Post-holiday thoughts

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Aled & I in France
My holiday really was relaxing. It was a carefree, easy week of days out, home cooked meals and trips to the beach. I really do love that part of Brittany. Sadly it was slightly faltered near the beginning when we found out Aled's Grandma had died. It was partially expected, but of course, still very sad. It's odd to be removed from your normal environment when something like that happens, especially for Aled. Needless to say, we still had a great holiday were luckily able to go to the funeral as it had been planned for a few days after our return. We were both really glad about this fact, as we were in America when his Grandpa died and therefore unable to attend the funeral. I guess we should stop going abroad, even Aled's Aunt joked she was next in line next time. The weekend was sad and happy in nearly equal parts for me. There were the obvious really sad parts, but, and even though it feels weird to say this, I really enjoyed seeing everyone. We saw family that we wouldn't have seen for ages.

Pembrokeshire coastline
At the moment, I am looking forward to the weekend as we are off to a festival! Lounge on the Farm, to be exact. I love festivals and my summer isn't complete without one. Like last summer, I am photographing this one too - and am really excited to have this opportunity again.

A small part of me just wants a restful weekend at home, especially after the past weekend was mostly spent travelling; Aled's grandparents lived in Pembrokeshire - a short 8 1/2 hour trip from London! Also, I hope the sunshine continues into the weekend, obviously I love a festival without rain, but this is mostly because my wellies are back in Salisbury and really don't want to have to buy new ones.

English countryside - A perk of the multiple train journeys.

Bonjour from Bretagne!

Friday, 12 July 2013

My grandparents' French cottage with an added Grandpa plus a lovely reflection of my legs!
I am here at my grandparents' place in Brittany, France. Aled & I realised we couldn't really afford the holiday to Barcelona we were wanting, but could afford flights to my grandparents. I am very lucky to have relatives that live abroad - always a great place for a last minute holiday!

 I reluctantly went for a run this morning which was hard but I really enjoyed it. It was so refreshing to run outside and in the beautiful, sunny countryside, which makes a slight change from Fitness First in Shepherds Bush. I am currently using my grandparents' French laptop and it's taken me an age just to write this post because the keyboard isn't a qwerty one. It is rather weird not being able to type so quickly as normal.

I am looking forward to a relaxing week. Days with my grandparents usually include country walks, discovering new towns and lots of delicious French food. Heaven!

J'espère que vous avez une bonne semaine et je serai bientôt de retour avec beaucoup de photos!

The Grand Eagle Ball

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

On Saturday night, Aled & I went to Secret Cinema presents Laura Marling. It was a 1920s themed black tie ball with live theatre, dance and mystery topped off with a performance from Laura Marling. We had to dress up and bring certain special items, informed by this website about the "Grand Eagle Ball" inspired by Laura Marling's new album "Once I Was An Eagle". We spent most of the day finding last minute pearls and bow ties on Brick Lane and then dressed up and headed to Hackney where a disused school had been made up to look like a 1920s hotel. The amount of effort gone into it was staggering, it looked amazing and all the hotel "staff" were actors, checking us into our rooms, serving us drinks and interacting with the guests with added arguments and drama and the odd interpretive dance. The evening finished with a performance by Laura Marling, who as always, was just perfect.

It was such an amazing and unique experience, and I really can't wait to see what they do next and with which musician or band!

Our group photo courtesy of the event's FB page. Can you spot us?
Does it look familiar to you? Love this creepy nod to The Shining.

Running up that hill

Monday, 1 July 2013

My fitness level is at a low at the moment. Even though I feel like my eating habits are getting better (albeit struggling a bit like always), I have really fallen out of love with exercise. Or, shall we say, fallen out of love with the motivation to exercise. My gym membership these past few months has been barely touched. I can really feel myself getting less fit and I need to do something about it! I'd like to start running again properly. I ran way back in 2008 and ever since then had been doing the odd run, but for the last year or so I have mainly stuck to the cross trainer, bike or rowing machine and have scarcely been on the treadmill longer than 5 or 10 minutes. You see, i've hit that wall of pain that always rears its ugly head with exercise. I have gone backwards and need to have an extra level of motivation and determination in order to get my tolerance back on track, otherwise I worry I will give up running altogether.

I've been longing for someone to exercise with for a while, as well as making full use of the gym membership i'm paying for. As if they were reading my mind, I had an email from my gym today offering a "bring a friend for free for July". This means Aled can come and work out with me for all of July which is great. I need motivation and he has been missing running recently. I'm hoping to start running 3 times a week to start with. I definitely can never say that I don't have time because I really do.

I recently downloaded the NHS Couch to 5k podcasts as a way of helping me get back into running. I'm not a complete couch potato, but I do feel not far from it at the moment. I've completed the first week and am enjoying the run/walk/run intervals instead of just putting my all into running and feeling very tired out very quickly.


Also, instead of just the few and far between photo posts, i'd like to start posting more frequently on here, with shorter and sometimes photoless posts. I feel like I haven't yet hit a comfortable level of blogging, and whilst I really want to post more, I often end up lost for ideas to write about and almost wait for my next wave of photos. We'll see how it goes.