Hello July

Woo hoo summer has arrived so here are some photos of recent summer fun.

  • A day spent on our friends' barge two weekends ago. This was my one and only shot before my camera battery died.
  • Courgette salad - low GI and a perfect way to use one of Aldi's super 6 this week. Yay to super frugal healthy food. 
  • Pots in bloom outside our front door.
  • FUSE festival from last weekend. My camera stayed in the car whilst I had fun. 
  • The first fuchsia in our pallet planter. 
  • Blue skies.
  • Strawberry cake. Almost too pretty to eat. Yay to post gym treats.
  • Waiting for the first sunflowers to open.
  • Strawberry picking. Worth it for the smell alone.

Sending you brief words but lots of love. Have a great week xo


Hello June

Hello June and hello dear readers. I've had a reconciliation with my camera which means I can share with you a few moments of June so far. We've had three relaxing nights away in Llandudno, North Wales, a return visit to Lunar Festival in Warwickshire (our third visit) and we've been snatching moments in the garden. I've finished two books both of which I'd highly recommend. Our tiny garden is looking lush this year and we're busy growing more veg and flowers than ever. This year we're leaving the fence and deck to age and putting all our energy into the planting. The pallet planter has been prepared and should be vertical in a few weeks. I can't wait for the sweet peas to climb their teepee and the verbena to flower. There are newly planted pots at the front of the house and strawberries emerging. Have a wonderful week xo


All in Good Time

Well, here I am post half-marathon. I didn't break any records in the race but getting back to this level of fitness is a great achievement for me. Now a shorter run like a 5K is a pleasure rather than a chore. Although a rather enthusiastic run on Saturday has left me with a torn calf muscle and an enforced rest. 

Just to let you know all is well here even though I have taken an unplanned blogging break, as you may have noticed. Work has been all-consuming, but in a good way, as I'm enjoying covering a class due to a colleague's sickness. This is likely to continue until the end of this academic year but I don't mind as I'm enjoying the role of class teacher again. I'm teaching the best class I've ever taught, so I feel blessed.

Many things have had to fall by the wayside - such as reading, blogging, photography, decluttering and compiling my Friday links. I have been focusing on staying well though and my running has certainly helped with this. I gave up alcohol for April and this also gave me lots more energy and zest for life. May is all about moderation. We've been cutting down on sugar and carbohydrate too as Tim was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in February but has now got his blood glucose levels down to normal with a very careful diet and increased exercise. Michael Mosley's blood sugar diet book was instrumental in this - thank you to my friend who recommended it.

While I've been very disciplined with my work and health I have relaxed on my spending and have made a few clothing purchases. My love of clothes has not waned but my spending habits are much more considered than they once were. My year of less spending has fizzled out too but a new change is that I'm no longer managing the food planning on my own and our spending is more consistent. 

Since January I've been in the process of resetting many areas of my life. Finding a new balance between work and relaxation, minimalism and materialism and contentment and drive. I have found new focus but some areas are still a muddle. 

So, here's an unexpected blog post. Probably not the one you expected to read or I expected to write. 

A new balance is emerging and hopefully some new blog posts will too. All in good time.

Be happy xo