Scrumptious Ben Cookie Mondays

I wanted to post about a favourite cookie bakery of mine, Ben’s Cookies – which sell some beautifully soft, chewy and chocolatey cookies which are just perfect – not too sweet, not too chewy and freshly baked. My favourite thing about this cookie though, is the logo, which was designed by the wonderful Quentin Blake – one of my favourite illustrators.

I don’t often get a chance to have some cookies from Ben’s Cookies (although when I do, I always go for the double chocolate!) but it’s makes my day when I go past a Ben’s Cookies bakery or stand, and I’m always recommending it to everyone I know so they can enjoy the cakey goodness.

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A Sparkly Object

One of my favourite girly things that I have are rings – I love sparkly, huge, embellished rings. I’m not someone who wears a lot of jewellery (partly due to my teenage years of wearing five hundred bracelets, rings and necklaces at once, and partly because you can’t see it all under my hijab).

One thing I do indulge myself in every now and then are sparkly big rings, particularly from India and Pakistan with beautiful crystal and glass stones in beautiful settings – below is one of my latest additions to my ring collection, a gold filigree metal ring with a sea blue stone which I absolutely fell in love with. Needless to say, it won’t be the last ring I buy, although these don’t usually come very cheap so I’m looking to save my money for a little while and curb my spending (unless I see a really really pretty ring!)

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Black Arum Lilies

Sounds like a quasi-romantic, depressing film title, right? No wait, that’s the Black Dahlia I’m thinking of. The Dragon or Black Arum lily is a beautiful version of the usual arum lily (one of my favourite flowers!) although it’s not quite black, with rich, deep purple tones and slight tints of indigo and red. I saw these a while ago and was pleasantly surprised that they’re not as depressing as they sound, they’re look beautifully elegant and would probably make a memorable and colourful bouquet!

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A Bee.

I got very lucky with this shot – I spent about 20 minutes stalking a bumblebee (from a safe distance) while it hovered over a small field of flowers. I’ve spent the last few years increasingly wandering around with a camera-phone, digital camera, Polaroid camera and DSLR camera – and this serendipitous picture remains one of my favourite shots.

So here’s a shot which is close to my heart – a lone bee buzzing around pretty flowers (perhaps a reflection of me hovering over flowers while passer-bys wonder what the heck I’m doing).

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The Mystery and Magic of Great Stories

“The secret of the Great Stories is that they have no secrets. The Great Stories are the ones you have heard and want to hear again. The ones you can enter anywhere and inhabit comfortably. They don’t deceive you with thrills and trick endings. They don’t surprise you with the unforeseen. They are as familiar as the house you live in. Or the smell of your lover’s skin. You know how they end, yet you listen as though you don’t. In the way that although you know that one day you will die, you live as though you won’t. In the Great Stories you know who lives, who dies, who finds love, who doesn’t. And yet you want to know again.

That is their mystery and their magic.”
― Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

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Where We Live Now

Okay yes, I made a play on that film, (although I’m still undecided about whether I want to watch it), although my point is really, this is what I see when I look outside the window of my bedroom.

It’s crowded, busy, dark and most often cloudy (and can you see the beginnings of the Christmas lights, which are already being put up?), but we still love glorious old London – and it looks best, in my opinion, when there is a colourful rainbow sky to illuminate the town.

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Part of the Weekly Photo Challenge for this week

Good thoughts by Roald Dahl

I seem to be seeing a lot of Roald Dahl quotes recently (this may have something to do with the fact that it was his birthday two days ago), so I thought I’d jump into the fray and add a few quotes that I adore (although there’s so many of his I love!)

“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.” ― Roald Dahl

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely
places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” ― Roald Dahl

“A BOOK?! WHAT D’YOU WANNA FLAMING BOOK FOR?…WE’VE GOT A LOVELY TELLY WITH A 12-INCH SCREEN AND NOW YA WANNA BOOK!” ― Roald Dahl, Matilda

(the last quote was because my parents used to shout and me and my sisters all the time for getting lost in books!)

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Happy (belated) birthday to one of my all-time writing inspirations and idols : )

Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways

I couldn’t decide which pictures to use for this challenge, but settled on these ones because Bournemouth and Durdle’s Door are one of my favourite places in England!

Here’s one picture which I loved, that I took of a more panoramic view of the beautiful Durdle’s Door and the surrounding waters:
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This is a close-up of the same landmark, with a focus on the pebbles and sand, which feels a bit more quirky to me, and shows how big ‘Durdle’s Door’ is.

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And here are both images side by side – which really illustrates how one scene or object can be photographed in several different ways and angles, and still look unique! Definitely something to try for yourself, I say – and maybe to play around with sizes and colours too, perhaps!

Which angles do you prefer? I think I like the landscape, panoramic style one : )

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Journal Your Ramadan – Day #18: In My Bag

Like a lot of other people, I carry around a lot of junk in my handbag, half which I hardly use and which should have been thrown out ages ago (I don’t mean half-rotting food though! Mostly receipts and old papers). So this is a peep at the sort of things my handbag normally houses, laid out stylishly so you can see my creams, keys, and purse in full glory.

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