Last weekend my canoe club had a trip going down the River Thames. I think it was from Whitney on Wye to Hereford. After we were all changed into our kit (you can see me in my bright green, purple and green gear to the left, I look great, I know, I know), we messed around while waiting for the adults to sort out the shuttle. This mostly meant saving the fish and sliding down a rail because why not?
Finally, we got onto the river. My Mum and I were back in our dream team - sharing a canoe. You'll probably see us swapping paddles a bit as I started with my whitewater paddle which made my arms SO tired because it's BIG so then I stole my Mum's flat water one when my flat water one was just chilling under the seat - but oh well.
As you can see, the weather wasn't great so everyone was very happy when we arrived at the lunch stop and it had finally stopped raining. My Mum and Dad seem to have purchased these snazzy new chairs so while we sat on the wet ground, they just sat smugly on them, telling us we could always buy our own!
We set off again down the river. Lots of people were getting tired and although I was VERY happy to see the campsite, I didn't actually feel that bad. In this photo you can see I've stolen my Mum's paddle.
At last, we turned the corner and boom, the campsite was there. After a big scurry to get the canoes out the water, we set up our tents and got out of our kit.
We had dinner (and lots of other snacks - canoeing makes you hungry) and read a bit in the tents.
Then the most intense game of man hunt started. I'm going to give you a play by play of what happened and it literally ended up with my heard beating so fast because it got so intense.
First, my sisters, my friend and myself ran down a long field and hit behind a bush. We were there for ages but then the tagger came. The field was so long that we didn't even have to run but it was thin so there wasn't really a way to get around him. I went up the field but my friend just ran for it - which worked and she got out. After a lot of dodging and waiting, my sister and I decided just to run for it. I kept running like hell and made it out of the field but my sisters were caught and never made it. I ran down to my friend's tent and we hung around there until the attackers came. I went left down towards the river and she went right - she survived a bit but most of the attackers followed her so she was caught. I hid down by the river and, then my sisters found me. Even though they were caught they were on my team so we ran up and hid in the ladies toilets BECAUSE THE BOYS COULDN'T GO THERE! However, we could hide there forever so we all ran up to our car and hid in there but then the boys found us. The other boy who wasn't yet caught was in the car as well and when we all ran out of it, I think he got caught. But I ran across the field and hid in the long grass and then that was pretty much the end of the game. SO MUCH FUN.
We then sat around a fire and messed around the field (which was getting misty). We went to bed very late (and I was reading fan fiction on my phone until later) so when we got up the next morning, I didn't look very awake...at all...
But it was back into the paddling kit and getting the canoes set up before a mad hassle to get everyone on the water.
It was time for Monnington falls. Sounds scary? Well it wasn't. Basically, it was just a tight bend and a little wave train. In higher water making the bend could be a lot harder so you would be swept into the trees but we didn't have that issue so it was easy as pie. All good!
It was nice and raining, just in time for lunch. After lunch, I swapped boats and if you think it looks still in that photo, the one below shows as bad as it got, not very. It was only grade 1 which means it's just "riffles with small waves with few obstructions that can be easily missed with little training". But I wasn't there for the whitewater (if you're wondering why I have a helmet then, it's there to see the rain off).
There might not have been much whitewater to see, but there was some cute bird things (I've forgotten the name - like a pro).
FINALLY, we reached the end it was time to get back to civilization and internet. It was fun though!
Over the weekend, my family and I, with our club, did a 23 mile paddle down the River Wye, just for two days. It wasn't that far but it was quite fun and relaxing. I was in a boat, mostly, with my Mum and while paddling we started joking about all of the different boats that kayakers/ canoeists need. So here in the incomplete (and most likely inaccurate) list of boats required by every paddler!
(This is a complete joke and I doubt anyone actually has all of the following boats. Although, wouldn't it be the dream!)
That's all I can think of right now. I'm sure that some of those cross over but I don't know a lot about them. For example, I'm not sure how similar a boat you use for slalom and wild water racing because I don't know a lot about them. I also didn't include anything about sea racing besides the sea kayak. This is mostly because I know nothing about racing in kayaks or canoes.
Anyways, so once you've got all of the needed kayaks, you just need to find somewhere to keep them!
