Christmas Tree Festival at St Wulfram’s Church

This year the main church in Grantham, St Wulfram's Church, is hosting a Christmas Tree Festival and an ice-skating rink.  It's only available this week, so I popped over last night to see what it was like.  It costs £2 to visit, and because it's Grantham (a lame, boring town!) I wasn't expecting much, but it's actually really Christmassy and fun! The trees have been created by local businesses, schools and charity groups. If you look at the tree above closely, you'll see that it's Continue reading [...]

My smallholding dream

During the last few days I've been catching up with Ben Fogle's Lives in the Wild UK.  I've seen the previous series where he visited people around the world who have chosen to live in the wild, but I'm finding the UK series much more inspiring so far because it's in the UK.  I realised that I don't really talk about my long-term goals on here and thought it might be fun to do a blog post about it. I've wanted to live on a smallholding since I was a teenager, but since becoming an adult Continue reading [...]

Finished glittery winter scarf

It only took me a year to finish my glittery winter scarf!  That's quite terrible really, when I usually make several scarves for charity each year. I first blogged about my glittery winter scarf in winter last year, when we had a period of icy winds and I realised that while I've made many scarves for charity, I needed one for myself. The yarn I used is the Sirdar Ella double knit, which has glittery bits.  To be honest, I use this yarn for pretty much all double knit projects at the Continue reading [...]

The wolf you feed

Morning, all.  I have a couple of days off work, so I'm currently sat in my jimjams (moose ones!) eating a bacon sandwich and blogging.  Lovely!  It's been a very stressful week here at Planet Millie. Last Thursday my Mum was rushed to hospital after visiting her GP, who thought she was having a heart attack.  Seven hours later the hospital concluded that she wasn't having a heart attack, but that her heart is beating irregularly and it's making her feel ill.  So they gave her drugs and sent Continue reading [...]

10 favourite books: 10. Winnie-the-Pooh

I recently passed 500 books on my ultimate reading list of everything I’ve read since I turned 18 (I’m now 28), and I thought it would be fun to share my 10 favourite books of all time. These books are not ranked from one to 10, they’re just my 10 favourite. They are also not necessarily related to my GoodReads ratings, as the books included have sentimental value. Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne I was very undecided about whether to include Winnie-the-Pooh in my list of 10 favourite Continue reading [...]

New owl mug

I have been on the hunt for a new autumn mug.  I don't need a new mug - I already have millions.  However, I really want an orangey one to use in September and October to mark the change of the seasons (when November 1st arrives I then get my Christmas mug out!).  Anyway, I haven't found a new autumn mug, but I accidentally ended up buying an owl mug, which I think is going to be my January/February mug. Isn't it the cutest mug ever?!  It is available in teal or pink, although obviously Continue reading [...]

10 favourite books: 9. White Fang

I recently passed 500 books on my ultimate reading list of everything I’ve read since I turned 18 (I’m now 28), and I thought it would be fun to share my 10 favourite books of all time. These books are not ranked from one to 10, they’re just my 10 favourite. They are also not necessarily related to my GoodReads ratings, as the books included have sentimental value. White Fang - Jack London I've had this book since I was a child, and I honestly can't remember whether I loved wolves so Continue reading [...]

Around here lately

I haven't done a general chitchat post on here for over a month, which is a bit ridiculous.  I'm still doing my photo a day project, so I thought I'd share a few photos and chat to you about what I've been up to.  These photos aren't in order though because I like to live recklessly. I know it annoys some people if Christmas starts being mentioned too early, but I like to start using my Christmas mug on the 1st November.  Then I get two months good use out of it before it gets packed away Continue reading [...]

Book reviews for October 2015

I bought some fairy lights for my bookshelf this week.  I've wanted a twinkly bookshelf for aaaaages now so this is super-exciting! In other book news, I recently sorted through my to-read list and culled over 80 books.  I'm feeling very satisfied with this.  Looking at some of the books, I couldn't remember why I had put them on my list originally.   Then there were others that appealed a few years ago when I added them to my list, but no longer appeal. I'm still behind on my reading Continue reading [...]

Fountain Pen Day

Today is Fountain Pen Day, which is a worldwide day dedicated to the celebration of fountain pens!  I thought I'd take the day to share my fountain pen wishlist, which is always growing.  All the price links go to the CultPens website.  I've shopped from them a lot over the years and recommend their service. Visconti Homo Sapiens Fountain Pen - £475 This pen has been on my wishlist for years - possibly at least five years.  The nerd in me absolutely loves that this pen is made with lava, Continue reading [...]

