Posts tagged ‘Friends’

March 4, 2012

Snow in March

Today we went on a 25km walk near Dorking, Surrey. It was our navigational training and as gold Duke of Edinburgh ‘explorers,’ we were thrown in the deep end with a map and compass.

The weather was appalling. It rained for the majority of the day and when it wasn’t raining, it was hailing or snowing, in March!

Highlights of the day:
1) Standing at the top of the hills watching the snow fall on the fields and watching a train go by
2) When a woman in a car stopped to ask us for directions. What sane person stops to ask DofE kids, completely soaking wet, where to go?!
3) Getting lost in a Forest and pricking a path because Will ‘feels’ that it’s the right way

Without my group, I’d be lost. I love every single one of them. Bring on Gold!!

February 21, 2012

Oxbridge

I haven’t had internet or 6 days! :O
Shocking I know, but last week, on Wednesday and Thursday, budding Oxbridge candidates from Forest School went to visit  both Cambridge and Oxford universities, for tours, to look around colleges and to see what life would be like if we were to attend.

I think it is fair to say that for many of us, the dream of attending such prestigious colleges are merely what we would like and not necessarily what will happen. However, this didn’t subtract from our trip to two truly stunning cities.

In summary:
Cambridge was a tiny city, more so a large town and I felt I knew my way round after 5 hours spent there. Nevertheless, it was a stunning city. It looks just as pretty as it does in the pictures with a winding river through the centre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oxford on the other hand was a mixture of a picturesque and modern city which created quite a bizarre world. We were walking down a road and on one side would be a building, several hundred of years old, and on the other side would be a giant glass and metal structure. However it was still somewhere I would only dream of being in 2 years.

Over-all it was a pleasant experience and I can only hope that I will be at either place when I finish school.

Oh and thanks to: Bella, Velma, Ant, Ed, Will and Josh who were there for me and cheered me up when I was very poorly in Oxford. Much love to you all xoxo

February 5, 2012

Never a white Christmas, always a white February

It is becoming a tradition in London for it to snow every February but that does not stop us all being excited and swamping every social networking site.

Now, before I start, I’m no photographer, so any photographs included in this post is merely to help you visualise what happened today.swamping every social networking site. So here’s my entry:

 As I have complete Silver Duke of Edinburgh, I am now doing Gold, for which we had a training weekend yesterday and today. 90% of it was completely pointless but today we planned our route for our practise expedition in Dartmoor.
Nothing like chasing each other around a massive snow-covered field for team-building. We shall be walking around 20km every day for 4 days climbing up to 550m above sea level. Today’s day at school started off with a snowball fight, of course, which lasted around an hour and a half. My fingers were completely numb but it was so worth it.

Building friendships/snowmen

May 25, 2011

Enjoy your youth

Enjoy your youth. You’ll never be younger than you are at this very moment.

Being just sixteen, I have lived the very few years of my life thinking about the future and wishing to be older. I have always made plans for the future from Alevel subject choices to how many children I would like and where I would like to be in twenty years time. I have a bucket list in the making containing everything I wish to do with my life, many items on which can only be fulfilled in the far future. I am not one who is free spirited enough to live life for how it is; I need structure, goals and something to be motivated for.

But a year or so I met a guy named Tony. We met at a concert we took part in as we both play the violin. He is considerably older than me but I don’t think he would mind me saying he also acts half my age. He is also the one who is responsible for my change of opinion when it comes to goals for the future. He never plans too far ahead in time and always ‘had a go at me’ for wanting to be older. I feel that he was jealous of my age and he wants to be my age again.
Anyway, earlier today he said: ‘Age is an issue of mind over matter, if you don’t mind then it doesn’t matter.’

It has made me realize: it is comforting and safe to have my bucket list but my blueprint for my life can be restricting and can take the fun out of living. It’s not about the future and what will happen to me, it is about the present and enjoying everything as it comes.

Thanks Tony, saved me from being suffocated by my own aspirations for  life to come.

Do not worry about the past because it is gone, do not worry about the future because it is yet to come, live in today and embrace it!