Starting off at the university, the aim was to walk to Winkworth Arboretum, a good walk along the River Wey, and through the trees and fields around Milford and Godalming. It took over three hours in the hot summer sun to make it to the arboretum, but it was well worth it!
An arboretum, pronounced are-bore-ree-tum, not arr-bee-tor-ee-um as I had originally thought, is essentially a botanical garden, but with trees instead of plants and flowers – which basically means, it’s massive. We spent probably an hour walking around and still had barely scratched the surface of this place. I have to go back because some of the views were just stunning, and I hear it really comes into it’s own during spring and autumn.
If it’s a sunny day and you fancy a bit of a trek, or want to cycle, you can’t go far wrong with visiting this place a few miles south of Guildford.
Winkworth Arboretum is run by the National Trust, and an entrance fee applies. There is a small coffee shop and toilets at the entrance which, if you’re anything like me, you’ll find to be a sweet reward for all your hard work getting there.
I’m not usually a fan of what is going on in the music charts, the thud thud of club bass and rap verses makes every song sound the same, and not in a good way. But, recently I think there’s been an resurgence of classic song-writing techniques – especially with what Pharrell Williams has been doing – starting with Daft Punk’s Get Lucky, then Blurred Lines, Happy, Love is the Answer and most recently, SING with Ed Sheeran.
So here’s what I’ve been into the last couple months. It’s a mix of Pharrell’s groove and funk, slower soul and some hip-hop vibes for good measure. I think all of these picks provide a great soundtrack to whatever you’re doing this summer.
Let me know if there’s a song or album that you can’t get out of your head at the moment, I’d love to hear what you’re into and I’m always on the lookout for new music to work and play too.
Today I want to walk you through some of the amazing times I had over the summer using photographs you haven’t seen before… let us begin…
So that’s just a small snippet of the last few months, we haven’t even touched on the random nights out to Tickled Ivory, or the Comedy Nights at The Stoke, or the many trips to the cinema, or seeing Jamiroqui live, or trips to Cambridge… the list goes on! It’s been a seriously great summer! And lots to look forward to going into the last few months of the year :)
My bike was stolen on Friday night, so I was forced to buy a new bike this weekend. Not necessarily the worst thing in the world, as the last one had lasted me the best part of 8 years and was in a bit of a state. But, alas.
To put the new bike through it’s paces, and because I needed an excuse to enjoy the sunshine, I went for a cycle to the Silent Pool, about a 45-minute cycle East of Guildford, near the North Downs. It’s a very tranquil place, and the ride involved a lot of rolling hills and open fields…
While working for Sony Professional Services over the summer I had two trips to Switzerland and one to Paris. I wasn’t about to let the good photo opportunities pass so I took my camera along with me and had a play with some sunset shots from the plane and night shots of the Eiffel Tower. Enjoy.
First exam done! Only 1 to go! After next Friday I will have completed all the university exams I will ever have to do in my life! Damn!
The last week has been great! Despite having to revise with the weather like it is can be a distraction, but going down to the lake for a spot of lunch every day is such bliss! It’s such a shame that just as the weather gets good everyone leaves university! Campus looks so beautiful this time of year!
Happiness. 7 out of 10
Tiredness. 0 out of 5
Workload. 7 out of 10 (still revision to go!)
Last Meal. I haven’t had breakfast! That’s why I’m so hungry! Damnit!