June. What a strange month June has been. Given that my holiday ended at the end of May, in some ways June seems to have stretched out for an age, an endless slog of back to work blues with such a long, long wait ahead of me before the next trip. On the other hand though, when I stop and think about it, it seems completely unfeasible that the halfway point of the year has now passed us by! Where did June even go?? It’s a mystery, for sure.
The main thing of note, of course, has been the weather. It’s very rare that I will get to say this, but I’m not sure we’ve had a bad day this month?! There have been slightly grey days, because this is England after all, but on the whole it’s been rather pleasant. The last two weeks, in fact, have been incredible – solid sunshine for days and not an end in sight just yet. We can’t really handle any kind of extreme weather conditions in this country, so I give i t maybe another two days before public transport grinds to a halt and everyone starts anic buying water, but for now we have very much been enjoying this highly uncharacteristic Summer. It means we have been spending a large amount of our time outside, have eaten more than my body weight in BBQs and and really neglected life admin (as well as my blog – sorry!) lately, but I can’t say I’m too regretful – all too soon this sun will disappear again and we’ll be back to moaning about the rain, so we might as well enjoy it while it lasts, right?
The good weather has made for some really lovely weekend plans, which has been very much needed as work has been pretty freakin’ crappy by comparison. It’s nothing we haven’t been able to handle, but for the first time in a while I’ve been getting to the end of the week feeling absolutely drained and extremely relieved that it’s time to take a few days off (not that I’ve always been able to every week unfortunately, but working from the garden in the sunshine is at least far better than being in the office!) and I’ve been so grateful to be able to sit outdoors with a glass of wine after a hard day – it makes it so much easier to wind down. Not that it has all been bad – I’ve been reminded a few times this week of how lucky I am to have the job I do. Being in the hospitality industry, the World Cup is of course a big deal for us, and everyone has been very busy decorating the office with flags of the country they have pulled in a sweepstake. We got Peru, and I’m the first to admit our attempts are AWFUL, but I can’t help but chuckle when I see Paddington Bear parachuting in above the desks and a faux sign for slow roasted Guinea pig…! On top of that I’ve been lucky enough to attend two fantastic events arranged by my company, one being a networking event which we hosted in one of our best beer gardens with a barbeque, an espresso martini bar and some delicious treats courtesy of Peroni. We then also had a Summer Social at the pub next to our office, where we were treated to Tanqueray Sevilla spritzers, a Camden Hells beer bus and Chapel Down sparkling wine. My job can be really tough, but nights like this really make me feel proud to do what I do! The weekend plans in question have involved having friends around to stay a few weekends on the trot meaning it was a great opportunity to explore our local surroundings. As much as I have loved living in the city for most of my life so far, weather like this is what makes moving to the country worthwhile – being able to grab the dog and go for a long stroll across the fields, normally resulting in a slap up dinner in a pub – is just the perfect way to spend the weekend and I’m so lucky I get to do it whenever I want. We live in such a beautiful place and that is never more apparent than when the sun is shining.
Finally, the other thing of note this month has been the fact that the builders have really been making progress on the house! I’m not going to post any pics because I’m planning to start blogging about it all very soon, but things are really starting to take shape now! It’s been rather stressful, living with our kitchen in the living room, and our plans haven’t quite gone to plan, but it’s so exciting to see our dream home coming together! I can’t wait to tell you all about it!
Hope June has been equally lovely for you!