer Rolls!! I forgot about them but I loved them so much!!’ (Summer Rolls are nougat, dipped in chocolate and rolled in coconut! I ate at least 27!)

Generally my nostalgia centered around food… that says a lot about me. But also returning to places, the smells, the faces, the hot air. I love it. It felt like home. It felt like me.

Turns out, I still call Australia home! I am saving up some lovely places, stories, memories and pictures for you all over the next few weeks so be excited. Very excited! Or be ready to be bored hearing about the ‘magic’ of Australia from me.

Anyway, back to the thing at hand.

Dear 2012,

thanks for giving me that time in Australia. Thanks for beautiful times with lovely friends old and new. Thanks for the time with people who know and love me, people who help remind me of who I am. Thanks for the hearing of music, live and recorded, that makes me feel a little more excited to be alive. Thanks for the chance to create, to make, to be inspired. Thanks for the times that have been minor therefore making the major all the brighter. Thanks for saying goodbye…

I look forward to meeting you 2013 and excited to bring you in with that beaut lady Sarah in her motherland of Northern Ireland. Woot!

Happy New Year!

- Celeste 

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Penny for your thoughts: Girl/Style crush…

Saturday’s X-factor reminded me of my teenage years girl/style crush Gwen Stefani from No Doubt…

Not only is she an ultra cool lass but I also love what she has to say about marriage (in US Marie Claire Oct 2012):

‘A miracle…my biggest accomplishment is my marriage so far. Because it’s hard, everyone knows it’s hard. [Marriage] is something that I always wanted to do successfully. It was a dream of mine. I like the official-ness and the family-ness of it all, having the same name and making decisions together. [Our relationship] is better than it’s ever been. Like, we’re learning about each other all the time. He’s an amazing dad, he works so hard – I can hear him writing songs through the wall, and it is at a much quicker pace than me!” Above all, she adds, “He balances me out. And he – he never stops liking me, which is awesome! It makes me feel happy, that someone likes me as much as he does.’

This added fuel to my Stefani love. Just thought I’d put it out there. :)

Hope you’re having a good week!


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Penny for your thoughts: Rein that colour in!

I have a colour that I am obsessed with. Sure I go through stages when I am obsessed with lots of different things that come and go but there is one that has stood the test of time and I have so many things that are turquoise. Maybe too much?

- Celeste

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Penny for your thoughts: How d’you like your eggs in the morning?

I love breakfast. What makes me get out of my warm bed most mornings is the thought of food (I’ll never be skinny!). If I don’t eat in the mornings I’m extremely grumpy and no good for anyone.

So I was thinking… What is you peeps’ go to breakkie? Most of my weekdays start with a good bowlful of Fruit and Fibre, or as my husband calls it: “Granny cereal“. But in the last week or so I’ve been trying to mix things up a bit (so as not to OD on bran) and have other things too (though it still sneaked in there with an addition of banana). However on weekends I chuck out the bran and bring in are the likes of pancakes, french toast and other yummies. It is possible I could live on breakfasts.

Here’s for the most important meal of the day -don’t miss it or diss it!  :)


Ps. Oh yeah, there’s always, always coffee

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Penny for your thoughts: ‘The generally accepted silliness of love and relationships’

I mentioned in the ‘Weekend in Pictures‘ that I had been talking to someone and they said this great thing. They were explaining why they wrote a pop song about something ‘silly like black pepper’ rather than the ‘generally accepted silliness of love and relationships’.

That left me thinking about just that, the silliness of love and relationships. I am sure he meant something intelligent and existential but it made me ponder the awkwardness and silliness of my own experience of love and relationships. You see, I am particularly gifted in being silly and awkward when it comes to romance.

There is the silliness of accepting complimentsSO UNCOMFORTABLE. My first boyfriend tried to tell me my smile was pretty. I slapped my hand over my mouth and yelled ‘Shut up!’. 12 years later I have improved in this area but not by much.. my current strategy is to either a) ignore it entirely and keep talking or b) make fun of the compliment giver ensuring they won’t make that same mistake again!

The silliness of dates with someone you don’t really know. I went on a date recently and was seeing a friend beforehand so showed them pictures of the date on my iphone (incase they turned out to be axe man - you can never be too careful!) and she managed to ‘like’ 10 of his pictures without realising. That was uncomfortable. However the great thing about dates with someone you don’t really know is that it doesn’t get too serious, you can have fun and when it doesn’t work out you’re generally not gutted, you’ve made a friend AND you don’t have to see/run into them all the time.

The silliness of saying yes to dates even when you don’t really want to just because you think you’ll be judged if you don’t. It has been said to me, ‘you have to stop being so choosy, he is hot and you may not get another one like that!’  So uncomfortably I said yes and then hid from him. He got the idea.

The silliness of rejection. Being rejected, awful. Doing the rejecting, more awful and then sometimes the immense relief that you’ve been rejected therefore you don’t have to be the rejector!

