5 Things To Do By The Seaside

StonesSo I’m not talking about halcyon, tropical beaches here; I’m thinking more of a windswept hair, lobster face, white horses, British beach. Luckily, I happened to spend the weekend on one of these  alluring beaches with my boyfriend. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed more in my life, I felt like the Joker with my mouth stuck in a constant ‘why so serious’ smile.

1. Buy a dinghy

I’m not messing with you, I promise; go and buy a dinghy. There was a mutual nod of agreement as we saw a little dinghy resting against a tackle shop window. It was our destiny to buy this ‘ship’. Do I think buying this £35 vessel was worth it? Considering we used it for three days and then returned it due a ‘fault in the seam’, you bet it was! We rowed round the tranquil harbour with a pink sunset backdrop to our hearts content. I say ‘we’… but Alex rowed, I sat with my legs wrapped in a blanket admiring the view.

2. Ride the waves

On a bodyboard that is, especially if you like to pretend you surf. What’s that? You don’t like going in the sea because it’s cold? Put a wetsuit on and man up. Oh, and now you say you can’t body board? Alex was ‘catchin waves’ for half an hour and now considers himself a professional. The feeling of lying on a board, avoiding the jellyfish and floating in the sea waiting for the right wave is undeniably going to make you smile.

3. Go crabbing

There’s a delightful habour wall near our beach, so obviously our first thought was ‘crabbing’. We set up a net dangling off the edge and sat in wait for our creepy crabs, which by the way both of us were unwilling to actually touch. A cosy jumper and few passerbys later and we had three of the crustaceans. There’s something very satisfying about collecting crabs, perhaps it’s the people walking by feeling obliged to admire them in the bucket.

4. Dig holes 

Yes, the kind of holes your brother dug in the sand when you were little. There’s not much you can say about this, except it’s very funny. Lie on your stomach and dig like a dog until you can see Australia… or until you hit a rock.It’s kind of like the opposite of building a sandcastle, those things are just too mainstream.

                Yes, he looks like a meerkat.

5. Eat chips

Lots of them. They give you long lasting energy (I like to think) and could technically be classed as a vegetable. I think we ate seven different bags or boxes of chips over the weekend each, and I don’t regret any one of them. There’s nothing like scoffing chips while sitting on a painful rock, after a morning in the sea. My personal favourite is chips with curry sauce, a very British experience all in all.


The Truth About GCSEs.

The Truth About GCSEsExams, we’ve all done them. Probably.

You sit at a wobbly wooden desk with ‘i hate exams’ scratched into it (thanks for the moral support), and an expressionless invigilator making awkward eye contact every few minutes. You avoid moving your chair, so as not to sound like you’re ‘breaking wind’ and god forbid if you drop your pencil. After controlling all of this, the exam seems to go by pretty quickly.

I’ve just completed my GCSEs, and I honestly have no idea how they went – so don’t even bother to ask. The nine subjects I took could all be anywhere between an A* and a D. However, I think I learnt a thing or two.

1. It is possible to revise everything the day before.  We all do it, and we all pretend not to. Okay, maybe you started the topic weeks ago and got through the first few pages, then realise how much you really have to do ‘that other subject‘! You get to the day before and are in deep doo doo. GET UP EARLY. You start at 7 o’clock and go through to even just 12 o’clock and you’ve done 5 hours! It may not be what you planned…but as tesco says, ‘every little helps’. Just finding a summarised textbook, I used CGP books, and doing a page every half an hour means it’s easy to get through a whole topic.

2. It’s okay to have two hour lunch breaks.  Your culinary skills come out during revision, and you know it. Or maybe just the bigger the meal the better. Beans on toast with grated cheese, one of my personal favourites. Set a realistic time to start work again after lunch, whether that’s after watching a romantic comedy or ten minutes after you finished before. But what ever you do, even if you have to crawl to your desk… STICK TO YOUR TIME.

3. Don’t listen to everything you hear. ‘I haven’t revised a single thing’…yeah yeah yeah, sure. Everybody says it, so when they get the results the can say ‘would you look at that, I’m naturally clever’! Don’t buy into it. The Internet and media shout about how stressed we should be, how we eat nothing but rubbish, and we’re all on set to fail. Sorry to enquire, but how would you know? It’s not like their 50 year old butts are working as hard as ours.

4. They are not a big deal. Yeah, they may dictate where we go to college, and possibly Uni…but come on. We’re aliens living on a planet in the middle of a solar system, the education system is invented by humans, for humans. If the apocalypse occurs, you’re not going to be saved because you got an A in GCSE maths. I see why you want to do well, so do I, but in the great scheme of things…they are not worthy of your stress.

5. The summer will be pretty awesome. No matter who you are, or what you enjoy, the feeling of having nothing to do is good. Very good. I still have a feeling in the back of my mind I should be doing something…but oh wait… there’s nothing. I’m scared I’m going to actually miss doing revision. I plan to go to the seaside, spend time with my boyfriend and maybe even write a blog post or two.