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What a brilliant two days! It took a total of 14 hours cycling, 30 lemon & lime carbohydrate gels, 15 carbohydrate brownie bars and an extremely sore bum, but we did it!
I graduated, meaning that I am officially a Zoologist.
Kathryn Darvill BSc looks pretty good; of course is like some more letters after my name, perhaps MSc or Phd, but that’s a whole lot more work and I’m more than happy with BSc.
The photos are some taken from a recent family getaway to a gorgeous summer beach house.
Waking up and falling asleep to the sound of waves beating against the shore is what I’m missing the most. I’d get up each morning and place my yoga mat on the deserted beach and begin my workout. After that I’d enjoy breakfast (usually bran flakes or if I was feeling crazy then coco pops) and a cuppa tea on the patio, watching the tourists flock to the sand for the best sunspots.
At around 5:00 p.m most people would pack up their sun umbrellas and head home, leaving the beach to the residents for the night. Usually in the evenings we’d (enthusiastically attempt to) fish and after that we’d swim, eat and drink until it was pitch black, when we’d light the citronella candles and scatter them around the table. After talking, laughing and playing (alot) of cards we’d slowly head for bed, and listen to the sea.
I’m mad, I know. Saying yes to a 200 mile cycle for Noah’s Ark Children’s Charity seemed like a good idea at the time. But it’s now almost a week until the big day and I’ve suddenly realised that…I’m mad!
The ride is spread over two days; 100 miles each day. While I think this is a good idea, as we get a chance to rest and recover, it also means that you know exactly what’s coming the next day. All those hills you flew down are now mountains to climb!
But it’s for a great cause and I’m excited for the challenge. I’ve been training most days on the spin bike in the gym and of course cycling on the roads.
The Tour de France has been brilliant at increasing the numbers of enthusiastic cyclist on the roads, all kitted out in their favourite teams jerseys. It’s nice to see so many people cycling, especially when we’ve been blessed with such uncharacteristically British sunny weather.
So wish me luck for August 2nd and 3rd, and I’ll be sure to post photos after.
As I’m sure you all know, I’m a bit of a fitness fan (definite understatement!). So I’ve decided to begin Instagram-ing some of my photos.
I usually post photos of what I’ve eaten or where I’m running and recently inspirational pics.
Anyway, I thought I’d mention it incase anyone’s interested.
I had some major retail therapy today courtesy of westfield, oxford street, covent garden and regent street.
We were also offered a place to see the superman premier tonight; however I felt that a 4 hour wait in shorts might have been a bit much, so decided to decline.
I’m off to London for a time, yay!
After a long journey I’ve arrived safely in the beautiful suburbs of Hamstead.
This is Dingo… Isn’t he adorable?
Today is chill-out day and tomorrow… well tomorrow is shopping :)
I’m lying in bed the morning after finishing University ready to share my photos of my celebrations last night.
First we head to the wine bar for mezze platters!
Delicious! Although I’m not so keen on the small whole fish (not quite sure what they were)
Next…to the bar for round 1
… and round 2
Next…to the beach bar
Unfortunatly the photos from here on become rather more blurry! Loss of a steady hand I think :) Anyway it was a good night indeed!
Today I sat my last finals, officially ending my university journey.
No more 4 hour laboratory sessions, unending essays and best of all, no more exams!
But with the good, comes the bad and now I’ve finally reached the end of my three years I realise how much I’ve loved being a student.
Waking up to a flat full of crazy friends, watching the hungover guy (still painted green from his hulk costume the night before) be sick in the back of the lecture theatre, our 3 a.m McDonald visits and falling off my horse on the first day of joining the riding club and ending up in an A&E waiting room for 4 hours. University has taught my the art of making vodka jelly shots and how to scrimp like my life depended on it! I’ll (probably) never have to eat that 5 day old pasta in the fridge because I had no other food and I’ll (almost) definatly never leave potatoes in the cupboard long enough to see they’re tentacle-like sprouts coming through the hinges.
For me, university has been one brilliant rollarcoaster ride and has prepared me for the world outside with brains, determination and most of all a great smile on my face.
…So I guess this also means that I’m officially back on the blogging scene :) yay us!
Eleven days, just eleven days until my dissertation deadline! Four months of painsteaking work will be printed, bound and finally off my hands!! Although I shouldn’t celebrate too soon; I’ve still got 11 days of early starts, late nights and way too many cups of tea.
The deadline is also the reason for my recent blogging absence. So I suppose until I hand in my work you won’t hear too much from me. Until then x
These sweet syrupy delights are quick and oh so easy to make.
Warm the waffles in a toaster for 20-30 seconds. When ready, plate up the waffle with a dollop of vanilla ice cream and over the top sprinkle cinnamon and drizzle syrup/honey.
Step 1: Paint your nails with two coats or white or one coat of clear varnish.
Step 2: Paint one line of each of your chosen colours onto a sponge.
Step 4: When nails are dry cover with a layer of clear gloss and remove the excess varnish with nail varnish remover and a cotton bud.
