Hello there and welcome to what could be a snowy Friday. If you were here last week, it was great to see you and if you're new here this week, hello - either way it's good to have you along this week and both Morgan and I hope you find some great posts to read.
As I'm writing this we've had snow here in Greenwich and the top of my car is white, whether or not it'll remain overnight has to be seen. And for the first time in however long, I'm not dreading my journey to work in the snowy conditions. In fact I think it's safe to say I'm *almost* excited for it, especially if it is proper and pretty snow.
I won't be standing on a freezing platform waiting for a shorter than usual train this time round. Or worrying about driving on less than ideal and slippy roads, or worrying about the conditions and how everyone else is driving like lunatics and even more than usual. I'll be donning my boots and heading off on foot into Greenwich Park as usual. And I'm hoping it will be pretty rather than slushy, and also that I don't fall over!
Earlier in the week I made another discovery in Greenwich Park, the yellow flowers of witch hazel. It's a hardy plant that's usually in flower in mid-late Winter. And it brings a welcome blast of yellow, which for me, is never a bad thing!
Blogger Showcase: Luke from Hux Life
1. How did you discover blogs/blogging?
My sister's friend Ashleigh has a blog on all things fashion, love and gin. I read numerous posts and it got me thinking that it's a nice creative means to talk about life and general musings.
2. Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging - at Hux Life - to document the development of my little boy. I think when you try and look back at key development stages, your mind becomes a little cloudy on the details. At least in years to come, I'll have it all written down and can relive the fond or not so fond memories.
3. What do you find most challenging?
Finding time to sit down and concentrate on writing a good blog post. Being consistent is hard when you are either sleep deprived or other daily household chores need doing, ahead of sitting down with a laptop.
4. What is your favourite topic to write about?
Seeing as Huxley has now taking over our existence, it seems only natural to blog about him; his progressions and our changing life to include him. It's been a whirlwind journey so far and doesn't look like it will be calming down anytime soon. Gives me a lot of good material to blog about.
5. Are you blogging for fun or do you have goals?
Yes, I'm blogging for fun at the moment. I do have goals to be recognised as a key contributor in the world of dad blogging but its something way in the distance, for now.
6. What is your favourite thing about blogging?
Hearing other peoples stories on parenting. Sharing knowledge and being part of a small community. I'm the first of my mates to become a dad so felt kind of lost being thrust into a new world. Being able to connect with other dads out there has been a great support.
7. Have you ever attended a blogging conference and if so, what did you think?
No, for just starting out it's not something that really took my fancy at such an early stage. I did see a lot of people I follow on Twitter attend Blogfest 2016 and from their comments, it seemed a very valuable conference. Maybe Blogfest 2017 has my name on it.
8. What are your 3 best posts?
In order of popularity:
- The birth story of Huxley...from my point of view.
- My top 5 things for the month of September. A linky series with @suburb4nmum.
- Discussing public baby changing facilities for dads or lack of. A collaboration post with Sudocream for their Changing Room Awards.
9. Describe yourself in three words?
Caring, witty and a perfectionist.
10. Are you a tea and biscuit or coffee and cake person?
Coffee and cake all day long... Since having a baby I seem to be fuelled on coffee! Oh, and a slice of carrot cake if you're asking.
11. What’s your idea of a perfect night out?
Starting at a small cosy venue with a group of friends and some good cocktails, then on to a late night disco party, dancing into the small hours.
12. Your perfect night in?
A night on the sofa with the OH, a good film, deluxe cheese board and copious amounts of red wine.
13. What would your best friend/OH/mum or kids say is your best quality?
My good sense of humour and wicked (sometimes inappropriate) laugh.
Thanks Luke! The cheeseboard and red wine sound like a great evening.