Posted in My Journey, The Bookshelf, Woolly Wonders

April Wrap Up 2018

April was a month I spent doing a lot of day dreaming. It was a very relaxed month and I didn’t really feel like I’d done much until I came to write this blog. πŸ˜… However, it appears I was wrong to think that….

I booked a family holiday!

At the beginning of the year I wrote myself a little bucket list. On said list I included places I’d like to visit and holidays I’d love to book. In amongst was the dream of living in a cabin in the woods for a week, switching off from the world and just taking a breather. Well last month I took the bull by the horns and booked that dream escape for me and all those I love. It was rather spontaneous and the first time I’ve booked up a trip for a group of this size. But the website promises an amazing getaway and I literally cannot wait! 😁

I started knitting again!

I do truly wish there were more hours in a day. Actually let me rephrase that; I do truly wish there were more leisure hours in a day. πŸ˜‚ I love my hobbies, all of them. But I do find myself having fads and flirtations with each at different times. (I’d love to be able to commit to a long term relationship with them all sometime. Maybe a few more years practice at allocating my time and I’ll get there! #goals). However this month I picked up my knitting needles again and loved it. Maybe it’s to do with the fact I’m wielding those Knit Pro Zings 😍😍😍 or maybe it’s my infactuation with the colour mustard. Either way, I’m back to knitting again and I’m determined to finish this project. πŸ’ͺ

I got very nostalgic over Pop-Punk.

The boyf treated me to this MTV Pop-Punk album in early April and it just gave me all of the feels. Although we grew up miles apart we were definitely meant to find each other purely because of moments like this. I ended up starting a full iPod over haul due to this. I’m a strong believer that music speaks to the soul. I also like listening to music when I’m looking for writing inspo, so it maybe it’s a sign…

I conquered my reading slump.

I suppose this is something I’ve been a little hush hush about, but given that it’s over now and also the fact that my plan has always been to be genuine with all, I’m going to say it. I’ve just not fancied reading these last few months. It wasn’t even like it was my choice of book, Throne of Glass is AMAZING!, or necessarily my schedule. I just didn’t want too, which was a very sad state of affairs. But that’s okay, because with a little motivation from one of my besties getting back into books, I’m back on that reading train and I’ve already finished that novel and started a new one! You see, it’s okay to be an writer and take reading breaks. I feel there is so much pressure on aspiring authors to be avid readers. Don’t get me wrong, you should definitely read, but it’s okay to have slumps and breaks. Nobody’s perfect.

I picked a pattern for my holiday.

I spent most of April trawling the internet for a knitting/ crocheted garment pattern that I’d want to make to take away with me on holiday. I must admit this took me ages. The spectrum ranged from huntress cowls to boho bikinis. πŸ˜‚ In the end I settled for a granny square crop top by Beautiful Crochet Stuff. However, because it took me so long to decide I’m now having a race against time to see if I can get it done before we go away!

The Temperature CAL gained new colours!

April was a great month for my AIYSO Temperature CAL blanket. We had the introduction of not one, not two but three new colours! We seem to have very swiftly taken a hot tropical vibe and I love it! Here comes summer! πŸ•ΆπŸ‘™πŸ

What did you get up to in April? Let me know in the comments. (Oh and if you’ve ever stay in a cabin in the woods send me your tips and tricks! πŸ˜‚)

– B xo

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Taking a few trips down memory lane.Β 

Recently I realised although I’ve been editing, I haven’t been writing. This was not a happy realisation in the slightest. So as of late, I’ve been making more of a conscious effort to bring a little nostalgia into my life in the hope that’ll help me put pen paper. You see, I’ve always found life writing to be the kind of writing for me that just flows. Whenever I’ve been a little stuck for words I’ve turned to life writing to give me a nudge in the write direction. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist that pun. πŸ˜‚) And now was no exception. Writing about what you know is the golden rule, and what, or should I say who, do you know better than yourself? I retell a memory of mine atleast once a day in real life anyway, so putting those retellings into fiction is just the next step really. 

To help bring back the good old days, I’ve been enjoying a few moments of nostalgia and I wanted to share what I’ve been up to because if you find yourself in the same situation as me, then maybe this will help inspire you! 😊

Conker Hunting.

One morning I woke up with the urge to go conker hunting. Collecting conkers was an autumnal tradition I did with my Dad every year as a kid, and that morning I just wanted to go and relive the experience without really knowing the reason why. I somehow managed to sweet talk my boyfriend into going with me and I’m so pleased we did. It was a beautiful sunny autumn day and it just got me and my boyfriend out of the house and spending quality time together. We walked all the routes I used to walk when I was younger and I took great joy in retelling little memories I had as we passed different spots. It was a really lovely day and the best part was it didn’t even cost a penny! 

Visiting Places I Haven’t Been in Years!

Sometimes you just have to go back to your roots! It was whilst I was at college that I made some of the life changing decisions that have led me to where I am today, so it will come as no surprise that it is also a place I like to check in on every once in a while. The town in which I went to college is a small but lively one and still  a hive of student activity too! I was pleasantly surprised to find many of the places exactly the same but I was evenier happier to find many more of them had changed and evolved into even better things. The day that I went back to my college town I made new friends, had amazing and new experiences and I came back feeling very refreshed and recharged. I found it very humbling to know that the place I called home for two years was still so welcoming and still has a story to tell.

Reading Old Classics.

A month or so ago I decided to join Lesley (WordsofaReader) with her Hundred Arce Read Along. As a way to celebrate ninety years of Winnie the Pooh, the challenge was to read as many of A.A.Milne’s Hundred Arce Wood books as could/ liked before the 14th October 2016. And what a delightful experience it was! As a child, I adored the tales of Winnie the Pooh and his friends but there was just something truly charming about reading them as an adult. The outcomes of every story, the innocence and the word plays, which as a child would have just gone over my head, were crystal clear to me now. These books were just so expertly crafted it really is no surprise that Pooh has happily celebrated his 90th birthday this year. Winnie the Pooh’s legacy is an inspiration to writers everywhere.

So my feedback from my publisher is due anytime now. But after my recent experiences, I am going to see what happens when I put pen to paper in any of the spare minutes I have between then and now. But before I do that I can already tell you I have so many ideas already buzzing around my brain. 

– B xo