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


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #67


Well this has been one of the most lovely and tiring weeks. I have packed in so much as I'm only home for such a short space of time, but also made time for doing lovely things that make me happy. It's been such a lovely blend of socialising and time spent completely for me.

1. Spontaneous Adventures. I've already written about it here, but this week my university flatmate came to stay with me on the spur of the moment. We had a magical, amazing couple of days noticing the awesomeness of nature and even making friends with this little guy.


2. Coaching. Cricket coaching has taken a bit of a back seat whilst I've been at university so it was great to get stuck in this week. I have helped out at everything from school sessions to club sessions with the tiny people and loved every second. Makes me realise how much I miss it and how important cricket is in my life.

3. Breakfast in bed. On a lazy Friday morning I made myself a breakfast of warm croissants spread with nutella and a mountain of fresh cherries that our neighbour had brought around. He'd picked them the previous day off the tree in his garden. Yummy breakfast provided by the kindness of neighbours.

4. The best shower. You know when you have used such yummy smelling items and your hair feels all soft and damp. I put on a pair of new pj shorts with the faintest glittery thread through the stripe with my softest, big university tshirt on. I was so snug and comfy that I slept like a baby.

5. Cricket commentary. After a very hot morning of coaching, I spent the afternoon relaxing and listening to the cricket commentary. There's something so chilled about it that I may have even had a little nap.

6. Desert Island Discs. Enter Sue Perkins. I loved her already and now that has multiplied exponentially. She's so real and talks matter of factly about her life. I just can't describe how brilliant it was. You'll have to listen to it yourself - it's on iplayer now!

7. Drinks on painted benches. That drink happened to be an elderflower cordial and it was a lovely refresh. Drank outside under the canopy of a little theatre with 2 wonderful friends whilst we filled each other in with our lives. Then we strolled off in search of cake.

8. Meals. My friend cooked burgers with oozy cheese centres. I ate an amazing roasted squash and goats cheese tart. I had a stonking cricket tea complete with homemade brownie. I guess what I'm trying to say is the food this week has been a bit of alright!

9. Sharing photos. This week I had the chance to catch up with my Grandma and aunt. They've never been to Plymouth or met any of my friends down there. They also don't own computers so never see photos online. Therefore, it was lovely to flick through the memories of the year through photos with them.

10. The smell of rain. We have heat and then the storm comes to cool us. I can't fully describe the smell of summer rain, but it's fresh and grassy and cleanses the air. Plus it's such a super relaxing noise to fall asleep to with the window open a crack to let the freshness in.

11. First barley harvest. There's something very nostalgic about the first harvest. It really brings out the country bumpkin in me. Where the neighbours used to let me ride in the combine or help drive the tractors. That dusty, strawy smell that only comes from the combine.

Now I thought last week was going to be a bumper edition, but this has definitely pipped it to the post. Such a lovely week. This week I'm looking forward to a trip to Bristol to stay with a friend and watch some cricket and starting my summer job - also cricket based obviously! 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

Friday, 7 July 2017

Spontaneity


Spontaneity means inviting your university flatmate to stay the next night and her just jumping in the car to see you. It means unplanned adventures and cramming as much into the day as possible. It means following the things that make you happy and sitting a while to ponder how amazing things are. Here's what happened when she made the journey on Wednesday.

On Wednesday night she drove down to mine and as soon as she was out of the car we were adventuring. We decided on an evening meal of pizzas and ventured to the nearby pub (The King's Head in Brockdish). This pub has a light airy feel mixed with traditional beams and features which makes it perfect for a summer's evening. The pizza is fabulous and we sat catching up.

After stuffing ourselves silly we walked my dog Ben as the sunset ready for an early night because we had quite the mission in the morning.

My alarm went off at half 3 in the morning and only the excitement of the day kept my from rolling over, but the day before we had decided we would go to the beach to watch the sunrise. So with the sky still dark we set off in the car. Glimmers of light started to edge the sky, but as we reached the coast the performance really started.

We sat and drank it in. The colours changing fast over the splashing waves. We at a picnic breakfast of fruit and croissants and talked. About the future and life and now. We sat there for 2 hours until the chill of the air had us back in the car for a warm up.

