A weekend adventure: Hestercombe Gardens in Taunton

Happy Sunday my loves!

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)

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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!

Love C xxx

22 things that I learnt whilst being an undergrad at university!

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Oh Hiya! It’s me.

  1. Embrace first year, be hellish wild, do irresponsible things BUT (always stay safe).

 

  1. In halls you are normally paired with an absolute bunch of misfits, your characters will clash, one flatmate will ALWAYS come back and wreck something and whilst doing so will no doubt set the fire alarm off whilst attempting to ‘cook’ popcorn chicken.

 

  1. You will be loving the whole ‘freedom’ from your parents, responsibilities and your actions may sometimes be questionable. You’ll learn that Ryan and Ed were not your true loves but never the less you’ll still cry over the what ifs at 2am in the morning whilst sipping cheap and nasty alcohol straight from the bottle.

 

  1. Fast food is your friend! Perhaps it was a saving grace that I was vegetarian and therefore my choices were extremely limited i.e. cheesy chips or veggie pizza which meant that I did not become the size of a small whale. Kebabish was life.

 

  1. Second year, where do I even begin. I like to call it the ‘odd one out’. I don’t know about you but I felt a tad lost in second year, I felt like it was an odd period of time and the home sickness and Will sickness most definitely struck… BUT if you can push through second year woes there’s only 1 more year to go my loves!

 

  1. Please never leave your drinks unattended or accept drinks from strangers… it will backfire and you will throw up repeatedly down yourself and struggle to remember your own name. Also, just for a heads up don’t be that idiot that spikes people’s drinks and preys on vulnerable ‘I’m totally an adult now’ girls… it’s just NOT cool.

 

  1. Third year will feel like a freight train has literally come and smacked you full on and you are currently fighting for your life with a mangled body. Yes, it’s as hard and full on as EVERYONE says. Yes, there is a LOT of work to do. Yes, you may want to eat a full 123g of Twix bites or a full tube of pringles and that is ok because girl/boy you sure as hell deserve it!

 

  1. The whole 9am lectures are not as bad as 5pm/6pm ones, believe me! After having to sit through a 2 hour lecture on European Union Law and 6pm I’d rather drag myself out of bed at an ungodly hour that cry and fight the urge to fall asleep (let’s face it we should already be in bed).

 

  1. Earplugs are friends, it’s no lie that walls in student houses are THIN. I’m most definitely not going into the gory deets but for your own sake… PLEASE invest in a good set of earplugs for both you and your significant other when visiting. It will avoid a lot of heated early morning chats regarding your flat mates at an elevated tone.

 

  1. Milk is sacred, don’t think just because you got semi skimmed milk when your flatmate drinks skimmed milk that precious cargo is safe!!! Milk always goes missing as does a 12 pack of burgers that you have been fantasizing over since last night when you rolled in at 4am and in a bid to save money you avoided walking into a notorious fas food establishment to only discover that those sodding burgers are no where to be seen and you are too far gone to return to the goodness that was London road.

 

  1. Drinks in the North are cheap! Note to self don’t go out with a £50 note on a night out in Sheffield… you will be absolutely trollied with as little as £10 … a triple is £2 (WINNING)

 

  1. There will always be one person that you live with during your time at uni that will screw up the dynamics. They will turn everyone against each other and they basically just try and **** up the close tight knit group. Be the bigger person and try to basically pretend this person does NOT exist! I know it’s easier said than done!

 

  1. Just a heads up… but… during your time at uni you will live in some god awful places, some will be infested in bugs, mould, broken appliances, rodents, and unsavoury characters. I wish I could tell you it’s all part of the fun but sharing my room with silverfish an an array of monster spiders was most definitely not on my agenda.

 

  1. Letting agents are never fair, read your contract carefully, whatever you do… DO NOT turn up still intoxicated, fighting the urge to vom to sign for your property. You will miss the fine details i.e. the £60 call out charge and the £20 charge for changing lightbulbs (what a bloody rip off)

 

  1. You think you’ll be friends with those people you met in the first week till the very end. You’ll think you’ll all meet up in each others home cities and they will most definitely be top of the list at your wedding… hate to break it to you BUT people change! To be brutally honest, you might not even talk to some of these people past first year!

 

  1. Tea is friend. Tea will always be friend in every circumstance. I.e. whether you have done something extremely silly or received bad news. Just grab a cup of tea and the world will be aaaa ok once again!.

 

  1. Always be yourself! Don’t try and be someone else… i.e. if you love bright colours and clashing prints bloody wear it! Don’t mould yourself into the generic girl that you see everywhere you sodding go. Be you! Believe me it pays off in the long run!

 

  1. Aldi will most definitely be your friend, you can grab a basket of stuff and it is still bound to come under the £20 mark… WINNING!

 

  1. Cocktails and G&T is just not a think to drink, y’know all those fancy cocktails you consume back home with the girls… don’t expect it at uni! People will judge you for your choices and so will your bank account.

 

  1. Find yourself a secret chef… i.e. someone that is bloody good at making pancakes and who won’t mind being called over mid morning to make you and the girls a massive bunch of pancakes and also offers a full English? You heard me right… these people actually exist!.

 

  1. You’ll come back to see some down right disturbing things (especially in halls) i.e. knife throwing, sexual encounters, illegal substances (you name it you see it all)…so don’t be surprised when the police are banging on your door at 2am looking for a certain someone who may or may not be dealing drugs (yes these people do exist and for all you know you might be sharing a flat with them!)

