What a month!
I've eaten ice-creams on a daily basis, walked miles on a daily basis (Good thing really!) and declared how amazing the weather is, on a daily basis!
I can't believe this gorgeous weather! are you enjoying it or are you standing inside the freezer door?! I love it, no carrying jackets/umbrellas/waterproofs and that's saying something for the Lake District!
So what did you get up to last month? Here's my June...
I got a new job!
Yep I am now working with the amazing Rebecca at Rebecca Cropper Art!
Have you seen her place? it's simply gorgeous, this lady has skills!
Rebecca specialises in animal portraiture and you can see her beautiful animals as originals, prints, on home-ware and gifts.
I'm surrounded by pretty things and I feel at home already.
(No she hasn't paid me to say this!)
Be prepared, I'll be getting artistic with Rebecca soon and I'll be spreading the love with an Independent Retailer blog post!
(Watch this space!)
A sunny weekend in Shropshire
Have you been to Shropshire?
It's beautiful, full of fresh air and beauty. We spent a fab weekend with good friends, friends who always guarantee belly laughs and good times.
We went on some beautiful country walks and their new dog really enjoys puddles, the muddier the better! See my pic, he looks like he's swimming in gravy!
Coincidentally, one of the walks ends at the local pub so we indulged in some delicious pub grub and obligatory gin.
We also spent a sunny Sunday in beautiful Llangollen which involved even more sunshine, food and laughs.
World Cup excitement
I'm going to be honest, I don't normally follow football but wow!
I've watched every England match, made match day a pizza day (Well justified I think!) and I've held my breath on far too many occasions!
Our England flag is patriotically displayed for every match and I've realised how obsessive it can become!
All because I did it the first time, my superstitious routine now involves carefully displaying the flag in the same place, taking a photo for social media and eating pizza every time the match is on.
There's no way I want to be the one to jinx a match so all of this has to be done, you know, just in case!
Come on England!
Sharing the love!
I had a brainwave!
(It's a rare thing!)
There I was mooching around in the sunshine doing a bit of shopping and it came to me. Yes, my newest blogging venture is to share the love, don't worry I'm not going to start randomly hugging people, but I am going to show my local Independent Retailers some well deserved love!
Because it's so easy to stick with what we know and buy the same old stuff all under one roof! But is it always a good thing?
We have some gorgeous local shops who offer us gorgeous things, some handmade, things of quality, a smile and at a reasonable price!
I love my local Independent Retailers and it's time to let them know, so I'll be chatting to them, blogging about them and introducing you to them.
(Expect a little bit of routine cheek along the way!)
So far I've enjoyed a chocolate theme!
Let me introduce you to Mark at Choccobar and Kay at Huttons Chocolates!
(Click the pics!)
June - month 6 done!
Time is absolutely flying by, (These monthly posts probably don't help!) I mean can you believe we're into July?!
The cheeky me would point out that we're on the count down to Christmas, (Mwah ha ha) but the other me will keep that under wraps... Anyway, I've had a fab June and the heatwave has certainly played a big part in that! I've never been able to justify so many ice-creams and long may it last!
Okay peeps that's all from me, if you want to follow me on Social Media, my links are below. Let me know how your June was in the comments below and have an amazing July!
Hello, Bonjour, Hola and Yasas!
(Does that make me bi-lingual? 😉)
Simply Sarah is back celebrating the little things, enjoying the big things and having a natter along the way!
Don't you think it's good to seek simplicity? especially in a world of clicking and swiping! Loads of things have been simplified through time, but do you think simple things have actually been lost?
Let's chat about lost simplicity.
When was the last time you wrote a letter?
I'm talking actual pen and paper (Yes they do still exist!) and please don't say when you were finding pen pals at primary school! 🙄
It's so quick now to tap out a text, whizz out an email or even scribble over a photo and click send, but is it the same? My husband would question anyone bothering to write letters when technology exists!
And, my daughter recently asked me if I had a writing pad so she could start a letter, she wrote her address and then got bored! (I mean come on!)
I used to love writing to my late Nana, as soon as her curly written envelope arrived, I'd brew up, get comfy and read her letter. It still makes me feel all warm inside. (Aww)
You know that feeling when the postie brings birthday cards? that's how I felt, who doesn't want to feel loved?!
So do you think the simple art of letter writing has fizzled out?
Sadly I think so! Nowadays, we're so used to using our thumbs to communicate, that 10 minutes of actual writing is likely to bring on writers cramp!
Proper Phone Calls
Ever call someone for a catch up? I don't mean a quick call, I'm talking proper news and laughter filled phone calls!
I remember having to get permission to use the phone, I'm not kidding! Even then I was limited to a few minutes to avoid paying towards the bill!
(I realise how old this makes me sound but it really wasn't that long ago! Really!)
Anyway forget my age, my point is, having mobile phones means we can call anyone at anytime and yet we don't. It's easier to send a message and await the bleep of a reply!
Don't get me wrong, technology is amazing and convenient but I love a long phone catch up.
I challenge you to call someone this week and listen to their actual voice without an emoji in sight!
Go on you can do it!
Before you know it, a full hour will have passed without you even noticing, your ribs may hurt from laughing, you'll feel happier having chatted and you'll understand the value of a simple good old fashioned phone call.
Let me know how much better you feel!
(Unless you're one of those people who hate people...)
Do you eat together as a family?
Okay so eating in front of the tv with family is technically 'eating together' but you know what I mean!
We've definitely been guilty of habitual eating in front of the tv and simply setting the table used to incite a shoulder slump from my daughter! Once she'd get over the initial shock of being 'so formal' she'd chat her way through dinner, which of course is what we wanted.
Since having teenagers, I get the whole eating at the table thing!
It's about catching up, basic conversation in a world full of distraction.