Then we walked. With no aim, but to see as much of the beach as we could. To shout 'dog' at every fluffy bundle of cuteness that came towards us and to marvel in people's early morning yoga and swim sessions. We fantasised about what it would be like to live this close to such a beautiful still beach. To be able to come to the beach in the morning before work and how that would kick start our days.

We found ourselves at the end of the pier when the weather changed. The clear skies faded as the clouds filled in. There was a strange pinkish glow just before we saw the first crack of lightening. The sky gave us another show as we huddled under the shelter of the pier. Held together as the thunder shook the wood beneath our feet.


Once the rain subsided we got back into the car and criss-crossed Suffolk. We stopped in Framlingham to see the castle on the hill and picnicked in the shadows of the windmill on the green. After a few more cuddles with Ben our time together was up. My flatmate had to drive back to work today, but we made so much out of the time we had. We marvelled in the nature around us and the spectacular views. Good food, packed days and good company.

It reminded me that days where I have no plans that I should get outside. Make something happen or see the world.

Kate xx

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #66


It's now been two weeks since the last Wonderful Wednesday post. I never intended to miss a week, but this time last week I was very sleep deprived and swamped by mountains of paperwork. On Friday I finished my placement and therefore my first year at university. The last couple of days were really intense, but now I'm back home and enjoying the summer. Sometimes you've just got to take a couple of days of intense work to get to the relaxing bit.

1. Balmy evenings. I just love summer evenings when it's warm enough to sit outside as the sunsets. I spent a Saturday evening as I did a whistle stop trip back home in the garden. I caught up with my brother, talking about anything and everything, as Ben wound himself round our feet. He was keen for cuddles and jumped up onto our laps.

2. Happiness. Whilst I was on placement we took the children on a trip to the beach. All the children had an amazing day, but one stuck in my head. This boy, who is usually so serious, was the happiest I had ever seen him on that beach. He worked so well with the others. The moment that will stick in my memory was when he danced around the sand pyramid he had just made. His face was full of joy. My new goal is to be as happy as he was that day.

3. Packed Lunches. Last weekend I attended another of my cricket course days. I woke ridiculously early having travelled the day before to find my Mum had made me a packed lunch. It was a little thing, but I was so appreciative. I felt like a child again when I went to eat it and found a note telling how much she loved me.

4. The kindness of friends. My university accommodation contract ran out a week before I finished placement and this week my friend took me in. I spent a week sleeping on a camping mattress on her living room floor.

5. Surprises. This Saturday I finally travelled back home for the summer. My two best friends came to pick me up from the train station, but only one knew. We carefully planned that the other wouldn't know until she saw me on the platform. It was such a lovely moment to see her face light up and we had a group hug. It has been several months since I've seen those girls. We spent the night eating fajitas and booking a girls holiday.

6. Lay ins. Much needed I can tell you. The last week of placement was intense and left very little time for sleep. It's lovely to be back in my own bed and having lazy mornings. Also big shout out to Come Dine With Me. I'd forgotten the restorative powers of watching ridiculous people eating mediocre food in a bid to host the best dinner party.

7. Being given flowers. How gorgeous is this bunch of flowers? Along with lots of very sweet cards from the children on placement, I was also given these beautiful blooms. It's nice to be appreciated for the work you do.



8. Glass of prosecco. My friend and I finished placement on Friday night and we could finally put the folders of paperwork down. Her boyfriend bought us a bottle of prosecco to celebrate and we munched on pizzas whilst putting the world to rights. It's was good to just relax for the first time that week.

9. Driving. I'm back and straight into the driving seat of my car. I'd forgotten how much I missed the time that's completely yours when you drive on your own. I think this is why I have had to seek out more moments of solitude whilst being at uni. Last night the weather was warm and I had a drive back home after coaching as the sun set. My windows were down, blowing my hair everywhere, and the music was turned up loud. I watched the colours of the sky change as I belted out the words to the songs on the radio.

10. Stalls on the side of the road. This is something you don't find in the centre of town: stalls on the side of the road selling everything from eggs to veg. The one I found this week had bunches of the most brilliant blue cornflowers for just 30p. There was no way I could drive past emptyhanded so I came back with gifts for my mum.

