Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Camping in Coltishall

I have spent my bank holiday weekend out in the wilderness camping in Norfolk. It was lovely apart from the odd shower and blustery spell. I enjoyed going back to basics with no distractions from modern day life, what’s more I enjoyed having the quality time with my boyfriend to relax and to talk to one another.

It seems to be another world, the silence you hear instead of the constant whirring of traffic and the buzz of city life just to be able to sit and listen, being able to distinguish what each sound is and how peaceful it all sounds. The trees blowing in the wind, the birds singing to one another, and as the evening draws in the sound of crickets chirping in the bushes and the wood crackling in the fire, then as the rain falls the sound of the raindrops. Ah it is taking me back, I felt completely relaxed and would have been happy to of stayed there a couple more nights.


The views, they were beautiful. We stayed in a lovely campsite in a small village called Coltishall (picture above) near Wroxham, the owners were wonderful people, ever so friendly and very helpful. We visited many parts of the Norfolk Broads around this area, it was a nice place to be. Saturday evening looking into the nights sky was lovely, the moon was so big and bright and there were millions of stars it was gorgeous.

On Sunday we travelled on the Bure Valley Railway on one of the little steam trains.  I was rather excited, as to my knowledge I have never been on a steam train, so this was a new venture for me. Once we eventually reached our destination at the end of the line in Aylsham the heavens opened, so we didn't stop for long and headed back to the campsite and to the tent. It was a great weekend and already we have been making plans to go back again, it’s nice to always have something to look forward to hey.

Until last year I had never before been camping, I always thought it was something you would never catch me doing, but I can say hand on heart that I thoroughly enjoy it. If ever you have thought about it and are having doubts please just give it go, I’m sure you will love it just as much as I do. And remember it has changed a lot in the past few years, especially if you go prepared. I can recommend a good book if you are thinking about it, I currently have it on my own bookshelf Cool Camping by Laura James. It’s brilliant and has all you need and need to know about camping.



Anyway that is it from me for now. I will leave you with a few more snaps from my weekend and will be posting again very soon.







Take care.

# Gem x

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

A Reading Community

I have always wanted to feel a part of a close community.  Chelmsford is a big town so this is something I am unlikely to achieve whilst living here.  Instead I have opted to become a part of a community of a different kind, a few months ago I started up a book group.  We met Monday evening for our third meeting.

I am really enoying it so far, learning about these new people of whom I have never crossed paths with before, it also gives me a reason to read books I wouldn't otherwise pick up.  And I will be honest I love a good natter so it's a great opportunity to have a good chat and discuss the book, sharing opinions etc. with the rest of the group.  Not only this but it gives me something to do on my daily commute to and from work.  People on the trains can be so miserable, it is very rare that you can ever get a conversation out of anyone, so if you can't beat them join them.

I'm looking forward to reading this months book, it sounds very interesting, only time will tell, I guess I will just have to read it to find out.

August's Book Choice.

I will let you know what I think once I have read it.

Night.

Gem x

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Fun Filled Festival

I suppose some of you may be wondering what I got up to this weekend. Well I was one of the many festival goers at this years V festival at Hylands Park in Chelmsford. I have been for the past three years, but am pretty positive that it was my last one, for a while at least. I saw some brilliant acts and some not so brilliant but it is all part of the experience which overall I enjoyed, even though I did get just a little bit wet from the many downpours on Sunday. Still it was a good excuse to wear my wellies :-)



The crowd at the main stage.




Me with my matching wellies and brolly, prepared for the downpour!


Glad it is all over now, for another year at least :-).

Gem xx

Friday, 20 August 2010

A Short Notice

Only a short post today.  I’ve not posted for the past few of days as I have been rather occupied planning for the next couple of very busy weekends, you will just have to keep checking to see what I have organised.

Not only have I been busy planning, I have also completed my first project.


I must say I'm really pleased with this country feel notice board, and hopefully there will be plenty more where this has come from, now I feel my creative flair has been set free.

Night

Gem xx





Saturday, 14 August 2010

A Change Of Plan.

Things didn't turn out as planned today.  I woke up with every intention of going to the Tiptree Jam Factory with James, instead it was a visit to the farm shop for some ingredients.  A friend has given us some apples, they have their own tree.  It seemed a shame for them to go to waste, so we decided to make a crumble and some apple chutney.





So all in all not too bad of a day.  

Night. 

Gem x

Friday, 13 August 2010

A Sudden Downpour

I am starting to feel as though we may have had our summer for this year and that Autumn is well on it’s way. The leaves are starting to turn on the trees, I’m feeling that chill in the air more often and the heavy downpours are becoming more frequent. Although I don’t mind the downpours so much, as long as I am inside. I must admit I am a lover of rain. The smell, it’s so fresh and gives me a great feeling. I could get lost just sitting and watching it, the drops falling onto the ground and running down window panes.

From my office window today I was mesmerised by watching how the world changes, people running to get to a dry place. It’s never quite the same when you are that person though, but for today I was grateful to experience that warm feeling once more.

A lovely day out with my boyfriend is planned for tomorrow, so hopefully I will have some pictures of the day to share with you all.

Gem x

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Who Knows Where This Could Take Me.

Well here it goes.  Hello, and thank you for visiting my blog. I have been thinking about doing this for some time now and thought I would just bite the bullet and get on with it.

As you can see from my profile I am 23 and living at home with my parents, brother and not forgetting our cat Molly. For a few years now I have dreamed about buying my own house with my boyfriend in the countryside. I can picture it now, lots of handmade furnishings, a gorgeous smelling kitchen, a huge garden with home grown vegetables with some chickens and pigs, the fresh air and being a part of a friendly village community. As well as this dream I have one other, to have and run my own business, a home furnishings and gift boutique (isn’t this what many girls dream of nowadays?).

For almost a year now I have been learning to sew (aided with a trusted machine) and am looking to venture further and learn how to knit, you will have to stay tuned to hear how that goes! I am hoping with having this blog it will encourage me to pull my finger out and get on with my hobby, extend my skills and start my business. There is no looking back now. I am going to start off small and work my way upwards.

Here is the start of my journey and I look forward to sharing it with you.

Gem x