I’m Melissa, and I live in a quiet, small town right on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey, and Berkshire in the UK. Not much happens in my little town so I have to make my own fun, and figured other people might be interested, hence this blog was born. I’ve been blogging since 2001, first Diaryland, then Livejournal, and then through my Project 365 on Flickr, which I’m still doing five years later. I often think that not much happens in my life, but blogging and taking photos helps me remember that I am quite lucky.
Once upon a time, I had an ambition to be a writer. Didn’t we all. But my desire to spend/waste all my money on trips to America, tattoos, and boring things like the mortgage meant I ended up working in Higher Education. I now live vicariously through students, and especially love reading PhD proposals (particularly when I understand them, which isn’t too often). My parents used to think I’d be a student forever, doing both my Undergrad and Postgrad degrees at Royal Holloway, so it makes sense that I’d end up working for a University.
I live with my husband – cleverly nicknamed Husband when I write – and although we don’t have children or pets, we have adopted the wildlife that visits our garden. Living next to a nature reserve, we have squirrels, foxes, birds, and bizarrely frogs, popping in on a daily basis to say hi. Husband is usually my partner in crime for my adventures, and we’re fortunate enough to be able to drop everything and fly over to New York, make a quick visit to Copenhagen, or jump on a train to Edinburgh. We do love a random mini-break.
The title of my blog comes from the very first Patrick Wolf song I fell in love with. And I couldn’t have a new blog without at least one reference to my musical hero. I’ve been a fan(girl) of his since 2005 and have seen him live 20 times since then. You could say I’m a little obsessed. Most of my post titles come from pop culture – sometimes, they might seem quite random, but there usually is some kind of link! I love TV, film, and music, and despite the fact I’m clearly too old for Tumblr, I do love a good Gif – I am a Professional Crazed Fan.