The Mountains are Calling

A few weeks ago was the amazing Kendal Mountain Festival! It happens every year in Kendal audits the biggest gathering of outdoors speakers, film makers, nature writers and brands in the UK.
I live just over an hour away from Kendal and have never actually been! It’s crazy!

The festival is bright, colourful and packed! Its one of the most exciting places I have been in a while.

I went up for the National Park Awards. I somehow won the young volunteer award? (i’m serious check it out here ….) If you want to know more about what I was up to check out my post about the summer here.

The festival began on Thursday and ran till Sunday. I included a film festival, and literature festival, talks from everyone who is anyone in the outdoor world, a 10km run and one of the largest collections of outdoor brands in one place I have ever seen.

Just walking around Kendal you know something special is happening, the whole atmosphere is intoxicating. The excitement and buzz of the whole place is incredible. If you don’t believe me get yourself up there next year!

I managed to spot a few faces I knew amongst the crowd. It really is the craziest opportunity to meet your idols and find out about what they have been up to. Which if your anything like me makes you think oooh I want to do that! I have gone away with a list of all the things I want to find out more about, read and even just try!

I will defiantly be heading back over next year armed with more knowledge, questions and hopefully, even more, experience under my belt!

#loveyournationalparks
#northyorkmoorsvolunteering
#sharetheadventure
#kendalmountainfestival

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Summer on the Moors

This summer I was volunteering in the North York Moors. I was part of the education team and worked with over 350 children and some of their associate’s adults teaching them a little bit about the national park. The summer is a wonderful time to visit the North York Moors and the heather is in full bloom. Huge swathes of purple cover every piece of upland and scatter as they fall down the sides of dales. To me, it’s a magical place and the moors centre at Danby is the perfect place to learn a little more about it. They have a fantastic information centre and it’s right in the middle of the 554 square miles park. People generally know about the heather and the larger birds associated with it such as the grouse, curlew and golden plover. However what is often overlooked is the invertebrates! Despite these little minibeasts have a huge role in maintaining the stunning ecosystem of the park. We took groups of kids into the woods and meadows around the moors centre to find them. Every group was always surprised by the huge range and diversity of invertebrates they found. The children, often to the surprise of their parents, couldn’t wait to get stuck in and really engaged with learning what the insects were and a little bit more about them. The education team had some inventive games to help them understand which were loved by kids and adults alike. There were different activities pit of for every ages group including everything from compass and survival skills to storytelling to tree print t-shirts!
As you would expect no two days were the same in the moors, the weather changed many times within a day sometimes. I spent one day rock-pooling at Runswick Bay in the torrential rain! Which remains one of my favourite days.
Everyone I worked with at the moors whether they were staff or volunteers were always so enthusiastic and friendly it made it all the more enjoyable. This is a massive thank you, from me to everyone at the moors for making it a summer to remember. I hope everyone else enjoyed it as much as I did.
I would highly recommend volunteering with a national park to anyone who may be interested and I will almost certainly be back to help when I get time off uni!
If you want to find out more about what’s happening in the moors check it their website or grab a copy of the ‘what’s on’ magazine.Summer on the Moors.png

#northyorkmoorsvolunteering
#northyorkmoors
#loveyournationalparks

My Bullet Journal Experience​

After 5 months of bullet journaling, I thought it was time to catch you up on how I have been finding it!My Bullet Journal Expeience

So I decided to try and do bullet journaling properly for the summer months just to see if I could actually do it. So far I have really enjoyed the actual process of doing the bullet journal but I found that as soon as I got busy I didn’t use it and reverted back to my tried and tested methods. Old habits die hard. I tried to mix it up a bit every month just to keep things interesting and see what I actually liked doing.

Here are a few photos of my bullet journal. WARNING! I can’t draw! Everything in here was very simple to draw. I’m proof that a bullet journal doesn’t have to be complicated.

