Sunday, 19 November 2017

What Shows I'm Watching Right Now!

November 19, 2017 6 Comments
I'm not a binge-watcher when it comes to television. More often than not I'll reach the second or third series, get bored during one scene in one episode and stop watching for weeks or even months. I'm so, so bad at it, which is completely ridiculous for somebody who loves watching TV shows as much as I do.

So anyway, today I've decided to compile a list of what I'm currently watching - maybe it might inspire you to watch one or some of the shows I love so much!


Currently watching on Netflix:

1. Stranger Things
I'm currently on episode 2 of season 2 so no spoilers in the comments please!! I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be watching this if I hadn't been persuaded to by my colleagues to do so. I think everybody's started watching it because they've been persuaded by colleagues or peers, Alex (my boyfriend) has too. I find it quite difficult to watch American shows, there's something about British shows that grab me and keep my attention far longer, but this has kept me entertained more than I expected. It's definitely a 'must watch' just like Game of Thrones else you won't have any idea what everybody around you is on about. The characters are probably the best part of the show for me and I like that it makes me jump at times. I'm not so sure on the storylines, but for some strange reason they still made me get through season 1 pretty quickly!

2. Being Human
Being Human is pretty old now, I think it started airing nearly ten years ago or something ridiculous, but I started watching because who cannot resist Aidan Turner. I thought it was a bit cringy at first, but now I've got into it it's definitely the best supernatural show I've watched. It's very British. It's just not comparable to something like The Vampire Diaries, despite the themes and genre being pretty much the same. There's just typical British humour added into it and that just makes me love it even more. Again, I'm only on season 2 so far but this is one I'm not going to stop watching. I have however been told to stop watching once the cast is changed - I think that's at the end of season 3? And I will abide by that because I couldn't cope with a cast change, these three main characters are fantastic together! But I'll see these characters until the end.

3. Poldark
Let's not talk about my obsession with Aidan Turner, we're just going to completely ignore that. This is perhaps not under the right section - I watched the 1st season on Netflix and then was like WHAT'S HAPPENING when after the INSANELY GOOD season 1 finale came to an end and started suggesting other shows for me to watch. You guessed it, they only have the 1st season on there. I bought the 2nd season but I just find shows so much easier to watch when they're on an app, so I'm currently on the 2nd season of this show too. Aidan and Eleanor are just fantastic, as are the rest of the cast. It's really beautifully written and filmed.


Currently watching elsewhere:

1. The Apprentice
I don't watch much reality or talent related television anymore (I even gave up bake off when it changed hosts/channels) but I can't help myself with The Apprentice. It's just so entertaining and I really get into the tasks, not to mention I always have a favourite contestant. Last year I really wanted Grainne to win, but this year my current favourite contestants are Jade, Sarah & Harrison - I think. I'm also watching 2012's series too even though I know who wins. I only started watching the show last season so I'm going back and catching up on what I've missed, I like it that much! If you want a bit of light entertainment then you can have a watch on the iplayer (if you're from the UK).

2. Neighbours
I always have to be watching a soap opera. I haven't not watched a soap since I was around fifteen. I wouldn't say I watch it every day, I really don't have the time to, but when I do have a spare moment I often pop it on. There's something about it that I like better than British Soaps. I know I said I'm a big fan of British TV, but I've also always loved a bit of Australian TV too. I suppose it's just American TV that I struggle with.

3. Skam
I didn't think I'd get into Skam because well, it's not in English. I thought that would take away from it but it really doesn't, so long as the subtitles are there. I'm only on season 2 of that too (okay I suck at this TV show watching thing) but the episodes are so short that it's easy to squeeze them into your day. It's often compared to the UK's show Skins. It is similar, but quite a lot more light-hearted in my opinion. It's a shame they had to cancel the show in the end.


