In photography

Pink and Green

I love the colours in the garden at the moment, there is so much green everywhere! Enjoy these photos!


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How I Study for Exams

It's that time of the year again! No, not Christmas time, not yet. Exam Time.

I can't wait for my exams to be over, and to finally be on summer holidays - then it's almost Christmas time! Tomorrow I have my final exam, for music, and today I want to share with you how I study for exams.

14 (or more) days before the exam
1. Gather all the information you have, class notes, sheets, typed notes, powerpoints, activities. Everything.

2. Compile it all. I use Microsoft OneNote to compile all my notes into one document, I scan worksheets, "insert" powerpoints and copy + past class notes. If I don't take my notes on my laptop I will type them again, or scan them in.

10-12 days before the exam
Once you've gathered all your notes.
1. Find a copy of my course outline, and find out if the exam is on the whole semester or only a small section.

2. Write out all the things you were supposed to have covered in the semester (or the headings for what your exam is on)

8-10 days before the exam
1. Start using the notes you compiled to fill in each heading, try and keep it only to the things you have done with your teacher or under their direction so that you don't memorise a whole lot of useless stuff.

7 days before the exam
1. Print out the notes you've made and keep them somewhere safe.

2. using a set of index cards, re-write the notes onto the cards.

3. Revise the cards as often as you can.

4 days before the exam
1. Complete any revision sheets you have been given. 
2. Using your index cards write out a set of questions + answers, copy these onto more index cards so the answer is on the back. 
3. Revise using these cards and the original ones you've made. 
2-3 days before the exam
1. Ask someone to quiz you, and work on what you get wrong. 
Day of the Exam
Go over your note cards before the exam. 
This is an ideal schedule for me, but realistically it often does not work that way. For example, my music exam tomorrow I only got a chance to start studying for on Saturday. But I compress this schedule so that I still get through all the steps. 
Good luck with any of your exams 

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Beautiful words

I found this beautiful poem/quote on pinterest the other day, and I think it is something that I really need to remember. 
"someone once told me to always live for the little things in life. 
live for 5am sunrises and 5pm sunsets
where you'll see colours in the sky that 
don't usually belong. 
Live for road trips and bike rides
with music in your ears and
the wind in your hair.
Live for days when you're surrounded 
by your favourite people who make you realise
that the world is not a 
cold, harsh place.
Live for the little things because
they will make you realise that 
this is what life is all about,
this is what it means to be alive."
What do you think?

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In Travel

San Francisco Part 2

I love the excitement of exploring somewhere new. Everything is different, and everything is new. There is always something exciting to look forward to and something new to learn. Every Monday for the last month and a bit I have shared a post about my amazing journey in America in September. Today the journey is coming to an end, this is the last part of the story.

Day 3
Our third day in San Fransisco was amazing! Friends picked us up again, and this time we drove around the city (to be honest, my legs were still a bit sore from yesterday). Our first stop was the Painted Ladies, a picture-perfect row of houses.

A few blocks up was the house from the TV show full house, which my sister loves. We stopped outside so she could get a photo. 
The next hour was spent driving through the beautiful streets of the city, there is so much colour and character in the houses. Each one is unique, and so beautifully detailed. 
Our next stop was the Golden Gate bridge. It is such a picturesque bridge, and photographer's dream.
On the far side of the bridge, we walked along a short track and got some amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco. 
For lunch, we went into the Mission District. There were so many beautiful murals on the walls, and I could have spent hours photographing them. 
Day 4: Jelly Belly Factory
Our last day, luckily our flight wasn't until late at night. 
We started the day with some shopping, walking around the union square area. Exploring some of the city. We even found the ice-cream museum, which was booked solid until next February. 

After lunch, it was time for the Jelly Bean Factory.
I am not a huge fan of Jelly Beans, but I loved the factory all the same.
It was about a 40-minute drive, and when we arrived we went straight on the factory tour. They gave us these Jelly Bean hats to wear on the tour.
We walked through the factory, learning all about how Jelly Beans are made (did you know it takes 2 weeks to make a batch of Jelly Beans!). 
I also discovered that the vomit jelly bean is made of acid and pepperoni! Gross!

After the enlightening factory tour, we found the sample bar! I have a new favourite Jelly Bean, French Vanilla. It's a shame that we can't get them here (just like the caramel MnMs from New York). 

After our fill of Jelly Beans, we drove back into San Francisco. A quick trip down Lombard Street (the World's most crooked street), and then we headed to the airport, where we had In n Out burger for dinner.

And all too soon our adventure was coming to an end, only a 15-hour flight left. I would love to have seen more of San Francisco and could have easily spent weeks more in New York and Washington.


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Turtles All the Way Down

"If a book is well written, I always find it too short."
-Jane Austen
I saw this quote on Pinterest, and it was so realistic! This is exactly how I feel, especially about John Green's latest book, Turtles All the Way Down.

 This book was amazing! One of the best ones I've read in a really long time. It followed the story of 16yr old Aza, a billionaire's son and the mystery that joined them together.

+The title
When I first heard this book was coming out, I looked at the title and kind of when "what?". And for the first part of the story I was still a bit confused, but like all of John Green's books- the meaning behind the title came later in the story. And I loved it. Having finished the book I think the title is perfect.

+It felt real
The characters, the plot, the problems. John Green made it feel so real. Like I was watching it happen to someone near me. It was the kind of story you believe, the kind that is so realistic it could be a recount.

+The plot
Right, this is pretty much just saying that I loved the whole book, but the storyline was interesting. The kind of book that you can't put down. I literally started the book the day before yesterday and finished it last night. I am a quick reader, but not usually that quick.

I loved this book, it was interesting and sad and made me feel so many things. It was deep and realistic and just so interesting. It made me think and question and go on a real journey with Aza.

I cannot tell you to read it enough, apart from paper towns it might just be my favourite book of all time!

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