Interviews with friends: Selfie's on Snowdon

 

I think you can get an idea of the friendship between Clare and I by her opening message to this chat; ‘I’m ready for ya’. I’ve known Clare since 2008 but it wasn’t until a fateful and spontaneous trip to see Wicked the Musical together that we became close friends. Always fun and bright our friendship has led to my more adventurous escapades. Clare hails from Lancashire and many weekends would entail 5 hour long train journeys to meet each other as teenagers. We’ve experienced a break in at a hostel, sleeping on sofas for a week in Chicago and rowing a boat across Lake Windermere.  Often keeping in close quarters, Clare is always one to make a joke. Innuendoes fly high but Clare is always considerate and caring and it’s part of the reason Clare is so easy to have around.

Clare now works within the film industry in London and actually lives in the town I was born. We no longer have 5 hours journey’s to see each other but Clare is taking a journey up Mount Snowdon for charity. And I chatted to her about it.

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Hannah: So you’re climbing Mount Snowdon – please explain where it is and how high etc etc for those who don’t know (me)

Clare: So Mount Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales, 1085 miles about sea level.

Hannah: Nice copy and paste there, thank you.

Clare: I think it’s in Snowdonia National Park which is where we’re staying before the climb.

Hannah: Have you done anything like this before?

Clare: No never! I climbed a small part of Ben Nevis, in Scotland, when I was a child but I’ve never climbed a mountain before!

Hannah: I can’t not say Ben Nevis in a Scottish accent. I know you used to do running when you were younger, how have you found training for it? What has it entailed?

Clare: I’ve found training quite challenging to be honest. I’ve done a lot of walks as well as exercising at the gym twice a week. Tomorrow I plan to go on an 8 mile hike across Surrey to get a feel for the length of the actual climb. I’ve found Box Hill in Surrey to be a good training ground – the steps are a quite a challenge! Lets not mention all the kitkats I eat breakfast….

Hannah: Well you need your breaks Clare.

Clare: Haha true.

Hannah: Kendal mint cake

Clare: I love that shit. Apparently you’re meant to take sugary stodgy food up, like flapjack (any excuse).

Hannah: I think it looses its purpose when you eat it without moving.

Clare: I love a bit of flapjack I do.  Kendal mint cake is such a weird experience like it’s solid but dissolves so quickly.

Hannah: The title of the blog post.

Clare: Strong opening.

Hannah: Have you gone like head first into the walking? 

Clare: Yeah, I never actually realised how much I actually enjoy walking – because I spend my weekdays in London it’s actually such a nice experiencing getting out and about. Surrey especially has some really lovely locations to offer, which I’ve enjoying exploring. The only downside to going headfirst into a new hobby is the equipment – walking boots aren’t cheap!

Hannah: Oh god yeah, Millets you bastards.

Clare: Karrimor mate

Hannah: It’s nice that discovered you like something new you enjoy doing though.

Clare: Yeah, absolutely! I love it!

Hannah: And Surrey has some great views. Home county’s where it’s at.

Clare: Yeah I love Surrey. Reminds me Lancashire in a in a lot of ways.

Hannah: So you’re going up with your buds, who is making it up there with you?

Clare: I’m going with three other girls: two friends I know from university, Krystal and Becca and Krystals’ friend Alice.

Hannah: Have you trained a lot with them? Has that been helpful?

Clare: I’ve trained a lot with Krystal mostly, but we have all walked together. We’re all so supportive of one another. It’s really lovely. I think the mental game getting up Snowdon is going to be quite tough, so to be able to rely on such enthusiastic and encouraging friends is really helpful.

Hannah: Yeah it’s that little way in. Good to have the support and I know Krystal is great at that – you both are. How long will it take you?

Clare: I believe the average time for the track we plan to walk, the Pyg track, is around 3 hours up and 3 hours down. But apparently there’s a train that takes you up to the top, so it’s always a bit tempting to jump on that!

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Hannah: So you’re all doing this for different organisations, is that how this came about?

Clare: Krystal decided to challenge herself, and we all jumped on board with the idea of climbing a mountain. It incorporates teamwork, charity and fitness; which is all accessible to us.  The charity aspect came later when we thought we could actually do something for other people as well as something personal to ourselves.

Hannah: Can you talk a bit about who you are raising money for?

Clare: I’m raising money for Cancer Research UK. It’s a charity that’s close to my heart; my dad passed away in 2003 from cancer. So it’s important to me.

Hannah: It’s really admirable that you’ve taken a project but are using it to raise money and I hope that gives you the extra will to make it though the hard parts up there.

Clare: Yeah definitely!

Hannah: Are you going to do something special when you get to the top?

Clare: Photo op for sure! We’re filming the entire climb, so maybe a couple of words will be said. And a cup of tea in the café at the top for sure! (not me, not a fan of hot drinks)

Hannah: Oh yeah gotta get a selfie with Snowdon. Do you think this will motivate you to do more climbs and things like it?