Currently re-watching

1. Taskmaster
I can't stress enough how much everybody should head over to Dave/uktvplay online and watch this show!!! If you love British comedians then you just can't not watch this. It is ridiculously funny. The show is literally just British comedians - and presenters on occasion - doing ridiculous tasks. So many fantastic people have been on it including Mel Giedroyc and Noel Fielding. It's my number one favourite show, it really doesn't matter how many times I watch the episodes, I never get bored of it - it's just brilliant!

2. And Then There Were None
I started re-watching this last night. It's basically a mini-series that BBC did a couple of years ago, based on one of Agatha Christie's novel's. This is actually why I'm watching Poldark and Being Human, because I found Aidan through this and it turns out he's amazing in all his shows. But this was just perfectly pulled off and I recommend it to absolutely everyone. It was very popular, but I still didn't see enough people talking about it so please find a way to watch this, it's fantastic. They tend to do something like this every Christmas now but this year's has been pulled because of Ed Westwick and I'm gutted - especially as it was going to have Eleanor Tomlinson in.

3. Josh
We're back to the comedy shows again! Josh is another show Alex and I will watch over and over again. The 3rd season aired just a few weeks back and it was possibly the best season yet. If you like a bit of British humour then this is another good one to give a watch. All episodes are on iplayer (I think) and Geoff is definitely the best character!

Let me know what you're watching at the moment. I'd love some show recommendations so I can decide what to watch next!


Thursday, 16 November 2017

Top Reasons I Want to Move to Cardiff

November 16, 2017 25 Comments
1. Cardiff Bay
Cardiff Bay is my 'happy' place and only being able to go there a couple of times a year really sucks. There's always something going on there and I fall in love with the atmosphere every time I go. I've been there quite a lot when it's been cold or even raining and somehow I still find it beautiful. I've never been much of a fan of winter, I feel like all city activities and events kind-of stop and everyone hides away indoors, but in Cardiff they don't and Cardiff Bay looks absolutely stunning at Christmas time. When I was there last year the lights and Christmas tree mixed with a wonderful man singing Christmas songs outside the restaurants was just the perfect atmosphere. 




2. The PeopleSo, these aren't actually in order because I couldn't possibly order them, but the people are probably one of the reasons I most want to live there. Every time I visit Cardiff it feels like a complete contrast to where I live in terms of the how friendly people are. When Alex and I first went to the city we were stunned when people got in our way and actually apologised. I'm not saying Southampton's the worst city in the world, I've definitely been to worse places but a lot of people are usually quite grumpy. I've had a few slightly scary - I'm not sure if that's the right word, but uncomfortable and unnecessary experiences this year and it's just not a place I see myself settling down in. I guess I don't really feel safe here at the moment, there's just a weird vibe going around. I found myself becoming a bit more outgoing and finding people who I think I could actually get along with when I was in Cardiff, which is a pretty big thing for me.

3. There's parks and nature!
I've run out of things to do in Southampton but in Cardiff, is that even possible?! I'm a big fan of the wetland reserve in Cardiff Bay. 




I really love walks and exploring new places, not to mention I have a bit of a love for ducks and there are plenty there. Wildlife and so much GREEN right in the middle of a city is something I'm just not used to but love the idea of. I've barely stepped foot in Bute park but what I've seen is amazing. I love the little parks too, and the one around the university (I wish I'd gone to uni there). I need to live in a city or at least a town to keep me sane I think, but I grew up in a place where I passed country fields and parks to get to school and that will always be part of me, so a mixture of both is just a dream! I'd definitely walk more and probably be a hell of a lot more active, but perhaps that's just wishful thinking.




4. It's near beaches!
And I'm not talking rubbish, English beaches (Cornwall you are excused from this insult), I'm talking Welsh beaches. I spend a lot of time around the Tenby area and it would be really useful if it didn't take me eight hours to get home to my parents who live in that area. But also, I just really need more beaches in my life. I couldn't live in Pembrokeshire because I'd get seriously bored after a short amount of time, but this way I'd be close enough to enjoy it without having to spend long periods of time there.





