Pumpkin Picking @ Foxes Farm

So far I am loving being on Half Term. I have managed to actually relax and take time off from work (I’ve actually put it all in a bag away from me, so I can’t be tempted to just do a little bit of marking). I am sleeping, eating and generally functioning properly, which is always a good thing. I don’t think teachers have time to realise how crazy they have got until a school holiday comes around and they actually string a sentence together.

It was one of my best friend’s weddings on Saturday, which was just beautiful and she looked absolutely stunning in her dress! Like, actually gorgeous! We cheered and sang hymns and drank champagne and danced and messed around. It was perfect!

Then, today I went pumpkin picking at Foxes Farm in Noak Bridge, Basildon. I kept seeing people check in on Facebook, so we decided to go see what it was like. It was so much fun, with free entry, we went round the maze made of maize (My mind is blown!), before picking our pumpkins. I managed to pick up 3 different varieties and even grabbed myself a munchkin pumpkin, which is the weirdest little pumpkin I’ve ever seen. Afterwards, we went to a lovely country pub near to where I live and had chicken pie and mash potato and chocolate fudge cake. It was perfect and I had such a nice, chilled out day. I really miss days where the only time you look at your watch is to meet friends. Onto the next day of fun :)

Peace and love, Polly May xx

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After School Club for Grown Ups @ NHM

So, last Friday, I went to the Natural History Museum with my friend Emma. We wanted to do something a little bit different and, luckily, Emma gets newsletters from TimeOut magazine and saw this advertised. It said it was a drinks and activities After School Club for Grown Ups, and it sounded pretty awesome. The tickets are £30 each for the Grown Ups Club, and an extra £20 on top if you wanted to stay on from 10pm for the silent disco. Unfortunately, we couldn’t go to that as it was sold out, but we are looking to do it next time.

As I was standing, waiting for the train into London, I realised that I hadn’t actually printed off my tickets for Emma and I. So, I downloaded the Event Brite app, and there they were. It was so straight forward. The journey into London was pretty straight forward, and after a quick hot chocolate, Emma and I were queuing up outside the NHM. I was really surprised at how many people were there. A quick search in our bags and a wristband later, we were in!

As we entered, we were greeted but graduates, who gave us a map, our house badge, a packet of haribo, a quiz, and asked us how our exams had gone. We played along, explaining that we were both A* students and had never re-sat an exam in our lives (Ha!). After dropping off our coats at the cloakroom, we began the activities. We went to the photo booth and had our photos taken using the different silly props, we also made a mask – We were in butterfly house, so we made butterfly masks, obvs lol!

Afterwards, we went to the planetarium to find out what it took to train as an astronaut. It was really interesting as it was an inflatable planetarium and we all had to climb inside, lay n the floor and explore space. It was pretty cool! We left there and headed off for a drink. Then, we went and made some clay dinosaur sculptures, which we boxed up and went and collected at the end of the night. They are just the cutest! I will Instagram them once I’ve painted them lol! On the other side of the room, there was grass head making, so we grabbed a pair of foot tights, some grass seed and some soil and designed some little grassheads! They were so cute!

We then moved onto my favourite activity, which was the t-shirt making. We grabbed our tops, and there were clipboards, fabric pens and crayons, stencils and just a really great atmosphere. We both took our shoes off and got creating! I loved this and I loved that someone decided to play ‘Everybody walk the dinosaur‘. It was hilarious! I loved my t-shirt design and I was really happy with it :)

Last, but not least, we did a torch trail through the dinosaur room, where we walked around in the dark, with little NHM torches and found all of the dinosaurs. We then went for a wonder around the Museum shop for a little while, bought a few bits and pieces (mainly pens and tote bags) and headed home.

It was all so well organised and there was enough activities that we never had to line up or hang around, wasting time. The Grown Up Club is from 7pm – 10pm and I would highly recommend it. I really enjoyed myself and got so many cute little souvenirs that I wouldn’t have got anyway else! There were so many happy staff, who were really happy and helpful and recommended certain activities. The only thing we didn’t get round to was the face painting, but as I was going home on my own, that was probably for the best. It was so, so good and I loved that all the resources and materials were provided. It was worth every penny.

