Let’s start with the one thing I didn’t love this month: how quickly it went. Too fast. Everything else was golden.
Long lazy days, the whole family on leave and weather to rival many overseas summer holiday options. The weather got a bit extreme here and there, but we learned to cope. A dip in the pool, an afternoon snooze, another ice cream. I’m pretty sure I’m about 80% ice cream at this point.
August was a lovely month for me, and I hope it was good to you.
Here’s the highlights reel.
I Loved Watching…
Two late adoptions, fellow blogger recommendations.
Kicked off the month watching Baptiste. The series, named after the detective on whom it is based, is a spin off from The Missing. I mentioned this back in April after binge watch both seasons and getting whole heartedly behind the deeply caring and deep thinking Detective Baptiste.
Sarah from Travel With Me mentioned the spin off and it didn’t disappoint. Having previously watched Baptiste work his magic in France and Germany, this new story took us to Amsterdam. Mr THL and I used to get to the Dutch capital regularly, a long time ago. It got us thinking it’s time to go back. We’d be less for the partying now, but would see a different side of the city.
I very much enjoy reading Shazza’s monthly round up posts over at Sunshine and Celandines, and when one of her recommendations was a light hearted watch involving Channing Tatum and a dog, I knew she was my tribe.
Dog follows the road trip of an injured ex soldier and an ex-working military dog along the Pacific Coast to make it to a comrades funeral. It’s packed with touching moments, comedy and wraps up to a feel good ending. Winner.
Also, having spent almost four years ironing out the quirks of a similarly wolfy dog, there were some relatable moments!
The Dollmaker, written by Nina Allen.
A total wildcard for me, this book was the result of a ‘Book Blind Date’ scheme run over the summer by my local library. I tend to look to the same authors, the same genres, or for be drawn to the same style of cover. A book blind date is a great idea for me.
The Dollmaker is strange and slightly off kilter, but it works. It’s the tale of a journey, both literally and metaphorically, and of the connection between two people who haven’t had the easiest path through life.
It’s an unusual love story, a mix of the whimsical and mundane with a strangely uplifting ending. Worth a read.
Loving A Bit of Art Deco
I went for a bit of an explore in and around Southampton this month and found some Art Deco loveliness in the form of these old school seating shelters.
Lined up along the waters edge at Weston Shore- one of the few places in the city you can actually get down by the water- each of these shelters features a unique interior design in tiling.
They are dwarfed now by the industry on the river and the hulking tower blocks behind, but still lovely. An unexpected discovery. I love that they are still there. Listed and preserved, if a little overlooked.
Still in use too; all but one had been taken over by families. Deck chairs in there, picnics & flasks. Set for the day. Who needs a beach hut?
History, The Four Wheeled Kind
I tagged along to a car show with Mr THL, The Little Dude and his pal. While they were all over the drift cars and the like, I found love for a little bit of Hungarian history in the form of an old but clearly loved Trabi and some serious camper van inspo.
And of Course…
There’s been the usual getting out and enjoying the fields and woodlands around me, usually with The Wolf at my feet. We’ve got some new friends up on Salisbury Plain in the form of a gang of Highland Cows. It’s quiet here, a new herd is as close as we get to gang activity.
The place is still parched, but looking greener after a few spells of rain. There’s still been some good foraging, I’ve had basket after basket of blackberries. Some frozen, others went into crumbles and cordial.
August was fabulous but I’ve enjoyed picking the last of the blackberries and spotting the signs of Autumn incoming. September is upon us. It’s a fresh start, beginning-the-term, new pencil case of a month and I look forward to it.
Wishing everyone a great month ahead.