Sailing at Datchet

As you probably know, I enjoy sailing and I sail every Saturday at a sailing club near me. I am in the UK Cadet Class, and every month or so every cadet in the class meets up at one particular spot for squad training.

On Saturday the 21‌st of January 2017, the cadet sailors all met up in a place called Datchet Water. It was VERY, VERY cold (-6 degrees!) and it wasn’t very windy, which meant we wouldn’t be moving around that much in the boat. My Helm (who is the person in the boat that is charge and steers it) and I went to go change into our drysuits and wetsuits and then we had a briefing with the rest of our squad group. That morning, I also got my squad jacket, which is a really warm jacket with your squad name sewn on the side. They’re really cool and mine will last me for ages because it is so big on me!

We went out on the water after our briefing and I was really cold but had a lot of fun flying the spinnaker and doing some racing exercises.

The next day we went back to Datchet but there was NO WIND at all! It was around 2 knots and the water was completely still, so we didn’t end up sailing all day. Instead, we did some theory in our squad room and some land drills, like spinnaker flying.

Overall I had a really fun time at Datchet Water!

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Snow!

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When I saw that it was going to snow in my home town recently, I was very excited, as were all of my friends. It doesn’t snow that much in England and it didn’t snow AT ALL where I lived in Australia because it wasn’t cold enough. So last Thursday my friends and I couldn’t wait until that night because it was going to snow! In assembly at school, one of my teachers said that school may be closed the next day if there was too much snow, which made us even MORE excited!!

That night, as I was doing my homework, I heard my Dad say “It’s snowing!” and I ran to the front door and jumped outside. The snowflakes started small but then they got heavier and heavier, until I got too cold and went back inside the house. The snow on the ground got really thick, but we could still drive so we went out for dinner and saw that everywhere was covered in white!

When I woke up the next morning, there was still snow everywhere! It looked amazing because my whole street was white! Unfortunately, school was not canceled but our drive to school was so cool because it looked like a Winter Wonderland! I arrived at school a bit later than usual because of the snow, as did everyone else.

At school, between lessons, we had mini snowball fights! I forgot my gloves so my hands got really cold, so next time I must remember to bring them. At break, I had a big snowball fight which was SO much fun, and at lunch we went sledging using bags because no one brought in any sleds. I had SO much fun in the snow with all of my friends and I hope it will snow again!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!

tt_2.pngNow as you probably know, I am a very big Harry Potter fan and when I heard that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was coming out I was so excited! I went to see it at the cinema the other day with my friends and it was AMAZING!! The story is set before the Harry Potter series, in the 1920’s. The main character is a man called Newt Scamander, and he has a case full of magical creatures! He is has come from England to New York where he meets some really good friends and goes on an adventure!

I thought this movie was cast really well, and all the characters had there own personalities and I liked them all! However, I found that the movie towards the end got a bit dark and maybe scary for kids under 10. I think it was quite similar to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and if you enjoyed that movie, you will probably enjoy this!

Overall I give this movie a 5/5 because it was AMAZING! It was full of action and was really entertaining. I have also read the book that recently released and I would give the book a 4.5/5 because, although it was really captivating, it was written as a screenplay so the story didn’t flow as well as it might have if it was a novel.

Gelato!

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When we went to Italy, we ate some lovely Italian food such as Pasta, Pizza and my favourite- GELATO!

You’re probably thinking: Yeah SheriBerri EVERYONE loves Ice Cream! But Gelato isn’t just Ice Cream, it is the Italian version and Gelato is very similar and different to Ice Cream in many ways.

So what’s the difference?

Well…Gelato is made with milk, cream, sugar and maybe flavouring, but it has a higher proportion of milk than Ice Cream does and it has a lower proportion of cream and eggs (sometimes it has no eggs at all). It is more dense and “fluffy” than Ice Cream because it is churned slowly.

The Flavours

Gelato flavours and Ice Cream flavours are very similar, but some of my favourites were:

  • Fragola (Fra-go-la) – Strawberry
  • Limone (Lim-on-eh)- Lemon
  • Frutti di Bosco (Frutee-di-bos-co)- Fruit of the Forest
  • Cioccolato (Chioc-o-la-to)- Chocolate
  • Vaniglia (Van-i-lia)- Vanilla
  • Nocciola (Nee-chol-a)- Hazlenut
  • Stracciatella (Stra-chee-a-tell-a) – Vanilla with Choc Chip.

The Rules!

When you go to Italy, you have to get the right sort of Gelato! My Mum and I looked up how to find the best type and we found these rules:

  1. The Colours- If the colours are REALLY bright, for instance if it was bright yellow, then the Gelato has lots of artificial colours and flavours put in and not natural ingredients.
  2. The Amount- If the Gelato is piled up in the shop, it means that it has added chemicals to keep it cool, so if it is flat that is best (or sometimes even covered).
  3. The Container- If the container is plastic, it will not keep the Gelato cold which means the Gelato has added chemicals. Gelato in stainless steel is best to keep Gelato cool.

Enjoy eating Gelato!!

Buckingham Palace

In London, we have visited lots of landmarks and one stop was to visit the Queen! Buckingham palace is a very famous landmark where lots of past Queens and Kings have lived. It is a very grand building, which is guarded by the Queen’s Guards, who wear big furry hats and have heavy red suits. I wouldn’t like to do that job in Summer!

When we visited, there was a Guard who was marching up and down the entrance, and would sometimes pause, turn around and lift his gun up and move it to his other arm.

There is a statue outside the palace known as the Queen Victoria Memorial, which was erected for Queen Victoria when she died in 1901. There is a pond around the statue where lots of people have thrown in coins, so I decided to throw one in as well. Next to Buckingham Palace is the Royal Park where we ran around and also saw the Canadian Memorial. I enjoyed the experience at Buckingham Palace!