Yay for May and warmer weather! Oh wait, yay for May and a measly five degrees and zero sunshine. Where is spring? Have you seen it? I'd heard a rumour that it had made an appearance but it turned out to be just that. A rumour. And I am no longer amused. I have sandals and a new dress ready to wear and unless I also sport thick tights and a snowsuit with them, they'll remain tucked away in my wardrobe for yet another month. I'll just have to turn the heating up and wear them around the house, won't I?
Here we are in May, more than a third of the way through the year, and I still feel like I haven't really emerged from my winter cocoon yet. I need more daylight and sunshine to get rid of my fuzzy head and put a bit more of a spring in my step. I've tried wearing brighter colours and putting all the lights on but dressing like a rainbow's not a good look for me and Paul started muttering something about the house resembling Blackpool illuminations (is that the ultimate dad comment, or what?!) under his breath.
One day in to a new month, and I've already forgotten nearly everything that happened in April. The boys picked up a bug at the start of the month, so it passed in a blur of washing and being thankful for our tumble dryer. I painted my eldest dude's bedroom, started rejigging our kitchen/dining/sitting room and scoured the local garden centre for ideas for new flowers and plants for the garden. We headed out for walks locally when we could, snow (yes, real actual snow and hail) permitting and also popped to London on a whirlwind visit for the opening of the Great Little Trading Co. showroom. It was busy but fun.
I have a few really nice projects planned for May but I have a feeling that some will crossover in to June as I don't think I'm going to have a great deal of time spare. Here's my list ...
- I bought a new lens for my camera last week on the recommendation of Sarah from Extraordinary Chaos. I can't wait to try it out. My uncle recently gave me a book on digital photography and I'm just twenty pages in but have already picked up a few tips. I'm hoping to get further in to it, this month.
- Another book I plan to read is Dream Decor from Will at Bright Bazaar (released May 17). I've pre-ordered it and, as I love Will's 'make you smile style', I can't wait to flick through the pages.
- I mentioned new plants and flowers, and this month, I'm working on another post with HomeSense all to do with adding colour to your garden or outdoor space. I have the coolest (and brightest) products to share with you.
- On the flip side, I'm working on a post all about gorgeous bedding and the perfect night's sleep (not that I've experienced that for quite some time). Messy beds and breakfast in bed are two of my favourite things to photograph so it will be a nice project to test my new lens out on.
- Before Christmas, I was sent a Critcut Explore to test. I've used it for a few little projects but I want to try making some decorations for my 40th birthday brunch so I'm hoping I'll have time to do that in May and also share my thoughts on the machine itself with you (this could be something that gets moved to June, though).
- I read about free tennis lessons for kids on Podcast and managed to get a place for my eldest dude. He starts in a couple of weeks and, as tennis played such a big part in my childhood, I can't wait to take him. There's still time to sign up if you have a child between 5 and 8. Plenty of tennis clubs across the UK are involved.
- We also have a weekend away planned with friends. In my current sleepy state, I can't tell you where or when we're going, all I can remember is that it's soon and somewhere south of North Wales. I believe there's lots of space for the children to run round which, with nine children six and under, can only be a good thing. Will it feel like a holiday? Jury's out on that one.
- Fish and chips on the beach. Short, sweet, exceptionally tasty. This has to happen in May. There's a nice feature in this month's Simple Things magazine about picnics on the beach and I've been inspired!
When we popped over to the woods across from our house to take these photos, it was in the back of my mind that, by the end of the year, we could be living somewhere else. I'm so happy that we've decided to stay where we are, though. It will be so nice to document the changes through all four seasons. This month, we noticed so much more green and even a handful of bluebells. It will soon be warm enough to pop over with our cups of tea and possibly, a picnic. It's such a lovely place to explore and always reminds me of Enid Blyton's Enchanted Wood. We really need to find the Faraway Tree.
Happy May! Fingers crossed it's a great month.