The silliness and awkwardness of kissing. Oh man, everyone else seems to kiss in a super cool and smooth way. I am the one who bumps heads/teeth or, in the excitement of kissing, forgets to breathe. Even though I regularly breathe through my nose in general life I seem to always forget to do so when kissing. I frequently vow to ‘practice’, err …on my hand ?- i guess, but always forget until I once again am about to pass out, not from being overcome by passion and intensity but from lack of oxygen.

The silliness and awkwardness of not kissing. There was one poor, poor, boy who dated me when I was a teenager and for six months… SIX MONTHS, we didn’t kiss. He tried, I thought that he was just talking really close to me and would get cross-eyed trying to look at him. He also would get a little saliva bubble on his teeth when he got nervous… I didn’t want it to pop on me.

The silliness relating to the fine line between stalker and romantic. I think that line is defined by how hot the person is. The words ‘I thought you looked pretty’ can be either creepy or butterfly inducing depending on whether you want to hear it from that person in particular or not. Poor guys, they have no chance really.

The silliness that your friends assume you’re going to die a long, slow and lonely death if you’re not ‘snapped up’ soon and as a result a well-meaning flurry of set ups ensue. Ok, maybe that’s an exaggeration. Maybe.

The silliness in the assumption that because someone ‘likes’ your photo on facebook that they are, in fact, in love with you.

The silliness that going for coffee and a few text messages mean you want someone’s babies.

The silliness in all the pondering on this silliness and taking it too seriously.

Life is such fun,

live it,

laugh at it

and make new friends.

Now I may be alone in experiencing all this silliness so as always please don’t judge me.

Happy Hump Day! (wait .. that is what they call Wednesday’s isn’t it? Somehow it takes on a slightly different meaning in the context of this post?)

xx Celeste


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Penny for your thoughts: You’re a stickhead, I’m a stickhead.

SO we very rarely/never have any negative things to post but…

…I was thinking about how often I get annoyed with stupid people and then, ironically, how the rest of the time I must BE stupid people to everyone else.

There are sometimes though, that make me want to say mean things about people. I don’t think it would be in good taste to use a ‘power word’  on this blog so I am going to use a ‘sounds like’. Sometimes I think people are ‘Stickheads’.

For example, when there is a driver that fails to indicate when changing lanes the irony in that situation is that by failing to indicate they are in fact indicating that they are a stickhead.

There are times that I have had a ten minute conversation with someone only remembering later that it was their birthday and I never wished them a ‘Happy Birthday’ espesh when they had remembered mine and I had got a card, present AND cake from them. I am a stickhead.

There are times that someone stops in the middle of a walk way to talk to someone or with a trolley and refuses to move out of the way even though they know full well that they are in it. They are a stickhead.

There are times when I, distracted by a bird, cut someone up in traffic and expect them to accept my smile, shrug and wave as an apology. I am a stickhead.

There are times when someone posts something ignorant, hateful or preachy as a status that causes an all out social network war that noone shall win. They are a stickhead.

There are times when I get totally sucked in and contribute my fair share to the social network war that noone shall win. I am a stickhead.

There are times when someone who you care about and have trusted does something that smarts. They are a stickhead.

There are times when I have out of insecurity, tiredness, jealousy or hormones have said or done something careless to someone I care about. I am a stickhead.

Then there are times I don’t give someone the grace I wish they would give me. I am a proper stickhead then.

Then there are times when I don’t realise my fog lights are on for two months.. yep 2 months!!! … or when I see ‘peppermint’ but read ‘pepper mint’ and say loudly, ‘Oh gosh! Pepper Mints, pepper flavoured mints that is DISGUSTING .. oh wait, peppermint. Oh yeah!’ Then I am not a stickhead I just verge on massive stupidity! Hopefully lovable stupidity!

Anyway, I guess after thinking about all the things that ‘get my goat’ – er, where does that saying even come from!? – I came to the conclusion that people are stickheads and I am a stickhead.

Either we be stickheads together or give each other a break. I vote give each other a break. Maybe I will even try and be a nicer person?!


No really. I am trying to be a nicer person.

Let’s be nice together?

- Celeste


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Penny for your thoughts: City or Country?

A week ago my husband and I packed our bags (or boxes) and moved to a little village in the west country. After 8 years in the greater London area I was curious and a little anxious about how we’d settle in for the country life. As a teenager I swore I’d always live in a city, close to the conveniences, in the heartbeat of everything. Maybe it’s getting older, maybe just change of mind, but as it stands I’m ready to take on the country life. I like seeing horses from our window, looking out to the fields, saying hello to random by passers…

If only we could have moved all our friends with us! But we’re looking forward to providing a countryside getaway for our city dwelling pals and spending quality time in the process.

My answer may be different in 6 months time, but if I was asked today, I would say I’m a country lass. Though there are things that  freak me out about living in the country, like this over friendly pigeon that decided to go to sleep on our windowsill and wasn’t bothered even when we were walking passed it (surely that’s a bit weird?). It all takes a bit getting used to.

But as for me, I’m happy to see the city lights in the distance behind the fields. Which one is it for you, city or country?



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