Dunkery Beacon and Selworthy

I went back to Somerset (back home?) a few weeks ago, and we decided to try and do a couple of new things. Well, in my case, things I hadn't done for years. 

First up, Dunkery Beacon. This place seemed to be a favourite of my geography teachers, because I can remember going on at least four field trips here. This visit felt quite different though, mostly because I wasn't wearing a waterproof coat that was wetter on the inside than on the outside. Ah, memories. Anyway, photos!

The next day we went to Selworthy. I was particularly excited about this, because my Mum had promised me that there was an excellent cream tea waiting for us at the bottom of the hill.

The view from the top of North Hill, Minehead.

Walking through the wood towards our cream tea...

The tearooms were insane. Insane in a good way (like me). They looked like something from the front of a chocolate box...

I would have included a picture of my cream tea but I'm pretty sure that the last thing this blog needs is another picture of a cream tea!

Wimbledon 2014

As you can tell (if you look at the calendar) this I'm way behind on posting this. Wimbledon now feels like ages ago... 

I went this year for the first time ever, and it was ace (terrible pun intended). I'm not really a massive sports fan, but I've always enjoyed seeing it live, and Wimbledon was no exception.

There was a real sense of occasion, from the moment we got off the train onwards...

The queuing lasted forever (we arrived at 7.30am and we were around number 6500 in the queue!). We got in at about 1pm, which I didn't think was too bad, considering they don't let anyone in until 11. Luckily the weather was good and we'd brought along our Kindles, snacks, and frozen bottles of squash (the last time I'd made one of those was for Sports' Day 1996). 

Gotta love a bit of twitter-related topiary, right?

We sat on Murray Mound/Henman Hill to start with, because the Murray game was about to begin. The hill (and the whole of the grounds) were a lot smaller and more crowded than I was expecting, but this added to the atmosphere. There were some fancy looking picnics around; we saw a lot of salmon and champagne. Our Lidl-feast looked a bit stingy in comparison! We left the hill after the first set, mostly because I was fearful that my pasty white legs were going to get burned to a crisp...

Our general admission tickets meant that we weren't allowed onto Centre Court, Court One or Court Two, so we watched games on the smaller courts. As you can see from the pics, these courts are really close together (and these were the bigger smaller courts, if you know what I mean). 

The day was loooong and pretty exhausting, but I will definitely be going back next year. If the weather's good. There's no way I would queue for five hours in the rain; my appreciation of live sports just doesn't stretch that far!

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The Things I'm Currently Excited About [52 Lists]

I was going to try and write the 'my dreams for the future' list, but it felt way too personal to put online. I could have lied and been a bit more lighthearted with it, but what's the point in that? So I wimped out and decided to do this list instead!

The summer holidays. My job is sometimes often exhausting, and I'm really looking forward to having an extended break to recharge my batteries. There's so many little things going on in the five week break that it could really be a post in itself. It probably will be (if I can be bothered). But the thing I'm most looking forward to is...

Being a bridesmaid for Beth! If it's anything like as much fun as the hen do, it's going to be awesome. As long as I don't fall over walking up the aisle..!

Starting my masters. I know it's going to be ridiculously hard work, but I'm so excited about having something to work towards, and being able to push myself outside of work.

Being able to drive. I'm taking my driving test in August. I'd bloody love to past first time, but I'm not holding my breath (I do tend to get a wee bit anxious about things!). Having said that, I can basically drive, so I know that I'll pass my test at some point, and I really cannot wait. I want the freedom and the flexibility I'll get from being able to drive. Also, it's been six years (!!!) since I first started having driving lessons (I had a five year period with no lessons) so I feel like I've been waiting a loooooong time...

Seeing The Libertines (and Johnny Marr and The Horrors and Band of Skulls...) It's no secret that I love a good gig, and The Libertines will be extra exciting because I just didn't expect to ever be able to see them again.

Christmas! I am always excited about Christmas. Christmas is brilliant. It's the only incentive I have not to go into hibernation this winter.


London: The Shard.

Having bought the tickets for Pete's birthday last August, we finally got around to using them last month. We'd been waiting for perfect weather but in the end we just decided to get on with it and go... Luckily it did turn out to be (pretty much) perfect weather.

We went about half an hour before sunset, so we got to see the view in the light and the dark. This was a great idea, but I feel the need to confess that this wasn't actually our idea. One of Pete's friends told us to do it. We are not clever enough to think of stuff like that.

The photo quality is marred by the fact that we were behind glass. Obviously.

Look, it's light!

It's still light!

Ooh, it's getting dark...

It's dark! Look at the pretty lights!

We found our house! Well, not our house, but the Crystal Palace transmitter, which is near our house. Please note the extremely high quality photo that we managed to take...

The interactive telescope-type things were, to be honest, a bit shit. Cue 'awkward pretending to be interested in something' photograph:

Without wishing to state the obvious, the Shard is really bloody high. I mean, I knew it was high, but when you go up there you realise that it's FUCKING HIGH. It made London look like a tiny Lego town. This obviously made me very happy, because I love both London and Lego. I also enjoyed watching the trains far, far too much. Yep. I think this would be a good place for me to stop. Bye!