Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #76

Good Morning and how are we diddly doing? It has been so so long since I've written on this little blog of mine. Life rushes by at the speed of light and I almost wish I had a pause button to catch my breath and take a little time to focus on the things I want to. Instead we power through each day and despite not documenting it here I'm still noticing all these lovely moments that enhance our lives. Without further faffing (which I'm awful for) let's get on with the things that have made this week a little bit more special.

1. A Bath. I can't tell you the last time I had a bath. I was gutted when I came back to uni and the landlord had taken out the bath we'd seen on viewing and replaced it with a shower. This week I'm housesitting and I can't tell you how excited I was when I found out they had a bath. Last night I settled into an extravagantly bubbly bath, lounged and then got into warm-from-the-radiator towels. Being greeted with a hot chocolate as I got out was the icing on the cake. Absolute bliss and the best nights sleep I've had for ages!

2. Tulips. I haven't really ever had any strong feelings about tulips, but these ones have blown me away. The purple is so deep and strong, and contrasted with the pure white and pale green stems is an winner. Anyway they lasted for nearly 2 weeks and perked up even when the went droopy because I forgot to put any more water in the vase (read: pint glass because I'm a student and really what student owns a vase). So Lidl flowers, it's a yes from me!

3. Smashing out my work. The get into the library before 9am, fuelled by buttery crumpets and smash out 500 words in an hour kind of hard work. The work that makes you feel accomplished and like it may not be a disaster after all. Thank god for those days.

4. Signs of Spring. I have been hunting hard this week in between snow showers for clues that Spring is actually on it's way. I mean we're in the middle of March and people are still getting snowed in. However, you don't have to look too far for sights of blossom, blue skies and the odd lamb. Bring on Summer I say.

5. Varsity Win. This week we went to support the men's first team as they triumphed against Marjons. It was a really good afternoon of us getting ready, playing cards and then celebrating their win.

6. The Greatest Sandwich. Absolute rocket fuel for hard days. Goats cheese, caramelised onion and rocket all toasted and warm. I savoured it!

7. Enchiladas. This is my current favourite dish and I think I've cooked it every week since I discovered it. I love how you can cook a whole dish and share with friends. I even did a veggie variation with quorn so everyone in the flat could eat it.

8. Phone Calls. Really, really long ones because I miss people on the other end and there's so much to catch up on, but they are hundreds of miles away. I can't wait to go home for Easter for hugs and catch ups. Plus I'm heading up north for a little holiday and to see my friend who I haven't seen for six months!

And there you go chums. That just about rounds up my week. I promise not to leave it so long next time, but these lovely ladies will promise you midweek goodness every week: SallyJoHelenMichelleSarah, CatSamEl KerriMimmiMartina , Peta, Kelly and Emma. Find us on twitter and instagram with #WonderfulWednesday

Kate xx

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #75

You find me on this Tuesday evening in bed with a banging headache and a hot water bottle wedged behind my back. Whilst this is a cosy situation it's not ideal. A very bad landing from a handstand this morning at uni has left me with in quite a lot of pain. Somehow I managed to knee myself in the face which explains the headache, but don't ask how or why! Pair this with a head cold and enough work to keep me busy for weeks, I'm feeling a little bit sorry for myself. However that's the point of Wonderful Wednesday isn't it? To get us through harder times by appreciating the good bits of the week and the little things that make me smile. So I've had a really hot shower and am eating roast vegetable pizza so it's time to start the show...

1. Going out because it's Monday. Because sometimes Monday is a cause for celebration and chocolate fudge cake. We went for a lovely walk by the sea then settled ourselves in for two course of loveliness at Wildwood. The food was amazing and we rolled home happy and full. In amazing company I spent the evening laughing then snuggled up to catch up with Call the Midwife. Not sure Mondays get better.

2. Daffodils. Daffodils signify the start of spring for me and I got way too overexcited this week when I noticed my first flowers in bloom. They give me promise that warmer days and more blooms are on their way. I literally ran to get a closer look like a child! When do we lose that excitement over tiny things in everyday life, because I want more of it?

