I love Sunday mornings, particularly when the sun is out after several weeks of torrential rain. It’s hard to believe that September is only a few days away – it seems barely ten years ago that we were starting August…
Sundays are often my most reflective, and looking back it has been a long rollercoaster of a month.
Over July I posted every single day for a Gratitude Challenge… and then promptly burnt myself out. It was fairly inevitable at the time – my work schedule was crazy, lots of places were still under lockdown and I barely left the house, and while I never mind my own company (preferring more of an introverted lifestyle), I think staying indoors was beginning to get to me.
Consequently, when things started to relax a little and open up again in August, The Bloke and I took advantage of the beautiful weather and started to venture out to places that we knew we could socially distance. We have taken little trips, visiting the sunflower field at Beckett’s Farm, travelling into Birmingham city centre really early in the day for the first time in several months (where I treated myself to a bubble tea from Bubbleology) and eating lunch at Tamu Cafe one Saturday before it started to get busy. I have also indulged in various snacky treats that perhaps I didn’t need, but totally wanted – ordering doughnuts from Project Doughnut, cronuts and cruffins from Why Not Coffee and the best Chinese in Birmingham from Chung Ying. There are multiple blog posts waiting to be written about some of these, which I will share at a later date.
The break from the blog and the admin that goes with it, combined with an exciting opportunity that appeared over August has given me a chance to reassess, and I have been able to work out how I can cut down and go back to a more balanced lifestyle. I’m certainly not complaining about having a workload – I’m grateful every day for the fact that I haven’t been one of the hundreds of thousands of others who have lost their jobs – and I love what I do, but this year has shown more than ever the fragility and unpredictability of life, and I want to get out there and experience more of it.
The daily news has been primarily confusing and distressing to the point of almost becoming desensitised to a lot of it, but I was completely blindsided by the sudden announcement of the passing of Chadwick Boseman yesterday. It’s always sad to hear news like that, but sometimes there is that one that really kicks you in the gut, especially when it was revealed that he had been dealing with his illness for a long time and had continued to film, campaign and makes the lives of others better in between surgeries and chemo. It is impossible to imagine the mental and physical strength he must have had to keep going and still remain a beautiful person, as is evident in all the messages of everyone who knew him. The world feels just that little bit different.
What about you guys? What were your highlights from August?
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I used a quote that I found today ‘august is the sunday of summer.’ it sums up how I’m feeling, we are moving ahead to the next season, these days feel like the change is coming, and I’m not sure what it will look like. glad you found some balance
I love that quote! And how true!
I still really miss Big up Your Blog! #SundayblogShare was a huge part of my Sundays. 🙂
That’s really nice of you to say! I don’t feel quite the same way purely because it means I have my Sundays back and no nasty messages, but at its height it was great!
My biggest August highlight was rescuing, feeding, and releasing a baby goldfinch! I had her for 2 weeks. She thought I was her mommy. Too adorable! She is off doing just fine, hanging with the other finches in our sunflower forest, which I refuse to pull down yet (ugly though they be) because the finches and red-winged blackbirds are feasting on the seeds. 🙂
Aww how lovely! I love videos that come up on YouTube of wildlife rescues – it’s always so nice to see their happy ending!
This mama bird (me) is very happy to hear the girl out chit-chatting with her birdie family. 🙂
Oh bless her!
Highlights for August? Did August happen? #QuarantineLife
Haha! Hope you’re staying safe and well John!
Yes, just a bit stir crazy!
Glad to hear you’re finding a more balanced lifestyle now. 💗 (And that sunflower field is amazing. I’d have stayed there hours.)
Hi Sarah! Lovely to hear from you – oh my gosh yes it was amazing. Perfect morning, gorgeous weather and nobody else about… We left when it started getting really busy but if there were fewer people I would have been there all day!
It’s been a really weird year, hasn’t it? Both my wife and I have been working throughout but, because of lockdown, our life for four months was merely work and home. So, as lockdown’s eased, we’ve had two weekends away! The first, at the end of July was in a caravan near Burnham On Sea, whilst August saw us stay at the Imperial Hotel in Blackpool, which was rather wonderful!
Then, we’re off to Devon for a week, the only one of our planned 2019 hols that we’ve been able to take, whilst a few weeks after, we’re back to Blackpool for the illuminations.
Our ban balance has now returned to it’s usual just bubbling along but we’re enjoying ourselves again!
That sounds lovely! I grew up not far from Blackpool and the illuminations was a yearly family trip. The Bloke and I went last year and it was so nice just to sit on the pier on a beautiful day and watch the sea… hope you have a lovely time in Devon too!