Glittered nails look pretty and are really easy to do. Here’s how:
1. Paint one nail with clear nail varnish
2. Wait around 5-10 secs
3. Sprinkle glitter all over the nail (dont worry if its messy)
4. Wait 1-2 mins and wipe off the excess glitter
Flower crowns are to be this summers hot new accessory and the brilliant thing about them is that their so easy to make!
1. Get yourself some thin flexible wire (gardening wire will do)
2. Measure the wire around your head and cut enough to wrap around your head 2-3 times.
3. Tie the ends to form a circle
4. Use foam, paper or real flowers and attatch to the headband using small pieces of wire (do this by holding the flower stems to the band and tieing into place with the wire)
5. Use ribbon to encase the wires all away around the headband and secure the ends using a blob of glue from a glue gun
Breaded salmon & basil mayo
Step 1: Prepare the salmon
- preheat your oven
- cover your baking tray with foil
- places salmion fillets on tray and drizzle with olive oil and lemon (or any other citrus) juice
- place in oven while you prepare your breadcrumbs
Step 2: Making the breadcrumbs
- blend slices of bread (stale if possible) with parmasan, basil, parsley, lemon zest and a lung of olive or chilli oil
- season with salt & pepper
Step 3: Garlic butter
- mix warm butter with crushed garlic and parsley
Step 4: Breadcrumbing
- take the fillets out of the oven
- spread the garlic butter over the tops of each
- sprinkle & dab as much or as little breadcrumbs as desired onto the butter
Step 5: Cook
- place back in the oven for around 25 minutes (depending on the size of your fillets)
Step 6: Garlic mayo:
- in a pestle & morter grind a good handful of fresh basil, olive oil, crushed garlic, salt and pepper
- add to good quality mayo and stir
Step 7: Serve it up!
- serve each fillet in the foil with a large wedge of lemon, a dollop of mayo and some fresh leaves
Making pizza from scratch for a family of 8 is no easy thing, but i’m telling you it is so worth it!
I cook the base (to which I add basil, oregano, parsley, salt and papper) in a large frying pan before topping with sauce, cheese and extras and placing under the grill. When cooked, I then sprinkle chopped fresh bazil and parmasan on top and finish with a drizzle of chilli oil.
I’ve recently been spending a large proportion of my time sitting in front of my mac editing my dissertation. Hours and hours spent eye to eye with my laptop is not great for my moral, so I decided to search the web in the hope of something uplifting.
I found it…
91.3 and 101.6
To the untrained eye these numbers may not seem at all uplifting (in the world of numerics I’d actually say that they were mundane) but add an FM to the end and you’ve entered a whole new world of meaning. Raaj 91.3 fm and Asian Star 101.6 fm radio have fast become my dissertation saviours. I’ve always loved, what to me is, exotic music and feel that compared to popular music in the U.K there is so much more culture and meaning in lyrics and songs. I don’t know about you but i’m quite bored of flicking on my radio to hear an auto-tuned kid singing about his “hoes (and I don’t mean the garden tool)” over an unimaginative and repeating beat. So for the next 7 weeks (until my dissertation hand in date) I will be tuning into my new new asian radios.
The presence of pearly white Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) marks the coming of Spring. These beautiful flowers are also known as ‘flowers of hope’ and you can see why. To me, a meadow full of snowdrops is a most welcome sight after a cold and dark winter.
Spring is the season of life. It’s the awakening, foraging and singing of animals as well as the budding and blooming of lush plants. Spring gives an inspiration of colour and texture to photographers and artists, so get outside and start enjoying it.
I have many ongoing challenges I hope to complete over my lifetime and one of them is to take a photograph of every London tube-station. Once I have photographed them all I want to incorporate a small photo of each into a huge frame to hang up. I won’t upload all of my photos but here are a few:
Hopefully one day i’ll be able to write a post to tell you all that i’ve finally completed it.
I can’t believe that today was the start of my last semester in university! Three years has flown past and the time is coming when our comfy cozy student lives will be turned upside down and inside out.
The prospect of finding a job is both exciting and daunting. But before we can get carried away with the prospect of job hunting, we first need to finish our education.
Check list for the next couple of months:
1. Complete dissertation
2. Attend lectures
3. Hand in coursework
4. Practical write ups
5. Sit final year exams
Ohh it’s going to be a busy four months.
Italian meal with the family
I ordered porchini mushroom and parmazan ravioli in a cream sauce. It was rich but oh so delicious.
My boyfriend is a triathlete, therefore it was inevitable that his love of bikes would one day rub off on me. So a while ago I purchased a road bike; a Cannondale.
It’s taken me a long time to decide how to customise it (buy that I mean what colour saddle, handlebar tape and accessories should I buy). Today I decided; neon pink.
I know what you’re thinking…pink!? But check out the CBoardman fi and you’ll see how a little pink can look great.
After many hours of researching Macbooks online, I decided to buy the Macbook air 13 inch.
It’a my first brand new laptop and my first ever Macbook.
The screen resolution is sharp and bright and the desktop is so brilliantly simple. I can’t believe i’ve been missing out on macs for this long!
In the U.K when the snow falls everyday life grinds to a halt. Schools are closed, work is cancelled and panic buying means there isn’t a loaf of bread nor pint of milk to be seen in Tesco.
