At the beginning of July rather ironically my blog about wholehearted and slow living was keeping me particularly busy. Well, I’ve been rather quiet over the last few weeks, due to a much needed break, and then Bailey had chicken pox last week which delayed my return. However, I am very happy to be back with you all today with the ‘Monthly Voice’ for July…
The first two weeks of July were crazy, with a capital C. Most people would admit that things speed up towards the end of term, with various commitments with their children. On top of this I had several pieces of work to finish before the long six week Summer break. The main thing keeping me focused was knowing that for the second half of July we were going to have two glorious weeks of family holiday in France. It was really nice to have that ‘end of term feeling’ with the anticipation of care-free days, plus my Brother’s wedding to look forward to.
During the first half of July I was thrilled to be mentioned in the August Country Homes & Interiors ’10 Ways To Make Life Lovely’ feature.
We also spent quite a bit of time tidying up the garden and planting some butterfly friendly plants ready for our butterflies to be released. Which we did just before we went away. I will share some photos of this soon.
Bailey had her last day of Nursery ever, and of course I was feeling rather emotional about it. It’s not unusual to think of the big markers like this in your child’s life as bittersweet, but they have an extra sting to them if you long for more babies like we do.
The staff organised a little graduation ceremony, and they made graduations hats to wear. Bailey was the first one out and she walked across the room to shake her teachers hand and receive a certificate and a mug. I didn’t even think to take any photos, I was so absorbed in watching our little girl shuffle tentatively passed the crowd of beaming parents. A very proud moment and I was glad I had a handkerchief tucked up my sleeve.
I mentioned this briefly in the last Monthly Voice, July saw the release of Wilding Volume 5. I was so thrilled to write a piece about the Rhythm of the Sea, and how its presence is almost meditative for me. Wildling is such a beautiful independent magazine, if you’ve not read an issue before I would thoroughly recommend it. You can buy a copy here.
Plastic free July happened, and sadly I didn’t get round to writing about it on the blog. The project aims to raise awareness particularly of single-use disposable plastic and how much of it we use daily. There’s no reason why you can’t make August (and all your other months) disposable plastic free too. There is a lot more information about why disposable plastic has such a negative impact on the environment and things you can do to help here. Also Danielle wrote this great post about how she faired with her plastic free July.
Thankfully the last two weeks of July were a much slower pace, and were blissfully spent in France. I can’t remember the last time we had a long family holiday, and the last time I took a fortnight off from the blog was last Summer. There is something extra relaxing about two consecutive weeks off. Your body and mind can only slow down so much during that first week, and if you’re not careful you’re already preparing yourself by the end of week one to fall back into the swing of things when you get home. Two full weeks allows you to switch off on a much deeper level. It creates more space, and of course being away helps you disconnect from all your normal day-to-day stresses.
France was beautiful… so many inspiring buildings, and so much shutter love. We really had a magical time, which I will tell you more about in another post.
Here’s to a hanging onto that feeling of slow throughout August. Happy days to you all.