Lower Hookner Farm.

Lower Hookner Farm. It’s our holiday place, yet it feels more like a second home to me. We actually got pretty good weather which we were quite pleased about. It wasn’t too hot or too cold and there wasn’t too much rain duing the day time. I took the oppurtunity to learn how to use my new camera and try and take some decent photos.

Devon 2014 016We went for plenty of walks around Dartmoor and National Trust places like Buckland Abbey and Castle Drogo.

Devon 2014 058Walking down from Haytor.

Devon 2014 106The stone circles at Grimspound, some of them are the remains of stone huts from the Bronze Age I think, and then some of them were fixed slightly by the Victorians.

Devon 2014 331Wistman’s Wood, apparently it’s a sacred grove for Druid’s and all the trees are pretty creepy which adds to the whole mystical element.

Devon 2014 064As well as all the walking, there was also plenty of time for playing, rugby practice (I may have accidently found myself in a national team for Touch Rugby…) And gymnastics.

Devon 2014 434The much loved tractor. Bene screamed at us when we took him away from it…

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Devon 2014 067Sissones done by Amelie!

It was such a peaceful holiday with plenty of smiles and laughs. I want to go back again.

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Holiday and Birthday 2011

We went on holiday to Devon to the farm, where we went last year. We had a lovely time again though it wasn’t quite as sunny as last year!

We were meant to be going on the Friday but Mummy was ill and in bed most of the day so we went on Saturday instead which wasn’t so bad. In the morning before we left I had a couple of early Birthday presents which were A bead bag full of nice beady craft,a Revell Train modeling kit and a very, VERY big Piggy bank!


My Piggy Bank :)

When we got there we unpacked and set up our tent (the girls and I get the tent while Mummy and Daddy get the cottage as it only has two bedrooms!) Then we played with Jake, Annie and Jasper (the dogs!) and then we fed the horse Scarlet, when we got back we discovered that two home educated children were in the cottage next door which was great!

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This is Jake doing his favourite hobby duck herding!!!

The first night we were there the white duck had ducklings and we were very happy for her because last year her duckling died but this year she had 7 but two of them died sadly but she still had 5.

We climbed quite a few hills including our favourite which I think is called Kestor? We played this game with our Dad where we split into two teams and we had to catch each other, it was fun until Daddy hurt his ankle and we had to go back to the cottage. We also climbed a very steep one but I have forgotten it’s name but the moment we got to the top it started raining so we decided to go back down again!

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Me at Kestor.

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Me again at Kestor.

We also went to Lustliegh Cleave  which was by a stream and we met these people who were counting butterflies and we saw a Tiger Butterfly which was very pretty.


Me at Lustliegh Cleave.

We also went to on of our favourite places, Belevoir. Where we hopped along the rocks for a while :)


Belevoir.

And we went  to a beach town.

And then we had fish and chips!

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I LOVE this picture :)

And then we went to the beach!!!!!!!!
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I got a bit wet!!!

We had a lovely week and we’re going back again in August!!!!!!!

This post was taken from my previous blog- Cartwheel Girl’s Blog.

Gym Camp at Pipers Vale.

Last week I went on a Gym Camp at Pipers Vale. The only ever times I’ve been there is when watching or doing Competitions. It was a very new experience because the only People I knew there Were Amelie and E. It was four nights staying at the gym and during the day we would do gym in the evening we would go out.

On Monday we arrived we had to be there a twelve a clock having already had lunch. I met one of the Coaches who I was going to work with and she introduced me and Amelie to some of the girls in our group. When we started I was very nervous because I didn’t really know anyone but I met the two girls who were going to be in my group and they were very nice and my coach was nice.

When we started on the apparatus we started on the Tumble Track which is this bouncy floor and I was practising my Handsprings I spent the whole 30 minutes while we were on that piece working on those. Then after that we went onto Vault. On Vault I was doing Half-on onto Mats. Then I moved onto Bars and I practiced Upstarts and Long Upstarts I practiced Long Upstarts all week. Then we moved onto Beam were we practised Cartwheel Tuckback dismounts which I had a problem with because I kept falling off the Beam doing a cartwheel.

After we had done all of them we changed out of our Leotards and into our Swimming costumes because we were about to go swimming. I really enjoyed swimming because every once in a while there would be a wave machine it wasn’t quite as good as the one in Centre Parks but it wasn’t bad. My friends and I were doing straddle levers to handstand in the pool took a while to do it but I managed in the end.

When we got back it was dinner time I was very glad because I was absolutely STARVING and I ended up having thirds. When we had finished dinner we went into the Rec gym where we were given these activity books and there were all kinds of activities in them and at the beginning there was a bit that you either put stickers or stamps if you had done something new or worked really hard at something.

