Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #90


Can you believe I've written ninety of these little posts? What an astonishing number! You find me listening to the rain on the roof as I'm snuggled in bed eating hot, buttery crumpets. I'm not sure there's a better way to start the day, although I'd rather hide from the rain here all day. The weeks are going by at an absolute flash, but this week has been one of lots of little (and pretty massive) opportunities so it'll be exciting to see how it all pans out.

1. People who support you. Isn't it just the best to know you have this amazing network of cheerleaders around you? The ones that will tell you to go for that opportunity however scary it it. To have people believe in you. To have people who send you dancing bird videos and pictures of puppies because they know it will make you feel better. They are the real champions in life and I'm determined to keep them close and tell them how much they mean to me.

2. Smores. The absolute staple of bonfire night I've been eating them all week. We have no fire so I quick blitz in the microwave gave me sticky, gooey marshmallows. I ate them by the lights of the kitchen island and felt like Nigella when she 'creeps' down to cook an indulgent snack in the middle of the night. Of course it was about half five because the clocks have changed and I'm no Nigella, but you might get the niche reference!

3. Bonfire night. I think bonfire night, might be my favourite celebration of the year, even above Christmas! There's so much excitement. The getting ready and working out just how many layers you can get under your coat. Top tip: always tights or leggings or both under trousers. The smoky smell as soon as you walk out of the door. Fifteen minutes of just staring at the sky as pure magic explodes. The booms that you feel right inside your rib cage before you hear them. After all the colour and excitement the last moments of a firework where it looks like it's raining stars.

4. Libraries. I never realised how few people used libraries and how they'd never fund the joy of them. You can walk in and borrow from hundreds of books for free. I really don't see the catch here. They are the gateway to free education, to bettering yourself and learning new things. I regularly pop to Plymouth library to get new books. As a student it's perfect because I never have to move large collections of books from place to place because once I've read it I just take it back and get a new one. It's also such a lovely place to chill out. I'll sit in one of the armchairs and read a chapter or two away from the hustle of the city centre.

5. Train travel. There's something lovely about a journey by train. It took me out into the countryside for the first time in a while and reminded me that I need to get out more. To walk in the woods before the burnt orange leaves are all gone. There's something soothing about not having to drive and just watch the world go by.

6. Totnes. If you're ever in South Devon I would highly recommend a visit to Totnes. It's full of cute, quirky shops and you could pootle round for days and see something new every time. I popped in on Saturday to have a cuppa with the lovely Michelle and we stumbled upon a food festival, the market and the coolest little cinema. I can't wait to go back for the Christmas markets.

7. Being up early enough for the sunrise. And feeling right smug about it! There's something ultimately wonderful about being able to watch the sun rise over the rooftops whilst lying in bed. The sun bathing the room in warm, golden light and the first thing you do in a day is just look out to sea.

8. The first stretch of the day. Being a morning person never really left me, but I think I'm rediscovering it this week. Waking up early for that first stretch when you're so snug feels all kinds of wonderful. Being up that early means I can pack loads into the day, be in bed for ten and get my needed nine hours of sleep.

9. Dungarees. This is my absolute favourite item of clothing right now. They are so comfy and practical, but go with absolutely everything. I can really layer up under them ready for the chillier weather and they make me feel a bit more put together. I end up wearing them at least a couple of times a week!

That's all for this week. I have a super busy week coming up with hand ins and a big cricket competition at the weekend and I don't feel prepared for either! Hopefully it will all come together but until then I'll be looking out for the little joys of everyday. For more wonderful head over to: JoHelenMichelleSarahSallyCatSamEl Kerri's, and Peta's and Ellie or catch us on #wonderfulwednesday on instagram and twitter.

Kate xx

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #89


Wow has the weather changed this week! Almost overnight it feels like the temperatures have plummeted and obviously this is the time you find out the heating in your house doesn't work. Typical! The clock change has also thrown me. Whilst it's lovely to have bright mornings, the fact that it's getting dark by five feels very odd. This week has been a really mix of emotions but feels like it's going along so quickly. I've been selected to play for the uni cricket team again which is very exciting, but also have been looking after myself as I've bee quite emotional too. That's why it's super important to pick out all the good things every week...

