Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #73


Hello my lovelies ad welcome to another Wonderful Wednesday. Once again we are all change as I have moved back to university this week. We are now living in a flat and out of university halls. The few days before coming back to Plymouth is always weird. A frenzy of seeing everyone to say goodbye and packing. So this week seems to have gone past in a flash. The pace of life slows as I get back to university. This week is all about settling in and catching up before lectures start again on Monday. Enough with the life update and on to the things that have been making me smile this week.

1. Breakfast in bed. What way is there to start the day than a massive bowl of granola and fruit eaten leisurely in bed. I followed that up with a spot of yoga and felt all refreshed and ready for the day.

2. Beautiful skies. There's been some absolute stonkers of sunsets this week. I have realised that from the back of the flat you have a gorgeous view of the sun setting so most evenings you can find me sat on the fire escape stairs just staring at the sky. I have noticed how early it's getting dark though or is that just me?

3. Birthdays. As soon as we got back to university it was time to celebrate my flatmate's birthday. We had organised plenty of surprises for her and had a great night. I felt especially fabulous in a red dress that made me feel like the dancing lady emoji.

4. Ice breakers. Every time you meet groups of people there's the same icebreakers trotted out again and again. Mini interviews, finding out things we have in common and questions. This week though we used a few with people we already knew. Although it was hard to think of new facts about yourself it was great to get to know people even better and definitely brought out a few surprises!

5. Brownies. I think I go about chocolate brownies far too much! But the university put on a street food market every month and the brownies are the highlight. Gooey and chocolatey I can't resist. This time I chose a raspberry and white chocolate chip brownie, perfect for eating over catch ups.

6. Double bed. Finally having moved into our new flat I have a double bed. This is the first time in my life that I've had a double bed. I'm making the most of it by starfishing and generally getting such good sleep.

So that's a little round up of the week. It seems like everything starts with a B this week, but that's just Bloody Beautiful. Anyway enough alliteration and on with more wonderful: These lovely ladies also run down their weeks  SallyJoHelenMichelleSarah, CatSamEl KerriMimmiMartina , Peta, Kelly and Emma, you join in on twitter or instagram with #wonderfulwednesday or comment the good things below.

P.s. I have just jumped on the bandwagon of instagram (a whole lot late I know), but I'll be sharing all the lovely moments all week long over there. I'm @appreciate_day if you're interested.

Kate xx

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #72



This week finds me just buzzing away. So many ideas and lot more sleep has got me all kinds of excited. I guess the impending return to university has got me excited as well. There's something about new beginnings that always makes me motivated. So let's see what other lovely things have got me excited this week...

1. Yoga. I don't know if it's because I've slept funny or what, but my shoulders and back have felt all kinds of tight and achey. This week I did a little yoga video designed to help out and cor blimey, I couldn't believe how good it felt. Not only did it relax all my muscles, t made me stop and just concentrate on one thing for 15 minutes and it's not often that happens. I felt blimming marvellous afterwards and I can't wait to get this into my routine.

2. Storm. I don't know about you but I love a storm. Obviously I'm not talking the fiercely dangerous ones that poor America is facing right now. I've talking the thunder and lightening that we experience. I just love watching the power of nature. It's just so awe inspiring. Plus on Monday night it cleared the air and gave way to the most beautiful golden sunset which made me think autumn was on its way.

3. Dreams. I think it's so important to talk about your dreams and hopes. To give them audible space in the world so that they are one step closer to reality. My friends and I spent an evening talking about dreams. Everything from travelling adventures to things we'd love to do and career goals. These are beautiful, brave, ambitious ladies and I'm so happy to call them my friends.

4. Belly Laughs. When you haven't seen your friend for months then the best activity is pancakes and belly laughs. We went to cute little cafe with its own resident pygmy goats and caught up with everything.

5. Educating Greater Manchester. I've really got into this program as I do with every single one of these series. The show is heartwarming and shows the true resilience and kindness of teenagers. A bit of a tearjerker, but great telly.

6. Family. Having spent most of my summer (and the year at university) away from my family it's mean lovely this week to spend some quality time with them and as it mostly involves eating too I'm really not complaining.

