As August reaches it’s final day, I’ve been looking back, trying to figure out what I did exactly apart from work. Work has been pretty all consuming this month, consequently the month feels like it has passed in a bit of a blur. Then I turn to my phone and my camera to remind myself I did a few other, rather lovely things too.
Taking the hound dog out really early one Sunday morning as the sun came up over Belfast Lough. For a while it was just me and Bo and the cows in the field.
Experiencing a touch of house envy during a walk around the village of Glenarm. This beautiful house was reached through a lovely old archway, at the entrance to a small woodland. The perfect location and a charming house.
Pampering myself with some Hello Sunshine Energising Body Oil from the Magic Organic Apothecary. A little birthday treat from me pour moi. I much prefer using an oil to a lotion and this one has a lovely citrusy uplifting fragrance which absorbs really quickly into the skin. It’s fast becoming a firm favourite, as I am using it almost every day.
Spending an afternoon wandering around the beautiful Walled Garden at Glenarm Castle, where the apple trees were heavily laden with fruit. More to follow in a future blog post.
Reading some new magazines for a bit of inspiration. Firstly, Turf and Grain, an independent magazine published in Ireland. Full of dreamy photography, Issue Two celebrates The Outdoors and our relationship with it. Then secondly, Breathe Magazine which some of you may know already. I was drawn in by the gorgeous green cover, but inside was delightful. Lots of interesting and inspiring content and well worth a read.
Then, finally, getting my herb planter up and running. A lovely birthday present from my gorgeous hubby delivered courtesy of Amazon. I bought a mini pack of herbs from our local garden centre and along with ones I had grown from seed, I planted them out last Saturday when, for once, it was actually sunny. The planter is a good size, raised off the ground and just the right height to work with. I planted a total of 8 herbs ranging from lemon thyme to fennel and sage – here’s hoping they thrive in this somewhat soggy climate of ours.
So all in all, despite the disappointing weather that August has brought us and being another year older, it has been a lovely month spent reading, pottering in the garden, with the odd daytrip and a spot of pampering thrown in for good measure ! I wonder what September will bring ?