So I haven’t been blogging much recently, life more or less got in the way! I’ve been working for the past two weeks, back at the arty holiday club, which was fun, and I’ve been really busy meeting up with friends back from uni. I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that I’ve eaten out six times this week… This summer is proving to be fairly expensive but I’ve just decided it’s worth it. This is my last year of a relatively responsibility free life where I have lots of free time and loads of friends are around and equally free, I just want to make the most of it! I’m so lucky to have such lovely people in my life 🙂 This week has been spent eating (clearly!), drinking, gossiping, and taking a massively exciting trip to London to see Les Miserables with one of my absolute favourite people, my future housemate Sophie! It was AMAZING. It’s been a dream of mine for ages, ever since I first sang ‘Do You Hear The People Sing’ in choir aged 10, and it was brilliant to finally get to see it in the West End. The film is fantastic but nothing compares the electric atmosphere there in the theatre. A fair few tissues were used and the cast got a full standing ovation, I can honestly say hand-on-heart that every single member was incredible. I’m still on a high now!
Sunny days | Pub gardens – where I spend half of my time 😉 | Bruscetta
Reading in my deck chair | Pimms O’Clock | Cambridge Bumps!
More sunlit reading | Love this girl, we spend 2 weeks together and now we’re joined at the hip! | More Pimms…
Drinks with the girls | Les Mis!! | Spa day with Sophie 🙂
Things are definitely looking up for me and I’m enjoying living life to the fullest this summer. I’m in a really good place and now that I’ve finished work I can
play all summer work on my dissertation. I hope you all had a great weekend, I’m going to go to bed listening to the soundtrack of Les Mis and probably dream the songs!
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Anything I have the time to lay my hands on. One of my favourite things about the summer holidays is all that free time to read! I finished reading NW by Zadie Smith last week, which I absolutely loved. It’s witty, engaging, and thoughtfully written, I really enjoy Smith’s narrative style. I’m currently researching my dissertation topic and I’m ploughing my way through the chapter in The Madwoman in the Attic entitled ‘The Genesis of Hunger According to Shirley‘. Obviously I can’t just read for my dissertation so I’m also starting to work my way through the list of books for my Modernist module, the first of which is Nightwood by Djuna Barnes. I have no idea what it’s about but I’m looking forward to diving into the unknown (my life is just that exciting!).
I recently discovered a new (to me) band whose music is equally perfect for perking me up on sunny mornings or relaxing for balmy summer evenings, Of Monsters and Men. I have to say the literary link wasn’t wasted on me either and might have a tiny bit to do with why I was drawn to their music. ‘Little Talks’ is a particularly good wake-up song if you’re like me and it takes some kind of motivation to get out of bed in the morning. I’ve also been listening to the song ‘Swell Window’ by Zee Avi practically on repeat, she has a lovely unique voice and the song just makes me happy.
This is a little embarrassing to admit but I’ve been working my way through Sex and the City, which I’ve never actually watched before. I know, I know, it’s the opposite of high brow and there is a lot in it that makes me roll my eyes or even grit my teeth, but I feel like it’s just what I need in light of being newly single… And it is kinda funny! Additionally the sixth series of True Blood has started again so my Monday evenings are always enjoyable (mmm Alexander Skarsgård).
Lots of strawberries. I adore the abundance of delicious fresh fruit in the summer and I take full advantage of it. We’re off to Nice in August and I’m so excited about the prospect of fresh juicy peaches. I’ve also been drinking my fair share of fruity rekorderligs, enjoyed in pubs by the river with friends. Laughter (and sometimes alcohol) is the best medicine for heart ache. With the UK seeing so much sunshine it has been the ideal weather for barbecues which has become a bit of family tradition Sunday evenings to replace the roasts. So grateful to have my family supporting me right now 🙂
I hope you all enjoyed lovely, sunny weekends! What are your currently-s? Any fantastic books to recommend or music I just have to listen to?
There are some times in our lives when things go wrong and we need all the support we can get from those around us. The last couple of weeks have definitely been one of these times for me and the amount of care and support that I have received from everyone has been amazing. I have never felt so lucky to be surrounded by such kind and wonderful people. I want to say an enormous thank you to all of you who tweeted me, messaged me, and commented on my last post, it all means so much! You really have all made a big difference to how I’ve been handling my emotions. I also want to say an enormous thank you to my family who have been here to support me everyday and thank you to all of my lovely friends who have been texting me constantly and getting me out of the house. I really appreciate all of it.
I don’t know whether it’s the whole of the UK but here in the South East the weather has been absolutely glorious since the weekend, the sun has been shining and it has been warm enough to swan around in shorts and sunbathe. I spent yesterday afternoon soaking in the rays (under a thick layer of factor 50, don’t worry!) and reading my current novel in my deckchair. It was blissful and just the relax I needed after two incredibly intense weeks (I’ll be finally explaining all of that in my next post).
I mentioned the book I’m reading – NW by Zadie Smith – in my currently reading post and I’m really enjoying it, definitely one I recommend. There is something about being outside on a sunny day, surrounded by green and beautiful flowers, that really lifts the spirits. My mother is the chief gardener in our family and our little back garden is so pretty. The stripey deckchair lets me pretend I’m by the sea…
I’m desperately hoping that this lovely weather will stick around for a few weeks, it’s just so amazing to be in skirts/shorts and t-shirts and to feel the warm sun on my face. It is the little ray of light, literally and metaphorically, that I need in my life right now.
I hope you are all having great weather too and enjoying your week so far!
This is the hardest post I’ve ever sat down to write. There is just no easy way of getting this out of my head and on to the screen.
After over five wonderful and happy years Tom and I have decided to part ways.
Just writing that sentence makes my feel really strange. The past couple of weeks have been incredibly difficult and I have learnt that it is important to let yourself cry and that it is okay to feel good one minute and then lonely and confused the next. I don’t want to share the intimate details of what happened because they are between Tom and I but I will say that it was a mutual decision. We are not angry with each other, in fact we still care for each other a great deal. It was just time to move on.
Right now it’s hard to picture my life without him, he really has been my other half. But despite the pain I feel now I don’t regret a single day of those five years, they hold some of the most special moments of my life and I will always treasure those memories.
I thought long and hard on what to call this post but I finally settled on ‘In the End’, one of Tom’s favourite songs by his favourite band. He taught me so much and made me very happy for a long time, and I hope that one day, when time has healed all our wounds, we can be friends again.
There is no easy way to get over someone, especially your first love, but even as each day feels a bit strange right now I know that eventually things will be easier and I’ll be myself again. I hope you can all understand that I needed some time away from the internet to put my head in order and deal with the emotions swirling through me, I may be a little sporadic with my blogging but I promise I haven’t disappeared altogether! Things may be a bit tough right now but I do have some really positive things happening in my life right now and I have lots to tell you all.
Hope you’re all well!