So, that was May.
It went by quickly, in a flurry of exam madness, Jubilee build up and unpredictable weather. Very British to comment on the weather, but it has been a bit all-seasons-in-one-week here in Wiltshire. Not what I was promised when I agreed to move to the South.
But anyhoo, when I haven’t been looking out the window and muttering about the weather this is what my May looked like…
Flowers, Flowers and more Flowers
Wild flowers, dried flowers, garden flowers, even a cathedral full of flowers in Salisbury.
I love flowers, all of them. The fleeting seasonal blooms, the traditional English flowers, even the ones that are considered weeds. I love that flowers have meaning and language, that they can brighten a day, a room, a mood.
This month I well and truly indulged by enjoying a day out at a flower festival, but I’ve also just enjoyed flower spotting when I’ve been out and about. And there’s a great excuse for a bunch of flower pics. You’re welcome!
Netflixing (And Cheating on Netflix)
Hate to say it, but Netflix and I are on rocky ground. I’m finding myself doing too much looking for something to watch and not enough actual, enjoyable watching. So a break up could be imminent (Well, after I’ve watched the latest instalment of Stranger Things)
I did find a German language documentary to watch this month, but I’m aware it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. Andere Welt or ‘Another World’ offer a glimpse behind the scenes of a women’s secure psychiatry clinic. It’s not easy viewing, but it’s interesting and gets you thinking.
For more entertaining , but still fact based, viewing this month I had to look to Amazon Prime. Well, Mr THL did. He found a film he thought I’d love and he was right. The Courier, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jessie Shipley ( who was also brilliant in Taboo) is the engaging and intriguing story of an unlikely spy.
The Courier unfolds the story of Greville Wynne, a British businessman recruited by British Secret Services in the 1960’s to carry information in and out of Russia. It’s a stylish piece that will have you on the edge of your seat at times; had me shouting at the screen. It’s also a celebration of loyalty and friendship. Based on real events, it’s a story that deserves to be told and The Courier tells it very well.
Nazi Wives on Audible. Again not exactly light and fluffy, but very interesting and, in parts, surprising. The narrative explores the women’s relationships with Hitler, with each other and with their husbands. Very thought provoking.
Cheering for Eurovision
Eurovision is a big deal in this house. My eldest came home for it, and the evening involved flags, bunting, a BBQ and a fair few drinks. Any other Eurovision fans out there?
What I learned from Eurovision this year: that winning, or nearly winning, is far more tense then losing and just hanging around the bottom of the score board. My nerves were shredded. We didn’t win, but I feel like we lost in the best possible way. Can’t argue with a win for the Ukraine.
I’ll leave you with my favourite song from the 2022 final, it’s bonkers and very much in the spirit of the contest. And I’m not ashamed to say this has been on my play list all month. Enjoy!
What did you get up to in May? Tell me something interesting/ cheerful/ random in the comments. Wishing everybody a happy and healthy month ahead,