A Day in Exeter

A Day in Exeter

It has been 9 years since I last went to Exeter and as our friends now lived there, we decided to plan in a trip to Exeter as part of our holiday. As they both work full time and the only Saturday we were in the South West was whilst we were still camping in Cornwall, we actually took the train from Penzance to Exeter instead of going from Devon, which would have been more logical!

One of the advantages of getting the train though, was being able to appreciate the incredible scenery of the South Devon coast. We’d been along a short stretch of the Cornish coast a few days previously and as always when travelling by car, the driver doesn’t get to see all that much as they go along so this was a perfect opportunity for us both to appreciate the beauty of the Cornish and Devon coastline.

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Life is better with routine – why do I find this so hard?!

Life is better with routine – why do I find this so hard?!

So I’ve been thinking a lot about routine and structure recently. Since starting my new job at the beginning of June, I’ve been trying to work in a vague routine. Wake at 7, out the door at 8:30am, back home at 5:30pm and depending on the day of the week, either back out for things in the evening or at home trying to balance between some time spent doing housework and making time for things I enjoy such as blogging, knitting, watching tv etc. Wrap everything up by 9:45pm so I can tidy up for half an hour or so, then I have 45 minutes (ish) to meditate and get ready for bed. This is for weekdays by the way, weekends are a bit more anything goes.

The waking up, going to bed, leaving and returning to the house times tend to be adhered to pretty well but everything else seems to go out of the window half the time. Yet, I know I feel best when I’m in a routine and being equal parts productive and resting. I am fully aware that real life cannot be portioned up into neat little blocks of time, things come out of the blue and plans change, but why, when it’s not due to out of the blue things, do I still seem to let my routine slip, knowing full well this will set me up to fail?

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Falmouth and the Looe Valley

Falmouth and the Looe Valley

Back in May we had a really lovely time exploring Cornwall as part of our 10-day camping holiday in Devon and Cornwall.

For the first few days we were based in the pretty town of Marazion. Right down at the bottom of Cornwall, in the middle of Mounts Bay, this tiny, pretty town is known for being where the causeway links across from the mainland to St. Michael’s Mount. It was a great base for our time down there and we were able to explore lots of different areas.

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Seth Lakeman Live at The Minack Theatre – May 2019

Seth Lakeman Live at The Minack Theatre – May 2019

This post shows, that sometimes, everything falls into place for dreams to come true. Music has always been a big part of my family’s life, as I mentioned when writing about C2C Fest. Radio 2 was the soundtrack of my childhood. The radio was on far more in our house than the tele. We listened to it in the morning, Mum had it on all day so days off school meant I’d hear it all day time too, and then after watching some TV after school, the radio was put back on whilst we had dinner and more often than not stayed on in the evening too. When I was up in my room, I often had local radio or Radio 1 on instead.

That coupled to listening to various albums in the car and the good old days of downloading tracks off Limewire as a teenager, meant I listened to music a) all the time and b) from quite a lot of genres. Rock music was definitely a big part of my teenage years, but so was folk music. Mum and Dad are big folk fans and therefore the Radio 2 Folk Show was left on in the evening most weeks. Mike Harding’s dulcet tones introduced me to a wide range of artists. I got really into folk music for a few years between around 2008 and 2014 and have kept up with some of my favourites ever since (need to pay more attention now!) and one of my very favourite artists that pulled me in, in 2008 was Seth Lakeman.

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6 Years

6 Years

6 years, it’s a long time in some respects, a blink of an eye in others. 6 years ago today, the world around me changed dramatically.

6 years ago today I was in hospital. I had the call I’d been waiting for, a day earlier than expected and I was in hospital in the afternoon, preparing to have open heart surgery the following day. I wouldn’t be writing this post today if it wasn’t for that. I first started writing as a way to process my emotions in the 18 months or so leading up to this day 6 years ago. It was a big part of my life and daunting to say the least.

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C2C Festival – London – 9th March 2019

C2C Festival – London – 9th March 2019

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Before I start, this post contains a lot of images that I didn’t take (linked to originals etc.) I only had my phone with me and wasn’t really close enough to get good images of most of the artists. A shame but I was more bothered about enjoying myself!

Back in March, my friends and I had a great day out at the O2 Arena in London attending C2C Festival. This three-day festival is a Country Music event held here in the UK. Since it’s inception at the O2 in 2013, where it was originally a two-day festival with Carrie Underwood and Tim McGraw headlining, the festival has gone from strength to strength. In 2014 Dublin was added to the schedule, with the event taking place in both cities concurrently, with artists switching venues during the weekend a-la Reading and Leeds style.

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Spring at Wimpole Estate – Cambridgeshire

Spring at Wimpole Estate – Cambridgeshire

This blog post is a combination of two recent trips to Wimpole Estate, near Royston in Cambridgeshire. The first was in mid-April where myself, Aidan and 3 friends went there for the day for my birthday! Having arrived in overcast conditions and got sorted with tickets etc, we decided to take our picnic up to the folly on the top of the hill. This meant walking through the parkland where the herds of White Park and Longhorn cattle were grazing, making a pretty picture in the Capability Brown landscape.

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A Day Out in Northamptonshire

A Day Out in Northamptonshire

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Back in April, myself, Aidan and my parents decided to spend a day in Northamptonshire. It’s the next county west of where we live in Cambridgeshire and also not too far for my parents to get to from their home in Staffordshire. Although I have been through the county many times, it’s not somewhere that I’ve explored all that much. Back in 2013 I had a few days of holiday to use up from my job so I decided to take myself off camping for a few days and stayed in Northamptonshire. It was then that I first discovered Kirby Hall.

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Doing more of what you love

Doing more of what you love

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Hello again, it’s been a while (again…). I am hopefully back for a little while at least with this blog.

For those that are new here, hello, welcome! It’s nice to have you here. I say that I’m going to get back into writing repeatedly, but never do, so we’ll see how long this lasts! I’ll let you into a secret though, I have actually got a lot more posts lined up already! So that’s all very exciting.

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Writing for…I’m not sure.

Writing for…I’m not sure.

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It’s been a while but I’m back writing. But this time I’m not really sure what I’m writing about. All I know is that I really miss writing.

So here goes, firstly, since my last post, I’ve got a job, yay! It’s back in the Environmental sector but using my office skills which is pretty great and it’s part time, which was a reality I needed to face. Full time work was just too much, no matter how much I try and ignore my health.

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