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…

Devon 2014 115Arabesque at Bellever.
Devon 2014 078Mid-flic 🙂
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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The thing about braces is…

Earlier this week I had my braces fitted. I’ve been waiting to have them fitted for a while  now because my teeth are pretty wonky at the front due to being born with a cleft lip and palate, this should hopefully be the second to last part of cleft intervention I should need. It has taken quite a while for my braces to be fitted because I hadn’t, until recently, lost all my baby teeth which delayed the process considerably and was actually quite frustrating becase I just wanted it over and done with…

The main reasons why I wanted braces was because I am very self-conscious of my teeth, I won’t smile in any picture taken of me because it generally shows how wonky my front teeth are and I really hate that. I did try and smile in some pictures while we were on holiday.
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Some of the pictures turned out reasonably well and then there were some that I never wanted to look at again. I’m hoping that my braces will change the way that I view my teeth and give me some extra confidence in myself.

She did it. 2 A*, 2 A's and 7 Bs.

Prom night.

Last week (so I apologise for the late post) I went to my year 11 prom. I was terrified, I did not want to go at all. I don’t particularly like big occasions or loud noise so I was slightly baffled as to why I had decided to go to prom. Anyhow, I had decided to go and I couldn’t really back out now.

The day started with a trip to town to get last minute things; which I had forgotten to get previously (I have a bad memory for things if I don’t want to do it…) But we did manage to find everything that I needed without too much trouble and even managed to find a dress for a wedding which was in the sale at Monsoon and so only cost me £20! I was very happy 🙂

After this I had my hair done by my friend and with the help of hair extensions!  The picture below is one of the only photos that focuses on my face where I haven’t immediately thought ‘Ew, that looks terrible!’ And when I showed it to mydance teacher a couple of days later she told me I looked ‘elegant’, I was pretty proud of this as my dance teacher has never called me elegant before…

10341418_10152605077678092_9209977492218561424_nAfter my hair after it had had all its pretty things put in it (this was done by another very good friend of mine), I was starting to feel a bit like Cinderella when she got ready for her ball.

10408903_10152605237943092_8300840677976847677_nThen before I knew it, it was time to put my dress on.I now had butterflies in my tummy because I was so nervous, so I started texting my friend to see if she was as nervous as I was. She was, so I felt slightly better.

I do like these two pictures, they make me smile because I’m smiling in them which is rare when I look at photos of myself because I’m very self conscious of my teeth and I hate my smile so I just don’t smile in photos much anymore.








However this was one of my favourite pictures of the evening, because it managed (and I do not know how) to capture one very quick moment of happiness. I think I sneezed or something like that and got the giggles afterwards.

10414605_10152605682608092_2594207968646028566_nAnd then it was time to go, I was all dressed up and ready to go. I now really felt like Cinderella from the Disney movies in my blue dress and fairytale hair, it was definately a very weird feeling!

936067_10152605677558092_2479568982750863500_nI actually did have a really good time, I sat with some of my really good friends and also people who Iwouldn’t normally talk to which was quite nice. There was even a little awards ceremony and look what I got!

unnamedEven though I had a fantastic evening, I think the highlight of my evening was when my little brother Bene came up to me when I had put my dress and said ‘Fran, pwetty Fran’, my heart melted. He is so cute!



A little bit about me.

I’m Fran, I’m 16, I was born with a cleft lip and palate and I’m the eldest child in my family with three younger sisters and two younger brothers, however unfortunately only one of my brothers are alive today.

I have just finished my GCSEs at my current school and I’m choosing where I’m going to go for sixth form to study A levels. I wasn’t always in the school system though, I used to be home educated and I think that helped me become a hard-working, motivated and dedicated person to all the commitments that I have, both in and out of school.

I do a lot of sport, in some ways it’s one of the things that keeps me going when life is tough or if I feel like my brain is going to implode due to too much revision… I do a lot of gymnastics, dance and rugby, they’re kind of my main three sports but I’ll play other things as well, so at school I did netball, softball, rounders, atheletics and anything else that I was told to do.

I’m quite a social person, I like making friends and being with friends and I think practically all my friends would say I talk too much. Even though I would say I’m quite social and like talking to people I would also say I am quite shy and can often lack confidence in myself, particularly when I am performing, I have a bit of a tendancy to look down which I get told off about on a very frequent basis.

Some of the things I like:

  • Gymnastics.
  • Dance.
  • Sport.
  • Reading.
  • Friends and family.
  • I like to have aim or target of somehing I want to achieve.
  • Helping other people achieve something they want to do.
  • And I cannot think of any more…


Some of the things I don’t really like:

  • Maths.
  • Arguements, I try and avoid these.
  • Noise, I find that too much noise can be quite scary and I hate it.
  • Being told off.
  • My teeth, I’m getting braces soon though so hopefully that dislike will be eliminated.
  • Not being able to do things, it’s frustrating and drives me mad.

So that’s a little bit about me, not very interesting I know so I’ll try and be more interesting in the future, promise!