Saturday, 25 February 2017

Mum came to Plymouth

Last week my mum visited me in Plymouth. She was here for a few short days and I had to keep popping away to go to lectures, but it was so lovely to see her. Having her here in my new home was like a little holiday and having a piece of home here.

Although we only had a limited time together I showed her around my new home town. The Plymouth Sound was shrouded in hazy sunshine. Signs that Spring is just around the corner were everywhere. From the snowdrops gather secretly in the corners of the subway to the proud daffodils and 'Welcome to Plymouth' spelt out in pale yellow crocuses.

The few days were filled with chatter and food. We gorged on a massive Chinese, bacon sandwiches and cake. Catching up with the ones you love whilst sat on the top of a hill watching the sun set across the sea seems like a pretty darn lovely thing to do.

We may not have ventured far, but having her company was enough.

Kate xx

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #48

I missed a week. Slap my wrist somebody. And to make me feel even worse for missing a week, this week I had some particular Wonderful Wednesday goodness. To be honest it's been one of the busiest weeks of my time at university, but a pretty damn stonking one. The business is nothing to do with university and everything to do with adventuring, being with wonderful people and being a better person. So maybe I'm allowed a little bit of slack... and an extra Wonderful Wednesday this time round.

1. Extra big Wonderful Wednesday excitement in real life. This one must go tip top of the list because last weekend I met Lynsey and Michelle. We met, scoffed yummy food at Boston Tea Party and chatted about anything and everything. It was so lovely to meet them both and finally put real life people to our wonderful Wednesday gang. They are both just as marvellous as I expected. Thank you for a lovely few hours and the bakes ladies. Also the train journey from Exeter to Plymouth is pretty spectacular. Think vast landscapes and stretches where the train runs right by the coast.

2. Phenomenal Women. Now I think we're all in agreement that we live among some blooming phenomenal women, but being told you're one of them is such a massive boost. I attended a female coaching conference and the message was just that. Being in a room of 50 amazing coaches who are working their socks off to enable more people to play cricket is amazing. The atmosphere was supportive and inspiring and I can't wait to put everything into practise soon. I'll leave you with a poem by Maya Angelou, that was included in the opening speech... Phenomenal Women

3. Visitors. Last week was made particularly busy by the arrival of my Mum for a few days and then my oldest friends from home. They all made the 6 hour journey down to see me and we had a wonderful time exploring Plymouth and scoffing our faces. I got a little emotional with how far they had travelled to see me and the chocolate orange hot cross buns they'd brought with them.

4. Beaches in February. Sat on the beach without a coat with mugs of hot chocolate from a flask just people watching with my two lovely friends from home. Is this what dreams are made of? We walked up to the church on the hill and talked life plans as the sky turned paler and the pinky clouds crept in to the edges.

5. Brownies. No I lied in the previous point, I tell you what dreams are made of. The massive wedges of brownie that were just perfectly gooey and super chocolatey. We took so long deciding at the little stall and finally plumped for one chocolate orange, one kinder bueno and one raspberry and white chocolate and I can safely vouch for all three. Bold claim, but I think they may be the best brownies I have ever eaten!

6. MVP. This is a bit of a blow my own trumpet moment, but I'm going to do it anyway. This week the cricket leagues stats came out and I'm top ten for like everything and somehow second most valuable player (which is what MVP stands for in case you're not sure). I had to have a little sit down, then a dance round the flat. We're not at the end of the league so everything could change, but I'm a little bit proud of myself, especially as there's some bloody could players playing.

7. Long chats. I start to worry about my friend and I. How on earth can we talk for 3 and a half hours about cricket non stop and not get bored? And not repeat ourselves? But that's what we did yesterday. Over mugs of hot chocolate we chatted plans and what we want to achieve. It was definitely worth tidying my room for!

That's all for now folks. I've a pretty stonking bumper 2 weeks and now it's your turn. Use #wonderfulwednesday to tell us what's been making you smile and get along to these lovely ladies' blogs:  JoHelenMichelleSarahSallyCatSamEl Kerri's,Mimmi's, Lynsey Martina's AND lovely Isabelle.

Let me know if you write a post too and I'll add you to the list. The gang is growing so quickly I can't keep up!
Kate xx

Monday, 20 February 2017

My Soulmate

One day you're going to meet your soul mate.

Someone who you instantly click with. Who you immediately can call an equal and you communicate with on this footing. Both sets of ideas are valued and listened to with an importance and a need to understand.

Your ideas and values will mesh together and link. You can talk openly and honestly about a host of different things without fear of judgement. Equally, they will challenge you. They will open up a world of new perspectives and ideas. Your views will be moulded by this new person, who you feel has always been in your life.

They will be completely honest. Sugar coating the truth damages the trust you have. You trust them so completely that you would put your life in their hands. They will show you the way they feel with a vulnerability that few see. Both of you will fiercely protect the other and care deeply. Well being and happiness is important and you'll check in with each other regularly with the words 'Are you happy?'.

They feel shiny and new when they recount each of their many stories. The messages behind the stories have you thinking and evaluating. But, between getting to know them you feel comfort. Like the big bear hugs they give you, their love wraps you up and you know it won't let go. Like this person is so quickly a part of my family.

This person will know you inside out. They'll know you in those tiny moments where you don't even know yourself. They can tell what you are feeling even before you, yourself, have discovered you feel that way.

My soul mate is my best friend. He is nothing like me yet we share this bond of togetherness and I am so incredibly lucky to have him in my life.