5. Summer!
I mentioned winter in Cardiff but summer is just as good! I've not had enough time to experience it as much as I'd like to unfortunately but there are so many places to walk, there's even an outside space with exercise equipment, well, actually I've found two of those so far. Who needs to pay to go to a gym when there's literally one for free! Cardiff Bay have their little pop up beach too and serve slush puppy cocktails which sound too good to be true. Not to mention I'm dying to go to the Cardiff food festival! I've not experienced the center of Cardiff in Summer much yet but I would love to!





6. Cardiff loves Cardiff!
There will always be people who disagree, but I see a lot of support online for the city from people who live there. I also see a lot of people who say they moved away but always ended up going back. I think that's an important thing for someone like me to hear. I'm worried moving there might spoil the city for me, but seeing so many of those comments on a daily basis really reassures me.

7. Money
In terms of renting or buying in Cardiff it is SO much cheaper than living in the South of England. I'd be saving a lot! Whether on rent, prescriptions, anything else. It's just generally so much cheaper. 

8. There's so much cool stuff around!
This might sound a little insane but there's just so much stuff compared to where I live. There are people in the shopping centre that literally make ice cream in front of you, there is a cookie dough stall, there is a super cool restaurant that serves THE BEST strawberry lemonade (I think it was strawberry). There's even treetop golf, plus my favourite bath bomb store happens to be based in one of the little arcades!! The market is insanely awesome to somebody like me who doesn't have one in their city and don't even get me started on how much better their Christmas market is! I would never run out of things to eat and drink, we just don't have all of that here. Another thing I just love about Cardiff is that Doctor Who is filmed there. And I'm absolutely not a geek (um, well maybe a little) but I love a bit (lot) of Doctor Who. Even though the exhibition has sadly closed, the city is still mad for it! I just love Cardiff spotting when I'm watching the show, especially when it's one of the older episodes when they used Cardiff much more. I wouldn't move there because of that alone, but it's a cool added bonus!



I'd love to hear from anybody reading this who is living in Cardiff or is considering moving there like me and any tips would be great too. I'd love to make some friends who live there before I eventually, inevitably move there myself.

Friday, 10 November 2017

The 100 Blogger Questions

November 10, 2017 4 Comments
I've not been tagged - obviously - but I thought this would be a fun way for people who visit my blog to get to know me and also a fun thing for me to look back on and think 'what was I thinking'.
100 QUESTIONS.
Except... I deleted a few because I'm British and they didn't make sense to me. So, nearly 100 questions.
 

Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed? Closed...unless I can't be bothered to shut them. I have a funny story involving my wardrobe actually, but it's embarrassing so you'll have to ask me about that. The wardrobe's Alex's side of the bed anyway so it doesn't bother me!
Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel?
Of course. I mean, who doesn't? A lot of the hotels I visit have stopped making it possible though :(
Do you sleep with you sheets tucked in or out?
Tucked out! 
Have you ever stolen a street sign before?
No, do people do that?
Do you like to use post-it notes?
At work. At home they'd just be more mess than they're worth
Do you cut out coupons but then never use them?
No, I'm too lazy to even cut them out. I leave them on the item and think 'I'll use that' and I never do
Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of bees?
Bees... I'm less likely to die that way, right?
Do you have freckles?
Some, but not nice ones
Do you always smile for pictures?
When other people are taking them!
What is your biggest pet peeve?
I have a lot but people who put their bag on a seat on the bus so nobody can sit there, or similarly, people who sit on the aisle seat. ESPECIALLY when it's BUSY! That winds me up every single day.
Do you ever count your steps when you walk?
No, my phone does that for me
Do you ever dance even if there’s no music playing?
I'm not sure you could call it dancing even when there is music
Do you chew your pens and pencils?
Probably without realising it
What size is your bed?
I think it's a large double bed?
What is your song of the week?
No Such Thing as a Broken Heart by Old Dominion and Who Told You by Cimorelli. I can't choose between them!
Is it okay for guys to wear pink?
Yes! Do it!
Do you still watch cartoons?
Pokemon is my guilty pleasure.
What’s your least favourite movie?
Harry Potter. I'm so sorry, but I found it ridiculously boring. I got up to the forth or fifth film and still wasn't enjoying it.
Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some?
One of my parent's fields.
What do you drink with dinner?
I drink strawberry water with everything
What do you dip a chicken nugget in?
Ketchup, of course!
What is your favourite food?
Fajitas! Roast Dinners and BBQ's are top of the list too!
What movies could you watch over and over and still love?
Pitch Perfect & The Inbetweeners Movie. Also probably Moana and Lion King!
Last person you kissed/kissed you?
My boyfriend
Were you ever a boy/girl scout?
No!
When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?
When I resigned from my job, ha
Can you change the oil on a car?
No
Ever gotten a speeding ticket?
No, probably has something to do with the fact I can't drive though
Ever ran out of gas?
See above.
Favourite kind of sandwich?
Sausage sandwich!
Best thing to eat for breakfast?
The above! But I usually have porridge on week days
What is your usual bedtime?
In bed for 10:30, asleep for 11:30 unless it's the weekend
Are you lazy?
Completely 
When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween?
I didn't really celebrate Halloween, I've only ever dressed up for it twice and both times were since I turned eighteen
What is your Chinese astrological sign?
Chicken... I think?
How many languages can you speak?
English and a splash of French. A very small splash
Do you have any magazine subscriptions?
Not currently
Which are better, legos or lincoln dogs?
What's a lincoln dog? I can't even find anything for that on Google!
Are you stubborn?
Yes
Ever watch soap operas?
Neighbours. And I used to be utterly obsessed with Hollyoaks but now I can't stand it
Are you afraid of heights?
No, I love them!
Do you sing in the car?
I rarely go in the car
Do you sing in the shower?
No. I don't really see the link between the two things. Why do people sing in the shower of all places?
Ever used a gun?
No
Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?
2013, but I have to have one done soon for work

Do you think musicals are cheesy?
No, not at all! They're one of my favourite things in life. I don't find them cheesy at all
Is Christmas stressful?
Not for me
Ever eat a pierogi?
No, I don't even know what that is
Favourite type of fruit pie?
Apple
Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?
Model (I'm the most awkward person in front of a camera so that would have gone well),
 journalist, producer, actress, teacher, writer, screenwriter 
Do you believe in ghosts?
Sometimes
Ever have a Deja-vu feeling?
SO MUCH
Take a vitamin daily?
No...but I should try that. Any recommendations? 
Wear slippers?
I have super cute unicorn ones but I forget to wear them, so not really
Wear a bath robe?
Constantly 
What do you wear to bed?
PJ's that don't actually match
First concert?
I've not really ever been to one, it's not something that really interests me. I'd much prefer to go and see a musical at the theatre. I saw Girls Aloud at a Children in Need concert and they were rubbish
Nike or Adidas?
I don't really care for either
Peanuts or Sunflower seeds?
Peanuts
Ever heard of the group Tres Bien?
No
Ever take dance lessons?
Yes when I was younger, but I was truly awful at it and people made that pretty clear, so I gave up
Can you curl your tongue?
No
Ever won a spelling bee?
No, is that a thing in the UK?
Have you ever cried because you were so happy?
I don't think so
Own any record albums?
Nope!
Own a record player?
Nope! They're quite cool though
Regularly burn incense?
I did for a while and I would again if I had some. I do really like the smell of it
Ever been in love?
Yes
Hot tea or cold tea?
No tea
Tea or coffee?
Hot Chocolate
Can you swim well?
No, but I can swim
Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?
Yes
Are you patient?
Not particularly 
DJ or band at a wedding?
Band!
Ever have a plastic surgery?
No!
Which are better, black or green olives?
No olives
Can you knit or crochet?
No (I realise most of my answers to these questions are 'no')
Best room for a fireplace?
The living room
Do you want to get married?
Yes
Who was your HS crush?
I didn't really know many guys at that age. I mean, those years aren't something I really ever want to think about
Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way?
Well...
Do you have kids?
No
Do you want kids?
Yes
What’s your favourite colour?
Turquoise 

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Why Rats Make Great Pets!

