There was a night, a couple of months ago, when Dom and I were talking about the logistics of him taking a job in the East Midlands. We really didn’t know how it was going to work – commuting to my job in London would cost more than rent; and I doubted I’d ever find creative work in the wilds of Northamptonshire. It was a real pickle.
But then I had an idea: I’d spend the year studying for a masters and start a copywriting business to fund it all. I’d commute into London a couple of times a week for uni, and spend the rest of the time working from home. It was one of those plans that seemed deceptively simple – and if I’m honest, it still does.
Fast forward a few weeks, and you’ll find two people sitting on camp chairs in an empty living room, a little pile of foil takeaway containers at their feet. There are fairy lights and a record player, and housewarming champagne, but that’s all. Outside it’s quiet. So blissfully, blissfully quiet.
I’ve rarely felt as young, or as old, or as stupidly happy as last weekend. Getting the keys to a house that felt too big and too grown up, and not knowing what to fill it with, or how we would ever afford it all. But somehow, despite starting the weekend with camp chairs and not much else, we ended it with a bed, sofa, table and chairs. With the help of Gumtree, eBay and the generosity of friends, we’re building our own home – and my God does it feel good.
Perhaps the most exciting thing about this whole adventure is my MA in the Anthropology of Food at SOAS. I’m hoping this blog will play an even bigger part in my life over the next year, as I explore the mechanics of our food system and cultural significance of what we eat. Then, with a bit of luck, when I venture into the wonderfully niche area of food consultancy.
But until then, here are some of the many things taking up my time at the moment – some more exciting (and terrifying) than others:
- Reading: The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
- Writing: I wrote this Venice city guide for Urban Travel Blog a while ago, but it’s finally been published. Just reading it again is making me yearn for Venezia (I’ve promised myself I’ll return in January!)
- Working: So it turns out copywriting is a pretty great gig, and I really enjoy it, SO I’m starting my own business alongside my masters. WISH ME LUCK (and hang tight for more info).
- Eating: homemade pumpkin ravioli, cooked in a very poorly equipped kitchen (while being a tad pissed, I should add). So so good – recipe to follow.
- Learning: how to drive. In London. God help me.
That’s it folks! Hopefully when I see you next I’ll have more recipes, food stories, and perhaps the odd tale about village life.