7. A new coat. I hate shopping with a vengeance, but this week I managed a productive trip and the crowning glory was a coat. This coat is a tailored grey long jacket. Honestly when I put it on I feel put together and powerful. I just think this is going to be a piece of clothing that I can put on and feel confident and that gets a big thumbs up from me.

That's another week gone then, they are certainly racing through. This time next week I will be persuading the new first years what an amazing sport cricket is and getting them to join. There's even more at these lovely ladies' blogs:  SallyJoHelenMichelleSarah, CatSamEl KerriMimmiMartina , Peta, Kelly and Emma and get in touch with yours by commenting or using the hashtag #wonderfulwednesday on twitter or instagram.

Kate xx

Monday, 11 September 2017

The Summer Best Bits



It has been absolutely ages since I wrote in this little spot. I felt like a broken record at the start of my last few Wonderful Wednesday posts. I was just exhausted and rushed off my feet. As I finally sit down to reflect on my summer I realise I have crammed so much in. I have worked, I've travelled round the country and I've spent some quality time with friends and family. I have so much to tell you all, but if I wrote in depth about it all it would be long enough to submit for my dissertation. And whilst none of you would sit through long enough to read it, the idea of me sitting down to write it fills me with dread. So here's the latest. The bite size version of the best bits of the summer:

Sunny Days. I spent a summer sat outside and running cricket festivals. My idea of a perfect summer. I did a bit of moaning though - long days and drizzle do that to a person - but on sunny days where I sat watching the cricket I realised how lucky I was to have a cool summer job that I enjoyed. I'd much much rather by there than inside or waiting tables. For one I'm far too clumsy for that!

Drunk chats with best friends. An hour and a half after I walked through the door from a summer of work I was back out and off on holiday. 4 days spent with my oldest closest friends who slip into familiar territory right away. But it was one night sat tipsy in the coolest bar where we chatted about everything. We were vulnerable, we laughed together and they reminded why I value them so highly.

Chasing dreams. Never before have I crossed the country to follow my feelings. Never before have I gone to meet someone I'd previously only met once. But I did. I acted and followed my heart for once. I lay myself vulnerable and made a friend for life.

The day my ears rung and my legs hurt. A trip to London with my mum where she recreated her youth through a Pink Floyd exhibition and we walked through the east end of London for hours getting more hungry and trying random local foods.

Stargazing. Never have I had such a magical evening as the one spent on the top of the Malvern hills watching a meteor shower. We took hot chips up and found a rock that encased us so I felt like I was laying back and watching the sky like it was a massive cinema screen. We watched the sun set and as the sky darkened the show began. The stars were phenomenal. I've never seen such a display. We chatted about life into the night and perked our selves up with emergency chocolate at work the next day.

Phone Calls into the night. When you're both so sleepy but you don't want to put the phone down because you want to keep hearing their voice. Yeah that.

Let me know the best bits of your summer

Kate xx

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #71


I can't tell you how shattered I am. So shattered that I somehow didn't notice it was Wednesday all day. It took until I sat in the car on the drive home from work to think through the week and realise that I needed to write this little post. Thankfully this week has been full of little nuggets of awesomeness which have shone through the long days. Without further ado let's get stuck in.

1. A fixed shower. After a long day all I want is a really nice, warm shower. In my room at work I had the worst shower ever. Only 2 of the little holes worked and the water came out in such a jet that it was painful. It felt like you were in a tornado because the pressure had the shower curtain flying everywhere. So when my shower was fixed this week it was absolute bliss. The first shower after a long day

2. Smelling the roses. My goodness have I smelled some phenomenal roses this week. I think this rain n the air has really brought out their scents. My mum came to stay and we spent ages walking round smelling every rose in gardens, parks and the castle grounds we went to. There was one rose in particular that we had to stop and smell every single time we walked into town. It had such an amazing smell.

3. Beautiful moon. Walking back home as the sky just turns it's inky blue the moon was so full and bright. My mum and I sat on a bench overlooking cricket friends and chatted lit only my the brightness of the moon.

