An Experience At Sea 🌊⛵ (Photos and Highlights)

Hi all,

Yep, I really did go to sea! ⛵🌊 And it was incredible.

On Saturday I (very reluctantly) returned from a four day home-ed sailing voyage with The Island Trust in Cornwall. I learnt some brilliant skills, met some super cool new people and made some fantastic memories. The whole experience will stick with me forever.

Pegasus – the vessel shown below – was our home for the time we were at sea.

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Describing the whole trip would take a long, long, long time so I’m just going to be sharing a load of my highlights and some photos with you guys today.

Enjoy!

  • Making some absolutely awesome friends! If you’re reading this right now, guys, I just wanna say how much of a pleasure it was sailing with you and getting to know you over the time we spent together last week.

Just in case you didn’t know – I’m on the very right

  • Learning how to crew a sailing ship and how it all works. Working as a team with the others to sail Pegasus 72 nautical miles all in all was absolutely brilliant.

Creds to Megan – another crew member 🙂 Pegasus is on the left.

  • Sailing at night! Learning to navigate and not getting to our destination until midnight was preeeeetty cool. The land and the sea were sequined with what seems like millions of lights used to find our way – a beautiful sight.

Megan’s again ❤

  • Seeing wild dolphins! A surreal experience. I still can’t believe it.

Thanks for this one, Isaac.

  • Sunsets.

  • Watching a sailor set the record for sailing non-stop around the world in the smallest boat. We greeted him at the finish line and had the honour of being pretty much the first human beings he’d seen in the best part of a year. I hope he appreciated the horns and the mexican wave 😁

  • Making a sand sculpture of a mermaid with Megan on the beach.

  • All the HILARIOUS inside jokes 😂😂😁
  • Enjoying the sun, the waves and the views up on deck. Feeling the motion of the boat (fortunately I wasn’t seasick 😀)


  • Steering! I loved the feeling of (kinda) being in control of the boat and of having to really concentrate on all the elements of navigation (the wind, landmarks, where we’re trying to go)

Now for some other random photos (credits to Megan, Isaac and Craig – the skipper)

Anchored in a coastal river mouth for the night.

A HUGE ferry.

Another stunning sunset.

The bow (front) of Pegasus.

Not sure if this was early morning or evening? Either way – very pretty.

Dusk on the water.

Another bow shot.

Look at the skyyyyy!

So yeah! A very special experience and one I hope to repeat in the near future. Thank you, Island Trust for making this so amazing! ❤❤❤

I hope you enjoyed reading about this and seeing all the photos!

Gracie xxx

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One Life – Live It, But Live In The Moment

I’m constantly worried that I’m not making the most of my life.

I only have one (duh) and I want to make the most of every moment.

I start to panic – I could be doing this, I should be trying that, I want to experience EVERYTHING this world has to offer me.

Then I slow down. What kind of a way to live your life is that? Constantly worrying about cramming things in, trying to do everything. It wouldn’t be a happy, content one – that’s for sure.

So I’ve made a decision. I’m going to take my one life and live it, but I’m going to live in the moment. Make the most of the present, be spontaneous and find joy in the little things.

Q and A (Part 2) – Campfires, Quirks and Cowgirls!

Let’s dive right in, shall we? Welcome to part 2 of my Q and A!

Mukta

Where is the most interesting place you’ve been to?

Ooh, I don’t know. Ah, I’ll tell you this story. The place I went was certainly ‘interesting’. Basically, I went to do a spoken word performance and workshop at a youth club in a city near me. It was horrible – full of kids  smoking, swearing, taking drugs, throwing bottles of wine around, being extremely rude to each other (and to me). It was so hot and it stank and I was there for ten hours. Yay.

What are some little things that make your day better?

I need this after that last question. Lol. Okay – Writing. Sunrises and sunsets. Music. Pinterest. Laughter. Friends. Learning new things. Campfires. Sunshine. Sweet comments. Poetry.


Is there a song you know that fits your personality?

I think I’m more of a mess of snatches of notes and lyrics than an actual song, but I think if I was a song I’d have the voice of Adele, the lyrics of High Dive Heart and the tune of some old rock or folk song. XD


What quirks do you have?

I’ve never thought about this before. Here goes – I use way too many words than necessary, I daydream a LOT, I forget my belongings all the time, I get stuck on things that happened ages ago and that everyone else has probably forgotten all about and yeah….I’m imperfectly perfect 🙂

What movie can you never get tired of watching?

Probably Calamity Jane. It’s an old musical that just makes me smile and laugh and want to be a cowgirl every time I see it.

