Thursday, 27 October 2016

Zip World, Snowdonia

Though I definitely feel like I've neglected my blog lately, what I have been doing is getting plenty of new content to write about!
As is tradition on my birthday, I usually drag it out for as long as possible (personal record: one whole month) and do a couple of different celebrations. A few weeks ago, my friend surprised me by booking Zip World Velocity in Snowdonia, which is something I've been absolutely desperate to do since it opened. Zip World is the longest zip line in Europe and the fastest worldwide, it's basically the closest you can get to flying and it is truly awesome.

We had the earliest slot of the day (dragging myself out of bed at 6.45am on a dark Sunday was definitely a struggle!) and made our way straight to reception to sign in. Once we'd done that we were given a safety walkthrough of what would be happening to us on the wire. We had to put on our very nifty red boiler suits complete with metal bar to give a 'wing' effect, harness and helmets before being shown to the 'Little Zipper' which was a smaller wire used as a test run to build our confidence before the main event.
The 'Little Zipper' suddenly seemed really daunting as it looked massive, even though the top speeds reached are only around 45mph. My friend kindly volunteered for us to go to first which set me into a brief moment of panic as we had no one to watch to base the experience on! BUT being strapped into the harness was definitely the worst part as you feel quite vulnerable, but once I was in and off I absolutely loved every second of it.
After our test run, we travelled by truck higher into the mountains and slate quarry until we reached the main zip wire which stands at 500ft high and a mile long, with speeds reaching generally over 100mph. I absolutely couldn't wait for my go and it didn't disappoint, the views were incredible and I truly did feel like I was flying. It was over so quickly I wanted to go again, and while I was in the air  I loved every second.
The view from the Zip Wire
The company also do a huge underground trampoline set in slate caverns called Bounce Below which is described as being a 'subterranean playground' - definitely next on my list for sure.
I really couldn't recommend Zip World more highly, if you're after a unique adventure this is definitely the place for you.
Because I was limited in being able to take photos, I took the below from the website, the views speak for themselves!
Credit: Zip World
Credit: Zip World


Saturday, 22 October 2016

Take Flight

It was my birthday earlier this week, and as an early present a couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be bought a flying lesson. This was actually my third lesson; having badgered my Mum since I was a teenager to let me have one because my older brother had - being a bit of a daredevil I finally took to the skies for the first time about 5 years ago, and loved every minute of it.

This lesson was no exception; I was blessed with glorious weather and completely cloudless skies made for unobstructed views across the mountains and water. Because this was my third time, I was actually considered fairly experienced in terms of flying, so my tutor let me take control throughout, including taxiing down the runway, taking off and landing unassisted!

Being in the cockpit makes me feel alive, and flying is such a surreal experience when you break it down. On a large plane you're barely aware of your surroundings, but when you're in a small light aircraft you realise how fragile they are, but also how that feeling of vulnerability is actually quite liberating! It felt at one point like we were merely floating through the air and barely moving, until the pilot told me we were travelling at over 120mph...puts things into perspective.

The feeling of freedom is also something else, apart from the occasional crackle of controls it's almost completely silent up there, which makes it easy to forget the real world as you're floating on the wind.

As I did so much of the flying myself, I only had time to snap one cheeky photo from the air - which is the beach near to where I live, we also flew over my house before doing a loop and heading back.

It was over far too quickly, bring on the next one -  I may well be getting my pilots licence next!   
All photos taken from the ground by Ben Walker Photography

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

5 Reasons Why Baths Are The Best

I LOVE having baths, especially in Autumn and Winter. I really can't deal with them in the summer, but as soon as the temperature drops I'm straight in the tub. 
Baths are definitely one of my happy places - a safe haven I feel relaxed in that seems to do wonders for my mind and soul, but I know loads of people who don't share my joy. If you're really not a bath person - that's ok. This is just a fun little post about why baths float my boat:

1. ....and relax.
As I said before, there's nothing like a bath for helping me feel relaxed. I love hopping in the shower to feel clean and fresh, but when I want to feel indulgent its a soak in the bubbles that does it. I like to lie back, let the warm water soothe and relax my muscles, and let my thoughts drift.

2. Me Time
I'm definitely a people person, but sometimes even the most social of us crave some alone time. I have a fantasy of living alone in a beautiful Parisian apartment with a claw foot bath and french doors that overlook the Eiffel Tower. Totally unrealistic but a girl can dream, and I adore the time spent alone in the bath with a good book and some candles flickering.

3. Refreshments
Depending on your drink/snack of choice, the bath is the perfect time to indulge a little. My favourite accompaniment is a glass of wine (how continental!) or a good old cuppa tea (how British!) to sip while I'm soaking.

4. Sleepy Head
If a warm room, relaxed muscles and possible alcohol consumption isn't enough to make you sleepy, then I don't know what is! I always feel ready for bed when I get out of the bath, which is why I always have them in the evening and never in the morning (I wouldn't ever make it to work!) and it's been scientifically proven that regular baths help you get a better nights sleep. 
Nerdy fact: when you get out of the bath your body starts producing melatonin, which controls your sleep cycles, fact fans.

5. Skin Goodness
Last but not least, baths are good for your skin. The warm water helps open pores and the bath products you use will also leave skin feeling silky, smooth and moisturised. 

Do you love baths?
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