4. Cake. All of the cake, eaten all of the time. I'm fairly certain that's the main activity my mum and I do together.

5. Owls. The other night I fell asleep to the call of an owl. It was such a tiny moment, but one that stuck in my memory. Reminds me of the wildlife all around us even living in a town.

6. Naff jokes. This week I've had a group of umpires that have kept me entertained. The jokes are straight out of a cracker and pretty lame, but they put a smile on my face. These guys had me laughing all day and if that's not something to make you happy, I don't know what is.

7. Tapas. Mum and I found a little independent restaurant for dinner on Sunday. The place was pretty empty, but the tapas was amazing. We had pulled pork and patatas bravas with sweet potato fries as a side, because sweet potato fries are always a good idea. But the highlight was the halloumi. It was battered and deep fried and served with a spicy salsa. The batter was so light and crispy and the cheese was gooey. Heaven. Followed by the most flavoursome passionfruit parfait, it was a brilliant meal.

8. Little train. Around the field I run activities on there's a tiny train track and I've never seen anything on it until tonight. Someone was driving this tiny miniature steam train round the track and giving rides. It was lovely to see how this small thing brought so much joy.

9. Golden light. The deep evenings where the sunsets and bathes everything in a golden light.

So this is a late, but decent #wonderfulwednesday. There's even more at these lovely ladies' blogs:  SallyJoHelenMichelleSarah, CatSamEl KerriMimmiMartina , Peta, Kelly and Emma and get in touch with yours by commenting or using the hashtag #wonderfulwednesday on twitter or instagram.

Kate xx



Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #70


You find me snuggled in bed with a mug of hot chocolate and a slice of rocky road. The above scenes of this weekend, of clear blue skies, are almost forgotten through the rain we keep having. As I drove over the hills this evening I couldn't even make out the houses in the foreground so thick was the cloud that immersed us. However, this week has been home to some wonderful moments that need to be captured so it's quickly on with the happy things.

1. Visits. My lovely flatmate came to visit me on Sunday. It's the first day off I've had since I've been here. We explored the hills and ate picnics. It was lovely to have her around and I will miss her so much as next time I see her will be the middle of September back in Plymouth.

2. Absolute views. Blooming heck the views from the top of the hill were killer. We could see for absolutely miles. With the wind blowing we stood at the top of the hill and rushed to catch our breath as the wind took our voices away. We huddled together as we saw the weather change across the horizon. When one side of the hill had a beautiful sunshiney day and we saw the rain come in from the other side. We rushed back to the car just as the first spots came down, but had to stop to take in the amazing rainbow above.


3. A meal eaten slowly. On Saturday night we all had an evening off here and we went out for a lovely meal. It was good to take a bit of time to get to know each other away from working together. Also, pretty much every meal we eat is eaten at such pace. We have to wolf it down as we're off to set up pitches, get matches on or run evening activities. Therefore to savour and eat at your own pace feels like a luxury. Chatting over a meal just doesn't happen usually so it was nice to take our time.

4. Learning. That if you feel it in your gut that you should do something, you should jolly well get on and do it. That you should let your heart take over sometimes. That you must be true to your feelings.

5. Driving songs. Some days all you need is an absolute banger of a tune to come on the radio to set you up for the day. On a sluggish, drizzly Tuesday having a good dance in my car on the way to work was tonic for the soul.

6. Blackberries. This time of year always makes me think of walking the family dog and her racing us to eat all the blackberries off the brambles along the paths. She had such a delicate touch to pick them off with her mouth without getting any of the stalk. This week whilst walking I found some brambles and tasted the sharp sweetness again and it took me back.

Short and sweet this week, but plenty of wonderful. There's even more at these lovely ladies' blogs:  SallyJoHelenMichelleSarah, CatSamEl KerriMimmiMartina , Peta, Kelly and Emma and get in touch with yours by commenting or using the hashtag #wonderfulwednesday on twitter or instagram.

Kate xx

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #69


Hello, lovely people. After the sunshine of yesterday, I'm hiding inside from the rain. The week seems to have gone by in a flash. The days are sort of merging into one as they're long and pretty similar. Therefore I've felt that it's even more important to seek out the tiny moments that differentiate the days.