1. Watching the sunset. I feel like this is top of every single list, but we've really had some stunning ones this week. This week I chose to watch one from the Hoe. Having sat amongst the golden light watching the trees change and the spider's webs glisten, I walked closer to the sea as the sun was setting. The skateboarders were beautifully silhouetted and the sky was just beautiful. I stood watching until my hands were freezing. Check out my instagram for photos that tried to capture its beauty.

2. Dreaming. This week I've been thinking about the future a lot. Looking at different jobs I could go for and listing dreams. All over my walls are post it notes of goals and things I'd love to do. I spend hours discussing with friends and family. My goals aren't all career related because I have so many interests and it has made me so excited to think about what I can achieve.

3. Views. On Thursday I took myself out for an adventure up Mount Batten tower. Look out for a blog post where I explain all, but let me tell you the views over Plymouth were stunning and it was a beautiful sunny day for it. I enjoy going on solo adventures and even when I'm completely bogged down in work I feel so much more motivated if I've been outside doing something I enjoy.

4. Keeping cosy. As I mentioned before, the temperatures have felt so chilly and with the heating out too it's been my mission to keep warm. Therefore the warm pjs, fluffy socks and chunky cardis are out in force. I've been spending the last hours before bed snuggled with a good book or my journal and it's been just lovely.

5. People who genuinely want to help. Yesterday I had a meeting with my supervisor for my project. We chatted about a few queries I had and, as I had a pretty good handle on stuff, we were nearly ready to wrap up. Then she asked about how I was getting on with my ankle and really listened. She knows I'm in pain and offered some really helpful suggestions that the uni can help with. Then said I was to contact her anytime I needed to and we could go for cake (because cake makes everything better). Just that time she took to listen and extend that support meant so much. I'd been feeling emotional and the kindness nearly made me cry.

6. Cake just when it's needed. When you're having a painful, emotional day a slice of cake is truly needed. I had a nut brittle stack - chocolate brownie topped with caramel, chocolate and nuts. Eaten whilst watching Come Dine With Me because sometimes you need to listen to your body and know however hard you push it today isn't the best day for work and you can try again tomorrow.

7. Productivity. Even if that day wasn't very productive, overall this week I really have been. I've really found the links between things I've been working on. I'm finding things so interesting and my to do list keeps getting ticked off.

8. Sun rising in my room. There are two things I love about the window of my room. Firstly that the first thing I do every day is go and look at the sea. See how every day it is different in the changing weather. Secondly I love the way the sun rises and baths my room in its golden light. I can lie in bed, slowly waking up as I'm stroked by sunbeams and watch the sky change colour.

9. Hot chocolate. The warming fuel of autumn and winter. Perfect for chilly study sessions, the cold walk to uni in the mornings and getting cosy just before bed.

There we have it, another week full of the good stuff. I enjoy writing these so much! For more of the good stuff check out  JoHelenMichelleSarahSallyCatSamEl Kerri's, and Peta's and Ellie or catch us on #wonderfulwednesday on instagram and twitter.

Kate xx

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #88


I'm currently sat bathed in sunshine in a little nook in my attic room looking out to sea as I write this and I'm pretty content. This week has gone past without the most remarkable events happening, but little moments of wonderful. It's a week that's skipped past in a heartbeat, but when I look back there's so many moments I'd love to capture. So without further ado I'm going to jump straight into the lovely moments...

1. Tuesday. This week I have discovered Tuesday which is a personal styling email service from M&S. I've been thinking about changing up my wardrobe for a while as so often I look and have no idea what to wear. I feel like very few of the pieces I own actually reflect me. So often I pick black or dark clothes when actually colour feels more like me. This absolutely free service gives you suggested pieces, ideas for how to wear them and all comes from a real stylist. I can't wait to see what my first little email will contain.

2. Autumn spotting. Oh my goodness this has made every single one of my journal entries this week. I have to stop myself from taking photos of every beautiful crunchy leaf and adorned tree. I rush out of the house for every sight of golden light and hang out of the window to capture the sunset. This week I'm also appreciating waking up slowly as the sunrises and brightens my room. I always leave my curtains open so that I can see that first glow of pink when I'm all cosy in bed.

