Oh So Pokemon Go

I know you’ve heard of it. Some of you might love it (like myself). Some of you might hate it. But Pokemon Go has literally taken the world by storm.

It’s Ridiculously Addictive

I’m not even kidding, I haven’t been able to put my phone down. The game just grabs a hold and doesn’t let go.

I’ve been a fan of the Candy Crush games since they came out and I still play them now. However, Pokemon Go is a different kind of addiction.

A Wild Squirtle Appeared!

A Wild Squirtle Appeared!

The Quest To Catch ‘Em All

You start the game by creating your character – very limited customisation – and then catching one of the starter Pokemon. If you didn’t already know (where have you been?!), these consist of Squirtle, Charmander and Bulbasaur.

I chose the trusty Charmander hoping one day to evolve him into my beloved Charizard. I have heard a rumour about being able to get Pikachu as your first Pokemon, but I’m not sure how true this is – and I still would have chosen Charmander anyway.

Catching Your First Few Is Easy

Once you’ve chosen your starter Pokemon, you begin your adventure into the real / virtual world. The map is made up of the streets around you so it should feel familiar right away.

I didn’t go very far on my first journey because it was late by the time I’d installed the app. I also didn’t walk – at all. I decided to drive around with Hayley as my wingmangirl and pull over everything we heard a Pokemon or came across a Pokestop.

In the area that we drove in, we came across a lot of Pidgeys. I must have ended up with around 7 at one point. My favourite find of this little trip was Squirtle (I now have a Wartortle too!).

Forever Catching Pidgey

Forever Catching This Little Fellow

When catching my first lot of Pokemon, it was easy. I’d probably say it was too easy. The Pokemon appears (in your world if you turn on AR) and you flick a Pokeball at it. The Pokeball bounces off the poor little guy, opens up and (hopefully) catches it. As I just mentioned, it’s pretty easy at this stage and captures are almost guaranteed. This is without doubt down to the low level of the Pokemon as you start out.

Trust Me, It Gets Harder

As of writing this, I’m a high level 8. This isn’t impressive – I’ve seen loads of people already close to the 20’s.

As your level increases, the level of the Pokemon you find increases too. You might come across a Pidgey yourself, but if it’s a high level Pidgey it’ll fight to stay out of the Pokeball.

The hardest catch I’ve had to date was my Hypno. He must have wasted at least 8 of my Pokeballs by breaking free and a few of them by dodging too – yes, they’re smart little Pokemon. But I just had to have him. I’ve been past a lot of gyms with physic type Pokemon at the top. They’re strong against a lot of other Pokemon so do well to protect gyms.

Pokestops And Gyms

If you live in a bustling city centre, the chances are that Pokestops will be littered all around you. If you’re in a small, quiet village, it’s probably the opposite.

Pokestops are normally points of interest – I find that most of them are Churches and Libraries in my area. When you come across one, you simply get close enough until it changes appearance. Click on it and spin the circle to grab some items. I’m normally overwhelmed with Pokeballs and currently have over 100! I’ve recently started getting raspberries too since I’ve leveled up.

Pokestops And Gyms

Pokestops Are The Blue Icons, Gyms Are The Taller Ones

Again, the same applies with Gyms in terms of the amount around you. Busy city centres = more Gyms, small villages = less Gyms, typically speaking.

I haven’t really had a chance to take on any Gyms so far. A lot of people by me have leveled up super quick and stuck a really high level Pokemon in their Gym which I just cannot go up against. But give it time – I’m sure I’ll be telling you about me taking over a rival gym soon.

If you manage to take a Gym and hold onto it, you’ll gain a lot of XP. I believe you also have the option to cash out because people will be trying to claim your throne.

Download Pokemon Go At Your Own Risk


If you love Pokemon, this game is the closest thing to becoming a real Pokemon trainer.

Also, I really recommend you get yourself a portable charging pack or charging phone case because this game is a battery killer. It relies on GPS and mobile data to run.

I’m not going to say anymore, it speaks for itself. Here’s my recommendation for taking the chance on probably the best mobile app / game that will ever be released.

My Name Is Lee And This Is My Sheep Selfie

What Can You Expect From Me?

So, this is my first post. Here’s what I’m about:

Who Am I?

My name is Lee Watkinson and I live in the lovely town of Walsall. I am 24 and have been creating websites for years – some successful, some not so…


Me At Cregannan Lake

Panoramic Picture At Cregannan Lake

What Do I Do?

I currently work full time behind a computer. When I’m not working, I like too:

  • sit in front of the Xbox
  • visit Wales, alot
  • visit new and exciting places with the help of Tripadvisor
  • more recently, run around catching Pokémon

Why Have I Started This Blog?

I’ve realised that I am now a grown up (I know, nobody needs this kind of stress!) and decided I need to live a grown up life (but not too grown up).

I’ve been with my other half, Hayley, for over 7 years and we started looking at houses late last year. Fast forward to now and we’ve bought one! Hopefully, we plan to move into it in September.

Me And Hayley

Me And The Lady

And that’s where this blog comes in. I’ve been reading a lot of blogs for inspiration on how to decorate our new home and noticed that a lot of other people document how their home progresses in stages. So why can’t I give it a shot?

What Will You Get Out Of This Blog?

So you’ve seen that my main reason for starting the blog is to document what we do with our first home. Hopefully, you’re inspired by some of the things we do and enjoy reading about it too.

Our's Has The Blue Door

Our Very First Home!

I also wanted the blog so that I can look back in years to come at the sorts of things I’ve gotten up to – so expect more than just home renovation chat.

I plan on documenting my travels too because I love seeing new places – especially when they seem like a hidden gem. I’ve already got a lot of stuff to write about so I’ll aim to get at least 1 post a week published. As long as I can get into the flow, I’m sure you’ll be hearing much more from me.

As well as traveling and home renovation posts, you’re going to see some lifestyle stuff too. This might be stuff that I’ve found interesting or just something that doesn’t relate to my other topics. But I promise to make it as interesting as possible. Even if 1 person reads my stuff – at least it has a purpose!

Keep An Eye Out…

Short and sweet – that’s my introduction post done. Now that’s out the way, I’ll get onto writing the itneresting stuff so I can share it with you.

If you have read this far, thanks for doing so. Hit me up for a chat or even give me some blogging tips!

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