Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #79

Hello everyone and how are we diddly doing? I have to admit being hit for six by this heatwave. It's really knocked the energy out of me so I tackled it headlong in the only way I know how. By drinking gallons of water and booking myself a weekend away by the sea. I chose once again to stay in a youth hostel and it was the best decision. Very cheaply I was able to take myself away to Tintagel and explore another wonderful part of the South West. Now I'm back and this week seems to be flying by which is making me so happy as I just can't wait to travel home for my best friend's hen do this weekend. So much exciting stuff going on right now, so let's find out even more that's been making my week special.

1. Sunsets. I know I bang on about the beauty of sunsets all the time, but there's something pretty special about watching the light slowly fade from the day and the colours change. When you're doing this with uninterrupted views across the sea, with a bag of salty, vinegary chips whilst chatting about anything and everything it's pretty darn spectacular.

2. Friendships. On Sunday I met up with a close friend. It's funny because friendship can be so many things and closeness does not mean being physically close. She lives the other end of the country and to watch her play cricket made me so incredibly proud. I'm currently being her cheerleader as she goes abroad for some of the most important games of her career.

3. Meeting people. On a solo adventure I never factor in meeting sch amazing people. The beauty of the place is enough to set me on my way, but meeting incredible people is the icing on the cake. This instagram post explains exactly how I felt.

4. Mango cider. More specifically mango cider and fish and chorizo pizza eaten in the first wisps of breeze at the end of the day. All while catching up with a lovely friend. Then sitting and watching the sunset (can you see a theme?). We talked about anything and everything and it was the perfect night.

5. Fajitas. When you've had a long day and you can bash together a quick and scrumptious meal of fajitas in fifteen minutes flat. Perfect.

It's a short one this week, but I've had a really fabulous week. Some days you can't put into words the smile that creeps onto your face and the breath that comes deeply into my lungs. For people who express this much more eloquently than me head over to #wonderfulwednesday on twitter and instagram or give me a shout if you write a post.

Kate xx

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #78

Wow it's been such a long time since I've written one of these posts. I've really missed them. It's been ages since I've had time to sit down by myself and take stock. To take the time to just think about the things that make me happy and it's definitely time to get back to that. Sometimes it takes that time to step back and take a look at where you are for you to work out what you need and want in life and getting back to appreciating all those things that make life better is definitely high up on my list.

Without further ado let's take a look at this week's list...

1. Sunsets. We have had some absolutely mind blowing sunsets that have lit up the skies here in Plymouth. Every evening I have rushed outside to catch the beautiful colours and ever changing skies. It's a time to be completely in the moment as it changes every second.

2. Comfortable company. This week I have enjoyed being with friends where conversation just flows. Silences feel comfortable and full of contemplation. Smiles and easy and laughs come thick and fast.

3. Sweet Williams. Because buying yourself a bunch of flowers is always a good idea.

4. Ice cream. The only way I'm getting through this heatwave is vats of ice cream. Today's special was a double raspberry magnum. Raspberry ice cream wrapped in dark chocolate, a layer of raspberry compote and more chocolate, eaten whilst watching the world go by. Absolute bliss.
P.s. slatherings of sun cream and ridiculous hats are also most definitely needed. Anyone else absolutely melting?

5. Booking adventures. I love having an adventure booked and being a bit spontaneous makes me so excited. Therefore I have booked myself a few nights in Cornwall this weekend and I intend to do exactly what I want for that time. I love not having an agenda or a time limit. I can just wander and see what takes my fancy.

6. The power of sleep. Oh my goodness the power of sleep cannot be underestimated. I feel so restored ad refreshed after a good one. I'm talking clean sheets night, fresh pjs, solid 9 hours kind of sleep and suddenly I'm ready to tackle the day again.

7. Dartmoor. I can't believe I spent the whole of first year in Plymouth without going to Dartmoor, because now I could be on the moors all the time. This photo was taken on a blustery walk up Sheepstor. I just can't get over the vastness. Seeing vast scenery always calms me, just like looking out to see.

8. Being true to myself. Because really this is the most important thing us humans do isn't it?

Well there we have it. A list of the wonderful things of the week. I'd just like to give a massive shout out to the queen of Wonderful Wednesdays Sally. She is a massive inspiration and an absolutely beautiful soul. Check her out and feel all warm and glowy.

I'm so out of the loop, so if you write a wonderful Wednesday, give me a shout and I'll add you on next week's (yes, I promise to try and keep this up!)

Kate x

Saturday, 21 April 2018

The Red Dress

She gently touched the delicate fabric. Testing it. Seeing if it was for her and as I looked up into her face I knew it was. I could see that little gleam of longing. The bright red fabric had woven her way to her heart. I saw her thinking about all the places she would go in this dress. The swirly skirt that would swish around her legs as she danced. The tiny ribbons that criss-crossed at the neckline.

But she found excuses. Reasons not to have the happiness the dress had momentarily given her. The price, the fact it might not fit and the occasions she didn't have to wear it. The fear of the dress not suiting her, fitting weirdly. And maybe that was more of a worry. If she never tried it on she'd never know how the dress would make her feel, but that might be better than the crushing defeat when it looked wrong on her. But I knew. It seemed made for her and I was right.

I gently persuaded her to try it on. For if you don't you will be thinking about the encounter with the dress for weeks. Thinking about what could have been. Like meeting a stranger who you just know could have been your friend and only sharing fleeting eye contact. When those hazel eyes danced with yours like that red dress dance will dance on your body.

And when she refused I practically pushed her in the changing room.

When she came back out she was beaming. Her face lit up from within with happiness. She needed that dress. She needed things in her life that make her that happy. We all do! And that's how I always think of her. With a massive smile on her face, bubbly and full of energy. When I think of her, I think of the many times that we laugh until our faces hurt. She is the loveliest person.