3. Bloggers Brunch. This weekend I headed to Bonne Sante to meet some lovely Plymouth bloggers. I'm now lucky enough to have met most of these people at various events and we spent a beautiful sunny couple of hours chatting and eating brunch.

4. Blue skies. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous recently and it makes me so happy. There's been hardly a cloud in the sky and we've been blessed with the most brilliant blue skies. Every colour from the softest, baby blue to vibrant, almost royal blues.

5. Theatre trips. I'm lucky enough to live so close to the Theatre Royal and can pop there for a spontaneous trip due to their amazing U26 £5 ticket offers. This week I felt very cultural seeing Macbeth. Some people were surprised to hear I'd been on my own, but honestly this has never bothered me. I chatted to a lovely couple who had moved down to Devon to follow their memories of childhood holidays to Dartmoor and the south Devon coast. I had a thoroughly lovely evening. It was definitely made better by a Green and Black's dark chocolate truffle bar which I picked up on way for my interval treat!

6. Promoting yoga. Last Wednesday we had an assignment to provide some training to another group of trainee teachers in any area of PE. We chose yoga and I enjoyed it immensely. It was amazing to see their change in attitudes through the session. It's something many hadn't considered they could do in schools, but could obviously see the benefits. I love doing yoga as my own practice and being able to share this was so fulfilling.

7. Brownies. Massive chunks of gooey praline brownies eaten outside in the sunshine on a break from the library. We just got to the Brownie Lady's stall in time before she sold out and it was the perfect time out from my studies. An hour to put the world to rights and have a friend to support me and laugh with.

8. Progress on my ankle. As you might remember from previous Wonderful Wednesday's in the summer, my ankle has been getting progressively worse to the point I was struggling to put weight on it. I'd been waiting to see a specialist for ages and so Friday was a relief. We've got some progress and a few things to try. I really hope it works!

9. 5 a day. As part of my focus on looking after myself I'm keen to get at least my 5 a day every day. This means exploring more ways to get veg into every meal. This week has been particularly about spinach added to absolutely everything and snacking on tomatoes.

10. A book to make me cry. When you wake up ridiculously early and can't sleep the only thing to do is read. As the sun slowly reached up into the sky, I was absorbed by The Dress Shop of Dreams by Menna Van Praag. I'd definitely recommend and the ending moved me to tears. It was such a beautiful story.

So there's another week of the best bits. I love writing these posts so much and get so much joy from the other lovely ladies who take part. I feel tremendously lucky to have been drawn together with these incredible, inspiration women so please, please check out their blogs too: JoHelenMichelleSarahSallyCatSamEl Kerri's, and Peta's and Ellie. You can also find us on #wonderfulwednesday on instagram and twitter.

Kate xx

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #87


I saw this plant pot when I was wandering through the barbican this weekend and thought it pretty much summed up the essence of Wonderful Wednesday and my blog. This week I've really taken it on board and enjoyed the little things that I want to do and focused more fully on them. I'm really immersing myself into the life I want to lead and if that's not something to cheer about I don't know what is. As my workload gets heavier in the next few weeks I want to make sure I portion out time to continue this.

1. Making lists. My desk has become littered with lists of every description. Once one comes to it's end there's another few ready to take it's place. Although this sounds a bit much it is really helping me stay on top of everything, but also prioritise things that I want to do so I don't forget to leave myself time to do things. Also I don't know how anyone copes without a good post it note!

2. Being comfortable in my own company. I've spoken about my struggles with living on my own before here, but I'm growing. Although at the moment I don't live completely on my own for long periods of time I am the only one in the house and I'm really getting used to it. I know what I need to be content in my own company and the things that make me tick. I know how to be alone with myself. This is such an ongoing process, but it's getting better.

3. Storms. Does anyone else love a storm or are you like my friend who has to ring me when she drives through a storm just to have a voice with her to make her less scared? I love them. Whether inside snuggled and listening to the wind and the rain, watching the amazing force of nature that is lightening or outside feeling the wind and spray from the sea they are incredible.

4. Pulled Pork. On Friday night I cooked exactly what I fancied - amazing bbq pulled pork and sweet potato chips. Eaten whilst catching up with strictly and followed by brownies and chocolate mousse it was pretty perfect. Also I had leftover pulled pork and roast veg for the rest of the weekend.

