Wednesday, 30 April 2014

52 Lists: Eighteen

52 Lists: List the things you would do if you won the lottery

  1. Buy my cricket club its very own ground so we don't have to play on the playing fields.
  2. Get a new car where I'm not scared it's going to break down every 2 seconds and I can fit more than a couple of bags of sports kit in.
  3. Take my mum on the holiday to Scotland that she has been asking for every Christmas and Birthday since I can remember.
  4. Move out to my very own place. I crave the independence of living on my own, but I just can't afford to right now.
  5. Buy an ipad. I'd love to be able to work much more efficiently without carrying a tree's worth of paper around with me.
And to be honest that is all I can think of apart from the obvious little treats. I feel I'm not to materialistic so "things" don't really float my boat.

What would you do if you won the lottery?
You can find out what Emma (who is running the project) would do here.
Kate xx

Thursday, 24 April 2014

It's the Little Things: Five

  1. The stars at night. I love getting home on a warmish evening and just staring at the sky for a few minutes. I find the stars so mesmerising. I feel so lucky to live in a rural area where they are not masked by light pollution so I can see them really clearly. 
  2. Rediscovering my love for Prawn Cocktail flavour crisps. Nothing more to say here!
  3. The feel of newly cut hair. Does anyone else feel the need to swoosh their hair around for the first week after it has been cut? I love how the ends feel so new and soft (well compared to the scraggy split ends I had before)!
  4. Wearing clothes that remind me of the season. This week I seem to have gravitated towards pastel pinks and blossomy prints. It makes me feel, even on a grey day like today and little brighter. Have I ever told you I love spring?
  5. A beautiful cream tea. Can we just take a minute to appreciate the beauty of it first? This was one of the yummiest cream teas I've had for a while and I have become a bit of courser. The scone was light and fluffy inside with a crisp crust and it was served with so much homemade jam and cream that we were piling up our scones. And best bit about it? We won it in a raffle so it was completely free! If you are in Suffolk and looking for somewhere for cream tea, light lunch or brunch do check out Trinity's @ No 14 in Saxmundham.
What little things have made you happy this week?
Kate xx

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

52 Lists: Seventeen

52 Lists: List the things you're grateful for

I thought I'd do this one a little bit differently because although there's a whole host of things I am grateful for but the one that burst into my mind the first time I saw the topic was my health. 

My health hasn't always been great. I haven't always been able to run and jump. I haven't always known I could do everything I ever wanted to. When I was very little I had very life threatening Meningitis. After what I imagine were a very scary couple of weeks for my parents I did respond to the treatment. I am now just left with some scarring but it remind me everyday of how things could have been so much different. It makes me very grateful to be here and prompts me to enjoy every single second!

Also when I was born I had a club foot which means me foot curled inwards rather than just nice and straight. I had several operations when I was little. I have had it in plaster, had to learn to walk again and even at the age of 4 had a zimmer frame. When I was at school I was very uncoordinated and I still run like a complete muppet. However over the years I have got really into sports, even representing my county at cricket. For someone that was told I may never walk or, in the worst moments, pull through I am so proud of myself. 

I now teach sports and dance to primary school children. I wear a splint on one of my legs to stop my ankle moving so it doesn't cause me too much pain. But neither of these things matter because the message I want to give both the children I teach and you is that whatever it is you want to do, you can do it. Hard work pays off. If you want some thing really put your mind to it and you will get there. 

What are you grateful for?
Check out Emma's post here
Kate xx

Sunday, 20 April 2014

National Letter Writing Month

A beautiful letter sent to me by a friend living in Scotland. The painting she has done makes it all the more special.

When did we all become so detached? So insistent on instant communication that we can't wait for a meaningful and thoughtful words. I feel like we live in an age where we use email and text as an easy for of communication. And granted it is useful but sometimes you need to hear someone's voice or to see their handwriting on a page. Otherwise it becomes impersonal. That could be a robot on the other end of screen! You lose the subtleties: the sarcasm and wit or your best friend, the warmth and guidance of your family and those happy, comfortable silences.

Also I find it quite rude. If people are attached to their devices in social situations it shuns those they are with. No one is going to want to have a face to face conversation with someone who is engrossed in their screen. I found myself doing this the other day and told myself off. I was just getting to the check out in a supermarket when my phone rings. It could have been important and turns out it was reasonably, but it could have waited. However I did pick up and proceeded through the check out whilst on the phone. I feel so bad and mouthed sorry many times to the poor lady on the till. But it's inexcusable and rude and I will not be doing it again.

Therefore in National Letter Writing Month I will be going back to the old school methods of communication. Those that leave you with a warm happy glow because you have really connected with the person you speak or write to. The ones that if you get a phone call or letter out of the blue it reminds you that the person is thinking of you and cares. 

This month I hope to send out some lovely letters and phone friends and family just for the joy of hearing their voices. 

