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Girl on a Mission

Although I’m new to camping myself, I have always enjoyed a good old cheesy caravan holiday in the UK. I have also visited my parents many a times whilst they were away “on their jollies” in their camper van, which they sadly no longer own.

…..My heart aches for a camper van.

Last year, me and my husband treated ourselves to our first tent, and whilst we enjoy our first holiday away in it, we much prefer the idea of a camper van, not the mention the fact that a camper would be much warmer at night!

Another reason we’d love a camper is so we can take house cat away with us in the van and keep her safe – I’m pretty sure she could easily scratch her way out of a tent.

So here’s my mission… to track down a pre-loved, beautifully worn out camper that needs a bit of tender loving care… and trsut me I have lots of tender loving care to offer for the right “old girl”!

It’s okay calm down, my Dad is a retired mechanic and my brothers are classic car enthusiasts who regularly take apart, fix and respray their cars so I feel confident that if I needed help it would be there. And come on with a family like that I’ve obviously got car restoration in my blood, right?! (let’s hope so!)

My aim is to also put aside any money I can save by cutting back which in turn allows me to be more mindful, enjoy life, the great outdoors and become healthier. As a start I have started cycling to work which saves me a lot of money in petrol, is so good for the environment and my stress levels (everyone suffers from a bit of road right first thing in the morning don’t they). Plus I’m sure cycling every day is toning my body nicely – big bonus!

So, now I’ve told you my mission and my dream, I ask you, do you have any tips for me? I’m looking at getting a VW T3/T25 Camper from the 80’/90’s eras. Any tips or advice would be amazing and I’d be so grateful. Have you found ways to make cut backs to save for your projects? I’d love to hear them, and even more so I’d love to see your before and after pictures.

Much Love,
Beneath the Trees x

 

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The Magic Behind Beneath The Trees

So who’s the magic behind Beneath the Trees?

I thought it was about time I introduced myself to you. I’m a 28 year old female who lives in England, UK. I grew up in a small country village in Essex which is also a 5 minute drive from the nearest beach. I guess this is where my love for the outdoors started; If you grew up in a small village too, you will understand that there’s not much for a youngster to get up to.

The Magic Behind Beneath The TreesSo I spent my childhood exploring the outdoors, climbing trees, beach combing and playing in fields (I don’t recommend the last one, understandably that was an annoyance to the local farmers).

As I’ve grown older, my love for the outdoors has increased, I truly believe that being outside is not only good for physical health but also for mental health and there is nothing like it.

I therefore love foraging for wood that has fallen from trees naturally during storms and using them to make beautiful natural pieces of jewellery as well as items for my home. I hate the thought of tree branches being burnt ‘to get rid of them’ or left to rot. Although it should be noted that I also am aware that we need to leave many fallen branches on the ground so small animals and insects and gain shelter and create homes. Yep I’m also a wildlife lover as well as a nature lover. ♥

All of my jewellery is therefore handmade my myself in a small seaside town in Essex where I live with my husband and my beautiful fur baby (a Siberian Forest Cat). I spend many evenings after work inside my shed cutting wood, sanding it down and them transforming it into mini masterpieces in hope that you will love my designs and wish to wear them.

I’d love any feedback you have for my products and any suggestions of what you’d like to see. I’m new to this and work full time which means I  don’t have as much time as I’d like to research. I’m hoping that one day I can expand Beneath the Trees and make this my full-time job and I couldn’t do it without you lovely people so thank you for your support and watch this space! 🙂

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I Hugged a Tree and I Liked it!

I Hugged a TreeOkay so I have a confession I am a tree lover and I always have been. But until today I could never have told you that I hugged a tree… I know, crazy, right?!

So, this week had been a bit of a demanding at work and it was quite stressful, so when the weekend arrived, I gladly went my weekend woodland walk and as I was walking, I felt this urge to hug a tree. Part of me was hesitant in case someone saw me, but then I thought “what am I doing, who cares if anyone sees me!”

