After what seems like the longest summer ever, it’s good to look back and reflect on just how lovely it has been to bask in the sunshine and enjoy being outdoors as much as possible.
Having a house in Margate has been an amazing escape from the repressive heat in the city and we have spent lots of time with family and friends by the sea.
The sunsets have been amazing and the sea has been all the shades of blue and green – although I still haven’t managed to actually swim in it! Next summer, I will brave the open water.
Eating and reading in the garden is a simple pleasure we don’t usually get enough of in the UK, but both were regular occurrences this year.
Graduation weekend in Bournemouth was glorious and felt like we were in the Med. An inspiring graduation ceremony, Prosecco and photo ops on the beach, followed by a family dinner – couldn’t have been a better way to say goodbye to education forever. The next day we explored the fascinating Russel Coates house, gallery and garden.
A trip to see family in Malton, Yorkshire, coincided with the annual food festival – where we ate and drank our way through the bank holiday weekend. My sister in law and I also spent quite a lot of time stalking Alice Naylor Leyland who is married to the organiser (and local land owner) of the festival. Check out her Instagram feed for insights into her rather fabulous life (and clothes)!
I managed to fit in not one, but two trips to New York, combining business and pleasure. The first trip included some time in the city and a road trip with my daughter and best friend (who lives in NYC and Connecticut) where we explored the witchy town of Salem in Massachusetts and super stylish Hudson in the Hudson Valley.
My second trip involved a presentation to prospective US clients in the fabulous Whitby Hotel. Jet leg, extreme heat and nerves were at times, a little overwhelming, but I did it and enjoyed a few days research in the city afterwards.
Slow to the party, I finally got into Podcasts and have been laughing out loud at Dear Joan and Jericha and crying at the wonderful You, Me and the Big C. Brave, funny and informative, if you or someone you know is going through cancer treatment this is a must listen. Sadly Rachael Bland the Chanel 5 presenter who initiated the podcast, died last week, but the series is set to continue.
As the nights start to draw in and the weather starts to change, it’s time to plan for the autumn season. September and October are my favourite months of the year. Crisp, cold and hopefully sunny, I love the misty mornings and golden evenings, the first real fire, making soup and adding layers of clothing (summer clothes are so dull) But most of all, I love planning what I will do on the long winter evenings.
I have signed up for a novel writing course, plan to start yoga again and catching up with my friend Jane after her amazing year long trip to the US, we decided that we would create a podcast about what’s interesting us in fashion, the media and life in general. We are hoping to launch it later this month – so watch this space.