In July’s round up post, I spoke about feeling under the weather and how I hope August would be a better month. Sadly, this didn’t happen and I continued to feel ill.
August has been filled with blood tests, scans and doctors appointments. It has been plagued with health scares as abnormal changes were found on my cervix and multiple tests ensued. Thankfully, the changes are likely scarring from a previous surgery but the worry and anxiety between the changes being found and the biopsy results were terrifying. I couldn’t help but sit and think: ‘What have I done wrong?’. I’m plagued with illness, and surely a neurological condition is enough for one person!
The relief that came with getting the all clear was tremendous and turned the end of an awful month into such a brighter affair – especially with a long weekend in Devon which is quickly becoming my heart!
The month wasn’t all doom and gloom though. And there was plenty of time spent with friends, family and loved ones.
The start of the month saw hubby and I heading off to Countryfile Live, a huge country fayre full of craft stands, food courts, educational areas and exhibits.
I could have spent hours in the conservation area which was full of activities for kids (overgrown in my case) to learn about bugs, wildlife, planting trees, and protecting our natural countryside. Perhaps next year I can borrow a child so I have a legit reason to spend the entire day there.
I was skeptical how much I would enjoy the day; I grew up on a farm and I’m more than use to country shows and failed to see how this one could be different. I was very wrong as it is so much more interactive than so many I have been to before – there are chances to learn for all ages, there are photography exhibits, a dog arena full of the most adorable pooches, a chainsaw championship stage (this was pretty awesome), and food. Oh gosh, there was a fantastic amount of food and we completely gorged on Argentinian BBQ that was oh-so-delicious.
I would definitely head to Countryfile live again next year, especially as it is just down the road!
Winchester is one of my favourite places to go for a day out. The town tries to keep aesthetically in line with its medieval roots and so even the McDonalds has wooden signage that adds to the quintessentially, old English feel to the place.
I love wandering around the Cathedral, cobbled streets and town hall and took my Mum and her Boyfriend there for a day out when they came to stay.
We attended the Chilli and Cheese festival but it was pretty rubbish, more chilli than cheese, and not really worth the money. I won’t be going again.
Despite the disappointment of the festival, the day was thoroughly enjoyable with a little bit of shopping, some food, coffee, and lots of wandering.
ASOS Curve Original Mom Jeans – New Look Floral Print Top – New Look Biker Jacket – Metallic Sandals (similar)
The bank holiday weekend was spent celebrating my clear test results down in Devon. The Royal Regatta was on in Dartmouth which meant both sides of the river were in full festival mode. The gorgeous weather meant the streets were lined with revellers and the whole place felt vibrant and alive.
I love Devon anyway, I’m more myself when by the coast. More relaxed with less headaches. I think the sea air really does have restorative powers.
The final night of the Regatta meant live bands in the street, prosecco in plastic glasses, getting stuck in over sized deck chairs, and oooh-ing over all the fireworks. It also meant spending quality time with these beautiful ones …
Brixham and Beaches
The rest of the weekend was spent walking to dog friendly beaches and attempting to get Fergus to go in the sea. He loves swimming and murky, muddy waters at home. But the waves in the sea scare him so he’ll rarely go in without us.
I always do loads of walking in Devon but the hills are always a killer. I’m so used to the flat fields of Oxford after being here for 5 year. I really need to move back to somewhere with landscape soon.
Another thing I love about Devon (and perhaps I should write a travel post about all the amazing things to do there) is the Seafood. Brixham is known for its Seafood and this trip had me tucking into a massive bowl of muscles, crab claws, and crevettes before wandering along the breakwater to gaze out at sea.
The weather helped, of course, but even in bad weather, Devon is a place that have become so close to my heart.
ASOS Curve Original Mom Jeans – Burgundy Shirt (similar) – Wacoal Embrace Under Slip – Metallic Sandals (similar) – Fiorelli Bag (similar)
September should be a good month. I have so much coming up that will also, hopefully, mean some variation in outfits other than jeans for you.
The start of September will see The Curve Fashion Festival where I’ll be hanging out with some amazing blogging pals who I haven’t seen in far too long. Th middle of the month will see a trip to Berlin for work and the end will be spent in Granada for a city break with my best friend.
I cannot wait to share it with you all but if you want to follow in real time you can follow my Instagram where I share most of my pictures long before they hit the blog!