Category Archives: Misc.

A little blog holiday

Sometimes I go through phases where I don’t see the point in blogging any more. I’m unfortunately in one of those phases at the moment. I’m also doubting my existence on Twitter, which is very shocking for me (I used to love Twitter!).

I suppose really for me there isn’t much point to my blogging – I don’t make money from it (nor do I intend to). It’s literally just a place to chat. I’m never going to be one of those high profile blogs, because a) I don’t like *having* to stick to a blogging schedule, b) I don’t want to write article after article, and c) I don’t have the time or the inclination to invest in PR. Most the time I’m ok with that, but occasionally I think it would be nice to have thousands of readers and use my blog for the power of good (recommending green things, etc.). In recent years my readership has plateau’d (this is quite normal although lots of bloggers forget this!) and I guess we’ve all just got comfortable together.

Anyway, I need a little break from blogging, and luckily this break coincides with a few days I have off work. I’ll be back on the 28th July.

Have a lovely week, whatever your plans :)

A photo post

I have a collection of random photos for you today.  Every now and then I like to collect together all the photos I haven’t shared, and just dump them all in one post so I can move on with my life!  Captions beneath each photo.

Sleepy cat :)

Little Archie having a snooze with me one afternoon. She’s not a particularly affectionate cat, but she does follow me around the house and she stays nearby.  She’s moulting at the moment, as you can see from her neck in the photo.  Lots of loose hairs being abandoned everywhere!

Yellow and orange lily

I love my lilies. They’re orange and yellow varieties and they’re beautiful. I wish they flowered longer though! (P.S. I’ve just finished a book called Seven Flowers and how they changed the world, and the lily was one of the flowers featured. It was a good read.)

Eaten snail

I find this snail shell on the patio exactly as it is in the photo, and you can see that a hungry bird has eaten the snail from it. I don’t really mind as there are too many snails in the garden!

Rose reaching up to sky

My Mum grows a lot of roses. I don’t really care for them; I think they require too much effort to look pretty, but this one was reaching to the sky and looking pretty, so it deserved a photo!

I may have bought new keyboard stickers for my laptop!

I bought a set of keyboard stickers for my Mac, so it looks all snazzy! I got this set off Etsy (there are loads of designs on there!), but the return key and the shift key were wrong so I’m currently waiting for an update from the seller as they’re sticker-less and sad.  I’ve also ordered a sticker for the wrist pad section so it doesn’t get scratched, so I’ll show you that when it’s arrived.

New laptop desk

I bought a new stand for my laptop finally (I chose the mobility product one).  The Apple rainbow sticker came with my keyboard stickers but I already have a sticker on the front of my laptop.  (Also, you can see the missing return key sticker on my keyboard in that photo!)

So that’s the miscellaneous stuff from my life!

A new URL reminder

New pink converse

These boots are made for walking…

The URL of Planet Millie has changed from to  This changed happened a couple of months ago and I updated most systems, but goes offline at the end of August so if you’re visiting here from a favourites link or something please update it.

People reading in feeds, by email and by Bloglovin’ don’t need to do anything!

Why I stopped journalling

I recently mentioned in a comment on here that I’d stopped journalling, and I was asked to write about this. I was going to at some point, but I hadn’t really marshalled my thoughts together, so I didn’t know what to say.

For months now I’ve not been journalling regularly. I’ve not been enjoying it and it’s lapsed into a chore that I do once every couple of weeks. Alongside this, I’ve been pondering what to do with all my old journals (this sometimes took place on here!). I didn’t know what I was keeping all the old notebooks for, and as there were around 30 they were taking up a lot of space (I’ve kept a journal for 10 years). As you guys know, I’m big on de-cluttering, and all these old notebooks were becoming dead space.

I wasn’t aware that I’d made a decision about all of this, but one morning in May I woke up with the decision to get rid of all the notebooks. I sorted through them all, removing any sensitive pages and recycling the rest. The sensitive pages got shredded and went into the compost. It was a big job that took many hours over several days to complete, but I felt much better for doing it.

That was a couple of months ago now, and I’ve not had an urge to journal since. I don’t regret getting rid of the journals, but I am annoyed that I wasn’t a better journaller. I love reading biographies and published journals, but mine were no way near that interesting! I do however miss the act of writing. I originally started keeping a journal so I could write by hand regularly, and now that exercise has gone I do miss it. The decision to stop journalling has wider repercussions over my use of pens and paper, and I think I will need to find a new activity that uses these.