Good luck xx
Wow, end of year exams have literally been taking over my life. I'm so happy that they're finally over and I only have one more week left at school before I (finally) get to chill for six weeks including a 2 week holiday - eeek. Anyway, so being the person that I am, I was browsing YouTube and I came across this really awesome YouTuber. I would love to be a YouTuber but I don't have anywhere to film so it would just look really horrible - ah, maybe one day. But I found this YouTuber, Mandi Grace, and her channel is amazing! There's just a load of amazing content that's updated weekly but she only has 4K? I mean, that's good, but I think she deserves a lot more. She has a lot of life style, clothing and dance related videos and here is one:
This video is the undisputed property of Mandi Grace and I'm not claiming credit for any part of it!
She also has an amazing Instagram, @mandi.gracee - her feed is actually goals.
I love baking and I have since I was very little. The first thing I learned to make was biscuits. I'd refer to them, to Mum, as the "rubbing in things" since I used to love rubbing the butter and flour together. As I've grown older, I've obviously developed more independence in the kitchen. But, the biggest change, is how much I dislike being hands on now! Very much, I prefer to stick it all in a mixture and watch it wiz up. Nice and easy but nice and tasty.
Anyway, enough of my history of cooking. A few days ago, I decided to make rainbow cakes. Although I'm sure these have been done before, I came up with the idea with a little inspo from Tanya Burr's rainbow cake. So, here's the recipe.
It's a pretty simple recipe, just your normal cake really.
7. Spoon a small amount of each colour into a tray of cupcake cases (it makes 24 roughly).
8. Carefully not to mix the colours too much, smooth the top of the cakes
9. Put in the oven for about 15 - 20 minutes, or until they stop sizzling, a knife comes out clean and when genitally tapped they rise back up.
10. After about 10 minutes after taking them out the oven, leave to cool on a cooling rack.
Don't worry, they may appear like normal cakes - the colour is inside.
I really loved these cakes. One of my friends told me that they looked quite flat, it's because I don't put much mixture in cake cases haha. I'd rather smaller cakes but more of them! Also, they went dry quite quickly. They were ok when taken out of the oven but after a day they went dry but I think that's just the type of cake.
Until next time.
Opps, I've been on my old Weebly account and wondering where my blog was. Haha! Oh well, I'm back on this one now!
Today, I started my 30 day free trial of this really cool looking writing app called Scrivener (follow the link to the website which opens in a new tab).
I really like it so far! It has tabs to talk about your characters, your settings and lots of places for notes. But it's really customisable. I am going to add a tab called "World" which is just notes about the world that my characters are in since it's so different to our own.
It's basically a big space where you can put together character, world and setting sheets along with basic overviews of the plot line, in depth overviews of each chapter and (in the end) the overall chapter. I think this is really useful rather than me cluttering up my documents folder on my laptop. Also, there's some cool features like a name generator that lets you make names from different culters with different obscurities. I've already used this for the names Kris and Jan.
One this I dislike about it, is I couldn't put photos into the character sheets (and I like to find photos of what the objects, scenes and people look like from online to help with description and imagination). I worked around it in the end by making a new file and putting it under the character sheets so that I only saw it when that character sheet was selected (that was the most complicated way of wording it EVER omg).
Well, I should be getting to bed - it is midnight. JOKES! I still need to binge watch YouTube and write my diary before I even think about making myself hot chocolate.
As you saw on Saturday, we went paddling and after that we went to a local castle. I love castles. I find it truly magical that people looked at that stone hundreds of years ago. I wonder: what thoughts were going through their minds? Were they looking at that stone as they died or did a small child have their first memories there. It just love it and I love how pretty they are, with plenty of chances for awesome photos! (Excuse my hair being quite puffy, it goes like that after it's been washed.)
Let's go and explore!
Goodbye castle, time for a lovely walk through the woods back to my Grannies.
Last weekend, my mum, my dad and I, went out kayaking around South Wales. It was quite an overcast day but the rain had stopped by the time we arrived. I haven't kayaked in somewhere so busy for a while and I forgot how many stares you get and how many little children go "Mummy, Mummy, look it's a ship". It's all quite amusing. But you just get on with it and try your best to get gracefully into your boat (a feat I fail at every time) before you paddle off and leave behind the noise and the chatter of the city as the sea takes your attention.
Of course, I am the youngest by quite a way with my parents (although I am not the smallest). This means that I would probably be at a disadvantage anyway when it comes to speed. However, this is not helped by the fact that Dad was paddling his touring boat (quite long) and Mum her "small" sea kayaking (very long). Look at the size difference!