I strolled around the woods, looking at the trees until I found one that I felt a draw towards and slowly walked up to it, I gazed at it, taking in all of its beauty and hugged it. I hugged it so tightly.

I can’t tell you how amazing it felt! It felt like all the stresses from the week just left me like the tree absorbed it all, purifying it and releasing it into the open air as clean, fresh oxygen.

Have you hugged a tree lately? If you haven’t then why not try it? Nature truly is the best medicine and I’ve always believed it.

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What I Would Give to Pitch a Tent Here – Seaside Woodland Adventures UK

Seaside Woodland Adventures UK
Seaside Woodland Adventures UK – Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex

Seaside Woodland Adventures UK.

Have you ever been on a day out, walking through somewhere new and just feel like you never want to leave? That’s exactly how I felt when I stumbled across an absolutely stunning scenic spot within a small seaside town in Essex.

Now, as I’ve mentioned it’s a seaside town you’re probably thinking it’s a beach that I fell in love with, well partly yes, but it’s also an enchanting woodland too. Its absolute heaven for me, a beach and woodland together in one area. It actually makes my heart want to burst.

Walton-on-the-Naze in Essex is a traditional seaside town and has the typical coastal town attractions such as a pier with a bowling alley, amusements, fish and chips, candy floss and of course a beautiful sandy beach.

But what makes it stand out for me is the Naze area. The Naze is an Essex Wildlife Trust site that features a stunning open air grassy area that looks onto the crumbling cliffs where you can watch the sea waves crash against the old war bunkers and clay shoreline.

But when you walk a little further to the end of the grassland, you are hit with stunning scenery of woodlands amongst different ground levels with heathland, trees, wildflowers, and a whole host of wildlife.
I LOVE this place end of.

But bit area that makes me heart sing is this specific spot where you are within the woodlands, beneath the trees on the cliff edge with the smell of the sea air filling your lungs and the sounds of the waves crashing. And you are experiencing all of this whilst taking in the relaxing atmosphere of the woodland with the leaves rustling in the wind and the birds singing in the background.

What more could you possible want from an outdoor space? It truly is an enchanting woodland & seaside paradise.

If you’ve never been there then I urge you please do visit, they have many camp sites nearby, I only wish I lived closer so I could visit more often.

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Our First Adventures in our Day Van – The Essex Coast

I can’t remember if I mentioned it or not, but me and my husband are in the process of converting our VW Caddy van into a day van. It’s no way near finished but we have at least started the conversion, and so this weekend we decided to have our first two day van adventures.

This weekend was perfect as the weather finally warmed up a little and blessed us with some sunshine and a spring like feeling in the air. That’s enough to put a smile on anyone’s face, right?

So where did we go? We stayed local and visited Walton-on-the-Naze on Saturday, I am absolutely in love with this place but I will get more into that in a separate post because there’s so much I want to tell you about it. However, Saturday was just perfect, the sun was shining, the cold bite was gone from the air and we enjoyed a nice walk around the Naze nature reserve whilst listening to the waves crash against the red cliffs. And to finish off a perfect afternoon, we treated ourselves to a cup of tea to warm us up and some biscuits (for dipping of course).

Day Van Adventures - Essex Coast - Walton on the Naze

Now I must rewind to Valentine’s day when I was spoilt rotten by my husband who unexpectedly treated me to an amazing vintage style bicycle that I have dreamed about owning for ages. …Skipping forward again to Sunday, I was finally able to go for my first little ride on it. (I need a name for her, if you have any suggestions, I’d love to read them).

We drove to Brightlingsea with the bikes in the back of the van and rode from Brightlingsea along the seafront heading towards Wivenhoe. It was so enjoyable. I love this route as we had the sea on one side with the sound of waves crashing and we could see boats gently sailing by whilst on the other side there were fields as far as you could see. Absolute heaven.

