Category: Hobbies

  • My Gripe with Movie Musicals

    My Gripe with Movie Musicals

    I love musicals. I was in my high school’s production from Year 8 to Year 12 and loved every minute of it. It’s always exciting when you learn that your favourite story is being made into a movie. But as many of us know, film adaptations often leave a lot to be desired. In my […]

  • June Crafting Roundup: What I’ve Been Making This Month

    June Crafting Roundup: What I’ve Been Making This Month

    This month has been a big one for crafting! After a long dry spell, I picked up my crochet hook and bought some new materials to get back into that beautiful creative state of mind.  Recently I’ve taken an interest in polymer clay. I started out by crafting a pair of mushroom earrings for myself. […]

  • My Tarot Reading Process: An Example

    My Tarot Reading Process: An Example

    I’ve decided to start offering tarot readings here on my blog! I have 2 tarot decks and a set of oracle cards, and I think it’s about time I did some readings for other people.  Many people have misconceptions about tarot or are concerned that it and other divinatory practices are scams; I want to […]

  • How D&D Made Me a Better Writer

    How D&D Made Me a Better Writer

    For the longest time, I saw writing as a solitary pursuit. I pictured myself as an author working entirely alone, only interacting with people for book signings. I was always scared of criticism, even the constructive kind. I’m still in the habit now of submitting work without feedback because deep down, I’m afraid people will […]

  • 5 of the Most Bizarre Mushrooms

    5 of the Most Bizarre Mushrooms

    A while ago I talked about my new love for mushroom hunting and what exactly it is that I love about mushrooms, but today I’d like to get into the specifics of some truly bizarre species of fungus. If you didn’t already know that mushrooms are neither animals nor plants, here are five species that […]

  • Creature Feature: The Bearded Vulture

    Creature Feature: The Bearded Vulture

    Yes, I know, I’ve already written about vultures here. But I wanted to give a shoutout to my favourite bird of all time: the lammergeier, or bearded vulture!  This massive bird of prey with a 7-9ft wingspan lives in mountainous regions such as Africa, southern Europe and Tibet. Lammergeiers are Old World vultures, which means […]

  • Knitting for Chronic Pain and Mental Health

    Knitting for Chronic Pain and Mental Health

    Having arthritis has me living like a retiree. I knit, crochet, cross-stitch, read, and drink lots of tea under a heavy blanket. Knitting for chronic pain is not a new or revolutionary idea, but it is something I’ve found incredibly helpful!  I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition triggered by […]

  • Nature’s Clean-Up Crew: An Ode to Vultures

    Winged heralds of death and decay, they say, circling the skies in a halo of doom.  When it comes to judging a book by its cover, vultures have it the worst.  They’re nature’s clean-up crew, tidying up the messes that would otherwise fester and rot in the sun. Their stomachs kill diseases from prey that […]

  • My Gothic Horror Pet Peeves

    I’m a huge fan of Gothic literature, movies, aesthetics, etc., and even though I’ve just missed Halloween, it felt like a good time to talk about spooky things! Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I can be a bit of a snob about the things I’m passionate about. Gothic horror is one of […]

  • My New Lockdown Hobby: Mushroom Hunting!

    My New Lockdown Hobby: Mushroom Hunting!

    Like most people, the pandemic has left me with a lot of spare time on my hands (though, of course, never as much as I’d like). One thing that I am very grateful for is that I live on my family’s beautiful sheep farm. I’ve always been passionate about nature, and my friends and family […]