Hooray for June!

Hooray for June

Here we are, at the start of June. From where I sit right now, it doesn’t look much like summer. I’m back in my jacket, wearing tights, carrying my umbrella at all times. It’s not a great start to the month, really!

But I feel sure I think this almost every year, and summer does join us eventually, on its own schedule, so I’m trying not to be too jealous of those living in warm climates right now.

Besides, this weekend I’m off on holiday! Peter and I are joining his family in the North for a week of rambling around the Yorkshire countryside. I’m so excited for some time away from the city, to get into the great outdoors every day. Don’t get me wrong, Tooting Bec is a WONDERFUL park, and I’m really lucky to have it so close by, but it might be nice to go somewhere a bit wilder for a change (and for Theo to have other things to explore besides the same pond and same set of swings. I’m pretty sure he and the ducks are on a first name basis now).

May passed by in a blur, as all the months seem to, but here are a few things I bought, read and thought you might enjoy:

  • I’ve just finished reading Sisterland, by Curtis Sittenfeld – it was fab, if a bit ‘kooky’ and makes me eager to continue my pledge to read everything she has ever written
  • Now I’m reading The Blazing World, by Siri Hustvedt. It feels like it’s a little bit more high-brow than my usual book!
  • I got my copy of 91 Magazine and it is fantastic. By far and away my favourite magazine. So much inspiration and just so so lovely to read. The team behind it has done a really brilliant job.
  • Mums of boys, you are my people
  • I finally caved and bought some Saltwater Sandals. And guys – they are AMAZING. SO freaking comfortable and really pretty, too. Now I just need to wait for Office to have a sale, and then buy them in every colour.
  • Holy crap, I did not even know they were making this! So excited!
  • I really hope that we look back on heels one day as we do those horrid binding geisha shoes. Sure, they look pretty, but wow, the human body was NOT designed to wear them for long periods.
  • The shady world of sponsored posts. I have seem MANY posts on Instagram which were clearly sponsored, but which don’t carry the #ad or #spon hashtags. It’s so dodgy, but I feel like a loser to message the people and say ‘shouldn’t you be flagging that this is sponsored content?’.
  • How to turn your life into a real life Pinterest board. Yeah right, I’d had to be less messy for that, but hopefully our new kitchen will take things a little bit closer…
  • Really looking forward to this event with Ruth later on this month. I haven’t been on a photowalk in ages – can’t wait!
  • Maggie O’Farrell’s story about life with extreme eczema was so upsetting. Theo has eczema, which gets infected very easily. It’s so gross, and so sad to look at, I can’t even imagine what I would do if it were as bad as her daughter’s. On a side note, if anyone knows what brand of aloe vera gel she’s using, let me know – I really want to get Theo off the steroid cream, but every time I try the eczema comes back within a few days.
  • This open letter to Flop made me laugh out loud. For a while I saw Flop as a bit of a parenting role model – always so calm and unflappable. But then someone pointed out that Bing is a dick, so he’s really not doing such a great job, after all, is he!? Ha.

How has your month been?

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  1. Wolves in London

    June 2, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Oooh, you just MUST read American Wife if you’ve not yet. My fave by her by a long chalk. I read Eligible a month or so back and enjoyed it, but was slightly disappointed that it was — essentially — such a faithful modernisation. She’s so brilliant as her own writer, and I’m not sure how I feel about all these endless re-imaginings of the classics. I felt a bit disappointed when I read the first sentence and realised that’s what it was going ot be.

    I enjoyed Sisterland, though also found it a little bit kooky… I’ve also recently read Prep and The Man of my Dreams, both of which were quite good, and have some moments of brilliant writing in, but nothing compared to the later books.


    1. BeNourishd

      June 2, 2016 at 11:47 am

      I guess I’d always known it was coming as a modernisation, so just thought it was such a good take on things. The characters made me smile so much. Really looking forward to reading the rest of her books!

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