10 favourite books: 8. The Eagle of the Ninth

I recently passed 500 books on my ultimate reading list of everything I’ve read since I turned 18 (I’m now 28), and I thought it would be fun to share my 10 favourite books of all time. These books are not ranked from one to 10, they’re just my 10 favourite. They are also not necessarily related to my GoodReads ratings, as the books included have sentimental value. The Eagle of the Ninth - Rosemary Sutcliff I don't have a copy of The Eagle of the Ninth, so I've borrowed the above image Continue reading [...]

Links to read for November

I've got a collection of links to read for you today. I find this article on Frugaling about not wearing branded clothing interesting, because I've always had an aversion to clothes with big brand logos on them. I don't understand why people would want to wear an item of clothing with a design that is basically just a company logo. It's boring!! My dislike doesn't stem from the advertising issue, I don't think, as it dates back to before I cared about advertising (my dislike goes back to being Continue reading [...]

A windmill and some fungi

A couple of weeks ago I went for a little drive in rural Lincolnshire.  People get confused when I say that, because all of Lincolnshire is rural, but I tend to mean the Fens when I say that (which is the proper 'back of beyond').  It pretty much all looks like this: (For those unfamiliar with English geography, the Fens are a big flat area of land around the Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk coasts where the original marsh land was drained and turned into farmland centuries ago.) There Continue reading [...]

Paperblanks giveaway winners!

It's time to announce the winners of the Paperblanks giveaway!  Isn't this exciting!  Thanks to everyone who entered.  The winners are drawn by Rafflecopter. The winner of the Rococo notebook is Aisazia, congratulations! The winner of the Monet notebook is Aida, congratulations! I haven't been able to send out emails to notify you both as my email is broken, so please can you contact me on Twitter? Thanks to everyone who entered!  I may do another giveaway soon so keep an eye Continue reading [...]

Diamine Brandy Dazzle ink

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I'd bought a new ink, and here it is!  I bought the Diamine Brandy Dazzle ink, which is one of their new shimmer inks.  I haven't bought an ink by anyone other that J.Herbin for many years now, but I couldn't resist trying the new shimmery inks by Diamine.  I chose the Brandy Dazzle colour after seeing Azizah post a writing sample. It's hard to get a sense of the Brandy Dazzle colour just by looking at the bottle, as it looks much redder in the Continue reading [...]

Book reviews for September 2015

A couple of weeks ago I asked you all how you felt about book reviews, and most of the comments I received said they still wanted them, so here is a belated edition of what I read in September.  Mostly, it is trashy Scottish novels.  Apologies for that, normal service will resume shortly!  [The upside to reading all these trashy books is that they're short so my book count is increasing quickly!] A Hunger Like No Other - Kresley Cole Before we can get to all the trashy Scottish novels, I'm Continue reading [...]

Paperblanks notebook giveaway!

I've got a Paperblanks notebook giveaway for you today! Yey!  I am giving away a Paperblanks Monet notebook and a Paperblanks Rococo notebook.  I will draw two winners. The Monet notebook is brightly coloured and features Monet's "Le Pont" (The Bridge) painting.   The notebook is part of the Paperblanks Embellished Manuscripts series.  It has a magnetic closure (photo above). The notebook is lined with the usual delicious Paperblanks paper. It has an envelope on the back inside Continue reading [...]

10 favourite books: 7. The Assassin’s Cloak

I recently passed 500 books on my ultimate reading list of everything I’ve read since I turned 18 (I’m now 28), and I thought it would be fun to share my 10 favourite books of all time. These books are not ranked from one to 10, they’re just my 10 favourite. They are also not necessarily related to my GoodReads ratings, as the books included have sentimental value. The Assassin's Cloak - Irene and Alan Taylor Writing this post has reminded me that I've not read this book for a couple Continue reading [...]

A cosy stripe blanket update and random TV chatter

I thought I'd show you my Attic 24 cosy stripe blanket today, which is growing nicely. For some reason, my camera has recently decided it no longer wants to focus properly on things, so apologies for the slight blur around the edges of the photo above.  The blanket is quite wide so it's difficult to get all of it in one shot.  It's going to be lovely and warm when it's finished! As I mentioned in my previous post on this blanket, I'm using a non-washable aran weight yarn (because I'm Continue reading [...]

A cheeky Pilot Choose pens order

I haven't really bought gel pens since I was a teenager, but I was feeling bored and fed up last week (always a dangerous combination!) and did a little order from Cult Pens.  I ordered a bottle of ink that I'll review separately, and I also bought the above pens. Are you wondering why the photo above is a little blurry?  Allow me to show you a behind the scenes shot: Archie didn't want me to photograph things without her, hence the blur. Pilot Choose gel pen The first pens Continue reading [...]