Thursday, 26 February 2015

Week 8

Coming home!! And getting back to normal =)

19th - 26th February

From left to right; an absolutely delicious curry for dinner in my hotel, embarking on my journey home, crocuses starting to bloom in my bulb teacup, a sunny day in Weymouth, it felt so good to cook for myself again (spicy pork and rice!), getting used to parking in small gaps on ferries, my new photography light gels arrived, teeny tiny rainbow, and an unfocused picture of the first daffodil flowering in our garden!

Monday, 23 February 2015

Home Sweet Home

After 3 weeks working away in the Channel Islands, I am finally glad to be home!


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Thursday, 19 February 2015

Week 7

More time in Jersey, including a day visiting a castle on the coast!

12th - 19th February

From left to right: happy sunny Sunday, some of the cool street art in St Helier, tiny moss trees, the yummiest croissants on earth, La Hougue Bie, crazy yellow phone boxes, "Spread the love and write a poem" sign just off of the high street, my new poorly teddy pose for work, and a pretty sunset.

Monday, 16 February 2015

Stitch Markers

They are something that I have never used but have always wanted...perhaps I should indulge...


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Sunday, 15 February 2015

Adventure Sunday

My day off has finally arrived, and I decided to go out and do some exploring of Jersey. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, so it meant that I could do something outdoorsy! First off, I managed to find La Hougue Bie, which is a dolmen, topped with a church.


I was really lucky, because upon turning up, I discovered that it was actually closed for the Winter season, but due to an art event, the gate was unlocked and I was very kindly allowed to enter! I couldn't get into the dolmen itself unfortunately, but I got to walk around the church(es) which was cool. It's a really unique location!

La Hougue Bie

After a walk up to the top, into the crypt (which had I had to crouch to get into), and around the bottom, I had seen all I could at La Hougue Bie. I wish I could have gone into the dolmen, but I was lucky to even get to look around. Perhaps if I am working in Jersey again in the Summer months, I'll be able to visit again so that I can look around the museum when that's open.

Lovely to see some snowdrops!

 Anyway, onwards to my next location...

Mont Orgueil Castle

Mont Orgueil was just a short drive away - that's one massive advantage of being on a tiny island! I hadn't been to a castle in years so it made a really nice change! It was £11.50 to get in, and I spent a couple of hours wandering around, reading the history and climbing loads and loads of steps haha!


In the top left and bottom right images you can see where look-out towers were adding during the German occupation, but actually blend really well with the rest of the castle. It's an interesting addition to the long history! And might I add, after climbing right to the top, the views are stunning - I could see France!


The colour of the water was gorgeous! And it was warm enough to walk around without a coat and scarf on too, so that was an additional bonus.

Hello!

So it's been a great day. I just wish I could have shared it with someone else! But, I only have one more week left until I can go home...this last stretch can't go quick enough now. I have enjoyed exploring (on my days off) but I'm looking forward to seeing Dave, cooking my own meals, and sleeping in my own bed!

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Week 6

Week one in Guernsey has been completed, and I am midway through my first week in Jersey!

5th - 12th February

From left to right: proudly showing off my handmade candle from Guernsey Candles, the beginning of many dinners for one, watching the ferry almost crash into the harbour wall in the bad winds, travelling to Jersey, exploring the coast near Cobo Bay, a random gift from Boots in St Peter Port (two photos of Olly, one of the customer advisors!), my certificate for passing my grading exam arrived, the view out over more cliffs, and a close up of my lovely gradient candle.

Monday, 9 February 2015

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

I finished reading Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea earlier, just as my ferry came into Jersey. I've found it pretty hard work but did enjoy it overall. So now I am looking at all things ocean related, in this week's Treasury!


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Sunday, 8 February 2015

My Day Off - Part 2


After my wonderful morning making candles, I decided to go and check out some of the local coastal scenery. The weather over the last week has been truly horrible; battling with rain, snow, and really heavy winds causing ferries to be cancelled towards the end of the week, so today it was wonderful to see some sun and a little bit of blue sky! It was even 9℃ at one point!


I wish I could give you the names of these lovely places, but I was exploring without my satnav. I know I was headed in the direction of Cobo Bay, so these are some of the places I passed on the way!


I even went down onto the beach for a short time...mostly because I was wearing heeled boots, which aren't entirely practical for beach walking! It was lovely to take a short stroll on the sand though.


I also found a fort, which I'm assuming was WWII in age, that looked out over the view at the top of the page. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get inside, but it was still cool to see. I passed a number of other forts and towers on my way back to my hotel.