So I bought her the dress, despite all of her protests. And I told her how much she means to me. How much it means to have a friend like her and much I value her. I cried on the train as I left home again for the friendships at home. The girls I miss from the other side of the country and the simple pleasure of spending time with them. We've tucked the dress away for a evening in the sun and her hen do and I can't wait to see her again in that red dress.

Please tell those you love how much they mean to you, it's so important.


Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #77

You find me writing this on the train home. Devon is a very beautiful place and I'm admiring the view that I'm saying goodbye to for a couple of weeks. The sky is blue and filled with fluffy ice-cream-scoop clouds. I have seen lambs leaping around the fields and I am content. Ready to have a break at home and see everyone there in the knowledge that what I miss here will all still be there when I get back.

1. Books. I've been reading a lot more recently and just finished a brilliant book called The Nowhere Girls. Taking time to read takes you to another world. For a while time stands still and speeds up all in one motion. I spent Saturday night curled up in bed with a cat and my book and whiled away hours and before I knew it, it was midnight!

2. Dippy eggs. Sunday mornings should definitely start with dippy eggs in bed! This breakfast of soft boiled eggs and toast soldiers reminds me of what my Grandma used to make me when I stayed there as a child. It was such a relaxing start to my day washed down with a mug of hot chocolate.

3. Just that Contented Feeling. Where you find yourself smiling and take a big deep breath and say yes, this is where I want to be. Moments like this have hit me this week and it makes me super happy.

4. Mango Cider. I'm the first to reach for a fruity cider, but I'd never tried a mango flavour one. I'd usually go for berries, but this may be about to change. On Friday night I headed out for a drink with some friends to Ciderhouse in Plymouth. They have such a range of ciders in a warm inviting pub. We had a lovely evening and I'll definitely be back to sample some more flavours.

5. Dungarees and oversized tshirts. For my Spring outfit of choice I have the softest off white tshirts, marled with flecks of grey and comfortably oversized. They are tucked into last year's favourites, my denim fitted dungarees. On brave days I even roll the cuffs up a little. It's the comfiest outfit where I feel put together.

6. Watching the Sunset. The clocks changed and now we have lighter evenings which are making me so happy. On Sunday evening, E finished work at 7 and we raced to watch the sun set from Jennycliff. Watching how the colours in the sky change over just a few moments is mesmerising and I love how we can just spontaneously decide to do things like this.

7. Exploring. I don't know why it took me so long to discover Dartmoor, but I was missing out! Monday took us adventuring up Sheep's tor. The wind was brisk and whipping my hair around my face, but it didn't spoil the view from the top. We could see for miles!

8. Cafe with a view. Before I went home a friend and I went for a catch up. We've been working our way around the cafes of Plymouth. This week we settled on the Terrace which is set in the cliffs above Plymouth Sound. With views over the sea we braved the outside seating and March didn't disappoint. Still sat outside in the sunshine at gone 5pm!

And that's all for a jam packed, happy making week! I'm feeling really good this week and long may it continue. These amazing ladies are also rounding up their weeks:  SallyJoHelenMichelleSarah, CatSamEl KerriMimmiMartina , Peta, Kelly and Emma. Find us on twitter and instagram with #WonderfulWednesday.

Kate xx

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Looking Forward to Easter

You find me typing this in the library with a massive pile of science books in front of me. I'm trying to get ahead. To make sure when I go home for Easter break I can do just that, have a break. I feel like I need it. This term has gone by in a flash, but it's been full on. Hopping from one assignment to the other, via performances and competitions, has got me exhausted and in need of some relaxation. So I spent the morning in bed eating dippy eggs and soldiers brought to me by my lovely girlfriend and intend to smash out the last little bit of work, before hop skipping back home.

There's so much I'm looking forward to about going home:

1. A Holiday. I definitely need this one. A few days away to recharge and relax, but also to explore a new place. Mum and I have booked a few nights on Hadrian's Wall and I intend to walk, take in the beautiful scenery and eat plenty of cake.

2. Seeing Friends. Living so far I really miss my friends, but there's also people I have made plans with this Easter who I haven't seen for ages. Coincidence has it that where I'm staying up north is just a stone's throw from where a good friend lives. It's been 6 months since I've seen her and we've both been there for each other so much through that time. It'll be lovely to just have a hug and share lunch with her. I will also be coaching with my former mentor and absolutely amazing guy this Easter and I can't wait.

3. Ben snuggles. For those of you that don't know, Ben is my Sprocker spaniel. He's loopy, but loves a cuddle. I'm not sure there's a lot better than the soft curly fur of a warm dog who's trying to lick you and jump in your lap.

4. Cake Dates. With my mum, with my grandma, with friends. My top socialising choice at home is to eat cake and I've managed to book in several already!

5. The promise of a cafe trail (like the old woman version of a pub crawl) for my birthday made me way too excited than it should have. I intend to sample much cake with my best girls and I can't wait. Having a birthday when I'm away means I get more celebrations when I get home too. Also they've promised me new books and who can refuse that?

6. A hug from my Mum. Because when you're so far away that's all you really want!

7. Training. This term I haven't really been on it with my training and without moving it really affects me. I feel more sluggish and not quite so motivated. So I'm really excited to be back home in time to train with my team at home. They are a lovely bunch of ladies and I'm so excited to get moving again.

8. Being in the Countryside. I love Plymouth, but it's a city and sometimes I just feel that I need space. I need empty fields to breath fresh air. Back home I look out of the window and see fields that go on for miles. I'm ready for walking out of the door and being able to walk and not see anyone for ages. To see sunsets like the one above with all their gorgeous colours not blocked by buildings.

There's only a few days until I board that train and I can't wait!

What are you looking forward to?
Kate xx

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