5. Linking thoughts. When loads of ideas come together and you just get it and it all makes sense. That spider diagram suddenly connects all those ideas that have been flying around and all the information pinned to my bedroom wall becomes meaningful. Do you know, I'm really enjoying learning right now.

6. Those inspiring, motivational chats. The last point was brought about slightly by meeting someone who was so enthusiastic about their subject and interests, which fitted well with mine and we could talk about learning for ages. It did help she had the cutest dog that she brought for cuddles too.

7. Dancing by myself. Because sometimes you have to put your favourite song on loud and dance around your room until you're breathless without a care in the world. Feeling your body move with happiness.

8. Murals and walks. Saturday was a blustery, stormy day and just as the rain stopped I decided to go for a walk. I came across a beautiful mural on the streets of Plymouth (see my instagram). I never fail to be surprised by what I find as I walk around Plymouth. As every walk is different so is the sea every day. On Saturday it was ferocious and I was reminded of the incredible power of the waves.

9. Podcasts. After listening to podcasts for the first time a couple of weeks ago, this week I found one related to PE teaching. I was pottering around my room, but had to stop and quickly start taking notes because the content interested me so much. For all those interested The PE Umbrella is brilliant and such a good resource.

10. Dippy eggs on a Sunday morning. Because again I'm crafting my life and this includes waking up early and watching the first light enter my bedroom. Then pitter pattering down the stairs to boiled the perfect dippy eggs and buttery soldiers. Eaten whilst curled up in a blanket on the sofa. Then I sat just sipping my hot chocolate and listening to the rain. Sunday's aren't a rush and I can be in the moment. It set me up for such a productive morning of work.

11. Little parcels. My grandma sent me such a cute little parcel of wagon wheels and hot chocolate sachets. They are things that always remind me of her. The food she'd always try to give me as soon as I walk in her door so it was such a lovely package.

Wow so many little moments this week. I love writing this every week and reflecting. Tomorrow I have my first assessment of the year where I'll be leading teacher professional development. I'm really excited as we've chosen to do it on yoga and the benefits for children. It's something I'm really passionate about and hopefully we can get more people on board.

For more of the wonderful head to JoHelenMichelleSarahSallyCatSamEl Kerri's, and Peta's and Ellie's blogs or follow #WonderfulWednesday on instagram and twitter.

Kate xx

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #86


This week my list came easily and quickly. Writing in a notebook everyday has allowed me to get thoughts down on paper. Sometimes it's just a train of thought. Words jumbled on the page about things I've done that day. Sometimes a list of things that have made my day better, like this but even smaller moments that are sometimes missed. And sometimes I just get my thoughts about a topic down, or even questions I'm asking myself. Either way I like the routine and it has made this list a hundred times easier to write. I can go back through my week with a record of what I've done. It has also made my writing easier. I always talk about the importance of practise in sport, but maybe I need to transfer this to more of my life. Practise is helping me write. And now after that ramble it's on with the wonderful...

1. Ice cream. This Sunday I finally took myself into the gelato palour that I always walk past on the barbican and mean to go in. I was certainly not disappointed. Banks of different flavour gelato mean I'll be back to try other flavours, but I settled for Ferrero Rocher. Sitting people watching and eating at the marina was a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon, especially as it was followed by a bit of cricket...

2. Training. As mentioned above, I also managed to squeeze a bit of cricket into my Sunday. It was the first session back with my uni squad. I was apprehensive going into it because as I may have mentioned my ankle has been causing me a lot more pain. However, I really wanted to get playing again and I'm so glad I did. I smiled all the way through and felt so much better afterwards. I'd felt achy all week and actually felt so much better for exercising. And my ankle? Not too bad. To top it off we have a great bunch of new members.

3. Bloggers night out. On Thursday I was lucky enough to be invited to a blogger's night out at the Barbican Leisure Park in Plymouth. It was a lovely evening of cocktails and great food at Pizza Express and Bella Italia before seeing Blake Lively in a suit (and the rest of the film) at Vue cinema. The best bit for me was meeting some lovely local bloggers who I hope to keep in touch with.

