Sunday, 5 June 2011
Nevertheless, here I am, keystrokes at the ready, not really knowing what to write about beyond listing what I/we have been up to in the last fortnight.
I finished my assessments and find myself quite pleased. I'm now confident that I've chosen the right degree (unlike the first time) which reassures me that I'll be able to complete my course (unlike the first time). I'm a little bit worried that the summer break will make me feel as if I'm starting again in September but I've decided to enter a couple of competitions and draw something every day (as recommended by all our tutors last September).
Despite my (mis-placed) horror of slimming clubs, I've signed up here. I'm on my second week and about 4lbs down. I decided that finishing college would leave me some free time that I could use to focus on getting a little healthier and a little lighter. If I'm being really honest, I just want to look better - pure vanity. There is still a little part of me though that rails against the pressure to be thinner - why should we conform, why should we be judged and judge each other that way? I suppose there always has been a part of me that thinks that and that's why I've always got slightly bigger! So, we'll see. I'm going to go along until the summer holidays and see how I do.
I did a little of this to help with the above and, as always, enjoyed it thoroughly. I've never been part of a global fitness phenomenon before and it amazes me that Zumba has reached our tiny village halls. I don't know why but there's something very enjoyable about doing a little mambo at 9.30am in deepest Wiltshire.
We went here and stayed in this:
It was fantastic. We were given a great welcome by Thea, Laurie and their lovely children, with a basket of produce and a tour of the facilities. With only five yurts on the site, we felt the to-dos and lists of home, work and school just disappear. Solar power, composting loos (much better than you'd think) and running water were all we needed. We were also provided with an intriguing outdoor fridge which worked amazingly without electricity. I think it uses some kind of evaporation science and was originally developed in hot countries to keep food cold. The nearest description I could find online was this. Ours was encased in a crate with a wooden door and mint planted on the top - very lovely!
While we were there we visited New Quay and saw some of these:
I was amazed to see dolphins off the UK coast. Thankfully, the worker ran back to the car park to get the camera. We had fish and chips afterwards and a sunny afternoon back at the yurt.
We left quite early on Friday to get to the beach at Penbryn which was beautiful. We made our way home via here. I had a lovely time!
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