So. It’s been an interesting month, reader. I have had a few struggles, I have stumbled and I am not necessarily at my best. But as I mentioned in my post Yes, I know that it’s a wonderful world I have a killer memory that helps me to remember the happy times. I have had glimpses of happiness this month and so it would be a shame not to share them. So, without further ado, I present to you….
The countryside (The Cotswolds)
I mentioned this in my last post but I have been spending a bit of time away from London over the past few weeks after trying to cope with my time off. I definitely found it helpful to get away to somewhere rural, where I couldn’t log onto my laptop and I was on a break from the manic stuff going on in London. It’s also very helpful that The Cotswolds is only a couple of hours away from home and I own a car so I was able to get there (relatively) cheaply. It’s definitely something that I would recommend. I stayed at The Cheltenham Regency Hotel (cheap, unbelievably comfortable beds and a short bus ride into town) but I have previously stayed at The Cotswold Grange, which is closer to town and quite a bit more expensive. There are a load of hotels in between those two choices. So if you can, give it a go and take a break.
I cannot put into words how much I have missed not being able to read. For the past few months my mind has been racing so fast that I haven’t been able to focus enough to really get into a book, but over the past couple of weeks I have been able to overcome this. The two books in the photo are Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon and Finding The Plot (100 Graves To Visit Before You Die) by Ann Treneman. Bryony is a London based journalist for The Telegraph who has written a lot about her form of OCD (Pure O). After reading The Wrong Knickers and laughing my head off and finding it and Bryony so interesting, I was worried that I might find it difficult to read about her mental health journey due to my own struggles but I couldn’t have been more wrong. It is hilarious in parts (I will never be able to look at Gossip Girl the same way again) but I loved reading about her mental health journey and how she has managed to build a life in spite of it. It is so relatable and more importantly, honest.
I came across Finding The Plot by Ann Treneman when I was on a book hunt during the Cheltenham Literature festival. It was the first book that caught my eye and after walking around the whole shop, I went right back to where I started and bought this book. Ann Treneman is the chief Theatre Critic for The Times and also released two books previously but this book is the first that I have read from her. It lists the 100 must visit graves across the UK and gives you a glimpse into the stories behind a lot of interesting people including William Blake, Joanna Vassa and David Edward Sutch. If you enjoyed reading Horrible Histories as a child and are now looking for something similar that is catered to adults but still just as fun, then I would definitely recommend this.
I was lucky to be invited by a friend to watch a recording of David Walliams & Friend last Saturday at the ITV Studio in London. I was a bit wary at first because I wasn’t sure if I would be able to concentrate and enjoy it and I didn’t know that the friend was Sheridan Smith but I needn’t have worried. It was so much fun! The sketches were varied and hilarious and the comedian that performed in between each sketch did well to keep us all interested. It was a great distraction and definitely helped to keep my mind off of going back to work on the following Monday. It was also done by 10pm, so I was able to make it home before the drunken revellers.
That’s all for this month folks! All in all, it has definitely been a difficult month but I have been trying to do new, different and not so expensive things to keep going. Now that it is getting colder, it will be interesting to find new things to do that don’t involve me staying outside all day long but hey, let’s see how it goes. I am open to recommendations, so let me know if you think of anything that works for you?
Until then. Don’t worry. Be happy.
I’ll see you next Monday.
All the best,