30 Year Old Llama

The wandering Llama returns, we’ve been rained off from harvest so I’m having a catch up afternoon and trying to get on top of everything that I have been putting off all week. So I thought it was about time I finally posted about my birthday. As most of you know (from my previous posts) Llama Supporter took me to Sketch at the beginning of the month as an early celebration and we also went to Dirt Quake the weekend before my big 3-0. So it has been a busy, fun month! I fully intended to have a party to celebrate this milestone seeing as my last birthday party was many, many moons ago but it didn’t quite come together, with financial stress being the main stopping point.

I’m not going to lie, I felt a bit flat about the whole thing approaching the day. I have for the last five years, unfortunately, as most of you know now July 2012 was life changing for me (If you want to read about that then you can find it here) and it’s still there like a massive black thundercloud. I am very much a party person, I will find any excuse. I love it, but not when it comes to my birthday. Which is partly why I wanted a party, I wanted to change July milestones and memories into better ever lasting ones. I am hoping with time this will, like many other things, heal and I can enjoy it again. Because life’s too short not to enjoy it. I have been putting off writing this, I wanted to share the good stuff but then it wouldn’t be true to how I feel and if I can’t be honest here there where can I be? Right now I’m still not able to cope with the first few weeks of July very well at all. I am exceedingly good at masking how I feel with all this stuff to nearly everyone, with very few even knowing the actual dates I struggle with. I’m not so good at masking if you upset me/annoy me/do me wrong, in that case hell hath no fury you’re in the book forever never to be removed. My tolerance seems to be getting worse, I think this might be partly due to the fact I’m carrying so much with me now that I have even less time and energy for twats. Unfortunately they seem to be everywhere.

Anyway, that is getting away from the point. I don’t want to sound ungrateful because that couldn’t be further from the truth. I did have a wonderful day despite the decade change! We ate lots of cake, yes a gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free birthday cake was enjoyed by all, even Granddad when he was told that was the only one on offer. It came complete with safari animals on top, thanks Sainsbury’s. We went for a walk (or hobble in Llama Supporters case) round Hadleigh Castle and along the coast with my new Instax camera from Llama Supporter. Pink of course. Before going home for pizza and a movie. I am so grateful to everyone who took the time and effort to wish me Happy Birthday, send me cards and buy me gifts. It means so much and you all know me so very well. I am now in possession of probably every llama item known to man. I have cushions, socks, cups, bedding (2 different types!), a knitted llama (QoD outdid herself), a weekly planner and a customised embroidered hoop (Llama Supporter also outdid himself). I didn’t just get Llama stuff, oh no, there was Unicorn stuff from my Norwegian Sister, a beautiful watch from Mumma Bueno, the list goes on. All of it will be seen in the weeks to follow both on here and on Instagram so no fear, you’ll be seeing it all even if you don’t want to.  But here’s a few snaps to be getting on with!


I know this whole process is a series of about 2 million baby steps but here’s hoping the birthdays in the 30s decade are slightly more cloud free and full of memories to treasure not fear. At the start of the year I was moping (a lot) about turning 30. Not that it changes anything by moaning about it, but now I’m here I actually feel a bit excited about it. As Jenna Rink would say “I wanna be thirty, flirty and thriving”. So here’s to blasting into a new decade. And it’s technically not too late to have party either right? As long as it’s before the end of the year?!

Right now I’m off to check the weather for the 10th time today, this harvesting malarky is starting to affect my personality. I’m constantly looking over hedges whilst driving down the road and the weather app has become my best friend! Maybe I need to lay in a darkened room.

K x

Llama Denim

Ok, I know I said the next one would be about my birthday, but I am currently helping to look after Llama Supporter who is now 3 days post knee surgery! So far no arguments have occurred and he is at his computer playing a game with people in Germany. I have given up trying to shout in his direction and have to call him if I need to talk to him! So instead I am using my time to catch up on blog posts and I keep forgetting to talk about these incredible jeans I have found!