Kate xx

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #47

I'm not going to lie and say I've had an amazing week. I haven't. It's not been a disaster, I just seem to have lost some pizazz. Some of the energy that makes me want to get out of bed in the morning. With my course slowing to a grounding halt with a less than full on module, I don't feel like I have enough to stimulate me.

1. Cake and chats. A pretty free timetable means I have time for long afternoons spent in cafes talking. We sat chatting for hours about anything and everything and shared cake. I love when you each get a different cake and cut them up so you can have a taste of each. I can never make my mind up when the cakes look so good so this is my chance to sample even more options.

2. Podcasts. It's been a drowsy week which has meant I just haven't had the concentration for reading but sitting back and listening has been just the ticket. This week I stumbled upon the podcasts of Standard Issue Magazine. Funny, talented women interviewing each other and making me laugh til my sides hurt.

3. Cooking. This week I have really slowed into the process of cooking. I've loved watching potatoes roast in the oven. Watching them slowly turn a crispy golden colour. Or carefully stirring a sauce to just the right consistency before pouring in a mountain of grated cheese and watching it melt. The process of cooking has been calming and something unto itself rather than something I rush or try to many task at the same time as.

4. Sorting the summer. This week my summer job was confirmed. It has been in the pipeline for a while, but I will be spending a summer of cricket in some glorious settings. I can't wait to get started.

5. Birthday parties. One of my close teammates had her birthday at the weekend and no birthday can be complete without a cake. I'd love to say I baked one, but the limits of student kitchens prevented it this time. However, she'd already told me earlier in the week that she was disappointed she wouldn't have a cake so her face was full of smiles when I presented her with chocolatey goodness.

6. Early starts. After the feeling of dragging and lack of motivation I knew I needed to get the spark back. As someone that works so much better in the mornings, an early morning was the best way to do this. A 6.30am wake up, a really good shower and my comfiest skinny jeans made for a great morning which translated into a super productive day. One way to beat a dreary mood.

That's all for this week. Despite having a weirdly dreary week it's amazing to be able to pick out the great things that week has brought. Next week is a very busy one with placements, a little trip and some visitors. I can't wait, it's going to be very exciting. In the meantime for more exciting #wonderfulwednesday goodness check out the rest of the gang:  JoHelenMichelleSarahSallyCatSamEl Kerri's,Mimmi'sMartina's AND lovely Isabelle. Find us with #wonderfulwednesday on twitter or instagram, write a comment or even your own post. Let me know if you do and I'll add you to the greatest list on the planet!

Kate xx

Friday, 3 February 2017

Best on Campus

Last week the lovely people from Campus Society sent me a parcel of 'Best on Campus' merchandise. I have been part of Campus society for roughly 2 months and I post my current blog posts up there as well as extra photos. I use it as another social media platform to connect with other bloggers and students. I'm particularly interested in the beautiful photography that students from around the world post and have got some great fitness and food inspiration.

I was originally contacted to be a blogger on this platform and having been active in this community for a while they contacted me to receive some goodies. I received a canvas bag, notebook, pencils and a few sweet treats which were packaged beautifully. All really useful for my studies and a bit of chocolate never goes amiss!

Kate xx

I was gifted the merchandise but all thoughts are my own

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #46

This week I can definitely say has had a lot of positives. From getting my assignments done to booking my house for next year, some big accomplishments have occured, but that's not what I'm going to focus my wonderful Wednesday on. Much as they made me happy and took away a lot of stress, I'd like to focus on tiny moments that have really brought me joy. So on with the show...

1. Orange Juice. When I went home for Christmas it was one of the things I really appreciated. It's not that I can't afford juice as a student, I can. It's because I just don't want to have to carry it back from the shop. It's so heavy. So this week my flatmate buying orange juice for us was a great addition to my breakfasts.

2. Painting my nails. Again this is something a little out of the ordinary. My painted nails usually chip after minutes or I smudge them before I've even finished, so I just don't bother very often. So this week managing to paint my nails a deep plummy red pretty damn perfectly was an acomplishment. The fact that they're still intact after 5 days is even more mpressive.

3. Desert Island Disks. The lovely Cat mentioned Caitlin Moran's desert island disks episode in a previous Wonderful Wednesday and on Saturday afternoon after feeling under the weather I decided to see what the hype was. I snuggled in bed and listen, then moved on to Nicola Adams, then Nadiya Hussain. Hearing people's stories and the impact music has is so interesting. Highly recommend and I can't wait to listen to more.

4. Bacon sandwiches. Now that two of my flatmates have moved out it's kind of strange and erry so having everyone back for breakfast was lovely. What's better than bacon sandwiches and good friends?

5. Time on my own. Once I had finished my essays last week I decided I just needed space. I took myself to the highest hill I could find and watched the sun set. Time to be still, quiet and alone is needed to recharge my batteries. For more and some pretty stunning skies see my post from earlier in the week here.

6. Rocky Road Shots. Most of the time I am truly awful at doing shots. I find them too burny and downright nasty. But when a shot tastes like rocky road and has popping candy in it, I think I can make exceptions!

That's all the wonderful for this week. I've just snuck into Wednesday with this one after a bit of a manic, but amazing day! For more wonderful check out these lovely ladies:  JoHelenMichelleSarahSallyCatSamEl Kerri's,Mimmi'sMartina's AND lovely Isabelle. If your name doesn't feature and your little corner of the internet joins in please let me know. The gang keeps growing and I just can't keep up!

Kate xx