Here are all the upcoming events at the NHM

Peace and love, Polly May xx

The Happiness Recipe

So, today, I thought I would write you something a little bit different. I haven’t had the best couple of weeks with a lot of stress and a lot going on in my head. I haven’t really been able to ‘switch off’ and I just have not felt myself, but I am feeling heaps better and a lot more positive, so I thought I would give you some simple things that you can do to cheer yourself up and be a little bit happier!

Step One: Work out what is bringing you down or not making you feel content and, no matter how scary it is, do something about it.

Step Two: Book in time to see your friends. They are the best medicine and if you’re anything like me, you’ll feel a million times better afterwards.

Step Three: Cancel everything and spend time by yourself – Read your book, bake some cookies, make a new play list on iTunes. Sometimes it’s the little things. I realise that this contradicts Step 2, but you’ll know when you just need to chill out on your own.

Step Four: Don’t let people steal your good mood. There’s a lot of people in this world with a lot of issues. Don’t let the little comments or gestures get you down. It’s their problem, not yours.

Step Five: Have faith in yourself! No matter who tells you that it isn’t a good idea or not to go down a certain route, only you can make your own decisions. Think about what you really want and do it.

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Step Six: Take the leap! Say what you’re thinking of saying! Finally go where you keep saying you want to go. Be brave and go for it!

Step Seven: Set yourself a life motto and stick by it. As cheesy as this sounds, it really will help you to be happier and make better decisions! Choose wisely though!

Step Eight: Surround yourself with honest, good people. You need people that are going to tell you the truth and treat you right. If they aren’t, it’s better to cut that negativity out of your life.

Step Nine: Don’t be so hard on yourself. For example, if you’re trying to be good and somehow eat a massive piece of cake and a hot chocolate, don’t stress. Just make up for it at the gym, or have a light dinner.

Step Ten: Don’t be scared to laugh! Make time to be silly, enjoy your days and meet new people! As sad as it sounds, I can’t remember the last time I belly laughed, but I’m still working on that bit.

I hope this has helped and you can relate to some of these things. They are things that everyone can do and remember, so hopefully they will help one of you! I hope they do anyway!

Peace and love, Polly May xx

The British Museum

The British Museum hasn’t ever really been one of my favourites, but I do think it’s fun to mix it up a bit every now and then and do something different, so I went for the day with my friend, Briony. We travelled up to Holborn, and walked the short distance to the Museum. I was surprised not to be able to walk straight into the Museum itself and was directed to a summer tent thing, where the museum has set up security to check bags etc. It’s such a shame that cities, like London, feel that this is a necessary thing to do now, but I completely understand why and would rather see people being cautious of any threats etc. London is far too pretty for anything awful to happen to it.

Anyway, once we got into the Museum we wondered around and I found rooms that I had never seen before. We found the ‘History of Money’ with old coins and notes and even a money making machine! We also found some fascinating Greek and Egyptian artifacts. It was really interesting! We then left the museum after a few hours of soaking in all of the culture and walked down to Covent Garden, which is my favourite place to go for food and the markets. We looked around the shops, roamed around the market, had a lovely meal in TGI’s and then wondered back to Embankment station, where we came home. It was lovely to do something different and something that didn’t really have to happen. Like, it wasn’t for any occasion, it was just for something fun and different to do, and I love that.

I also found that we (by ‘we’, I mean London), have the Sutton hoo mask?!?!?! Whaaaaaat!?!?! I have taught my class about this loads of times over the last few years I have been teaching and they always find it really interesting, as do I. But, I never knew that WE had it in The British Museum. I was so happy to have found it!

Anyway, here’s a few pictures that I wanted to share with you. Please click on an image to enlarge it. Also, please visit Museums wherever you live! They are super important and they need our support!

Peace and love, Polly May xx

‘Me’ Days.

