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The hottest day of the year so far for the UK meant that the only thing I could think about was getting into the water, grabbing a board and suiting up with my other half ready to hit our local surf spot. With my 7"2 out of action, having a little respray for now I grabbed my 7"6 for a couple of little licks. It was small but a sunset session is never a bad thing.
The Dua Lipa song 'One kiss is all it takes' turned into very quickly into one wave is all it takes to put a smile on my face as we sat in traffic during rush hour to get to the beach. My West winter wetsuit, doing exactly what it's designed for, kept me extremely warm in the 10°c water, but the 25°c car journey in traffic, during rush hour, let me tell you was unpleasant to say the least. Hence the one in, one out arm wetsuit style I am fashioning. Not that it made much difference.
I try to shut my eyes between the car park and actually getting in the sea because the amount of people on the sand is more than I'd like to see at my local spot and the rubbish left on the beach is appalling.
But as soon as my toes hit the water and I laydown on my board and paddle out for the first wave, we are separated from the chaos and plunged into calm. No one else is in there with us it's just me, my boy, my board and the sea.
It's been a while and learning to surf is like learning how to walk once you know you don't forget, but I sure felt rusty.
But the minute that first perfect wave came rolling up everything just clicked into place and I was on it. There was just wave, after wave, after wave. My heart racing, my muscles are aching, no sooner have you gone in to get a wave you're rushing to get back out again for the next set. So hard I've been bitten by the surf bug again. It's like an addiction. That rush, that drop, the ride is incomparable to anything else I know.
Cliche as it is, it's true what they say only a surfer knows the feeling. The wait is full of suspense, the lull is intense, the drop is the rush but it's completely out of your control and no wave is ever the same.
Be dipping my toes in Hawaii by the end of the year, so stay tuned for more surf adventures. Sign up to my newsletter to hear things first.
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Happy Spring to Everyone! If you are new to my blog - Hi, I am Rose Eads, artist, designer, photograpger and all round creative. I am due to get married in September and I have been making confetti at home for the big day. Using rose petal and carnations ( one of my new favourite flowers to dry ) I have been drying and making confetti. Here's how to do it for your big day too.
Start with buying some flowers that you love. Keep in mind your wedding day colour palette and that each flower will dry differently. I leave them to dry naturally but you can speed up the process by putting them in a warm environment. I bought these roses half price because they weren't as fresh as the others but here they are and only £1.75!
These are some carnations after cutting them fresh off some stems. I left them out to dry in the sun which has made them quite crispy. I mean look at those colours! Aren't they dreamy?! I have had so much fun doing this and plan to dry a lot more flowers. They are so beautiful. Rose petals are quite chunky even when dry so you can chop them if you wish. Add some lavender if you want a strong scent when throwing them on the big day.
I will be doing more posts like this over the next coming months so be sure to pop back for more! Follow my instagram @roseeadsdesign to see more Wedding planning or my Pinterest. Like this post? Have you seen my Gypsophila hair crown post? Take a look!
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