Hello! The joy of being late with April's post means here I am again with May's post!
(Woohoo! I hear you shout-sarcastically)
I started May by returning home from holiday - a shocking change in temperature!
I've never been on such a quiet flight, there were 19 passengers that's it! Everyone looked like they'd fallen out because they had a row of seats each!
My may has been a post holiday roller coaster of pretending I'm still away and so eating and drinking as such. (Excuse: but it's been so sunny in England!) Then telling myself I need to get a grip and choosing ice lolly's opposed to magnums. Cue grumbles of objection from my stomach!
Here's my May.
A BBQ with a Bowfell starter!
May was the month I did my first Wainwright! and I am, as they say, proud as punch! (Do they still say that? actually what does it even mean?...)
I'm glad I did it, at times I thought my thighs would forever remain at a 90 degree angle ('there's no climbing' my friend said...) but I'm glad I did it.
My face resembled a beetroot and I used my inhaler twice to avoid panting to my death, but I'm glad I did it.
As we descended, my head was pounding and on the drive home I barfed into a hedge but I'm glad I did it!
All that aside, I shared a beautiful day with friends (their kids managed it without inhalers, barfing or trembling thighs!!) and the view from the top was simply stunning. I really felt like I was on top of the world. I developed a new found respect for all hikers and fell runners, in fact one even put me to shame!
As we neared the top, and I was close to tripping my friend up if she dared mutter the words 'it's just up here' again, an elderly fell runner ran past! His casual bank holiday Monday run up a mountain, shamed me into getting on with it!
The incentive of a BBQ also helped with our 6 hour wander (yes 6 hours) and was the main focus of our motivational chanting! A lazy, food filled evening in our friend's garden felt well earned I can tell you!
We did enjoy another BBQ with our friends in May, but that time I made sure to ask if it came with a Bowfell starter before I accepted!
Friendship is important!
It's important to encourage friends right? and it's our duty to show our friends love and support? So if they move to Spain to work for six months, it's only fair to pop round for a catch up...
I know what you're thinking, "You just got back from Greece!" I've told you before, I'm addicted and we only had to pay for flights - bonus!
It was just brilliant getting to share a small piece of their Spanish adventure, they showed us around, took us to delicious restaurants and they casually spoke Spanish as if they hadn't only been learning for 5 months! Talk about feeling like a tourist!
Ok so it was a bit of a working holiday and we took the laptop, but if you're going to work anyway, why not do it by the pool with an ice-cream?! Despite the working, we managed to squeeze in a swim, play zombies with the kids (as you do) and I Simply Sarah even bonded with their dogs!
It was an absolute privilege to invade their life in Spain!
The rest of this month was about catching up with friends, having family visit us (lots of kidders to play with!) and possibly the start of something exciting, nope I'm not telling! watch this space, I don't want to jinx it :)
So during May...
I reaffirmed that a positive attitude brings good things (thank you universe) Also, whether it's in Spain or the back garden, spending time with family and friends is pretty special!
And finally, I learned that living in the UK is better (and easier) when the sun comes out to play!
(2 weeks and counting!)
There you have it, month 5, done!
How was yours?
It's been a while!
So my non-virtual life has been pretty busy recently which is why I'm talking about April three weeks into May! My busyness has involved travels, hence why I'm sat by the sunny window, g&t in hand, blogging whilst the hubby watches the FA Cup. (I watched the wedding so fair play)
Hopefully this blog post will be readable, who knows? I am intermittently typing, drinking gin and gazing into the sky wishing I was abroad... it's an illness, see Are holidays addictive!
Anyway down to business...
Baptisms & Chocolate
How was your April? Can you even remember that far back?
Time really does go fast so I confess I've glanced at my diary in an attempt to decipher my scribbles and remember what I was doing pre-travels!
My April genuinely began with a baptism. We spent Easter Sunday, supporting our beautiful niece, catching up with family and wondering why it was only the kids who were given a chocolate rabbit from the priest!
(Not one of the kids were willing to give theirs up!)
Fortunately when I bought hundreds of Easter eggs for the hundreds of kids we know (slight exaggeration) the bogof offer meant there was one left over for moi so I got my chocolate fix!
Friends & fun-simple!
Living in the Lake district is amazing and a cheeky tourist day with friends was a great way to start a weekend! Any excuse for a walk whilst nursing an ice-cream!
During a visit to the UK, our friends from Canada came to see us in the Lakes and we had a fantastic day together.
We caught up over lunch at the Village Inn, took photo's by Lake Windermere and indulged in an obligatory gelato from Kimi's! Perfect.
I also spent a day with my friend and her littlies and as you know one of the joys of having grown up kids is that I get to enjoy other people's and yes, hand them back!
I was introduced to the delights of Walby Park Farm. The Easter egg trail kept us busy and nearly broke us, but my Fitbit buzzed like a proud parent and I absolutely included myself in the 'they'll sleep well tonight' chit chat!
Check out that link, they've thought of everything for a fun filled family day out. (No I'm not on commission!) The excitement (tiredness) even caused my friend and I to be more cloddish than the kids! (Newly discovered word! Feel free to use it in a sentence ;) Between us we left our lunch at the till, flung our cutlery to the floor and managed to knock a latte over the quiche and salad!
The kids on the other hand were well behaved!
The rest of my April was spent in gorgeous Greece. (zones out dreamily) The organised me made sure all the birthdays were covered before we went (6 in 3 weeks!) The unorganised me was ordering a new pin from the bank, having gone blank at the ATM and still trying to find a bikini, the day before!
Thanks to the direct flights to Rhodes not having kicked in, we flew to Corfu first for a few days before flying to Rhodes and it was actually cheaper! (Bonus!) Going early meant that we got to see the place waking up from it's winter slumber and Corfu in early season is peaceful, chilly in the evenings and beautiful.
We counted geckos, consoled and helped a teary/lost young lady (really!) and absorbed the gorgeous sights and culinary delights of Corfu.
Flying to Rhodes was a bit unusual, we realised that the majority of the passengers on our flight were elderly ladies! It felt like we'd invaded a Greek coffee morning at 38000 feet! Actually I'm not sure if I'm allowed to say that so I'll just say that the number of ladies with grey hair was noticeable! (My greying streaks excluded!)
We landed in Rhodes to police and security on the runway, making us question what the grey-haired ladies had been involved in! Rest assured it wasn't them running riot but the Greek Prime Minister on our flight!
Anyway! Being in Greece meant we could practise our Greek vocab and I may have accidentally called my friend abnormal instead of telling her about a windmill!
(The words are very similar!!)
Luckily she found it hilarious and is still my friend, but this and the fact that asking for the bill in Greek last year resulted in me being sent to the ladies, can only mean that I need to put more effort into my learning!
Greece was fantastic, as always, and spending the day in 33 degrees then returning to 5 degrees in England was a bit of a shock to the system!
Well that's it, April has been amazing and I've appreciated every minute, from fine food and wine to sitting by the sea counting crabs!
Now to get on with May's blog post...
What did you get up to last month? Leave a comment to share your April with us.
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