Monthly Archives: April 2017

A walk through Sherwood Forest.

One of my favourite places to visit is Sherwood Forest. Where the legend, who was Robin Hood, supposedly lived. For those who don’t know, Robin Hood is best known for “stealing from the rich and giving to the poor” and became a popular folk figure in the late-medieval period. Even today, the major oak tree, which is associated with Robin Hood, is still standing and attracts many tourists to Nottinghamshire.

From being a child I’ve always been an outdoorsy person, especially when it comes to bike riding, which I love. This is one of the reasons I think Sherwood Forest is great. It is a great place for a family day out, with parking costing just £3 for the day, a gift shop on site, for the younger members of the family to get souvenirs such as a Robin Hood bow and arrow.

Also, for people with dogs, it is a dog friendly place (as long as your dog is friendly), there are many different walks to take, so you’ll always be giving your dog a long walk. Furthermore, almost every path you chose to walk will lead to the major oak tree, which is now thousands of years old and held up by scaffolding.

major oak

Signs around Sherwood Forest to the Major oak


However, if you enjoy more adventurous days out, Sherwood Forest Pines, is a ten minute drive further, where you can mountain bike and is also home to Go Ape! And it only costs £1 to park for the day.

If you are into mountain biking, I would recommend Sherwood Forest Pines, as they have tracks labelled for you to do. For example, blue is the easier route, and red being the most difficult route. However, not being excellent at mountain biking, I would even say that the blue route is a challenge, but It is a great place to explore, either on your own or with friends.


Family day out over the Easter Holidays


Go Ape is also a great way to spend your day. I believe you have to be a certain height to take part, however I did Go Ape at about 11 years old, when I was probably about 4 foot something. This isn’t for the faint hearted and especially not for those afraid of heights. The staff show you how to use your harness before going around the course and are really helpful.

Afterwards there is even a Café onsite, although I think after a long day out it is nice to have a picnic, if the weather agrees with you.


Sunny day at Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire


So, I would highly recommend an outdoors day in Nottinghamshire, as it is full of nature and has many activities to do.

Hope you enjoy!




My Home.

What makes a house a home? Or does a home even have to be a building? Is it merely just the place you go to find comfort, or even the person who makes you safe? To me, home is where you belong, the little tiny corner of the world, where you find your own place.

Growing up I lived in a newly-built family home, on a very neighbourly estate, till the age of eight when my parents split. I then found I had two houses, in which I had the harsh consequence of packing my life up every weekend, to go to and from each house.

Any child with separated parents will know how annoying and tiring it is to not really know what house is your home, or where you want to go when you feel down and upset. One positive I gained from having two different houses, is that if I was ever upset at one house, I could escape a situation, by running away to the other.


However, then I grew up even more, discovered the world of boys and found by the age of 16, I had 3 houses, in which I very much lived at. So instead of packing my life up to go to and from two houses, I now had a third included, meaning my life revolved around always having a bag full of necessities with me, as I never knew which house I would be at come night time.

Fast forward two years, I’m 18 and off on my new adventure to yet another new home in a brand new city. Nottingham. Here, I discovered many new people, from very varied backgrounds, yet we made our flat a home for us all to live comfortably in. I would very much say I saw Nottingham as my home. I found myself never going back to my actual ‘home’ with my mum.


So, what made Nottingham so different? Independence? Freedom? I was experiencing adulthood for the first time. Doing everything my own way. Maybe the blur of a new life, meant I develop a special love for the city, that I will keep with me for the rest of my life.

A home, becomes a home when its a place you feel safe, comfortable and loved. Sometimes, it is a person who makes you feel at home. Sometimes, it’s your favourite place that you discovered as a child. Sometimes, it is simply your family house. Everyone has a different definition of what home is to them, and most of the time, it just isn’t the place you live. It’s your safe place.






13 Reasons Why: The Book vs The Series

One of my favourite things to tell people is, “I’ve never watched a film/series that is better than the book.” For example, take Me Before You, the film doesn’t half capture the pure emotion and heart break in which the book does, and so therefore affirms my statement. However, after starting watching 13 Reasons Why, my opinion may have *slightly* changed.

Jay Asher is one of my favourite authors. I first discovered Jay Asher after achieving an A* in my English Literature exam, and like the geek I am, ordered 13 Reasons Why to reward myself.

For those who don’t know the book is about a girl named Hannah Baker, who committed suicide. A boy name Clay is left 13 tapes at his doorstep, which he has to listen to, in order to discover the 13 reasons, as to why Hannah killed herself.


One of the reasons I love this book, and would highly recommend it to anyone reading this post, is because of the purpose and message behind the book. The fact that you never really know how you’re affecting someone’s life. You never really know what is going on in someone’s life.

I think after reading this book, you will look at the world differently. Everyone suffers in their own way and I think people don’t always realise that the small things they do, add to a bigger picture of suffering in someone’s world.

I’ve only watched the first few episodes so far of the new series on Netflix, however I have to admit they’ve done a really good job of putting the words into a picture.


I think even within the first few episodes, the directors and actors have really pulled out the emotions felt by the characters, for example Clay’s paranoia from the tapes and the confusion as to what they mean.

The series manages to hook in their audience too. I’ve read the book, but still want to watch, and people discovering 13 Reasons Why for the first time, will want to keep watching more to discover what’s on the tapes, why Clay is so important to them, and most importantly why Hannah is dead.

But on that note. It is fair to say the book is *sighs* better than the series. For 2 simple reasons.

  1. There wouldn’t be a series if Jay Asher had never picked up a pen and written the book.
  2. Reading the book allows you to imagine what you want, and it’s normally always a better picture in your own head.