November 01, 2017 22 Comments
If you can’t get a dog, get a rat. They're pocket-sized puppies.

I’ve had various pets throughout my life and the most similar to dogs has been my rats, only you don’t have to walk them and all that active stuff. They’re easy for children to look after too – with supervision of course. Last year I had to say goodbye to my three rats who all sadly died within the same year (they were all the same age to be fair) but I'll never forget just how special these animals are, so here are my reasons as to why they make great pets, I really hope it inspires you to get some! 

Image from freestocks

They’re Super Friendly
Rats have a bad stigma attached to them because of wild rats, but pet rats are completely different. Okay, I do start squealing 'aww' every time I'm watching 'I'm a Celebrity' and see a wild rat (at least they claim they're wild rats, either way I feel sorry for the things they do to them on there), but in reality I wouldn't ever want to touch one of those! If you spend enough time with pet rats then they’ll love you unconditionally, they’ll race up their cage to say hello to you every time they hear you coming. It honestly is just like a dog greeting you and just like dogs they don’t even do it for food, they actually want to see you! On the friendly note, they absolutely have to live in groups of at least two else they’ll get lonely, they’re sociable animals! They just want to play and be loved!

They Don’t Actually Bite Often. 
I say 'often' because I have heard of some grumpy rats, but mine didn’t really bite at all. My finger, nose (don’t ask) and toe did go in Echo’s mouth but it didn’t hurt, it was just a little scrape. Paper cuts hurt more than her teeth did. As for the other two, they never even tried to put their teeth around me, they were super gentle. My worst rat injury was actually when Badger was young and she climbed over my face and her claws scratched through my lip. As I said, they’re really gentle though. I wouldn’t even trust my dog to eat treats out of my hand – not because he’s aggressive just because he’s bouncy and excited - but I happily did with the little rats.

Badger

Nibbles

Echo

They’re Strong
As in they don’t need to go to the vets as often as hamsters do. When I was looking into getting a hamster I saw that they often hurt themselves easily but rats don’t really do that so much, they’re tough. I was really surprised by how tough they are. They hang from the bars and then fall right to the bottom of the cage before getting up like nothing happened.

They're Intelligent 
Rats can do pretty much everything a dog can do – other than bark, of course, but apparently they can laugh. They can learn their names, they can learn to fetch and do other tricks. Two of mine actually escaped out of their cage once whilst I was on holiday (they were being fed by someone who popped in). They managed to survive five days (at least) outside of their cage. The kitchen was a mess when we got home but they managed to somehow jump up onto the kitchen unit and find themselves food and water! They’d even made themselves a home in the cupboard below our stairs. I still have no idea how they jumped all the way up onto the kitchen counter when they're such small animals, I just wish I knew. Worth noting on that point that my rats were female and I can't speak for male rats. From what I've been told male rats are less wiggly but they're much bigger, they also often out-live female rats.



They’re Great With Children
If your child wants their first pet then you should definitely at least consider rats. They bite far less than hamsters. When my rats were all gone I looked into having a hamster and all I found were people commenting on the discussion threads saying ‘get a rat instead’. I didn’t have enough time of room for any more rats sadly, but it turns out hamsters need a cage not so much smaller anyway and that’s just for one hamster!


