What a scorcher July has been! I’m crossing my fingers that the weather calms down a little for August. A nice steady 20/21C with sunshine and a breeze would suit me nicely. Lucas has been cooling off with water fights–water pistols are huge complicated things these days, I miss the tiny little ones I used to play with–and I’ve been sipping cocktails and making excessive trips to the supermarket just so I can cool down in the freezer aisle. I’m not alone… there’s always a bunch of people shamelessly hogging the open-topped freezers and chilling out!
Dave and I ditched Lucas for the weekend and celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary in London. I think this is the longest time we’ve had to ourselves since Lucas was born. Um, he’s nearly 10 now. No wonder I’m losing my marbles!
Despite all the foodie extravagances I’d lined up, we spent more time walking around and chatting than feasting. It was a great weekend and we came home feeling really refreshed (and with a major cocktail habit–oops).
I’ve been trying to curb my new cocktail habit a little, although I seem to have founded a WI cocktail club so I’m not doing great on that front, and am in the process of cleaning up my eating. A few days weeks of eating as I please has proved that I really can’t. Not if I want to be comfortable in my jeans!!
So, back to the kitchen… Luckily healthy food tastes awesome, although I am being rather distracted (ie driven wild) by the free Rhubarb & Custard ice-cream Pies that Pieminster are selling this weekend!
I’ve been crafting a lot this month. I recently discovered Woolly Hugs, a charity that grew out of a Mumsnet tradition to make personalised woolly blankets for recently bereaved members. It’s now expanded into crafting for refugees and sick children, too. Crafting for charity has let me have all the fun of choosing colours from my stash, picking patterns, crocheting merrily away, and then posting it off to someone else rather than cluttering up my house. Win/win, right?
I found this colour palette on Pinterest and as luck would have it, I had odds and ends of all the colours in my stash. I needed to buy an extra ball of burgundy to finish the border, but that was it. Fabulous. The pattern was this Corner Granny Blanket, which is ridiculously easy to follow and makes for a great project whilst watching TV. I’m really pleased with how it turned out and I hope the recipient finds it both comforting and warming.
July also brought with it Pokemon Go! It’s amazing how crazy big this has become, especially given that it’s mainly adults that are playing it. The power of nostalgia, I guess. Bristol Zoo held a wildly popular Pokemon catching evening, so that people could catch water and grass habitat Pokemon in the grounds, and there was a massive lure party in Castle Park today (which I’ve only just remembered about, after it was all over). I’m looking forward to hunting a few in London next week and maybe finally battling at a gym?! At some point I’ll let Lucas have a go…
Here’s to a fantastic August for all! x