It’s really important to book in ‘Me Days’ where you go and do exactly what you want. Whether you like visiting new cities, new museums, new restaurants… whatever! Go and do it! Stop waiting for people to be there. Stop waiting for a particular day. Stop putting off seeing the things you want to see and doing the things you want to do.

Some of my happiest memories are from Museum days. When I was doing my Art Foundation Diploma after college, a lot of my friends, all of them in fact, went to Uni, so I was kind of on my own. I still spoke to them all most days and I made new friends on my Art course, that I am still best friends with now. But, I suppose if they had all been here, I wouldn’t have realised how important it is to just jump in your car or get on a train and have a whole day to yourself.

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Last year, I blogged when I went up to The National Gallery with a book. I sat on the district line for about an hour reading my book (The Secret Life of Bees) before getting off at Embankment. I went and grabbed a drink and a chocolate bar and sat on the fountains in Trafalgar Square, people watching. I then spent about 3 hours in The National Gallery, before walking in the pouring rain all the way down the river, across the wobbly bridge and down to TATE Modern. I was so, so incredibly happy. I couldn’t even tell you why. I hadn’t had some amazing news. I didn’t have plans of where I was going. It was just a great day. I wondered around the TATE Modern for a couple for hours and found rooms I hadn’t found in there before. I saw paintings that almost made me cry and then I went and grabbed the train from Blackfriars station.  Even now, I still think what an amazing day it was and it honestly wasn’t anything special, but it was to me.

So, I have decided that every single month, I am going to put aside at least 1 day, where I have a ‘Me Day’. They will all probably end up being London days wondering around Museums and drinking copious amounts of hot chocolate, but I think it will be fun. I am going to write it in my diary and I am going to stick to it. No matter what. If things come up, or people can only meet up on that day, I’ll have to say that I’m busy and I’ve got a date with me! Ha!

Book your ‘Me Day’ in. Book that exhibition. Read that book in the park wrapped up in layers and layers of scarf. Visit that place. Listen to that audiobook while wondering around all day. Do it!

Peace and love, Polly May xx

London Snaps!

A little while ago, when the weather was bloody boiling and London was looking gorgeous, I went up to London with my fancy camera and took some pictures. I totally forgot to upload them, and I stumbled across them the other day, so thought I would share them with you. I absolutely love London when it is like this and I think that it is the prettiest place in the world. I also loved how busy it was with all the hustle and bustle. Mum and I had a lovely meal in Wahaca on the Southbank, which was honestly one of the best meals I have ever had. It was great.

It was the first time that I had gone up to London with my camera, and if I’m honest I did feel a little bit self conscious. I need to get better at ‘touristing it up’. Anyway, enjoy the pictures!

Peace and love, Polly May xx

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Bridget Jones’s Baby!

Bridget Jones’s Baby was always a must when I saw the trailer for it a while ago. I love the first couple of films and, although the second one one didn’t get the best reviews, I still kinda like it.

I love her character and the fact that she keeps on trying. She just doesn’t give up. The third film sees Bridget Jones as a 43 year old spinster, with an ‘out-of-date’ job. She basically  then has a one night stand with a gorgeous American guy and a random night with Mark Darcy. She falls pregnant and doesn’t know who the dad is, so she includes both of them, until the very end of the film until all is revealed. Don’t worry, I won’t spoil it for you :)

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I did really enjoy and, although it was slightly unrealistic and a bit cheesy, I think it made it better. I love films that you can just switch off and watch and you don’t have to think about too much, so this rom com was perfect. I kind of liked that Bridget Jones had changed. She looks older, slimmer and more ‘together’ but ultimately, it wasn’t what she wanted and didn’t make that much difference to her. I like that it was about her being happy with herself.

It’s great for a girly night out. So, if you’re planning one soon, it could be perfect :)

Peace and love, Polly May xx

Hello the First of October!