11. A win. This weekend I have played my first game back with my club team. It was an opportunity to catch up with all the ladies that I haven't seen whilst I've been at uni. Although I ached considerably afterwards (blaming the month I didn't do exercise), I had a great time and we bagged a win too.

Well you've got yourself a bumper edition this week. So much happy-making lurking in between some exhausting days. Now it's over to you... tell me what's made your week special 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, 21 June 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #65


Well isn't it blooming boiling? Not complaining, it's gorgeous, but I have no idea how to dress to main professionalism whilst not turning into a sweaty mess. As it is I'm failing. If anyone has any ideas please send them my way. Despite the hot weather frying my brain, I'm actually buzzing. I've met some exciting people this week who have really enthused me. Their zest for life has got me ready to explore and follow lots of interests.

1. Honeysuckle. Walking through the dusk air and coming across a massive trail of honeysuckle. I smelled it first. The heady aroma which reminds me of summer evenings and the bush that winds it's way around the cherry blossom tree at home.

2. The young blind lad explaining how he uses his stick to the older blind ice cream seller. It was just a lovely moment of intergenerational community seen on the streets of Plymouth. Nuff said.

3. Watching the sun set. I bang on about sunsets all of the time, but there's something magical about the whole sky turning a range of beautiful colours. It makes me calm. One better, watching the sun set over the sea. Pure bliss

4. Ice cream in the freezer. Did I mention it was warm? Well as I walk in the door after a long day at placement all I've been craving is something cool. Thankfully past me thought of this and stocked the freezer with ice creams. So my evening routine is now completed with magnum in hand.

5. Cold showers. Some days nothing will cool you down like a dunk in a cold shower and all day I've spent waiting for the moment I can jump in. It also means I can have wet hair for the next hour (let's be honest, it's probably even less due to the incredible drying powers of the weather) which keeps me cooler too.

6. The comfort of a sports bra. My friend and I headed out for a drink and a gossip on Sunday and I tried to dress for the heat. Having moseyed around the flat in pjs for the morning to keep cool I really didn't want to be wearing anything uncomfy. Enter the sports bra. I've been wearing them everyday and, without wires, they are so much more pleasant.

7. Strawberry and Elderflower wine. A revelation for summery evenings, this wine is all fruity and light. I've been serving it ice cold and it's a perfect refreshing drink.

8. Meeting interesting people. Cos blimey oh Riley, people are interesting. If you take the time to find out their story then you'll never guess all the amazing passions and experiences that they have. Talking to people is always time well spent and inspires me to pursue as many things in life as possible.

That's all from a very early morning list maker. Even at half 6 I'm feeling warm, but looking forward to another day in the sun. Now over to you... tell me what's made your week special 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

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Watching the Sun Set


The university year is coming to an end.

We've meandered along, knowing that time was passing, but not realising the quickness of its progress. With days rolling into one another, I felt I would always be here. But summer has come and with it the end of the year.

The end became clear as my friends started to leave. They all have homes to go to over the summer. Some a mere hour away from Plymouth, but like me, others are further afield. Train journeys with time for naps and even planes to negotiate.

As people left we became reflective. Seeking out the moments that would stay with us from the past year. Mulling over them as if sharing them would ingrain the memory onto our brain, where we could keep it forever. The sharing of moments highlighted the amazing year we had and made everyone want to cling on tighter. To stay a few more days. But the days kept powering on and before long I was giving last goodbyes. Eating last meals together and hugging for that second longer than I would usually.

The trickle of leavers started, but it wasn't until I found myself with only one more night until I was alone in the flat that it came into sharp focus.

My last flatmate and one night left.

With that night we were spontaneous. We walked and chatted. We ate a large portion of chips, whilst sitting watching the many boats out to sea. The sun scorched, reminding us of the imminence of summer. As we were suitably full and the sea breeze started to chill, we wandered into a bar.

We admired the beautiful people, who were dressed up ready for a night out. Dressed to impress. The happy, laughing atmosphere reflective of our year. The year hadn't all been smiles, but the end of the year was a cause for celebration. I had met so many amazing people and experienced lots of new and exciting things.