Hooray for beautiful blue seas. Like I said, it was so refreshing to see the sea when it wasn't choppy and grey!

So, tomorrow morning I embark onto the next stage of my work trip, and am heading over to Jersey on the 11am ferry. I'll see you there!

Guernsey Candles


Guernsey
Today has been my day off, and being away from home for 3 weeks in one go, means that my days off are to be spent exploring my location. Guernsey, which for those who are not from the UK, is situated off the coast of France but is still part of the United Kingdom. I have been working in St Peter Port all week, and staying nearby, so throughout the week have been trying to gather information on things to do and places to visit. It is difficult, however, that being off peak at the moment, a lot of the usual attractions are closed for the Winter. Also, in the Channel Islands, shops are very traditional and don't tend to open on Sundays, so a trip into town was off the cards. I did find a leaflet in my hotel for Guernsey Candles though, which opens all day on Sunday and offers a gift shop, as well as the opportunity to make your own candles - you can guess where I have been today!

I arrived first thing and took a look around the gift shop, which offered all kinds of different things, including ready made candles for you to buy if you didn't fancy making your own...


I obviously did want to make my own, and for just £8.50 you get to not only dip your candle to whatever colour scheme you desire, but you also get to carve it. I must admit, I was the only adult taking part (which actually kinda saddens me!) but it was such good fun! I made two candles overall; the first of which I am going to give to my Mum for her birthday...

From dipping to carving

I was pleased with this one, bearing in mind it was my first attempt! It's really difficult to get the curls even, but I did a reasonable job and my dipping produced a nice effect too, so that's a bonus! I feel my second candle, which I have made for Dave and I, went a lot better and I was really pleased with the dipping! I also managed to get some more step-by-step photos of the process.

Everyone starts out with a standard grey star shape

After a minimum of 5 white dips (to make sure the next colour comes out clear and not muted from the grey) you can then start dipping as you please. There are yellow, pink and blue dips, which obviously when combined can create orange, purple and green when you mix them. I wanted to do some gradients on this candle so I experimented!

After cutting the flat base

The cross section of this one came out really well! It reminds me of the polished crystal slices you can buy in gem shops. This is basically everything that dripped off during the dipping process, and it doesn't go to waste - it is all melted down to make the next grey star bases for future candles. Hooray for no waste!

Candle #2

I found the carving a little easier this time, and the gradient dipping really paid off in the showing the oranges through to purples and pinks...I really like it! And I finished it with the gradient blue on the outside too. The top is a little untidy but it's still pretty. I don't think I'm going to be able to burn this though!!

Tada!

What do you think? I'm really proud of them and it kept me amused for 2 hours of my day! A real bargain and I would love to do it again - to be honest, I would have happily spent all day doing it...it's so relaxing. So Guernsey Candles is getting an absolutely massive thumbs up from me! The staff are so lovely - I believe the gentleman in today is called Peter, so thank you for the wonderful conversation and for putting up with a big kid!

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Week 5

Entering into February, midway into this week - working in Gosport, and my journey to start my 3 weeks in the Channel Islands!

29th January - 5th February

From left to right: Spinnaker Tower in Gosport, taking the Condor ferry to Guernsey, Castle Cornet in St Peter Port, my enormous hotel bed!, the view from my workplace for the week, travelling by bus, Moroccan chicken and veggie rice, Guernsey Pounds, and my gorgeous new butterfly top.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Lacey Snowflakes

There is snow in the UK at the moment (though we have only experienced a couple of flurries in Guernsey), so I thought I'd share some beautiful snowflakes with you all! Here I am, with a pot of tea by my side, trying to forget how cold my day was!


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Sunday, 1 February 2015

I've Been Luchafied!

Happy February, everyone!

Further to my post a few days ago about receiving my lovely surprise Lucha Club parcel, I have more awesome club news to share! Last night, my name was drawn from the hat and I am being luchafied!

My name, with Kitty's fabulous Lucha mask!

This means that I am going to be made into a plush and a sticker, in my fabulous Lucha form. Of course it is owl themed (why wouldn't it be) and I was super excited to see the doodle posted up on the Facebook group this morning!

Siân "Twit-Twoo" Lister

I absolutely love her hehe! Kitty's Lucha Club has been such awesome fun so far, and I've made some lovely new friends during January, so I'm looking forward to the rest of 2015 and seeing the group expand! You can check out Kittypinkstars Lucha Club here on Facebook. Be sure to enter yourself into the prize draw, to see yourself luchafied! I never win anything, so was super surprised to see my name appear on the page!