Camping in Wales

Since I have known my two best friends Tiffany (blogs here) and Reanna we always try to plan a trip away whether that’s in Spain, Amsterdam or wet Wales. Why? To be honest I am not sure why but we have such an incredible time when we’re away because we’re hilarious.

So we booked a camping trip to Penybont in Wales at Spring Rock Fishery for two nights. I have visited this campsite before and was highly impressed the first time so I returned for a second. One of the reasons I love this campsite is for the peace and quiet. When you wake up, you are greeted with utter silence. As sad as it sounds the toilet block is my favourite toilet block I have ever been to! It has under floor heating – fancy or what. Plus the showers are so powerful which is a winner for me. You do have to pay 20p per minute for the use of the shower but I’m happy to pay when you have great service around.

We had pitched up, everything all organised neatly and the cider was open. The afternoon was great, we just chilled out and enjoyed our first evening until the night-time. What an absolute disaster going to bed was. It was official, Storm Brian had arrived and decided he was going to ruin our first night. The rain was intense, it just poured and poured and poured. I’ve seen how bad the rain gets in one of the Winnie the Pooh films but this was much worse, the noise was unbearable. That night I had a grand total of maybe one to one and a half hours worth of sleep, you can imagine how I felt on the Saturday.

We decided to eat out at the Severn Arms in Penybont. Again, this was my second visit and I thoroughly enjoyed it. As soon as you walk into the room on the left of the pub you feel like you’re at home. There’s a lovely little fire in a brick wall which is so cosy and it just smells country. The service is great, everyone is so friendly despite not being a local.

My food was absolutely beautiful. For my starter I had the garlic mushrooms – what an absolute delight these were. I didn’t read the description properly and expected breaded mushrooms but when they arrived the quality looked fantastic. I could still taste them after I had finished. For the main course I had a special from the board, the chicken supreme. Now when it arrived I was unsure by the look of it but once I got started, it was delicious. There were so many flavours within the dish and that is what I like about a meal.

The owners are great to talk to and make you feel like you’re at home. It feels like you’re welcome to do what you want there! We told a member of staff (I think the owner, I didn’t catch your name, sorry!) about how crazy we were to be camping during a storm. If things got too bad in the night, they told us to give them a call and they’d see what they could do for us. That’s a lovely gesture so thank you!

It carried on raining throughout the whole weekend. We had 50mph winds, a flooded tent on two occasions, wet bedding and four hours of sleep. Thankfully the site owner Andy was really helpful by lending us a mop and bucket to clean the flood up. Our tent collapsed at one point and Andy re-pegged it for us because one had snapped.

After all of this needless to say we were very eager to get home on Sunday and have made a decision to never go camping this late in the year again.

 

 

Is doing too much damaging my body?

My life is up and down at the moment because of my health. One day I’m fine and the next my joints feel like they might snap or my mind thinks I haven’t slept for days. It definitely is a weird one and I never know how to describe it when someone asks but my problem is I have taken too much on and it’s making me ill.

What do I do each week?

As I’ve mentioned before I am in a theatre group on a Monday evening, I work Monday to Friday 08:30 – 5pm, I’m learning to play the ukulele, I also work for Avon and have many customers across my town, I’ve joined the gym this week (been twice so far) and finally I have to squeeze Michael (boyfriend) into my ridiculous schedule. I rarely have time to see my friends because I dedicate my time elsewhere and never think of myself.

Being bored is a huge thing I try to avoid. I am not one for staying it, it absolutely infuriates me because it’s such a waste of life however how much is too much? Well at the moment I certainly think it’s too much and I’m disappointed with myself that I’ve sacked off reading books and blogging. It’s kind of like you forget what is important to you but going to theatre and the gym makes me forget about the stress at work. These are my places to zone out and be free.

What’s happened?

I am just an idiot that doesn’t plan days very well but I used to be extremely good with this but since working full-time I feel like I’ve flopped on everything. Blogging and reading was always my number one thing when I was working part-time (plus Michael) and I was so excited to keep doing it. Ideas would pop into my head and I would interact more with the blogging community but I just don’t anymore.

