Thorpe Park | CharlotteBehappy

On the 25th of June, we went on a school trip to Thorpe Park. Personally, I like rollercoasters but I'm just not a fan of going upside down. I didn't get any pictures when I was there so they're all off the internet.

First of all, after a long, early morning coach ride, we went on Rush. I love these sorts of rides that are like a massive swing and this was one of my favourites. It went up so high and the rush (see what I did there) was great. Despite one friend crying and the other one screaming that she 'can't do this', it was quite funny.

I then didn't go on Colossus although my friends did, purely because there were too many loops. This one had about five loops in a row, too much for me personally but my friends enjoyed it.

Not long after, we went on detonator. These are my personal favourite rides. This one went up fairly high and went down just once fairly fast before slowing down. You were held at the top for ages although the drop wasn't sudden. Again, I had screaming friends next to me, but I loved this.

After this, we went on milder ride, Flying Fish. It's like a 'kids' rollercoaster and it went round loads of times. It wasn't too crazy but was still a bit of fun.

We then queued up for tidal wave for about an hour, but once we saw the boat with some rowdy lads, and inches high water in the boat, and our canvas shoes, we backed out at the last minute.

After this, we queued up for swarm. I didn't actually go on this one because it seemed way too scary for me although the set up and concept of it was really good.

After this one, we queued up for Saw. I was uhm-ing and aw-ing about this one. I wanted to go on it, and I think I would've liked it if it wasn't for the two loops in it.

We then queued up for ages for Stealth. This was a super quick ride, only 13 seconds but I loved it. It was so fast and I loved the feeling on it.

Finally, we went on Rush again.

We then took the long coach ride back. 

Swanage Field Trip | CharlotteBehappy

So you may or may not have noticed that I missed my Saturday post. This was because, from the 13th to the 16th I went on a school field trip to Swanage, Dorset to look at the distinctive coastal landforms for our coursework (it's really as fun as it sounds). I thought I'd do a wrap up of what happened in case you're interested in how it was or maybe you just love rocks.

Day 1

So we got up bright and early and headed for school normal time. We quickly got on a tiny coach and made our way to Swanage. It was fairly warm and we stopped off at a service station to get refreshments etc. Not long after, we found ourselves at Lulworth Cove. It's basically a lake that's connected to the sea. We had a short presentation on, guess what, rocks! We then went to see this thing called Stair hole which is a bit of eroded rock (you can sense a theme). We had to do a sketch and we then sat on a hill before departing to do what we want for 20 minutes. Me and a friend decided to get clotted cream caramel and fudge ice cream which was delicious. After that, we were driven to WideHorizons, a hostel that's specifically for classes. We were the only group there thankfully. Me and one friend were in a room of 4, in room 9. We met Scott who is the teacher/worker at the hostel and helped us around. We unpacked and refreshed ourselves before getting to lunch. It was a rather tasteless meal of pasta, but we weren't expecting gourmet. We then went on a nice walk to Peveril Point. This was really just a hill. It was a nice walk in the evening though. Some girls had a water fight and we spotted a creeper looking at us from a window. Once on the hill, we showed our gymnastic skills (not me though) before getting back to the hostel. We had a little run around in the park and mini raves in a friends' room. After not long we finally fell asleep.

Day 2

We got up bright and early and made our way to breakfast. We then briefly went to the classroom and had like a little briefing on the types of things (rocks), we'd see today. We also had a competition to see which table could write down as many rock-related words as possible and guess which table won? Ours! We then headed to Swanage bay and were instructed to do a trial questionnaire. This meant we asked random people, random questions about rocks! Instead, me and friend went to get another ice cream. We ended up in boots looking at lipstick and hay fever remedies but we did get a couple of answers down. Not long after, we were throwing apples into the sea to measure long shore drift. Instead, seagulls decided to eat them. We then did this a few more times over before measuring groynes. This really is as exciting as it sounds. We had a quick stop at the most disgusting toilets in the world before trekking up a hill. It was really nice weather, but someone had an asthma attack, and someone else was poked up the hill with a metre stick. We then made our way through some cows until we made it to Old Harry, a stack (large piece of rock) that is apparently quite famous (for a rock). We stood on the edge of a cliff and looked it for about 20 minutes before making our descent.  We came across a big concrete structure that was previously used in WWII. This structure was called 'Henry' and after we'd gone inside, we got to Studland Bay, a beach that smelt of seaweed. We asked a few more people our questionnaires before getting on the coach back towards the hostel. After dinner, me and a friend started investigating the grounds and found the Poole/Recreational room. There were disco lights and after failing at poole, we set up a rave. One girl brought a wireless speaker with her, so with that, plus disco lights and curtains closed we had a rave until about 10:30 before we were supposed to go to bed.