With a cocktail in hand, we started wondering and making up stories for the people around us. The two ladies, who were very well turned out, sharing a bottle of champers from an ice bucket. The guy sat waiting for his date. His knee involuntarily tapping, showing his nervousness. The cackling group of ladies in the corner. Displays of happiness and closeness clearly visible. And the guy who persisted on his mission to throw a ball of paper into a glass the other end of the group table and finally ran a lap of the bar in honour of his success.

As the music got louder and the singing started we took our leave. Out into the still, warm air just as the sky was turning a deep, blush pink. We picked our way across rocks and down to the water's edge. We sat, curled in our togetherness, watching the sun as it set. The colours caressing the barely perseptable waves so that the sea was gilded with the sun's last light. Everything was still as we looked out to sea. Both of us quiet, drinking in the moment.

That moment will forever be the end of first year. The sun setting, the full stop to the year. The happiness and bustle of the bar in complete contrast to the calm of looking out to sea, but both reminiscent of the experiences I have had at university.

Kate xx

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #64


This sign, that I saw on the wall on my walk to the supermarket, pretty much sums up the week. Love really is greater than hate. Life's pretty short and it's so important to share love and let those you love know how much they mean to you. Living at uni is a funny thing. You spend half of your year miles away from family and friends, but just when it's time to go home and see them, you have to wrench yourself away from the friends you've made there. So it's a time for hugs, for kind words and for love always. To be honest that's what the whole world needs too.

1. Enchiladas. On the last dinner before my friend went come for the summer she cooked a massive dish of enchiladas. A spicy, warming meal after a rainy, long day on placement was just perfect. I'm going to miss her loads over the summer so it was important we said a proper goodbye.

2. Doughnuts. Friday morning I was flagging big time. Placement does make you tired so I was so thankful when a lovely teaching assistant brought around a bag of doughnuts. The sugary hit was exactly what I needed to speed through the rest of the day.

3. Light mornings. My 6.30am wake up call doesn't feel such a struggle when I have sun streaming through the window. On Tuesday I woke up to blue skies through my skylight and it made a world of difference. It was lovely to see the skip in everyone's step and the cheery 'Morning's that greeted me.

4. Pencil skirts. Because coordinating my outfit for placement makes me feel like I can take on the world. My placement wardrobe consists of pencil skirts, tailored trousers and buttoned up shirts, which all make me feel so put together. The more put together I feel, the more confident so that's got to be up there!

5. Dog Spotting. To be honest this is a daily occurrence in my life, but going to new places means new opportunities to make friends with hounds. The morning walk through the woods gives plenty of opportunities and just this morning I had a cuddle with some adorable Labradors. Made my morning brighter.

6. Milkshakes. More importantly, milkshakes of the chocolate orange variety sipped slowly whilst catching up with flatmates. When they are so thick and creamy that you need a spoon to shovel in the remnants between giggles and possibly the best/ weirdest turtle impression. You never knew I had such extraordinary talents!

7. Motivating messages. I woke up on Monday morning to a message from my friend. It was just lovely about how she knew I could be an amazing teacher and detailing lots of lovely things she thought about me. It was the perfect motivation I needed to propel me out of bed and skipping along ready to be observed.

So that's my week and what's made me smile. Now over to you... tell me what's made your week special 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

Sunday, 11 June 2017

My Body Tells a Story


Every part of my body tells a story.

That scar on right elbow, a mark of when I tried to handstand in a park. On the concrete path that was sloping away from me and fell forward straight onto my elbow. But the memory of trying to do gymnastics with lovely flatmates and the giggles we had lives on with the scar. And taking the skin off it because I ran and jumped headlong onto a crash mat and won the challenge to see who could slide on it the furthest.

My lips that still need a ton of moisturising lip balm on them after a summer two years ago when I sunburnt them so much that they turned purple. But the hot weather of that summer brings memories of coaching cricket every single day for 3 months and the happy, proud moments that those days brought.

The scars on my legs that my best friend in high school told everyone happened when I was bitten by a shark. She told the story to protect me, so I didn't have explain to everyone. They actually mark a 3 year old's incredible survival from meningitis. A horrible disease that I'm incredibly lucky only marked me with scars.