When it was time for bed we were told that at night we had to make ourselves a den to sleep in and that we had to be in a group to build it, me and my friend  made a tepee kind of tent over the bars it took us a while to think what to do so when we made it we didn’t really think about if it was going to stay or not as a result during the night it fell down on top of us which at the time me and my friend thought GREAT but the next we laughed and said it was so funny.

On Tuesday morning we were woken up and each group was called in turn to have breakfast me and my friend were so tired from the accident with the den last night we couldn’t be bothered to get up but soon we had to get up and put our dens away. We went on the trampoline which I did flick jump into the pit they were fun apart from the fact that there was always something wrong with my Flick which drove me mad. On the Tumble Track I was doing Round-off flicks but still there was something that wasn’t quite right with it. On the Bars I did Long Upstarts again and although I worked my socks off trying to do them but I just couldn’t do them. On Beam I worked on Cartwheels and Backwards walkovers and I really don’t like Beam so doing Cartwheels and Backward Walkovers really annoyed me. On Vault I started doing Half-on into the pit which I was terrified of because there was such a long drop from the top of the vault down to the pit so I got quite scared of them and we started to do Ballet which tired us out.

Then we had Lunch I was really hungry again so I ate quite a big lunch and then after lunch we went back to gym and kid of repeated the same thing again except that on trampoline we were doing Handspring-front Somersault and on one of them it went really very wrong and I landed on the bottom of my spine on the metal bar that holds together. Afterwards we went into Felixstowe into their Arcade and had an absolute brilliant time I ended up getting Amelie a Hello Kitty toy which she called Me-Me and then we went back had dinner and stared our dens and this Is where the worst bit of the week started.

In the group lower than me there was this little girl and we ended up making a den with us it was obvious she didn’t like me because she tried to get me out of making a den with my friend who she wanted to be with but I said that because she was the only person I really knew so I was staying with her. When we started to make dens everyone went to grab a mat so by the time we started to make our den there were hardly any mats left so this girl started to take charge and asking everybody to things that she was more than capable of, nobody went to get it so she sent me to get which really annoyed me and then we ended up not using it. Because there were no mats left we didn’t know what to do and this girl started going on and on about how she was so stressed and so tired when really everyone felt that way too and then she started having a go at people especially me about how they were not helping when she was just sitting down which really upset me. When we finally made our dens we settled down to sleep and this girl started to be really annoying like being all giggly when we had someone who was already asleep so I was very relieved when that night was over.

We only had a half day on Wednesday because we were going tobogganing in the afternoon so we had a lot to do in the morning breakfast was the same apart from the fact that we were starting earlier that day.

On the Tumble Track this coach from Russia did a little exercise to warm up one of which included doing little jumps backwards and on the second time we did them I fell over backwards and bruised my bum and then my coach wanted me to do this thing where I’d do a handspring and then I’d use the jump from my handspring to do a handstand on a block and I did this a few times until my coach wanted me to do a Handspring-front somersault into the pit which I really enjoyed. Bars was the same, on Beam I worked on my cartwheel and Vault was the same and we went on the Ballet bars

Then we went Tobogganing which was really cool but once I went on with one of my friends and she swerved in front of me and I was about to crash into her so I slid off my Toboggan and bruised my sitting bones and they still hurt and we did that for an hour and then we did this thing called Ringo’s where one person would sit in a rubber Dingy ring and we’d go down this slope and it was really fun apart from that once we’d gone down the slope we had to go back up again which was kind of OK because they had these things that you sit on and they pulled you up once I dropped my ring so I had to go and get it  and I ended up walking up the slope when I was almost at the top I decided to try and get pulled up by one of those things I did but then I fell off again which hurt and the other reason was because I hurt my sitting bones and going down a bumpy slope is not that pleasant when you sitting bones hurt.

When we got back we had to make a dance to show the coaches on Friday, our group decided we’d split into two halves and each make up and bit of dance I was made team captain of my halve but the girl who gave me trouble on Tuesday night was put in my half so when I started to decided the beginning she grabbed her chance and Said that my voice was getting annoying so she would do the talking which was really hurtful she said this because she really wanted to be Team Captain and when my friend said I could she was really put off. So she started to make the dance she wasn’t letting anyone else speak and was just doing the talking herself even though we were told that it had to be everyone’s ideas. We ended up having to get an adult, who was looking after us because the coaches were having a meal, to help. The den we made that night we didn’t make with the girl who was upsetting me I was so glad. But we made quite a nice den and it didn’t fall down on top of us.

