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Roisin Grace - my first craft fair!

My first craft fair with the Artisans in the Palm House, Liverpool

A couple of weeks ago I had my first craft stall, selling a selection of my photo prints and greeting cards. The event was called the Artisans in the Palm House, and had been going on for three days. The Palm House, where I was located, is such a stunning building, and it was an honour to placed inside. I had a wonderful day meeting fellow makers and customers. This being my first time ever having a craft stall, I was super nervous! I had actually been preparing for it for some time, and with a couple of weeks to go I ended up making a ‘mock stall’ in my parent’s dining room, where I was able to play around with the display. All the things that I sold during the day, are available on my Etsy shop. I was very lucky to have my Mum by my side, and she was the perfect sub-team leader! When preparing for this craft stall, I must have spent in total, hours looking around Pinterest and found some great …

Autumn Travels

September and October travels: Pisa, Lucca, Florence and Paris!

Anyone who follows my Instagram or Facebook will have noticed that I’ve been galavanting around quite a bit recently, and it’s safe to say that this September and October have been somewhat of a whirlwind for me, and November won’t be so dissimilar. In September I went to Italy with my parents, exploring the cities of Pisa, Lucca and Florence. It was my first time going to all of these cities, and I had such a wonderful time. Italy is just a beautiful country. October saw me travelling via Eurostar to my favourite place – Paris. I went with my friend Aurora, and we stayed at a friend’s apartment (shout out to Geoff if he is reading this!). It was great being back in the city I have missed it so much! I had the fantastic job of taking Aurora around many of my old haunts and managed to do and see some things I had not done before. Whilst it makes me sad that these trips are in the past, this November I lucky …

Graduation from University of Oxford

Graduating with a Master’s from the University of Oxford

Who would have thought it this time two years ago, after graduating from the University of York, I would be graduating with a Master’s degree from Oxford? I certainly didn’t. Oxford has always had this mysterious and enigmatic presence in my life. When I was smaller, I remember thinking how amazing it would be to attend and study here, but never in my wildest dreams did I actually think I would have gone there. And now I have finished! This year has probably been one of the quickest in my life to date. My course was only 9 months long. The shortness of my degree meant that a lot was crammed into a little amount of time. This included the huge task of learning languages such as Latin and Medieval French at the same time. Whilst at times many lamented how hard, demanding, and tiring the course was – I found it incredibly interesting, and never once did I think that maybe I should have been doing something else. I loved it. However, this year …

#Elevate with Shia LaBeouf, Luke Turner and Nastja Säde Rönkkö, Oxford University

Sharing an elevator with Shia LaBeouf, Luke Turner and Nastja Rönkkö #Elevate

Last Friday began like any other. I was preparing for a weekend trip to London that afternoon, so got my bags packed, did some work and reading, took a book from the library. Totally normal. Except, me and my housemate decided that we would check out what Shia LaBeouf was up to in Oxford. Yes, Shia LaBeouf was on Oxford (!) Pause for a moment whilst I stop squealing. So for those who not familiar, the Hollywood actor Shia LaBeouf has brought his focus to the world of performance art, and has done some many interesting things in the past. He is part of a trio which includes Luke Turner and Nastja Säde Rönkkö, making them ‘LaBeouf, Turner, Rönkkö’. One of the last things they did was occupy a gallery room in Liverpool’s FACT, answering the public’s calls in an attempt to ‘touch their soul’. I tried calling 200 times to no avail. So when I heard that the trio were going to be occupying a lift in the centre of Oxford for 24 hours, I had …

Christmas at Christ Church College, University of Oxford

Oxmas: Merry Christmas from Oxford

What a crazy couple of months it has been for me! I officially finished my first term here at Oxford, and have been enjoying the Christmas holidays so far (except for when I’m attempting to write an essay!) I have been having an amazing time at Oxford, and am so appreciative for this incredible opportunity to study in such an awe-inpsiring place with so many interesting people. What does make me sad is the fact that have neglected my blog for such a long time. Despite wanting to update my blog on a weekly basis, I have just struggled to find the time last term. However, I’ll make it my 2016 New Year’s resolution to keep up the blogging! There has been some really interesting things that have happened over the last term here at Oxford, and I hope to blog about them soon. Wishing all my readers and everyone out there a very merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Roisin x  

The Radcliffe Camera, Oxford

My first week at Oxford University

If you had told me this time last year, or the year before that (in fact, any year!) I would not believe you when saying that I have just finished my first week here as a student at Oxford University. Before the course officially starts in October, many of us medieval history students are taking a three-week intensive Latin course. Although the thought of taking this Latin course scared me immensely before arriving, I’m starting to get into the swing of things. I guess the hardest thing for my mind to get around is all the grammar, which we have been doing A LOT of. Besides the Latin and many headaches from over thinking (it’s been a while for me!), I am loving my time here at Oxford. Oxford is such a pretty city, full of architectural history that makes aimlessly wandering around the various streets and passages really enjoyable. There are also so many pubs, which I’m sure I’ll be frequenting soon! As I was settling into life as a student here, I was blessed to …

Notre-Dame Cathedral and Gargoyle, Paris - Black and White Photo

What a year – Au revoir à Paris et bonjour à Oxford!

As I sit here eagerly attempting to write down what an incredible year I have had, I cannot believe that a year has passed since I said goodbye to family and friends and headed off towards the city of light. A year today, my Parisian adventure began. It’s safe to say that it has ended much too quickly. There is absolutely no way in which I can describe the amazing time I have had the past year. I met some of my best friends; and I fell deeply, and madly in love with this beautiful city. Even though my year as an Au Pair in Paris might be over, my love affair with the city will always be forever – I vow it to myself to move over there at some point, to be able to call it home once again. As the saying goes, one door closes and another opens. For as of the end of September, I begin a whole new and different journey – I venture off to the ‘City of Dreaming Spires‘, Oxford, to …