Have we seen the last of the constant sun? Typical old British weather keeping us guessing. Every morning when I get out the shower I look longingly out the window and reach for my phone to check every weather website and app I can to see whether I’ll need sleeves today or if I should be wearing sandals or shoes.
It’s funny that people from other countries joke that all Brits talk about is the weather – it’s true but it’s because it taunts us so! WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM US?!
There are still so many dresses hibernating in my wardrobe that deserve to see daylight.
Let’s hope August is a good one. August! How are we nearly August?! The days and weeks have been flying by recently.
Over the last few days I’ve been trying to make more of an effort to be more mindful. I haven’t remembered every day but on the nicer days I’ve been spending a bit of time outdoors during my lunch breaks to take in the countryside air and views. There are some donkeys on the site, so I said a little hello to them!
I’ve been concentrating on breathing deeply and thinking about how the sun feels falling on my face, how the birds sound when they’re chirping and rustling in the trees and how the breeze feels in my hair.
Oh and how my eyes feel when they’re stinging and streaming with water – is it just me or has the pollen count been crazy this year? I’ve been really struggling with hayfever this summer. No amount of nasal spray, eye drops or eyelid spray is doing the job. Someone told me and Haybands which I think I’ll have to try next year. On top of that I caught a cold at the tail end of this week so I was in a right state. There were lots of hot teas, echinacea, orange juice and ice cream in my house (the ice cream was for the sore throat – purely medicinal). I’m not sure if I’m totally over it or not, this morning I’ve still had a bit of a sore throat and occasional sneezing fits. Let’s hope it doesn’t develop past that.
On Thursday evening my dad and step-mum came to stay for the night ahead of a festival they were going to in the local area. They didn’t arrive till quite late as they got stuck in a bit of rush hour traffic. They’re vegan so cooking dinner for all of us was a bit of a challenge, what with my dietary requirements (wheat and lactose intolerances) and Rob’s general meat and two veg diet. I did us a Deliciously Ella dish called ‘The best baked sweet potato’. It’s essentially a baked sweet potato topped with black beans (I couldn’t find any though so I swapped them for cannellini beans), mushrooms and avocado with a lime and tahini dressing. I think it went down reasonably well for most! The recipe is here (I also swapped the honey for maple syrup to make it vegan).
Yesterday I was up early to head into town and meet up with a friend for a coffee and natter which was lovely. I then had what could easily be described as the best back, neck and shoulder massage I’ve ever had. It was from The Treatment Rooms which is my massage spot of choice in Brighton. I’d been desperado for one for aaages and absolutely loved it. I’m a bit sore today but hopefully that means it’s done it’s job. I don’t have massages often but every time I do I always think how I should have them more often. I only ever have back, neck and shoulder ones because that’s the only area I ever really feel like I need them. I guess it’s because I sit at a desk all day, my back and shoulder blades ache – probably from slumping over a bit or poor posture generally – and I notice my back aches really quickly after washing up for a bit too. So a back massage is a real treat and does the world of good.
Maybe now that I actually have long fingernails I’ll feel like treating myself to a manicure every now and then though, how strange that would be!
Saturday was also International Day of Friendship. So I used it as an opportunity to remind some of my closest friends how much I value their friendship and how much they mean to me by sending them a little surprise card.
I love receiving letters and cards by post – anything handwritten feels a real joy to receive. I’m terrible at staying in close contact with my friends. I try to at least stay in contact via Whatsapp but my phone has been a bit of a barrier until recently – I hope. I’ve always had a really bad phone signal at my house, it’s been fine for sending and receiving text messages but it’s terrible for phone calls unless I sit in a particular spot in my bedroom and even then people tell me I cut out and they can’t hear me very well. It gets frustrating for them and me and in the end we give up. A week or so ago though I got a new phone that allows WiFi calling but I’ve yet to try it out – I’m really hoping that’ll be the solution to my phone problems though and can help my relationships too!
Hope you all have a lovely Sunday, Rob and I are heading out soon to do some food shopping (bleugh) but once that’s out the way I plan on doing very little.