On Thursday we did trampoline again I was doing this thing where I had to do three jump forwards so I was at the end of the Trampoline then I would do a front Somersault into the pit it was fun apart from that when I was about to land in the pit my legs went almost over my head and I’d land on my face with my legs by my head which hurt my back. On the Tumble Track I was doing Round-Off Flick Tuckback preps which I was Ok at but not brilliant then we were told that we had to do leaps with the younger girls but then my coach wanted me to do Handspring -front somersault not into the pit and I did some really nice ones which I was very proud of all the other pieces I just did the same thing but I didn’t do Ballet.

Then in the evening we had a barbeque and a disco which was really fun and I had a lovely evening. Then at last it was Friday, the day we were going home so I only had a half day everything we just did the same we were on our last piece of the camp which happened to be bars and I got the long upstart that I had been working on all week I was so happy with myself because it was my last go so on the last piece, last day and last go I did it.

Overall I had a good week at camp, there are some experiences that I would not like have again but I did have a good week.

This post was taken from my previous blog- Cartwheel Girl’s Blog.

My Holiday.

My family and I have just been on holiday. We went to Devon and we stayed on Lower Hookner Farm; we stayed there because my daddy had lived near that farm while he was growing up. We went at the end of May and stayed there from Saturday to Sunday of the next week. For the first bit and the last bit we stayed at our cousins Izzy and Millie’s house. We went because we needed a holiday.  We drove down there after Amelie’s gym competition; it was a really hot day and the air conditioning in the car wasn’t working.

On the first day it was my birthday. I was really excited because I wanted to open my presents but Mummy and Daddy were tired because they went to bed very late and had not had enough sleep, so Maddy, Izzy and I played Pokemon on our DS’s.

Later I opened my presents. I got six books and I’ve read two of them already; they were really interesting.  I also got a Groovy Girl and a Groovy Girl car and Maddy, Amelie and Josie and I played with our Groovy Girls during the week. I got some really nice clothes too.  My favourite piece of clothing was a white vest top with a short green top with  two zebras on it. Unfortunately I spilt butter down it which was a real shame but mummy brought me another one.

Then we went to the farm. It was peaceful but also full of life. We stayed in a cottage but that only had one double bed so the girls and I slept in a tent. There were ducks in the field where we were staying and there were really cute ducklings. There were also dogs.

There were three dogs. Jake was a Collie dog; he was four years old and a very lively dog but in the evenings he would put the ducks to bed which was very cute and amazing. There was  Jasper; he was seven and was a cross between a Whippet,  a Lurcher and something else but they didn’t know what that was. He was very shy but one day he came into our tent.  Last but not least, there was Annie. She was a three year old Whippet and she was very sweet. One night we had a barbecue and she was trying to eat it so we had to chase her away; she went away with her head down and her tail between her legs but then she came back.

While we were on holiday we went on a lot of walks but one of my favourites was a really hot day when we went to Bellever. There was a river and the girls and I all had little islands and we would jump from one to the other which was great fun. Then, just before we went to go on the walk, Maddy decided to try get to her beach. She was all dressed with her shoes on then she slipped and to stop herself from falling over she had to put her foot in the water, so on the walk she had very wet trainers. The walk had a really steep hill that we had to climb; it took a long time to get up and we had to keep stopping to have a drink because it was so hot. We finally got to the top, by which time my legs hurt and I was very hot. We had to through prickly gorse bushes and we got very spiked. Then we had to go back downhill to where another bit of the river was and there was a stone bridge and we jumped from one stone to another.

Then we climbed back up the hill and met somebody who told us the story of Snaily House. Once there were two sisters and they never came to town to buy food so people thought they were witches so they stayed out of their way. Then when they were dead, people explored the house and they found a lot of snail shells so people think that the two sisters lived on snails. Yuck!!. Then we walked back to the car and we went to a bridge called Postbridge; Maddy and Amelie and I tried to wade through the river. We succeeded! When I waded through with Maddy she went all whimpery and needed help but then she waded through on her own and did very well.

My other favourite walk was when we went to Easdon. We walked through this passage way which had lots of bluebells and other flowers. My favourite bit was when my shoelace came undone so I went to tie it up and I saw a little baby rabbit. I called everyone to have a look. When we left it alone it scampered away. We then climbed this really steep hill, which was really prickly. When we got to the top we could see the farm we were staying on. We could see the horses in the field, a bit of the cottage we were staying on and we could see the stables where the horses lived. We then had lunch but there was only one roll each so we were all still rather hungry.

We went to our friend’s house after the walk I played with her oldest girl M and I rode her pony bare back, which means no saddle, I almost fell off a couple of times but I got the hang of it.

When we had to go I didn’t want to leave because we had had a really nice time.

This post was taken from my previous blog- Cartwheel Girl’s Blog.