Looking back ~ July 2016

One day before the end of August, and here I am recapping July. I was tempted to miss it out, but I actually had a lot of fun in July, and I didn’t want for it not to be documented!

I began the month by taking a holiday to Camber Sands with my best friends. As I so often say on here, we are so rarely all together, but there are a couple of times a year when we try really hard to be all in the same place. One is a Christmas date, and the other is a weekend in East Sussex, where my friend’s mum has a caravan. Freebie holiday with my favourite people – there’s nothing not to love!


We got fake tattoos, we played Pass the Pigs, we went to the beach, we played Cards Against Humanity, and we generally had a lovely weekend.

My dad turned 70 and had a party, so I got to see all my family. And if it’s difficult to get my four friends and me in the same room more than twice a year, it’s actually impossible to get my entire family – all 25 of us – in the same room more than once every couple of years. So that was nice.


This is just my siblings and my dad – the photo of all of us contains too many children for me to comfortably upload it onto my blog. But this is one of my favourite photos of the year!

I went to Bedford for the Bedford River Festival in July – my brother and sister-in-law live there, so Hannah and I drove up to see them and take part in the festivities. It was a very busy and hot day; I had fun, but I was glad to get home!

Bedford River FestivalI also headed along to the BFI Southbank for yet another Mark Kermode Live in 3D. It feels like such a long time ago, because there was no August date, so I feel like I’ve been waiting forever! This time we were treated to Hadley Freeman and David Arnold as guests, as well as a special video message from Jordan Vogt-Roberts, especially for us!

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And last, but by no means least, I went to YALC, which is the Young Adult Literary Convention. I had planned a full post on this, and I still hope to do it, but in the meantime here’s what went down: I met up with my friend Chloe, and we saw two panels, one with Simon Mayo as a panellist, talking about revolution in YA fiction, and one with him as the moderator, with panellists talking about music in YA literature. Then afterwards, I met him, he signed my book, and was as charming as ever. Yay for YALC!

YALC Simon MayoSo, that, in a nutshell, was July. See what I mean about not wanting to miss this one out? Usually I have to scour my Instagram looking for fun things I did, but this month was all about the fun!

I’ll be back soon (probably in a couple of weeks, knowing my track record), to round up August!


Friday Letters

Dear Vicky, Anna and Jen, TONIGHT! Any night with you guys is a good one, I can’t wait!

Dear Ewan McGregor, you’re going to make me cry tonight. I hope you’re pleased with yourself.

Dear Radiohead, I got you for the first time yesterday. I don’t know what took me so long.

Dear Caravan of Love, I hope you’re ready for us to be in you next week.

Dear Kim, we need to do something soon. It’s been an age since I saw you properly. Besides, we have to make some yumsters stuff from this book!

Dear new followers, I think most of you have found me (and I you) from the BEDM challenge. It’s been great connecting with you all!

Dear Matt Smith, I really fancied you in Saturday’s episode of Doctor Who. More flirting from you please.

Caravan of Love

This last weekend I went to stay in a caravan for the weekend with my besties. Anna is lucky enough to have a static caravan in the family, and we actually managed to arrange a whole weekend when we were all free. This doesn’t happen very often, so it’s to be celebrated whenever it does!

As it was, the Team VAJJ weekend that was planned was actually only a Team VAJ weekend for the first half. My friend Jen had an issue that saw her in A&E on Friday night, and she was only able to join us on Saturday evening. But we had a great time; mostly these weekends involve a ridiculous amount of the following: laughing, tea-drinking and talking. I think I may have said it before, but talking is totally one of my favourite hobbies. Especially when it involves my good friends. On Friday night we decided to go to bed at about 1am, so we set about getting our pyjamas on, washing our faces and cleaning our teeth. Caravans of course, are tiny, so while Vicky was cleaning her teeth I was on my bed and we were chatting about books. Anna, by this time having said goodnight and gone into her own room, heard me say her name and came out and sat on my bed to join in with the chat. Three hours later we decided that the chatting would probably have to stop and we’d have to go to bed. I can’t honestly tell you what we were talking about, but we had a lot of fun doing it!

Camber is really close to Hastings, and that’s where we headed on Saturday for some lunch and a bit of pottering around.





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On Sunday, thanks to the joys of trying to travel by train on a Sunday, we decided to head to Brighton to allow Vicky to hop on a train from there, and also to allow me to tick off another item from my 30 Before 30 list. The weather wasn’t great, and we didn’t have a great deal of time to spend there, but I loved it and I want to go back in the summer! And it’s so nice, with three weeks to go before my deadline, to tick another item off.


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My photos aren’t great for a number of reasons. The weather was terrible, so it was kind of hard to stop and take photos, and then my battery died. I’m thankful that I now have a phone that I can use for photos, because the quality is such a major improvement on my old phone. I would still prefer to use my actual camera, because I have a lot more control than I do with my phone. I was also using my film camera, but I haven’t finished the film yet, so I won’t be able to show you the photos from that until I have sent it off and got it back. I’m planning a blog post soon on my limited photography skills and what I use to achieve the mediocre results that you often see on this here blog.

Anyway, so that’s another item crossed off. I’m up to six now!

27. Go to Brighton

Fun to Come #1

I’m starting a new weekly blog post on a Monday, called Fun to Come, of things I am looking forward to in the week to come. I’ve been inspired by some of the lovely lbloggers that I’ve come to know over the past few weeks, who do similar posts. It’s nice to be positive about life!

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Getting out on some autumn walks and snapping some photos; I want to try and complete my scavenger hunt!

Book group on Thursday, we’re reading Rebecca, and I need to get a move on with it!

Fitting in some charity shops.

Potentially hitting number 52 on my 52 Films in 52 Weeks list.

Heading off to the Caravan of Love on Friday with my besties.