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Recent Wanderings… Brighton

Photo credit – my friend Sue

This weekend I was down in Brighton with the ladies to support the BM10k and the Brighton Marathon. This is the second year I’ve been down, but some of the girls this is the 4th year. It’s a weekend of laughing, shopping, eating and drinking!

Including some amazing breakfasts from Al Campo and Moksha Caffe – both very yummy and worth trips for food any time of day.

I do mean any time of day! This is the battenberg from Moksha and I also had a V60 pour over coffee, which was amazing too.

The rest of the time was spent wandering the charity shops and the Laines. We stopped at Choccywoccydoodah’s to have a gander at all the treats (nothing purchased though!).

I enjoyed some gelato in the rain at Gelato Gusto. I had the coffee and the white chocolate honeycomb. I saw they had maple bacon after I had ordered and would have tried that if I had realised.

I found a tattoo and piercing parlor that was open and got my ears re-pierced using needles rather than a gun. It stung, but didn’t hurt as I remember the gun doing. Also I have silver coloured earrings, rather than the gold ones you usually have to have which is great. Now just to take care of them so they heal properly so I can add to my jewelry collection with funky earrings.

The Sunday was spent supporting the ladies running the 10k and a couple of club runners doing the marathon. It was a great weekend away and I’m looking forward to next year’s trip already as one of the group signed up to do the marathon next year!

Photo Credit – my friend Edith  (who moved from the gap in between me and everyone else – I am not really sat on my own!

Recent Wanderings… Museums in London

A couple of weeks ago I went to London on a super cheap train ticket and spent the day visiting museums, something I have not done in a long time.

I booked to go to the Cosmonaults exhibition at the Science Museum and arrived at 10am. There was already a queue when I arrived! It was very busy with families, but the exhibition I went to was quieter due to the additional cost of a ticket. It was a fascinating exhibition and gave me insight into an area of history I wasn’t really aware of. I remember doing space as a kid in school, but that focused on the moon landing and not the space race before and after it. If you have chance to go before mid March when it closes I recommend it!


  

I also had a wander around the rest o the museum, but it was very busy and not as relaxing as I would have liked, so I decided to go to the Natural History Museum.

The queue to the Natural History Museum was extremely long so I decided to go the the Victoria and Albert Museum instead. I’ve never been to this museum and would like to go back on a quieter day to explore more. I only did part of the ground floor as  it was lunchtime and I was hungry. The main part I explored was the Japan section as I’m going there in October and this made me super excited.


It ended up being a grey, but dry day so I decided to wander along in the direction of Harrods to find find somewhere for lunch. With the queue for NHM being so long when I left I decided to switch up my day slightly and wander the food hall and toy section of Harrods for something different. I then headed back to the Natural History Museum and luckily the queue had reduced, but it was still there (and was still there when I left to catch my train home). 

I was just going to have a wander around all the places I loved as a kid, but the dinosaur exhibition was closed so I ended up paying extra to see the Otherworlds exhibition instead and it was great! The photos and how they were put together was amazing. It really put our place in the universe in perspective. I almost went in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition as well, but ended up just looking in the shop as the queue for that was even longer and I was running out of time in my day.

  

  
  

I decided I wanted to walk back to Paddington through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. It wasn’t raining, but it was extremely windy. There were lots of people out running and walking and it felt nice to be going through a green area of the city. I couldn’t get away from the constant sound of traffic though and it made me appreciate the green spaces and parks that are closer to home and where you can peace and quiet easily. I think I could spend a whole day walking around the parks and would love to do that on a sunny warm day.

I would like to go back and do all the museums again, but at a quieter time, like during the week when kids are at school. I had a lovely day though and really want to do things like this more often this year.

Recent Wanderings… Cross Country Skiing in Austria

The start of my 2016 has been great so far! I went cross country skiing for the first time in Austria with Exodus (www.exodus.co.uk) and it was fantastic. It was so nice to go on my own and do exactly what I wanted to do I came back feeling very relaxed and ready to throw myself into the year and have a great time. This is more of a photos post as it has taken me so long to transfer them from my camera to my computer that I haven’t blogged properly since mid January!

Day 1 Travel from London and arrive at Wienerhof in Trins

Day 2 – Ski in Gschnitztal

  

Day 3 – Ski in the Obernbergtal

Day 4 – Ski in the Schmirntal

 

Day 5 – Free day wandering around Steinach

Day 6 – Ski at Maria Waldrast

Day 7 – Ski in the Schmirntal

Day 8 – Wandering around Innsbruck and then travel home

Life Lately – Autumn Edition

I’ve been quiet on the blog for a while. I’ve sat down a few times to write something, but nothing felt right, so I let myself be quiet and focus on other things.

