Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #83

How are we all on this drizzly, mizzly Wednesday? Do you know I'm feeling pretty good. I've had a week of chilled time, a little bit of work and a lot choosing the things that make me happy. This is just what I've needed after a busy few months especially with the home comforts of staying with my parents. It's helped my ankle too. A bit of rest and a few painkillers have done wonders and I'm vowing to rest up just a little bit because I just get so sleepy otherwise (an unwanted side effect of the painkillers, but a great excuse to take plenty of naps). This weekend I head back to Plymouth with my mum for a few days. I want to show her round a bit more and we're going to watch War Horse too which I'm very excited about. So all in it's been a pretty good week and I'm looking forward to even more next week. Now on with the little moments that been making my week special...

1. Chocolate orange cake. Top of my list and well deserved too. This was a light, moist chocolate sponge sandwiched with orange butter cream and marmaladey candied orange covered with rich chocolate ganache. Eaten before heading to the theatre and shared with my mum. I would fully recommend the cake selection at Jarrold's in Norwich.

2. Sunset walks. When the sky changes colour I like to get out and watch so this week I took myself to the middle of the village common and just stood. As the colours faded from the sky the only sound to keep me company was the grasshoppers and I was calm.

3. Proper belly laughs. This week I helped a lovely friend with his cricket coaching. I'd forgotten the joy coaching with him gave me. We had a fantastic few days finishing with slip and slide fielding. The children had such fun and made me proper belly laugh with their funny antics and trying to spray me with water.

4. Misty morning walks. Goodness autumn came with a crash this week. Monday morning rose shrouded in mist and I was out of bed in a flash. I decided to take a walk into the village to post some letters and to fully appreciate the beauty of the mist. Every plant was adorned with jewel-like cobwebs and the sun weakly peeped through. It reminded me of morning walks when I was little and my mum making up stories of the flower fairies who had painted everything silver for the autumn.

5. Empty beaches. Looking down miles of coastline and not seeing a soul seems like perfect exploring. This week I found a beach a little of the beaten track, but close enough to a local landmark to see able to Southwold's pier and lighthouse. The sky was blue, the sand golden and I had a wonderful time walking and exploring. I would hugely recommend Covehithe as a hidden treasure, but shhh don't tell everyone!

6. Comfy, cosy days. Recipe for the perfect afternoon/ evening... best friends, bake off, fajitas, toasties, cake, wine, nachos, fairy lights. What I'm trying to say to say is yesterday I ate my weight in good food, caught up with my lovely lady after her wedding and honeymoon and watched tv. Because not all plans need bells and whistles, sometimes the best ones are the comfortable easy ones.

7. Humanness. I've been thinking about what it is to be human and I think it's feeling and sharing that with another. From the long hug to try and hold in the pain of grief to the collective out rush of breath when that thing your friend was dreading doesn't materialise and listening, really listening to the words someone needs to say.

That motley collection is what has been brightening my week. Now it's your turn: check out the other lovely ladies JoHelenMichelleSarahSallyCatSamEl Kerri's, and Peta's and Ellie or follow #WonderfulWednesday on instagram and twitter.

Kate xx

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #82

Hello lovely people and how do I find you on this Wednesday evening? Today has been a busy one where I've been coaching all day with some of my favourite people. However, my ankle is still pretty dodgy so you now find me in bed, feet up and iced with my painkillers making me way too sleepy to be cool at this time of the day. Anyway, no moaning allowed because this week has been pretty darn lovely. Here's some of the wonderful...

1. Home. There's simple pleasures in being fully comfortable in a place. You know the routine and can pick your way through the clutter in pitch darkness, because everything is exactly the same as you left it (although they got a new toaster and shoved loads of stuff in my room and thought I wouldn't notice!). It has been lovely slowing down a bit and living at my parents.

2. Tea shops. Because meeting people for tea and cake seems like my main job right now and I'm really not complaining.

3. Family. I spend long stretches of time away from my family and I haven't been home properly since Easter so it's been all sorts of lovely to just spend time in their company. Chatting, watching the tv and walking the dog. All the mundane, everyday things that I miss out on when I'm away.

4. Golden Light. Behind sunsets I think golden light might be my favourite. This time of the year it bathes everything in such a magical glow. My favourite time of the day to take a walk is the golden hour just before sunset.

5. GBBO. I will not be available for the foreseeable future on Tuesday nights. I will be sat on the sofa with enough snacks to last me the hour and a quarter and anyone that tries to disturb me will be shushed. I'm already very excited that next week's episode will be viewed with the company of lovely friends and the promise of dessert in front of the tv.

6. Mamma Mia. Feel good film. I sung, I cried, I couldn't concentrate properly because the young Donna was too ridiculously beautiful.

