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Who are you?

I'm Ellen. Sydney born, London based, travel and art enthusiast. Leading ops at a research and design studio. 

Ellen Rhodes

What is your best time killer? 

Baking, reading and exercising have been my go-to's during lockdown. Every week or so, I do a long walk to visit parts of London without the crowds and to remind myself of how lucky I am to live here.

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I've also spent countless hours on Google Arts and Culture - it is an incredible resource that keeps me busy and inspired without leaving my flat.

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What are you watching?

I (like most people) binged the TV adaption of Sally Rooney's novel Normal People, I think I preferred it to the book. I recently got into HBO's Succession which is brilliant and complex, and the artist Grayson Perry has a lovely lockdown art show on the U.K. Channel 4.

What are you eating?

I have loved baking since I was a kid, so it has been nice to have the time to get back into it and try some new things. And I have spent a lot of my time doing so. Standouts are @katgoldin sourdough cinnamon buns and @thegoodegg_ chocolate babka. 

Baking

@breadaheadbakery are doing daily tutorials on Instagram Live and have some epic online baking books, which I highly recommend also.

What are you drinking?

Mostly coffee, I love that I get to make use of my delightful Provider ceramic cups every day now. 

Provider candle cups

Otherwise wine. My flatmate is a wine manager, and I am thankful for that every day.

Natural Wine

What are you reading?

I just finished Tara Westover's memoir Educated, which I loved and genuinely could not believe was not fiction. I've also been making my way through Haruki Murakami's novels, currently on to The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. They are the perfect escapist reading on cloudy lockdown days.

What are you listening to?

I listen to London band Portico Quartet regularly - they and Christian Löffler make up some of my concentration tunes to help with working from home. Maribou State's fabric presents mix is a new smooth favourite, and I have rekindled my love of late 90s/early 00s RnB thanks to reorganising my Spotify playlists. 

What you can't live without at the moment?

Being in lockdown has really taught me all the things I can live without, which has been a pretty eye-opening experience.

Some things getting me through though are waking up to videos of my best friends babies and dogs in Australia. Or videos of my boyfriend singing isolation related songs. Living with my sister and her boyfriend has meant that even though Australia has felt further away than ever, we have a family here and I am grateful.

Also, I'm in a bread-making WhatsApp group with my workmates, and it's become one of my favourite things. We share tips, recipes and all-round good vibes and bread-related bants.

What are you looking forward to?

Hugging my boyfriend. Seeing my friends. Travel and swimming - I hope I can get a few summer dips in.. maybe even in the Med, fingers crossed.ellen