An A – Z Post of Summer – My Favourite Stuff or Things I Want to Do

Air conditioner

Beach

Camping

Diving

Easy relaxing

Flowers

Gardening

Hot

Ice cream

Journey

Kite flying

Light

Ocean

Picnic

Relaxation

Sunny days, sleepless nights

Travelling to new places

Voyage of a lifetime

Warm weather

Yacht

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Waiting For A Rainbow: Catching Dreams – 20th July 2015

20th July 2015

Ever since I came back from Liverpool, things have pretty much changed.

First of these changes is Kat; she moved to the Isle of Wight on the tenth. Before she moved away, we managed to meet up and had dinner at Frankie and Benny’s. We had a wonderful time and a lovely conversation. After her move, we began to contact each other. I’m pleased to say that Kat is doing well and is enjoying the Isle of Wight. She really misses London, though and cannot wait to meet up with me again. Kat said she’ll come back in September for a week so hopefully we’ll see each other then. Let’s just hope I don’t get tangled up in things…

Next is Drama school. My peers and I have been spending our final weeks sorting out stuff. I’ve also had my sign language examination. I’m not sure how it went or what really happened because it was over pretty quick. I am now waiting for my results, which properly won’t come until September. Outside of lessons though, there’ve been a few feuds between my friends that have involved arguments but no physical fighting was involved (thank goodness). My friendships with many of my peers are straining too; I feel that I’m changing because I’m starting to see who is really there for me and who understands me for who I am. And to be honest, not many do. It’s really sad but that’s the way it goes. I’ve never had lasting friendships while I was at school (all apart from one) and it’s something I’m used to because it is always a learning curve for me. I only want to around those who really care and see me for myself, just as much as I would see them as they are.

As for Stu, he has now graduated. I haven’t seen him but I’ve been trying to give myself space from him when I do; so I can concentrate on myself. What happened between us is now history; good and bad memories and I’ll leave at that. But despite our differences, I wish him well for the future. Now, I can finally let go of my anger, let go of each other and move on with our lives.

But, all these changes are subsided for now because I’m already off for the summer!

Song #1: School’s Out by Alice Cooper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDqNHl9ACQs

This is my summer tune; in the summer, I would put it on when I’m YouTube, turn the radio up, and sing or just sing along to it when the holidays start. Nothing like a good summer classic, hey?

And before my holidays began, I managed to finish a half task:

  • Finish Sign Language Online Course
  • Revise Driving Theory
  • Book Automatic Driving Lesson
  • Research and Find Volunteer Projects in the UK or Aboard for 2016
  • Complete My Reading List
  • Organise a photography day
  • Tidy My Room
  • Keep Catching Up With My Blog
  • Do More Art – Buy A Canvas and An Easel
  • Collect all of your spare change. Then, at the end of the summer, cash it in and get something fun
  • Treat myself to a manicure and/or pedicure, or spend the day at a spa
  • Pitch a tent in the garden and camp there for the night
  • Sleep on the porch all night under the stars
  • Attempt to break a world record
  • Go for a hot air balloon ride
  • Write a novel or short story
  • Do something ‘green’ for a change
  • Make a fun summer treat like gummy bear ice pops, watermelon cookies, or campfire cones
  • Go to an amusement park
  • Take a photo every day to document your life for the summer
  • Watch a sunrise on the beach or the sunset
  • Write a handwritten letter to someone, add a stamp and mail it
  • Do something that’s completely out of your comfort zone for a change
  • Clean something you don’t normally clean — like the deck, the garage, or clean your down pillows
  • Write a letter to your current or future child (be sure to include these important things)
  • Create an idea notebook for your dream home

Not bad, hey?

I don’t know what to expect this summer, but I hope it’ll be a blast, an adventure and life changing. So I will expect the unexpected; I already have a good feeling about this. 🙂

Song #2: Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtGY4G7II6s

This song explains my desires, dreams and hopes with this summer and the future including my creative writing. I think I can achieve everything because I’m locked on my targets. 🙂

Trouble Booking a Holiday? Here Are 4 Best Blogs to Read About Holidays!

Looking for somewhere to go this summer? Stuck and stressing over ideas? Well, look no further.

In this special post, I’ll be suggesting my top four blogs, based on holiday travel. These blogs are based on the variety of places to go, things to see and uniqueness. So without further ado, here are my top ten.

