Yesterday we spent the afternoon mooching/rolling around some absolutely beautiful gardens in Taunton called Hestercombe Gardens! You know what make it even better? They were wheelchair/disabled friendly and my darling Will very kindly pushed me around and I took a few snapshots which I thought I’d share with you! It was roughly an hour’s drive from Bristol and it was very well signposted! I think it’s roughly £11 for an adult (but we got in for a cheaper amount due to the fact I was on crutches which was incredibly kind of them)
We had such a lovely time exploring the beautiful grounds and both agreed that we would come back at a later date when I can walk up the more strenuous terrain paths! There were several cafe’s and the house itself which is another of the attractions! We plan to visit the house at a later date! I think it’s a really nice thing to do as a couple or as a family as there are play areas and lots of areas for children to explore! I would definitely come back here with children (At a much later date). There was also a wedding happening at the Oringery when we visited and we both agreed that it looked like a rather beautiful venue (so if you live close to Taunton and are tying the knot I’d highly recommend it! Honesly Hestercombe Garden’s was such a beautiful find and it is relatively quick to get to from Bristol! I look forward to spending more time in those beautiful grounds… who knows we might even take a picnic with us next time and enjoy the cute picnic area! It was so good being able to go on an adventure (even with my current mobility issues) I couldn’t have done it without my bestie and partner in crime who made this adventure possible! I feel so blessed to have him. I hope you enjoyed my snaps and if you are ever in the area… GO GO GO!
If I’ve learnt anything after this leg/foot injury it is this.
Do not take any body part for granted. In Sheffield throughout my 3 years studying law I walked absolutely everywhere. It didn’t matter whether it was raining or shining… I still walked there and back to university every single day. Not once did I miss a day because I could not be bothered to walk. Those that know me well know I absolutely love going on adventures (which typically involves a lot of walking) it is without doubt one of my most favourite things to do. Since moving to Bristol I have been quite restricted in what I have been able to do! I had great ambitions on going on daily walks and being able to do LOTS and lots but I just haven’t been able to. I’ll be honest going anywhere on crutches completely exhausts me. I come home and quite often just get into bed because it’s so blooming tiring. This is by no means a ‘woe is my life post’ because I have an amazing life and I’m so incredibly blessed to share it with some amazing people. This post is more of a do not take your legs or any body part for granted! It is a gift, it a blooming marvellous gift to be able to walk around and to not have to depend on others! I have so much admiration to those that have no choose but to live their lives depending on either crutches or a wheelchair, for a heads up you guys are blooming amazing!
I suppose to some extent it doesn’t come as a surprise that my body is taking a long time to sort itself out because I’m to some extent a bit of a medical mystery when it comes to my joints, bones and muscles and I’m not quite ‘right’ (Will shall see this and make a remark agreeing with this statement). I suppose what I’m trying to say is that no one should let an ailment or ‘disability’ get in the way from pursuing life to the absolutely fullest. (Blog post coming up about such things).
I know it’s going to heal in time but it’s a subtle reminder to embrace every single day and to rejoice for every thing that I do! So my loves, the moral of this story is to take nothing or no one for granted but to still make life as dreamy as possible along the way (even in the not so good bits)
It’s official, I have finished my law degree. I am now a law graduate. Y’know what makes it that little bit better? Well I can now confirm that after three long years (which included literal blood, sweat and tears) I am pleased to say that I have achieved a 2:1 in my law degree. I blooming did it. I have an actual law degree and the world is mine to conquer! I never thought I’d see this day and to have it confirmed that I did pretty darn well despite all the panicking, mass hysteria and making myself poorly due to stress. Flossie, CMEW, Char, Charlotte, Charby, Hammie has flipping done it! I never have to sit another law exam ever again (unless I choose to at a later date but who knows what I’ll do!)
I cannot quite believe that this is the end of an era! I am no longer in full time education and I’m about to embark in the world of work! Exciting and scary times ahead! I am so thankful for my nearest and dearest who kept me afloat during the last 3 years and kept reminding me of the end goal.
Here I am, living with the love of my life in Bristol, I have a decent degree in law under my belt, I have a job, the most wonderful and supportive family and friends ever and lots and lots of passion for life! The house is also coming together and I think it’s starting to look like a rather delightful little home! It is all coming together rather nicely! My foot might still be giving me jip and I’ve given in and got in a wheelchair at any given opportunity but this will NOT stop me.
I am so blooming proud of all that I have achieved.
So much has happened in those two years! I feel like life has done one massive 180 degree turn. First of all thank you to all of you that still continue to follow and support my little bit of the webosphere! I really do appreciate it! You are wonderful webblings! When I first started this blog I think I had literally just finished my first year of my law degree and me and Will has decided to give things a go (as a couple). I was still living in student halls when I wrote several of my first posts and I remember I was sat on my sofa back at home when I transferred my mass posts from blogger to here!
I think one thing that has definitely changed is that I am 100% me. I am most definitely the breton stripe and dungaree wearing girl I was always meant to be! I feel completely myself where as looking back roughly two years I was just a shell of a girl. I think when I started to blog my outer shell has already started to crack but let’s just say it’s well and truly cracked now! I can guarantee you would not have found that me singing Beauty and the Beast songs in the car with Will! In fact he told me the other day I didn’t even hug him when he visited me… which is just blooming terrible!
Oh so much has changed! Some for the good, some things have not been so good! I feel like I have found my soul mate, the one who just gets me and knows me inside out and back to front. The one who embraces all my quirks (believe me there are many) and just loves me unconditionally despite my body resembling someone in their 70’s….
I never envisaged that this man would make me feel so comfortable within my skin and that he would turn out to be my very best friend. It’s funny how life goes isn’t it?
I was just a bit hard, I just wanted to have a laugh and blimey I barely phoned my parents in first year (which is unheard of because I am so incredibly close with them and like to speak to them very regularly).
I have lived in so many different places throughout the last two years:
Student Halls in Sheffield
The grim flat in Sheffield
The studio apartment in Sheffield
My home back in Guernsey
The latest being in Will’s house in Bristol (which we are making into a home!)
I cannot believe that I have actually finished my law degree! I cannot believe that we have taken the rather big step to move in together after dreaming about living with my bestie since the moment I met him! I still cannot believe that I have a job and that I start work in a few weeks time!
I love to look back at the dreamy memories that I/we’ve made over those last two years and think about the wonderful things we have seen and the places we have been to! In some ways I am so so thankful that I chose to document these precious moments because they will always remain on here for me to read back when I am grey and old.
I’m looking forward to sharing my new life here in Bristol with you all and showing the house as it evolves and develops into a little home! There are a lot of things to look forward to!
Some things to look forward to in the upcoming months?
Learning to drive and getting my dream mini cooper!
Our holiday to Turkey
Me turning 23
Will’s sister having her baby
One chapter of Charzweb may have closed (i.e. being an undergrad) but there is so much more to look forward to! I hope you’ll stick around for some serious adulting as I like to put it!
Here’s to the third blogiversary! I might be a working woman now but I still plan to document my life here!