The freckles that exist all year round, but multiply with even a sniff of sunshine. They link me to my mum. The same dapple over our nose connecting us both and making it obvious that I am her daughter.

The long straight scar that bisects my right foot. The cut made by a surgeon to realign my ankle and help a child walk again. The little girl that was in wheelchair and learnt to walk gradually with the help of a zimmer frame.

The arms with muscles. The right hand arm more defined from every cricket ball I have thrown or bowled. They show the afternoons spent playing the game I love. With teammates and colleagues who have shaped the way I am as a person. I am proud of the strength I have and my body's ability to play sport.

My body is so much more than it's appearance because behind every part of it is meaning and the story of my experience.

Kate xx



Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #63


This week I'm tired. I'm tired of all the hurt in the world. The attack on Saturday night felt like a physical punch to the stomach. I worried about all my loved ones. I worried for all those innocent people. I worried.

I'm also mega tired as I have started placement. Maybe that's what has made me that bit more emotional, but being on and working with children all day is exhausting. So this week we need a dose of appreciating the good things more than most...

1. A drive over the moors. Sunday saw a 4 hour round trip drive through the most beautiful Dartmoor roads. They wound and bent. Up the steepest of slopes to reach the top and look over valleys. We were surrounded by green. And to get to a cricket ground with a sea view. Where I could walk a couple of metres from the boundary rope onto the beach. A pretty perfect location.

2. Late night chats. When sat sipping water to alleviate tomorrow's inevitable headache. With my best friend, slumped on her bed. Words tangled and stumbled over.

3. Flippy dresses. Those ones with floaty skirts worn to awards evenings set right next to the marina. With my teammates all dressed up celebrating an amazing year of playing cricket together. There was possibly an award for yours truly chucked in for good measure.

4. Pizza just when you need it. When you have a thumping headache and stomach cramps and you just about manage to crawl into bed at the end of the day. Then your flatmate walks in with pizza and sweet potato chips, you know you've got a keeper!

5. Music in the park. Just strolling through town and happening upon a little community music festival. We whiled away a couple of hours listening to local bands and having a go at flamenco dancing.

6. Wild Garlic. My walk from the bus to placement takes me through a little wood. This week we've had so many rain showers, but the smell after them is so pungent. It's the smell of greenness and growing mixed with the wild garlic in the woods.

7. Long Hugs. Because I won't see people for the next few months or even longer. People are graduating, moving on. We are all dispersing across the country for summer. Those hugs will be the last moments of holding together until we see each other again.

That's it for this week. For more from the gang head to:  SallyJoHelenMichelleSarah, CatSamEl KerriMimmiMartina , Peta, Kelly and Emma's blogs and use the hashtag on twitter and instagram - #Wonderfulwednesday.

Kate xx

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #62


Well I almost feel like I'm on holiday right now. I've had a week and a half off and am in full relaxation mode. Probably not for the best as I start placement on Monday, but for now I'm making the most of it. I say this snuggled in bed with the sun streaming through the window and the comfiest big tshirt and new paisley pj shorts on. We've had a swelter of a week which may or may not have caused a little bit of burn, but has meant I've been outside at every opportunity.

1. Best cake ever. I'm talking layers of brownie, butter cream and salted caramel. We took it away to sit overlooking the sea when we realised we had no idea how to eat the thing without a fork. Needless to say we managed after a quick scurry through bags for tissues.

2. Beach BBQs. The hottest day of the year and one of my flatmate's last night in Plymouth was spent eating a bbq overlooking the sea. We stuffed rolls with burgers and bacon and ate the ultimate bbq food of potato salad. Then after a little rest needed after maybe one burger too many, we played cricket with cans for wickets and much hilarity.



3. Golf. Trying something new is always a bit scary. There's that trepidation that you're going to be absolutely rubbish it at and a physical skill seems to be worse somehow. With this in mind me and a friend decided to have a go at pitch and putt golf and had such a good time. Yes we were a bit rubbish, but we laughed along together, gave each other hints and improved loads. It was so nice to something out of our comfort zones and have a go.

4. Party Tea. Just to celebrate Friday and because I can, on Friday I made myself what my mum used to describe as party tea. Cutting my sandwiches up into little triangles and then having little bits on the plate - tomatoes, salad, potato salad and crisps. All arranged symmetrically on the plate.

