July has been a bit of a weird month for me; I’ve had too teenagers home from work/school for most of it which in some respects has been really nice but it has also meant I’ve been less free to do my own thing. Having no free time just pottering around the house leaves me feeling a little off kilter.
One piece of good news this month, is that I have started my volunteer job on the Crisis Text Line – just 4 hours a week but I really do feel like I’m doing something worthwhile. My middle daughter had a successful prom and we hosted a little party beforehand – such a great excuse for summer bunting.
Then of course there was New York, but more on that later. Now for all of the other things I’ve been loving this month…
I needed a new book for our trip to New York, one that I can read in bed without falling asleep to. I therefore opted for Marian Keyes’ new novel, The Break and it’s perfect! I’m not too far through largely due to the fact that very little reading was done in New York. Currently savouring every page.
One of my favourite female singers of all time is Birdy, she’s got such a distinctive voice. This track is played at the end of my Body Balance class every week and I just love it.
This month is going to be a bumper issue as I’ve been thoroughly spoilt with amazing things to watch.
First up is Finding our Feet which I managed to catch on the plane. Have you seen it? With a fantastic cast of Celia Imrie, Imelda Staunton and Timothy Small, it was captivating from start to finish. A romantic comedy with a few twists and turns, as well as some real heart-string moments. Definitely one to watch.
Second was Wicked, which we actually got to see on Broadway. How cool is that?! Some people have been surprised that out of all the shows we could have gone to see, we picked Wicked but I knew my girls would enjoy it and quite a few of the songs were already familiar to us. It really didn’t disappoint. As soon as the girl playing Elphaba stepped onto the stage, the audience erupted into loud applause and cheers. We just assumed it was the difference between a UK and US audience but it turns out that it was Jackie Burns’ last night in that role, having played it on and off for 10 years. She was absolutely incredible!
And last but by no means least was Mamma Mia 2 which I went to see yesterday with daughter no. 2. From experience, sequels are rarely as good as the original but honestly? This one was better. Even Piers Brosnan’s singing has improved…slightly! If you’ve yet to see it, here’s a little tip from me to you – don’t leave the cinema before all the credits have finished.
July has seen record temperatures here in Berkshire, so again I’ve been wearing very little. Summer dresses and denim skirts being my main go to this month.
I’ve never really liked my legs, not because they are big (in fact my daughter calls them chicken legs!), more because they are so darn pale. But they’re not going to get any browner by keeping them hidden away are they? So this week, I’ve had my old lady legs out every single day; I even bought a couple of pairs of short shorts in the states and guess what? No one has fainted at the sight of my legs.
I made the trip to New York! At last, I managed to tick something off my bucket list and boy was it worth the seven hour flight. New York lived up to my expectations and more. It felt so surreal being there as there’s something oddly familiar about it (probably from all the film sets) but of course I had never actually been. We kept pinching ourselves for the first 36 hours.
I am planning to write a full piece on our long weekend at some point but my highlight was probably our bike tour in Central Park as well as our trip up the Rockefeller building at sunset.
We were invited to visit our local Go Ape centre in Swinley Forest, Bracknell last weekend. I’ll be honest, I hesitated initially because I really do not like heights. Knowing I had managed it once before (nothing is ever as scary the second time, right?) though, I thought I would give it another go so invited some friends along to join us.
I am so pleased that I did it because in some small way, I think I conquered my fears. There was a LOT of screaming coming down the zip wires which was probably a mixture of exhilaration and relief.
We also got to do the Segways beforehand which was so much fun. Swinley Forest really is the perfect setting, especially in this heatwave we’ve been experiencing. I can’t tell you how exhausted we were after the four hours though. I ached for four days afterwards!
So that was July in a nutshell; a fun month of extremes. How was it for you?