March Favourites

I can not believe how fast 2017 is going! One minute it was 1 March and now March is finished and April is in full swing. That means a wrap up of my favourite things from March. For me, March was pretty busy as I traveled a lot during the month, first I went to London for an interview for a Magazine Training Course with Press Association.

I had a lovely time in London, I was only there for a day but as the interview was in the morning, I was able to spend the afternoon sightseeing! Which I loved as I haven’t had a stroll around London in a while, when I went for my Autosport interview for the Junior Programme I was busy all day. Press Association is based a ten minute walk from Buckingham Palace, so I jumped at the chance to visit there.

The first and only time I’ve visited the Palace was when I visited London last year but was late at night so I didn’t see any of the guards. This time around, the Palace was bustling with life as the guards were standing outside and tourists were all admiring the Palace which I loved! From here, I went and visited Big Ben/Westminster.

I love visiting this part of London as all my favourite monuments are within walking distance. As I was able to take a nice stroll from Westminster to Trafalgar Square, it’s lovely to see so many people admiring all the sights in London. I don’t know how far I walked but I bet it was a lot! Time surely does go fast and before I knew it, it was time to start traveling back home to my Uncle’s, my day in London came to an end.

If you follow me on my social media platforms, you’ll know that I am a massive motorsports fan! I was lucky to attend the Britcar: Endurance last year at Silverstone as Media, this year I’ve done one better. I managed to attend the Season Launch of the British Touring Car Championship at Donington Park as media, a dream come true!

This was an amazing experience as I was able to go trackside at a circuit that I’ve never been too, along with meeting up with my photographer friends again. The Season Launch kicks start the new season for BTCC, this is a day of testing along with driver and car reveals. There are some gorgeous cars this season and I was soo lucky to take photos of them!

I also said hello to my good friends over at Team HARD who continue to grow as a team. I’m looking forward to the BTCC season, especially as I’ll be attending Rounds 25, 26 & 27 at Silverstone in September. This was a massive experience for me as BTCC is much bigger than Britcar and I know a lot more of the drivers and teams.

I also learnt a lot in regards to photography as my dad brought a new lens for his camera so this was the perfect opportunity for me to practice with this lens. It was super easy to use, left my arms dead as it was super heavy! As I spent the day with Ian Cutting from Ian Cutting Photography, who was taking photos for Essaar Motorsports, if I had any problems, I would have been able to learn from him.

It was Mother’s Day at the end of March, also known as Mothering Sunday, so I spent the day with my mum and two sisters. We went to Frankie & Benny’s for lunch, yumm! Afterwards we watched Beauty & the Beast, I’m still not sure about this movie as the animated film is one of my favourite Disney films, but after hearing a lot of good things about it, I thought I would give it a try.

It was lovely to spend some quality time with the family, everyone must have had the same idea as everywhere was super busy! Beauty & the Beast was a really good movie, there seemed to be a lot more singing and dancing though, it’s amazing what they can do with special effects. I loved that everything was a lot more French orientated, the animation it wasn’t as grand.

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I love doing these favourites as it makes me re-think about everything I’ve done during the month. I really struggled in the beginning with ideas for March’s Favourites, as I feel that I haven’t done that much, anything interesting at least but then I look through my Instagram and realise I’ve been really busy. It’s crazy how fast March has gone, I really hope that’s not the same for April!

I hope you have enjoyed what you’ve seen here, April is going to be a very busy month for me as I’m traveling to Italy at the end of the month, so look out for those photos!

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The Liebster Award

I’ve got a very special announcement to make…

I found out that the lovely Steph from Juniper Daze nominated me for the Liebster Award!

This is the second nomination I have received for An Ocean Glimmer, after Abi Moss nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award last month. It is always lovely to be nominated for something like this, as you know there are people out there that are reading and enjoying your blog.

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Planner Girls Collective // 2017 Bucket List

I’m pleased to say there will be a new weekly segment on An Ocean Glimmer. Along with other Bloggers, we will be chatting about a different topic every Monday. This is a recent group I’ve become a part of through FacebookPlanner Girls Collective was created by The Stationery Geekette aka Emma-Louise Smith.

I’m really excited by the prospects of this group, along with having the opportunity to meet some amazing blogs! The first topic for 2017 is 2016 Planner Overview/Aims for 2017. I thought this was perfect timing, as we are now into January and I should probably set out some goals for this year to make it a special year!

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2016 Highlights & Recap

Before you can move forward with the New Year, I think it’s always good to look back on the previous year to see your achievements. Looking at it, 2016 has been quite a successful year for me! A lot has happened and I am really proud of myself. I thought I would share with you today my highlights of 2016.

