“This will be the longest summer of your life!” My head teacher said to me.

Facts wise he is right, I have had 8 weeks off instead of the standard 6. This is due to my exams and the fact that we finished early, so I have been off for the past 2 months! However tomorrow it all comes to an end, as I head into the sixth form to start a new adventure into adulthood. Sad times. I have really enjoyed my time off, so I wanted to share with you all some of the amazing things I have been up to.

To start with I started blogging this summer! Back on the 11th July 2016, I published my first post and created my personal blog: https://annabananastyle.wordpress.com/ .  My personal blog has reached over the milestone of 50 likes, so please check it out! I also started writing on here this summer.  Keeping on the technology and IT theme, I also set up a Whats-app account this summer. I also joined an online forum and became part of The Student Room.

Of course summer wouldn’t be summer without a lot of shopping trips! This summer I have bought more than I have ever before! I bought some cool pug socks and some thermal woolly socks for the winter. I bought some baggy floral trousers from New Look, along with some new tights. I bought two ‘technical’ tops aka sport tops, one from Mountain Warehouse and the other from Sports Direct. I bought a pair of Aztec leggings from the market. Some strawberry scented hand gel, along with mini travel size toiletries. Accompanied with this I also bought some new ear phones by SkullCandy. With some new bedding from The Range. I also bought a new swimming costume, which is a black and white tie dye print. I also bought a new vest top from Matalan and a pair of shoes from Tesco. I invested in a gross amount of sweets including two types of mints, butterscotch sweets and rhubarb and custard sweets. Along with two new items of jewellery: a dragonfly necklace and a heart necklace. Then I hit Primark where I bought a new vest top (£2), two pairs of jeans (£7 each) and two checked shirts (£6 each). I also picked up some stationary stuff for sixth form. From Tesco I bought 4 new project books with 4 refill pads and a smaller project book. Along with a new pencil case from Wilko. Shopping wise that was it sort of….

Except we bought a new house! My parents bought another house to rent out, my parents are property investors by the way.

At the very start of the holidays I went to a pug dog party in Surrey. We took along our 5 dogs (4 pugs and a cross). It was a little stressful, but not too bad! Later on in the holidays we went to the local hospice fete, with the dogs.

I also went on multiple countryside walks, one of the great advantages of living in a rural environment I suppose. I went on many dog walks with my family and even went on a hike up a hill with one of my friends.

Having so much time off, I was able to work on one of my great passions of life: baking! Throughout the summer I baked a coffee cake, banana and chocolate cakelemon triffle and a blackberry apple crumble. On a slightly different note, I was able to go down to the local ice cream parlor and try out their new range. Where I had mocha flavour ice cream and chocolate orange flavor ice cream. Apart from cooking I was able to do a little art and began to start work on my adult colouring book again!

Going to more events, my brother celebrated his 18th Birthday this summer. He also received hisA-level results and I received my GCSE results.

Moving onto the weird topic of fitness. I officially left my badminton club of 9 years, after not turning up for the past 4 months. However I have strangely took up running on the treadmill that we have, although I don’t do it often!

Then of course, the main event: NCS. In case you don’t know this summer I took part in National Citizens Service. I made one new friend who I still talk to today and learnt a bit about myself, but most importantly I had a lot of fun!

Aside from all the fun and interesting things I got up to, I had some boring stuff to do as well. I had to sort out my bank and complete a 15 hour math assignment entitled ‘bridging the gap between GCSE and A-level’. Fun times.

Anyway that is what I have been up to during my amazing summer holidays! Now it’s time to head back to work and embark on my latest adventure into sixth form…wish me luck!

Published by Anna Collins