June may be one of our shorter months but it hasn't felt like it. It's been a glorious month weather-wise here and it has actually felt like summer. I've written less blog posts this month than ever but I feel I've lived the life I write about more than ever, too. Having a smart phone and instagramming (is that a verb) has certainly helped me capture these happy moments without it being time consuming. And not having a permanent job right now has made my summer a lot less stressy too.
Whilst I haven't updated my simple pleasures list on my sidebar recently it's something I like to reflect on from time to time. Taking photos on my phone and using Instagram is a great way to create a visual gratitude diary.
All of these photos are from my phone and hold sweet memories.
♥ Opening windows first thing. I enjoy snatching a little bit of extra time on bright mornings and find it hard to stay in bed.
♥ Lunar festival. We had a fun, chilled time.
♥ Shakespeare in the Park (the balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet). We were lucky to get free tickets through our local arts organisation. A perfect way to spend a summer afternoon.
♥ British strawberries. The smell... the taste... the colour...
♥ Decluttering at a car boot sale and bagging these bargain chairs from Ikea at the same time (£5 for three).
♥ Augergine dhal, a new recipe. I've made it twice this month.
♥ Having our student son home and his rather cool vinyl collection.
♥ Nurturing white lupins in my new garden.
♥ National Trust visits. We returned to Packwood House in Warwickshire. I loved the sorbet colour of these roses.
What are your current daily pleasures? I'd love to hear.
July beckons and we've got a busy month with a 70th birthday party, our local festival (with hubs and band performing after a long break), an anniversary date night, a garden to finish for my dad's birthday celebration and tomorrow I'm off for a day adventuring in London. Excited, happy and busy.
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