Thursday, 5 March 2015

Apple Tree - Introducing Apple - 6 weeks and 4 days

So, as anyone that has me on social media may know, I got a puppy earlier this week. I really want to document her growing up and any adventures she might have. Also, I know my mum would really love to be here to watch her develop into a mighty pooch. So this is the first post in the brand new section of my blog: Apple Tree. I hope these posts make you fall in love with her as much as I already have.

This is baby Apple.

Steffen and myself decided we wanted a dog. He wanted a french bulldog and I wanted a pug, neither of which are cheap to get in this country. And with all the street dogs and puppies in rescue centers it didn't seem fair to get a pedigree. 

Around the end of February word reached us that someone we knew had a litter of puppies. We went to visit and I soon as I laid eyes on that pile of tiny black pooches I HAD to have one.

A week or so later I took my mum to see the puppies and picked out a small female with a funny, short tail. As I held her she began nibbling on my chin and I just fell in love, she was so gentle and quiet!

On Tuesday the 3rd of March we picked up baby Apple!

Now after four days Apple seems to have well and truly settled into her new home.

She currently enjoys biting feet, hiding under the sofa, playing with daddy and cuddling mummy. And she's already kind of getting the idea that she's not allowed to pee on the rug. Although the understanding that chewing the table is naughty isn't sinking in as fast!

Having a puppy is a huge responsibility but the happiness Apple brings makes the bite marks on my feet and cleaning up dog poop at 3am in the morning totally worth it.

Me and Apple hoped you enjoyed reading this post and we shall keep you updated.

P.S I just can't stop taking pictures of how adorable she is so I hope you enjoy those too.

Rhiannon. xox

Monday, 23 February 2015

The start of my journey

I haven't written a post in a long time. So much has happened in the last few months and I finally have found the time to document it. 

So, as some of you may know, in October I came to Egypt for the usual month-long holiday. But when it came time to leave I chose to miss my flight and stay here.

The last four months have been absolutely life changing.

For me, the idea of moving to Egypt was an escape. It was the easiest way I knew to start something new for myself. I never for a second thought it would be easy but it's definitely been more challenging than I could have ever imagined.

During the first month after my mum left, I struggled to find a job: relying only on the money I'd saved in my last few months in England. I was in an unhealthy relationship that came to a disastrous end after a few short weeks. I had a flatmate, a good friend of mine at the time, and although I struggled and grew homesick (to a point where I nearly went home) as the month came to a close, I still had the support of my friends here and decided not to give up.

   The beginning of December brought the start of a new relationship and a job. Although temporary, the job was welcomed with a sigh of relief. I worked in a bar through Christmas and New Years but was glad of the experience. It also helped me overcome my anxieties concerning the general public and possible language barriers that come with living in a foreign country. 

In January I made a big step into adulthood; I moved in with my boyfriend. You may be thinking "Isn't it a little too soon for such a commitment?" Well yes, perhaps that's right. But at the time we were both short of money and needed somewhere to live so it was just more convenient. But we also wanted space to be together which was difficult considering I had a flatmate and my boyfriend lived in the middle of nowhere. 

At the end of January my parents came to visit, Graeme only came for the week but Mother is still here. After two weeks of Mum being here and being in the new apartment, we were told that the owner had sold our apartment and we had five days to find a new place a move out. Super stressful but we made it, and we're settled in the new one now. Even if we're living out of boxes till we get more furniture.

At the end of the day, me living in Egypt was never going to be permanent and it was, in no sense of the word, easy. Being an anxious person, I was bound to have days where I did nothing but cry for home and familiarity. But I do not regret making the choice. I have met some amazing people, I've grown as a person more than I could ever have hoped to. And last but by no means least, I fell in love. He's an absolute idiot but he's sweet and I'm lucky to have him :)

I know this is only the beginning for me and I'm excited to see where the world will take me.

 I'm going to be posting more now that I've finally started to settle. 
Thank you for reading guys. 
Rhiannon xox

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

18th Birthday Bash

It was my 18th birthday on the fourth of November and I had a fantastic birthday party in Egypt with all my favorite people.

It was an absolutely brilliant night. Gaz and Peco played an acoustic set with their comedy thrown in. I even got up and did a few songs myself! I was surrounded by all my favorite people. We were all laughing and chatting and drinking (of course, it was my 18th after all.) 

After Gaz and Peco's first set, my mum surprised me by booking some fire dancers and one of the dancers gave me a red rose. It was such a thoughtful gesture, my mum knows I adore the fire dancers. 

And after they had I was asked to get on stage where my mum gave my a huge bunch of flowers and I blew the candles on my cake out. Safe to say I cried like a baby.

As soon as I pulled myself together, the band came on for their second set and everyone was drunk enough to dance embarrassingly for the entirety of the set and even afterwards when DJ Tommy took over.
Eventually I became too drunk to even continue dancing and was finally, and very carefully carried home where I collapsed happily into bed.

I can't imagine a better way to have spent my 18th birthday or anyone I would have rather spent it with. I'm really grateful for everything I have in life and this night just highlighted that for me.