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On: Abandoned Buildings Of Leeds

I had a really interesting chat with the current @PeopleofLeeds resident, Ryan, earlier today.
Ryan brought to our attention two abandoned buildings of Leeds in Chapel Allerton: The old Yorkshire Bank building that Morrisons pitched to turn into one of their M Local stores and this beautiful mansion.

Abandoned Buildings of Leeds

Development Opportunities in LeedsImages c/o @PeopleofLeeds

// Government schemes – With so many new and small businesses in and around Leeds you would think we could eliminate these gorgeous pockets or architecture going to waste. As more and more huge, shiny, glass shopping centres command all of the high street stores to be swallowed into their bellies in the city centre, what about the continuous stream of empty buildings? Why isn’t there a scheme to partner small businesses, that can’t afford to grow, with old buildings that can’t be sold or developed?

// Small businesses – As a small business myself I know all too well the problems that come with working out of your spare bedroom at home. From storage space, to professionalism, to using your home address in correspondence. None of it is ideal, especially when you have to pile boxes of stock upon boxes of packaging supplies, upon boxes of tech that you haven’t got room to actually use yet. Myself and my boyfriend (a part time musician with a full time job) have become experts on cramming stuff into our three bedroom home at the absolute top of our rental budget, but you can’t help but let your mind wander on all the things you could achieve if you had a little bit of space to breathe in.

// Nurturing creative ideas – My own goals aside, I constantly have ideas to create new businesses and always say that if I won the lottery I wouldn’t give up working (I’d be so bored!!). Instead I would buy up abandoned buildings and create jobs and energise cities and their workers to really be creative with business ideas. There are so many daydreams that pass by completely unexplored.

// Making it easier to follow your dreams - I’d love to take up one of the larger buildings and create a musician hotel. A space to house traveling bands for cheap rent so they can play gigs within our vast music scene, get the chance to record a track or two and release it into the music hungry fans that line our streets. It pains me that so much great music is created and immediately lost, that so many bands have to quit just before they make it because they’ve hit their limit and need to return to day jobs.

It’s the same with creatives, illustrators, designers, hand makers… we should be welcoming and nurturing these minds instead of making it harder and harder for them to succeed. Co-working spaces with grants or scholarships, in house training and mentors, something so simple as affordable storage space!

So over on Twitter myself and Ryan are asking: If you could take any abandoned building in Leeds and refurbish it, which one and what would you create in it’s place? Not from Leeds? Tell me about your own cities! It would be great to collate a list of ideas so if you’re happy to share your idea here on Onetenzeroseven, let me know and I’ll featured a round up. Credit where it’s due, of course!

Loves x xx

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Offcuts: A Cumbrian Safari

Cumbria Wildlife
I mentioned last week that I spent some time in Cumbria earlier this year. I’m such a city girl, it’s ridiculous (cityscapes over countryside any day!) but being this close to nature and wildlife made me feel like a child, bounding through the Cumbrian fields and chatting to a Donkey like an old friend – look at those ears! It was the perfect opportunity for me to flex my photography and feel freshly inspired away from my laptop. My favourite discovery was the tree stump pig, below! Haha.

Cumbria Countryside

Cumbria Pigs

Creepy Trees

Cumbria Donkey

Nature Wildlife Blogger

Yorkshire Blogger

Cumbrian Sheep

Yorkshire blogger in Cumbria

Autumn Leaves

Cumbrian Nature

Bird in the Sky

Cumbrian Safari

Berries On A Tree

Loves x xx

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H&H: Juicing for Beginners with Curry’s

Juicing vs Smoothie Making

A couple of weeks ago Currys invited me out to try their range of Juicers, an alternative to smoothie making where you only get the juice from the ingredients with no pulp. Since I’ve just joined the gym and I’m trying to improve my health I thought it was a pretty good idea to try before I thought about buying!

Super awesome bonus was I got to hang out with Daisy from Prettygreentea for the day. We met at the Blognix event in Birmingham last year and I just love having a blogging buddy that is so into business like I am. Working for yourself can be lonely at times, so I really enjoyed sharing some ideas with Daisy over a Chai Tea at Bundobust (recommended!) before we headed down to play with juicers!

Juicing with vegetables
My first impression of the juicers were that they were huge! We have a tiny blender that I use for smoothies and milkshakes so the juicers looked like giants in comparison – I really wouldn’t have the space to keep one on our worktop.

The first juice we tried included ginger, cucumber, apples, carrots and beetroot. Beetroot?! It was surprisingly tasty and not too sweet. I would never have thought of including those ingredients.
We then got to make up our own recipes and I loved how easy it was to use the juicers; you can literally toss fruit in there, whole (except oranges – they need peeling, and any stoned fruit needs the stones removed).

Juicing Recipe: Lime, Apple, Cucumber, Pineapple

My recipe was lime, pineapple, cucumber and apple and it came out vibrantly green and soooo tasty, oh my! I think lime is my absolute key juice ingredient. Here’s a few tips I learned:

// Even though you can throw in whole fruits I cut my apple in half and would recommend that you peel away the lime skin if you don’t like a bitter taste to your juice.

// You can add supplements to your juice by popping in a spoon of chia seeds for extra protein or a splash of flaxseed oil that can help with skin complaints like eczema and psoriasis.

// It’s much better for you, especially if you’re dieting, to make a juice from vegetables as fruits contain a lot of natural sugars. For more nutritional advice you can head to NutriShan.

Juicing with fresh tumeric, ginger and beetroots

Best Vegetable Juice Ideas
On the whole I really liked the juice and the variety of flavours you can whip up. I loved the simplicity and I think I would really enjoy drinking a fresh juice everyday as opposed to a smoothie or milkshake… or even as well as. However I think the size of the juicer (and the price!) puts me off, at least until I can get a bit more organised at home! You can read more about our day over at the Curry’s Blog!

Have you tried juicing? Or do you prefer the more traditional smoothie?
Loves x xx

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