In one of my posts many moons ago, I complained that I can never find any jeans that fit me. It was beginning to put me off shopping altogether (I know,  it must be serious) and was making me feel pretty bad about my body too. Well thanks to the Tooth Fairy I have FINALLY found a pair! Which have now multiplied to 3 different pairs. I was hopeful with a pair I found in Topshop when shopping with Number 1 Corgi Mum and tried the style on multiple times but couldn’t find any in store in the correct leg length.

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Totally rocking the security tag/awkward changing room mirror angle/cankles look… right?

I had a moan to the Tooth Fairy about this fact and she suggested we take a trip to Zara. Low and behold I finally found jeans that fit my fat hips, are high waisted, fit in the leg and at £25.99 compared to the £59.00 Topshop pair, they don’t break the bank either. Hallelujah! I swiftly purchased a pair in stonewash denim and made a plan to buy more when I was slightly more financially stable.

Excuse the resting bitch face, I’m concentrating on sucking everything in and not falling over. Top is from Missguided you can find it here in nude.


I have worn them absolutely everywhere, I mean everywhere, they even met Guy… swoon. They are super stretchy without being baggy or too tight behind the knees. My main issue with jeans is keeping them on my waist so the fact that these are so high waisted was the icing on the cake. I have square hips so low and mid waisted jeans just don’t work, I spend the whole time hitching them up. I set off back to Zara to stock up and nearly cried, they have already discontinued the colour. I had a minor meltdown as I thought the entire line had been discontinued and I was destined to own one pair of jeans that fit forever.

Thankfully, they have Autumn/Winter colours out instead of the stone wash, so I settled on a dark indigo colour which can be found here. I also managed to nab a pink frayed pair in the sale for just £12.00 (they now down even further to £7.99!) and can be found here. My grandfather asked if a dog had attacked them but other than that they have been well received.


I have also just spotted two other pairs that I love on their website but I think another Zara parcel arriving might tip my mother over the edge. For some reason she keeps going on about me having too many clothes, but I’m not quite sure where that’s come from…

Next time: Thirty… unless I remember something else I have forgotten. Lets blame my new found old age.

K x

Dirt Quake Llama

Apologies for the delay in posting! I really need to get back to one a week but things have been super busy here and it doesn’t look like it’s about to change any time soon! But fear not I am becoming more organised!

As promised Dirt Quake! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you may have seen me posting about this a lot recently. For those of you that don’t know much about it, which is probably the majority, let me explain. It’s a weekend event dedicated to motorbike racing with a difference! The event is now in its 6th year and is held at the Adrian Flux Arena in Kings Lynn. It’s held on a dirt bike track but you can’t enter on dirt bikes. In fact the more inappropriate the bike for the course the better when it comes to Dirt Quake. There are classes to suit any level of craziness, ranging from Choppers to Scooters with the girls getting in on the act too with Ladies races on both Saturday and Sunday.

As well as all the racing, there are bands in the evenings and party tricks and games in the main arena during the breaks in racing. They also manage to encourage famous faces from the motorbike world to come along too. Guy Martin (if you haven’t heard of him you definitely don’t follow me) has been in attendance most years and is always full of enthusiasm. It was also down to him that the event was televised for the first time ever this year. Also trying their hand at racing at this insane event were Neil Hodgson, Ross Nobel, Carl Fogarty (who went on to break 10 ribs, puncture his lung and dislocate his shoulder in the final) and several TT champions of past and present.

There is camping available opposite the arena run by a company called Trailer Trash if you want to make a proper weekend of it. Due to Llama Supporter’s hop along leg we decided to find somewhere on Airbnb, as he definitely couldn’t cope with life under canvas. If you’re ever in Kings Lynn and need a place to stay we really can’t recommend Helen at Hampton Court highly enough! The house was incredibly beautiful and she was a wonderful host. The other guy also staying there, turned out to be a guy called Jake who had entered himself in the Best of British race on the Sunday with his Ariel.

