It was a joy to welcome May this year, after the long, hard winter May delighted us all with long, hot, sunny days and the promise of a beautiful summer. A seaside town starts to come alive in the summer and this month saw a big boost to the town’s economy with two amazing bank holidays and the town bursting with visitors. We’ve had some stunning days on the beach this month and the best of all, our first trip of the year to the beach after school, there is something special about running down to the beach and splashing away the school day. Summer sports have started in earnest this month and we’ve spent many an hour at the cricket club. May also saw me dancing around a May pole, playing the first rounders’ game of the summer, exploring local history and finishing with a few family days in Devon at half term, its been a busy month. There have been so many lovely moments in May and here are just some of my little loves from this month …
I’ve noticed my reading time has reduced this month, no more cosy nights snuggled on the sofa. However I have read two books and am working my way quickly through my third. One book was a work related title so whilst fascinating took a little more time and effort, especially as I was highlighting and scribbling so many notes at the side. The book is Dana Boyd’s Its Complicated which explores teenagers’ use of social media, there is so much to say about this book and to anyone with teenagers I would strongly recommend reading it. Its hard to summarise such enlightening content but after reading it I feel reassured and trusting of our young people online and perhaps there are a few questions we need to ask ourselves!
The second book was The New Mrs Clifton by Elizabeth Buchan, which starts in the 1970s and the discovery of a body buried for 30 years ago. The book focuses on who the body could be and why through a brilliant plot. I didn’t guess the identity of the victim and thought it was a very clever and stylish story.
So its cricket season and I have watched a lot of practices and matches. Little Man’s team is undefeated so far and his happy place in life is at the crease waiting to bat. I tend to watch the matches quite intently as I do score some matches and every ball needs to be recorded accurately.
Due to the clash with a cricket match, I wasn’t able to see the Royal wedding live but I did catch up so I could see the dresses, flowers etc.. I like the detail of a wedding, royal or not. I loved the style of the royal wedding, the flowers were so simple and beautiful and Meghan was stunning. There also seemed to be lots of little details from the couple which helped make it their own celebration rather than a traditional royal wedding.
Its been a while since I made an effort to follow a series but I am loving A Very English Scandal with Hugh Grant as Jeremy Thorpe. Its an unbelievable true story and is highly entertaining, its definitely not a dry, political drama.
And finally, I also got to watch my children enjoy time with their cousin. At 20, she is revered by my daughter for her style, coolness and general niceness, so to have her accompany us on a day out at Crealy and go on all the rides with the children was a treat for all of us. I didn’t let her have all the fun and enjoyed the water rides too.
I don’t know if its the sun but the fresh seasonal food at the moment is delicious. I’ve enjoyed cooking recipes with the ingredients such as asparagus risotto, broad bean and mint soup, rhubarb crumble (straight from my father-in-law’s garden) There’s also the simple but perfect taste of fresh Jersey royals with butter and seasoning, sometimes simplicity is perfection.
This is a frustrating category this month, as after being in a lot of pain, I finally went to see my doctor and after having an x-ray on my foot, it appears that I may have arthritis. I have worn Converse pumps and flip flops all month as it is all I can wear without pain. I do love my Converse but I think if its all I can wear I’m going to have to invest in a few new colours.
I haven’t really been making a conscious decision what to listen to this month on Spotify and I’ve been relying on playlists and old favourites when I’m doing my gym work. However I have heard lots of good news, an all clear from cancer, the birth of a healthy baby boy and an upcoming family wedding, hooray for happy news.
So, if I thought May was busy it has nothing on the next two months. I am being very organised at present with lots of lists to tick off as I want to enjoy every little thing in the coming months, summer we’re coming for you ….
I am writing this post with Morgana’s inspiration