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Welcome back to another weekly roundup where I chat about my adventures and favourites from the week just gone.
The Lord Mayor’s Valentines Charity Ball
On Saturday evening Des and I dusted off our party clothes and headed over to The National Railway Museum for an evening of fun at the Lord Mayor’s Valentines Ball.
The event was all in aid of the York Lord Mayor’s and Sheriffs charities:
My Sight York - supporting local visually impaired people to live independently
The Island - mentoring children and young people in York
York Music Hub - providing inclusive opportunities for children and young people to learn music
We had a fantastic evening and more importantly, I believe the event raised a significant sum for the charities!
Time is running out #SchoolStrike4Climate
Whilst I wasn’t able to join the protest myself, I did manage to catch a glimpse of the York march on my lunch break on Friday.
Thousands of schoolchildren and young people across the UK walked out of classes to join the climate strike due growing anger at the failure to tackle the crisis in any kind of meaningful way.
Climate breakdown is happening and we can no longer stand by and stick our collective heads in the sand - we need to take radical and immediate action if we want to preserve the planet for future generations.
Trying out some plastic free beauty from White Rabbit Skincare [Ad - Gifted]
It would be disingenuous to bang on about how we all need to take climate breakdown seriously without trying to do something about it myself. Over the past few months I’ve made a lot of changes, including dramatically cutting down the amount I drive, but one of the things I still really struggle with is packaging, especially when it comes to skincare/haircare.
I actually came across White Rabbit Skincare whilst putting together a guide to UK plastic free/ low waste beauty brands for this blog.
I have extremely dry and acne-prone skin (despite almost reaching my thirties) which always makes me hesitant about compromising on quality when it comes to skincare. This has previously put me off (rightly or wrongly) from switching from trusty old favourites to plastic free products.
I’m going to be testing out a few bits from their range over the next month or so and am hoping that they tick all the boxes. I’ll let you know how I get on!
If you want to have a try for yourself, I have a discount code for 15% off.
Just enter “BETHAN15” at the checkout.
I’ve dabbled around the edges of learning to code for a long time now, however this year I’m determined to make more of an effort.
You can of course learn at home on your own using online learning tools such as Code Academy or Code School, but I personally have always found interactive classes with other people are much more suited to my own learning style.
Luckily there are a number of groups that exist across the UK which offer this type of environment!
On Wednesday I headed along to York Code Dojo which offers an informal environment for people to come together and teach/learn from each other.
During the session we worked in pairs on some sample interview style coding problems, which was a very interesting way of being introduced to fundamental subjects such as linked lists, recursion and binary trees.
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Recording my second podcast episode
Over Christmas I came up with the idea of developing my own podcast, centred around the theme of resilience - essentially exploring how people cope under pressure. Since then I’ve managed to record my first episode, gather some initial user feedback and come up with a name - The Brave.
This week I attempted to record my first episode in an interview format (which will be the arrangement going forward I hope) with guest speaker Alex Burbidge. We had a great conversation about coping with stress at work and climbing the career ladder whilst also maintaining your sanity. It’s hopefully going to make for really interesting listening!
My release plan is to get a few more episodes under my belt, then go live in late February/early March. It’s been a real learning curve, as I haven’t touched any form audio editing software properly in years. Hopefully some lingering nuggets of information from my music Technology A-Level will resurface and come to my aid…
Being pampered at Rush Hair York [Ad - Gifted]
On Thursday I headed into the city centre for an evening of pampering at York’s Rush Hair and Beauty salon. After relaxing and chatting over a few bottles of prosecco, one of the lovely stylists managed to tame my locks into these gorgeous Dutch braids.
Apparently Dutch braids give a less pristine finish than French braids and are perfect if you don’t fancy a super polished look. It was really nice to try out a style which a. I do not have the manual dexterity to achieve myself, b. do not have the time or patience for on a normal morning.
Alongside experimenting with a new style, I also managed to catch up with some of my favourite local bloggers and take a good look round the sparkling clean and obviously well equipped salon.
Exploring Altrincham’s Belgian beer scene
I’ve been getting to know Manchester and its surroundings on a semi-regular basis for a couple of years now and have to say that Altrincham has become one of my foodie favourite places.
Alongside the thriving food/drink scene at Altrincham Market, the town also boasts three Belgian beer bars (four if you count a small shop you can also drink in). My favourite is the aptly named Belgian Bar which boasts an expansive bottle selection, alongside a few popular names on draught.
Whilst I admittedly haven’t eaten here in a few years (that meal was excellent), the food coming out the kitchen looked and smelled incredible. Alas, we were saving ourselves for one of the various food outlets in the market…
Hello and welcome to another Sunday Summation - which is basically a slightly fancy way of saying here are a bunch of things I have been doing/enjoying over the past week that may or may not be of interest.