Day Van Adventures - Cycling in Brightlingsea

Do you own a day van or camper van? What were your first day van adventures? I love some ideas to add to the ideas pot!

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What is a Beginners Yoga Class Like?

So, last night I attended my first ever Yoga class. How did I feel before I went? Well, I was definitely slightly nervous, if I’m honest I’ve never really attend anything like that by myself, I always drag a friend or family member along with me. But when I arrived, I realised everyone was in the same boat as me and it was the first time for all of us on this beginners yoga class.

I have to admit though, I thought the poses would be quite easy for our first class but they certainly stretched my muscles more than I thought they would. Don’t get me wrong, the instructor of course showed us simpler poses, but me being me, really wanting to get the full experience, I did push myself a little harder than I should, but not too much, and you know what? I really enjoyed it.

We started off with about 15 minutes of talking, she explained a little about Yoga, where it originates from and what you can gain from it. I’ve always been a little bit in love with Yoga, but after yesterday I now find myself loving it even more.

Once we had finished the talking, we went onto some poses and also learnt the poses that you always go back to in between each pose (please don’t ask me what it was called!). I do remember some poses we tried was the downward-facing dog, and the cobra pose, we did a few more poses but if I’m honest, they’re the only ones I remember the name of!

We ended with a beautiful relaxation session. The instructor turned the lights off and we laid in the corpse pose whilst she said some calming words, focusing on breathing and relaxation. It was AMAZING I absolutely loved it and came away feeling refreshed and calm.

So, all I can say is if you are thinking of joining a beginners Yoga class, don’t let your nervous stop you, it was so enjoyable in a calming and satisfying way and please don’t worry if you’re not “bendy”. As my instructor said to us, it isn’t about competing with the person next to you it’s about enjoying the moment and doing your best to get the best result for you.

Well what are you waiting for? Sign up to a beginners Yoga class now, if you don’t do it now you probably never will.

Much Love, Beneath the Trees x


 

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…Welcome to Beneath the Trees

Something I never thought I would find myself doing is setting up my own website with the intention to regularly write and publish post blog posts, however here I am about to share my adventures outdoors!

I think that when you feel so passionately about something and enjoy it so much, then you should share it with the world, and share ideas and tips because after all that’s the main way to learn isn’t it. And of course ‘sharing is caring’.

For years now, (probably most of my adult life) I have loved nothing more than spending time outside. Whether that time is spent walking in the woods, walking along the beach barefoot or spending time in my garden growing my own organic food, or shall I say attempting to grow my own organic food! But hey it’s all about trial and error and enjoying the process of watching something grow into a tasty, healthy meal. Now what was I saying? Oh yes, whatever the activity I’m taking part in, my main love for it is the fact that I’m doing it outside, within nature with the calming trees, beautiful flowers and enchanting wildlife surrounding me. To me that is pure bliss.

As part of my life’s journey and an activity that I’ve always wanted to peruse, I will be camping for the first time this year and hopefully every year after that, I can’t think of anything more magical than sleeping under the stars beneath the trees, can you?

So as this is my very first blog post, I just wanted to give you an idea of what you should expect to read should you decided to come back. You will find my crazy thoughts written down (relay hope I don’t offend anyone with my basic thinking patterns, I can be rather simple sometimes but isn’t being innocent a good trait to possess?).

You will find my journey into camping along with sharing ideas and tips on camping, woodland walking, crafts (god I love crafts), anything organic, growing your own veg (I’m not sure if I can give tips on that one, if you have some for me feel free to share), photography and any other kinds of adventures outdoors.

So here’s to a new adventure of its own and spending even more time outside this year, hopefully you will join me too and share your experiences; I’d love to read them.

I will also be opening an online shop selling hand crafted, organic, natural items from natural wood and organic cotton, keeping everything as pure and as eco friendly as possible.

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Much love, Beneath the Trees x

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