Wednesday, 29 June 2011

I'm baaack!

I'm all settled in to my new house now, I'm shattered! I moved house on Friday, went to a hen weekend on Saturday and Sunday in Portsmouth and then I've been back working in the public libraries this week.
I would love to have a rest but I'm going to see Ke$ha this weekend in Birmingham with my brother and I'm trying to squeeze in some gym sessions after work. I'm hoping next week will be a little quieter, I really need a lie in.

We have moved in to a really old house that was owned by an elderly lady so not only is the decor a little dated but it also needs a new boiler, walls, electrics and much more. Yay, so much fun... I think not.

*loads of photos to follow*

I thought I would share some pictures of the some of the lovely patterns we have in this house-

Mmmm, delightful.

I'm in the spare room at the moment whilst my bedroom is sorted and this is the wallpaper-


The decor offends Sookie so much that she has to close her eyes!


This is what my room looks like at the moment-


We have just ripped all the old plaster off, we need to do this in the entire house which is hard work and messy but it will look lovely when it's all done and this is the view from my bedroom-


It's not all bad :)


I had a great time in Portsmouth for the hen night on the weekend, there was a quiz for the hen about her future husband and gift giving where we had to give something to Alex that sparked a memory which brought up lots of funny stories. We went out for some food in the night and then hit the bars and we ended up in a really fun 90s bar called Babylon, we danced to the macarena and drank blue cocktails which was a perfect night out.



I wanted to get a full photo of my red dress on the hen night but I was too busy drinking cocktails!

Hope you are all well, did I miss any bug news or scandals when I didn't have the internet for a week? No? Didn't think I would...
xx

Gemma
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Friday, 24 June 2011

Moving Day!


I'm going to miss reading all of your blogs for a while but I can catch up in a few weeks when I have the internet again.
I will still be tweeting, I'm @Gemma_DS

Better go and do some unpacking!
xxx

Gemma
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Monday, 20 June 2011

Going Places

Hello! Not had much to post recently as I've been busy packing for the big move which is going to be on Friday, very excited about this. I've also been trying to save money so I can buy lots of nice things for my new room so I've not been going out much, such a bore recently! I do have a Warpaint gig and hen night in Portsmouth this weekend which I'm looking forward to. I treated myself to a new outfit for both of these, it's been busy at the end of term in the library so I deserve it ;)


I have finished full time work for summer now and I will only been in for a few hours a week until September, hurrah! This is what I wore today for a shopping trip and for my lovely 3 hour shift in the library.

Skirt: Dorothy Perkins (£17 in the sale)
Cardigan and Top: Asda
Shoes: Peacocks
Hairband: Dorothy Perkins
Leggings: Evans

The outft is a little dull but I wanted a oppoutunity to wear my new skirt, do you have to put new things on straight away? I always do that. I think I might pair this skirt with some nice colourful blouses and t-shirts when the weather is a little better but the rain was torrential today so I opted for black.
My brother said that this skirt makes me look like I work in a travel agents in the 90s! I can kind of see his point especially if I had a little scarf tied around my neck.

I've got a feeling this will be my last post from my current house. Not sure when I will be able to post again or when I will have the internet so if you have any questions or want to chat you can email me - gemmasouthgate@hotmail.com or you can find me on twitter - @Gemma_DS
xx



Gemma
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Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Library Colloquium- Gregynog

I was very lucky today, I attended the residential colloquium at Gregynog. It's held every year for IT and library staff who work at universities in Wales to discuss recent developments and to exchange experiences.
I have visited once before in 2008 when I was an undergraduate for a medieval history conference, it was great so I couldn't wait to go back.
Lots of universities will be charging 9k tuition fees next year and I'm really keen to know what we can do to improve our services and make it worth the student fees, it was all very interesting and there were lots of discussions!

Gregynog is a lovely country hall not far from Newtown in mid-Wales. Numerous halls have occupied the site since the 12th century and the house was donated to the University of Wales in 1963 by the art-collectors Margaret and Gwendoline Davies (who donated lots of art by the Impressionists to the museum in Cardiff)
The Davies sisters bought the hall after World War I and launched the Gregynog Press, printing fine limited edition books in both English and Welsh.