5. Lightening. We had the most awesome storm on Friday night. The air had been heavy and ready for a storm all day and when the rain came it cleared the air. But following the downpour came the lightening. Lightening that lit the sky up every few seconds with absolutely no thunder. I stood outside and just drunk it in because nature is pretty phenomenal.

6. Mooching round Totnes and more good cake. I am truly honoured that this little blog and #wonderfulwednesday has brought so many lovely ladies into my life. Michelle from Life Outside London is no exception. In fact a mooch around Totnes with her whilst talking about anything and everything gave me all the warm and fuzzies. If you aren't following her, you need to. She's a babe and knows the best places for cake!

7. Just the right temperature. For lazing in the park with my book in shorts and a tshirt without worrying about burning. Burning has been a real issue for me this week. I have been peak ginger by burning whilst smothered in sun cream so a little dip in heat was pleasant. Also it was a perfect dog watching spot.

8. Last game with my uni girls. 5 hours of laughter and trying our absolute best. I have a little thing that grinds my gears in cricket and it's when players turn up to play and then get no involvement in the match. Luckily I play in a team that makes sure everyone gets an even chance, so we all made awesome contributions. Also special mention for an absolutely stonking cricket tea which meant running was infinitely harder afterwards, but totally worth it.

Wow, that's been a lovely list of things that have made me happy. Writing them all down makes me relive all those wonderful memories and never fails to bring a smile to my face. For more lovely moments head over to the rest of the gang:  SallyJoHelenMichelleSarah, CatSamEl KerriMimmiMartina , Peta, Kelly and Emma and use the hashtag on twitter and instagram - #Wonderfulwednesday.

Kate xx

Friday, 26 May 2017

Perranporth Adventuring


Last weekend I was feeling like an adventure. A solo adventure. So after hearing about how beautiful the beach at Perranporth was I booked one night and got a train and bus through the Cornish countryside to get there. Spontaneously by Monday night I was sat on the beach. I think it may have been one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.

 What I did

Well the beach definitely did not disappoint so I spent a lot of time sat looking out to sea and generally contemplating life. Being by the coast makes me all sorts of happy and calm. The beach is 3 miles long, I know because on Tuesday morning I decided to walk the whole length of the beach and back. The beach is popular with surfers, but I made do with a little bit of paddling and climbing on the rocks. I had an explore of the rock pools and funny caverns made in the cliffs. The little town has a range of gift shops and after a wander, I was back on the beach reading my book.



 Where I stayed

I stayed in the most amazing youth hostel situated right up on the cliffs on one side of Perranporth. The above photo was taken from right outside and the view from the window was stunning. I fell asleep to the sounds of the waves, but not before having a lovely evening of interesting conversation with the other guests. The bed was really cheap and ideal for travelling.



 What I ate

Now to the good bit! The food was absolutely great and I ate every meal outside. I started with eating fish and chips on the beach whilst I watched the sunset. Next morning I ate freshly baked pastries for breakfast. After my trek along the beach I was starving and had a spit roast pork roll with apple sauce bought straight from the local butcher. It was so full and yummy. You can't go to Cornwall without having a pasty and this one may have been the best I've ever eaten. Finally just before getting back on the bus, I had 2 scoops of ice cream - 1 chocolate orange and 1 malteaser flavour. Both scrummy. All the food came from local independent traders which was what the high street was made up of. No Costa here, but good local products.





I had an amazing time and can't wait to explore more of Cornwall. I would thoroughly recommend Perranporth and would love more recommendations of places to go on solo trips.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #61


Well I'm all of a buzz this week. I just can't stop doing and moving and being. Maybe it's the sunshine. Maybe it's the buzz of a little freedom and a great big world of possibilities. Either way I'm really enjoying it. It makes me feel a lot more like me. I'll being guided by what feels right and wonderful for me and that's a pretty darn lovely thing if you ask me. And with the sun set to get even warmer in the next few days I'm a little bit excited.

Anyway, on with the merriment of the past week...

1. Last lecture of the year. Can you believe that I have finished every lecture for my first year? The time has gone so quickly. With just a 4 week placement to go I can almost taste the summer coming.

