Nothing ever really goes to plan, right? Well, thats what German military strategist Helmuth von Moltke also thought when he quite bluntly put it that no battle plan survives contact with the enemy. Translated into simpler terms for us lesser beings, everything we try hard to plan quite generally always goes to pot! This is something I learnt during my 48 hours at Sandhurst, oh yes the initial officer training grounds for the British Army. What was I doing there? Learning all about teamwork and leadership as part of my induction week for my new job. So what has the British Army and Banking got to do with Travel, Tea and Cake? Good question! And I think I will have to get back to you with an answer in about 5 years time…
Since being back from Australia my plan was to have plenty of time to blog loads and tell you all about my travels. The reality turned into quite the opposite and within four weeks I have only managed to churn out two posts. So what have I been up to? Well, the more suitable question would be what haven’t I been up to! Well in a nutshell…
Week 1: Salisbury, Bath and Oxford
Less than 24hours after I landed back into England from Australia I made my way down to Salisbury to visit my Argentinian family who were staying there for a few weeks. Within one week I hopped over to Southampton, Bath and Oxford. Spending time in Salisbury involved eating a lot of Cinnamon Swirls, my all time fav, and that spurred me on to try out my own recipe once I was back in Kent!
Week 2: The Emma Bridgewater Factory, family, friends and tearoom visits
The highlight of my second week back in the UK was of course a trip to the Emma Bridgewater factory in Stoke with the bestie Miriam! We made a complete day of it, mug painting, factory touring and of course tea drinking and cake eating!
The week also consisted of many family BBQs and birthdays, more baking and oh yeah playing netball! So I have now joined a netball team after 10 years of not having played! My first game involved a lot of fouls and footwork mistakes – whoooppsss! 😀
I of course managed to squeeze in a few tearoom visits. Josh and I went to The Tiny Teapot in Biddenden which lived up to all expectations and was indeed tiny! I then found myself BACK to Oxford to say farewell to my dear friend Florrie who has now moved to Mexico 🙁 We went to the recently opened Barefoot Cafe which was fab!
Week 3: an intense Cake Decorating Course in Greenwich
So what is the done thing to do before you start a two year graduate scheme with a bank? Go on an intense 7 day course in cake decorating and techniques – of course! 😉 All jokes aside, this is something that I had been thinking about doing for a long time and I am *so* glad I did. It really allowed me to be uber creative and fuelled my passion for cake making. Now I am very eager to take it to that next level. So if you are after a celebration cake or cupcakes, give me a call! 😀
Week 4: started my full time job in Landaaannn
My first week at work has consisted of a variety of different activities the biggest surprise being a trip to Sandhurst training camp! I am now left with a few scratches on my elbows and knees from the assault courses but the 48 hours there were fab! My average wakeup time over the last week has been 5:45am, but I think/hope that things will be a bit less intense this week…
…I have been squeezing in teas and sleeps when I can…
(would you believe that today was the first day in one month that I was able to wake up without an alarm which is quite insane!)
… and the odd bit of baking!
I think it will always baffle me how I am able to cram so much random stuff into my life in such a short space of time. The amount I have done in one month kinda scares me and makes me think what I could do in a year… If I had a bit of money 😉 The reality is that I now have to work! But who knows what I will be doing in a few years time… The key is, there is no point planning that out. All plans change. Yet, I do know one thing is for sure, I will always need an element of tea, travel and cake in my life!! 😀
Have an unplanned and spontaneous day!
All recipes (cinnamon swirls, cupcakes, caramel drip cake, blueberry muffins) will go up shortly!! …When I get a moment :D!