Don’t always believe what you read

My review on reviews. Specifically relating to review services such as Trustpilot, based on a recent experience.

Now then. You might not know this, I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it. We’re selling our flat and hoping to move. Except we haven’t had a single viewing or viewing request via Purplebricks.

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Our flat has been listed on their website, and Zoopla, and with a premium rightmove listing (for an extra fee) for over a month, and we haven’t had a single sniff. Which is not what I expected based on the rave reviews.

So I submitted my own review of our experience and no sooner had I submitted it to the site than I received an email from Trustpilot.

purplebricks.com has reported your review because they don’t believe you’ve had a genuine buying or service experience. Reported reviews are temporarily moved offline.

Well then. In order for my real review to actually be seen by people who might be considering the service I had to:

  1. Find your order confirmation, invoice, delivery report or proof of service with purplebricks.com. The documents should show: the name of the business, your name, the date, and a reference number. See more here.

  2. Send your documents by replying to this email. We accept forwarded emails from purplebricks.com, screenshots of user registration/profile or similar, and pdf attachments.

When we receive your documentation, we’ll review it and get back to you.

I did that and am waiting to hear back, but how many people submit reviews and then can’t or don’t get around to sending over their proof. If Purplebricks do this to every negative review, they are really skewing their numbers.

So, don’t believe everything you read, because there is every chance it’s just one side.

Where have I been?

No posts for a little while now. Life has been busy getting in the way, not necessarily in a good way, but there it is.

We’ve been super busy at work with an office move and add on to that that I will be going to two family funerals in the next two weeks and maybe there is a fair excuse in there.

I have posts in progress about my trip to Venice with my sister and the fact that we are hoping to move this year but they’ve been stuck in draft form for a little while now.

I’m hoping to get back to writing nonsense again soon.

Baking: Blueberry and Mint Lemon Drizzle


At my new job some of my colleagues take part in a non competitive bake off, where each Monday someone takes a turn to bring in a baked good/s of their choosing.

I like baking, but it does sometimes lead to too much ‘tasting’ of my hard work, so baking for 30 people was a great opportunity to try two things and not be at risk of eating all the leftovers.

I made two loaves based on this Blueberry, Lemon and Mint Drizzle Cake listed on DeliciousMagazine.co.uk.

When I was out shopping for the ingredients, I could not for the life of my find desicated coconut in Tescos… What’s up with that?! So I skipped it and added an extra 25 grams of flour.  I also accidentally added all of the lemon juice into the mix, as I misread it. I would definitely make that change again, as it turn out deliciously moist. (Although I do hate the word moist)

The extra lemon juice meant I had to bake by eye, as it needed longer than stated and I did I few skewer checks. To stop it from burning on the top, once the top had a nice colour I wrapped both my loaves with foil.

If you like Lemon Drizzle Cake, and you like mint and blueberrys, this is definitely worth a go. It was scrumptious.

What are your favourite recipes to bake? Any recipe recommendations would be very welcome!

“Good Afternoon” from a stranger

Today on my break I went for a walk around some residential streets near I work, as you do when it mild and not raining. I walked past two builders who were working on one of the houses.

As I passed they both stopped and one loudly said “Good Afternoon” in my direction. I don’t tend to talk to strangers in the street, everything about being safe as as woman has told me not to react.

As I carried on walking, neither smiling nor speaking he bellowed after me “She must be deaf or something! Rude cow!”


Charming eh?!

I and friends of mine have talked about the fact that we have been dealing with unwelcome comments in the street since we were barely teenagers. What do these men expect the outcome to be? Should I holla “Good Afternoon” back, be chuffed that he said that rather than the regular torrent of “Give us a smile” “Cheer up love” and the list goes on.

I wish I could quiz them on why, or educate them on how intimidating it can be. I’ll not feel guilty about posting about it. We should be able to walk on our lunch breaks, on our way to and from work, and heck even home after a night out without having someone force themselves into our day.

I hope you are all having a good Tuesday!

Being used a Catfishing bait

So weird one I thought I would share with you. A guy got in touch with me to let me know someone has been using my publicly available images to Catfish people, including him.

What the heck is Catfishing?

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So I prefer the first definition, but the one about luring people into a relationship by creating a fictional online character seems to be what’s gone on.

Now then. My initial reaction was “I don’t believe you” so I asked for links and how long it had been going on. He said it’s all been taken down and it had been going on for quite a while. So I am now left a little perplexed.

Was someone using my photos? Do I need to do anything about it now? I don’t know. I enjoy using instagram, not only for browsing and seeing what other people have been up to, but also to share and that includes my own face. I feel bad if anyone has been hurt, but it wasn’t my actions or choices that caused that hurt.

So for now I am going to carry on sharing as I share, and just politely ask: please don’t use my face. It’s mine, I grew it myself (with the genetic help of my parents), and I don’t like to think that it is being used in a dishonest way, because I am not dishonest.

Stay safe out there, on and off line.

New Job

I am starting a new role at a new company next week and I am really looking forward to it.

I’d hoped to stay at my most recent role for a good long while but realised it wasn’t a good fit. Sad to leave, as the team there are great, but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. Or I’ve got to, in this case.

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It’s in a different field of ‘creative’ than I have worked in before, but still admin/support based. I’m really looking forward to learning more about the industry and being part of my new team. Wish me luck!

