I can hardly believe that it’s already the end of August and, to me, the end of summer. Well, I suppose I can believe it, particularly as I stood at Cushendun Caves in Ireland in a raincoat, getting battered by the rain. After a pretty damn amazing summer, I wanted to reflect on this past season and what it has meant to me. I feel like I’ve barely had a moment to myself to recount all of the things I’ve done this summer: ironic really, as I share fortnightly gratitude lists/petite joys and try to document as much as I can each weekend in my Sundaze posts.
I started my summer feeling on the verge of burnout (as usual) and as though I’d made an epic mistake 2 years ago in decided to pursue my own career path. My friends were all having babies, getting married and finalising garden transformations on houses they’d bought when I was still nursing University-style hangovers, and I was simply hungry for holidays, gin tasting evenings, a fancy dinner out every other week, and to live life on my terms. So, I booked some holidays!
Harvey and I went away to Spain on a Secret Escapes holiday (not sponsored, it just sounds that way such is this 2018 life…!). It was our second trip of the year and it was so special just to totally unwind, have a soak in the sun and a dip in the pool, explore the local village and beaches, and even enjoy date night in Barcelona. We so damn fancy. It was probably here that I realised while I enjoy sharing my life, I enjoy documenting it more. I like to savour the moments like when we got the giggles for about 5 hours, when we watched the England vs. Columbia game in a restaurant full of people-that-supported-Columbia, when we stayed out drinking Fanta Limon (we’re wild!) on the beach and watching Love Island until the sun went down. I like to do all of this in abundance, and I don’t like coordinating my outfits to historic monuments to take photos with no personal meaning. Several breakfasts-in-bed and fancy coffees later, we went home and then it was time for…
Vienna! Each year, my siblings and I take the time out of our schedules to go on holiday together. I’ll touch on this at a later time, but Jonny, Louise and I are incredibly close and as my brother had recently bought his first home(!!), we desperately wanted to stick to tradition and go away. Vienna ended up our destination of choice because it was the cheapest place on the day we looked at flights, and we had such a fun time. I fell in love with that city and you can read why in my city guide to Vienna.
Right after that, it was time for Jonny to move as his flat completed almost immediately after we landed home. Several trips to his new place later, many trips to IKEA had and more arguments rallied during which we all questioned how we’d reached our late twenties and yet needed to build and rebuild furniture three times, he was in. And our family home feels a touch quieter and a smidge bigger. It’s been a weird transition, especially as I never experienced this for Uni, being the eldest of three. Then… my parents decided to sell up and downsize! Which is where the madness begins, as Harvey and I are currently going in hard on our house hunt.
I had a huge meltdown about work as several unforeseen circumstances this year mean my income hasn’t been ‘as expected or forecasted’, but Harvey eased all of my worries and whisked us away for a weekend. And even though our plans were scuppered by a company adamant on stealing our money, it was SO good to get away for a few days and explore Reading for a day.
Amidst all of that, my best friend’s bridesmaids and I have also been squirrelling away at planning the world’s greatest hen weekend which has been such an eye-opener. Trying to coordinate 20 people, flights, events, games and more has made me wonder how on earth I ever survived my days assisting event management and helping to plan press events!
And finally, Ireland at the weekend was the perfect way to round up my summer. Hannah took us for a whistle-stop tour around her favourite haunts growing up and on an extensive Game of Thrones tour. We laughed, worried, hiked, sang, danced and cooked and had the greatest time. God bless you blogging world, for bringing me together with this motley crew (plus Elodie and Lily). I’ll be sharing my travel guide and our itinerary on Daisybutter v. soon (basically when I get a chance!), but for a small preview, you can tap the Ireland highlight on my Instagram Stories.
I am SO looking forward to autumn, even as I look at my teetering IKEA clothes rail which is still home to many a cami top, midi dress, slogan T-shirt and straw bag! In fact, autumn/winter shopping is top of my weekend to-do list. But moreover, I feel so much more ‘me’ and ready to spend the cosiest season of the year curled up at home, building a home and exploring more of life with my better half. Bring on September and beyond. x