Have you been enjoying the sunshine this week? I realised yesterday that we haven’t had any rain at all over the Easter holidays – I reckon that’s a first! The amazing temperatures at the weekend got me
panicking thinking about our summer holiday which after much deliberation, I finally booked this week. I think we’ve made a good decision.
Apologies for my absence from Little Loves last week but I ran out of time and felt that it would be a good opportunity to give my mind a little rest. But here I am back with a double whammy…
I’ve actually really struggled with reading recently. I think it might have something to do with the fact that I have too many non-fiction books on the go (three) and I’m therefore feeling slightly overwhelmed. But having read Jess’ great tips on finding time to read, I realised that I’ve missed that element of escapism that a fiction book provides.
So, I have finally ordered ‘The Break Down’ by B.A. Paris which is this month’s #BookClub140 offering. Now to finish those other 3 books!
Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve managed to watch two films that I missed out on at the cinema – Moana and Trolls. Never too old for a bit of Disney/Dreamworks action!
As this post is all about the things I’m loving, I will concentrate on Trolls (let’s just say that Moana wasn’t for me). The incredible combination of music, humour and wonderfully bright colours made this the perfect feel good movie, one that all five of us enjoyed. Justin Timberlake’s ‘Can’t Stop this Feeling’ made it for me – how can you sit all the way through this without dancing? So good!
I simply can’t leave this section without mentioning Catastrophe. Did you see the final episode last week? Oh my goodness. This series so reminds me of Cold Feet in that they tackle really serious topics whilst injecting a bit of humour. One minute I was laughing out loud, only to be stopped in my tracks just a few seconds later.
If you haven’t caught up with this series yet, I really would recommend you make the time.
We decided to take a little trip to the beach yesterday. It’s the dog’s favourite place on earth and living a few hours from the nearest coastline, we so rarely go. We opted for West Wittering but stopped by the local marina where we had booked a dog-friendly pub, for lunch.
The sound of those masts chinking in the breeze was music to my ears; I had forgotten quite how pleasurable it is. And followed by the sound of the ocean a little later in the day? Just perfect. Until the dog stole someone’s burgers right off their BBQ, but that’s another story!
We’ve had two ‘dress up’ functions over the last week or so and by that, I mean occasions for which I felt obliged to wear a dress. I never wear a dress!
When I first went shopping to search for a suitable outfit, I was hoping to find one dress that fits all: a wedding, a christening and an 80th birthday party. Then I realised that I would be seeing the same people at at least two of these events and that would never do!
In the end, I found two quite affordable dresses so bought both. You’d be hard pushed to find anything other than florals and bell sleeves in the shops at the moment. Thankfully, I rather like the combination and on this particular dress, the sleeve is made from a nice sheer fabric which works well for the slightly unfortunate C.A.S. (Crepey Arm Syndrome) which seems to occur literally overnight once you hit 45. Just me? This dress is from Lipsy at Next and I will definitely be wearing it again.
I even treated myself to some new nail polish which matched my shoes – I think I’m finally growing up!
I actually made quite a few things this week – a delicious lemon pavlova (Nigella’s creation), banana loaf cake (always a winner) and pancakes. Yes, I cracked the American pancake and they were so yummy!
It’s been a weird couple of weeks. We had a few big events in the diary, but the rest of the days have kind of merged into one as we haven’t really done very much. I thrive on being around people and have felt a little disconnected (desperate for company!) at times but we also really needed some rest time, so that has taken precedence.
Our plans for the weekend have been cancelled last minute so we now have four rather empty days ahead of us, which of course I’m filling up as we speak! I’m thinking church, dog walks, a pub lunch with friends and maybe a trip to the cinema. Whatever you’re up to this Easter weekend, I hope it’s a good one.