4. Autumn spotting. I'm loving these crisp, clear autumn days at the minute. It makes me want to be outside all the time, so I'm having to force myself to study inside, but I'm also making the most of this time of the year. My camera roll is full of trees in every golden colour. I walk along the pavement deliberately crunching leaves and skip outside to capture the golden light. Every season I fall in love with that season, but golden light time might just be my very favourite.

5. Drives to nowhere. To catch up with no particular direction other than to adventure. At anytime of the day or night.

6. Friends who say love you lots. The very best phone calls end with love that's vocalised. Love that overrides the crappy, stressful week that they've had and means that you here it from the other end of the country. We need to tell each other how much we love each other more.

7. Bargains and the restorative power of Waterstones. Saturday I woke up from the worst night's sleep feeling rough. Like my insides had been all jumbled up and my head was full of cotton wool. Two little things really put a smile on my face that day. One was the calming atmosphere of a mooch around Waterstones. Looking at the beautiful covers and feeling the atmosphere. The other was finding a soft, perfect-for-placement top in the H&M sale to find it had another quid off when I got to the till.

8. Really being interested. University this year is really really interesting me. I might not be saying that in a few weeks time, but for now I'm really engaged with what I'm reading and doing. I sit in the library most days and find that hours have gone past while I move from article to article finding out more and more perspectives. Long may it continue!

9. Cosy naps. I've talked about my ankle pain, but I'm not sure I've talked about my medication. I'm on pretty strong painkillers which make me quite drowsy. This means pretty much everyday I have to take a nap or my eyelids will just close on me anyway! It's now getting to the season where I can get really snuggled up without completely overheating and this week this has meant some of the cosiest, comfiest naps.

10. Bake off night. Walking to the top of the hill to watch the sunset, stroking as many dogs in the park as possible, stopping on the way home to by brownies, making an epic omelette, catching up with mum on the phone, watching the bake off with warm brownies and ginger yoghurt, in bed writing this by half nine. Bake off night done right!

I've really enjoyed writing this week! For more wonderfulness check out  JoHelenMichelleSarahSallyCatSamEl Kerri's, and Peta's and Ellie or follow #WonderfulWednesday on instagram and twitter.

Kate xx

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #85


Hello, and how has your week been? I'm feeling so happy right now. I'm full to the brim with ideas and thoughts at a mile a minute. This gives me a renewed sense of energy and I'm really working on me right now. Several of my flatmates are living away at the moment because of placement so I'm on my own a lot which is giving lots of time to focus on me and what I want. I feel like this week I could talk for hours about all the good bits so let's get on with it...

1. Designing my life. This is something I have been thinking about a lot this week. The concept of making decisions that help my curate the life I want to lead. To be the most me. It has included listening to my body when it says it's sleepy/ hungry/ in need of a good stretch etc. It's saying yes to the opportunities that genuinely excite me. It's creating goals and working out how I can get to them. I feel that some of the inspiration from this comes from what Laura Jane Williams talks about. I have linked her twitter here as she always talks with such wisdom.

2. Sunsets. I have found that our bathroom sky light is the perfect place to watch the sunset from. I've been cracking the window open and breathing the air just as the colours are lighting up the sky. Maybe it's just we, but this is when I can really feel the seasons changing. Obviously I have seen the leaves change colour and crunch through them as I walk, but the cool, crisp air that hits me when I'm looking out of the window really feels like autumn. It was mixed with just a hint of bonfire, that got me excited for that celebration too.

3. Plans. My brain is such a fizz of excitement right now. Although I could do with just a little more summer break, uni life is really inspiring me right now. I have mindmaps and notes littering my desk and pinned all over my walls. I'm constantly thinking of new ideas or ways to look at things. It's been ages since I've been this engaged in my learning and it's really exciting me. Long may it last!

4. Journaling. This weekend I listened to a wonderful podcast by Sarah from Me and Orla which you can find here. It was all about journaling and happiness. What struck me was the wide range of positive emotions that we experience not just the gratitude that is often journaled about. It has got me picking up my journal and just writing. All the thoughts and feelings and wonderful things that come into my head. It feels like an extension of these little posts but more of a stream of consciousness. A way to capture tiny moments, but also how I feel about them.