Ok so prepare yourself for so many photos you’ll feel like you’ve been there too…


If you looked at all of those thank you, you deserve your own Dirt Quake trophy! I could go on about this event forever but I’ll refrain. If you’re even the tiniest bit curious, go! Honestly, it’s insane, amazing and thrilling all rolled into one. You don’t need to know anything about bikes to enjoy it either so don’t let that put you off. Personally I do love dirt track, grass track, the TT to name a few and have been bought up around those kind of events. But it was something Llama Supporter had never been a spectator for before or even thought about attending and enjoyed it just as much as I did. So go, if nothing else it makes you feel like you can do anything! And that’s never a bad thing.

Next time: Thirty

K x

Botanical Llama

As promised last time I’ve finally managed to get round writing up our Kew Gardens expedition. After lazing around on Sunday morning we spent the usual hour discussing where to go or what to do. I am a dreadful decision maker, food, day trips, activities don’t ask me to decide. You’ll age waiting. It’s not because I can’t make up my mind, it’s because I hate making people do things I like but they might not. Unless I book it and invite you to attend… you don’t actually have to come and I won’t be offended but please know I’ll be going regardless. For once we both decided on the same location and set off in the direction of Kew.

Due to the wonderful long daylight hours, the gardens were open until 9pm! This has now changed to 8.30pm so check before you go. We arrived just after lunch so had plenty of time to wander, Llama Supporter is still lame so we took it easy and managed to explore about 1/4 of the grounds. One of many excuses to return to see the rest. As this was my first visit to Kew I was slightly overwhelmed by the size of the place and wanted to make sure we saw a few key displays and areas, so we came up with a route and tried not to get distracted by the winding paths disappearing in different directions.

We decided we had to start at The Hive, if you hadn’t already noticed I am obsessed with saving the bees! I’ve added a link here so you can read more about it. It is an aluminium structure of a beehive, designed by Wolfgang Buttress, in the centre of a wildflower meadow to encourage the bees into the garden. At regular intervals the hive plays the sounds that would be heard inside a working hive.


From here we made our way towards the Princess of Wales conservatory. This is made up of 10 smaller conservatories, all with a different climate and humidity, from cacti to orchids and the biggest lily pads I have ever seen! It is also home to the Titan Arum, this is one of the largest flowering structures in the natural world and smells like rotting carcass.


Next we stumbled across the formal family gardens and rose pagodas where we met a very sassy male peacock posing for photos before we headed to the cafe for a pause. I was slightly anxious as to what might be on offer and had been wishing we had packed a picnic but I was pleasantly surprised by the large range of gluten-free cakes on offer! There was actually a choice! I went for the chocolate and beetroot cake, mostly for the pink icing. This was my first experience of beetroot in a cake and wasn’t quite sure what to expect but it was AMAZING. The main issue I have with gluten-free baking is the cake is normally so crumbly… is that a word? It should be with regards to gluten-free baking anyways. But this one held together perfectly thanks to the beetroot! I am now on the hunt for a recipe so I can give it a go at home. If you know of any give me a shout!


We then set off in the direction of the Palm house and rose garden, unfortunately the Palm house closed just as we got there! The second reason to return. Undeterred we continued towards the Tree top walkway. Westonbirt Arboretum also has one of these structures running through their tree tops giving you a whole new view on the place. The one at Kew was slightly different, this one is much smaller and in a loop so you don’t have to turn round and go back again! By this point poor Llama Supporter was about 8/10 lame so we headed back in the direction of the car through Kew Palace garden which was now completely deserted so we could get snap happy.


Congratulations if you’re still with me after all that! Many thanks and much love as always. I can’t wait to return for another day with a full picnic hamper and a charged camera! A very successful spontaneous Sunday!

Next time: Dirt Quake!

K x

Sketching Llama

It’s July! Which means only one thing, it’s my birthday month! Unfortunately my birthday is the last of 5 in our family in a 2 and a half week period! Busy, bankrupting  times! Because of other exciting arrangements occurring in July, Llama Supporter booked my surprise for the 1st starting off the month extremely well. As usual he pulled out all the stops and managed to keep it a secret until the morning so that I could plan my outfit accordingly (he literally is the best).

