Wednesday, 22 July 2015

River Severn Way Walk

Yet another sunny day came around leaving myself and Sarah with the urge to explore across the way. Where would we end up today and goodness knows how far we'd end up. We took the road down town and across the river taking the pathway alongside the river (of course). This pathway was adjacent to the racecourse which was on the other side of the river. Initially the pathway begins alongside gardens coming almost onto the river, and they were very nice gardens indeed. So after this lovely open viewed walk it begins to go into woodlands/forest areas. Now if you are easily freaked, this would be a great place to express your fear. However, it was a rather beautiful trail, as Sarah put it 'like walking through the rainforest', thinking some animal would jump out at her (this is the girl who got freaked by cows, lovely girl really). So as the pathway goes on we came across several wrecked boats, and a gathering of old items on the bank (it looked kinda creepy). Then around the corner we found ourselves on one of many wooden bridges which looked quaint, but as we progressed the more pointless these bridges appeared.



 The trail backed on to several farms, from what we could see half of the time. The other side held occasional views of the river (when the shrubbery wasn't covering the sight). We were hoping that we would eventually be in sight of the nature reserve we had visited the week before. However, due to unfortunate lack of food circumstances we had to make a return back into town.

Whilst I thoroughly enjoy the outdoors, Sarah isn't quite the nature lover, more so the glamour kinda girl. Which of course makes all the more fun listening to her cry due to a bug (not quite that extreme but you get my point). She also always seems to be in the wrong footwear for the ways that we go.



All in all this little exploration left our minds open and hearts fulfilled. Adventure is always around the corner, who knows what will happen next time!

Peace out!

Friday, 17 July 2015

Weston Super Mare

On the 28th of June my father took me and my siblings out for the day for my birthday. It was a wonderful day even though the weather was atrocious at the beginning of the day. They picked me up from Worcester and we travelled down to Weston Super Mare. It was around about 11ish by the time we arrived and we had a wonderful sandwich/panini from a lovely little cafe along the seafront. We then made way up to the Grand Pier, to which my father was unconvinced it would cost £1 to get on, he believed me when he saw it though. Due to my brothers fascination in amusements we then proceeded into the building on the pier and lost quite a lot of money... Standard really.  On the pier they have an American milkshake diner which was too hard to avoid with these lot!





We had a nice little wonder around the pier and then across near to the harbour for a while until returning to the car. Then headed round a few miles to a beach just on the outskirts of Weston Super Mare. The beach was quite nice, even though it was still a little chilly! The sand dunes were pretty cool as well, even though they smelt of dog faeces. 



Father then decided to travel across the toll bridge to South Wales, ending up in a lovely little village called Tintern. We stopped off at an abandoned railway site where there was a cafe and a shop in a train! The place did cream teas and of course we had one, who would say no to that! By this point the sun had picked up as well so it made for a great atmosphere on picnic benches!



  Sadly the day was coming to a close so we had to head back on up to Worcester where I spent the night with my sister. All in all it was a beautiful day and I am very lucky to have these people as my family.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Healthy is the New Skinny

There are several things that tick my nerve, but one thing that really infuriates me is when people decided it's okay to shame on the way individual's bodies are (shape and size). I think it is really disgusting how people think saying negative things about the way people look will achieve anything other than causing that individual to be in pain. Sometimes even the case where the individual will have that comment played over and over for several years to come. I know they say 'Sticks and stones' etc, but harsh words stick, and they stick for a long time.

Before I attended University, I was never really the healthiest person (even though I am vegetarian) and fair enough I wasn't exactly the smallest of people either. In fact, the first year of University went so downhill for my health and appearance, it was bad... However, last summer I made a change. I decided to be a better, fitter, healthier person. Yet still I'm not exactly the best looking figure around, yeah I still have cellulite and stretch marks. But since changing my habits I have finally come to the acceptance that this is who I am and it probably will stay that way for as long as I exist. Enough of living in fear of what people could say about you, or to you. Enough of having to look across popular internet posts, magazines and adverts with all these 'sexy' people and thinking 'dammit why can't that be me'. Even the people in the images would probably look back and think the same thing. Heck I feel so great after a workout I don't even care if I don't look as toned and defined (to unachievable expectations).