 

  1. You’ll look back at when it’s all over with fond memories of the messy nights out, the photos with the people you no longer talk to or have moved on or away, you’ll remember the cringey moments when you were most definitely not planning your life with some random but hot guy from a club. You’ll look back and think… I regret absolutely nothing.

 

It’s Fri-yay… lets chat!

Hiya,

it’s been a little while, apologies!

So quite a lot happened in those two weeks. It was rather a fun and action packed fortnight to be quite honest! If you follow me on IG you probably already know!

Anyway, the weekend before last was a girly weekend! My Mum, Auntie and Cousin visited me and we had a weekend of all the food, drinks and laughs! It was a fab weekend!

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As you can see we ate all the tapas and thoroughly enjoyed happy hour at Las Iguanas! I actually stayed with them in their hotel and it was like having one long sleep over with my faves! We also ventured to Meadow-Hell and ate more food at various different restaurants! We also went into ALL of the department stores and caused chaos with trying on various different hats! We have all agreed that Mumsie requires one massive hat because those small things simply do not do it! We laughed till we cried and took many a silly photograph! We also ran around Sainsburys on a ready salted crisps mission (tipsy may I add).

I’m so glad that we all managed to find a weekend that we could all do! It’s crazy to think this will be the last girly weekend in the North!

One word heckie.

I’m going to apologise in advance because I am legit going to post another post in like 0.5 seconds about the weekend after with Will.

You cannot say I don’t spoil you all 😉

See you in 5

xxx

My filofax

Hello! It’s me again!

In hindsight maybe this is a bit of a sad post? Or maybe its a great post and you cannot wait to take a peek? Well my lovelies, today I am introducing you to my new BFF in paper form! If you follow me on Instagram *shameless self promo right there* all you really need to do is look in my side bar but you know, no pressure!

My filofax!

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I’m already starting to question how I managed to function without this wonderful little device! I thought I’d start with a pocket sized filofax to ease me in gently! It is the tweet pocket organiser! I thought it was rather chirpy and appropriate for a new year! I also absolutely love the colour! It is very me… to put it simply! I’ve always wanted to keep a diary but I’m just not that dedicated to the cause. I write one solid entry and it slowly trails off by week 2… However I feel completely dedicated to the cause with this little pocket sized beauty! As its mini it means the diary entries are very small sooo all that is needed are a few key words  in order to document that particular dreamy day! Now I wish I was as artistic and creative in order to make my little filofax look rather cute and put together but I’m just not that girl.

Deep down I’m still a doodle heart girl and metallic pen (although I’ve upgraded to metallic sharpie… that makes me an adult for sure!…)

Enough chat. On with the show… which basically means I took a bunch of questionable photos and I am now going to talk you through it. I hear all these technical words like dashboards and whatnot and I’m not silly I know what they are but to be quite honest I just want to doodle hearts, write down precious memories in sparkly pen and draw balloons on people’s Birthday? Do you feel me?

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Here, have an arty angle! Oh you also get to see my highly childish pencil but it is the bees knees as you do not have to sharpen it… win, win! I really like the little chick hatching out of an egg clasp, it’s quite cute! I also like pastel birds and mint green.. you would never have guessed I’m sure.

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There are a few token post it notes in the pockets! I’m sorry it’s not colour coordinated but I had to work with what I had at my parents house! I have 1 long pink sticky tab in order to make finding things that bit easier, then I have some other cute stickies just in case they are needed! I’m just going to go with the tweety bird cover is my ‘dashboard’ it seems logical!

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I thought it would be logical to put my personal information at the front of the planner (I mean it’s currently not that useful because I’m missing the majority of the information but I shall endeavour to fill this out so it could one day be a useful asset!

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When I first got the planner the file dividers were at the front as were the to do list, contacts and note paper but I’ve mixed it all up. The calendar is now straight after the personal information page! You’ll soon get to witness one of my rather glorious heart doodles and scribbles in metallic pen… you lucky things!

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Now admittedly, maybe my planner looks a tad crazy what with doodles, hearts and metallic pen but I like it! It’s a nice way to document in a sentence what happened that day. I feel like a planner should be a personal thing and that’s why I have no issue doodling and colouring hearts in or writing key words down in metallic! I plan to keep these inserts in a little box and will look back on them in years to come!

So moving towards the back on the planner we have the file dividers! The filofax came with 6 dividers and I have utilised these to the max!

The first divider is my to do list! It contains all the things this girl needs to do… I used some pretty CK stickers to identify each different divider (of course the colour of the sticker corresponds to the planner ;)…)

So probably get the jist! I felt like these were the most suitable divider categories for me! I have flight reward card information, netflix details and spotify within the notes.

Deadlines has all of my remaining university assignments and exams.

Contacts, all my nearest and dearest addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses (their birthday are clearly located in the birthday divider)

Finally I have a section entitled costs! This currently houses the running cost for our upcoming holiday which is recorded on the grid paper!

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And we have reached the end! I keep the ruler in the back (where it was) and I just popped a little motivational quote into the plastic wallet! It will probably be replaced with a polaroid at some point! and then theres the notebook which comes with the planner itself in the back pocket!

I am absolutely loving my planner, I love noting things down and have all details in one place! It is great! If you are iffing about buying a planner… my advice is to go for it! I feel much more organised with this little pocket sized beauty in my life!

I hope you enjoyed my whirlwind tour of my planner!

Are you also onboard the planner bandwagon? or are you waiving in the corner?

Love C xxx