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what makes you, you?

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i’m a firm believer in being yourself regardless of whether there is peer pressure or not. of course, if this endangers you in some way i hope you can be safe, or have a support network of understanding people that want you to be you. i don’t have a huge amount to celebrate about my childhood, but i thank my (formerly rebellious punk) dad for instilling a strong sense of self in me, and my past experiences (both bad and good) for making me who i am.

but on a more general level, i feel like you can’t truly be yourself if you conform to what society wants. sometimes it just so happens that what you genuinely like and enjoy crosses over with the majority and there is no shame in that – i can’t stand when people bash others because they like being trendy. it may not be for you (and it most certainly isn’t for me) but just let people be, and if they want to, they will develop in their own time.
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for the love of autumn

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leaf with patchy orange and yellow

might seem a bit random in a post about autumn, but i must disclaim i talk about suicide briefly in this post, so consider this a trigger warning if you wish to skip this post. also there’s a spider.

since i was a child, autumn has always been my favourite time of year. obviously my birthday being at the end of october gives me a bit of a bias, but mostly it’s because of all of the colour around, and memories associated with it. i didn’t have the happiest of childhoods and so autumn became something i really cherished. most of my childhood was spent in surrey and hampshire, and i loved walking around the hilly parts of guildford and kicking up leaves, and don’t even get me started on newlands corner. ah, memories!
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harvest tour of westons cider mill

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caple rd cider van

westons cider mill house

firstly, a big thank you to westons for inviting us along for a tour! a couple of fridays ago i, and a small group of bloggers were invited along to westons cider mill for a tour of the inner workings and the orchards, as well as some cider tasting. it being harvest time of year, there was of course plenty of colour outside and it was especially nice walking through the organic apple orchards taking photos.

it was fascinating to see and be told about the process of cider and perry making. as you’re shown around the grounds you get to see pretty much every part of it.
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the small things | 5

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baby fig leaves

as simple as these posts are, they are some of my favourite posts to put together. i set up a draft, and throughout the month i update it with the small things that have made me happy. every single time it brings a smile to my face, or at least to my mind. taking note (whether literally or mentally, even if it’s a fleeting thought) of the small things that make me happy or little things i notice is incredibly important to me. it’s a one of my most necessary coping mechanisms and has saved my life and sanity on more than one occasion. if you’ve noticed a lot of my photos focus on little details and close ups of things ..this is totally part of that.
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