Little Book Review: Blue by Danielle Steel

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So. I’ve never read a Danielle Steel book before. I know! How is that even possible! She has written so so many.

This book, Blue, was given to me in my stocking and I’ve just finished it. I thought I’d write up a little review of how I found it.

I got through it very quickly, it was definitely a story that I got into, and cared about the two main characters, Blue and Ginny. It wasn’t what I would class as chic lit, these two characters find each other and overcome challenges from their past.

Was there anything I didn’t like about it? Yes. I felt like the history of each of the characters was repeated again and again and again. It made me feel like the storyteller is assuming I am a bit dim and have forgotten this.

Would I read another of Danielle Steel’s novels? Yes. There is no question that overall I enjoyed this. It was quite an easy read, so I will probably pick up another of her books later in the year.

In terms of books, I am trying to up my reading this year and have recently bought:

  • The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

So there will be little reviews of each of those coming as and when I work my way through them.

If you have any recommendations for me, please let me know. I’ll always game to try a new author, or genre.

2017

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Yes, I’m one for New Year’s resolutions. I rarely manage to keep to them through the year but I love setting out with good intentions and don’t worry too much that they don’t stick the whole twelve months.

This year I hope to:

Get involved

  • See more of my friends and say yes more
  • Get involved with the Brighton Belles WI
  • Get crafty

Read

  • Put together a reading list of 12 books I want to read this year and manage one a month

Be healthy

  • Exercise
  • Pack lunches
  • Be mindful of my choices

Mind the pennies

  • Think about my priorities before spending
    • Savings
    • Travel
    • Paying off our car etc.

This year is just another year, but a new year is as good an excuse as any to set yourself new goals and challenges. What are your resolutions?

 

A little bit of winter magic

Earlier this month we headed up to outer London in search of some winter magic. I have wanted to visit the Warner Brothers Studio Tour for ages and ages. Having set my heart on visit which it’s decked out for Christmas I finally remembered to book tickets back in August.

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I had read of some reviews that it can be busier in the afternoon, so booked a morning tour. The wait was still fairly long, around 40 minutes. Deceptively, it was split into waiting outside, waiting inside and then waiting in some sort of strange viewing/holding room.

The great hall set up was amazing, with the tables laden with food and the Christmas trees decorated for each school house.

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The great hall was all decked out for Christmas, with little witch toppers to the trees which flew around the tree tops.
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No explanation needed right?!

 

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Gryffindor common room
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Pretty amazing to think they actually made a real moving swivelling staircase for the films.
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Potions.
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The Burrow set. You could make the washing up move!

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I posted the photo above on my Instagram account and got mixed reactions because ‘we didn’t enjoy butter beer’. I wanted to like it. I tried, ok? It wasn’t for me. It doesn’t mean you won’t like it.

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The masks were amazing! It was incredible to see items like these up close.
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Oh Dobby!

 

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There is a corridor full of work from conceptual artists. I thoroughly recommend pausing here to take a good look.
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EEeee!

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I loved it all. Can you tell? I am a pretty big HP fan, I can’t help it, I grew up with it, read and re read all the books, loved the films. Not necessarily cool for a 29 year old but you gotta do you.

Not long until Christmas now! Are you ready? 

Home is where my heart is

It’s no secret that I am a homebody. I love being in my own space and I spend a reasonable amount of time thinking about how I can make our flat more homely.

There are a few spots and things around our home that I am a bit in love with at the moment and I thought I’d share them, if only to serve as a reminder for myself the next time I wonder about updating things.

Our Drinks trolley

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This trolley was in my parents home; my mum found it in a second hand store back in the 80s. It’s been in their dining room as a side board, and in their hall as a table and now it’s joined us. We use it to store our wine glasses and spirits. On top there is a lamp that I’ve ‘borrowed’ from my mum and some famed bits, including a family portrait of my great grandparents and my grandfather as a little boy.

Eames Style Chairs

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The collection is growing a little; it started with a white DSW from Jack, and was more recently added to with this White DAW and a Padded RAR Rocker. I think, if you are curious, they are all from Lakeland Furniture.

Our Dining Table

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When we moved in together a few years ago, it was around my birthday and my mum asked me what I would like. I said some money towards a table and chairs. Instead she took my to Home from Home store in Haywards Heath and let me choose a set. I love the kind of country kitchen chairs and tables, that you can probably find in so many people’s home.

My Dressing Table

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It is my favourite of my gumtree finds, and maybe the most expensive (I think it was around £90) and I am very grateful to Jack for going to collect this, and all the other bits I’ve spotted on gumtree over the last two years. The Eames style chair was a birthday present from Jack last year.

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After some headboard switches (via gumtree, yes I know! Again!) I’ve finally found one that I am happy with. Our divan bed was a wedding present from Jack’s parents, and we couldn’t bring ourselves to add a headboard to the cost at the time. Beds are pricey!

My favourite winter linen is woodland creatures in white and grey from Primark, and our waffle throw from John Lewis. Yes, that hot water bottle is useless, it’s so small! If only *someone* would get a me a grownup sized one for Christmas…

I cannot wait to get out all the Christmas decorations next weekend. I’ve just about managed to hold off on decorating too early. I know some people go full on in November, but I think Jack would disown me.

Do you have your decorations up yet? Or are you waiting for December patiently too?