How is it July?! How?! Just, how?! I think I might stop writing these monthly posts as no sooner have a written one, it seems as though it's time for the next. It's filling me with panic as I'm convinced that I'll blink and it'll be time to start talking about Christmas stockings and pantomime visits. I'm so excited that the summer holidays will soon start and our days can take a turn for the lazier, and hopefully, slower.
July is such a busy month for us with so many appointments, places to be, and things to do that there are only a handful of minutes which aren't filled over the next few weeks. My days will be spent running and around and my evenings, no doubt, yawning. When I do manage to find an extra hour or two in my day, here's what I want to do ...
- Watch the Wimbledon men's final, fingers crossed, featuring Roger Federer. I've caught glimpses of the tennis over the past few days but would like to curl up with a big bowl of strawberries and cream and watch the final without any interruptions. This is easier said than done when the response from my little dudes has so far been, 'This is soooooo boring'. They do quite like the idea of playing doubles together, though, but I suspect it's something to do with wanting to have a vague excuse to hit each other with rackets rather than being motivated by the Bryan brothers.
- Cut and paint! It's been ages since I shared any craft posts but I popped to Hobbycraft today and have been inspired. I came away with paints, card, notepads, coloured pens and the most gorgeous washi tape with gold pineapples on it. Stay tuned for some simple but fun DIYs.
- Plan a midsummer celebration for August. A little late, I know, but I'm thinking beautifully laid trestle tables out in the garden with festoon lights twinkling in the trees. This is the kind of thing I have in mind and I'm trying to come up with a menu which is lovely but simple, as I'm not a big fan of spending hours in the kitchen.
- Head to Scotland. Cameron Lodges have invited us to spend a few days with them in one of my most favourite parts of the world, Loch Lomond. I really can't wait. Those views!! Expect lots of photographs over on Instagram.
When I popped over to the woods to take this month's photos, I was accompanied by a very excited five year old and his new favourite book, The Nature Explorer's Scrapbook. He was kindly sent a copy to review and it couldn't be more perfect for him. Any child who loves being outdoors and collecting 'treasures' will adore it as it's packed full of information about the world of nature and has space for their own collections, drawings and photographs. It's a complete joy of a book and I know it's going to be well used over the summer holidays.
Happy July! Fingers crossed it's a great month.