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A trip to… Normandy

Hi everyone! I hope all is well, I’ve had quite a busy week, as it was my birthday on Friday, and in the same week  I went to Normandy with Scouts.

We stayed in a tented village, and mainly did lots of outdoor activities, though we went to see the D-day landings and Bayeux tapestry on the Tuesday as well.

On most of the days, we did morning and afternoon activities. This included bushcraft, high ropes, climbing, kayaking, archery, fencing and nightline. I really enjoyed all of the activities, and had a great laugh throughout my time there. Also, I’m scared of heights, but I managed to do the climbing and high ropes despite being a little terrified- which I can say I’m proud of.

In the evenings we often wandered into the little town that we were staying in, we were close to the sea so got great views as the sun set across the water. There was also a big colourful food stand selling crepes, waffles and candy floss the size of your head- a firm favourite of the group.

When we went to the D-day landings, there was a ‘3D cinema’ which told gave information in the event-both fascinating and moving. Visiting a war cemetary and seeing the vast rows of graves was very sobering as well- it shows just how big an impact war has on life- and the death it can cause. The Bayeux tapestry was great. It’s behind a glass case, which you walk around as an audio description tells you what each scene depicts, it wasn’t as wide as expected, but still exciting and interesting to see. I bought a teatowell from the shop there too.

On the Thursday evening, the leaders and my friends surprised me with an early birthday cake and balloons (we were travelling on my birthday so couldn’t do it then). It was such a lovely and thoughtful thing to do, so I really appreciated it. Later my friend bought me a birthday crepe as well, which tasted delicious.

Although the 16 hour coach trip wasn’t always fun (especially when we broke down at a services on the way back, adding another 2 hours to the journey) I had so much fun through the week. Meeting new people, and doing brilliant activities with my friends made it a great trip overall.

-Jenn

A trip to… Llandudno

Hello everyone! I hope all is well and that you’re having a good summer.

Yesterday I went to Llandudno, with my Mum, brother, cousin and Grandad. It was really fun despite being a little drizzly at times. I’ve been to Llandudno many times, and I always love it as it’s such a pretty seaside town. 

When I go to Llandudno with my family, we always get the train to Deganwy, and walk across the beach then over the hill from the west shore to the north shore. It’s a lovely walk as you can dip your toes in the sea, and the views are great from the hill too.

There is a small tearooms on the way to the north shore, which sell ice cream. Very, very good ice cream. So of course we had to stop and have some (I got raspberry ripple and mint choc chip), which was tasty and refreshing.

We also had a go on the toboggan (A giant slide-thing) which was hilariously fun, though a little scary going around the corners (I’m a bit of a wimp). As well as this, we wandered up and down the pier, which is littered with little shops, and provides beautiful views of the beach.

All around Llandudno, there are brilliant wooden carvings of the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ characters, because the real Alice often went on holiday there. It’s interesting to see them all, you could even do a trail around the town.

We all went home very satisfied with a bag of chips in hand, a great ending to a great day.

-Jenn

Self acceptance 

To really be happy in one’s self I think you have to be accepting of who you are, despite your flaws. And slowly- I think I’m beginning to do this.

I’m weird. Always have been, always will be. I’ve never really been a ‘cool’ person, and I don’t mind that. 

I think that somewhere in me, I’ve always been a bit uneasy with who I am, wanting to fit in more than I’d dare to admit. Despite being a self- proclaimed ‘weirdo’ for a long time, there was always something that wanted me to be a different person- who I’m not.

I remember the the beginning of high school, thinking I’m going to have ‘fresh start’- becoming a new ‘cooler’ version of myself. In a strange ‘new year, new me’ type thing. Surprise, it never happened, I’m still weird.

However now, I don’t really care as much. From experience, I know I can’t change who I am easily, yes I can work on things that I want to change, my flaws, but not my ‘weirdness’. I’ll always be a bit too loud when I talk, say strange things and over-repeat the words ‘thank you’ and sorry’. Accepting who you are is important, and I think I’m starting to do just that (yay).

I hope all is well where ever you are.

-Jenn

Life update-thing/ NCS

Hello everyone!

It’s kinda been a while, sorry, I seem to be talented at not doing things/ forgetting to do things

I didn’t really know what to write about if I’m honest. but I’ve been busy rescently do thought I do a bit of an update.

Over the past 3 weeks (and next week) I’ve been doing NCS (national citizen service). I wasn’t sure how much I’d enjoy it to begin with, however I’ve had so much fun.

If you didn’t know, NCS is a government scheme in the UK for teens after they leave high school (year eleven). As part of it you do a residential in an outward bound place, a residential at a university- then two weeks fundraising/ social action.

I’ve genuinely loved all 3 weeks so far- I liked the busyness of the outward bound, having the opportunity to do different activities like rafting or fencing. I also found the relaxation, and setting of the week at a uni really great too as it gave time to socialise and get to know people more. This past week has been fun as well as I’ve enjoyed taking action in the community and working with my team.

As I mentioned before, we’re in teams for the program- although I knew 3 other people doing it, I was put in a team separate to them- not knowing anyone on my team to start with. Though it was a little scary, I have got to know my team quite well- they’re all so lovely and easy to talk to, so the whole experience has been brilliant.

At the moment we’re fundraising for a charity that supports families affected by childhood cancer.

Overall I’ve love my time at NCS so far- and would recommend it if you’re thinking about taking part as it helps to challenge you and you can meet new people.

I’m going to try and post more often now that it’s summer, though I ant garuntee it (sorry).

I hope all is well.

-Jenn

Leavers/ prom

Hello everyone! So on Friday we had our ‘leavers assembly’ and prom. It feels strange to have finally & officially left a place that I spent so much time at, but I’m also very excited for the future.