2. Ice Cream. Namely 3 of the biggest scoops of smooth, creamy ice cream eaten with those little plastic spoons whilst catching up with my old housemates. I choose 1 scoop each of Jaffa, Ferrero Rocher and Cherry and they were blooming marvellous.

3. The best yoghurt. You know some days you're wandering the supermarket and big up something that never usually goes in your basket, but is set to always find itself there in the future. I usually just big up a large tub of greek yoghurt which lasts me the week, but next to it on the shelf was ginger flavoured yoghurt. I love ginger flavoured things so had to give it a try. The yoghurt is delicately flavoured, but the deal breaker is the pieces of ginger in the yoghurt which give it the fiery kick. I many have eaten the whole large pot in 2 sittings. The second sitting may have had chopped up dark chocolate in it.


4. Blogger's brunch. A chance comment on Alice's blog had me invited to meet the lovely ladies of Plymouth Bloggers. And with food like this on the menu who can resist. I had a lovely time meeting new people and chatting. Looking forward to seeing them again.

5. Libraries. Because the world of books is endless and inspiring and absolutely free in your local library. It took me minutes to join with a lovely helpful lady and I was soon lugging a bag full of books back to mine. It also means that I could sit on the beach reading a book.

6. Good Deeds. From the train station into town is a big hill and as I got off the train yesterday I saw an elderly couple really struggling with all their luggage. I carried some up to the top of the hill for them and they were so grateful. Little kindnesses is what the world needs.

7. An adventure. I'm not going to say too much about this because I want to tell you everything all together, but there were trains and buses and amazing food and sea views and thinking.

So it turns out I talk about food a lot! But when it's this good who cares. For more Wonderful Wednesday's with slightly less food rambling (although I can't promise anything) head over to the rest of the gang:  SallyJoHelenMichelleSarah, CatSamEl KerriMimmiMartina , Peta, Kelly and Emma and use the hashtag on twitter and instagram - #Wonderfulwednesday

Kate xx

Monday, 22 May 2017

Weekend on My Own


Years ago I wrote myself a bucket list. I probably still have the scraps of paper somewhere at home. It had lots of conventional things on there. Places to travel and experiences to have. But I had taken the time to think more personally. One of the big things I wanted to do was to spend a portion of life living on my own.

Now I'm not an anti social person. I have a wide circle of friends from different groups and walks of life. I love spending time with them, but living feels different. I like to have my space. To feel in control of my environment, but also to recharge. However, it always worries me that I will be lonely.

This weekend I got a taste of what it might be like. With one flatmate at home and the other away working, I had the flat to myself. I was worried that I would rattle around, not knowing what to do with myself. That I would feel the need for contact with someone as I spent so much time on my own.

What happened was completely different. I felt myself more proactive than ever before. I eagerly sought out experiences that I wanted to do. I didn't have to think about what everyone else wanted to do. Although this comes across maybe selfishly, it was nice to put myself first. I contacted friends and asked if they wanted to hang out. I took myself out for a walk just because. I plucked up the courage to join a bloggers' brunch. I spend ages browsing bookshops.

Because I had time. Acres of the stuff and no agenda. I could meander through the weekend with no pressure of time. I felt myself breathing deeper and relaxing.

I swapped our lazy house days for being active and getting outside. Instead of still being in bed at lunchtime I woke early every morning to fit more into the day and felt myself sink into bed early. Tired, but happy. Wanting to go to sleep ready for the next day.

And there were little things too. The way that I could play feel-good music nice and loud as I got ready early in the morning without waking anyone. The fact that I could dance around the kitchen as I cooked my tea. And sing at the top of my voice in the longest shower without anyone telling me to hurry up. And make my washing into a den and sit a read my book there. Or just leave my shopping all over the kitchen floor whilst I drank ice cold milk in an attempt to cool down.

By myself I became more spontaneous. I sought out the opportunities that I wanted. I may have booked myself a little adventure.

I was also self sufficient. Those mugs in the sink that I'd been leaving for ages because someone else might wash them became my problem. I made sure everything was clean and put back when I'd finished with them. Pockets of time were used getting on top of things - my washing, paperwork and planning. When my flatmates arrived home that was the first thing they noticed - that everything was tidy.