June cover page

June cover page

June weekly spread

June weekly

July montly plan

July monthly

july weekly spread

July weekly

August cover page

August cover page and monthly

August weekly spread

August weekly

August weekly 2

August weekly

August weekly 3

August weekly

September cover page

September cover page

I think the thing I enjoyed most about bullet journalling was actually the sitting down and just drawing, painting and generally being creative. It was particularly nice on weeks when I was busy to just relax and unwind doing something therapeutic. Although I would never have ordinarily done this. That’s one part of this experience I’m definitely going to carry on. I also felt like I was getting more adventurous as time went on and I felt more confident in my ability to actually draw.

I don’t think I am going to continue the bullet journal now that I am back at uni because I am just so busy all the time and the methods I’m used to work so much better for me. I suppose I’m just too stuck in my old ways. You cant teach an old dog new tricks.

Has anyone else tried bullet journalling? If so how did you find it? Let me know what you think!!

Much love,

Cait

 

It’s the little things

It really is the little things in life that bring me so much joy. This evening I went on a run through some fields and meadows in the pouring rain. Just me lots of mud, a handful of damp rabbits and a very confused grouse.

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I love running the freedom and space to just get away from the everyday hum of life for a while. But running in the rain is just the most exhilarating thing. The way the cool summer rain hits my warm skin, making it tingle just makes me feel so alive. There is something about the emptiness of a place in the rain as well. I was running along a path I have been walking all my life but only really seeing for the first time. It’s my own little corner of the world and it’s magical.

It got me thinking about how many places I haven’t seen yet. things that may be just on my doorstep. Things I really ought to have seen having grown up just outside the dales, but somehow I have just managed to miss. I want to start to see them. To rediscover the place I call home. I want to find the hidden gems that are off the beaten track and see the places that tourists flock to from all over the world. In a way, it seems sad that I haven’t done this earlier but maybe I wouldn’t have appreciated it the same way I will now.

Do you know any cool hidden places where you live that are worth going to see? Or are they still out there waiting for you to discover?

Till next time!

Cait

Exam Season Panic!

It’s that time of year again! when exams just seem to sneak up on you, hiding on the next page of your planner.

Exam season Panic!

Every time I do the same thing. I plan for exams, I start doing the work, extra reading, revision notes and every time it gets to two weeks before the exam and I actually figure out that they are just around the corner. As its also my first year of uni I also finish much earlier than I’m used to, which isn’t helping my confusion!

The last few assessments are all due in soon and everything is coming to a boil without me really having a chance to keep up with it. As I would have been able to predict despite my best intentions I still managed to get behind on my notes and y least favourite module is the hardest one. None of this really motivates me to revise. However,  I have found something that really helps!!

I have a ‘slight’ stationary obsession! And beautiful notes really do fill my heart with joy! Yes. I sound cheesy but it really does help. The only catch is that the notes still have to be useful. Yes, it sounds cheesy but it really does help. The only catch is that the notes still have to be useful. It’s taken me years to get a balance between pretty notes and notes that actually contain the content I need to learn. I am one of those people who can read something and forget 70% of it within twenty minutes. So I write everything down, and I mean everything! It is summarised and edited and summarised again until I finally remember it.

That may have worked perfectly well for my school career so far but it is not going to help here. As I learned in last semester’s exams I can’t focus completely on the lecture material I need to have more of a solid general understanding from my further reading before I try to learn the facts.

Anyway, I like pretty notes and I have come across a couple of people on Pinterest and Instagram with some amazing note inspiration! Including emmastuddies, studious-annabeth and the organised student (the organised student also has some amazing printable’s).

I don’t know if anyone else does notes like this or if it’s just me and these guys. Does anyone else find a little bit of colour goes a long way when it comes to revision? Let me know what you think! Best of luck to everyone this exam season!! May the odds be ever in your favour!

These Organised Student Printables and more are available free at theorganisedstudent.tumbler.com

Bullet Journals??

