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