Heather on Her Travels

This blog, from Heather Cowper will take you to amazing destinations and inspire you to book those aeroplane tickets. Here, you’ll read stories from her travels in the UK, Europe and around the world. Not only that, but Heather will suggest great food, places to stay and the best sightsees within each destination.

To Read More, Click Here: http://www.heatheronhertravels.com/

Girl Tweets World

It’s not every day that a professional and social media manager moves from the UK to Australia. Well, it’s happened to Jayne Gorman. After living in London for twelve years, Jayne is now living in Sydney where she explores the city in so sights and sightsees.

Not only she writes about her experiences living in Sydney, Jayne also writes about blogging, and her life, good food around the world (as well as London and Sydney) and books.

To Read More, Click Here: http://www.girltweetsworld.com/

World Travel Family

Just how easy or hard is it to travel, with two boys? Ask Alyson, James, D and Boo.

They have been travelling for a while but their recent travels and this blog started in 2013 when they left their home in Australia and they haven’t looked back since.

In this family blog, Alyson writes about places to go, what to buy whilst travelling, food and home-schooling while travelling, explaining how it could improve education for children and teenagers.

To Read More, Click Here: http://worldtravelfamily.com/

48 Hour Adventure

In 2010, Chris started travelling on short breaks around the world and has been doing it ever since.

With 48 Hour Adventure, you’ll find and read striking articles about each destination and country, where in 48 hours readers will discover hotspots, great food and what to look out for during your travels.

To Read More, Click Here: http://www.48houradventure.com/

Well, there you have it – my top four best holiday blogs.

What’s your favourite holiday blog? Where would you like to travel this summer or next summer?

I hope you all have a wonderful summer, wherever you are. Hopefully, you’ll travel to amazing places and discover new adventures in the world. But don’t fret, I won’t disappear this summer, as I will try to write as many articles as I can.

Until then,

Gigi. Xx

My 2015 Summer Bucket List

Next week, I’m breaking up for summer from Drama school! Although it’ll be a scary experience (since I’m moving onto my fourth year), these six weeks will give opportunities to try, explore and see new things. So this summer, I’m going to do my best to complete this bucket list:

  • Finish Sign Language Online Course
  • Revise Driving Theory
  • Book Automatic Driving Lesson
  • Research and Find Volunteer Projects in the UK or Aboard for 2016
  • Complete My Reading List
  • Organise a photography day
  • Tidy My Room
  • Keep Catching Up With My Blog
  • Do More Art – Buy A Canvas and An Easel
  • Collect all of your spare change. Then, at the end of the summer, cash it in and get something fun
  • Treat myself to a manicure and/or pedicure, or spend the day at a spa
  • Pitch a tent in the garden and camp there for the night
  • Sleep on the porch all night under the stars
  • Attempt to break a world record
  • Go for a hot air balloon ride
  • Write a novel or short story
  • Do something ‘green’ for a change
  • Make a fun summer treat like gummy bear ice pops, watermelon cookies, or campfire cones
  • Go to an amusement park
  • Take a photo every day to document your life for the summer
  • Watch a sunrise on the beach or the sunset
  • Write a handwritten letter to someone, add a stamp and mail it
  • Do something that’s completely out of your comfort zone for a change
  • Clean something you don’t normally clean — like the deck, the garage, or clean your down pillows
  • Write a letter to your current or future child (be sure to include these important things)
  • Create an idea notebook for your dream home

Hopefully, I’ll get to chance to complete this list (especially number 4) and if I do, I’ll be the happiest girl in the world.

What’s your favourite thing to do this summer? Please let me know in the comments selection below. 🙂

Gigi 🙂 Xx

Sunny, Yet Warm UK

Good morning/afternoon/evening. I hope everyone is having a good day so far.

First of all, I apologise for my absence. I know I haven’t posted anything for a while; I’ve been busy organising stuff, writing my novel, doing homework and doing chores. It looks like that I may be busy for quite sometime…
This post is a random one. And it’s all about the weather we’ve been having in the UK. This week (since Tuesday), we have been getting extremely warm weather with temperatures at around twenty-four degrees. According one of the regular radio stations I listen too, we were (I don’t know if we’re still are) warmer than Spain and Italy. 
I love the warm weather. I love the sun, glowing my face; the cool breeze up against my  back and the flowers. Oh, the flowers. They’re truly a beautiful site to see. Is it me or you guys think that the flowers make you relaxed and/or happy? Also, I love the tiny insects like butterflies hoovering around, expect for wasps. They freak me out big time! 
I also love the beach. Walking in the sand leaving bare footprints behind, paddling in the sea and collecting seashells. I feel like a kid all over again doing these wonderful things. 
That’s my favourite things to do on a warm day. What’s yours? 😊   

The Top Ten Palaces and Houses to Visit In the UK This Summer

Summer’s just around the corner and for most of us, we start to plan our holidays, or even day trips. For me, I admire History and ever since I could remember, I love to visit and see Britain’s palaces, houses and gardens. These are the places were knowledge is the key to learning and beauty performs fantastic displays, as if you are in an amphitheatre.