Bullet Journals seemed to appear out of nowhere to become a big fad all over my Pinterest feed. Now I am one of those people who try so hard to be organised they have tried almost every method in the book! I have my planner, which I don’t know how I would survive without! I have monthly printouts, weekly desk planners, weekly to-do lists, meal planners, shopping lists, daily to-do lists, workout schedules, tv logs, reading lists, expenses logs, grade trackers and even lecture plans. You name it I have probably tried it at some point.

To those who don’t know me I probably seem ridiculously organised already, but that is where you would be wrong. I have so many different methods of keeping myself organised that I spend so much time keeping them all up to date I never actually get round to doing the things on all these lists! This is why I’m looking to try and streamline this, making a simple way for me to log everything all together.

Bullet journals hadn’t really crossed my mind. As far as I was aware they were these beautifully ornate notebooks for tracking things that I already had ways of tracking. But that’s actually why I’m now so intrigued. I cannot draw to save my life. I just want to put that put there! I’m not one of those people who will spend hours doodling in the corner of their notebooks, in fact, I completely freak out if there are any marks on my notes.

I was trying to find a way to better organise my notes for uni as I currently write all my in lecture notes in a notebook then write them up with notes from textbooks into a neat note form to use to make my revision notes later on. I know this seems like a crazy amount of work and it is but its the only way I have found to get things to stick in my brain. Somehow as always happens when I’m browsing online late at night I got distracted and got onto looking at bullet journals. I would describe a bullet journal as a cross between a planner and a to-do list. The nicest thing about them though is that they are completely customisable and you can use them for whatever you want! I personally wouldn’t use them as a day to day planner as I adore my dedicated planner for that. However, I think it would be the perfect tool to store all my household stuff in that I don’t really have the space to store in my relatively small planner. It’s also far more convenient than having twenty different sheets of paper on my desk with lists on them!

Bullet Journals? pintrest

I think I’m going to give the bullet journal a chance and see how it works for some of the more long term lists that have been hanging around my room for a while. I’ll keep you updated as to how it goes!?

Let me know what you think about bullet journals in the comments! Do any of you use a bullet journal? If not would you consider it for some things like me? Or do you like having separate lists for everything?

Anyone for a cuppa?

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I love tea. Fruit, herbal, Yorkshire. But what else is there?

Well, I have been having a bit of an experiment recently and with a bit of research I have found out about all sorts of health benefits of tea that I had completely overlooked or just never really paid attention to.

I knew a cup of chamomile was supposed to make you sleep better and peppermint was a good antioxidant. But rooibos? Pu-erh? What else can a humble cup of tea give to us?

Proper tea

I love this infographic! I never really knew exactly what each type of tea did. Since researching this I have tried a couple more different types and been very pleasantly surprised. Although I must say I am yet to find a tea I don’t like. I would like to point out

I would like to point out the David’s Tea logo at the bottom. I discovered David’s Tea on a holiday to Canada and they have the most amazing selection with some beautiful blends with highly amusing names. Unfortunately, they don’t deliver to the UK yet so I’m stuck looking enviously at their website. In the meantime, I have found a couple of brilliant local shops that are very friendly. It’s worth having a little look in your local area for a tea shop. The one type I haven’t tried yet is the matcha tea which is becoming a bit of a trend.

 

Matcha tea

From David’s Tea Instagram @davidstea

 

 

One of the best things about a cuppa however, is the way it can change your mood. Whether you have been having a rough day or you’re feeling a bit ill, even if you already have a spring in your step. There is a tea for that. It’s my go-to comfort. Having a group of friends sat around a table each with a cup of tea is one of the best ways to actually relax, chat and listen. See what’s going on with each other. Connect you to other people. Your closest friends are those who, as soon as they walk in the kettle is on ready to sit down with a hot mug of tea.

Tell me about your favourite tea’s and your favourite people to share them with!