1. Views. This place that I'm living is just beautiful. Every morning I have a 10 minute drive over the Malvern hills and the view is just beautiful. You can see over the 3 counties and it opens out for miles.

2. Cricket wins. The excitement surrounding the women's world cup has been amazing. There's been some fantastic close games which have got everyone so enthusiastic about it. And an England win has been fantastic. We had a group of U13 girls who were just buzzing about it. What an inspiration.

3. Stories from umpires. A lot of my day is spent making cups of tea for umpires. This means I get all of their stories which are just hilarious.

4. Lovely comments. This week I finished running my first festival on my own. I feel rushed off my feet and more than needed a night off before I start the next one today, but I had some really lovely comments from coaches, parents and players which made it worthwhile. Knowing I had put a parent leaving their child for the first time at ease and made a coach's life a little easier is what I do it for.

5. Doughnut after a long day. My boss finished work last night and as she walked up to our rooms she brought me a doughnut. After a long day, that sugar rush and the fact that she'd thought of me really hit the spot.

6. A really good stretch. You know when you're just a bit achy and clicky. This week has definitely been one of those. I haven't done much exercise and I've needed to get moving. Therefore I've taken a little bit of time in the mornings to properly stretch my body and do a bit of yoga. Makes me feel so much better.

7. Deep breathes. When you're walking on your own to breakfast and the place is so still and quiet. Just taking the time to breathe and take in the fresh crisp air that shows we're going to have a scorcher of a day. The tiny droplets of dew collecting on the spider's webs as my feet create pathways. Yeah, those tiny moments.


That's it for this week. Now it's your turn to share the fab moments of the week and check out the rest of the gang:  SallyJoHelenMichelleSarah, CatSamEl KerriMimmiMartina , Peta, Kelly and Emma's blogs and use the hashtag on twitter and instagram - #WonderfulWednesday.

Kate xx

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #68


Morning, and how the devil are you?

I'm bright and breezy today as I've started my summer job on Sunday. I'm staying in beautiful surroundings and watching lots and lots of cricket. Pretty perfect. Let's just keep all our fingers crossed that it doesn't rain. This week has been lovely. A mix of catching up, packing and getting stuck into a new job. I really love new beginnings and it fills me with enthusiasm.

1. Watching England. This weekend I made the trip down to Bristol to stay with a friend. We are both equally as cricket obsessed and we spent Saturday watching England play. It was blimming cold and I thanked myself for bringing jeans to change into when it got way too cold for shorts! However, we did have a brilliant day and makes me even more excited as England have made it to the World Cup final on Saturday!!

2. Being cooked for. This is such a little pleasure. Where I'm working I get 3 cooked meals everyday. No cooking, no washing up and the food is lovely.

3. Wall to wall cricket. My job is organising and watching cricket. So I'm going to spent my summer doing something I really love and that's definitely a winner. Being paid is just a bonus!

4. Lidl bakery section. During a long drive I like to take plenty of stops and it was on one of these that I found the delight that is the lidl bakery selection. It has such a selection of hot and cold items at cheap cheap prices. I had a veg pizza and a cinnamon bun all for just over a pound.

5. Meeting people. This one seems to feature loads, but I really enjoy meeting new people and finding out about their stories. This week it was my friend's family. Over a Chinese we discussed upcoming drives to Mongolia, camping and obviously cricket.

6. Time to read. This job gives me time and I have just picked up a book that I was midway through a year or so ago. It's an incredibly interesting read weighing up the notion of whether performance in sport or business comes through talent or practise. The book is Bounce by Matthew Syed if you are interested and I fully recommend it.

7. Tea and cake. As a little farewell before I left to work, my grandma, my aunt and I headed out for cake. Whilst they drank tea, I had a lovely glass of fresh apple juice to wash down the chocolate cookie and brownie that I shared. It was lovely to catch up and spent a bit of time with them.

That's it for this week. It's been a week of change, but exciting new things. Now it's your turn to hare the fab moments of the week and check out the rest of the gang:  SallyJoHelenMichelleSarah, CatSamEl KerriMimmiMartina , Peta, Kelly and Emma's blogs and use the hashtag on twitter and instagram - #WonderfulWednesday.

Kate xx