Tuesday, 20 July 2021

July Highlights

Hello! Such a lot has happened since I was last here, these July weeks have been absolutely frantic. A feel as though I am racing to keep up with the days and weeks at the moment. But here is a selection of July's highlights, a whirlwind tour of life over the last few weeks.


I finished my teacher training course and now have qualified teacher status. A PGCE is no small undertaking and covid really did not help matters but not only did I do it, I also enjoyed it. No-one is more surprised than me. We celebrated with flowers, burgers and cocktails and I am really excited to start teaching my own class in September. I am still teaching until the end of term but don't have the university work to do any more which is a huge relief. 


Other highlights have been more of the every day variety, but no less lovely for that.

:: A trip to the beach on Sunday (welcome respite from the sudden, relentless heat) and our first swim in the sea this year.




























:: Picking the sweet peas. I fill tiny vases and jars and dot them around the house so that I can always smell them. Sometimes I add a few other flowers from the garden, like roses, lavender or giant daisies.


:: My first manicure in a really long time.


:: Ziggy turned four. 


:: Weekend baking with Angus. He is suddenly obsessed, going through all my baking books, sticking post-it notes in recipes. He favours anything chocolatey, or anything that I would probably avoid because it sounds a bit sickly, like these jaffa cake cupcakes. 


:: Watching the Euros on the TV. I can take or leave football, but did enjoy watching this.


:: Double rainbows.


:: My bedside reading pile. I am just finished re-reading The God of Small Things for book club, and loved it as much as I did first time round. Iris Murchoch's A Fairly Honourable Defeat was hard going to begin with but I have started listening to it on Audible and now am completely gripped. Our current book club choices have been quite weighty so I do have some crime fiction in there too, for light relief.


:: Baking my first sourdough in a few weeks and discovering a surprisingly lively, bubbly starter in the fridge producing a really nice loaf.


:: Iced coffee drunk while wandering around the garden barefoot on a weekend morning.


:: The poppies that came up in the back border, the palest apricot pink.


:: Reaching the half way mark on my A Stitch A Day embroidery sampler. June was full of greenery and garden things, a birthday (John's), a school residential trip (me), flowers, football, fresh fruit and my second vaccine. 


:: Our new shed is up, painted and almost finished. I will do a proper post about it soon but here's a photo of it before we painted it.


:: The most beautiful walk through the local countryside a couple of weeks ago, with everything so damp and incredibly green, a typical wet English summer.


And that is all my news. We have three more days left of term - we've almost made it without a bubble closing, fingers crossed we get to the finish line - and then the summer holidays begin. I hope you're all staying safe and well, and cool too, given this bonkers hot weather. Take care. 

19 comments:

  1. this is a lovely post, well done for completing your teacher training and i like the look of the jaffa cake cupcakes ! x

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  2. Glad you finished your teacher training - a wonderful accomplishment! Your embroidery hoop made me realize how quickly this year is flying by!! Yikes!

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  3. Congratulations on your teaching certificate. It was a great deal of work from what you've posted but well worth it. Lovely photos!!! Enjoy your break.

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  4. Congratulations! That's quite an accomplishment, especially now!

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  5. Congratulations!!!
    I Love your flowers, they are beautiful! 🌼🌺
    Enjoy your holidays🤗

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  6. Congratulations. I'm in Australia and thought you were already on your summer holidays. They're certainly well deserved for you. Lovely pics

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  7. your embroidery is beautiful and you look lovely in your crochet top :) I am making my first sourdough starter at the moment - its day and I think it is beginning to bubble already - are you keeping it in the fridge? my recipe says you put it in the fridge to stop after it has fermented so I haven't yet. So hopeful of making good bread - the pic of your loaf looks amazing. Lovely pics - your house is very homely.

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  8. Well done! I honestly don't know how you get through everything - you must be incredibly well organised. Congrats on your solo-teaching post!

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  9. Yay, you did it! So happy for you. My whole house is filled with Lathyrus too, that heavenly smell and those colours <3 The common daily things are the most happy making. And a culinary son is a gift, I have two. Stimulate it, you will be so happy later. Almost holiday. Enjoy, dear. Thanks for the lovely pictures and post.

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  10. Congratulations! I love sweet peas but they never do very well for me. Must try harder! Enjoy your summer holidays and good luck for next year.

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  11. Congratulations, Gillian! Teaching is an honorable profession. May this next phase of your journey be wondrous. Great job, finishing that certificate. Love the crochet top.

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  12. Well done getting through your teacher training! I love sweet peas but hate the pollen beetles that seem to inhabit mine! When I bring a bunch indoors, the beetles migrate to every surface, especially the windows, what's your secret? I have chosen the Elif Shafak book for my book club. Have a great summer holiday ready for your new teaching post in September.

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  13. Congratulations on finishing your teacher training! I always love to see what your embroidery for the month will be. You are so talented. It's good that your son is interested in cooking... I have two sons who are the main food fixers in their families. Their wives like to bake though! Have a great weekend!

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  14. Gillian, Congrats on the completion of your training course! Yay!! I know are excited and looking forward to having your own class in September. Your garden is coming along so nicely - the sweet peas are beautiful. And I love that Angus is showing interest in cooking and spending time in the kitchen - the cupcakes look delicious. Hope you have a really great weekend!

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  16. Congratulations Gillian! You’ve had a very busy year. All you photos are beautiful…love the sweet peas and your crocheted top looks very pretty on. You have a lovely family and home! Enjoy your summer!

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  17. Congratulations on finishing your course!! So well done. As usual, lovely pics and such a busy time for you all. Hope you enjoy the holidays (assume they’re starting soon??).

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  18. Congratulations on your teaching degree! That is huge. Lovely photos, as always. I missed sowing sweet peas ( a dwarf variety) in my biggest pot on the porch and I do miss them. I love tiny vases of flowers :)

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