And that’s a wrap on another month. How was yours?
A mixed bag of a month here. Mr THL disappeared off army-ing at short notice early in the month and I haven’t seen him since. I think he’ll turn up soon. It’s never quite right without him.
I’ve gotten two more teenagers over the hurdles of GCSE’s and leaving school. They’re both back to the grindstone in September for more studying, but for now they are embracing a season of freedom, festivals and summer jobs.
They make me feel a bit old, but also glad that I’m not quite so young anymore. They seem to have so many pressures and decisions to make. I couldn’t keep up with their social schedules…the amount of fun they have seems exhausting. Good for them though, hey?
Apart from that, June looked a bit like this…
Going to The Cinema
For the first time in ages. First time post-pandemic, actually. Mr THL and I squeezed in time to see Top Gun: Maverick before he left and it was just right. The perfect blend of nostalgia, humour and escapism.
The movie was good, but the cinema was better. Independent, community focused and housed in a beautiful Georgian building, the Parade in Marlborough is a cinema experience, elevated. It’s also home to a fully licensed cafe-bar and a lovely garden terrace. Friendliest staff the warmest of welcomes and really good coffee. What more could I ask?
Amazon & Netflix-ing
Split loyalties and content on the darker side again this month.
First up, Combat Girls on Netflix ( Originally released in German as Kriegerin). This 2011 drama follows the path of two young women as they navigate life in the underworld of Neo Nazi Germany. Main character Marisa is played beautifully by Alina Levshin, who begins to look beyond everything she has ever known after a series of encounters with an Afghan refugee.
Post Germany, I popped across to Iceland for Trapped, which kicked off with dramatic opening episode and closed with an unpredictable ending.
This Icelandic crime drama series had me hooked within a couple of episodes. They haven’t reinvented the wheel, but the characters are engaging and the Icelandic Fjord back drop brings a touch of novelty.
Funnily enough, I looked back at my June round up from last year and I was watching Icelandic TV then too, declaring it, ‘ brilliant for knitwear inspiration and Iceland inspired travel lust.’. Me, Iceland and some impressive knitwear. It’s meant to be.
Meanwhile in Wiltshire…
I’ve been diving into a local history mystery in the form of this dome shaped building. I’ve driven past it loads of times and always wondered, usually out loud, what on earth it could be.
A lock up? A bunker entrance- might be worth knowing about since Putin can’t behave? Some sort of food storage from pre fridge days? Curiosity eventually got the better of me, so I pulled in for a look.
To set the scene, this is a small brick built structure. Above the stout wooden door, an inscription. Unreadable after years of weathering. Nothing but fields and MoD land as far as the eye can see. This is the middle of nowhere. To the rear, rusting railings fenced off some strangely bumpy ground. Now that got my attention- what in the name of could that be a graveyard is this all about?
The explanation is quite mundane. It’s a pump house containing a couple of taps that was ,in the late 1800’s, a source of water for the nearby hamlet of Wexcombe. The iron railings behind fence off not a mysterious graveyard, but an underground reservoir.
So now I know… and so do you!
And Miles of Walks…
As always, lots of walking. It’s what I do when things feel a bit tough- walk it off. I haven’t ventured far this month, just lots of local walking up onto Salisbury Plain and through the local countryside. Living in Wiltshire, you don’t need to go far to find lovely.
There’s been a few early walks and sunset walks to beat the heat, and a few detours to avoid military exercises. I found some company in the fields along the way. Spotted signs that late Summer/ early Autumn foraging will be fruitful.
As we walk into July, I wish you all a happy month ahead. Give me a highlight from your June in the comments, I’d love to hear about it.