So, if you a UK resident or you think you want to spend your holiday this year in the UK, you’re in for a real treat. This list, is based on my personal opinion but I want to share them with you; I really highly recommend them.

  1.  Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire

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A view of Blenheim, from the Water Terraces. 

This is the birth place of England’s greatest Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. He spend most of his time here during his lifetime and it’s easy, to see why. Blenheim has an amazing history and breath-taking views. In the summer, the gardens will full of flowers and from mid-June, visitors will get a chance to explore the Temple of Diana and Churchill’s Memorial Garden. 2015 marks the fifth anniversary since the death of Churchill and there are lots of things going on; this is why Blenheim is a great place to go.

Don’t miss: The Queen Pool and the Oxfordshire Pantry*

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A view of the Queen Pool and the bridge, from Woodstock Gate.

The Queen Pool is an outstanding pond that travels far out from the Main Lake and Vanbrugh’s Grand Bridge. It is a beautiful scene, especially from the grounds (just towards the Main Entrance, through the archway called Woodstock Gate). It is a perfect way to end your day, especially with the sunshine. You’ll certainly be taken away with this marvellous view.

* I’m on a gluten, wheat and dairy-free diet and normally you I don’t have a lot of food because there isn’t a lot I can have. However, this cafe is amazing; it has good hospitality and it has wonderful food. There are gluten-free sandwiches, gluten, and wheat-free cakes as well as soya milk drinks (which the staff won’t give you extra charge for). So if you get a chance, please, please visit there. I can guarantee that you won’t be disappointed.

Top tip: Come back, more than once

Blenheim has a lot to see, but not everyone gets a chance to see everything. If you haven’t seen everything and still want to complete your trip, I would suggest coming back either in a few days, couple of months, maybe a year. When I went for the first time, I didn’t get a chance to see everything. I believe it’s better to see more than just leave it, to avoid disappointment.

2. Bateman’s, Burwash, East Sussex

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A view of Bateman’s from the Bateman’s Lane.

This is the house where Jungle Book author, Rudyard Kipling lived from 1902 until his death in 1936. This house is a marvel icon, especially if you a nature walker. There are lots of places to look around, as Bateman’s roughly covers around five, maybe six acres of land. The house also covers many exhibitions and holds items like Kipling’s drafts of his work and his children’s items, including Josephine Kipling’s necklace. If you have a chance, this is an amazing house to visit.

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A view of Bateman’s from the gardens.

3. Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey

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A view of the Georgian Hampton Court Palace, via the River Thames.

This is the place to be if you are a fan of Tudor and Georgian History. This is the only place that has two different palaces, from two different eras butting in together. And in 2015, Hampton Court celebrates its 500 anniversary since its founding as a palace. It is a beautiful place, with luxurious 17th – 18th century gardens and amazing rooms. But, watch out for the ghosts in the long corridor! You’ll never know when they’ll come…

Don’t miss: The Chapel Royal

This is where the most important events have happened from the christening of Edward VI to the arrest of Catherine Howard. It is also been said that Jane Seymour’s heart and lungs are buried under the altar. But, this beautiful chapel is unique; there is no other palace I’ve see with so many colours in a chapel. Worth a visit to see.

Also don’t miss: The Guided Tours and TimePlays

Hampton Court provides great entertainment and this is where visitors will get a chance to see things being brought to life. Tour guides dress up in Tudor costumes and react some of the famous times have happened within the 16th century. There’s no need to book beforehand as it will be included on your visit. Be prepared to be astonished, amazed and entertained. Great fun for all of the family.

4. Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

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A view of Bletchley house from the grounds.

Bletchley was the early home of the British Secret Service (MI5) and it was a secret location during the Second World War. But believe it or not, Bletchley used to be a stately home. This wonderful, inspirational place gives visitors an insight into the lives of those who worked hard to save Britain from the dominating Nazi Government. It’s like stepping back in time and seeing how the codes were cracked, and how the staff lived and worked during the war. But, look out for the house and the grounds; it has this unique look of a University campus rather than a grand palace. To me, it feels wonderful.

