Come with Me: Dublin, Ireland (3)

So, our last and final full day… we got up earlier and jumped on the bus to go into Dublin and out again. Luckily we only needed to get one bus that picked us up right outside the hotel and all the way to the IMMA Center (Irish Museum of Modern Art). The scenery that the Museum had up to its entrance was lovely and I loved all the hideen away scupltures and things… especially the rabbit at the entrance of the Museum. HOWEVER, I really wouldn’t recommend this Museum. It wasn’t set out well, had very little in it and the art that was there didn’t seem to go with each other. There was extremely ‘in your face/unnecessary’ art and then there was what looked like dirt stuck onto a canvas. I understand that modern art isn’t for everyone, but this was honestly something else. Didn’t get it at all and we decided to leave after exactly 13 minutes.

After leaving the weirdness, we decided that we were within walking distance of Dublin Zoo, so off we went! I love a zoo and it had animals in there that I had never seen before, so that was fun! I loved the hippopotamus and her gorgeous eyelashes and I also loved the amir tiger and his sheer size! He is HUGE! Lol… Fun fact for you, we also found out that rhinoceros’ eat their friends poo. This literally happened right in front of us and cleared an entire viewing platform in seconds haha! Pretty gross!!

Oh, I almost forgot. There is a little hut cafe thing right outside the entrance to the Zoo. I’m not sure what it’s called, but you can’t miss it. It is so cute and they do amazing hot chocolates and cheese and ham toasties and rice crispie cakes. Honestly, so good. If you’re lucky to have really good weather the little table outside are the cutest too! highly recommend this place, whatever it’s called. Ha!

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After leaving the Zoo, we went to the Kilmainham Gaol, which was so interesting! we paid for a tour and went through the different centuries and the differences in the Prison. We also learnt about the prisoners, types of punishments, executions and famous escapes. It was so interesting and those tour guides should be on a stage! She literally had all of our attention and face expressions. It was hilarious to watch other people in the group, knowing that I was doing exactly the same haha! The final prison wing was the Victorian built prison and is the prison used in the original Italian Job film. Pretty cool! I love history in crime and knowing how they lived and reasons for why they did some of the crimes they did, so this was my cup of tea! I realise that it isn’t everyone’s, but I do love this sort of stuff.

Okay, I realise that this is getting a bit long now haha! So, my last blog will be on the evening of this day and the day we came home. Thanks for reading!

Peace and love, Polly May xx

Come with Me: Dublin, Ireland (2)

20160726_114559So, day two… and after a bit of a lay in and watching rubbish on the TV, we attempted a different route into the city center. It took about an hour and 20 minutes and we agreed that we couldn’t keep wasting so much time walking in and out of town (Please note, silver lining: that we did find the Famine Memorial though! Lol). So, we walked to the Dublin Bus Center on O’Connell street and bought a 3-day leap bus card, which let us get on and off any Dubliner bus in the city for the rest of our trip. It was 19.50 euros, but totally worth it! The people behind the desk were very helpful and kindly directed us to the bus we need to go to the Guinness Storeroom.

This is definitely something that you have to do when you’re in Dublin as it was far more interesting than I thought it would be. The Irish definitely take their Guinness seriously! Haha! It was 20 euros to get into the Museum, but this include one complimentary pint of Guinness and entrance to the Gravity Bar, which is on the top floor of the museum. After taking about 1,325 more photographs than I actually needed to, we reached the ‘tasting experience’. This is basically where you get given a shot of Guinness and told exactly how to drink it. Surprisingly, a lot more difficult than just drinking it – ha!

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After downing the shot in true Essex fashion, Emma and I went on to pour our own pint of Guinness. Again, very serious. I was beginning to think that it wasn’t such a laugh as I maybe thought in the first place. Lol! We learnt how to pour the perfect pint and tried our best to drink as much of it as we can, but it wasn’t the nicest. The taste is really, really strong, so I doubt we would have ever managed all of it! Haha! Straight after, we went up to the Gravity bar and I ordered an Archers and lemonade to get rid of the taste of Guinness! Ha!Β I was actually really surprised to find that we were in there for most of the day! We had learnt about the process, the drink, it’s history and it’s advertising. It was really interesting and I would recommend going because it just wasn’t what I thought. I bought plenty of gift shop goodies, so I obviously enjoyed myself and I think that my first taste of Guinness will haunt me for the rest of my life haha!

After the Guinness Storeroom, we went back to hotel to get changed and then managed to go and eat downstairs. We were both pretty shattered, but had a glass of wine and the world hugest cheeseburger, before crashing again – I was sensing a pattern haha!

Peace and love, Polly May xx

Come with Me: Dublin, Ireland.

So, last week, I took a few days to get away from work and start the holidays off in the best way possible. Dublin has always been one of those places that I wanted to visit because of the culture, history and all the cute little pubs that you always see on films. I had quite an idea of what it would be like in my head, but it wasn’t quite right.

