*spins around in a leather arm chair, stroking a cat and trying not to squint through the dim lighting*
Hello. I’ve been expecting you.
Okay, so I haven’t really, but I am so glad you’ve stumbled across my corner of the internet! Welcome! Grab a drink, find a seat, kick your feet up, let’s hang out!
I’m Anjali (pronounced Un-ja-lee, emphasis on the ‘un’), and I’m a 26 year old Philosophy graduate with no plans for my life, other than to live it to the fullest. I’m a proud New Zealander, but my love for travel and adventure tends to often over shadow that.
You may be slightly confused. ‘Didn’t you blog over at From L&P to English Tea? Didn’t I see you there?’ Yes. Yes you did. Read on to find out what’s going on there!
Other than my numerous hobbies (most of which you will find shared here), I love writing lists, kicking through autumn leaves, walking in the rain, painting my nails, playing the piano, guitar and ukulele…loudly, dyeing my hair crazy colours, all things pasta, and I think pineapples are hilarious.
About the Blog
Like I mentioned, I had From L&P to English Tea for a solid 5 years. I’ve been blogging in some shape or form since about 2008, and when I moved over to England in 2011 I had started From L&P to English Tea as a way for my friends and family back home to keep up with what I was doing. I returned home after two fantastic years, and have continued blogging.
However, the name of the blog had become redundant, and though I had tried to soften it’s craziness by adding ‘and back again’ to the bottom of the header, it wasn’t really quite the same. I needed something that was going to able to remain the same, no matter where I was in the world, or what I was doing. The name needed to – ‘cuse the pun – travel well.
I had started This Splendid Shambles 1.0 (through Blogger) on a bit of a whim, thinking I was going to be able to manage two blogs at once, each focusing on different things. I couldn’t. So sat This Splendid Shambles 1.0, and it really was a splendid shambles. A blog that needed more love than I could give it. After about 4 months of having it, it sort of fizzled and died. The posts remained there, but I wasn’t adding anything to them.
And then we come back to From L&P to English Tea. A blog I loved with all my bloggy heart, a blog that had literally been around the world with me, had allowed me to make friends with other bloggers, and grow my confidence in my writing, my photography, my sharing and my story telling. But at the back of mind for so long, the thought niggled away at me – it wasn’t really what I wanted, nor where I saw the future of blog heading.
It was almost like I created This Splendid Shambles 1.0 for this reason, not that I knew it at the time. Here was this blog name, this title and content that summed up my life – a wonderful crazy mess of everything – sitting empty, and here was From L&P to English Tea, so full it was bursting.
And so From L&P to English Tea hooked up with This Splendid Shambles 1.0 to create This Splendid Shambles 2.0, which is what you’re reading this very moment. Naw. It was like it was meant to be.
And so that’s the story of my blog. Of course I’m sad to say goodbye to From L&P to English Tea (although you’ll see it around the place on image watermarks and Pins on Pinterest I’m sure), but I’m excited about This Splendid Shambles (2.0) and where it takes me.
I hope you’ll join me in this adventure.