Montage Italian summer

Montage Italian summer 1

Blimey, summer’s gone! Blink of an eye and all that.

We merrily tripped on over to Italy for ours, starting with a damp-but-happy time in the Dolomites before heading down to Umbria for a fortnight then returning to the mountains for another stormy week. A few days with the in-laws in Vicenza polished the holiday off nicely.

So okay, the weather was touch-and-go and we had to wear ponchos some of the time (so naff … and essential) but we embraced it all and did not allow anything to stop us having a giggle (mostly at the ponchos … not really … well, maybe).

Took a million, nay, a zillion photographs that need sorting and processing. Och, it’s slow going but workflow should speed up past a snail’s pace now that my daughter is back at school.

It does mean, however, that there is a lot to share with you over the next couple of posts. Should you want to keep up to speed with things more regularly, hop on over to my Facebook page. I will be doing a few giveaways in the run up to (dare I say it in September?) Christmas, which I’ll be running exclusively for my FB ‘likers’.

Autumn hugs!

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Bamburgh Castle FB

Morning! You know when you’re so busy that time rushes past in a blur? That. That’s what the past couple of weeks/months have been like. I have managed to squeeze in a trip down to Northumbria where we spent five gloriously sunny days with golden sand between our toes. The castle in the picture above is Bamburgh which overlooks one of the most breathtaking beaches in the UK if you get a chance to visit. Came back laden with snapshots, shells and rocks, collected by my daughter for her rock collection which is fast getting out of control. Soon I’ll have enough to lay a gravel path in our front garden!

Now there’s less than a week to go to get ready for our summer in Italy. A month of mountains and walking in the beautiful Dolomites then sunbathing and relaxation in Umbria, with great food and wine as constant companions. How will I cope? Whatever you’re plans are over these summer months, I hope it’s wonderful and jam-packed full of adventures (and photographs).


Purple for blog

Apparently, lilac is the hottest colour around just now in the world of interior design and I can speak from experience when I say it is actually a beautiful hue to live with.

My 7-year-old self chose almost exactly the colour of this flower (perhaps a little lighter if memory serves) for my bedroom walls and I loved it. Now, perhaps my grown-up self wouldn’t make the same choice but I think for a child’s room or perhaps an accent wall, this colour would be very pleasing to the eye.

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Reflect for Blog

I have no clue where May went but shockingly, we are officially half way through the year! When you’re a kid, time goes so slowly – too slowly sometimes – and you’re always wishing you were one year older, wishing the weekend would come when you could choose one small treat from the newsagent’s seemingly endless array of sweeties. The sherbety, sweet smell of artificially enhanced Refreshers is still one of my favourites, along with pear drops and aniseed twists. Hashtag *flashback*!

Now, I’m reflecting on May, a super-busy month for me but one where I’ve achieved quite a lot. I’ve managed to put together a brochure for a new venture of mine along with making serious in-roads into a new website too. I’ve put together some bookshelves at home, cleared out my daughter’s playroom (a nightmare) and started on a very healthy eating plan as I am light years away from having any kind of beach-ready body. All in all, a month of achievements methinks.

Here’s to June … bring it on.