I’m back! I’ve missed blogging heaps and it’s no nice to finally be able to sit down, in my new craft room, and write a post. I haven’t organised myself to a full schedule yet but I’m hoping I can get back on track soon. Ahead of moving house I really thought I’d be offline a week and then return to normal – how wrong I was! 23 days without the internet isn’t easy, that much I have learnt.
So June. June had it’s ups and downs. Buying a house, I thought, would be an incredibly happy time yet it was the most stressful month I’ve experienced in a long time. Don’t get me wrong, buying and moving into our first home together makes me incredibly proud and I thank my lucky stars every day that I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to buy a home. But the reality is that it’s a huge upheaval. As the month has passed we’ve had furniture arrive, unpacked a whole heap of boxes and, with the arrival of our sofas last Friday, it is finally starting to feel like home. And I love it! We’ve made a plan for next steps in July and I’m hoping we can both take time out, together, to enjoy the house. We’ve even booked in a date night next week which I can’t wait for.
June was also the month of Blogtacular and what an amazing experience that was! I want to write more about Blogtacular soon, but essentially it was a day out of ‘the norm’ for me where I got to be inspired by other creatives and meet people I now consider to be friends. A big thank you to Katie and Claire, especially, for being my buddies on the day – as well as all the other lovely people I got to spend time with.
Baz Lurhman’s ‘Sunscreen‘ references the lyrics ‘The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind. The kind that blindsides you at 4 pm on some idle Tuesday’ and how true that is. A couple of days into June I came across a man who had unfortunately passed away in our work car park. I won’t go into too much detail about the experience but watching six paramedics work tirelessly to save his life was truly heartbreaking. I have so much respect for their profession; they were incredible and so collected about what was unfolding in front of them. The days after it were difficult and a big thank you to my friends and family for all their support. Since then I’ve often thought about him and how I found him. I so wish I could’ve done something to save him. I’m not sure the memories of finding him will ever go away, but they’re finding a place.
Onto something more positive… my best friend got married! A beautiful day and I felt so truly honoured to stand by her side as one of her bridesmaids. Yep, there were tears. The build up to the day and being involved in the prep made for a truly happy time and I loved spending the weekend down in Cirencester. I got to see the photos this week and they so perfectly sum up the day and the theme the bride and groom wanted. I’ll hopefully be able to share some pictures with you soon.
And to top it all off I went to Germany last week on a work trip. We went to Cologne, to Phantasialand – a huge theme park that didn’t disappoint. It was nice to take some time out and spend more time with colleagues, outside of the day to day working environment. Plus the Vengaboys performed at our last night work do – amazing! I’ve had their songs in my head ever since!
What a month!
July for me is going to be all about enjoying my new surroundings, continuing to build our home, enjoying our relationship a bit more, spending time with friends and, let’s not forget, Wimbledon! Wouldn’t it be good if this heatwave continued too?
Blog wise, as I wrote earlier I’m really hoping I can get back into a proper schedule soon. I have lots and lots of ideas and I still have my California trip to share with you.
So – how are you? How was your month?
Thanks so much for reading!