Hello lads and ladies – oh how I have missed you all!
So exams are finally over (wahey!) and my looooooong summer has begun. However, it feels like my life has been a little non-stop since the end of school… but we’ll get onto that later as I’m sure most of you haven’t come here to hear about my personal life.
So, how many bras have bundled up in my house over the exam period?
Quite a few.
924 to be exact, leaving my current total at………………
Meaning that we have hit our target for Silver Duke of Edinburgh!!! Wahooooo!!! Thank you so much to everyone who has donated their bras throughout the last two years – it means a lot and it is incredible to think we have made a difference to over 5000 lives.
The list of thanks for this time is:
The Perfect Fit Boutique (who also helped me with all of my prom dress decisions!)
David Arthur Opticians http://davidarthuropticians.co.uk/
The Old Mining College
Nikki T + The Style Library https://www.stylelibrary.com
Thank you so so much, ladies! You have no idea how humbled I am by all your help!
Now, should we move onto where I’ve been for like 3 months? Yeah, I think so.
It was my friend Freya’s birthday the day we had our last exam and so it only made sense to hold a two day birthday party for her that weekend where we camped out in the garden, had a large bonfire to burn a particularly large bundle of revision notes, and went bowling and mini-golfing.
The following Wednesday was our leavers’ assembly which, while not particularly emotional, was highly amusing as our year group got together to look back through photos taken of us since year 7 and were rewarded with some hilarious certificates and awards! We were also given our leavers’ hoodies; I think it is slightly too warm to wear them though…
The next day was…..PROM DAY! Everybody looked absolutely fabulous and it was such a good experience to be with everyone for one final time! Though, I must say, I don’t think I’ll be wearing heels again any time soon.
I have also had my 6th form inductions for EDA and Wolverhampton Girls’ High and I must say that it was such a good experience! I had taster sessions for my chosen subjects (biology, geography, and psychology) and had a good taster as to what life at the top of the school is like. Now all that’s left is to make the final decision as to which school is best for me…!
I spent a couple of days last week and the week before with Matt walking around Cannock Chase with a 10kg backpack to help me prepare for my DofE expedition considering I struggled with the training a few months ago.
My expedition was last week between Wednesday and Friday. Honestly, it went surprisingly well and I am so proud of our group for getting through the three hard days as we were definitely the group that suffered the most. Go team!!
While the weather was not particularly on our side as time went on, we still walked on and completed the exped!! It was incredibly pretty where we walked, however the amount of hills we had to ascend and then descend was absolutely ridiculous and I never want to climb another hill in my life… nor do I want to see another cow (there were so many!!!)
Despite my heels being a little destroyed with blisters and healing skin (yes, they do look as gross as they sound) I am surprisingly okay and can walk without being crippled! Maybe the training did help, as well as the new bag, boots, and socks (thank you Dad!!).
36.48 miles in total – I don’t think we did too badly at all!
And, of course, our aim was Jelly Babies’ Adventure once again!
Yeah, that hill you can see in the photo above, we climbed to the top, to the trig point, in the rain…. it was joyous I promise.
In the above photo we thought it would be quite cool to show how far we had walked over the three days! The red jelly baby is where we began and the green is where we ended! Go us!
The plan for this weekend was to chill and calm down after my adventures as well as making mass progress with my room (something I have been gradually re-doing over my free time)…. but this did not go to plan. On Sunday, my brother decided that it would be a wonderful idea to fall whilst warming up at rugby training and to dislocate his kneecap. Well done Max!
So yes, yesterday was spent in hospital with my oh-so-clumsy brother as he got checked out and bandaged up. A round of applause please! I think we can safely say he will be having a very quite 6 week Summer holiday this year!
Now, it has dawned on me that I turn 16 this coming Friday. Yes! 16 already! I am super excited though as we have organised for a large group of us to go and see the new “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” as it is released on my birthday (how convenient?) and the original “Mamma Mia!” film is one of my all time favourite films, so really it was almost obligatory that we go and see it!
However before Friday arrives my amazing group of girl friends has organised a joint birthday lunch tomorrow for my friend Karina and me as her birthday was on Saturday! How cute? Very cute.
Now, what else have I got planned? Oh yes! NCS!
As of next Monday I will begin my NCS adventure where I’ll have two weeks residential (one at PGL and one at Stafford Uni) and two weeks local charity work. I’ll be meeting loads of new people as well as spending time with some of my existing friends and I’m so excited! Though the camping at PGL may not be as fun.. I’ve only just escaped DofE camping!!! On the plus side, the two week charity work for NCS may give me the opportunity to give BRAfrica a good old plug and hopefully get more people on board!
After that I believe that there is only results day that is lingering in the distance before school begins again! Oh the joys…
I believe that’s all for now! I should hopefully be keeping you more updated from now on… barring any further family accidents!