Monday's Blog Post: Pumpkin Picking


Last year whilst I was at work, my Mum and Brother went pumpkin picking in Upminster, Essex and I must admit, I was a bit jealous! I've never been to a pumpkin patch before but I feel like it's the new thing so I wanted to go and experience it for myself this year. Plus, I feel like it's nice to pick your own instead of getting one from the supermarket.


I don't normally do much for halloween, so this was my way of celebrating the time of year and I thought it was an exciting thing to do especially with my little cousins.


Sunday came round quick & we'd planned to go to the pumpkin patch to pick out some pumpkins before halloween tomorrow. It seemed like all of a sudden yesterday the temperatures dropped drastically so it was pretty cold over the field despite there being bright blue skies.


We grabbed one of the few wheelbarrows floating around and set off to pick the best pumpkins. When I say the best pumpkins, my aim was actually to find the most peculiar one, hence the small green one I picked up. I was pretty surprised at how many people were actually there considering you can buy the pumpkins from supermarkets for sometimes half the price.


I felt like pumpkin picking was more about the atmosphere and spending time with family apposed to going to collect a pumpkin. It was a nice afternoon strolling through the fields and watching my Brother and cousins attempting to lift the biggest pumpkins they could find. Halloween has come round so quick so if you don't manage to visit a local pumpkin patch by tomorrow, then you always have the supermarkets!

Love Robyn xxx

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Monday's Blog Post: The Biggest Wardrobe Clear-out!


Happy Monday everyone. I hope you all had a lovely weekend and a productive day! Over the weekend I had the biggest wardrobe clear-out! I was a huge job that I'd been putting on for months but I finally got round to doing it on Saturday. In total I have 5 wardrobes so as you can imagine, it took me all day and I'm still not quite finished. I have a few boxes left to sort through but the majority of it's all done!


 I went from top to bottom in every wardrobe, even clearing out old makeup bags and throwing out things that I've had for years. Once I'd finished, I felt quite refreshed knowing where everything is and having organised my life again. I now have 4 big boxes full of old clothes & makeup etc that I need to do something with. Maybe you'll find it on my Depop soon?


I also took Flo for a walk over the park. I love taking her places where she can run free and totally wear herself out. After just one walk, she was so chilled out for the rest of the day which allowed me to get on with the stuff I needed to do.  


On Saturday night it was my little cousins 3rd birthday party so we had a big family get together and dinner round hers. Bless her she's so cute! She's obsessed with Mr Tumble at the moment and all she kept saying was that she's got a Mr Tumble cake and it's a Mr Tumble party. They're so cute at that age!!!


After that, I drove up to Sam's for the night. On Sunday it was his Nan's birthday so they had all the family round to celebrate. Unfortunately I wasn't feeling to great - I think it's that time of year where everyone's coming down with colds and the flu. But nether the less, I'm sure I'll shake it off sooner or later. 


Love Robyn xxx

Travel Diary of Naples: The Speed Boat to Capri


Nothing could have concluded this trip better than jetting off in our own private speed boat to Capri. We were actually supposed to do this the day before but we were a bit unprepared for the whole thing so we decided to book it up for our final day.


In the morning, we had breakfast in our hotel then made our way down to Sorrento harbour where we were picking our boat up from. When the boat came around the corner, it was a lot nicer and bigger than we expected! 


We all jumped on and made our way out of the harbour. The vibes were unreal! I literally wish I could do it all over again!!! When we got out to sea, our captain picked up the speed and we headed off to Capri for the day. We all had our bikini's on and laid on the loungers at the back of the boat as we left mainland Italy. 


When we arrived at Capri, our captain let down the anchor and asked us if we wanted to go for a swim in the sea. We were by the side of the cliffs where the sea was literally turquoise! It was like the perfect picture! My aunts jumped straight in off the back of the boat. Me on the other hand, well I was a bit scared haha. There's not many experiences I would turn down but anything to do with the sea is kind of a no go.


I stood on the back of the boat in my bikini counting down from 20 and just as I was about to jump in I completely melted on the spot haha. I've never been one to enjoy the sea. Something about being in open water and not knowing what could be swimming around me is a huge fear of mine. 


It probably didn't help that I sat watching ocean documentaries on the TV the weekend before. Having watched sharks and whales eating other fish kind of put me off haha. 


Anyway, once the girls jumped out, we then headed round to the Blue Grotto. If you go to Capri, please, please, please make sure you go and see this! I was speechless. As we ventured round one of the cliffs, there were masses of boats all waiting around just off the coast. We jumped in line where men were in little rowing boats going from boat to boat picking people up. 


So all 4 of us jumped in this little boat where he then took us into this tiny dark cave. When I saw tiny, we were literally all crouching down in the boat just to get in! Not going to lie, it was a bit scary as you couldn't see a thing from the outside! 


As he rowed us into the cave, all we heard was the echo of Italian men singing traditional Italian songs as we getting deeper into the cave. Once we got to the back of the cave, he told us to all look behind and it was unbelievable. The whole sea cave was lit up blue from the reflection of the sunlight and underwater cavity. It's definitely something to tick off the bucket list!


We then made our way out of the sea cave and back towards our boat. I tell you what, trying to get on and off a rowing boat in the middle of the sea is not an easy thing! Especially when boats are coming and going around us creating big waves. 