They're Funny!
When we’d already had Badger and Echo for six months and brought baby Nibbles home, Badger dragged the baby to their box where they slept and wouldn’t let her leave. She was just so protective over her, yet Nibbles was like a little toddler. She was so quick and naughty and kept trying to escape. Badger has always been a bit careless up until then. She’d climb the cage and hang upside down but having nibbles turned her into such a Mum! Badger was my favourite (Echo was my boyfriend’s) and I still miss her a year on, but we had some fantastic memories with all of them. Just the way she’d look up into your eyes and have a sniff won me over every time. Echo was the shoulder rat though, she liked being on shoulders...and in hoodie pockets. Alex would always take her with him to make dinner because she'd just climb around on him for ages.


They Bring Happiness
Every single time I had a bad day or was struggling with uni (and that was a lot), they’d be there running up to the top of the cage to say hi and never once did it not make me feel better. They were happy to have cuddles and they were pretty much my coping mechanism. Whether it's mental illness or unhappiness, even if you just need a distraction, I recommend them. They bring so much joy!


They Get to Know You
After a while they learn who you are. Badger got out of her cage one time during the last few months we had her and she just ran under the sofa and straight to our feet. You'd expect them to try and escape, but she came running straight to us!


I hope I've convinced you that rats are lovable, incredible and happy pets who don't deserve to be spoken about in a negative manner. If you've had rats before please let me know your rat stories, I'd love to hear them! 
Image from freestocks

If you have any rat questions, let me know and I'll try and answer the best I can.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Review — Lush's Snow Fairy Jelly Bomb

October 30, 2017 16 Comments
I used to have a really ridiculous obsession with Lush's products - in particular their bath bombs. It got to the point where I was posting so many bath bomb photos that even Buzzfeed found one and posted it in one of their articles. I think eventually, I'd tried pretty much all of their bombs so stopped buying from them and chose to buy from more independent companies instead. I don't have a whole lot of time for baths at the moment due to the hours I work, but I managed to free up some time one evening last week to give one of their jelly bombs a go.

I was so confused when I initially saw the words 'jelly bomb'. It sounded both awful and interesting at the very same time and I just had to give it a go. I decided to try out the Snow Fairy jelly bomb as that has to be one of my favourite Lush scents of all time. I threw some Snow Fairy shower jelly in the bath too because a bath without bubbles just isn't right! Usually the scent of a bath bomb is enough to make me enjoy it, but this one didn't quite go down that line.



Design
As you can see below, the jelly bomb initially has no difference in appearance to any other bath bomb. You can't tell from the outside that it's a 'jelly' bomb as opposed to your average bath bomb. The design's very simple. If I saw it in a shop I probably wouldn't buy it unless I picked it up and gave it a sniff. When I first started buying Lush bath bombs I was always drawn to the colourful ones and I would hardly describe this bath bomb as colourful. I often wanted to pick up a bomb and get out as soon as possible to avoid the large crowds in such a small store. What I do enjoy about the design is that it does have a Christmas feel to it and since it's part of their Christmas range, I think I'll let them off. When I look at the colour of it 'snow fairy' is exactly the name that springs to mind.

The Scent
The scent of this 'jelly bomb' is just as beautiful as expected, just like the other Snow Fairy products. I didn't expect anything less. It smells a lot more like the snow fairy scented bubble bars and fairy dust to me than the shower gel. If you don't know the scent yet, then the easiest way to describe it is by saying that it is a very, very sweet smell. It's very girly and is probably one of the company's most popular scents - they have a lot of products in this scent. To me it smells like it has hints of candy floss mixed with vanilla. I really love the solid perfume version and would just love to try the liquid perfume version if I can ever get my hands on it.

Despite mixing the bomb and the shower gel I didn't find that the scent lasted on my skin once I got out of the bath, however during the bath the scent was definitely very strong. I do prefer it when I can find one that lasts on your skin but so far the only one I've found that's brilliant at that is Sakura bath bomb.


