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Life Lately - Summer 2024



Now Summer is here, l will cover all the things that have made me happy over the Winter, plus a few positive things for the rest of the year.


This type of post used to be a Greygoose regular, but I’ve realised that it has been almost a year since I have written a post like this.

 

Garden || I’ve been finding ways to bring some greenery into my apartment life. Houseplants can really transform a space, can’t they?


And having a go-to garden like RHS Harlow Carr nearby is such a blessing. There’s something so rejuvenating about being surrounded by nature, even if it’s just for a short walk. I have adopted a seat which I call my own, it overlooks a pond and the plants and trees around it change every time I pop up for a visit.




 

Eating || Batch cooking is a smart strategy, especially for solo meals. It is great to have a freezer stocked with homemade meals ready to go. And with all the inspiration from Instagram, there’s never a shortage of new recipes to try out. Slow cookers are a lifesaver, arnt they? So convenient and perfect for those busy days when I just want a warm, comforting meal.

My slow cooker has come into its own of late and love recipes by Sarah Rossi of Taming Twins - Slow Cooker Recipes

 

Reading || Recently these two books have been captivating reads. The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrellis filled with intrigue and rich historical detail, set against the backdrop of the Italian Renaissance. O’Farrell has a way of weaving intricate stories that draw you in.

And Heartburn by Nora Ephron is a classic, known for its wit and honesty. It’s such a unique blend of humour and heartache, capturing the complexities of relationships in a way that feels both relatable and poignant.


 

Wellbeing || I do try and prioritise self-care and treats for myself for maintaining overall wellbeing. And finding products that resonate with me, like those from The Bath House, can really enhance the experience.

The Patchouli and Black Pepper fragrance is divine. The blend of fresh mandarin, spicy black pepper, and earthly patchouli create such a luxurious and invigorating scent experience. My hands are benefiting from the hydrating properties, especially during these times when frequent hand washing can leave the skin feeling dry.

Embracing products that prioritise natural ingredients and thoughtful craftmanship can really elevate the self-care routine. Here’s to more moments of indulgence!


Crafting || My winter crafting was delightful and so varied! The Yarn Artist, Monet's Waterlilies 2023 Advent calendar granny square blanket was not only a beautiful project but also a comforting one, with each square bringing its own sense of tranquillity, much like Monet's paintings.



And the Shift Cowl by Andrea Mowry was a fun and colourful project, perfect for adding a pop of brightness to those chilly winter days. Using the King Cole Homespun Prism DK yarn it created a lovely blend of shades.


 

Henrietta, the emotional support chicken, was such a fun and whimsical project, especially as Easter gifts for my grandsons. And I’m diving into sewing projects as well, with summer trousers and project bags on the horizon.


 

Travel || Amsterdam – Honfleur, France – Windermere, The Lake District – Runswick Bay, North Yorkshire

 

I had a fantastic line-up of travel destinations over the winter and spring! Returning to beloved places can bring such a sense of comfort and familiarity while still offering new discoveries and experiences each time.

 

Amsterdam, with its picturesque canals and vibrant culture, was a wonderful start to my travels.

Where I stayed: Banks Mansion, certainly no ordinary hotel. All drinks, hot and cold on the house, all day! And late afternoon an extensive trolley of Amsterdam cheeses is wheeled out.



Honfleur, France, with its charming harbour and artistic heritage, is a perfect spot to soak in some coastal beauty.

Where I stayed: Les Maisons de Lea, located in a beautiful 16th century building in the market square.



The Lake District is always a treat, with its stunning landscapes and tranquil lakes offering a peaceful escape. I’m Cumbrian by birth so it always feels like going home.

Where I stayed: Lindeth Fell overlooking Windermere is a stunning calm and homely place to stay.


 

Runswick Bay, is a picture postcard North Yorkshire coastal village, boasting a mile of secluded bay and gorgeous beach. Situated nine miles north of Whitby, it nestles in between Sandsend and Staithes, and forms part of the Cleveland Way which runs along its beach. The sandy beach is ideal for sandcastles and at low tide the perfect place to explore rockpools. I’ve been to this area many times and perfect when you need a dose of ‘seaside’.



I normally choose a cottage from Runswick Bay Cottages. But as a birthday treat, I stayed at this lovely house overlooking the sea, Square Rig Cottage.


 

It's great to be open to discovering new locations as well, keeping the sense of adventure alive. Here's to more exciting travels and memorable experiences in the months ahead!

 

There is a basket full of crafting and WIP’s in my lounge, so I hope to complete just a few more over the summer.

 

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