And just like that another week is through! The weeks seem to be zapping through and soon I'll be back at uni. I'm making the most of this patch of slightly easier time. Meanwhile the other lovely ladies have Wonderful Wednesdays for you: JoHelenMichelleSarahSallyCatSamEl Kerri's, and Peta's and Ellie or follow #WonderfulWednesday on instagram and twitter.

Kate xx

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #81

This past couple of weeks have been tough guys. Living on your own is. Some days I feel like all I do is wake up, go to work, come back to my room and sleep. I don't seem to have had a conversation that doesn't revolve around the weather or work in weeks and I just need a hug. That's why I'm super excited to say I finish work on Thursday and can drive back to Suffolk. Just in time for a wedding at the weekend and seeing my family and friends. In weeks like this it's even more important to find the little things that brighten your day...

1. Brownies. Thick, chocolately goodness that really hits the spot when you're looking for some comfort food. Served with a big dollop of sweet cream and a smile from the lady in the kitchen because she's deliberately saved you the biggest bit.

2. Dinner together. For the last month I have been sitting at a table on my own for most meals. I eat as quickly as I can because there's always jobs to do. I have my food last and need to be first out of the door. So eating together for once is such a luxury. Having a conversation and not having to bolt my food is a pleasure.

3. BBQs. Can't beat a good bbq in the summer and this week my boss made us one to celebrate our last night off together. After a few false starts with lighting the bbq we tucked into some lovely food as the sunset.

4. Clouds. Because clouds can make the most beautiful patterns in the sky. This week I've snatched moments in my days to just watch the clouds. How they move with the wind and wisp across the sky. A moment to breathe and be calm.

5. Photos. This week the photos taken by the disposable cameras at my friend's hen do came back. They may possible be my favourite collection of photos ever. They capture the laughter and happiness that weekend. The little moments that probably would have been missed if we'd not had those cameras. These photos capture our friendship and that's worth so much!

6. Chocolate. Because some days all you need is to stuff your face with some dairy milk!

And now back to today, I'm counting down the hours until I can jump in my car and get on the road towards Suffolk. For more Wonderful Wednesday head over to these lovely lady's blogs:  JoHelenMichelleSarahSallyCatSamEl Kerri's, and Peta's and Ellie or follow #WonderfulWednesday on instagram and twitter.

Kate xx

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #80

Hello everyone and welcome to Wonderful Wednesday brought to you on a Thursday! It's been pretty hectic around these parts as I'm working long days so I've been neglecting my Wonderful Wednesday posts. However, some lovely lovely messages from the rest of the gang on twitter have got me tip tapping this out on my morning off.

Without further ado let's get down to the wonderful...

1. Sunsets. Today is not the day I stop raving about them. But when you can sit at the top of the hill and watch the sky change colour in a warm breeze and not a soul in sight who can really blame me?

2. Lovely comments. Isn't it just lovely to hear you've done a good job or that someone is grateful for something you've done? This week some of the coaches have left some amazing comments and it makes me all fuzzy that they've taken the time to do that.

3. Wonderful friends who check in. I'm away from my home, friends and family for another two weeks still and whilst I'm having a lovely time I do miss everyone. So it's been just lovely to have friends who message or call just to catch up. Or alternatively so that I can counsel them when they're driving through a thunderstorm!

4. Views. The views here are incredible. You can see for miles and every time I head over the hill it takes my breath away. I might be miles and miles from the sea, but the views aren't half bad.

5. Perfect blue shoes. Let me tell you a story about a hunt for shoes that has been going on for months. I'm a bridesmaid at one of my best friend's weddings in a couple of weeks. So I have been on the lookout for matching shoes. Shoe shopping is always so difficult with finding something that goes over my splint and fits both my odd sized feet. So when I found some beautiful bright blue suede trainers in TK Maxx I definitely hit the jackpot. They are perfect and it has made me even more excited for the special day.

6. What a difference a year makes. Sometimes you just have to step back and reflect. Time hop always brings back memories and it's so funny how much has changed since this time last year. For one, this time last year I met someone who has grown to be one of my very best friends. We met this time last year and now talk every single day. My flatmate also visited me and we've gone through so much this year.

7. Weather. This sunshine is making me and everyone around me super happy when there's cricket to be played. Enough said.

8. An evening off. Saturday night we all had an evening off which was spent eating tasty Mexican food and catching up. We work mainly on our own so it's lovely to know there's girls that have got your back and we had a lovely evening.

That's all for this week. Keep looking for the lovely things that make you smile in everyday and for even more catch  JoHelenMichelleSarahKateCatSamEl Kerri's, and Peta's and Ellie's blogs and #wonderfulwednesday. Have a fab rest of the week.

Kate xx

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.