Sarah was back in Cornwall this week (pretty sure I don’t need to introduce her anymore). We spent our all-too-limited-time-together going for coastal walks; soaking in the sea and watching surfers roll through the waves. We wandered through old fishing villages, talking philosophy, literature and relationships; dreaming up plans for the year ahead and taking photos like they were deep breaths. We nipped into every cosy cafe or pub that came our way; enjoying latte art, Roskilly’s ice cream, fish and chips, Bailey’s-spiked hot chocolate and a very memorable night in Falmouth’s Hand Bar. One thing I’d been wanting to do for some time, was visit Potager gardens in Constantine. I’d come across it on a number of blogs and social media platforms. And drawn in by its foliage-filled greenhouse and glasshouse cafe, I was very eager to visit with my camera (and a Sarah) in tow. Luckily (and rather wonderfully) the sun came out for us. So dressed in what’s quickly becoming my daily uniform (and probably what I’d wear if I was Dr Who) we rambled around, playing with an old watering can and a small cat whose path we crossed.
One thing I’d been wanting to do for some time, was visit Potager gardens in Constantine. I’d come across it on a number of blogs and social media platforms. And drawn in by its foliage-filled greenhouse and glasshouse cafe, I was very eager to visit with my camera (and a Sarah) in tow. Luckily (and rather wonderfully) the sun came out for us. So dressed in what’s quickly becoming my daily uniform (and probably what I’d wear if I was Dr Who) we rambled around, playing with an old watering can and a small cat whose path we crossed.
At the end of last year I asked for feedback on this little space and last week I asked what you’d like my next post to be. And one thing that came up tops, both times, was you wanted to know a little bit more about me. So although this post feel’s waaay too me-centric – yes even more so than usual 😉 – here’s 25 facts about me. Which is perhaps a little bit too much information…
1. My middle name is Alice. So I’m Alex Alice. Well technically Alexandra Alice, which although sounding beautifully feminine, is generally only what I’m called when I’m in trouble.
2. I was born on 27th October 1992 and I am 23 years old. This makes me a Scorpio – make of that what you will.
3. By nature I’m a night person. It’s when my best self comes alive; giddy with ideas and energy to create. My body wants to go to sleep sometime between 12-2am and get up between 9-10am. Insomnia (until 2 am hits) is a very real problem of mine!
4. Musically I like folky, celticy, easy-listening, chilled sorta stuff. For me a good artist write lyrics that are both poetic and meaningful; whose songs have an environmental or spiritual focus. My most frequent listens are Jack Johnson, Simon & Garfunkel, Ben Howard, Kate Rusby and Mumford & Sons.
5. I’ve been with Matt for just over 4 years now. We met at university and got engaged this summer. Together we live with his mother and grandfather, in a tiny hamlet on the Lizard peninsula in South Cornwall.
6. At 16 I became vegetarian for environmental and animal welfare reasons. However I will eat meat if it’s been cooked for me, as I just can’t stand being a nuisance! Also on special occasions Matt and I might get burgers or fish (because honestly I do still like the taste) but we try to source them locally, from farmers or fishermen with integrity.
7. I am little bit too conscientious and so have a tendency to believe I am always in trouble. That I’ve offended, hurt or upset someone; or just done something wrong without realizing. As a result I can feel immense guilt at the drop of a hat and I tend to over-apologize just to be on the safe side!
8. That said I have a very peaceful and calm exterior. Y’see I fluctuate a lot between being very laid back and not taking myself very seriously, and being a complete perfectionist who wants to be excellent at everything, all the time. In fact if I try to pick something up and find I’m not good at it right away, well I can get in a bit of a huff. I’m a bit of a toddler like that.
9. I’m at my absolute happiest when sat on a train (next to the window, with a table almost all to myself) headphones in, armed with a notebook and travelling on the line between Plymouth and Penzance. If I was really rich I might travel this at least once a week. I’d be the crazy train lady.
10. Also if I was really rich I’d own waaay more books and audiobooks. And a tailor, just cause I find (due to my height and shape) clothes that fit well, are few and far between.