As many of you will know by now from my Facebook account, we went to Sketch, a millennial pink paradise. Well it’s actually 5 restaurants and bars under one roof, one of which, The Gallery, is pink heaven. The blush pink walls are lined with wonderful and bizarre artwork by Turner Prize nominee David Shrigley, complimented by the Art Deco inspired soft furnishings.  I have been desperate to go here for absolutely ages and seeing as I am turning 30 (literally hideous) Llama Supporter thought it was the perfect opportunity. Naturally I dressed in multiple different tones of pink, so much so, the host said to Llama Supporter, your girlfriend really likes pink doesn’t she… I’d like to think this was a compliment.

Ok so prepare yourself.

I wore: Blush jumper – Topshop, Pale pink textured skirt and Dusty pink heels – New Look, Embroidered bag – Accessorize, White bow top (seen later) Zara.


Llama Supporter wore: Navy blazer and light blue shirt – Ozwald Boateng, Jeans – Tristan, Burgundy shoes – Churches. Hilarious expression – Models own.


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Are you still with me? You can imagine my face the entire time. Hands down the best birthday surprise so far! I’ve attached the menu here. As you can see we ate a lot! I went for Chantilly Lace to start, which consisted of black rice, basmati rice, lobster bisque, red pepper and wasabi. Llama Supporter went for Carlingford oysters with lemon gel, shallot vinegar and grilled sourdough. For the main course I had the pan-fried sirloin of Black Angus beef with kale and almonds. I also added creamed spinach and French fries. Llama Supporter went for Abanico of Ibérico pork, caramelised sweet onion fondue, capers, black pudding and kirsch ravioli. Our cocktails were ‘Far from Vanilla’ and… normally I’d tell you what Llama Supporter had but, he threw the receipt away and despite me spending nearly 2 hours googling I can’t find the name of it for love nor money. All I can tell you is it contained chilli, peroni and lemon. Not for the faint hearted,  one sip and it nearly blew my head off! Needless to say we couldn’t manage dessert!

I couldn’t leave without taking a photo of the toilets. I sent Llama Supporter in first, which caused him to look at me like I’m a complete weirdo but he soon realised why. The toilets at Sketch are famous in their own right, which is not surprising when they look like this (also featuring the Zara top).

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Yes, giant dinosaur/egg/pod whatever you wish to call them. With a Saturday Night Fever dance floor on the ceiling. Without doubt, a huge Llama seal of approval, I will definitely be returning in the near future, hopefully to try their afternoon tea!

Next time: Kew Botanical Gardens

K x


Llama Catch Up

Apologies for the lack of posts of late. Approximately 15 minutes after I published my last post, Llama Supporter ruptured his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) playing football. And was taken to A&E by the Hipster Lawyer. He’s now awaiting surgery! Not the best start to Summer, or at the most convenient time seeing as he was moving house in 4 days time. Thankfully I have borderline OCD when it comes to packing and organising and the move carried on as planned, with only a minor daily mental breakdown (from me) and with hop along helping the best he could.

June 20th was results day, I’ve been dreading this day since I finished my exams. Regardless of how well you feel they went when they are actually taking place, this awful self doubt appears and continues to grow day by day. I didn’t sleep for three nights, this may seem dramatic and it’s not as though any of that changes the actual results by that point. But because of what happened last summer, I felt even more pressure to pass them to ensure the last year of hard work wasn’t for nothing. Thankfully everything actually went better than I could have hoped for and I managed to pass everything individually! I cried for about 25 minutes, my poor Mum couldn’t understand what I was saying and thought I’d failed. But it was the unbelievable sense of relief coming out all at once. I celebrated by having cheese on toast and going back to work for the rest of the afternoon.

Llama supporter had to wait 3 more days before he finally found out his results. The nervous tummy returned as I waited to hear. I’m so proud to say he’s graduating in July with a 2:1 from Bristol, even if he will be limping to get his degree!