What do you hope never changes in the world, and in you?

World: All the positivity and all the incredible people and all the natural beauty. Me: my personality. I am me and I’m determined to stay that way!

Andrea

What’s the best book you’ve read lately?

The Secret Life Of Bees! It’s beautifully written with amazing characters and a brilliant plot. I highly recommend it!

Favourite movie?

If I did have to choose just one it’d probably be Les Miserables. It’s AMAZINGGGGG. Oh, wait, or Dead Poets Society? Or Captain Fantastic?

– Favourite TV show?

Believe it or not, I don’t have a TV. Cue all the gasps of horror. Nope, not TV in the whole house – let alone a bedroom to binge watch in. I do watch things in episodes online sometimes though and my favourite TV shows are Victoria, Anne With An E, Little House On The Prairie and All Creatures Great and Small. I just watched some of Lethal Weapon and that’s actually really good too.

Do you currently have a WIP, and if you do, can you share a snippet or two? 😁

Yepppp! Well, I’m writing poetry mostly at the moment so I’ll share snippets of that. It’s better performed, but there you go!

“You stand there,
Tears of suffering overflowing from your eyes.
Vessels that have seen so much.
Too much.
You stand there,
The scars on your body displayed so vulnerably open.
The blood still fresh and red like rebellion.
You stand with your stories wrapped around you.
A cloak weaved from threads of hurt, pride and yet I found you.

And I stand here, next to you, yet so far away in every respect except for the fact that I could reach out and touch you.”

 

“It’s one of those…rainy day days.
When the sky is heavy with buckets of neutral grey,
And the words inside me are screaming out for the page.
It’s one of those rainy day days.

It’s one of those… lost-in-the-blue days,
Where there’s a lot going on in my head,
But my fingers are stiff from turning the pages,
And the tombstone tells me that inspiration is dead.
It’s one of those lost-in-the-blue days.”


Cats or dogs? (Or both??)

Dogs all the way! Although, my friend’s cat just had kittens and they’re adorable. 😍😍😍 So both.

Melissa

Favourite season and why.

Autumn (or fall for you lot from the US). I love the beauty, the colour, the weather, the warm days descending into cold ones, the abundance of wild food to forage, the time to curl up in front of a fire and read a good book (‘cept that almost never happens. Only in my dreams…)

If you could invite anyone dead or alive to a dinner party for 12 who would they be?

You know, I sat and thought about this and most of the people who popped into my head are fictional! That just shows how my brain works. So I snuck a couple of them in there. Hope that’s okay!

Mother Teresa

August Boatwright from The Secret Life Of Bees

Sita Brahmachari

Jodi Ann Bickley

Maid Marian

Sojourner Truth

Nancy Blackett

Pocahontas

Simon Reeves

Freya from Where I Belong

Marius/Eponine from Les Miserables

I’d definitely have another one with all my blogging friends and all the members of my family who died before I had a chance to get to know them properly (my Grandad, Grandma, Uncle, etc).

 

Starling

  1. Moon or stars?

Stars. There’s so many of them and they’re so sparkling and bright. They’re absolutely beautiful – the way they form ancient constellations and burn so bright and they’re always there though we can’t always see them.

  1. On a scale of 1-10, rate sneakers.

We call them trainers here! Hmm, 8. They’re practical and light, but often quite expensive, aren’t they?


  1. What is/are your ambition(s)?

To teach, to learn, to make a difference.

Taylor

What motivates your faith in god?

As I’ve said before, though many people assume I’m Christian, I don’t actually belong to any set religion. However, I do believe in God. I’m still trying to figure out what faith means to me and to understand it in greater and more personal detail so…I’ll keep you posted!

The Beyoutiful Gal

  1. What are your hidden talents?

Well, people are always surprised at what comes out of my mouth. They don’t think this weedy fourteen year old is capable of such power so when I launch into one of my passionate, scathing, metaphorical poems and start running rings of words round them – they’re always shocked. It’s quite satisfying actually. XD

As for small, weird ones – I can cross my toes and I’m great at most tongue twisters. Ah, and you also wouldn’t think I was good at swimming either (I’m NOT sporty), but actually I’m a really strong swimmer and I love being in the water. Diving, lifesaving, I enjoy it all. 🙂


  1. What makes you unique from the others?

Everyone’s unique from others. We’re all just ourselves. I think the way my family lives and thinks makes me quite unique too. I’ve had a unique upbringing – traveling and living free range on a farm, being homeschooled and so on.