11. Food is a big part of my life. My tastes are very Italian. My favourite foods are coffee, stonebaked pizza and gelato. And my go-to dishes when cooking are risotto or antipasti or just something involving vegetables, pesto and olives. Although that said my favourite meal right now is mustard and mayo on a buttery sourdough bloomer, topped with a good cheese and gherkins. Maybe with a side of fried egg and crushed avocado… sorry, I’m just sat here drooling now. I did say food was important to me!
12. At A Level I studied English Lit & Lang, Psychology, Geography and Theatre Studies. And I don’t think there’s ever been a period in my life in which I’ve worked so single-mindedly – but then Cornwall was a massive incentive!
13. I hate going to the hairdressers and GP, to the point that I won’t go unless I really have to. I hate sitting there, feeling vulnerable, in front of a people group I’ve generally found to be needlessly rude. Added fact? I cut my own hair these days, I find it’s the only way to guarantee the fringe you want.
14. I have a degree from the University of Exeter in Human Geography. People ask if this involves maps, colouring in or town planning; I didn’t do any of that. My modules looked at climate science, environmental politics and sustainable living; as well as cultural landscapes and the relationship between nature and society. I had a friend who did their dissertation on how is masculinity portrayed in James Bond films and another who looked at how the carving of surfboards is shaped by local waves. You can read more about my dissertation over here.
15. My first real crush was on Jeremy Sumpter, from the human-version of Peter Pan. I was about 8 or 9 years old and I can’t believe I just wrote that on the internet. That was quite closely followed by Leonardo DiCaprio, when I reached Titantic-watching age.
16. Although I wouldn’t say I have any particular accent, the other day I tried talking to a camera “vlog style” and played it back to discover I sound rather a lot like Lucy Watson from Made in Chelsea… so um yeh, there was that.
17. For fellow psychology geeks (hey there!) out of the Myers-Briggs types, I fluctuate between INFJ and INFP. That said I’m pretty sure I’m really an INFP at heart, but I’ve learned ‘J’ tendencies to get me through education. Also I’ve found that most of my close friends (and Matt) fall into either one of these types, or at least the ‘NF’ group.
18. And talking of personality, I’m a Ravenclaw. Wisdom, creativity, intelligence, individuality and acceptance are all important to me. I like to believe that if I was a character in Rowling’s wizarding world, I’d be a great granddaughter of Rowena Ravenclaw’s and my patronus would be a barn owl. That said my secondary house is Slytherin and in Buzzfeed’s ‘Which Harry Potter Character Are You’ quiz, I got Bellatrix La Strange… so maybe I really belong in the Noble House of Black?
19. From the age of 8 I played the bassoon and was a part of various Birmingham’s School’s Orchestras. At 16 (due to train-track braces and A Levels) I quit playing and had to return my bassoon to Birmingham’s Music Services. However in an attempt to scratch that musical itch, I picked up the guitar. Although I should say I don’t exactly “play”. I strum basic chords. For the same reason I sing in the shower; because it’s easy and natural and it feels really really good.
20. I have a tattoo. It’s on my ankle. It’s a compass with the words ‘Psalm 32:8’ inscribed on the inside. I got it at 19 and I’m rather tempted to add to it this year.
21. Due to my disposition, I’m susceptible to anxiety, mood swings and panic attacks. I’ve found that living in Cornwall has done wonders for my mental well-being, but I also manage difficult days with cognitive behavioural therapy.
22. My favourite film is Amelie. I’ve not come across a film that even comes close to being so spot-on. However other favourites include The Motorcycle Diaries, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Disney’s Hercules, Pocahontas and Beauty and the Beast.
23. Half the time I wish I had more money to do things. The rest of the time I don’t want to get any richer than I am now. It honesty terrifies me that there are candles that cost £80 and socks for over £100 – it really makes me feel a bit nauseous. In fact if I have to spend more than £100 at once I can feel a bit light-headed and in need of fresh air.
24. Some of the things on my bucket list are… build a treehouse, see the Northern Lights, skydive and travel to Norway, Provence and Colorado.
25. But my pie-in-the-sky-big-life-dream is to write novels in a little potting shed, on my and Matt’s farm. Where we live with our donkey, chickens, goats and farm cat. That’s what I want most in life.
All portraits taken by Salty Sea Photography