Florence and the machine

I recently went to see Florence and the Machine with my friend Ellie in Hyde park. They have this festival thing each year called British Summer time. Some other really good people were headlining this year too that I would have loved have seen such as, Mumford and Sons ( I’ve seen them at Reading festival a few years ago and they were incredible, and Stevie Wonder because he’s an absolute babe.

 

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The Festival was pretty packed, which sometimes I can’t seem to deal with, but I actually felt ok which was good. It also blimmin tipped it down at one stage, classic British festival, and everyone got soaked but after that one little episode it stayed dry which was cool.

 

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My friend and I managed to get to the front of the second set of barriers so we could see the stage really clearly and see the band etc.

 

Florence was just such an amazing performer. She made me feel like I was part of some sort os spiritual meeting haha. Her voice was incredible and she had such lovely things to say. She told the crows how this was the end of her long tour and she felt sad but also really happy to be ending it in London with us all. She also asked us all to put our phone away for one song ‘How big, how Blue, how beautiful’ so that we could just connect for that moment and remember it in our memories. It felt really special/ Dweeby haha. I absolutely loved and and would 100% recommend going to see her live!!

 

 

 

 

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Dublin

Hello Lovely people,

A little late, as ever, but i’m finally writing about my long weekend in Dublin. I went on the first weekend of June and its now July. Oops.

I thought Dublin was a really cool city. We were so lucky with the weather too, the sun was shining the whole time!! The taxi drivers said to us, this is really rare! I now think back as it being a really sunny lovely place.

 

We arrived late Thursday evening and just chilled. Friday morning we got up fairly early and went exploring. We went to the little museum of Dublin. I would definitely recommend doing this. It’s a really small quirky place and the guide was so funny and I actually learnt so much about Dublin’s History. We were also given a 10% off voucher for the cafe downstairs at the museum which served really delicious food. I got a Goats cheese and beetroot sandwich, I didn’t get a photo as I was too busy enjoying it lol.  We then walked to the other side of the city to the Guinness Store factory. My favourite bit was the roof top bar, some amazing views and a lovely place to drink my pintguiness dub

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Saturday we took a boat tour along the river which i would also recommend. Again, I learnt  loads about Dublin and the guide was really nice 🙂

 

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We stayed in an apartment near to the Dog racing track that we found on http://www.airbnb.co.uk . It was perfect for what we needed it for and it was really nice to be able to sit on the balcony with prosecco and strawberries and watch the races on Saturday night 🙂

 

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About 10.30 Saturday night we headed to the area of the city known as Temple Bar.  this is a strip of pubs and bars along the river. if you go to dublin you must go here! every place we went had live irish music. ! I drank Guinness the whole night lol. It was really good fun. There was a real mixture of people, young and old and it made for a really good night.

 

I think a long weekend was the perfect amount of time to spend in this City and if you get the chance to go, do it !

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The ever changing early 20’s madness.

It’s been a while since I last wrote on here and lots of things have changed for me. I’m still back in the Uk at home in the South of England, living with my parents. I started studying Early childhood at University in September ( I’ll have finished my first year end of May yaaay ) Before Starting Uni I also found out I’m Dyslexic, which explains a lot haha. Apologies for my poor spelling and grammar on my blog but If I worried about it too much id never post anything. I’m now working at a lovely Nursery as a Key worker, I’ve been single since November and I had my Tonsils out last week which is when  I actually spent time just re-reading over my blog remembering how much I enjoyed it.

I wish I had blogged each step of the way but sometimes we have to just get on with life and then reflect.

I’m at a stage now where I feel like i’m just putting one foot in front of the other.  I really like my course and find it so interesting but It still doesn’t make me feel fulfilled and happy with where I am right now, when essays are due It actually just becomes  really stressful. My last essay I wrote the day before it was due.  I want to change that. Trying to remember that I enjoy what I’m learning about and that I’m doing well so far is important, but I often just focus on how trapped it makes me feel. I’m sure 90% of students experience this feeling ( stats made up by Chloe’s head).