In The Bath
I found that the Jelly Bomb didn't fizz like your usual bath bomb and melted into the bath very slowly to the point where after a while I got bored and actually started to crush it up myself. However, if you like a bath bomb that is very slow then you might enjoy it. The colours are exactly as you'd expect from the outside of the bomb - there are no surprises inside. I like the combination of pink and white in a bath bomb but it wasn't overly impressive. When the bomb was in the water it was very strange to touch, you could definitely feel the difference between that and normal bath bombs. I don't know if I can say it felt good, but it wasn't a bad feeling, it was just very strange.


The Jelly Bomb left splutters of 'jelly' around. The consistency and texture was again, very strange to the touch and when I ended up emptying the bath the 'jelly' pieces had stuck all around the bath tub. Cleaning your bath isn't really the first thing you want to do after having relaxed into the water, but it was everywhere! On the positive side, it didn't stain the tub like some of the bombs I've tried previously have so I'm thankful for that.


The worst thing about this bath bomb for me was how ridiculously oily it was. I love bath melts and I love it when they make my skin smooth but this jelly bomb felt excessive! It made my bath so slippery that I started to fear for my life when I got out. It was like an ice rink!



I found that the Jelly Bomb turned the water a very nice girly pink colour which is something I can't really complain about too much. It was a colour a lot of bath bombs create though to be honest, it didn't have much originality. Still, the colour of a bath fit for a princess!


I think you'd have already guessed, but I wouldn't use this bath bomb again. I do however still encourage you to try Lush's other Snow Fairy scented products.

Lush, I will always have a soft spot for you, but not on this one I'm afraid!


Sunday, 29 October 2017

Review — You're Never Too Old For Folly Farm!

October 29, 2017 14 Comments
I did warn you of my love for animals, so you won’t be too surprised that my first post contains…well, animals. I’ve been going to Wales a few times a year since my parents moved out there a few years back and other than Cardiff – which I will talk about my love for another time – one of my favourite things I’ve done in South Wales and more specifically Pembrokeshire, so far is visit Folly Farm. I want to throw some reviews on here of things I do, things I eat and things I use because, well let's face it, whenever I'm interested in something the first thing I'll do is try and find a review, before I do it. Hopefully my reviews will be of use to others.


Folly Farm is the best attraction in Wales and that might be me being bias, but it was also voted the best day out in Wales. To top it off, it has also been voted as one of the five top zoos in the UK. There are some pretty awesome zoos in the UK so I think that's quite an achievement in itself.

The zoo consists of animals ranging from lions to goats and penguins to rats. I’m an avid rat lover so yes I did get as excited about them as the bigger animals, but unfortunately as they often are during the day – they were asleep and hiding. The zoo is a place you almost definitely would have visited as a child if you ever went on holiday to the area, so you might know of it even if you've not visited Pembrokeshire in many years. The penguins are a particularly popular feature, especially with children and you can get a nice close-up view of them. As with a few of the different animals in the zoo, you're also able to see them being fed at certain times which is pretty cool. You can't really beat watching a few penguins running round with fish in their mouths.
 

So why am I saying all of this now? I actually visited the zoo back in September and still hadn’t taken the photos I took during my time there off of my camera and put them online – or even on my laptop. This kind-of forced me into doing so. The last time I visited Folly Farm was during the summer holidays in 2016, but this time it was a few weeks into a new school term so as you would imagine, it was a hell of a lot quieter. I guess it took away from the atmosphere a little, but it meant all the animals were more comfortable coming out because there were so few people around, so we got to see pretty much everything.


Constructive Criticism: The only thing I think could be improved upon is that I didn’t find the staff to be the most interactive of people towards the customers. There are two zoos in this area of Wales – perhaps I’ll write about the other another time – and the staff at the other were much more talkative and went the extra mile. I do understand as it was a very quiet day and there weren't many kids to entertain, but the same went for the other zoo. It's nothing big and it definitely didn't take away from the enjoyment of the day.

