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What We Love | July 2020

I can’t quite believe that we’re now heading into August.  1 year ago, I wrote my first What We Love post, and it seems so long ago now.

I still remember sitting down to write it and brimming with excitement about everything SUMMER.  I was all about the beach, family BBQ’s and the park, and I, as well as everyone else, had no idea what was to come in the new year.

Fast forward 12 months later, and we’re now wearing masks when we shop and trying to decide who’s in our ‘bubble’.  Seriously, our July 2019 selves would have laughed at us if they could have seen us now!

In 2020, the world is truly a different place. Although I still have ice lollies and the park on my list this year, the magic of summer has diminished somewhat.  Our park has a big sign up that reminds us all to ‘stay safe’, and to ‘stay away from other people’, and we’re encouraged to clean down anything we touch with hand sanitizer for fear of infecting each other.

We still enjoy the park, but I miss NORMAL, and I’m not enjoying the NEW NORMAL.

But, it’s not all doom and gloom.  Being at home more has made me appreciate things that I’d forgotten about.  In a way, it’s given me a new lease of life.  A silver lining.  A ray of sunshine poking through a grey cloud.

With that being said, it’s only natural that the first thing we love is:

Freedom

Lockdown. Who would have thought that lockdown would ever be a thing?! As nice as it was in some ways (more time at home, more time for hobbies and a change of pace), it was also pretty hard. And I’m guessing I’m not the only one that felt that?

Since lockdown has eased somewhat and we can now go out, it’s changed my perspective on life.

We went to the beach a few weeks ago, and driving out of the city and into the countryside was actually amazing. The trees seemed greener, the sun seemed brighter, and I felt good. It was exhilarating. I’ve never felt like that when driving to the beach before, because going to the beach was a fairly common occurrence for me.

I don’t want to get too deep here, but when you have things in your life taken away from you (as we did in lockdown), and then you get them back… They feel 1000x better than they did before.

Ice pops

We are loving ice pops at the moment, and Cupar wants to eat them all the time.

He’s slowly defrosting the food in the freezer with the amount of times he opens the door during the day. He can’t quite reach the ice pops yet, so he’ll just stand there and stare at them longingly until we shut the door and try to distract him with something else.

I don’t blame him really because I was a big ice pop fan when I was little too, and it’s always the ultimate treat on a hot day.

The best part is when you get to the end and realise that you have all of that lovely juice to drink!

The park

I am so pleased to say that the park is back on our list for this year.

During lockdown we obviously couldn’t go to the park, and then once lockdown eased our council took a while to open them back up again, so we had to wait even longer.

But, the time has now come, and we can go back in. And we’re there all the time!

Honestly, the park is the best place to be on a hot summer afternoon.

Lambrini

Lambrini? Really?

Yes, really. I love the stuff! I know it’s usually the drink of choice thats reserved for teenage girls, but it’s also the drink of choice for Mums who want a glass of wine but don’t want to get drunk.

It’s only 6%, which means that it’s half the strength of normal wine, and I can enjoy a glass (or 3) without having to worry about having a hangover the next day! It’s also a fraction of the price of a normal bottle of wine, which means that it’s easy on the budget. (and as it’s only 6%, you could even buy two bottles and it’d still be cheaper than one regular bottle of wine).

I’m not affiliated with Lambrini at all, I just really like the stuff, and I’ll usually have a bottle chilling in the fridge waiting for Friday night to roll around.

Plants

I’ve been getting into house plants this month. I’ve never really had plants in the house before, but we thought some greenery might look nice on the shelves and so decided to have a browse around Notcutts to see what we could find.

I picked up a lovely spider plant, and Aeron decided to go for a rather elegant looking Aloe Vera (or ‘Ello Vera’ as I always have stuck in my head).

I’ve been trying to get Cupar involved in the watering and general plant care because I feel like it’s a good skill to have, but all he wants to do at the moment is try and pull the plants apart… But, we’ll get there.

Being at home

The freedom after lockdown is amazing, but I’m also enjoying spending time at home. As I said earlier, it’s made me appreciate things that I’d forgotten about. I’ve been getting into crafts, home decor, and just generally learning to relax.

Although we’ve been out to the beach and the park, I’m still not in any rush to go to shops or the cinema or anything. I’m more than happy to spend time at home doing things around the house than going out and spending money.

Writing

I’ve had a bit of a break from the blog lately, for various reasons, but it is so nice to get back into it and write again. I’ve set up a short story section (there’s only one story in there at the moment, so don’t get too excited), and I can’t wait to fill it up.

I’ve got a few that I’m working on too, so watch this space! I’d also love to offer guest posting for short stories, so if you have any that you’d like to see on the blog, please get in touch.

How did your July go? I hope you had a good one.

Other posts you may like: Painting stones with kids, Our sleep routine, Thinking about our first holiday after lockdown

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