Here are some of my photos from the day-






Isn't it lovely there? The gardens are grade 1 listed and I really want to stay for a night next year because the colloquium lasts all week. Have you visited any nice places recently? xx

Gemma
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Thursday, 9 June 2011

My day off with Sookie

I've had a lovely week so far, it's all getting very quiet in work because it's the end of term and I've been having a few shorter days which is great and I've caught up on some sleep. I had a day off this week and I just wore a t shirt and shorts instead if my usual dress and cardi combo and I took Sookie for a walk and took lots of pictures of her. I have a life, honest but I do really love me dog.

I've had a great week of activities in work, we had our library assistants away day where we did lots of team building stuff with staff from other libraries and there were some great presentations. It's been lovely to meet other library assistants who work at Cardiff Uni, we are all split over so many sites. I had a seminar called 'Blog Basics' today which taught me loads of new things. Do you get to do any fun training at work?





Shorts: New Look
Cardigan: Evans
T-shirt: Peacocks
Shoes: Fred Perry
Necklace: Disney Couture


I've also been busy trying lots of new recipes and I posted this lovely Pimm's and Strawberry jelly one over on Where Are My Knees?


I just booked my coach tickets and hotel for the Midlands Blogger Meet, is anyone else going?
I've not been to a blogger meet up before I'm really excited!

xx

Gemma
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Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Cardiff Events

Thought I would let you know about lots of lovely things that are going on in Cardiff at the moment for anyone that lives here. If you don't live near Cardiff come and visit for the day, it's fantastic!





Are there any events in Wales and the west that I should know about? I finish work on the 17th of June and don't go back until the 26th of September so I need lots of things to to and see.

Gemma
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Saturday, 4 June 2011

Beat of my Drum

Hello! This is Dotty P dress number two, don't like this one quite as much as the stripey one but the colour is great. I wore it to work for one day and the pretty detail on the edge has come away from the dress so I need to exchange it which is a shame but I think it's just a fault and I won't have the problem again.
I've tried all different ways of wearing my hair this week because it's been so warm in work and I have discovered that silly buns on the top of my head look stupid, pig tails are not a serious option and I have way too much hair. I don't like pulling my hair away from my face because I've got a widows peak and it looks a little odd.


Dress: Dorothy Perkins
Cardigan: Evans
Leggings: New Look
Belt: New Look
Hair clip: H&M
Necklace: gift

Thought I would include a little picture of Sookie relaxing in the sun with her Lion King toy. She has been shedding loads of hair recently so I have to carry one of those sticky rollers with me whereever I go to get all the hair off, total nightmare!


Also, how amazing is Nicola Roberts and her debut single? I bloody love this girl! Fab hair, cool clothes and a catchy song, what a woman!



Hope you are all having a fab weekend. Think of me when you are out enjoying the sun and I'm stuck inside with a horrible cold and cough!
xx

Gemma
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Thursday, 2 June 2011

Dotty P Dress

My new Dorothy Perkins dresses arrived and I had to wear this one straight away! It's nice and light for summer and has a nice cut out and bow on the back which I couldn't get a good picture of. It was only £25 at Dorothy Perkins and I think there is a 20% off deal on the site at the moment. I think I'm going to wear this a lot over summer, I love all the colours in it.
A combination of the sun and my fringe being to long means I only have squinty pictures to chose from and this was the best of a bad bunch.

I went shopping after work today and bought a nice light cream cardigan to wear with this dress and other summery things, it was waaay too warm today in this think black cardigan. I only went in to Cardiff to get new foundation and ended up with two cardigans, eyeliner, mascara and tights, oooops!


 


Dress: Dorothy Perkins
Belt: H&M
Cardigan: ASDA
Hair clips: H&M
Leggings: New Look
Shoes: Peacocks

Got your eye on anything that would be great for summer? Hope you all have lovely plan for the weekend, we are supposed to have glorious sunshine in the UK for the next few days, wayhey!
xx

Gemma
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