So, September is over! It’s crazy how quickly this year has gone. Normally the year go by fast, but this year, I feel like I have blinked and missed it. How is it October? How?? It does mean that it’s time for cosy jumpers, cute ankle boots, Starbucks hot chocolates and country wellie walks – All the things that I love. Things I’m not looking forward to: getting up in the dark, coming home in the dark and feeling tired all of the time because it’s always dark. Ha! Not a fan of the dark as you might have guessed.

I do love autumn though. Some people have a favourite season of the year and I genuinely don’t know which one mine would be, but I do find it comforting to know that it’s getting colder and cosier and that Christmas is on its way. Sorry un-christmassy people.

September has been a bit of a tough one. I went back to work with my new class and my new role as English leader and it hasn’t been as easy as I thought. Not that I am struggling with the job itself, but I am struggling with managing my time and having a life outside of work. When I do go out, I am even more exhausted the following day, but I’m working on this and I’m trying to be better at managing my time. I don’t want work to be my priority in my life, but sometimes it is very easy to just take over and you kind of don’t realise that it’s happening. It’s all good though. I am going to sit down every Sunday night and make a Weekly list of things I have to do every week, not matter what. So, it might say ‘Go to the gym at least three times’ or ‘Go out to dinner’ or ‘Go walking’ and I’m going to be realistic and set myself goals that I know are possible, not squash it all into one week. It should help, and it’ll make me say ‘enough now’ and pack up my things and come home for the evening. Even if it is to do nothing or to go and meet a friend for coffee. I won’t keep saying I have work to do.

October is going to be full of fun, exciting things and I am going to try my best to take you all along with me. I already have a couple of things booked in, but I know that it’ll be better. I’ll be more settled at work, I will make sure I go out and do stuff and I will think about what I want to achieve and set myself mini-goals.

I hope you have things planned for October and you are going out and doing them!

Peace and love, Polly May xx

The Changes and The Differences.

So, I have to blogged for a while, so thought I’d do a little ‘hello’. I was supposed to be ginger out to see my uni girlies today, but the trains were well and truly f$!@ed! Honestly, it was like a wild goose chase. So, instead, I am going to sit and drink my chocolate cooler and not stress out about it all.

I’ve been back to school for 3 weeks and they have flown by. My English lead stuff is going really well and, even though it’s hard work, I have a good class with lots of potential to progress and move on. It’s pretty full on at the moment and I have developed a cold overnight somehow, but I’ll be fine. Like always :)

I am loving doing the 100 happy days challenge and I’m considering extending it to the 365 challenge. I think it could be fun to do a whole year of photos and you could really see the changes and the differences!

What are all you lovely people up to? Have you been up to much?

Peace and love, Polly May xx

Come With Me: Greenwich, London

As some of you might know, I actually went to Greenwich University to do my degree. It is also a really special place to me as we used to go quite a lot when I was little and visit the tourist spots, the museums and the parks, so I have a lot of great memories there. Although I love it there, I haven’t been back to Greenwich for a while, so my friend, Hannah, and I decided to go there for the day before the school holidays were over.

We began by going onto the Cutty Sark ship, which I had luckily got a 2 for 1 offer for. All we needed was a paper train ticker – no oyster cards for us! We spent about an hour or so wondering around, taking pictures and learning all about the ship and its history. It was really interesting to find out that it shipped tea to us and used to take a total of 215 days to go to china, pick it up and bring it back to London. After the tea, it moved onto wool, before becoming a museum in the late 1950s. Pretty cool and the weather was lovely, so we managed to take some lovely pictures and really enjoy ourselves.

After we finished up in there, we went for a mooch around Greenwich, where we actually graduated, before going for a cocktail and then eating at the Nando’s by the river. We then went to Greenwich Market, where I bought three AMAZING rings, and we went to the Maritime Museum. We then ended up in Greenwich Park and sat and chatted for a while, before going to a pub and polishing off a lovely bottle of Rosé.

It was honestly the most perfect day. I loved every second of it. Days with friends, catching up, eating Nando’s, roaming around parks, visiting markets, drinking rose and learning about London’s history really are THE BEST!

Peace and love, Polly May xx