It really feels like summer is drawing to a close doesn’t it? I can’t believe the difference between those glorious, steaming hot days at the beginning of August to the shorter, unseasonably cooler days we’ve been experiencing this week.
Before we get all maudlin about not being ready for winter boots and long sleeves, let’s look back on August. It’s been one to remember, that’s for sure.
Here are some of the things I’ve been loving this month…
Aside from my usual monthly Red magazine treat, I rely on my annual summer holiday to catch up on all the books that have been littering my bedside table of late. We went on a cruise this year which was amazing but so, so busy. I therefore didn’t manage to finish as many books as usual.
The first book I finished was ‘The Break’ by Marian Keyes which based on what I saw on social media, was THE summer read of 2018. Have you read it? It really was perfect sun-lounger fodder – an easy read and highly entertaining.
Next up, was ‘This is Going to Hurt’ by Adam Kay. I actually bought this book for my eldest daughter for Christmas but as she hasn’t managed to even open the cover as yet, I decided to find out what all the fuss was about.
If you haven’t read it yet you must, I devoured it in a matter of hours. It’s a brilliantly written, no holds-barred account of what it’s like to work as a junior doctor in the NHS – a real eye-opener that’s for sure!
I’m still a massive fan of podcasts and have continued to enjoy Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Conversations over the last month. I particularly loved her episode with Pastor Wintley Phipps who she describes as her ‘mentor’. She’s interviewed some really insightful people so well worth checking it out. If you’re looking for some new podcasts, Morgana wrote a great blog post this month on all her favourites.
As far as music is concerned, one of my favourite Christian artists is Lauren Daigle – I’ve shared some of her music here before but she’s recorded a new song just recently and I’ve been listening to it on repeat.
Another favourite from the charts is Happier by Marshmallow and Bastille.
We watched some incredible shows on our cruise. We were on Royal Caribbean’s new ship, Symphony of the Seas and the evening entertainment was of such a high quality and perfect for families.
Hairspray was probably our favourite musical but the ice skating show was equally amazing – we all loved it.
But August has been a long month and it wasn’t all about our cruise. There’s also been some pretty fantastic drama series on TV hasn’t there? We’ve just finished watching ‘Hidden’ which was so good and we are almost at the end of ‘Unforgotten’. My husband can’t cope with watching two series at a time so I have to space them out – you’re probably totally over both of these by now!
Any other ‘This is Us’ fans out there? I’ve just downloaded series 2 on Amazon and have finally found out how the dad died. I would really recommend this series to anyone who hasn’t caught it yet. I absolutely loved series 1 and fear that series 2 has a lot to live up to.
Shorts, denim skirts, bikinis and bare feet, on repeat! I still can’t get over what a scorcher August has been this year. We’ve been totally spoilt haven’t we? I heard today that we might also be set for an Indian summer here in the UK, so perhaps I shouldn’t put the flip flops and razor away just yet…
I’ve kind of taken my eye off the blogging ball this summer and therefore have very few outfit shots to share with you – apologies if you come here for fashion inspiration! I did manage to get my Mango pink denim jacket back out of the cupboard this week – there are some perks to slightly cooler days.
Will pancakes do? I’ve not made anything of note this month guys – the summer holidays has a lot to answer for.
I have however, made plenty of trips up long, steep hills and seen some incredible scenery. On our cruise we visited Palma, Marseille, Naples, Rome and Capri – told you we’d been busy! I think Capri was probably my favourite destination, just look at this view…
Such a pretty island, if a little expensive – 40 euros for 2 coffees and 3 soft drinks 😱. Marseille was another unexpected beauty…
With my two girls both being off school/full-time work since the middle of May (one on study leave and one with a broken finger) it’s felt like the longest summer on record!
It’s definitely been a summer to remember; a summer of sun-bathing in the garden, midweek barbecues, outdoor cinema evenings and perfecting our table tennis skills, but I’m now craving routine and dare I say it…a little space.
Did I tell you that my girl smashed her GCSEs? I’m so proud of her. New and exciting adventures starting for everyone this September. I hope whatever you’ve been up to, August has been a good one for you.