I’ve not long written a post with all the beauty products I’m obsessed with right now, so for my Monthly Favourites I thought I’d chat about some of the other things I’ve enjoyed doing. June has been a great month, not just because we’ve had some amazing weather but it’s meant I’ve been able to get out and explore some lovely places, read new books, watch new TV series and a whole bunch of other stuff.
A Mini Break
As we’ve been having such gorgeous weather, Adrian and I thought we’d take a trip to the seaside, so we decided to visit Norfolk, which is a lovely area of the UK and holds a special place in my heart as my Nan used to take me there on holiday when I was a child. I have family living in Norfolk and they’d been inviting Adrian and I to stay for ages, so we travelled up early on the Wednesday morning, which was the hottest day of the year and what better place to be than by the coast! Our first stop was Sheringham we went for a stroll on the promenade along the sea front, which is a beautiful. We found a quaint little beach side cafe and I had the most delicious scrambled eggs on toast to keep me going throughout the day. I almost forgot to take a photo!
Sheringham is a beautiful old English seaside town, complete with plenty of tourist shops, pubs and restaurants, a museum and an old steam railway. There’s also a Little Theatre for music events, plays, films and exhibitions, but we didn’t have the chance to go there this time. I love the row of brightly coloured beach huts and my absolute favourite has to be the pink one (naturally!)
Later we travelled along the coast to Blakeney, which is a quaint little seaside village. Here it’s much more peaceful than Sheringham, there’s plenty of wildlife to take photos of and most of the time all you can hear is the sound of the birds and the boats tinkling in the breeze. Blakeney is the sort of place you visit if you just want to switch off and relax, although it has a couple of really old pubs, places to eat, B&Bs and a hotel. There’s one thing I have to do when I’m away and that’s have an ice cream by the sea, somehow it tastes better than back home!
We had the most amazing few days, it was great to get away from our normal daily routine and catch up with family again. I love being by the sea, I don’t know what it is, maybe it’s the feeling that all my stresses are being carried away by the sound of the waves or just the slower pace of life in this part of the country. Whatever it is, I can’t wait until the next time we go back!
Jordans Mill has to be one of my favourite local places to visit, it’s not too far from where I live and we’ve been there quite a few times before. Adrian and I enjoyed going for a long walk by the river next to the mill where it is really peaceful and tranquil, I often get totally lost in my own thoughts, plus there isn’t much of a mobile signal, so I was completely undisturbed! We didn’t go inside the mill itself this time but we did take a stroll round the beautiful flower gardens and ended up taking a load of photos. I also popped into the gift shop so I could pick up a few postcards for my scrapbook, I’m trying to collect things from places I visit so my scrapbook is full of happy memories.
Jordans Mill has a wonderful restaurant/cafe which not only sells a good selection of food and drink but the most amazing porridge and fruit for breakfast. There’s something about fresh air that seems to make me super hungry, so after our walk we stopped in at the cafe and sat on the balcony over looking the gardens and river. I had a huge coffee and the most delicious piece of chocolate cake I’d ever tried!
I love sending and receiving handwritten letters and this month I’ve made a few new penpals via social media. I love hearing everyone’s news and what they’ve been up to, I think there’s something more personal about an actual letter compared to an email or text. Some of my penpals have even sent prints, cute bits of stationery or trinkets along with their letter, which I think is a lovely idea and always makes me smile.
My Book Of The Month
I’ve been reading a lot more books this month, it’s a great way to unwind before I go to bed. I’ve been going along to my local library and borrowing books just like I used to as a child, that way I can exchange them for different titles when I’ve finished and I don’t have shelves of books that are gathering dust.
One book I had to treat myself to is Capture Your Style by Aimee Song, it’s the perfect coffee table book and you can dip in and out of chapters when ever you get five minutes to yourself. It’s packed with advice on how to tell a story in your photo for Instagram, even tips on where to hold the camera for the perfect selfie. I have’t read all of it yet but so far it’s absolutely fascinating, I know I don’t have the best Instagram feed out there but when I look back at some of my earlier photos I just want to go through and delete a load of them. Yes there are bits with all the technical info in but I think it’s done in such a way that I can relate to it a bit more, rather than your standard photography book. It’s not only been helpful for my social media, I have a long way to go yet, but the book has made me think about backgrounds if I’m taking a photo of me and Adrian to go in the photo album.
The Handmaid’s Tale
I don’t often mention TV shows in my favourites post, so I thought I’d tell you about one in particular I have been gripped by this month. The Handmaid’s Tale is a series I wasn’t expecting to enjoy but a friend asked me if I’d seen it and after the first few episodes I was absolutely hooked. It’s set in totalitarian run country of Gilead after a religious cult has taken over America. Environmental pollution has left most of the ruling class women barren and any fertile women are rounded up and forced to live as Handmaids. Their only purpose is to be surrogate mothers for the wives of rich and powerful men, they are treated like slaves and must have no personal identity or will of their own. Without giving too much away, it is extremely intense and I must have gone through every kind of emotion, one episode left me crying in shock because it felt as though I was really there with the main character, Offred. It was extremely well written and well acted but certainly left me thinking about what life could be like if this were actually real.
What have you enjoyed doing over the past month?