Becoming single has also been a very strange feeling. I go from feeling really empowered and free to then feeling like i’ve lost part of myself.  I could write my whole Blog on how i’ve felt but I want to write again to make myself think where do I go from here? Rather than still dwelling on the past and the, could have’s and should have’s. I feel like now is my time to fully let it all go. The bitterness, the disappointment and frustration. It sounds so cliche but I can see that this is my time to find out who I am.

I feel like all the things I would love to just write forever about are too jumbled in my head and personal/ annoying to pour out on my blog but I will do my best to involve people in a way I feel comfortable with. It’s a weird mix of wanting to just keep my blog private to be able to really just rant but I also really like the community it has brought me in the past. Bare with me 🙂

 

Any  wanna be positive thinkers out there want to join me on my journey?

Anyone who has no idea whats really going on in their life?

Anyone single and learnt to embrace it?

 

I want to end my first post with things i’m looking forward to and things that i will be blogging about.

  • Going to Dublin with my lovely friend Kim during the first weekend of June
  • Seeing florence and the Machine in Hyde park in July with My also lovely friend Ellie.
  • Going to stay in Weymouth for a week in August with my Dad ( feels mean to not mention he’s lovely too haha)
  • Visiting my friend (lovely) Cam in leeds also in August for a few days.

 

Thanks for reading. It’s good to be back

 

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Whole Roasted Pumpkin stuffed with Cous-cous yumminess.

So I woke up yesterday and saw that we had a pumpkin in our kitchen that my mum had mentioned to me needed to be used. Oh yeah I’m back from my travels now and I have a real life oven. It’s amazing to be home and be able to eat whatever haha! I googled a recipe and adapted the ingredients I had lying about. Instead of breadcrumbs I used Cous Cous and I also added sultanas,mushrooms and cashew nuts and substituted Swiss cheese for red Lester. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out but it was so so yummy. My friend Georgie came over and we had it for lunch! There was enough left over that my parents had it for dinner too. Smiles all round. So simple to do as well! I have attached the method I followed :):)

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here’s a link to the recipe I used from online > http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/3427/whole+baked+pumpkin

C

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The Great Barrier Reef Review and Introductory Dive!

This post is probably surprisingly coming from someone who actually has a fear of swimming in the ocean. I absolutely love being at the beach but i usually panic when anything touches my foot and come straight back out again. As you will know, Australia is home to some of the most deadly sea creatures that do actually make an appearance from time to time where people swim. A week after I was paddling on a beach in Byron bay a man was killed by a shark . Not exactly the most comforting of news! Before I set off for Oz The Reef was something at the top of my list of things I wanted to do, yet once we had booked it I couldn’t stop having nightmares about it! No jokes, I kept dreaming that Luke lost the camera under water and dived right down to get it and gets taken by a shark, it was really stressing me out lol !

It takes about an hour and a half to get to the outer reef from Cairns on the boat. The day was started by being given tea and bacon sandwiches on board and then followed by me sitting there quietly with Luke asking me if I was ok every five minuets. I wasn’t sure haha!
It was nice to see that Our boat wasn’t packed full, everyone had a seat and enough room to move about. Luke and I sat opposite a lovely German couple who looked so young for their age. Apparently being a gymnast can stop you ageing by about ten years! ha !

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So let’s get down to the bit you want to really hear about- I was in group 1 for the scuba dive. I got dressed into my wet suit, put my googles on and was told to sit down at the edge of the platform at the back of the boat. One of the crew put a belted weight around my waist and placed the oxygen tank etc on my back. It was so heavy!! I placed the regulator in my mouth and plonked myself in the water. Dylan the instructor took my hand and led me down to a bar to hold onto under the boat.reef bar

I could hear myself breathing , extremely quickly. I looked out in front of me and just saw a vast expanse of blue. My heart was pounding. Dylan looked at me and did the ‘ok’ hand signal, I did it back. You can tell from my eyes I was trying my best to remain calm haha.