After ten minutes of probing your child, whilst trying not to sound like a police officer, you'll be treated to nods and murmurs by way of a response!
But eventually they speak! and sometimes you even get to know what's happening in their lives!
We eat at the table more now, (okay so getting a new sofa was definitely an incentive...) and although I still sometimes eat in front of the tv, I enjoy sitting with my family and eating dinner together more.
Do you make time for free time?
Are you frowning and mumbling "What the hell is free time?"
I remember wondering what I used to do with my time before I became a mum!
My days were a chaotic web of work, play, chores and finally slumping in front of the tv an hour before I went to bed. (Survival basically!)
There was no time for free time! The only hour I had to myself was spent in a docile state of sloth-dom.
Now that I'm a parent of grown ups, I get free time! (Hallelujah!) I read, go for a walk, grab coffee with friends, it's great!
(Sorry if you're still mum-ing! - A new word I just made up)
Life is so busy and we're always doing something, but don't lose sight of simply breathing!
Whether its hiding from the kids to breathe for ten minutes (I suggest, the wardrobe, the car, the pub...) or enjoying a bubbly bath once they're finally asleep! Having time is important.
For your sanity.
How things have changed!
We definitely live in a time of simplification - mobile phones, online banking, mass production, things are changing all the time!
Think back to rationing, (personally I know about it but wasn't born ;) we're no longer forced to add vegetables to cakes because of rations. Now we actually choose to do it because it's trendy!
(I expect it's not even trendy to say trendy? Oh and now I'm thinking of cake...)
And most of us simply replace our clothes instead of having to make and mend! Maybe that's a bad thing? maybe it isn't? To be honest, if it was up to me to clothe my family, they'd be donning woolly hats and wearing blankets for toga's! Crocheting is all I can do!
So what do you think?
Are things more simplistic or has simplicity been lost?
Drop me a comment to let me know what simple things you miss?
Remember the days of emptying your purse/wallet of coppers because it felt like you were lugging a dead body around?
Gone are the days of coppers bulking out my purse, or any other coins for that matter! It seems the simplicity of carrying cash is actually dying out!
Recently after lunch with a friend, I left my only coins as a tip for the smiley waiter. Not only was it a little under 10% but it also left me penniless, so to speak!
Following my feeble tipping, I then went into a shop and was pretty embarrassed to realise that I would have to pay by card, for 48p!
My friend had abandoned me, (possibly from sheer embarrassment) so my only option failing card payment was to hang my head in shame and put my item back on the shelf!
It made me realise that I rarely carry cash, in fact if I ever find any in my purse I'm genuinely shocked!
Now bear with me (Bear or bare?!) while I tell you what's in my purse...
(Try to contain your excitement.)
Apparently I'm too old to class myself as a Millenial (Pah!) but this youthful category of humans are favouring cashless apps over actual cash!
I use my cards and proudly declare that I have ApplePay installed on my phone. (Oh yeh!) I've used it only once because I tend to forget it's there, which probably justifies my non-Millenial status! Oops 😳
I got to googling (1. The way to search (IMO) & 2. How did we survive before?) and I discovered people everywhere, who think that old fashioned cash carrying is a thing of the past!
So lets find out...
1. Eating out
You want to tip the fab service but did you know that sometimes the patient staff member doesn't get it all? Yep if you tip on card, quite often the management take a portion of it!
So tip with cash!
2. Stopped Card
Ever had your card declined? (Yes, yes I have. It was embarrassing 😒)
An unusual spend can trigger your card to be suspended. If you're sat at home while someone else trashes your bank account then you want them stopping right? But if you're simply treating yourself, you could be stuck with a measly 88p in your pocket!
3. Those little emergencies
4. Like discounts?
Those small/local businesses still get charged a fee for every transaction and some add it to your cost to cover theirs. If you wave your cash around you'll not only make them happier but they may give you a discount! (Woo!)
5, The simple pleasure of having cash
Easier to manage? Do you really keep track of what you swipe on those cards?
Oh and it can be quicker at the bar, especially if the bartender has to pace with the card machine awaiting signal!
No losing money, no faffing for the right change at the front of a long and impatient queue, just swipe or tap and payment has been made, Ta-dah! 🤗
There are loads of apps out there; Apple Pay, Android Pay, Paypal to name just a few!
You savvy people probably know more, simply download, add your details and your virtual wallet is ready!
3. Keeping track
Tracking your spending wherever ,whenever!
No waiting for monthly statements to land on the doormat like the good old days!
Free your pocket of receipts and be freeee! 😁
Using cards instead of cash could actually benefit you.
Some credit/debit cards give rewards when you use them. But use them wisely!
5... (cue tumbleweed)
I'll be honest, I can't think of a 5th, lame I know.
So feel free to erm...contribute with your own cashless number 5! 😆
Is carrying cash dying out?
The debate continues!
Less people carry cash and don't miss physically feeling their money. Only this week, we narrowly escaped the elimination of coppers due to lack of use! Though, if like me you have a tin of them, click here for some creative ideas on how to use them!
(Number 6 sounds good to me! Though number 8 is the one I think most of us do)
My husband doesn't possess the patience to carry money, never mind count it out in a shop. On the rare occasion he does have cash, he simply leaves it around the house by way of accessorising the place!
Me, I'll stick to using my cards but maybe I'll carry a little cash for those moments when I might just need 48p...
What do you think? Cash or not? Tell us in the comments 🙂
Hi I'm Sarah!
Blogger in The Lakes
I live in the beautiful Lake District...
This website uses marketing and tracking technologies. Opting out of this will opt you out of all cookies, except for those needed to run the website. Note that some products may not work as well without tracking cookies.Opt Out of Cookies
Visit Simply Sarah's Gallery!