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We met at the airport at a very early 6am. As I was still in work mode, I surprised myself with how easy it was to do this. After going through security (always convinced I’m going to lose my luggage or not be allowed it back for some random reason), we had a quick look around the shops before boarding our plane and jetting off. After getting a number 16 bus into the town center, we found our hotel really easily and dumped our suitcases. Our room was so lovely, and the hotel were especially nice to us as they let us get into our room 3 hours before we were supposed to check in.

We then walked for what felt like years, but was in fact 1 hour and 40 minutes into Dublin City Center. We went and got some dinner at an American Dinner place , which was well deserved, then wondered around, found places we wanted to go back to, visited Dublin castle and went to St. Stephens Green,Β until we finally found ourselves at The Little Museum of Dublin. This place is so highly recommended for people’s first days! There was a really good exhibition on the ground floor, which was completely free. We paid for a Β 35 minute tour, which was 8 euros, and wondered around learning some really interesting information about the city. The staff were so well informed and answered pretty much everything that people asked for.

Afterwards, we went to a bar called The Ivy. Although it looked pretty low-key, it was actually really over the top. A single spirit and mixer was eight euros and, if I’m honest, there were definitely better places we could have picked. The staff were quite judgemental and unwelcoming…. But we had our drink, before going to The Merchant, which is right opposite the ha’penny bridge, where we listened to Irish live music, drank wine and grabbed a quick bite to eat. This place was so, so good, and if we weren’t tired, we could have sat there for ages. Great atmosphere and everyone was really friendly in there! The perfect first day! After this, we pretty much jumped on a 13 bus and crashed at the hotel.

Peace and love, Polly May xx

The BFG: Film Review

So, like absolutely everyone I absolutely love Roald Dahl and everything he has ever done! My favourite being Matilda – I know pretty much every single word of the film, but I also love Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Esio Trot, The Witches. Everything, really. So when I saw that The BFG was being made into a film, I was really excited.

I have been twice since the film came out because I enjoyed it so muhc, and I really don’t think that I’ve done that for a film for a while. I really loved that it was a bit more realistic with the language used and the slight darkness with the ‘bad giants’. One child actually screamed when I went to see it the day that it came out, which I think was a little bit dramatic, but it is well done. I loved how he collected the dreams and thought the the ‘dream tree’ was done brilliantly. I love the idea of jumping int a lake and becoming upside down and surrounded by dreams. How magical!

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It was also done really well and The BFG was such an emotional character that you felt like you wanted him to do really well from the start. I liked it when he finally stood up for himself to the other giants, and then, of course, there was the visit to The Queen…

It was done so well. How he appears in the Queen’s gardens was amazing and I really enjoyed how they guided him into Buckingham Palace for his breakfast, served on a huge table with serving trays as plates. I just love that! The fizzpopping was also hilarious and so, so funny. I’d love to drink a drink where the bubbles go the wrong way!

Finally, the ending of the film is just gorgeous! I love that Roald Dahl created someone that children could talk to and made them believe that whatever they needed to share, he would be listening. I can’t imagine how many children that must have helped and, even though it might sound silly to adults, The BFG gave children someone to talk to. Someone who they might not have had otherwise. SO. GOOD.

Anyway, go and see it, even if it isn’t your cup of tea. It is a really good film and the special effects are amazing! You’d have to be really cold to not love the Big, Friendly Giant.

Peace and love, Polly May xx

David Jason: My Life

Being a massive Only Fools and Horses fan (who isn’t?), I got bought this book a little while ago and have been working my way through it when I had a chance. Once I finished work for the summer, I was determined to finish it and have finished it already!

At first, I felt that it was a little bit slow and took a while to ‘get going’, but as I read more, it was really interesting and great to find out more about his life other than his ‘Open All Hours’, ‘Only Fools and Horses’ and ‘Frost’ days. So, here’s a bit of background information if you’re not too sure who he is (taken from wikipedia)…

Sir David John White, OBE (born 2 February 1940), better known by his stage name David Jason, is an English actor and comedian. He played Derek “Del Boy” Trotter in the long-running BBC comedy seriesOnly Fools and Horses, and Detective InspectorJack Frost on the ITV crime drama A Touch of Frost.

Other high-profile television roles were as Granville in the sitcom Open All Hours, and Pa Larkin in the comedy drama The Darling Buds of Mayas well as the voices of Mr. Toad in The Wind in the Willows, Danger Mouse and Count Duckula. His last original appearance as Del Boy was in 2014, while Jason retired his role as Frost in 2010.

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The book was so good, giving you an insight into how he became such a success. I loved that he took his brother and sister when he received his OBE from The Queen. I also loved that he touched on the not so happy times that he had when his long-term girlfriend passed away from breast cancer. There was also the cutest picture of him and his daughter, Sophie, named after the little girl in the BFG, who he had with his wife, Gill.