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In front of me was a rather large fish with small teeth, it was getting nearer and nearer and I started to panic. I pushed myself up to the surface and managed to calm myself down. Once I was ready I made my way back down to the bar. After a few minuets of getting used to not breathing through your nose and relaxing into it all, Dylan then led me further down. I could see all the coral infront of me, it was a lightish brown colour with some patches of light pink and a brighter blue. Not like the illumines pictures you see on the internet but still beautiful all the same. The water was such a Lovely clear blue colour. If it had been cloudy I don’t think I could have done it. Being able to see so clearly made me feel safer.

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As we got deeper more and more fish began to swim past us. Up close Parrot fish look so big. They have incredible colours! It’s easy to see how they got their name, they move their fins in a way like a bird up and down and their faces really do resemble beaks.parott fish

Shawls of tiny blue fish whirled past us and I held on to Dylan’s arm for dear life. He signalled to me that I could go off on my own but I wasn’t ready for that! I felt safe knowing he knew what he was doing, concentrating on breathing and looking at the fish was enough multitasking for me right now. We ventured lower together and he pointed to a clown fish doing little circles of his house. It was so amazing. For any first time diver we all want to say ‘I found Nemo’  Unfortunately we didn’t get a picture. Big shout out to Luke for taking all of these lovely photos by the way! I was too busy concentrating on breathing and looking at things in-front of me i couldn’t  multitask taking photos of it too!

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It was a great way to practice keeping calm in life actually! It sounds so silly but you don’t really have a choice to allow yourself to be overwhelmed down there, otherwise you might swallow water and start to drown! I think so much of the time in life we think we have the option to start ‘swallowing’ water and allow ourselves to ‘drown’ if you will… I think most of us our stronger than we realize. Everyone should go diving to realize that haha!!

For anyone who is considering going I really would recommend the company we went with ( obviously not being paid to say that and don’t have any mates that work there lol !)

REEF EXPERIENCE COMPANY
http://reefexperience.com.au

C

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Blah blah blah show me the photos

Hello everyone,

Whilst travelling it’s often so difficult to get access and time to put all my lovely pictures online. Hence why my blog at the moment is quiet bare.

Follow me on Instagram to see what I get up to! 🙂 Some people may find looking at my life in pictures a tad more interesting. I know what I’m like I scroll through like ‘ boring boring ooooh a pretty picture!’ Haha!

Here’s a link !

http://instagram.com/clomandry

If that doesn’t work type ‘clomandry’ into the search bar

Thanks cuties

C

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Top five things to do in Cairns on a budget

1- Take a trip to The Great Barrier Reef. I had such an incredible time doing my first dive here! You can do this on a budget too but we chose to splash out a bit. We went with the company ‘Reef experience’
See my review for more details! (This will be up soon but I still need to upload pictures to a PC, #travelling life !sorry guys! )

2- Visit the rainforest and waterfalls. There are numerous companies that offer this but I recommend BareFoot Tours! They are number one on trip advisor and I can see why 🙂 I got to swim down a natural water slide and visit the iconic herbal essences and Peter Andre water fall. Ha!

3- Take a dip at the Lagoon. Some people may be disappointed with no beaches in the city but this is certainly a close second. Lovely views and water! It was the perfect place to sunbathe.

4- Rusty’s markets. As a traveller this was an affordable place to buy fruit and veg and some amazing dips. I got a mango for 30 cents and some organic hummus.

5-Night time markets.These are a great place to buy souvenirs for a reasonable price. I got some anklets that I adore. Also lots of people were offering thai massages for $15 for 45 mins. Looked well worth it! I had my fix of them in Thailand and was happy at this stage to spend my extra money on other things like jewellery 🙂

Hope this helps some fellow travellers!

C

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