Wednesday, 1 June 2011


I do feel like I've been away from my blog for longer than a few days. I've been having a bit of a struggle for inspiration this week and have been so busy trying to do other things (namely housework) so I apologise for the radio silence and for not doing my Tuesday Thoughts yesterday.

So we've reached gorgeous June and it's finally summer. I don't know about you but as the weather has been so warm and dry over the past couple of months sometimes I have to remind myself that we're only at the start of summer and not nearing the end. I'm really enjoying the sunny weather but feel sad when I see how dry the garden is. We had a good rainstorm on Saturday and I hate to say it but we could do with some more...just as long as they happen at night so I don't have to stand around dripping in a playground!

I've decided not to set myself any specific targets for this month, apart from my book reading ones. With hindsight, I feel I was a bit unfair on myself to expect to immediately start a new job and fall into a routine at home so quickly. But I've got there. I'm coming in from work and using the time productively to get some jobs done, read (and I read lots last month!) and start cooking tea before Mr P comes home. 

Half term has been a bit of a learning curve as it's so quiet at home and easy to drift, forgetting what you were going to do when there is no one to buddy up with on the chores all day. However, it's nice to get things done without feeling that you want to spend time relaxing with the other person. It's also nice to 'catch up' on life and do the jobs that you've been putting off for ages. For me it's been typing up my address book and lists of the Christmas presents I've given to people for the past five years. I'm still madly de-cluttering - there won't be anything left in this house soon!

Onto my reading choices for June...

A real variety this month. Have you read any of them?

In the meantime, I think that June will be very much a month of finalising arrangements for the rest of summer: holidays, house and garden - more on those soon.

I'm hoping that this summer will be a relaxing one full of the things that I enjoy (that must mean a cream cake or two). It should be very different from last year which was focused around arrangements for a certain wedding in September; which although delightful, did rather take over our lives. 

So this summer I'm going to be as free and as flighty as a bird. 
What are you going to be? 


  1. How lovely to decide to be 'free as a bird'. Thats my sort of plan ;) I'm impressed that you're getting all of these chores done- you must be very focused!... but I hope that you're relaxing a bit too. Cream cakes for everyone! xxx

  2. I've read "The Curious Incident..." and thought it offered interesting insight into how minds work. I am a bit sensitive to language, though, and had to do quite a bit of winking and blinking.

    I am going to live vicariously through you this summer as you describe your "free as a bird" adventures! Summer always seems to be crazy here, with lots of people coming to visit. But I am hoping to steal at least an afternoon or two... and looking forward to our family reunion at the ocean in August.

  3. I have wanted to read Deborah Devonshire for a while. The whole Mitford connection hangs over her and I think she's a bit of a living relic. She's witnessed so much of history (and been part of it).
    The Curious.... I couldn't get on with. Working with children and working with autistic children, I felt it was a bit of 'a bus man's holiday'. It just annoyed and tired me but I hope you get on better with it than me. Not heard of the other one but will check it out at the library once the course is over.
    Enjoy your half term x

  4. I have read the last one - on holiday in Lundy a few years ago. I did enjoy it (the book and the holiday).

    Hope you are enjoying your time off.

    Pomona x

  5. I've read "The curious incident". It is quite a quick read but quite good all the same.

    Shame on you for mentioning the "C" word in June. (that's "Christmas") I'm not willing to think about that while the sun in shining.