Living alone is definitely something I want to do, this experience has confirmed that. I felt happier and more energised to choose things that make me happy.

Kate xx

Friday, 19 May 2017

Creating at University


It's been so long since I have done anything remotely arty so knowing I had 3 hours of practical art sounds like a perfect way to spend a Wednesday morning. We started outside, armed with clipboards, pens and pencils. Through baltic winds we drew skylines without taking our pens off the paper, with our left hand and without looking at the page.


To warm up from our chilly encounter, we huddled inside the top of our university building and drew small details of buildings from different perspectives.


Finally back in the classroom we started abstracting the shapes onto a collaborative piece in marker pens. We added pattern and colour with oil pastels before washing with inks. I was so proud of our final piece. It's colourful and expressive and we all had great fun making it together. I can't wait to use all I've learnt with children.


Kate xx

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #60


Good morning, lovely Wednesday crew. How are we all doing? I think I'll be spending today mostly dodging the raindrops that seem to be the norm right now. Where did all that gorgeous spring sunshine go to, because I'd really love it to hurry up back. It's been a busy old week which feels a little like the end of something. Anyway, quickly on to the good things of the week...

1. Dressing up. Last week me and my lovely university cricket team were nominated for most improved team at the university sports awards. This involved a posh dinner and awards ceremony and the chance to dress up. I opted for a navy playsuit and spent the night feeling might fine. It's funny what a few curls in your hair, a new outfit and a glass of wine can do. We may not have won the award, but we had a great night.

2. Eurovision. It is an absolute tradition with my friends to watch Eurovision, eat picky, buffet food and score the acts. We have a very specific scoring system honed through years of practise. Every year the rulers and coloured pens come out to make a beautiful scoring sheet. We mulled through the archives as we waited for the show to start and reminisced through the memories. More were made and I'm fairly certain Moldova were robbed. Did you see their sassy saxophone player?

3. Just silly laughter. Spending time with my flatmates watching the sun go down and making human pyramids. The ones who you can be totally yourself with are keepers.

4. Another cricket game. We have had so much rain this week and as I looked out of the window on Thursday afternoon and saw the rain falling my hopes of playing cricket that evening diminished. However just before we were due to start the clouds cleared and left a lovely evening. A nice close game and a beautiful sunset on the journey home made it a good evening.

5. Train journeys. I went home this weekend to attend a cricket course and was out of Plymouth for a mere 36 hours of which over 1/3 of those were spent travelling. I really enjoy travelling on the train. I had time to read the wonderful words of Laura Jane Williams, to listen to the stories of the people around me and generally ponder life. Plus the views aren't bad either.



6. Awards. The university year is coming to an end with only one more lecture and 4 weeks placement left. Our PE group decided to celebrate this fact. We spent an afternoon playing dodgeball and generally being competitive before creating our own awards ceremony. We voted on all those silly prom kind of awards and giggled over nominations and winners.

7. A little bird just making its merry way. As I walked into town a little bird seemed to follow me. Tip tapping it's way down the street and bobbing across the pavement. That moment of slowing to watch its actions put a smile on my face. Sometimes the smallest moments matter the most.

8. Bowling. Another end of year shindig this time with our seminar group. I really surprising myself with how well I did, although the first few went down the alley like bouncing bombs!

9. Reflecting and being a better me. My course on Sunday was all about reflecting on my coaching and understanding strengths and weaknesses in order to improve. It was hard. Harder than I expected to recognise my workings, but since I have been using it in my life. Taking that bit of time to reflect about where I want to go and how I'm doing getting myself there.

10. Sleepovers. When I went home I spent my first night staying at my brother's house. He left me a mug and everything ready for a super yummy hot chocolate then we discussed everything from life insurance to puppies until we fell asleep. I'm sure I've written it before, but I really am proud of him.

And there we have it. Another round up of the week's happy moments. Hope you all have a fabulous week and let me know what's making you smile. In the mean time check out the rest of the #wonderfulwednesday gang: SallyJoHelenMichelleSarah, CatSamEl KerriMimmiMartina , Peta, Kelly and Emma and use the hashtag on twitter and instagram.

Kate xx