5. Art. Saturday was spend completely by myself, but wrapped in culture. I walked without much of an aim, but to see as much of the Plymouth Arts Weekender as I could. Meandering throughout Plymouth I stopped off to look out to sea, look up at beautiful architecture and look at some fantastic art. I met some lovely creators who really inspired me. They took time out of their day to explain their processes and help me with ideas I could use in the classroom. I particularly enjoyed Plymouth University's show at Royal William Yard. My favourite pieces were a beautiful installation commemorating the suffragettes that went on hunger strike and some life drawings with such movement in them.

6. Being outside. I have learnt that I feel so much more happy when I build time into my day to spend outside. From as small as taking a walk outside, it makes me feel so much calmer and motivated. This week I have taken myself out for coffee, sat on benches writing or just looked out to sea. This is something I'm continuing to build into my day. On instagram I saw #airhour which is inspiring us to go outside for at least an hour a day and has really spurred me on in this.

7. Not being able to put a book down. It has been a long time since a book has hooked me so much as Skylarks by Karen Gregory did. I felt like I was back to being a child as I read it late into the night. It's a fabulous young adult book about sexuality, class and money. It has really made me think about the privilege that I have and the disparities and injustices in society.

This week has felt quite cultural. I'm drawing on such a range of people and events for inspiration and it's really enriching my life. This is something that definitely needs to stay! For more wonderfulness head over to check out these lovely ladies: JoHelenMichelleSarahSallyCatSamEl Kerri's, and Peta's and Ellie or follow #WonderfulWednesday on instagram and twitter.

Kate xx

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Wonderful Wednesday #84


Here I am back in Plymouth and already back in the swing of university lectures. It was nice to have last week back here to get back into Devon living before university kicked in. It meant I could unpack slowly and find a home for everything. When I first walked in the door it really didn't feel like home, but in the last week I've made it more me. Postcards of previous adventures and photos that make me think of friends and our wonderful memories are up on the wall and I feel a bit more settled.

1. Double Bed. One of the lovely things about living on my own again is having a double bed. Over the summer I was in accommodation for work and back at my parents where there were single beds. At work I'm fairly certain it wasn't even a single. I was too long for it! So a double bed is an absolute luxury. It's been absolutely lovely to spread out again. I can get really cosy and use the whole space.

2. Theatre. This week I decided to go for a spontaneous trip to the theatre. I had an email for cheap young adult tickets to The Unreturning at Plymouth's Theatre Royal and decided to go solo to the show. The play was absolutely incredible. There was such emotion and physicality in the show, with brilliant staging. I highly recommend it!

3. Rain and snuggled. Last week was a bit of a wet and grey one so it gave me a chance to get snuggled in my new room. I took a trip to the library and settled down to read before my uni work gets inevitably busy.

4. Getting organised. September always brings new year vibes for me. I'm a lot more motivated at this time of the year than in January. I've ticked all of those adult things off my list that have needed doing for weeks. Lists have been made, dates have been put in the diary and stationary has been purchased. I've even rung the bank! All in, I just feel a lot more ready for the year knowing I've got myself in order rather than having to catch up.

5. The sea. This year I have a sea view from my room and it is my favourite thing about my new house. I have already started every day my taking two minutes to just stare out of the window. I love watching how the sea and sky changes with the weather. The bright blue skies making for calm seas, the misty hazy mornings and the low sun which turns the sea silver. I've also missed being able to walk for just a few minutes to hear the waves and breathe in the calming air.


6. Post. I really really enjoy getting great post. It breaks up the monotony of adult post. This week my friend who got married this year sent me a couple of photos of her and me at her wedding. They were such beautiful memories and tiny moments of the day we'd shared. It was such a lovely gesture and has made me want to send more lovely letters.

Now I'm looking forward to a bit more sunshine over the weekend so I can get out and explore. I'm incredibly lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country so I'm determined to make the most of it while I live here. Do you have any exciting plans for this week? For more wonderfulness head over to JoHelenMichelleSarahSallyCatSamEl Kerri's, and Peta's and Ellie or follow #WonderfulWednesday on instagram and twitter.

Kate xx

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.

Kate

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