Though I’m not really a ‘dressy’ person ( I kinda live in jeans and never wear dresses, ever ) I wore a blue dress to prom- which I enjoyed wearing more than expected. The evening was wonderful (the food was soooo good), we took photos, danced and sung the night away. I loved every minute of it, and spending time with my friends. I really enjoyed the night with my year group, and having a final big party with them all, as well as trying my best not to fall over in heels that I can’t walk in.

My friend had a barbecue the day after which was also great fun, we just chatted and listened to music for hours. It was great seeing my friends again and talking to them about the previous night. There was cake too ( don’t forget the cake). It was lovely- though I’m very tired after the past few days.

I have always loved school, and probably always will- so I’m going to miss it so much. The people, the atmosphere, learning new things and being inspired. I’m genuinely scared of losing touch with so many people I’ve grown close to and love so dearly. I know friendships drift, but it’s hard to think about leaving theirs you love. After primary school I lost touch with nearly everyone other than those I wentto secondary   school with, so I really hope that this doesn’t  happen again.

I consider myself a lover-of-people. I’m quite extroverted (despite being very awkward at times)- and I love all the people I’ve been with over the past 5 years at high school. I know I’ll miss it, but there’s great things to look forward to as well.

I hope all is well wherever ever you are

-Jenn

 

A trip to… York

Hello everyone! How are you? The summer holidays are here for me, luckily since I finished my last exam 3 days ago. Anyway, I thought I’d start a series- thing, about my time if I go on a day out to somewhere exciting, like York.

My Aunty, her fiancé, my other Aunty and I all went to York ( in Northern England) overnight from Wednesday to Thursday- It was a great trip.

We visited the Jorvick Viking museum- which had a ride showing robotic Viking people as it gave out information. It was a fascinating experience as we learnt about how the vikings lived and how they came to York.

We also went into York Minster- a massive cathedral- it was beautiful inside and out, covered in ornate decoration. Though climbing 275 spiral steps to the tower was tiring- the breathtaking views were worth it.

Wandering down the ‘shambles’ was also lovely. They’re small, narrow lanes containing cute little shops and Historic buildings to look at. I loved seeing the different buildings and shops as each one was unique. Walking around the walls was great too!

Also I bought a pencil sharpener that is also a tiny trebuchet which is adorable lol. 

Overall I really enjoyed the trip, it was kind of a ‘spur of the moment’ thing, but definitely worth every minute. If you like history, and old cities, I reccomend going.

-Jenn

Liebster Award!

Thank you to Fred and George from Selcouth Humans, I really appreciate you guys nominating me, it’s very kind and it means a lot. If you haven’t- go and check out their blog, it’s brilliant!

1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. They will thank you for it and those who you nominate will also help you out as well.

2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)

3. Provide 10 random facts about yourself. (Optional but highly recommended!)

4. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 200 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)

5. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here or simply put a link to this post on your blog.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:

6. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post or mine if you don’t have all the information so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it)!

My 10 facts:

  1. I’m 15, and my birthday is in August
  2. I (badly) play a bit of guitar and ukulele
  3. I have two guinea pigs ( called Copper and Rascal)
  4. I love dogs ( they’re so fluffy and wonderful eeeeee)
  5. I live in England
  6. I’m an Explorer Scout
  7. I have a younger brother who is 13
  8. I LOVE stationary way too much ( it’s probably unhealthy, oops) but there is something so satisfying  about different arrays of pens and colourful flash cards
  9. I watch too much YouTube, my favourite youtubers are probably dodie Clark, Dan & Phil
  10. My favourite colour is blue

Nominees:

I don’t follow as many blogs as I should ( I plan on looking at A LOT more over summer when I have time) so I’m not sure I have 5 to nominate with under 200 followers, but anyway, here are the nominees…

Freckled Face Madison’s blog is so lovely and always puts a smile on my face- I highly recommend.

Heather’s Hollow I love this blog so much! She was nominated by Fred and George but I thought I’d do it too, as it’s so good. Her posts are really interesting.

Hailey Watt Her blog is so creative, and she talks about very interesting and thought-provoking topics.

The Awkward Rice Grain I enjoy reading her blog, it includes creative writing, life lessons and more.

Thanks again for the nomination from Selcouth Humans, it’s lovely of you do nominate more. Also go and check out these blogs- they’re great!

-Jenn

Newspaper bias 

Hello everyone! 

On Friday a tv show I like (it’s called ‘the last leg’, it’s great) mentioned how on tv they have laws about not being politically biased, whereas newspapers don’t.

This really annoys me- I see a lot of newspapers obviously supporting a political party, shaming another or sharing a single political view (ahem- brexit). I think that newspapers should have to give all political opinions in an non- biased manner. Many people only read one newspaper- so are only informed of one (or multiple, but biased) points of view. This can mean that people make politically misinformed choices.

I don’t see why newspapers don’t have laws about political opinion, I understand that freedom of speech is essential, but it’s important to make sure multiple, non-biased views are heard, which often isn’t the case in newspapers.

Anyway- just my thoughts. I hope all is well and good in your lives.

-Jenn

One exam down, 23 to go…

Hello! I hope all is well,

Today I did my first GCSE exam (biology 1). Luckily, it was a nicer paper than I expected, which is great, but I don’t want to get my hopes up for the rest of them just yet haha.

Though I’m still very nervous about the rest, I’ve got to the point in which I just want to get them over with-we’ve spent our whole school life focused on these exams- it’s hard to believe they’re actually here.

If you’re currently doing exams- then I wish you all the best. Remember in the exam to stay calm, stay focused, and stay funky (lol). I think the worst thing to do is panic (I’ve done it in many maths mocks) as you can lose concentration and make silly mistakes.

Anyway- I hope all is well, make sure you’re looking after yourself- and good luck! 

-Jenn

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