Hope you enjoy!
Speaking at Dot York
On Thursday I gave a talk on good business and making ethical decisions at Dot York, York’s digital conference for curious minds.
Whilst the subject is one that is extremely close to my heart, I did find the whole experience pretty damn nerve racking. I’m not a stranger to speaking in public by any means, but this was one occasion that I really wanted to nail. Especially as the standard of speakers and topics was incredibly high on the day.
What I love most about Dot York is that it isn’t just another tech conference focused on technical tutorials and code. The whole day was focused around four though provoking and sometimes divisive topics - Money, Freedom, Identity and Survival.
The speakers used these as a springboard to discuss how each theme impacts our lives and work and wider world.
2. Dining at Skosh
This is kind of cheating as we actually went to Skosh last Sunday… but you can surely forgive me when the food looks this good!
There was no real occasion fuelling the need for such an indulgent meal, but we felt justified after coming away from the restaurant feeling serene, content and very, very full.
You can read my full review here.
3. Finally getting a Dyson Cordless Vacuum
If you hate cleaning, this is going to be a bit boring, however if you’re like me you might appreciate the glamour of a shiny new piece of cleaning equipment.
I have to admit I am quite anal when it comes to cleaning at home (somehow this doesn't seem to translate into a tidy desk at work, but hey ho). I do that whole Sunday cleaning schedule thing that I remember my parents getting on with back in the day.
After getting extremely frustrated with my £50 and 5 year old vacuum from god knows where, I decided that it was time to splurge out on something new and forgive me… slightly sexy.
After spending a few hours trawling through online reviews and various retailers, I ended up going for the Dyson V7 Cordless Vacuum from good old John Lewis.
I now get through the house in 10 minutes with none of that fussy changing over sockets business, it’s also a damn sight more powerful than the old beast.
Life changing. Well, if you’re as sad as me it feels that way 😉
This is my seventh post in my attempt to write something on this blog everyday in October. Find my previous post from the 6th here.
I'm admittedly writing this on Bank Holiday Monday, but it's still technically the weekend so I'm gonna roll with it and give you a breakdown of our weekend so far.
As you *may* have noticed, it's unusually warm at the moment here in the UK, I like to think this is payback for the fact that winter lasted for 6 months (give or take).
Provenance aside, I'm making the most of this weather. Because before you know it, we'll be back to grey skies and drizzle...
1. Spark York Opening
On Friday night we headed to the opening of Spark York - a brand new and extremely exciting addition to the city!
The project, focused around a box park development of shipping containers, includes a community of small independent businesses including street food, bars, retail, co-working and entertainment.
The general public's reception to the project has been somewhat mixed, with some objecting to the aesthetic of the shipping containers etc. etc. general nay-sayery.
The buzzing atmosphere on Friday was undoubtedly a testament to how badly this city has needed something new and innovative. I'm super excited to make Spark a permanent fixture in my weekend plans, as I *need* to work my way through all the bars and street food stands...
2. Supporting other new local businesses
After an evening of drinks at the Spark York opening on Friday, we spent Saturday pottering about York.
Taking over the Shamble's much loved bakery, Via Vecchia, Pinder and Scott has revamped the old premises and added even more baked good and sundries to the range! We came away with a beautiful olive focaccia - my staple Via Vecchia purchase since my student days.
After loading up on bread, we then wandered down Fossgate/Walmgate to Botanic, a beautiful plant themed shop on Walmgate in the former paper shop. I ended up coming away with three gorgeous plants/succulents which I'm now doing my best not to murder...
3. Cycling the Solar System
Having lived in York for almost 8 years, I have never actually done the famous solar system cycle, which takes you from Fulford down to Riccall along a disused railway line
A scale model of the Solar System is spread out along the 6.4 miles, which includes models of all the planets and models of the Cassini and Voyager spacecraft.
We decided to extend the route and head all the way down to Selby, where we grabbed some lunch and took a quick turn round Selby Abbey to escape the heat.
As we had done about 16 miles from York -> Selby, we decided to hop on the train back to York, with the promise that next time we would do the full round trip.
4. Letting Winnie Free
Winnie joined the house back in January from York RSPCA, where she had been bought as a stray. As an older lady, we weren't initially sure whether she would want to go outside, perhaps preferring a more sedate life as a house cat.
Due to her advancing years (13) we were also expecting her to be pretty lazy... rather on the contrary she has been full of beans from day one - literally waking us up in the middle of every night to play.
After a couple of months of appalling weather, we decided that now was the time to give her free reign of the garden and beyond. So far she hasn't ventured more than a couple of gardens away, so I'm hoping that means she likes us and wants to stay at least a little bit!