We then arrived in Capri where we jumped on a cable car from the harbour up to the main town. For my birthday I wanted to get myself a new handbag that was practical and suitable for every occasion. I had been looking before my birthday but nothing seemed to jump out at me. 


With all of my birthday money, I walked into Balenciaga and fell in love with a bag. She then started showing me a few bags she didn't have on show that were out the back and that's when I found the one I wanted. It was the best way to end the trip and my 21st birthday. 


We then jumped back on our boat and headed back towards Sorrento. Just as we were about to leave Capri, our captain stopped off where we all sat around and drank a bottle of prosecco and reminiscing on the adventures we'd had over the weekend. 


It was our last night in Sorrento so we all dressed up and went to the town for dinner. The next morning we were up and out early to catch our plane back to London. The weekend couldn't have been anymore perfect! I'd like to thank everyone for making my whole birthday celebrations and this trip to Italy so special!


Love Robyn xxx

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Travel Diary of Naples: A Drive Along the Amalfi Coast


On the second day, we went for a drive along the Amalfi Coast stopping off at Positano and Amalfi. This day was a bit more chilled in comparison to the day before considering we'd been up since 2am to catch our flight to Italy. 


We jumped on a tour bus from Sorrento train station and headed straight to Amalfi. The drive was well over an hour which I don't think we expected but it went fairly quick as the views were breathtaking! 


When we arrived in Amalfi, we walked along the beach where people were in the sea and sunbathing.  It's October and we're talking about beaches ... Forever wishing the UK would have a summer!


We then walked into the main town where we sat down to have lunch. We found ourselves a nice Italian restaurant in a square which overlooked the cathedral. Very cute! After lunch we had a little wander around the shops before heading back to the bus to continue our trip along the Amalfi Coast.


The next stop off was Positano and this was the most beautiful city I think I've ever seen. It's weird as we expected Amalfi to be the better city considering it's known as the Amalfi Coast. However Positano had so much more character and a whole lot more to do there.


We kind of wished we'd had more time to spend in Positano as we arrived around 5pm where the sun started setting. We walked around the shops eventually making our way down towards the beach. When we got to the bottom, we sat and had a drink before making our way back up to get on the bus. 


The last bus left Positano at 8pm and the journey was about an hour long so there was no way we could miss our bus!


When we got back to our hotel, we only had a quick turn around to get ready and get out for some dinner. We only had 3 nights in Italy so we wanted to make sure we made an effort to do our makeup and dress up. 


By the time we got to the restaurant, it was about 11pm and we were the only ones left in there haha. I totally lost my appetite whilst I was away so I hardly ate anything. I don't think I could have stomached anything at that time either!


So this was our adventure of the Amalfi Coast. The next day we hired our own private speed boat and went for a trip to Capri. (Uploading the blog post tomorrow, keep an eye out!)

 Love Robyn xxx

Travel Diary of Naples: A Trip to Pompeii


Following on from my previous blog post; Travel Diary of Naples: Climbing Mt. Vesuvius Volcano, within the same day we went on a trip to Pompeii to discover the ruins of the city. 

The Reason Behind my Trip to Pompeii
My Mum booked for us to go to Pompeii as my whole art GCSE project was based on the city and the devastation the volcano caused when it erupted. So it was pretty much a personal trip and experience. I've never been so caught up in a project as much as this one before, I loved everything about it and wanted to spend every day working on it. I was studying an artist called Chiharu Shiota who used string in every collection and was inspired by what she did. I then wanted to combine that with the story of Pompeii. That's when I came up with the idea to create a box frame filled with string and people suspended from the middle. Quite morbid I know haha.


So just to explain the picture above, I used 4 barbie dolls to represent the people of Pompeii. 2 of them I covered in newspaper to represent that they were stuck in time and one of them I painted grey to represent the people who were turned to stone during the eruption. And as for the blue person; I studied Picasso's work and when he went through the 'blue era'. He lost his best friend and went through a stage of painting all of his work blue to represent his upset and mourning. So to represent the same thing, I decided to paint one of the dolls blue. I've included a photo above for you to see my final piece in which I received an award for and this project was the reason we went to Pompeii.




We arrived in Pompeii around 6pm and just managed to catch the last tour before it closed at 8pm. It was quite a nice time to go as it wasn't overly busy and we were near enough on our own everywhere we went. Our tour guide started off by showing us the ruins of where the more wealthier families lived. Most of them had mosaic floors and a number of bedrooms along with their private gardens or baths. We then went to have a look around the public baths - they were a lot bigger than I expected! 




After we walked to the Pompeii colosseum where Frank Sinatra performed on his last Italian tour. Then the bit that got me was the red light district of Pompeii. Oh these Italian's weren't conservative about their sexuality at all! They had a number of symbols outside the brothels so everyone would know where to go if they needed a bit haha. 




Inside one of the brothers were 5 separate rooms with just a tiny stone bed in each one as the Italian's who lived in Pompeii were apparently a whole lot shorter than we are today. By the time we saw that, it was pretty much closing time and we were still yet to travel back to Sorrento and have dinner. 



When we got back to Sorrento train station, we walked into the main town where we found a pizzaria restaurant and had dinner. My first fresh Italian pizza of the holiday! After dinner we all walked back to our hotel and got an early-ish night ready for the next day - The drive along the Amalfi Coast (Uploading the blog post tomorrow, keep an eye out!)

Love Robyn xxx
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