Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Who wants to go Reading anyway?

Well I do, for one, as do all the people that saved up to buy their tickets and the big bunch of us left at home I'm sure. I have to say I have been incredibly jealous of all festival goers this year and have had to avoid social media over the weekends of Heavy Fest, Download, Boom Town, Green Gathering and now, last but not least, Reading. Green has never suited me, but I can't stop myself from having to fight that monster off when it comes seeing so many people getting to do so many things with their summers! Although I shouldn't really complain, this summer was the most active I've ever had! While usually June, July and most of August just flash past without me doing anything notable this year I went on my first independent holiday (Ibiza), got to go to my first ever festival (Somersault) as well as going to Lanzarote with my family. To be honest the whole thing exhausted me, and more importantly my bank account! How do they all manage to do it every year?

Anyway the point of this post is to be happy (or at least content) with what we have and to prove that you don't need to spend crazy amounts or hit every single festival and Greek/Spanish island to make your summer count. This bank holiday weekend while avoiding social media and all the news/photos of Reading I took time out for what really matters, peace of mind. It's the second to last weekend before I move back to university so instead of spending it away I took extra care to pamper myself and spend time around the people I'll be missing over the next 9 to 10 months. Family matters, don't get me wrong, but looking after yourself and giving yourself space from things is really important. I did my best to get the balance right over the long weekend and I think I cracked it!

Friday 28th 
My First Massage
I haven't had a job this summer as I've had other commitments over the last few months so my entire weekend was free. No job does by no means that I have any more free time though and definitely doesn't mean any less stress! So I took the rare opportunity and started the weekend with some pampering, my first ever massage! Massage is something I've been interested in for a while as I do suffer with back difficulties due to having osteopenia (a less severe form of osteporosis).  It's taken me a while to find a place I felt comfortable going to as I can be pretty picky about the products places use, whether they're cruelty-free or not, and the people that work there. There are millions of salons, spas and/or hairdressers around where I live but a lot of them can be quite expensive and are more likely to cater to the tourists down on their holidays and not provide what I was really looking for. At last I found Serenity Body and Beauty Salon which is only a 20 minute walk from my house, is not in the middle of town with no one I know working there and only uses CCF approved products. (If you're confused about what that means have a read of my post 'Cruelty Free vs. Vegan') Sounds perfect, huh?!

Well to be honest it was. I've had Bowen Technique before (something I plan to do a post on in the near future) as part of therapy for my medical conditions but still always feel really uncomfortable stripping off! Even if it's only down to my underwear and I'm covered by towels and blankets, I'm just a bit of a prude I guess. Anyway despite my nerves I was put to ease as soon as I walked in! The receptionist was lovely and the lady I was going to be seeing was sat in the area waiting for me (I turned up 10 minutes early) as she knew I was a new customer.

After filling in the typical new client slip she lead me into a back room, told me where to put down my things and sat down with me going through how it worked and what she usually did, double checking that I felt comfortable with everything, not that there was anything out of the ordinary. So once she left the room I got undressed (keeping on my bra and pants) and slipped between the two towels on the massage bed. She knocked and waited for an answer before coming back in, and preceded to start the process - putting a warm wheat bag on my back to loosen the muscles and then massaging with warm oil. I had only asked for a half an hour session what with it being my first one, which consisted of a 20 minute deep back, shoulders and neck massage followed by a 10 minute 'wishy washy' kind of massage.

Simple sum up? It was lush! I wanted it to go on forever, and I had none of the usual tenderness in my back when it's touched. When the half an hour was over I was ready to fall straight asleep, in fact I'm sure if it wasn't for nerves I probably would have! Jane, the lady I saw, slipped out the room and returned with a glass of water quietly before leaving again - before starting I was told I could take as much time as I liked afterwards to rest/drift off/relax before getting up, having a drink and redressing.  It was all really laid back and casual, I felt so comfortable about it all and the cost, only £25!? Afterwards I carried on my pampering by treating myself to a berry flapjack and coffee from my favourite cafĂ© before getting on with the days to-do list.

Family Dinner
That evening it was decided we'd go out for a family meal. My sister works pretty much full time and is starting university this year, I'll shortly be going back and my mom, well she's as busy as the pair of us. So it's always nice when we can all set aside that bit of time for family bonding! We're a pretty close-knit trio but obviously life can get in the way of what's important some times and I swear family time is the easiest thing in the world to put off or cancel on because of other things. Or maybe that's just us, but either way we're always very understanding of each others commitments even when sometimes maybe we shouldn't be. Anyway although we always spend time with each other in turn, recently we haven't really managed to all get together at the same time. Weird considering we all live in the same house, huh?

Image Credit: Terrace Tapas Bar's Facebook Page
Anyway to have a change we decided to go out to a new tapas restaurant in a close by town. Being lucky with the weather and it happening to be a rather warm night, we got to dine outside! I have to say it felt like I was on holiday abroad somewhere which was really lovely. The vibe was totally relaxed and the food was AMAZINGG.A weekend of firsts as I've never actually had tapas before, believe it or not. I have no idea why! There was a extensive selection of veggie dishes to try and I was all to happy to dig in and stuff my face!

After such a big meal... I think it was 9 dishes we had in total and our appetite for Spanish cuisine spared nothing! So after demolishing all that a walk was in order. We had a stroll around the town streets which was lovely. I haven't visited Ilfracombe for a year at least, and it's been over three since I had a proper walk around. It was one of those evenings when it just kinda dawned on me how lucky I am. I live in such a beautiful area and do forget to make the most of it. I'll be going back to Cardiff in just over a week and always miss living on the coast when I'm there, so why am I not making the most of my time here!?

Saturday 29th
I spent my Saturday morning meeting up with my best guy friend, getting breakfast and treating ourselves with the last of the month's paychecks. It was just the typical Saturday scenario.

Burning Down Trumpton Town
Saturday evening another family outing was in order. The Torrington Cavaliers raise money for several local and nationwide charities through a variety of fundraising events, most well-known are its massive bonfires! This year they decided to make a life-size replica of Trumpton town, the setting of a well-known children's show that came into being in the late 1960s. 


Image Credit: Andy Davey Photography

Image Credit: Andy Davey Photography

This structure took 18 months to build and on Saturday night we got to watch it be burned to the ground! It was another day where we got lucky with the weather and got to see an amazing display. I'm afraid I have quite the fascination with fire and go crazy for fireworks so I can't tell you how much I enjoyed the evening! It was so lovely to do something different that I thoroughly enjoy, whilst also spending time with the fam and knowing I was donating to some great causes.

Sunday 30th
Lazy Day
Sunday was a day that I took to myself. I wanted to sleep, and just be lazy. I suffer with ME along with other medical conditions so doing a lot over the last few days, a lot for me anyway, kinda drained me. I took the day out to look after me, self-care can never be underestimated!

Cake and Wolves
By the late afternoon I felt much more energised and went out to visit some family friends. It was a great relaxing, casual catch up which included cake, coffee and cuddles with two beautiful sammys! Spending more time with people important with me was great and it was the perfect end to a very chilled day - plus my skin loved the day off from make up.

So overall I had a really wonderful weekend, with yesterday (Monday 31st) being day of movies and relaxation with two more of my favourites. I feel all relaxed and ready to go back to the day to day life struggles. Obviously I'm sure that Reading would have been an amazing experience and seeing all my favourite bands would have been unforgettable but at the end of the day my weekend was great! I spent time in the places that mean a lot to me and with the most important people I have in my life as well as looking after myself. What could be better?!

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