I recently went on a tour of the beautiful church, grounds and park in Waltham Abbey, here are some snaps taken on the day.
My birthday is obviously one of my favourite times of year, this year was no exception. Firstly, my Nan knitted me a manatee. Manatees are my favourite animals, and I have never seen a knitted one before, this is definitely a special gift!
Then after much research finding discount codes, I was lucky enough to secure a Lowery stand from my boyfriend. I will feature this in a seperate blog post in future, but for now, to anyone thinking of taking the plunge, I would say go for it. (But research some discount codes for SewandSo or another online retailer first!)
My brother took me on an adventure to the “Above and Beyond” exhibition at the National Maritime Museum. It features exhibits on the latest developments in aerospace and space travel research, flying cars, reusable space rockets and elevators into space!
Whilst there I treated myself to a book that covered these wonderful aspects of Science and Engineering in more detail, and a Nebula bookmark 🙂
Sometimes I purchase PC upgrades out of necessity and sometimes I purchase them purely as a treat. A new power supply was a necessity, but a Be Quiet one was not. However, given the choice again, I would absolutely pay more for the better product such as this one. This particular model is sturdy, comes with a good selection of cables and all cables are braided to a high standard. My only gripe was that some of the cables are just that little bit short for ideal cable management, but I’m not someone who is very fussy with what the inside of my PC case looks like! Highly recommended piece of kit and worth the extra cash over a cheap unit.
After many years, I have FINALLY upgraded my graphics card! Going from a GTX 560 to a GTX 970 is quite the upgrade. I bought this out of my own money as a bundle containing the card, a 256GB SSD and codes for FarCryPrimal and The Division. As expensive as graphics card are, I always think to myself after the upgrade “I should have done this ages ago.”
Yes, graphics aren’t everything in a game, but they really do enhance the whole experience, and I am absolutely loving any game which now features bodies of water!
The card has 4GB of DDR5RAM, consumes up to 225W of power and is almost 30cm long. I had to flash my BIOS to get this to work (my PC is really getting on now!) and juggle around hard drives and cables in order to get this to fit in my case, but the effort was worth it. Quiet, powerful and VR ready for those who wish to invest, this was definitely one of my favourite purchases in recent years.
Continuing the bookish theme (I always tend to read more in winter, it feeds my urge to hibernate.) The first book I read this year was Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. It’s a young adult fiction novel about sisters starting college, coming of age, fan fiction and fandoms in general. It’s a lighthearted look at some serious topics and the story is interspersed with fan fiction! A clever novel that’s a quick fun read and well paced. The main character is a little passive at times for my liking, but overall this does not affect my view that this is an enjoyable way to spend a couple of evenings. Highly recommended.