Monday, 5 May 2014

Exploring Colchester

I really like to make the most of any time off, if you're not at work then life is for making memories and enjoying yourself. My boyfriend and I wanted to get out and about and do something we haven't done for a long time, roller skating!! In my case it has been about 12 years since I last donned my quads so I was extremely nervous about doing so in case I was to fall straight on my arse, and worse, fall on my arse in front of lots of people!!

We decided to head out to Colchester because Roller World has a massive skating rink, and I knew of a lovely little coffee shop we could have lunch in first.

In Eld Lane there is an adorable place called Coffee and Cream, they do the best jacket potatoes! I'm not kidding they are amazing and they have lots of toppings to choose from and they always come with a really generous side salad that is almost as good as the jacket itself. It has creamy coleslaw, pasta salad and caramelised onions and is super tasty.

colchester


We chose the Chicken Tikka topping and it is absolutely delicious the chicken pieces are plentiful and the tikka sauce is rich and creamy with a tiny hint of spice. They give you a really decent portion as well so it's very filling. If you are ever in Colchester I really recommend this little place, it lovely coffee as well and has an awesome range of ice cream as well. Sadly my potato was too filling for me to squeeze in some ice cream too!

tikka jacket potato, colchester, coffee and cream

tikka baked potato

Then onto Roller World, when we got inside I was really impressed with the size of their rink, it was so spacious so you have enough room to skate without falling over everyone else. That didn't stop me feeling incredibly nervous though, I didn't want to fall over because quite simply it hurts!

I only made it once around the rink before I started thinking it wasn't going to come back to me and I wanted to go home. I always panic a bit too much, so I sat down for a bit, took a deep breath and bit the bullet and got myself back out on the rink and before I knew it I was speeding round having a great time. It felt so good to skate again, I used to go a lot as a kid and loved it and now I remember why, I had so much fun that when it started approaching our end time the only reason I was ready to leave was because my feet were aching. I can't wait to go again and really get back into skating. It's certainly a fun way to keep fit!

When we got home we had a little bit of time to kill before going out for dinner so we decided to go for a little walk that turned into rather a long walk actually. We walked through peaceful fields that were so absent of people it felt like we were the only ones left on the planet, strolled alongside the river and picked out a couple of awesome picnic spots for when the weather is warmer.
I love walking, I enjoy exploring places I haven't been before and I often like the solitude of walking alone, it's perfect for clearing your mind.

River Chelmer, Michelle Louise Love
bridge over river chelmer
Michelle Louise Love

The sun started setting as we walked which added to the magic, it was so beautiful. Isn't going for a walk through the countryside one of the best ways to spend a relaxing afternoon, especially if you head out around dusk, I never get tired of sunsets!

Michelle Louise Love

river chelmer
Michelle Louise Love
Michelle Louise Love

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