It has been busy though; so busy that it’s time to make sure I take a break. I’ve had the odd day here and there where I have hibernated away and not left the house. I’ve been dwelling on things too. Always things I don’t have any control over and therefore have no need to worry about, and yet I do.

I’ve been being super hard on myself and after what I was calling a ‘rubbish run’ last week, my friend Sonia said straight to my face; ‘STOP! Stop being so hard on yourself!’ It was exactly what I needed to hear. I was so happy someone said it to me. No one ever has really, at least not in those simple, straight, no-fuss words.

It really made me thinking. Sure it was focused on my attitude when thinking about running progress, but it applies to all aspects of my life. I am super hard on myself all the time. I put pressure and expectations on myself that are only coming from my own thoughts. If anyone else was saying these things to me I would tell them to ‘f*** off’, but I let myself treat myself this way. I’ve decided to focus on this and shift things to take the pressure off and that includes how I talk to myself inside my head.

There have been lots of good things happening and that is what I am going to focus on today!

New Job – I’ll be starting anew job at the beginning of November. I spent pretty much the whole of September in interview mode and it was exhausting. I had three interviews in three weeks and learnt a lot; so that by the time I got offered the job I really wanted I had some great practice. Now it is all about tidying up and finishing off my current work and leaving it in a great place for whoever takes my place.

Holidays – I’ve booked three holidays in the last few weeks. Firstly I’ve booked a skiing trip to Austria as celebration of my new job. A trip to Japan with my mum later next year, which will be the first big trip I’ve done in a while. Thirdly I’ve booked a walking trip around Mt Blanc for 2017! I’m so excited by these as they have been on my list for so long and I cannot wait. It also gives me something to look forward to over the next couple of years and to get fit for.

Swimming and Running – These are the things I’ve been struggling with a little bit, running especially. I feel like I’m starting again with both as I’ve hurt my shoulder during my big swim and running just plain hurts. This is where I really need to go easy on myself and do it because I enjoy it rather than force myself to because I think I should. So I’m changing my approach and taking the pressure off.

TV Obsessions – I’ve been watching The X-Files from the beginning and I love it. I can’t believe how creepy some of the episodes are and I remember watching them late at night when I was in secondary school!  Also Doctor Who has started again on TV and I love it. I am such a binge watcher of TV shows. I’m so impatient when it comes to having to wait for the next episode nowadays. I used to re-watch episodes of Buffy and Angel until the next episode aired, but now I just find something else to get hooked on!

Back to the books – I treated myself to some new books this month as I miss the feel of a good book and also going to a bookshop to buy them. So I also did that – actually went and wandered around a bookshop having a good browse before buying anything. I wish there was a bigger bookshop near me though so I could disappear into the stacks and spend a whole day there if I wanted.

Kitty Cats – my cats have been living it up with some sunny weather in the garden and also catching all the spiders that try to come into the house.  I’m also enjoying that they are becoming a bit more affectionate and Pippin now walks across my lap. Neither of them will sit on my lap without being held there, but I’ll train them to love it. I’m starting to look what I can get them for Christmas. I want something they can play with when I’m not there, but that won’t get pulled apart and then lost when I’m not there. I’m still looking for ping pong ball that they have made disappear!

Other Upcoming Excitements:

  • Visiting friends in Cardiff
  • Harry Potter Halloween
  • Brussels for the Christmas market

Overall life is great and focusing on what makes me happy and brings me joy is the way forward. We all have to deal with the crap times, but it’s how we overcome those times and our thoughts about them that matter. A lot of my negative thinking is learned and I was to teach myself new, better ways to think about things. I realised at the weekend when catching up with my parents that several things that I used to do and think do not sit right with me anymore and that is okay. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks as it’s none of my business, but it does matter what I think about myself.

Adventures in Coffee… Southsea Coffee

While in Portsmouth for my swim I explored the local area and with a search found an independent coffee shop in Southsea, who use Hasbean Coffee.

  

It was a busy Sunday morning but worth the wait for a flat white and a cinnamon bun in the sunshine. I didn’t realise they did brunch, otherwise I would have planned btter, but the coffee and cake were fabulous.

It got busier as time passed so I didn’t feel I could linger with my journal. I would love to go back during a quieter risk to really soak in the atmosphere and try a few more of their options.

   

I would recommend heading out of the main town area to find this coffee shop. I know I’ll be going back next time I’m in the area.

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