August 2016: This month I have mostly been…


Feeling: More centred

August is always a quieter month at work, which is nice for a change and I’ve also been away twice – on a Yorkshire road trip with my mum and on a Bank Holiday weekend glamping trip. I’ve been less present on social media and it’s nice, it means I focus more on the things I am doing than the things that I’m missing out on doing or that I don’t have the time or money to do. The internet is terrible for making me feel bad about myself, so being away from it a little more is nice every now and again.

Reading: Scouting for Boys by Robert Baden-Powell and The Private Lives of Pippa Lee by Rebecca Miller


With our glamping weekend over the bank holiday I’ve read more than I might ordinarily in a month. I took Scouting for Boys away with us over the weekend as a sort of instructional manual on how to be outdoorsy. I was a Brownie and a Guide but whilst I went camping I’m not sure I ever really perfected wilderness skills. Admittedly we had a lot of modern day home comforts but it still definitely helped us to build a successful fire for crumpet toasting. It’s also a brilliant look at some of the attitudes of the time (1908).

I picked up The Private Lives of Pippa Lee randomly in Libreria a few weeks ago, and when I say random I do mean it as Libreria isn’t organised along fiction/non-fiction or alphabetical lines, it’s organised thematically. I hadn’t realised until today actually that Rebecca Miller is Arthur Miller’s daughter or that there was actually a film made based on the book a few years ago which starred Blake Lively and Robin Wright Penn). The Private Lives of Pippa Lee follows the recollections of the life of a woman who has just moved into a retirement community with her older husband. I enjoyed it enough once I got into it but I’m not sure I could particularly empathise with young Pippa’s self-destructive nature and I started to get a sense that there was a bit of ‘not like other girls’ going on, with her husband seeming to fall for her despite her seemingly doing nothing other than breathing. Maybe that happens to some people but I’m unsure.

Also, you see that wound on my hand? Wine-related. Inflicted on myself when I was stone-cold sober and just trying to get into a bottle. Yeah, I’m an accomplished grown up.

Watching: Fleabag


Anyone I have spoken to who has watched this has loved it, but so many people I’ve spoken to have never heard of it. A BBC Three series that we’ve been catching up on via iPlayer, it’s an evolution of an Edinburgh Fringe show. It’s a no-holds barred, not sugar coated show in which every character has their flaws (except Hilary, the guinea pig, who is full on adorable). I love shows with strong female characters that aren’t aspirational but that somehow you end up rooting for. Find it on iPlayer – there are only six episodes and they’re only short so you might have to ration yourself a bit, or just go ahead and binge!

Planning: Not much

We’re off to Slovenia in two weeks (Lake Bled and Ljubljana) but other than that I’m not planning much at the moment, it’s nice, I’m just taking things as they come.

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  • Leanne

    it’s so nice to take a break from social media sometimes, sounds like you’ve had a fun month! have a wonderful september x

  • Ohh hope you have a great time in Slovenia, I loved it there! The food tour in Ljubljana was a really good one. I’ve heard quite a bit about Fleabag – it’s been on SRSLY podcast, I really want to give it a watch!

  • Jessica Thoma

    You really made me wanna check out Fleabag! I haven’t heard of it before but it sounds right up my street 🙂 xx

    Jess |

  • I keep forgetting there’s a whole series of Fleabag – I loved the first episode but never have time to sit and watch TV! Might as well download them all for my holidays next week 🙂

    Were you trying to get into a wine bottle by battering the cork into the bottle using a nail and a shoe when you discovered that you didn’t actually own a corkscrew, by any chance? Because I don’t think that’s adulthood. And yes, I am speaking from experience 😉

    Lis / last year’s girl x