But even so I love the snow.
Lunch today: Atlantic prawn salad with home-made marie rose sauce.
To make the marie rose sauce:
1.Mix equal quantities of tomato sauce, mayo and salad cream.
2. Add a splash of worcestershire sauce and one of lemon juice
3. Sprinkle with paprika
4. Season with salt and pepper
Putting your hair up in a bun is the perfect look for a ‘I don’t REALLY care what my hair looks like today but at the same time I don’t want to find my picture on the front of a paper with the caption Yeti spotted in the U.K’ sort of day!
I love marco photography.
The ability to turn one small flower into a what seems like a vast world of colour and texture makes for beautiful and sometimes abstract shoots.
Training for the H.M (half marathon) is going well. I train 5 days a week, running on 4 days and then doing an hour spin biking on the other day (as Jordan is training for the triathalon season he’s always on the bikes and it’s always alot easier to push yourself when your training with someone else). It’s great to be able to get on the treadmill and not have to pretend to be tieing my shoelaces to get a cheeky breather anymore!
But on a serious note, I can feel a difference in my running. My legs are stronger and I can run further and faster than i’ve ever been able to before. The only reason I stop now is because i’ve run what I intended to run, and not because i’m out of breath.
So fingers crossed that everything keeps running smoothly (ha haa running smoothly..)
It is coming. Night
Orange beams cascade down my horizon and warmth withdraws.
Here the earth is quiet. Beasts and trees stand close and still.
All awaits the calling of owls. The call for their moon.
A patchwork of deep black, sown by celestial bodies seeps across the skyline.
Its far from us for now, but then blackness.
Now it sounds. The calling. The moon’s song.
Louder and louder, it cannot stop. Not until their moon hears.
Then as it always has, white, cold, spectacular light throws all into awe.
It has come and now there is work to be done.
Jordan Williams…Boyfriend, Triathlete, Idiot, Killi climber, Traveller, Photographer…Jordan Williams
Last night I received my 100th follower!
So I wanted to say thank you to you all. You’re all brilliantly brilliant.
I have been nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award (VBA).
Firstly, I’d like to thank Jason (http://wp.me/p2bkwa-1eZ) for nominating me. We all blog because we love to right? But it is still a great feeling when someone appreciates your writing.
So thanks again Jason (If anyone is interested in taking a peek and Jason’s brilliant blog then you’ll find the address above)
Secondly, the rules of the VBA;
1. Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself
2. Nominate other bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award
…Seriously just two things? and I win an award?? I’ve watched a man eat a lump of earth for less!
Here are 7 things about myself:
1. My Slipped Upper Femoral Epiphysis (SUFE)
This is a hip condition which only affects 10/100,000 in the U.K. The head of the femur (upper leg bone) becomes separated from the rest of the bone. If left, the femur will slide and can potentially slice the femoral artery. To correct the bone, a metal pin is inserted into the hip to prevent further slipping of the bone. Pretty cool eh?
2. I used to have a Chameleon
Her name was Boo and she was not as friendly as you would expect. But we had a mutual understanding that I would feed her crickets and she would hiss loudly at me.
3. I am very impulsive
I love to try new things and challenge myself. Hence the current training for a half-marathon (whilst in my final year of university and writing my dissertation) and after that’s finished I’ve got a 200 mile cycle in mind.
4. I love to wear hats
I most often wear Trilby’s but i’m not fussy, any hat will do! I once bought a spirit hood for £100!
I am a huge fan of J.R.R Tolkien’s writings and also love The Lord of the Rings movie’s. If I could meet one character I would meet Treebeard (or maybe Gandalf)
6. I am a BBC Radio 4 listener
I usually manage to catch Thought for the day, The life scientific and Woman’s hour.
7. I am 6 ‘Ft
We will ignore the 1 cm or so that makes this statement incorrect. Even so I am the second shortest person in my family (poor dad)
Bloggers that I am nominating for the VBA:
2. Sailor Vee
3.Fashion for the average man
5.Fashion & Entertainment
6. The Acquisition of Taste
7. Inside ‘The Mantle’
8. stylebyheatherrose’s blog
9.if just for this
10. Petite daughter
13.75 billion years ago everything needed to make a universe (matter, light and energy) was compressed into one very hot and dense point. Then expansion occurred. Matter was no longer squeezed into one point, it spread far and wide, to create the universe. As the universe expanded and cooled the particles that would one day form atoms were created.
Interesting fact: Even today the universe is expanding.
As a student of science and an aspiring scientific writer, I’d like to share my knowledge with you. Therefore, I am creating a ‘Let me explain’ section to my blog. Here I will do away with scientific jargon in order to answer, in plain english, questions that are asked of me everyday.
I walk into my garden, camera hanging around my neck and lens cap in my hand. I look, then look again and everything has changed.
The trees stand taller, older, their aged bark stretching across willowed faces. A million shades of green jostle for sweet sunlight and there is so much movement. Many legs dance over a leafy floorbed and plump robins tilt their heads at the wriggling worm.
To my camera and I this not garden, this is jungle.