Happy Wonderful Wednesday beautiful people. Has your August been as wonderful as mine has been? You see, August hasn’t been as exciting as other months, no grand trips or exciting life-events, but it has been a month filled with small joys.
And isn’t that what life is all about?
Planning Itineraries Working in the travel agency is dangerous. Mainly for my bank account as well as Davids sanity when I tell him I’ve booked a new holiday. I now have six holidays booked in over the next 10 months (Lille, The Black Forest, Prague, New York, Krakow and Greece) and I’m currently looking into the seventh. I know, I know, I am a woman possessed.
At the beginning of the month, I was recovering from surgery, so I spent my days lying on the sofa reading countless blog posts, reviews and travel guides on all the exciting places we are off too. I’ve colour coded spreadsheets, made notes of the must-see restaurants and bakeries in each city and booked tours and activities. Speaking of which…
I’m seeing a Broadway show! For my mums 60th, we are heading to NYC at Christmas to see the lights, windows and the best festivities New York has to offer. We’ve got lots planned, but for my birthday present mum treated us to tickets to see Anastasia at Broadway. It is my absolute favourite animated movie growing up (if you haven’t seen it, watch it NOW it’s available on Netflix!) and I think I may cry when I see it reenacted on stage. I can’t bloody wait!
Doughnuts on the beach After my surgery, I was promised ice-cream on the beach for when I was well enough to go down for a visit. But as it was slightly chilly (I had a thick coat on in AUGUST), we opted freshly fried doughnuts covered in sugary-cinnamon goodness and it really hit the spot. After, we had a slow walk along the beach, marvelling at the colourful beach huts and stayed until the sunset. A wonderful evening and a simple joy I need to partake in more often!
I passed my theory! I am officially half-way there to become a driver. Lord help you all. I will be a terrible driver.
Rain rain rain & my chunky duvet The week we moved into our new house it was the start of the mammoth glorious summer heatwave, so not once did we ever use the funky chunky brand new expensive duvet that we bought. WELL, with a fair few chilly nights in August we ended up chucking it on and it has been bliss. Is there anything cosier, then falling asleep to the sound of rain, curled up in your duvet? No, I think not.
Devon Street Food Festival For the past couple of years, Ilfracombe has hosted this out of this world street food-festival which is exactly what is needed to liven up the Devon food scene! We visited last year and had such a good time, so this year a visit was a must. I enjoyed a veggie tagine wrap, ice-cream made right in front of me on one of those cold plates and a nutella and dulce-de-leche churro. Carbs and sugar!? Sign me up!
In August I turned the merry age of 24 and I got spoilt rotten. An early birthday present from David of a brand spanking new camera, a weekend away in the Welsh countryside on an alpaca farm *and* a surprise birthday meal from my friends, made me feel well and truly loved this year and I consider myself one very lucky duck.
As my birthday usually falls around a bank holiday, we are always able to make use of the three-day weekend and spend my birthday away. This year we stayed at Maybee Glamping in Monmouthshire, where we had our own little shepherds hut on an alpaca farm. From the minute we stepped foot into our hut, I didn’t want to leave, it was so cosy, with it having everything we needed for a weekend completely off the grid. We spent three days feeding the animals, eating breakfast outside and toasting marshmallows on the firepit, underneath blankets. We didn’t do a lot, but it’s exactly what made it so special.
And just like that, we find ourselves hurtling forward into September. Let’s hope this month is as wonderful as it’s predecessor. If you wanted to catch up with more lovely lists, check out the inspiration behind it all – Sally Tangle as well as Jo, Cat, Sam, Peta, El and Ellie.