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VIP Experience with Team HARD

For those of you who follow me on Twitter and Instagram, you will know that I was recently at Silverstone for Rounds 25, 26 & 27 of the British Touring Car Championship. It was a very interesting weekend as the Saturday I was a Silverstone Racemaker, a volunteer at the circuit and then Sunday I was with Team HARD on a VIP Experience.

I thought it would be interesting to give you an insight to my day with the team as this was my first time as a guest. Now these experiences can be pretty pricey, especially if you receive breakfast, lunch and dinner! I paid £99 for Sunday and I can say it was well worth it.

I have never met David Boor, the guy who I have been chatting to over the last couple of months to book the experience. So when I reached the main gate and saw a guy that looked familiar and was wearing team gear, I was very happy to see him. It was a nice welcoming before even reaching their hospitality.

Silverstone is a very large circuit, so it was nice to see a shuttle service from Team HARD to take us to the BTCC paddock. In my three years of going to Silverstone, I haven’t been on a buggy very often. My legs welcomed this as I know the distance it takes to get to the paddock.

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From the minute I arrived everyone was happy and friendly, it was even better once we got to their hospitality as I know someone there. They couldn’t of had a better person to welcome you once you arrived, Andrea Hurcombe, who my dad knows from school, was on the door checking everyone in and giving us lanyards.

As soon as I received the lanyard, it felt real, that I was actually with Team HARD for the day. Shortly after breakfast was served, I’m not really a breakfast fan but oh my, this smelt amazing so I was hungry. They had a full English on offer which I loved, minus the black pudding and tomatoes of course!

We had a welcome talk from Simon Hill who explained how they day would pan out, I was amazed at exactly what was included. Other things that I never imagined, how cool going on the grid before the race and being able to watch it from their garage! Before all this we were invited to a garage tour, having a look around their three different cars.

The drivers and mechanics were on hand if we had any questions. It was amazing looking at the cars and seeing the detail up close. I must have looked silly in the way I was taking my photos, trying to get snazzy angle on everything. It was cool looking at the cars, there’s actually not much to them!

After the garage tour, came the fun part, GRID WALK! I was super happy to find out about this. We were allowed to come on the grid before the first race, watching all the cars coming out of their garage to do an out lap so they can line up on the grid. As there were so many guests, they split everyone between the three drivers.

I had to look out for Tony Gilham‘s car, it was pretty easy as they all have grid girls with boards, so it was just trying to find her. Once all the cars were lined up, we were allowed to take photos of the cars and girls on the grid. This is a special moment as it’s literally moments before the start of the race.

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Few moments before the start, we had to go back to the garage as we are not allowed on the grid at the start of the race nor in the pit lane. It was super tense in the garage especially when we found out Gilham was coming into the pits! All the mechanics sprang into life and was getting ready for his arrival.

Turns out he had an accident so had to come in for some emergency repairs so he can continue the race. It was amazing watching them rush around the garage picking up spare parts and tools to fix the car. After he returned to the pits it was quiet racing, very enjoyable, even better than watching it from the grandstands.

Once the race was over, it was nice seeing the drivers and their family/friends congratulating them. With the rush over it was time to unwind and continue watching other racing. I did some exploring of the track, checking out the different trade stands. Before I had even realised, it was time for lunch.

The hospitality smelt amazing when we walked it, strong smell of food. Of course with it being a Sunday they had a roast on offer, I jumped at the chances as I just love my roast dinners. It was amazing and exactly what a roast should be, it felt like I was at my Grandparents.

With dinner over we decided to watch the racing from Luffield as this is normally an interesting place, especially with them speeding down from Wellington Straight. It was action packed from the moment they started, with tyres exploding and scary overtakes. Before we even realised it was time for the Driver Q&A.

Now this was comically with drivers explaining their performance, especially if they had an incident with a fellow driver. It was nice listening to them speaking and the enjoyment they receive from racing. After the Q&A, the drivers were signing and taking photos, which I loved as signatures are always nice to have. Pictures more so.

I was planning what to do next when David came over and asked if I wanted to go back on the grid for the last race. Of course I said yes! I wouldn’t let an opportunity like that go to waste. It’s cool being on the grid once, let alone twice. So for the last race we were back on the grid and watching the race from the garage.

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Thanks to David Boor for this amazing photo!

Of course there was even more excitement with our drivers and watching them climb up the grid. After the race it was celebration time, with the podium presentation being on the start finish line. It was a special moment for Team HARD here as Mike Epps was presented the Jack Sears Trophy.

With a podium position comes the champagne the fun part, it was nice sharing the enjoyment with the team. Once this was all over it was time to go home and just relax. It was such a lovely weekend with the team and I would like to just say a massive thank-you to everyone there.

Woow, I didn’t realise the post would be that long! Thanks for sticking with me and hope you enjoyed it. Let me know in the comments if you have attended any motorsports events and your thoughts on them. I know there will be plenty more in the future for me, you can keep up to date on my Twitter HERE and Instagram HERE.

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