Roll On Summer

A couple of days ago, the always fabulous Hannah posted ten reasons why she can’t wait until the summer holidays. As a university student, she has the summer break in her sights already, and I don’t blame her!

Anyway, between that blog post and the delightfully spring-like weather we have been experiencing over the past few days, I was inspired to make my own list of reasons I am looking forward to the summer.

1. I’m going to see Bon Jovi in July at Hyde Park. Fingers crossed the weather is as good as it was last time.

2. There will be a new tiny addition to the family in August, and I can’t wait for cuddles!

3. I am notoriously rubbish at coping with hot weather, but by now, I am bored of winter and looking forward to the temperature rising just a little bit.

4. Warmer weather means less clothes. I’m not especially fond of stripping off, but I do like getting my arms and (depending on my level of weight loss by the time summer arrives) my legs out.

5. I am looking forward to summery activities, like barbecues, picnics and days out.

A photo taken many years ago on a sunny Bank Holiday picnic in the park! ~

7. This year, two of my best friends are turning thirty. Birthdays are the best; I don’t know how we’ll celebrate with them yet, but I am sure we will be doing something fun!

8. Sitting in the garden with a book and a long, tall glass of something cold makes me happy, and I can do a lot more of that in the summer!

9. I bemoan the loss of all the good television in the summer (it really is dire), but it gives me a chance to catch up with all the shows that I have been meaning to watch for ages.

10. There a Caravan of Love weekend in my summery future, and I cannot wait. They are the best weekends of my year.

Up the Wooden Hill to Bedfordshire

A couple of weeks ago I went to Bedford with my dad to see my brother, sister-in-law, and niece. Because they live a fair way away, and I don’t drive, I don’t get to see them all that often, and I hadn’t seen them since before Christmas this time! But it just makes the times that I do see them all that more exciting!

My niece Molly is three, and a entertaining bundle of fun. It’s never fun to listen to someone go on and on about any small relative of theirs, so I won’t, but I do love spending time with her!

I took lots of photos and so I thought I would share a few of them here.


Me and the little monkey herself. A little bit snotty, but a whole lot lovely.





I’m currently experiencing a minor obsession with trees. I can’t stop taking photos of them, for some reason. I would say that I particularly like bare trees, but I know that as soon as they start blossoming, I’ll be equally obsessed.




Lunch at the lake in the park.



Some topiaries we saw on the way to the park – the top one is clearly a teddy bear and a unicorn, and the bottom one is a man’s face, but I don’t think you can see it too well in the photograph!


Molly has the best slippers ever.


One of my favourite things about seeing Molly is just sitting and chilling out with her, especially when she puts her hand on my arm or leg while she’s watching television. I don’t know why I love it so much, I just do!

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Talking of chilling out, I spent a bit of time doing this over the weekend; drinking tea and reading. Although I struggle to drink too much of my brother’s tea because he makes it far too strong for me!



Friday Letters


Dear Matthew, Kelly and Molly, see you soon!

Dear Paul Hollywood, it’s imperative that I know which Let’s Dance for Comic Relief show you are going to be on. Actually imperative.

Dear V, thanks for the Converse. They are marginally too small but I love them too much to care.

Dear Jeff Winger, I’m rekindling my love for you. And love you, I do.

Dear Spurs, good job.

Dear nephews that live in the same village as me, why haven’t I seen you in over a month?

Dear Fassbender, sorry I forgot to give you an honourable mention in my Tuesday Treat.

Friday Letters


Dear little brother, I can’t believe you’re going to be a dad! Another niece or nephew to add to my ever-growing horde.

Dear Essex Bloggers, I’m so excited to meet you all tomorrow!

Dear Ticketmaster, please be kind to me today. I’m stressing out far too much over this whole tickets situation!

Dear Bon Jovi, thank you for playing Hyde Park again this year.

Dear Nick Miller, I love you. I want to be Jess Day, and not just because she looks like Zooey Deschanel.

Dear Victoria, thanks for picking me as a winner of your giveaway. I can’t wait to get my prizes!