  1. What does your travel bucket list look like?

It could go on forever. There’s so much I want to see and feel and experience. However, it’s more about the people than the sights and places, I think.

Main Countries:

 

  • Italy. I love the culture and the emphasis they lay on family and food. Plus I’m learning the language. I also have always wanted to volunteer at this community which uses Italian values to help drug addicts. It has one of the highest success rates amongst rehab centres all over the world. It gives these people new purpose to life. Amazing!
  • America. I have so many friends to visit there! I just can’t not go.
  • Canada. My parents got married there and it looks beautiful. They also stayed with a community of Native Canadians too and it was a life-changing experience for them and something I have heard SO much about. It’s partly shaped the way they raise me. I’ve also just got to meet this amazing girl (Aqsa) too.

Individual places:

  • A community which hasn’t lost all of it’s values and its traditional way of life and would be willing to share them with me
  • A bustling market in Morocco. I think it would stress me out a lot, but I’d love to experience effects the colour and heat and flavours would have on my senses.
  • A cosy bookstore somewhere.
  • A French coffee shop that sells pastries and doesn’t mind if I sit there all day scribbling in a notebook.
  • Someone’s table. I’d love to share a meal with a family in a foreign country.
  • The wilds of Scotland.
  • The beauty of African landscapes and the kindness and hospitality of the people.

 

Nanny –

Name 6 of your happiest times.

Ah, this is such a difficult one! I’ll give it a shot though. When I think of happiness – these things come to mind:

 

 

  • Summertimes with my friends (you know who you are)- A massive mess of crazy sleepovers, dramatic arguments, falling out and making up, cooking pancakes, talking for hours and hours, singing together, laughing, running away on long walks and sharing stories and secrets whilst the sun flickers on our favourite spot by the river.  Hiding from the rain, late night games of dreaded ‘truth or dare’, your ukulele strumming under a starry sky. Our voices blending together.

 

Running through the woods in the dark, away from all the rest of our friends to write poetry under the trees, sitting on the stairs watching music videos and comparing artwork. Riding our bikes down the road, freaking people out. Dancing with our hands, doing each others hair. Perfect contentment.

 

  • My recent spoken word performance and  meeting Elm! Grinning like a maniac all day. 😁
  • Bri making me cry on my last birthday.
  • Singing in the car with my whole family.
  • Eating something you’ve just foraged fresh from the wild!
  • Having struggled so much with friendships and isolation and negativity and pushing through it and coming out the otherside as me!
  • All the adventures I’ve had with my family whilst we’ve been traveling. Rock-climbing, jumping of bridges into rivers, cooking on the campfires, pedaling and kayaking 100 miles on the canal, meeting people, walking and so on.

 

Talk about what inspires you most to do your poetry.

I’m inspired by everything I see in the world around me (both positive and negative), the mess of emotions, feelings, struggles and memories that make me me and from the stories I feel the need to tell. The truth I must speak.

Shay

What superpower would you want to have and what’s the reason for your choice?

This is a cliché question, but I love it! It opens up so many possibilities. I’d probably choose to be able to see into the future. It would just give me so much power to change things for the better if I knew what was going to happen. However, I actually might choose to be able to intervene in circumstances – like have the power to save someone’s life.

What’s a moral, belief or saying that you’ve lived by for a long time?

I try to help others when I can, to challenge the way our modern society works, to make a difference and make a change, to be myself and be honest.

Random thought – I am listening to Empty Chairs At Empty Tables from Les Mis and I’m literally crying. It’ll give you goosebumps.

Have you watched any of these TV shows or movies? Happiest times ever? Who would you invite to a dinner party for 12? Let me know!

I Have The Answers (To The Q and A) Part 1

Heyo!

First off, thank you so much to everyone who sent me questions. I had a load of fun answering them and I had to think about things I’d never even considered before. I reckon I learnt quite a lot about myself in the time I spent contemplating these so…thanks a ton 🙂

Okay, let’s get started!

Gracie M

What is your favorite thing about where you live?

I would say that my favourite thing about the farm where I live is how I know every part of it so well and because it was literally my world during my childhood. It provided the perfect environment for so many adventures. I have so many happy memories there. There’s always people around to hang out with.

However, my favourite thing about traveling (which is as much where I live as anywhere – we’re always on the road or the canal or whatever 🙂) is probably all the incredible people we’ve met, and the fact that we’ve been able to show others that traveling with a family in a small space and living differently is totally possible!

What do you love most about blogging?

I absolutely love the friends I have. Seriously, my best friends are ones I’ve made online. The blogosphere is such a supportive place, full of amazing people. I also love having my very own platform where I can share my voice and words and people actually read it!!!

