Thursday, 10 August 2017
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: Sally, Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri, Mimmi, Martina , Peta, Kelly and Emma and get in touch with yours by commenting or using the hashtag #wonderfulwednesday on twitter or instagram.
Wednesday, 2 August 2017
You find me snuggled in bed with a mug of hot chocolate and a slice of rocky road. The above scenes of this weekend, of clear blue skies, are almost forgotten through the rain we keep having. As I drove over the hills this evening I couldn't even make out the houses in the foreground so thick was the cloud that immersed us. However, this week has been home to some wonderful moments that need to be captured so it's quickly on with the happy things.
1. Visits. My lovely flatmate came to visit me on Sunday. It's the first day off I've had since I've been here. We explored the hills and ate picnics. It was lovely to have her around and I will miss her so much as next time I see her will be the middle of September back in Plymouth.
2. Absolute views. Blooming heck the views from the top of the hill were killer. We could see for absolutely miles. With the wind blowing we stood at the top of the hill and rushed to catch our breath as the wind took our voices away. We huddled together as we saw the weather change across the horizon. When one side of the hill had a beautiful sunshiney day and we saw the rain come in from the other side. We rushed back to the car just as the first spots came down, but had to stop to take in the amazing rainbow above.
3. A meal eaten slowly. On Saturday night we all had an evening off here and we went out for a lovely meal. It was good to take a bit of time to get to know each other away from working together. Also, pretty much every meal we eat is eaten at such pace. We have to wolf it down as we're off to set up pitches, get matches on or run evening activities. Therefore to savour and eat at your own pace feels like a luxury. Chatting over a meal just doesn't happen usually so it was nice to take our time.
4. Learning. That if you feel it in your gut that you should do something, you should jolly well get on and do it. That you should let your heart take over sometimes. That you must be true to your feelings.
5. Driving songs. Some days all you need is an absolute banger of a tune to come on the radio to set you up for the day. On a sluggish, drizzly Tuesday having a good dance in my car on the way to work was tonic for the soul.
6. Blackberries. This time of year always makes me think of walking the family dog and her racing us to eat all the blackberries off the brambles along the paths. She had such a delicate touch to pick them off with her mouth without getting any of the stalk. This week whilst walking I found some brambles and tasted the sharp sweetness again and it took me back.
Short and sweet this week, but plenty of wonderful. There's even more at these lovely ladies' blogs: Sally, Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri, Mimmi, Martina , Peta, Kelly and Emma and get in touch with yours by commenting or using the hashtag #wonderfulwednesday on twitter or instagram.
Wednesday, 26 July 2017
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: Sally, Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri, Mimmi, Martina , Peta, Kelly and Emma's blogs and use the hashtag on twitter and instagram - #WonderfulWednesday.
Wednesday, 19 July 2017
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: Sally, Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri, Mimmi, Martina , Peta, Kelly and Emma's blogs and use the hashtag on twitter and instagram - #WonderfulWednesday.
Wednesday, 12 July 2017
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: Sally, Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri, Mimmi, Martina , Peta, Kelly and Emma's blogs and use the hashtag on twitter and instagram - #WonderfulWednesday.
Friday, 7 July 2017
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.
Wednesday, 5 July 2017
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: Sally, Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Cat, Sam, El , Kerri, Mimmi, Martina , Peta, Kelly and Emma's blogs and use the hashtag on twitter and instagram - #WonderfulWednesday.