I loved reading all about the Only Fools and Horses days though because I’m such a fan. There were parts in the book describing certain scenes and scripts and lines that I already knew. I really do love those episodes. They remind me of growing up, laughing, Christmas, and watching TV with my Dad. I remember one of our favourites was the Holiday episode, where Del Boy wins a free holiday only to find out it was in the under 15’s category and Rodney has to join the Groovy Gang at the complex. Hilarious, and very clever.

Finally, I really liked the way he spoke about Ronnie Barker and his general admiration of him. He was able to include this so sincerely and so easily, without it being false. He also shared a poem that Ronnie Barker had written him as the final paragraph in his book. So, so good! I hadn’t read an autobiography and I really wanted to give one a go as they are quite easy to pick up and leave every now and then. I’m excited with what to read next.

Peace and love, Polly May xx

The Truth about why I stopped blogging.

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So, as you might already be aware, I have been blog-free for about 3 months, which is crazy. I have always tried to keep blogging regular and even when I was on school placements and working like a crazy person, or was away on holiday, or whatever, I would always try and check in with you. However, after taking some time out of the blogging world, I felt that I needed to talk about why I decided to leave it for a while, and why I have returned.

Blogging was always a hobby and I never took it very seriously, and still don’t. However, as I got a bit older and the blog was getting more visits from people, I realised that I was maybe doing it for all of the wrong reasons. I was beginning to put a massive pressure on myself to make into the idea of a ‘proper blog’ and not just something fun. I was looking at other people’s blogs and trying to duplicate their ideas and their photos. I wasn’t planing for while I wouldn’t be able to blog and I was generally losing the blog-style that I had built up.

As this is a very honest blog post, I think it’s fair to say that I also felt a bit weird. I was really fed up at one point and wasn’t really enjoying what I was doing. I was tired, irritable and so bored of being so tired and irritable. I kept thinking ‘What do they want to read about my life for?’, especially when I wasn’t doing anything particularly fun or outgoing. (Popping to the supermarket or sitting marking books or going out to dinner or going to work are not the most exciting things to read about are they?) I have never earned any money or received any ‘freebies’ from doing my blog and it made me feel like I wasn’t doing the best job of blogging for all of you. I suppose I felt a little bit like, ‘What’s the point?’

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I realise now, sitting in my room writing this, that this was all a bit daft and that I was taking it far too seriously, but it’s the truth. I really did think I was boring people and writing about rubbish that didn’t really matter.

This September will celebrate this blog’s 6th birthday! Which is insane, and although I have taken breaks from it and, at times, blogged every day for a whole month, I still really do enjoy sitting down and writing down my feelings, what I’ve been up to and my thoughts on different things. I just need to go back to making them fun for me, and hoping that you find them fun too. Rather than focusing more on who is reading it, and not how I feel writing it.

So, my new aim for this blog is to encourage, celebrate and share whatever it is that is making me happy. It’s going to push me with my photography, I’m going to change my lifestyle to be a little bit more healthy, and bring you along for the ride, I’m going to hopefully travel a little bit more and just generally make it better than ever! I am going to make more out of my days, as I got a bit comfortable with sitting indoors, working, marking, whatever, when I could have been doing something that would be fun for my blog! So, let’s do this!

Peace and love, Polly May xx

“But, I suppose both can be solved…”

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As promised, with a little help from Terri-Jane, I have updated, changed, adapted and designed a new blog look! I really like it and I love the simplicity and cleaness of it – definitely the clean freak in me. I’ve also added a featured blog bit with three of my most recent posts and you can now simply click on my Twitter and Instagram in the menu bar above. It’s so fancy – I realise that I am very easily impressed. Haha! So, what do you think?

So, a little up date… I’m broken up from school for the summer and am enjoying having time to myself to think and see friends and generally feel a bit normal and forget about work. I have already been away for a few days (which I will, of course, do a little blog on) and I am going away again soon, which I am really looking forward to.

As you might have guessed from the photo that I’ve chosen, I am going to try my best to do more with my photography. I bought a Nikon D3300 earlier in the year and haven’t used it as much as I should have. Some of this is because I feel quite self-conscious using it and some is because I haven’t practiced enough to know about all of the settings and getting the best picture. But, I suppose both can be solved with going out and practicing with my camera haha!

Oh, I am up to day 29 (I think) of the #100happydays challenge. I am really enjoying it and I think it’s given me the kick up the bum not to just sit indoors and not do anything because I want a good picture or whatever haha! I add the pictures on my instagram everyday, so go and have a look what I’m up to. Hopefully I will have wi-fi when I go away, so I can keep up with it all.

Getting excited about all the blogs that I’m planning!

Peace and love,

Polly May xx