After paddling around the head, it was time to put on our helmets and do a bit of rock hopping. I love the sea. It's so relaxing unlike the constant thrill of WW (white water). Plus, I love exploring all the different little nooks and secret places in the rocks. That only you will be able to get to via the water.
Time for a bit of exploring!
Sadly, on the sea you are constantly checking the time to stay in keeping with the tide. And so, it was time to head back. We were already a bit late and ended up confronting my first ever race! (A race is a natural occurrence where a fast moving tide passes through a constriction resulting in the formation of waves, eddies and hazardous current - thank you Wiki for the definition.) It was really small, just some more pronounced waves and confused water really as we headed through the channel between two islands. But still - it was awesome.
I'm just going to sit here and pretend that I'm active... I have so many ideas so I hope that I'll finally have time to put them into play. I'm certainly going to upload a lot after a canoe touring trip that I'm doing that half term because it's really exciting! We're going around a lake and a stretch of the cost in Scotland so I'll post a bit about what I'm going to bring etc. But today I want to talk about climbing. I really enjoy climbing and I have been doing it for about 7 months now. I love the feeling of being on the wall so here are some photos of me doing two routes that were probably graded V0 - V1 (in basic terms, the harder of the really really easy ones).
Climbing has been a big part of my life recently but it may be stopping due to kayaking and canoeing that take over everything in the summer.
Have a nice day!
On my birthday weekend, my friend Siân and I went to the lake do have a bit of fun (well I hope that it was fun anyway). It was quite a grey day but I think that in the end, when you are in the water, the colour of the sky doesn't bother you so much.
There were two team crafts out at the lake. The first team was my sisters on a SUP board (yes, they paddle it duo).
And the second team is myself and Siân in a canoe. I'm the one in green at the back and Siân is the one in yellow at the front. We were paddling partners in the Ardeche (a river in France) so we got into the routine quite quickly.
It was time to stop being nice to each other and get out the water pistols!
Little bit of a disagreement there.... Oh well, the team is back and working together to shoot at the camera man (aka my dad)!
After my Dad was wet, we moved on to firing at my sisters but it turns out that we didn't need to fire at them to get them soaked as they managed to do that themselves...
It was time for a tactical operation: get on the SUP!
Siân boarded first while I sorted out the canoe (well you can't just leave it floating in the middle of the lake so my mum tied it into her boat with a tow line). But I soon joined in the fun!
Although it looks like my time on the SUP board might be short lived...
Finally, it was time to head into the edge. Either we got fatter or the boat got filled with water...
After Siân got out, I was going to do a bit of rolling but the water was too cold really and it was a bit of a shock to have my head under there for any length of time. I was a bit worried that I'd lost my roll because of the way I panicked in the cold water but at the pool session I rolled up first time so I'm a happy bunny as it was just the cold water!
Long time, no see. I’m going to be more active on here since I’ve sorted out some Weebly account stuff. Last weekend, it was my birthday and out of some of the amazing gifts I got, I got a set of bath bombs from lush! They were really awesome and I loved the colours and smells so I just had to do a little photoshoot thing with them. I’ve never tried to take creative photos before but I really enjoyed doing it. I haven’t tried any of these bath bombs in the bath yet but I sure will soon!
The first one is called the Intergalactic bath bomb. It’s blue with glitter - not too much - with a few bands of marbled neon pink and green. It smells fresh with a slightly musky undertone.
The frozen bath bomb again has a very fresh scent and it smells just like lush! It’s just light blue with a dark blue band and I think it’s probably my favourite scent.
I’ve heard of the Dragons Egg bath bomb before. It’s white with some bright colours running through it and I can’t wait for it to “hatch” in the bath. It’s a sweeter, lemony smell which is awesome!
When my sisters first saw the Experimenter bath bomb, they were like “weird shape”. I think that it is a really cool shape and I really think it’s going to turn my bath into a molten rainbow. It’s blue, pink, white and yellow and has the lush smell, not as lemony as the previous one. You know the smell when you walk into a lush shop? Well, it’s just like that!
TWILIGHT! (I totally didn’t have a fan girl moment when I saw the Twilight bath bomb.) I was so excited for this one because I’m in the middle of writing a Twilight fan fiction so this was very exciting. Sadly, I don’t think that the bath bomb has anything to do with the great works by Stephanie Meyers. It has the stars and a moon on it and has a slightly muskier smell which I actually really like.
Well there you have it, my bath bombs! I really liked them all and I cannot wait to try them out.
Until next time