Day 3

We got up bright and early again and this time spent a lot longer in the classroom doing graphs and writing up work. Before long, we were on our way to Swanage bay again. We then spent a good four hours of free time doing questionnaires and browsing shops. I spend 60p in the arcade (in 2ps) and won a crappy little duck. We went into every souvenir shop we could as well going to a little market stall and bought loads of soaps and balms that were really cheap. We then spent the rest of the afternoon sitting on a hill. We then went back to the hostel, had dinner and then got back on the coach. This time we went to this arch called Durdle Door. It was probably the best site we saw, with Man of War bay. It was really nice, especially in the early evening. We walked from Durdle Door to Lulworth Cove, another nice site before going back to the hostel. We were planning to have another rave, but tiredness and friction in the group left to an argument, so we went back to having a rave in one girl's room.

Day 4

We were up early, all packed and ready and headed to breakfast. We collected all our stuff together and started making our way back. The journey was long, but I managed to pick up some good magazines at the service station. By 1pm we were back near our school and went straight home from there. 


Stairhole near Lulworth Cove. Photo by Farah.

Swanage Bay. Photo by Sophie.

Swanage Bay from the hill we walked up (Peveril Point further left, and those lines in the sea? Groynes.) Photo by Sophie

Ebony and a cow.

Durdle Door. Photo by Farah.

Some portland (hard rock). Photo by Farah.

Me and Farah at the hostel. Photo by Farah.

A Week In the Life | CharlotteBehappy

A rarely do lifestyle posts anymore, so here's a little roundup of what I did during half term.

SATURDAY - I went to South Woodford cinema with a friend and went to see Blended, an Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore film. It was nowhere near as bad as I expected, it was actually fairly funny. We then went back to the holy land that is McDonalds.

SUNDAY - This was homework day. I caught up with my homework and 'knuckled down' a bit. I pretty much just sat in my room and worked all day.

MONDAY - Another stay at home day, this time it was just relaxation. I caught up on TV shows, had a long hot bath and basically put my feet up for the entire day.

TUESDAY - I went to Starbucks with an old friend and had lots of laughs, spying on guys we thought we knew (sounds sad I know), and walking. We had deep convos about feminism and primary school. Finally, we then watched Easy A, one of our favourite films.

WEDNESDAY - Headed to a local café with a friend and had delicious waffles and did a 'bit' of revision, although not as much as I would've liked. We then headed to volunteering, and actually had a pretty good, but tough job of rearranging the junior section before tidying the aftermath left by the kids' section. We then hit up Starbucks (again), and has a bit to eat before heading home. The picture is us, although this was from a while ago.

THURSDAY - Went to see yet another old friend and we went to Costa, Tesco.. the usual. We reminisced of Bratz the movie and then ended up watching it. We also took a trip into the new Poundland and found this... interesting soap.

FRIDAY - First off, a trip to the dentist, fun as usual, then I spent the rest of the day revising and getting more work done. Got to make sure I know my stuff for these exams coming up.

SATURDAY - Yet more revision. I headed to the library and did four intense hours of hardcore biology revision. I literally did so much. Also watched many episodes of Keeping up with the Kardashians.

SUNDAY - More revision! And homework that needed to be done. I spent most of the day lolling around and completing any last sheets that needed to be done. I also finished any revision left to do to make sure that I was on track.