One must let off steam every now and then so one doesn't explode! Enjoying a family go karting session at Teamsport racetrack in Avonmouth. It was awesome!
Not far from one of my favourite little places in Cornwall, Mevagissey, there's the Lost Gardens of Heligan. We finally got to visit this year and I loved the place. They also had an exhibition remembering the Somme, as 13 of the gardeners of the Heligan Estate went to fight, but only 4 returned.
Yep, it's that time of year again where I see a holiday in my sights - and lots of lovely spare time - and I immediately get thinking about how I can improve my website!
So that will be a total redesign then hahaha! No, just kidding - I do have some new things to launch, but I'm not planning to revamp my whole layout.
Watch this space over the summer...
Well it hasn't been much of a flamin' June, more like one flamin' day of June.. and with less time spent on my new country commute to Reading, it would be great to have some sultry, summer evenings to enjoy, whilst I'm not tearing it up and down to London for five days of the week.
I do love the month of June though, despite the weather this year. Before the longest day, when the nights draw out to 10pm, and there's a sultry hush up and down the street, William Wordsworth's "A Night in June" comes to mind:
The sun has long been set,
The stars are out by twos and threes,
The little birds are piping yet
Among the bushes and trees;
There’s a cuckoo, and one or two thrushes,
And a far-off wind that rushes,
And a sound of water that gushes,
And the cuckoo’s sovereign cry
Fills all the hollow of the sky.
Who would “go parading”
In London, “and masquerading,"
On such a night of June
With that beautiful soft half-moon,
And all these innocent blisses?
On such a night as this is!
It was time for another amazing Ploughman's lunch at the Mayfly and we saw these cute little ducklings floating by. See if you can spot the trout...!
This was a new author for me so I didn't know what to expect. I presumed a light hearted chick lit read with a nice, easy going story - and that's exactly what I got - plus a generous helping of familiarity (the author lived and worked in Bristol and the story was set in Bath, where I was born), along with some fantastic storytelling and great plot twists. I guess that's what separates good writers from great writers... the ability to take life and make amazing books out of it, conveying a whole range of everyday emotions with such beautiful writing.
I am a big fan of village story telling. It's fascinating what goes on behind closed doors and you can always have a close knit cast who weave in and out of each other's lives. Falling For You does just that. Maddy is single and the one chap she wants, she can't have. Sound familiar? Of course! But as the story develops you find out why, the history behind the two families and the reasons for the hatred. Mansell charts Life's ups and downs for this brilliant set of characters and it's all so believable.
Last week's bucket list reminded me of the things still to do on my 30 Things list from 2012. Oh dear, four years later and I'm no closer to ticking any of them off! I just had a peek and some of them don't seem anywhere near as important as back then, so that's cool. These, however, are still on the agenda:
Blogging is an amazing concept so here I am giving it a whirl. You'll get words. You'll get pics. Sometimes a vid or two. You'll get tongue in cheek, the odd humble opinion and an honest insight into my travels and writing life. Maybe even a few gems along the way. I'll be musing on home turf as I see more and more of the UK and sharing my experiences further afield on holidays and adventurous trips across the globe.