Will you be taking part in National Letter Writing Month?
Kate xx

Friday, 18 April 2014

It's the Little Things: Part 4

Hope you've had a lovely week darlings. Mine has been pretty long but I'm happy the weekend is finally here! Here's what turned my frown upside down this week...
  1. The smiles on the players' I coach faces when they won their first game of cricket of the season. This makes all the hours I put in worth it. As another coach has said to me "It melts my old man heart." That's his old man heart not mine. Just to clarify!
  2. A bank holiday weekend off (first holiday since Christmas). This has been so long coming but I'm mega looking forward to it. I have planned plenty of afternoon tea, possibly a beach visit and a lovely get together with a bring and share food system. That sounds like my world revolves around food which, let's be honest, is not far off!
  3. A new job starting next week. (that's not a very little thing really!) I'm so excited for new challenges, new people to meet and lots of inspired, happy children.
  4. The hushed quiet I wake up to with only the birds tweeting. I don't think I would like to live in a city as I just love the peace and calm that greets me in the mornings.
  5. Recently I have had some lovely comments on the blog and I'd just like to say thank you to each and every one of you. Every comment makes my day!
If you have a similar post or would like to share the little things that have made you happy do let me know in the comments. I love reading them.
Kate xx

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

We're London bound

Last weekend we got a crazy early 7am train to visit my friend at Uni in London

We toodled around Brick Lane market and browsed some vintage shops, before taking about an hour to decide what street food to chose.

We went for gnocchi, Chinese dumplings and some Japanese delicacies which we all sampled. 
We relived our childhood through a Jacqueline Wilson exhibition in the Museum of Childhood.

Someone let us near the dressing up clothes whilst a 3 year old politely stood waiting for us to finish!
After getting completely lost somewhere in Chinatown we popped into my friends local which has a cute sofa type set up.

After walking what felt like miles, gorging ourselves on pizza and taking a short tour around the Uni we fell onto the train home with tiredness and happiness.

Being able to stay in contact with friends is such an important thing. I had such a wonderful time exploring places I'd never been before and just generally being around my friends. It's weird when you go from seeing someone everyday to not seeing them for several months, but it makes the time you do have together even more special.

How do you keep in contact with friends that live far away?
Kate xx

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

52 Lists: Sixteen

52 Lists: List your perfect weekend to do list

  1. A lovely lay in, possibly with a good book
  2. A good bacon sandwich with lashings of tomato ketchup
  3. Time in the garden playing with Ben, my sprocker spaniel cutie
  4. Afternoon tea at a little cafe with my family
  5. A long summer evening of BBQ and relaxing with friends
  6. Beautiful Sunshine again for a game of cricket. Whether I'm watching, coaching or playing I know I will enjoy myself and have a laugh. Even if I'm coaching ( essentially working) it will be all worth it because of the smiles and happiness of those I coach. Their enjoyment gives me so much happiness.
  7. An evening in the pub after the game sharing stories and banter.
  8. A day off on Monday to recover from the weekend!
Emma is surpassing herself with excellent topics. Do go and check out her post for this week here.

I'd love to here what would make you perfect weekend...
Kate xx

Thursday, 10 April 2014

It's the Little things: Part 3

I maintain it's those moments that make us smile in life that really makes life happy. Here are a few from my life recently:
  1. Wrapping yourself in warm towels after a shower
  2. Primroses, crocuses, snowdrops, cowslips and daffodils all blooming on the side of the road.
  3. Driving with my windows down. Turning my music up and it being warm enough, that even with the breeze, I don't feel too chilly.
  4. Sharing a massive pizza and dessert with my friend. Perfect relaxed lunch. Plus my friend's question "Are we deserting or are we desserting?" made us laugh.
  5. The massive smile on one of my students faces when I told her she would captain her year's cricket team. 
  6. Seeing my first calves and lambs of the spring. Guys I literally love spotting signs of spring, so I'm sorry for all the mentions.
  7. Spending Saturday afternoon watching Mary Poppins and legitimately saying I'm doing research for work.
Do share what's put a smile on your face too
Kate xx

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

52 Lists:Fifteen

52 Lists: List the things that kick start your soul

To be quite honest I was sure what Em meant by this topic but I suppose it's my interpretation. I chose it to mean list the things that are kick starting you in the mornings. The things that you want to jump out of bed for.

  1. The spring sunshine
  2. The chorus of birds outside my window
  3. The beautiful flowering cherry tree that is about to burst into wonderful pinky blooms
  4. The tin full of cookies that I made yesterday
  5. It being Uni holidays so lots of opportunities for meet ups with friends
  6. Having plans
  7. Start of the cricket season
  8. Re-Kick starting my love of art and scrapbooking (look out for this on the blog)
Can you guys tell I'm loving spring right now? I think it might have to be my favourite season. It's when nature starts growing and blooming and it gives me an almighty boost too.
How's life for you lot? Also do send me the links if you are also part of 52 lists.
Kate xx