That’s what happened to my journals anyway. Do any of you journal? Have you kept all your old notebooks?

Selling my Nikon D60 camera and lens

Camera body and accs for sale

I’m selling my Nikon d60 on eBay. I’ve umm’d and ahh’d over this decision for months, because it’s a lovely camera, but I just don’t get full use out of it and I prefer my other Nikon.

I’ve never been able to completely relax with a DSLR, despite much reading and practicing, and I’ve accepted now that I will probably never go full manual. I’ll stick to bridge cameras, which give me what I want without demanding that I understand the technical aspect of photography!

If you’re interested in the listings, they are below. It’s only open to UK residents on eBay, but if you are outside the UK and are interested please send me a message and I’ll sort it out for you.

Nikon D60 black camera body

Sigma 70-300mm Lens Nikon compatible

Lego Moleskine week 23 & 24

2014 Moleskine Week 23

Week 23

My June goals are going ok, I guess!  This is the week I had my first cucumber of the year and my first strawberries.  Yum yum!

2014 Moleskine Week 24

Week 24

Beeeees!  I also watched Orange is the new black season 2 (LOVE) and started lots of books, which I always regret!

Laptop stands

I’ve noticed that my Mac runs a lot hotter than my old Samsung laptop – has anyone else noticed this with Macs?  This is my first Mac, so I don’t know if it’s normal.  Anyway, as a result of this, I’m thinking about getting a stand for my laptop.  I mostly use my laptop on my lap, usually sat on bed, so having such a hot machine is a considerable nuisance.  It makes it uncomfortable on my lap and I’m concerned about it overheating.

Have any of you got a laptop stand, or fashioned one for yourself?  I’d like to know your thoughts on them please.  I’ve had a browse on the web and there are a couple of sensible designs.  Storage is my main issue (and cost!) as when I’m not using it I need to be able to put it away easily.

I like this design by Gutav, and it’s fully customisable: you can choose whether your mouse is on the left or right side (or if you even have one).  I don’t have a mouse, but I like the idea of the additional space for a notebook, and I love the phone slot.  Plus, the stand is flat so you can slide it easily away after use.  It is expensive though, and ships from Turkey.

Gutav Wooden Mobile Laptop Stand

This website that makes mobility products for old people do an excellent adjustable one, but the mouse mat does appear to be on the right hand side and not moveable.  It’s cheaper than the Gutav one and ships from the UK though.


Argos do a plain folding tray in pine (the photo is rubbish so I’m not including it here).  It’s cheap and plain, but will do the job.

I’ve only shared wooden designs here as I’d prefer to avoid plastic if I can.  The final option is to try and fashion something myself from some wood.  This isn’t a bad idea as I do have some craft skills and I have the right equipment, but I don’t know if it will be cheaper (I’ll have to source the wood) and it might not do the job as well as one of the above designs as it won’t have legs!  (Also, it would probably be made of plywood, which I hate!)

If you have any thoughts on this, please share them!

Birds in the garden

I recently bought some new bird feed, and the birds are loving it.  I’ve had a couple of new species in the garden, although sadly I haven’t got good photos.  Still, I thought I’d share what I’ve seen recently.

New birdfeed


Two starlings on birdfeeder

Two starlings

Young great tit

Young great tit – there’s a whole flock of these playing in the garden these days!

Pigeon on fence


Collared dove up close

Collared dove

I’m back, with photos!

Hi all, I hope you all had a lovely week whilst I was offline.  I had a week off at home and it was lovely.  The sun shone (shocking!), and I got lots of little projects done.  Time at home without work is the best, as you get to catch up on all those things that you ignore when you have a full schedule.  I finished my crochet blanket (coming up in another blog post), fed the birds, did lots of reading and gardening, saw a few new films and watched some rubbish TV!

You might think that because I was home all week I didn’t spend much, but you’d be wrong.  I ate and did some online shopping!  hehe.  It was a good week, and you’ll see some of the things I did in later posts.  For now, here are a few photos.

Garden flower

Pigeon and dove

Cup of tea and a magazine

Dew drops

Archie asleep B&W

Pine cone found on my walk

Archie paws B&W

Clematis flower

Cow parsley


Small tortoiseshell butterfly

Lincolnshire in spring

Hawthorn blossom