5. The Royal Pavilion, Brighton

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A view of the Pavilion.

The Royal Pavilion is a beautiful, yet slightly unusual palace. Built for the Prince Regent (the future George IV), the Royal Pavilion has a collection of beautiful antiques from other world countries, mostly India. It’s like taking trips around the world, without the need to travel on an aeroplane. The gardens are amazing too and if you are lucky, you might get a chance to view them from sitting on the balcony near the main cafe. This is a worth-while treat for any Georgian, Indian or seaside fans everywhere.

6. Sudeley Castle, the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England

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 A view of the Castle from the gardens.

Set in the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside, Sudeley Castle was the home to many people, including Richard III, Thomas Seymour and Catherine Parr. It is a beautiful palace, with lovely gardens and amazing landscape. It’s like reacting a Jane Austin novel, in the 16th century. There are special treats in store and you’ll certainly have plenty of time to look around. And if you are really lucky, you may find a nice spot to find a picnic within the gardens.

Don’t miss: The Sudeley Pheasantry

The Sudeley Pheasantry has a collection of birds; from 294 species of pheasants to three species of owl, it has a lot to offer. This is a must-see, especially if you are an animal lover and if you are lucky, you might see some of peacocks roaming freely around the Pheasantry.

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Ruins of Sudeley’s Old Castle.

 

7. Down House, Downe, Kent

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A view of Down House from the garden

Once home to the famous scientist Charles Darwin, Down House is an extraordinary house where you’ll learn more of Darwin’s work and family lives. This is a magnificent house, in the beautiful Kentish countryside. Be prepared to be entertained, amazed and bedazzled with this wonderful house; one of the finest in the gardens of England.

Don’t miss: Darwin’s Gardens and Darwin’s Thinking Path

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 Darwin’s Thinking Path

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Down House from Thinking Path

Darwin didn’t just study in the house; in the morning, he would always go for a stroll around the gardens. There, you’ll be able to find unusual, beautiful and rare flowers. And if the weather is good, I would recommend taking a walk around the sandwalk, or famously known as “Darwin’s Thinking Path”. This an opportunity for photographers as they’ll be able to capture wildlife roaming about, such as butterflies and bees.

Top tip: Car Park and Transport Issues

If you are planning to travel by car to get to Down House, take per-caution. Down House is located in the middle of the countryside. And the street, Luxted Road is extremely narrow; traffic’s pretty bad if it’s busy, because people who live near the house always park outside of their houses.

Also, the car park is pretty small. It only has forty-two spaces. So, my advice would be get down pretty early when or before the house opens because you’ll get a good chance of seeing the house, without having the need to cancel your journey.

However if you are preparing to travel by train, the nearest train stations (Chelsfield and Orpington) are three miles away from the house. The down side to this is that your walking journey will take you an hour and back each way. So, properly not a good idea if you aren’t a fan of walking.

8. Althorp House, Daventry District, Northamptonshire

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 A view of Althorp House from the Main Entrance.

Althorp is the residence of the Spencer family. It is a striking house, covering about five-hundred and fifty acres of land. It is also home to the finest private collections of art, including paintings by Van Dyck. There is plenty to do and see; it’s an opportunity, not to be missed.

Don’t miss: The Garden and Lake

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A view of the lake from the gardens.

The gardens and lake are spectacle to see, especially in nice, warm weather. Like Down House, it is a perfect setting for keen photographers. There’s plenty to see too, with the flowers and wildlife. Definitely a must-see!

9. Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire

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 The Old Palace, Hatfield House.

Hatfield House is one of my favourite places to go, since I’m an Elizabethan/Tudor fan. There are two palaces to see; the old palace, where Lady Elizabeth (the future Elizabeth I) was raised and the Jacobean house, which is still in residence today. The gardens and nature walks are lovely and it’s a fab place to have picnics

10. Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire

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Woburn Abbey.

Woburn Abbey is the residence of the Bedford family and it is absolutely stunning. Like Althorp House, Woburn has a fantastic collection of arts and historic pieces. It also has three beautiful gardens that are truly amazing. It is worth a trip and you’ll certainly enjoy seeing the deer in the grounds. They look splendid.

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One of the gardens at Woburn.

That’s it, guys; these were my top ten places to go this summer. If you have any places to suggest, please let me know in the comments section below.