The rest of June has been busy, busy with work, watch out Essex I’ve been let loose with the John Deere again. I have also been trying to finish my latest project for my sister’s birthday. I decided at the start of Summer to customise a pair of jeans for her… despite only just learning to embroider. I like a challenge. I also decided to do it all free hand.  I’ve lost count of how many times I have stabbed myself in the finger but I think it was all worth it. Maggot seemed pretty happy with them when she unwrapped them on her birthday. I can see faults in them, as I am a perfectionist but I think it’s not too bad for a first attempt! I am now absolutely addicted and can’t stop customising things. Except to see many bees and flowers in the future. Here’s a photographic round up…


So that pretty much sums up June… working, embroidery and moving! Next month is going to be much more interesting, so I hope you’ve enjoyed your holiday from me because you’re about to hear so much more.

Today we went to pick up something very shiny and exciting, before grabbing lunch at Coté in Highgate. We are frequent visitors but this is the first time we have tried their lunch time/early dinner menu. They offer two courses for £10.95 or three for £12.95. I decided on the crab and avocado to start followed by the omelette and Llama Supporter went for the terrine with grilled bread before tucking into the fishcake and poached egg. We originally decided on two courses but Llama Supporter couldn’t leave without his chocolate fix, so he decided on the dark chocolate pot and I went for the chocolate moose for dessert. We waddled home, I am now on the sofa where I intend to stay until later this evening as we are off to watch Baby Driver with friends.


I asked Llama Supporter to smile…


Expect another post in the next few days as I am being whisked away on a surprise adventure on Saturday as an early birthday treat! I am so excited, I love surprises so much! I have about 12 outfits with me in preparation as I have no idea whatsoever as to what it is.

So until then, lots of love

K x

Edith Llama


It’s been a little bit longer than expected. Exams are finally over (woohoo) and I have trundled home for summer. The last week has mostly been spent unpacking and feeling guilty for not revising. I’ve been revising since March so it’s a hard thing to get used to. I’m praying that I’ve done enough to pass and resits are not awaiting me. But for now I don’t even want to know, they can keep them.

To celebrate our freedom, Llama Supporter and I trundled off in the Sunday sunshine for a walk. We decided to try out the Park Walk which runs from Highgate to Finsbury Park. Unbeknown to us, we picked the best day to walk it as there were youth theatre productions of plays such as The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet along the entire route for us to enjoy. The walk runs along a disused railway line that used to connect Highgate, Crouch End and Finsbury park. It was absolutely packed full of walkers, runners and cyclists enjoying the beautiful June sunshine and the theatre productions.


On the way back we decided to take a little detour to Crouch End, to a little place I have been stalking on Instagram. Edith’s House is described as popping over to your Nan’s to enjoy some home cooking. It was quite busy when we arrived as it was just post lunch but luckily it started to empty just before we left so I could get snap happy. As you can see on arrival, it definitely feels like arriving at an elderly relative’s house for an afternoon catch up.

They have all manner of things on the menu which can be found here. They serve amazing cakes with afternoon tea, complete with tea cosy. As well as pudding shakes and many different types and flavours of scones. They also serve breakfast until 4pm (heaven!). I went for scrambled eggs and salmon on sourdough and Llama Supporter went for the build your own breakfast (scroll down to see). You can also hire the venue for parties in the evening and dogs are welcome too! It literally ticks all the boxes! The battery died on my camera and my phone is too full for photos so I had to improvise with Snapchat so forgive the quality!


If kitsch isn’t your thing then you’ll probably best to avoid the place as it is literally coming out of the walls. But if you’re like me then head on over as it’s even more amazingly retro than I could ever have imagined! I will definitely be coming back here, with a charged camera, Maggot has already demanded I take her too so expect to see more of Edith’s House!

That’s it for this post, I have no immediate plans… one of the best feelings ever! But I will definitely be posting again soon. I’m also working on a little project at the moment which I can’t breath a word about, but if I pull it off then I will be updating you with photos of that too!

Until then, much love

K x