Since my high school years I have always had the thought in my head that I need to be perfection, even to the point where eating in front of people (who were not family) became a problem. Thank fully when I had to live with others at University my flat mate was very welcoming and non judgemental, otherwise that would have been difficult. Some of these thoughts came from the outside world, whereas others would come from people I knew. Back then I wouldn't really have known what to say, hence hiding it and developing a problem to create difficulty for myself. Now I would probably tell them to back off because it's not their place to say. Then again, now I am a much more healthier person all round.

I want people to understand that passing comments around about the way that people look really affects their actions. For those who are easily influenced as well it can be so much worse. In fact, why should that really matter anyway. Nature changes people's appearances everyday as we slowly age, we slowly change. In particular, for those who are looking for relationships, whether that be friendship or lovers, you have to spend time with these people. You have to enjoy their company, and if you want this relationship to be everlasting you need to accept that these people will change over time in appearance. So why go around making hateful comments on the way that people look (shape/size) when this will get you nowhere. Either ending up befriending someone who will change in looks 10 years by now, or someone who will turn out to bore you with their company.

So basically, please refrain from saying 'oh they're too skinny' or 'oh they're too big', or the general comments that surround these phrases. It really hurts and affects people deeply. Just remember there is more to a person than simply the way that they look.

Me and the bro after a lovely run.
Peace out!

Monday, 13 July 2015

Worcester Krav Maga Taster Session

A friend of mine has been attending Krav Maga lessons in Worcester for several weeks and invited me along for a taster session. I thought this would be a good idea to try out, especially considering as a woman I feel more intimidated walking alone; day or night. What more do women want than to simply feel confident and safe walking home alone?

So we went to the lesson held at St Johns Sport Centre and I was introduced to the people holding the session who appeared very friendly and welcoming. Then the session began... I will say I have been to Karate lessons before, but this was quite something. We went through several warm up activities and then progressed to moves of the art. This was quite confusing to begin with, especially with coordination! Fortunately, the people who I paired up with could tell this sort of thing was new to me and were really nice helping me get through the moves that I couldn't quite conquer to begin with. Although it was tough I didn't feel uncomfortable or judged if I were to make a wrong move as the class had a good sense of community. There were people of all ages, both male and female. Whilst in my head I would have preferred an all women's class, I can see the benefits of being in a mixed class putting into perspective that I would have to use more strength against men. The session was admittedly tough, although it was a great fitness session and I learnt quite a few moves that will help if I ever came into that situation.

The session was held between 8 and 10 on the Tuesday. For more information about where their sessions are held elsewhere visit their website at http://www.krav.co.uk/. All in all I thoroughly enjoyed this taster session, the people held a friendly atmosphere and I came out of it feeling quite confident and empowered. If you live in Worcestershire, especially women, I can guarantee this class will help you feel safer walking alone and definitely worth checking out, not to mention all the fun involved alongside!

Peace out!

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Northwick Lido Nature Reserve

It was a beautiful day the other day so two friends (Khan and Sarah) and myself decided to go for a wander. Little did we know where we'd end up and how far we had gone! We live in the city centre of Worcester, so what we came across was quite a surprise and contrast to where we had just walked from. Our usual day trips end up at Gheluvelt Park, so we headed that way but carried on through the estate beyond the park. Several alleyways and a field with adorable horses later we ended up facing a sign showing 'Northwick Lido Nature Reserve'. 



Down a car track we wondered and came across the first sign which showed point 1 of the Northwick Heritage Trail and decided to follow the trail seen as we were already there! This trail entailed several fields alongside the river with several fields full of cows and horses.


Bringing us to point 4 of the Heritage Trail to which we found ourselves trapped in a field with cows blocking the pathway to the gate. This dilemma mostly occurred due to my friend, Sarah, feeling a little on edge as the cows were staring at her, into her soul. Gotta love that girl. Eventually the cows mooved (see what I did there? Yeah my friends weren't impressed either!) so we were able to follow the pathway and continue our adventure.

The pathway is where Khan is and so are the cows!

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Point 4 of the Heritage Trail was also the point across from Belvedere Weir and the Island where there were plenty of fisherman amused at our dilemma!



Around point 5 the trail began heading off the fields and into the lovely little village. The trail continues around lanes and through the village for a couple of miles until it reaches point 9 which is both the beginning and the end of the Heritage Trail. 

I cannot believe I have lived in Worcester for nearly two years now and have only just come across this beautiful place. I would never have thought something so beautiful could be so close to the city I live in. 




Peace out!