Easter weekend kicked off with a cheer comp - myself and my team, Sparks All Stars, were off to British Cheerleading Association Nationals in Telford. Which, as it turns out, is a large town quite near Birmingham but also quite near Wales. My friends and I stayed in a little village called Ironbridge, home to the world's first (rather pretty) major bridge made out of cast iron which also happened to be just over the road from our pub hotel. However, we didn't have much time to enjoy the scenery as it was early to bed in preparation for an early wake up call the next day.
The following day, our alarms went off at a painful 6am. Then, it was on with our make-up, up with our hair and out with our uniforms on, ready to perform on the mat! We were all quite nervous as this competition historically was one we don't perform all that well at, but we were going to give it our best shot!
After much waiting around, we took to the mat and smashed out our routine with all the energy we could muster.
Then, it was all over and we were back to waiting for results....
Finally, it was time for awards! We nervously waited, our anticipation heightened by the fact that awards were delayed! Bu then, suddenly, with barely any warning, the judges were announcing our category. We came second!!
Although this wasn't first place, we were super super happy as we hadn't been expecting to place at all!
Happy but tired after our long days, we eventually headed home to our waiting beds.
Sunday morning, I was up early again to head to my childhood home for a couple of days of relaxation, tasty food and being spoilt. Oh and Easter eggs (finally!). My boyfriend also joined us, just in time to devour a home cooked dinner of leg of lamb!
The final day of the holiday (after golden chocolate eggs for breakfast) was spent visiting the Bluebell Wood, a wood near my home which, come spring, is carpeted in bluebells as far as the eye can see!
It's really a rather spectacular sight!
Hundreds and hundreds of beautiful blue (purple-y?) flowers everywhere!
After our walk, we retired to the village pub where we basked in the beautiful sunshine....
...before heading home for a late lunch outside under blossom in the garden.
An exciting weekend finished off with some well needed relaxation!