So April continued to be a grey, cold, dismal month apart from 4 blissful days when we fast forwarded a season and enjoyed hot, sunny days. It was a little break in which we all slipped into shorts and t-shirts and spent as much time as possible with the warm sun on our faces, at the beach, in the garden or riding through the forest.
April saw our two week Easter holiday and as well as the Easter traditions, we climbed walls (literally not figuratively!) met Dippy the dinosaur, hit a few tennis balls, relaxed in jacuzzis and steam rooms, laughed at Peter Rabbit, revisited the old ships at Portsmouth Historic dockyard, spent time with grandparents and played with friends. The weather was dreary but we made the holidays sparkle!
I have read an eclectic mix of books this month, one thriller, Before we Met about a husband’s mysterious past, one book, My Name is Leon in which main character is in foster care, another on a transgender child This Is How It Always Is and a non fiction title Shine. All were good books and the two about the children were heart breaking and thought provoking. The characters stay with you and as a consequence of the books, you hope for a little more kindness, acceptance and understanding in our world.
Shine by Andy Cope asks very pertinent questions about modern life and why are we all so busy? I found myself agreeing with so much and resolving to make little changes, as Cope describes it ‘ Shining. That’s having focus, clarity, imagination, creativity, energy and resilience’
Surprisingly as it was a holiday month, we only went to the cinema once and that was to see Peter Rabbit. It was a modern interpretation featuring the Beatrix Potter characters, but it did amuse me and the children and the images of the Lake District were stunning. Television wise I’ve not watched a great deal, but as a family we’ve all been enjoying Revolution on Sky, a competition among skaters, BMXers and skateboarders with courses, tricks and races. Needless to say as a consequence, Little Man has become even more adventurous at the skate park!
Little Miss and my kitchen adventures continued this month, she’s such a talented sous chef. Our April challenge was to make a special dessert for Easter Sunday lunch and we chose meringues. The BBC Good Food recipe was perfect and we all enjoyed making and eating our berry meringues.
After such a cold winter, it was wonderful to pop on my favourite red shorts, flip flops and sunglasses for our mini heatwave. I think when you live at the seaside you dress more casually and apart from work, I’m in my shorts as much as possible in the summer months. I’ve had my red pair for years and there is just something so comfortable and relaxing about pulling them on and heading outside. I love the hoodie and shorts look for the cooler evenings too.
I’ve noticed with all the driving in the car this month that my children are changing my radio stations to something a little more hip or playing a Spotify playlist. I’m enjoying a lot of their music but without a doubt my favourite song this month has been Paloma Faith’s Make your Own Kind of Music, this is such a fabulous, feel good song to be played loud and proud.
April was a family focused and busy month despite the weather ( have I mentioned that?!) May appears to be shaping up as a month of working towards summer events, Little Miss is busy with rehearsals for two summer shows and Little Man is training for the cricket season. I’m happy for it to be a quieter month before my diary explodes in June, July and August. Summer at the seaside is always busy and fun.
Thank you to Morgana for the inspiration for #littleloves