Friday, 28 July 2017

My thoughts on The Handlebards- As You Like It

On Wednesday night, my drama group went to an open air performance of Shakespeare's As You Like It. I'm not sure what I was expecting really. What we were told was that it was to be performed by a group of people that travel the length of the country on bikes and that it would be outside, in the rain, and we weren't allowed umbrellas. Regardless, I handed over the money and hoped for the best. 

I woke up on Wednesday to the sound of rain pounding my bedroom window. I kept checking the weather and it just seemed to get worse and worse. My heart now goes out to those women who had to cycle all the way from York! Thankfully, by six o'clock when we met up with my drama group, the rain had miraculously stopped.

 We set our blanket down on the grass with everybody else and were greeted by somebody in shin high green socks who told us if we couldn't see, to move right up to the red line. "We don't bite...but we do smell!"

Now sitting within an inch of the performance and the other end of the gardens to the rest of the group, it felt as if we were part of the action. When I say I was surprised by what I saw, I mean I was literally mind blown. 

There were only four actresses in the play, each with multiple different roles. They could be the beautiful Rosalind one minute and the rough Orlando the next! Audience participation was at it's finest, even if some people looked a little offended when they stole their picnics!

I am in love with this theatre group and will definitely see more of their work if I get the chance. They are touring across the country until September, so make sure to catch them!

All images were found on The Handlebards' website.
As You Like It dates and venues:

Health and Happiness,
Marti xxx

Friday, 21 July 2017

Reasons why I smiled this week

Sometimes the world can feel like a terrible place when in reality, our world is a wonderful place full of terrible things. These terrible things can sometimes taint our perspective and make us feel unhappy. Being brought down by things out of your control is not only a waste of time and energy, but is also toxic to those around you. It's a simple fact, but one we could all do with being reminded of every now and then. That's why I decided to think up a few reasons why I smiled this week, however large or small, as a reminder that the life I have is precious. I challenge you to do the same and keep finding a reason to smile every day! :)

  1. I'm feeling super driven and inspired, which is odd with it being the end of term.
  2. I watched my little brother swim of the first time in a while the other day and he's like a little fish :)
  3. The weather is just the way I like it: either sunny or thunder-stormy.
  4. My art teacher has mounted some of  my work in the corridors! That's something I could never have expected. 
  5. I've received some really lovely comments on my last blog post!
  6. Books, books, that not reason enough to smile?
  7. Finally, I'm brimming with excitement for the Summer Holidays! Just two more days ladies and gentlemen...two more days!
Health and happiness,
Marti xxx

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Pixies and Campervans

Today it was the annual old car show at Newby Hall and Gardens. The site is home to acres of green space, beautiful wild flowers and until September, my sister's Pixie Exhibition!

Jay has been making and selling her creations for the last few years over the creative outlet of Etsy. Her natural talent and hours of free flowing creativity have finally paid off, meaning her creations now hang with pride in the Grantham Room at Newby Hall and Gardens.  Newby is also home to the original Paddington Bear, Mr Bean's 'Teddy' and Fozzie Bear. I could not be any more proud of my big sister Jay :)

 In all, it was a truly lovely day. The sun was shining and we even saw some camper beauties!

 Apologies for the lack of post on Friday- this is substitute! ;)

Health and happiness,
Marti xxx

Friday, 7 July 2017

One of my favourite places

Some photos taken at the stepping stones by Fin and I last weekend :)

Health and happiness,
Marti xxx