In brief...

I'm a Nature-lover, aspiring conservationist, and wannabe traveller in search of outdoor adventure.
My interests vary from conservation to education to heritage to Nature (biodiversity & wildlife) to outdoor activities to life in general.
They occupy most of my waking moment.
Do read my blogs, follow me on Twitter (@jocelynesze) and friend me on Facebook (subject to my discretion). Visit my Nature blog, Nature Rambles, at http://natureramble.wordpress.com.

UPDATE 2 Apr 2017 - This site is no longer maintained, please visit jocelynesze.wordpress.com if you're interested in more recent writing.

Monday, July 18, 2016

extraordinary day.

Most days just pass by pretty averagely, not different from any other, no different throughout the entire day. Today though, was pretty awesome, awesome enough for me to deem worthy of a blog entry. I rolled out of my bed rather reluctantly, 2 hours after my first alarm rang, feeling completely unmotivated to get out of bed. I was in a very bored mood over the weekend, feeling slightly confined in Silwood, with no one to go climb with or doing anything much with (cos people were away, or catching Pokemon, or doing work). And I thought that mood might last the week. But because today was spectacularly warm, going up to 29/30˚C, I tried to work outside. Does not work. Was too hot for me to concentrate or think properly, and the glare from the screen, and the overheating of laptop all conspired against working. Also, more people are back on campus.

So I just lay about getting nicely burnt to a crisp (did put sunblock on my face, cos I could hear my mum nagging at the back of my head), played frisbee, had a late lunch, then an affogato in the one and only coffeeshop nearby, rolled around a bit more in the shade, did some slack lining, tried to do some R, gave up and went to play more frisbee, climbed some trees, contemplated tackling the manor house, climbed more trees, played more frisbee involving rolling around the grass, and then hung upside down on the pull-up bars because I can. My mood by the end of the day was a stark contrast to that when I woke up. Which I guess deserves to be called an extraordinary day.

And because the weather is so nice, despite the midges, it's back to sleeping out (:

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Silwood in the Summer.

If I were still an undergraduate, summer vacation would have started, and I'd be done with yet another year of studies. As it is, I've still got 2 months and a bit left to go before I'm done with my master's. We passed the summer solstice a few weeks ago, and should well be in to the British summer. It's my first time staying this long in the UK, and well, let's just say I had thought better of British summers before.

Pretty much sums it up for me. 

I've also been spending a lot more time on campus (instead of commuting into London for a few days every week). It is nicer in the summer, I'm at least usually warm in my room. If the weather held up, and if I wanted to, I can go for walks/runs. There still aren't as many people around as at the start of the (academic) year, but people are starting to come back.

55 days left to thesis deadline. I've got some preliminary results though, so I'm feeling a lot better, and actually have something to write about now. Need to make sure I'm not getting complacent and slacking off though. Have spent a few nice weekends fossil hunting in Lyme Regis (Dorset), hiking in Brecon Beacons (Wales), gonna go climb in Portland (Dorset) this weekend, and a fair amount of cooking/baking. Not just everyday cooking of my meals, but decent, presentable food for others.


A pretty ammonite fossil found by my friend while at Lyme Regis

So many foals and lambs about Brecon Beacons :) 


Caramelised upside down banana cake

Ondeh ondeh!

 Butternut squash ravioli with sage butter (hand made pasta dough!)

 Also gone for two long runs (>10km) in the past few weeks, which I'm rather pleased about. It's usually too much effort even for me to run 5km.

Quite looking forward to going home, if just for a short week, at the end of next month.