May has been a month of seeing new places — two work trips for me and two for Scott. I love travelling but you can’t beat coming home to your own bed after being away. Or maybe it’s a side effect of being a homebody who likes to travel. It’s a bit of a contradiction.
- Winter Vegetable Avial (coconut and vegetable curry)
- Courgette and mozzarella bake
- Chocolate sweet potato brownies made by a friend
- Pasties de Nata
- Some seriously good gelato in Lisbon and Berlin. I’m not keen on the idea of having a kitchen full of electric gadgets but I’m considering buying an ice cream maker.
One Man’s Wilderness, An Alaskan Odyssey — which contains excerpts from journals written by Richard Proenneke. He built a life in the Alaskan wilderness at age fifty two and lived there for nearly thirty years. Amazing man, he’s one of my heroes! If you’re interested, there is also a short documentary about his life called Alone in the Wilderness.
This coral sunset peony!! If you’ve followed this blog for a while you might remember I waited two long years for one flower. This is the third year and we have six! Well worth the wait I think.
After much umming and aahhing, we decided to give up our allotment plot. We never really got back on top of things after last year and we’re now both travelling quite a bit for work. Neither of us want to keep feeling guilty about not spending enough time there so we called it a day. I’ll miss all the fresh veggies but our back garden is now home to blueberries, apples, blackberries, beans, herbs and peas. All the good stuff.
Lisbon had everything — sandy beaches, leafy streets, painted tiles, custard tarts, a castle, amazing seafood and a kind old lady. I took SO many photos of tiles — I over photograph something on every trip and curse myself when it comes to sorting through them all! Orange trees in Spain, moss in Iceland, flowers against wooden buildings in Norway… you get the idea.
Berlin was brilliant but our journey there, not to much. We travelled out when British Airways had total system failure so most of our day was spent in the airport waiting for news. Thankfully we made it out of there despite all the cancellations! Berlin had a great vibe and we could see ourselves living somewhere like this. Definitely somewhere I want to go back to, there is so much more to see.
A little weighed down by life; all the decisions to make and things to do. I’ve started writing about it a few times but with everything going on in the world I feel like I have no right to feel out of sorts. I should feel happy to be alive and healthy with a home, food in my fridge and nice people in my life.
Ending on the best thing of all. Our one year wedding anniversary — already! Family sent us a bottle of bubbly the weekend before, which was the perfect excuse to start celebrating early.
We also went back to the wedding venue for a meal on our actual anniversary date. They gave us the entire meal on the house. So kind!
And that’s all for May!