My friends haven’t seen me in weeks because I just don’t have the time or if I have a night free, I just want to be alone. My next trip away is next weekend in Wales with the besties so that’ll give me a chance to chill out and rethink what’s right for me.

Do you take to much on? How do you deal with it?

Leicester’s Memory Walk

As you are aware I signed up to participate in this years Memory Walk for the Alzheimer’s Society in honour of my great nan. The walk took place last Sunday and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. According to the email the walk was a total of 7km but I feel it was further!

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Mum, grandma, auntie & me

Abbey Park had such a great atmosphere and I was glad to be there with everyone. Whilst walking around I came across lots of people and I couldn’t help but read their little signs on their backs. I was walking behind this young boy and his sign was in memory of his ‘grammar’ and the message was absolutely beautiful. I am sure his grammar would have been proud of him last Sunday.

I loved the route for the walk because we explored different parts of Leicester that I hadn’t seen before and it wasn’t too strenuous. It was all planned so that everyone could participate whether that was young children, the elderly, disabled people and parents with pushchairs! It was great. My only critique was the lack of signage to let you know how far you’d walked. I would have liked to have seen when I’d reached half way etc.

Despite the short distance I was really suffering with my Joint Hypermobility. My hips were extremely sore and felt like they were on fire. At one point I thought I would have to have a long break but I ignored the pain and carried on walking! I’m pleased I was able to carry on as I was doing for a family member and I didn’t want to let myself down.

It melts your heart because you don’t realise how many people have been affected by this terrible disease but taking part in an event like this really opens up your eyes. I would love to speak to anyone that has taken part in these events before or maybe you have a family member suffering? It’d be nice to meet some new people.

IMGE, a Turkish restaurant in Coalville

On Saturday I took a trip to Imge in Coalville for a meal before our show to see comedian Tom Allen. We have previously visited this restaurant but it was some time ago and I couldn’t remember the quality of the food.

When you first walk in you are greeted by various members of staff so it’s a nice welcoming. As soon as you sit down you’re asked for drinks – for me that’s too quick, I’d like to settle in a little first and take a look at the drinks menu. There’s a great selection of drinks both non-alcoholic and alcoholic. Unfortunately I had to go with a lemonade as I was designated driver.

My starter was called ‘Martar’ and it was a plate full of mushrooms. You might think why on earth have you just had mushrooms – wait for it! It was a plate coated in a dreamy sauce (I can’t remember what it was called) and it made the mushrooms so soft and I could have eaten another one for my main course. I didn’t take a picture of this dish but when I visit again I certainly will.

For the main course I had ‘Imge Chicken’ which consists of a charcoal chicken breast in a white cheese sauce and vegetables with a small portion of rice. This was to die for. There were so many flavours within the dish, the chicken was extremely tender despite it being chargrilled. No crunchy veg which is always an absolute bonus. The sauce did however give me a little bit of stomach ache but I do have IBS so I put it down to me not being able to handle it.

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The atmosphere in the restaurant was great also due to the many families eating in and enjoying themselves. I would like to return again and maybe try something a little different but lamb will always be out of the question. My only critique would be about the staff, some of their body language came across like they were bored.

Please do take a visit! It’s definitely a must and it’s something different to try.

Taking up a new hobby

I already snow myself under with absolutely everything. My blog is a hobby, I am in a theatre group on Monday’s, I read a lot, I Netflix most of the time, I do Avon after work and now I am considering taking up the ukulele. It is rather random but I am currently following one on Shpock and it looks so cute and I need it in my life.

Although I am so predictable. I joined the National Trust so I can go out and explore more and I have used it once since April – what an idiot. I know if I buy this I will attempt to play it probably for the first week and then it’ll gather dust. I am beyond predictable but I absolutely adore music. Do I buy it and just risk it?! To be honest I should just put a schedule together and then I might actually stick to something in my life.