Folly Farm is still my overall favourite place to visit in this area of Wales. I would go there every day if I could. If you’re visiting this part of Wales, especially as a family then it’s a must do! There’s something for everyone, even if you aren't the biggest fan of animals. The zoo has other things to do from old arcade machines to play areas and fairground rides, you can even milk a goat or take a ride on their train. Their Ferris wheel is also a popular feature and they run special events throughout the year.
My last thing to mention is that I have always been impressed with the way they run their digital media, it's very engaging and fun! If you're looking for more information about Folly Farm then you can visit their website here. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!




Thursday, 26 October 2017

Introduction

October 26, 2017 0 Comments
Hi guys!

This is just an introductory post, I hope it won't make you cringe too much. I recently started a new job and have since decided to attempt at growing my online, social presence. As somebody who's worked in social media for three or four years now it's completely ridiculous that I'm only starting this as we speak, but I was inspired by my manager to do so today.

About me

So, I'm in my mid-twenties and live in Southampton, Hampshire. I recently started a job in I.T recruitment which isn't a career I ever expected to go into but so far so good. I have a decent history of working for clients in the social media field and I do now run my current business' social media on the side of my 'official' role. I'm a graduate in Television and Video production, I love television but I haven't quite found my place in that industry yet.

So what will this blog feature? Well, I don't really know. So instead I've listed below some of the things I like the most in this world (non-people related). They're the things that are most likely to show up on this blog.

Hobbies

My two main hobbies are writing and video editing. I get bored so easily and my enjoyments don't usually stick for long periods of time. However, writing I've been doing ever since I could write, there's just something so magical to me about getting lost in a character of your own creation's mind. As for editing videos I've been doing that for about ten years now. I find it both relaxing and stressful, depending on how slow Sony Vegas/other editing software's are deciding to run.

Animals

I'm not exaggerating when I say that if you take me to a zoo, you'd literally have to drag me away. I have a complete and utter obsession with animals. I recently went to Wales and became obsessed with Wallabies. I had no idea I even liked wallabies! I fed them and decided it was one of the best days of my life (they were really gentle, it was adorable). I don't have any pets living with me, but my parents live with my gorgeous dog Syrup and our three ducks. I recently had three pet rats and I miss them every day. Oh, and we have an office cat (who doesn't actually belong to us, she just spends most of her days roaming around our office.)



Food

Until recently I had always been an 'eat to live' kind-of person, but now I am definitely 100% a 'live to eat' person. Good food is unbelievable! And by that I don't mean vegetables, by that I mean expensive burgers, spicy fajitas and Bella Italia pizza. I used to be absolutely terrified of eating out, I used to hate it. But now I really love it so expect restaurant reviews! Food is so good, I look forward to it every day to be honest.

Pretty Scents

I can't get enough of things that smell nice! I'm talking bath bombs, candles, wax melts. I love a nice, relaxing bath and there's nothing more romantic than a couple of candles. These kind of things will definitely be things I talk about and recommend on here.

Television

From Game of Thrones to Neighbours and Doctor Who to The Apprentice, I just love television. I love character progression and beautiful writing. I'm very much into British shows more so than American ones. I'm so British. I just adore British comedy and that makes up 80% of what I watch on television. I can't name my favourite comedian because I have about twenty! I'm also kinda a Pokemon fan... I'm a bit childish but what's wrong with that, right?

Exploring

I have this overwhelming sensation of wanderlust on a daily basis, yet I never travel and never have. It's actually quite frustrating because I just want to get out there and go places...but I can't really afford to do that. I love going places though. I often go to new cities in England - the south of it anyway - and even exploring my own country is enough for now. I love walks, I love going places. I really can't sit still, I just love to find new things. I love the beach too - but not sitting on the beach or sunbathing, I love dipping my feet in the water and walking along the sand instead.

That's pretty much it for now, just a guide of what to expect. I hope you'll return to take a look when I put my first proper post up!

Thanks for reading


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