Monday, 22 June 2015

Take That..... Twice!

In mid June, I flew (ooooh, fancy!) up to London with Mother and a friend to go and see Take That at The O2.

We had a fabulous couple of days in London and Take that put on the most amazing show.
I have seen them on their previous 2 tours so know what amazing showmen they are so we have been so excited about going to see them again!

Flying up is definitely the way to get to London from Devon. It was cheaper than a train and took an hour! I'll definitely look at doing it again next time I need to go to London!

We came back from London on a massive high and their albums have been playing non stop ever since!
You don't even have to be a fan of Take That to enjoy their shows - you get caught up in the atmosphere and you know all their songs anyway because they're on the radio all the time. I love watching the men who get dragged along looking all shifty at the start but by the end, they're all clapping and singing and having a great time!

Take That were advertising a screening of their live show into cinemas around the world so of course, I had to check it out when we got back!
Worryingly, a lot of the seats were already booked up so I had to book straight away so we could go and see them again 2 weeks after we saw them live.

Mother and I invited our neighbours to come who jumped at the chance so we all trundled into Plymouth on Friday evening for another night of Take That.

The whole cinema was on their feet singing at the top of their voices and dancing away. It was strange because you're so used to being super quiet in a cinema.

It was good seeing them on the screen because we got to see some of the detail that we couldn't see from our seats in The O2 at the live show.

I can't wait for the DVD to come out now!!


Wednesday, 3 June 2015

My New Hobby - Geocaching

Have you ever heard of Geocaching?

The best description of it I have seen so far is:
"Using multi million pound technology to find tupperware in the woods"

Beautiful Dartmoor - Haytor
Basically, Geocaching is a sort of treasure hunt where you use accurate GPS coordinates to find the treasure which is a container with a log in it which you sign. Sometimes the containers are big enough to trade little items and there are game pieces called "Trackables" which move around the globe.

It is so geeky but actually quite fun!

A cache with some swapsies and a log to sign
I don't remember how I first heard about but I went onto the offical website to see if there were any near me. We never have anything cool near us because we're so rural so imagine my surprise when I found loads of them in all the places I go to! 
Some on paths where I walk, some on the bridleways and some in laybys for a quick "cache and dash"
It is free to sign up and play and you can upgrade to a premium membership which allows you to see more caches and do a bit more with the searches etc.

I saw one on the map that had only just been published so decided to go and find it on my way to work in the morning.
I left 10 minutes early, went to the gateway where the cache was. I was using the free intro app on my iphone which took me to the right place and beeped when I was within 30ft of it.
There was a nice hint to help me out and ta daaaaa! There it was! A little fake rock which has a compartment in the back.
I got out the bit of paper and signed my username and claimed my first ever geocache and also a "FTF" which means I was the first to find that geocache since it went live which apparently is quite an achievement!

My first cache and a FTF - fake rock visible in this pic!
I was totally hooked then and made sure I checked my app everytime I went somewhere to see if there was a cache nearby I could pick up.
There were 3 in the nearby village which Dad and I decided to get one evening. You're supposed to try and keep it a secret from "muggles" AKA non-cachers so we had a real laugh trying to look incognito whilst rummaging through a hedge in the dark to find a little plastic pot!
One was a fake snail with a tiny bit of paper in to sign and the other was a magnetic bolt that you unscrewed to get the log. So clever!!

A fake snail with a hidden compartment!

Innocent looking stick

Caching with my geohorse!
Hidden in the top of a fence post - sneaky!
This new hobby has taken me on some lovely new walks with the dogs and just makes things a little more interesting. I have introduced a few people to it who think it's quite fun and it's always so exciting to actually find one!

My Geohounds

I don't think I'll ever get into it as seriously as some do but I do enjoy checking for them when we go on a dog walk and picking some up if I'm in the area.

We found quite a few when we were on holiday in Barcelona which was really good fun because people from all over the world sign them. We bumped into a couple from Germany while we were looking for one.

Some of the containers are really inventive and the way they're hidden is really sneaky. I'm still a relative newbie so I've not seen a huge variation of hides but I've seen a couple of clever ones - one being up a tree and you had to find the camouflaged string and lower it down to sign the log then put it back up again.

This one was a good one on a very quiet footpath.

The clue for this was "in the iron"
can see it in the second slot down but how do I get to it?
Pull the clear fishing line it's tied to of course!
Ta daaa! sneaky little cache!
The good thing about this hobby is that anyone can do it if you have a smartphone and it's free to do with the option of upgrading.
Everyone I have met through it is so friendly and really helpful and you learn to spot cachers from a mile off - shifty looking people running their hands along a wall or railing usually with a mobile phone or GPS in their hands.
You also develop a bit of a "cacher's eye" where you'll spot a likely looking hide once you know you're in the right area.

A cache location on the coast path with my "Geohounds"

Beautiful bluebell woods
I highly recommend this activity to get you out into the countryside exploring and enjoying the beautiful scenery as well as getting some exercise!

There's loads of information on the Geocaching website and you don't need anything special to start doing this hobby other than a smartphone and a pen/pencil! It really is that simple and fun!

Beautiful Dartmoor

Go and try it and report back!


Monday, 1 June 2015

7 Questions Tag - Coast Facts

The coast path at Bolberry

I recently got tagged by Claire of Everywhere You Look to take part in the 7 questions Coast Tag inspired by The National Trust Coast Facts

What's your favourite Beach?
It's got to be Wonwell or Mothecombe beach on the Erme Estuary. We can take the dogs there all year round and I love riding there as well!

Sea or Sand?
I hate sand and I'm not that keen on the sea either so I can't decide which is the lesser of the two evils. I have a lot of respect for the power of the sea and it's got seaweed and monsters in it and sand just gets everywhere.

Tell a memory of being by the sea.
There isn't one that springs to mind. I guess the best memories are galloping my horse flat out along Mothecombe beach pretending I was Tatum O'Neal in International Velvet!!

What's your favourite seaside food?
Surely everyone's favourite is fish and chips?! Preferably with half a jar of tartare sauce as well!
If we have a BBQ on the beach, a nice burger always goes down well with my cider!

Favourite Ice Cream Flavour?
Rum and Raisin or Chocolate although when I was in Barcelona, they had Mojito flavoured ice cream which had to beat everything hands down!

Have you lived by the sea?
Yes, I currently live a short distance from the lovely coastline of the South Hams in Devon and I love it here. Being by the beach is a little wasted on me but I do appreciate the stunning views from the coast path.

Favourite place on the coast?
The South Hams! We really are very lucky where we live here to be surrounded by some beautiful coastline and for those that like the beach, there are some nice beaches and seaside towns like Salcombe nearby. 

I now tag Life out of London, The Cup and SaucerMade in Hunters and anyone else who wants to take part in this tag!

Pretending I'm in International Velvet

Bantham Beach and Burgh Island

Take That!

I took this photo from the front row on their Circus tour

Oh my goodness.....

I'm going to see Take That on Friday!!!!

We're flying (ooooh nice!) up from Exeter on Thursday and going to sight see in London for a couple of days then go and see TT at the O2.

I've seen them on their last two tours and even actually touched Mark, Gary and Robbie!

I like to play it cool and think I won't get over excited but when the big build up to them appearing on stage starts, I totally lose control and start screaming like a teenager!

I'm currently watching their old tour DVDs and getting way over excited!

Roll on Friday!