Gray

What would you describe your overall style as?

I’m guessing you mean clothes wise? Well, I’m not one to follow fashion, that’s for sure! I don’t really put  that much effort into what I look like. However, I have developed my own style (kinda) I wear short sleeve t-shirts, jeans, leggings, hoodies, hats and scarves and wellington boots. Country girl to the core! XD

-What is your favorite dessert?

Always homemade! I love tiramisu (coffeeeee and cream = heaven) and trifle *drools*. However, fruit or a nice piece of home-baked cake is always good.

-What is your favorite movement?

I have so many, but it’s just the small things that I love. I appreciate the small things so much – the sunsets, the smiles, the laughter, the moments of carefree abandon. A highlight for me recently though was walking up to the station to meet a blogging friend for the first time and then later that day stepping up onto a London theatre stage to perform spoken word to an audience. 

Lizzy

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

I have a very outdoorsy lifestyle in general, but my top two would be: hanging out with friends outside and wild swimming. Both are so much fun!

Who inspires you?

So many people! People doing amazing things around the world, random acts of kindness, people trying to make our messed up world better by spreading positivity and trying to do things differently, people fighting through hardships  and negativity to find a way to carry on. However my main inspirations are my parents. They have been on such a journey in their lifetimes and throughout all of it they have never lost faith, never given up on the world. Right now they are trying to find a way to raise a family in our crazy modern society and to show others that they too don’t just have to submit and conform to what the world tells them to be.

 

Why did you start this blog?

I had the idea that maybe I could be ‘a light in the darkness’ and make a difference to the lives of others. Perhaps I was naive to think that, who knows? But I’m still trying…..🙂

 

Hopeless Wonderer

What’s your favourite kind of blog post to read and what’s your favourite post you have written?

I love it when my blogging friends post their thoughts and opinions and ideas on life. It shows me that I’m not the only one of my generation that cares about the world and what happens to it. I love fun posts too! Art and writing and all that. Whatever people have to share!

My favourite posts I’ve written are the ones where I try to honest, the ones where I’m a bit more philosophical and the ones where I talk about my life. Ooh and my writing!

Hannah

Favorite color?

Rainbow?? Does that count? Honestly, I appreciate the beauty in every colour and shade and am so thankful that we have colour in the world. If I had to choose….yellow! Or red? Urgh.

Behind the name of your blog?

Kinda already explained!

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be a teacher, a peace-maker, a writer, a revolutionary and an advocate for positive change in society. *flips hair*

What have you learned through blogging?

I’ve learned that there’s a whole world out there – including people who think like me! Also that being honest is worth it and some of your best friends can be made without ever seeing their face of hearing their voice.

How long have you been blogging?

Gosh, ages! Over three and a half years now! Since I was eleven. I feel really old now. *hides*

Syd

_ean: what did you see first?

Actually I was like, ‘why’s there a line in front of that word which isn’t a word’ (ean) *facepalm*

Would you rather live in the dumps with the biggest mansion, or live in a tiny house in the most beautiful place?

That’s an easy one! Beautiful and tiny. That’s already a reality for me!

One word to describe you?

One word???? I am not a one word person, guys. It’s a well know fact that I speak in paragraphs. Okay, um, I’m going to say that I’m ‘me’. Ha! How’s that for a clever answer, eh?

Emily

Best thing that you’ve done lately that made you smile?

I’ve just been looking after my Nan after she had a knee replacement operation and watching her recover and spending time with her makes me so happy.

Last big argument you had with one of your siblings?

Hahaha, well, weird as it sounds me and my siblings don’t really argue. I think because we live in such a tiny space (the back of a van) we’ve learned not to. For as long as I can remember my parents have worked on us having good relationships with each other. Your siblings are the friends who’ll stick with you your whole life so appreciate them, guys (yes, it sounds impossible, I know, but stick with it – it’ll be worth it later on.)

We’re not perfect though! I get SO annoyed when my brother wakes me up in the middle of the night by rolling into my bed. Lol.

The thing that makes you feel like a little kid again?

Roly-polying! Rolling down a hill, getting my hair all tangled and my clothes all stained and then scrambling up to the top again to do the whole damn thing again makes me feel so alive and like a little kid again. Thanks for reminding me of that. I haven’t done it in ages.

*throws down phone* *goes in search of a hill*

Okay, well, I’ll see you all again soon with Part 2! Bye for now!

I’d love to hear your answers! Favourite moment? Best thing about blogging? Roly-polys?  Tell me everything!