3. First game of the year. This weekend was our first cricket games of the year for uni and I thoroughly enjoyed them. I had a new challenge of captaining as our regular captain was away. It made me realise how lucky I am to have amazing teammates who will support and encourage each other through a Sunday afternoon. Even though it left me an aching mess the next day!

4. Phone Calls. Sometimes I feel very far from friends and family. This week has been one of those times. At times like this it's so important to hear their voice. To know you can have a conversation even from miles away. I've been lucky enough to have amazing friends and family on the end of a phone who will put a smile on my face however I feel.

5. Cloudy Apple Juice. A very specific one, but it's made me happy this week. Finding cartons of cheap cloudy apple juice in Aldi has really quenched my thirst.

6. A great bowl of Gnocchi. A steaming, warming bowl of stodge. With far too much tomatoey, bacony sauce, because I can never quite get proportions right. The excess sauce got mopped up by cheesy garlic bread. This was the perfect dinner after playing cricket.

7. Newsletters. I can't get over how lovely it is to have motivational, inspirational and downright lovely things winging their way into my inbox. This week Sophie CliffGrace Latter and Peta have been brilliant this week. Please go and check them out!

And that's it for another week. It's been a tough week, but writing this has perked me up no end. There's always good things in every week. For more wonderfulness head over to see these lovely ladies:  SallyJoHelenMichelleSarah, CatSamEl KerriMimmiMartina , Peta, Kelly and Emma. Or find us on twitter and instagram with #wonderfulwednesday.

Kate xx

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #74

Well how are you doing? It has been so so long since I have spoken on this space. Everything seems to have crashed towards me at a million miles an hour. I really just think life needs a pause button sometimes. So that we can just collect all our thoughts together, catch up and wallow in the good moments. We've had so much to contend with... lots of cricket wins, Christmas and meeting someone new who has put a massive smile on my face to name a few.

But here we are and it's business as usual, I will be recounting all the things this week that have made me smile:

1. Day on the moors. Having lived in Devon for a year and half now I can't believe this weekend was my first visit to the moors. I spent the whole car journey with my face pressed up to the glass, in awe of the stunning views. We wrapped up warm and walked, stepped over rocks and took in the vastness of the landscape. After all this excitement a picnic and an ice cream were in order. Even the sun made an appearance and I can't wait for my next visit to Dartmoor.

2. Submitting the essay. Finally! This one was a killer. I'm talking days spent solidly in the library and not being sure if I'd ever fins what I wanted to say. But the relief when it was done was great. I rewarded myself with a burger and an evening with friends.

3. Dance. Just the freedom of being able to move my body into beautiful shapes that have meaning. The creative process of dance really excites me. I haven't danced for years and this university module has me all sorts of excited. My body is aching, but my mind is flying.

4. Cricket training. This week was the first training back after Christmas and I really enjoyed it. I like being back and focusing on improving myself. I feel like I am becoming more aware of how I can improve and what I need to do. This awareness is new and I kind of like how aware I am of the capabilities of my body and how I can shape these.

5. Flowers. Everytime I walk past the kitchen table I smile. There sit my bunch of flowers. I was given them the moment I stepped off the train into Plymouth and they never fail to brighten my day.

6. Blue Skies. In between these massive downpours we've been having there have been some beautiful blue skies. The kind of clear, crisp skies that leave chilly fingers, but bright bright days. In winter I find these blue days are just what I need to cut through the grey, dim days.

7. Cake. Today I baked a cake for the first time since I've been at university and it was bloody brilliant. Filled with jam and cream and covered in chocolate fudge icing, it was magnificent and just as tasty!

So that's all for this week. I promise I won't leave it so long next time, because I've missed bringing together the lovely bits of the week. For more wonderfulness head over to see these lovely ladies:  SallyJoHelenMichelleSarah, CatSamEl KerriMimmiMartina , Peta, Kelly and Emma. Or find us on twitter and instagram with #wonderfulwednesday.

Kate xx

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