It has been a minute since I’ve written one of these round up posts. The month of June marks the halfway point of the year so it seems like a good month to jump back in. At the midpoint of 2023, here’s what I’ve been loving.
June viewing took me back to one of my favourite things: a German language movie.
I started the month with Lore. Set in the aftermath of WW2, the plot follows the journey of 14-year-old Hannelore (Lore) and her four younger siblings who are forced to cross Germany alone after the arrest of their parents.
Many of the scenes are rural and rustic, but this is no fairytale. The movie is packed with hard hitting moments. Watching Lore come to terms with the unravelling of all a Nazi centred upbringing has taught her is fascinating. A worthwhile watch.
The Last Passenger by Will Dean.
When Caz steps aboard RMS Atlantica, she’s expecting a romantic cruise with partner Pete. The first night passes in a whirlwind of drinking and dancing. When Caz awakens on the second day, Pete has disappeared. Almost all the other passengers and crew are gone.
Caz finds a few other passengers who have mysteriously remained onboard, and the fight for survival begins. The story is intriguing, the characters endearing. However the ending left me thinking, ‘oh…that’s it? really?’
No spoilers from me but if you’ve read/listened to this one, drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts.
Gardens and graveyards. As per. Kicked off the month by discovering the gardens tucked away behind Mompesson House right in the heart of Salisbury. My whimsical imagination and I love anything that plays into the idea of big old houses and Secret Garden type places so this was a delightful find for me.
Graveyards galore as I’ve been diving into the WW1 history of Australian and Kiwi soldiers in Wiltshire. That led me off into a more general search for Commonwealth War Graves in the rural churchyards around me, of which there are many.
I’ve never found a churchyard I didn’t enjoy mooching about in, so that’s exactly what I’ve been doing. Because, why not?
Armed Forces Day. Unfortunately celebrated without my own soldier as he was off army-ing.
I went along anyway with some dear friends and a good day was had by all. Living in a garrison town, the event was well celebrated. A fun fair, working dog displays, food and drink galore and the most fabulous displays of vintage kit. Right up my street.
Early and late to beat to the heat, when the weather is too much for The Wolf. Walking to find the next thing coming into season on the foraging front, and to enjoy the wildflowers that have been blooming in abundance. Walking canal side and walking through woodlands just to find a nice spot for a cup of tea outdoors. Simple pleasures.
A day in Southampton at the lovely Harbour Hotel for a spa-in-the-city experience. Started with drinks at the rooftop bar and enjoyed views across the private marina and out to the sea beyond.
Post drinks, it was down to the spa to let the pampering commence. A range of treatments, a heated pool, sauna & steam room and space to relax, this is a place to escape the everyday.
There’s also a fully equipped gym if you’re that way inclined. Mr THL went in for a full workout, weights and everything. Me? long enough on the rowing machine to feel slightly virtuous and then disappeared into the spa. I wasn’t there to workout.
This was my second visit to a hotel in the Harbour family and both times I’ve enjoyed a fabulous experience. Definitely adding them to the list of Things Helen Loves.
I do like an ‘and finally‘ so here’s one for you. Can we just take a moment to appreciate this old school, sailor tattoos inspired wall paper I spotted in Southampton. It fits right in to a city with such a strong maritime history, doesn’t it?
I absolutely love it.
Whatever you have planned for July, I hope it makes you as happy as a sailor on shore leave with a freshly inked tattoo on one arm and a beautiful woman on the other. Wishing everyone a great month ahead.