One thing that is preventing me from snapping up the deal is my concerns about my joint hypermobility. My fingers are easily affected by over usage hence why I have always avoided the guitar. I don’t really fancy making it worse as it is coming up to winter and I will be crying like a baby.

I would love some feedback on your experiences with a ukulele please (if you have any). Do you enjoy playing it? When did you start playing it? Have you ever thought about playing it?

Mad Girl Book Review

I have previously read Bryony Gordon’s ‘The Wrong Knickers’ and thoroughly enjoyed it so I thought I’d give Mad Girl a go. At first you don’t really know what to expect from a book about the author but Bryony Gordon nailed it!

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From personal experience I am not really familiar with mental health problems or eating disorders so I thought it could be quite difficult to read and understand. However I didn’t find it difficult to read, I was hooked. I needed to know more and I wanted to know how Bryony dealt with it all.

It was completely honest which made you want to read more. Unless you have suffered from mental health problems or an eating disorder I don’t think you fully understand why people think the things they do. A part in Bryony’s book frustrated me because I thought why on earth are you even thinking that? Arrogant I know but I just couldn’t get to grips with it. That’s why it is hard to understand but you want to learn how to understand.

Despite all of the awful things Bryony has been subjected to especially the OCD taking over I want to say thank you. Thanks for opening my eyes to things I wouldn’t think people would face. It was dark in places as I can’t stand drugs but Bryony is a very interesting character! I am looking forward to the next book that comes along.

Doughnotts – Derby

I was asked if I would like to attend Doughnotts launch night on Wednesday 30th August, Sadler Gate, Derby! I had no idea what to expect – a part from doughnuts of course but I hadn’t heard of the company myself as I never venture to Nottingham. Thanks again for having me!

The front of Doughnotts in Sadler Gate, Derby

At first I felt a little awkward just walking into someone’s shop when they have no idea who I am and I have no idea who they are. This is where I let shyness take over and make me think I’ll be ignored – well I wasn’t. Megan introduced herself to me and made me feel extremely welcome, she explained what the night was about and gave me two freebie vouchers.

I wandered to the doughnut counter and immediately fell in love! Omnomnom. I had no idea which one to choose as my freebie. In the end after dribbling everywhere I decided to try the hazelnut one with chocolate in the middle – it was referred to as the Snickers doughnut. What an absolute treat that was (I want another one now). The chocolate was divine but to be honest the whole thing was incredible.

Amazingly heavenly chocolately doughnut – MUST HAVE!

I also love the inside and how simple the interior is. Personally I think it is really effective because Megan and Wade haven’t over done it, they’ve made something someone would like to sit in without feeling uncomfortable. Plus the fairy lights are really cute!

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Wade came over to speak to us to thank us for popping in but the pleasure was all mine. He spoke to a group of us about the business, the staff and the doughnuts and it was good to feel a part of that as well if that makes sense? You could really see the smiles and how proud Wade is of how far they’ve come and for me that’s what a successful business is about. Don’t put yourself first, put everyone else first and you succeed and then you go back to yourself with rewards.

I’d like to thank Doughnotts for allowing me to take a few extra doughnuts home for the family. They were opened instantly because they smell so good and are very well made. The dough is really soft and the fillings are not too overpowering. Also, a winner for vegans, some of the doughnuts in store are vegan friendly. I bet you’re taking a walk down there right now. Another reason why Doughnotts stand out because they’re catering for all.

The doughnuts below are Red Velvet, Death by Chocolate (story of my life) and a simple Lemon and Jam doughnut. I had the jam doughnut and if I’m being honest it did taste really nice but I wasn’t a huge fan of the jam. However, I would eat it again and probably again and maybe many more times.

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Thank you to Wade and Megan for such a lovely evening! I got to experience something new and I’m glad I know about this little store. On my next visit to Derby I will be sure to pop in and scoff my face. Good luck with the store and congratulations on selling out on your first day of opening.