Clare: Yeah definitely. We’re already talking about possibly doing the Three Peaks Challenge next year – three mountains in 48 hours! And one of the mountains is Snowdon!

Hannah: That’s so cool! And you’re walking boots will be well and truly worth the money. So my last question is who is going to look after Margo?

Clare: Haha, she’s been left alone for 48 hours before so I think she’ll be ok. She’s quite an independent soul.

Hannah: I mean I’ve seen her go, I reckon she could make it. Get her a just giving.

Clare: She could raise money for the RSPCA.

Hannah: Well I think you’re gonna do great and I really want you to go over your target. I think you’re gonna have a huge sense of deserved achievement and some cracking instagram pics.

Clare: I really hope so! It’s already been such a rewarding experience!

Hannah: I’m really proud of yoooou!

Clare: Thank yoooou!

 

We then go on to discuss the toilet situation, which I’ve omitted for the good of us all. But how cool, and it does make me feel tempted to go and climb some mountains. The gym twice a week though? Better start with hills.

Clare’s Just Giving page is here and she’ll be recording her climb for a youtube video which I will post once it’s up!

 

 

 

 

Back to the stash

I have so many clothes in my wardrobe that I should definitely wear but don't because I stick with a safer option. I'm like 'I don't know if it's gonna suit the occasion' or 'I don't know if it's gonna be too out there'. But when I actually buy clothes - I go quite out there. 

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I I think now I'm quite comfortable with my style and enjoy wearing the clothes I wear. But sometimes second guessing gets the better of me when I'm (usually rushing while) getting ready in the morning.  But I made a pact with myself this summer. To get into my closet and jump out wearing the clothes I just keep in there - but pause over for slight longer than a second - and just wear them already. 

I think it's the way I have to tone it down for work and meetings, studio appropriate and 'don't mind if it gets messy' sorts of situations. I just want to have fun with clothes - I do have fun with clothes.  

This skirt I've had for a while and have worn a few times. I like the colour as what you wear with it can be quite plain but it still looks interesting. This was actually the first mid-length skirt I bought. I have a few now. 

I've paired it with a plain crop top, a necklace that's a favourite and new white sandals I've been breaking in for a wedding this weekend (they are pretty comfortable up until about 5 hours in - by this point I'll be off the champagne and onto the JDs and cokes so I'm not feeling a thing)  

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So yeah, new isn't always better. And being adventurous has kind of been my mantra this year.  

Fun and Fear 100 day project. Week 14&15.

 

Hello!

I’ve now come to the end of the 100 days project. I decided to clump the last lot together and I’ve actually ended the project while on holiday. That explains why it’s not a Monday and while it’s actually later still.

At the beginning of my last full week of this project I set up a new on going project for myself; a photographic diary. I had an old blog profile which I never really posted on. I’ve wanted to record my images for a while on something that’s more than instagram but not facebook. The blog is here and has photographs from film, polaroids and digital pictures.

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I’ve been thinking about how I can best use all of my social media platforms and I think a diary style photography blog is better separate to here and to instagram. You can follow along and look back much easier, and these sites where it could potentially stay won’t become clogged with too many different posts. I’m definitely still working on everything though. I don’t think it comes over night.

By the end of the week I was travelling to Essex for the first stop of my holiday. I got to see Ed Sheeran at Wembley, which was a great night and such a cool atmosphere to be stood in.

The very next day my friend and I travelled down to Exeter. While I was there I reached day 100 and the end of the project.

I am now writing this in an apartment in Torquay after a further trip in between. I think this week has proved that I’ve not just done things to progress my own work but to also experience more. It’s been about saying yes. Yes to hard work, yes to going to a festival, yes to taking a last minute trip to see a show, yes to visiting 3 places in 1 week. While days have been so mundane and ordinary it’s been tough to think of what to post there have also been days that have only been great because I’ve had to think about this project. I’ve opened myself up to a lot of things, to just doing something. It’s been something for this whole year really, but the 100 days project has pushed it into fruition more times than not.

I’ve got a lot coming up, both personally and professionally, and saying yes to doing this project was the first of many yes’ that followed. 

 

Fun and Fear 100 day project. Week 13

Summer is full of beautiful sunsets and spectacular weather. It's like a performance above our heads. I got very productive in the evenings as the sun came down and the air got cooler. I had a deadline and a gift to make.

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I haven't done a papercut in about a year. I felt rusty and that the final piece didn't come out like I imagined it too. 

I gave it to the creators of The Clockmakers Daughter as this particular run of the production ended this week. As I walked back home after the performance on Friday it had just rained but it was now dry and still warm. The lightening was lighting up the sky in the near distance making it purpley pink. 

It was back to lovely weather the next day were I went to a festival in the garden of a friends neighbours home. We toasted marshmallows over a bonfire in my friends paddock afterwards. The next day I posted my work because all this art was around and it was just doing its stuff and so I have to do my stuff.