Scottish adventures in Loch Lomond on my birthday. Technically the end of April (not May/June) but I’m sure you’ll forgive me. I have so many nice photos from that day!
A sunny weekend in York!
Making wooly friends in the Peak District.
A cloudy day in Paris.
Barcelona – drinks on our terrace and strolling alongside the harbour.
It’s been a little while since I wrote about life here on my blog. I have a tendency to be hard on myself for not getting enough done in my free time, and I hate to be absent on my blog for so long. Looking back on photos (because how else does anyone remember what they’ve done?!) it seems like I’ve been quite busy! No wonder I’ve not had time to write about my travels – I’ve been too busy living them. Over the last two months I spent a weekend in York, a weekend in London, went to the Peak District for a yoga retreat and travelled to Barcelona for Primavera (via Paris!) I’ve spent a couple of Saturdays doing events with work and hosted three sets of friends for visits in Scotland. Phew!
One of the biggest changes in my life over the last two months is that I’ve started doing yoga twice a week. I go to a yoga studio in Edinburgh before work to practice Ashtanga. It’s really unlike any practice I’ve ever tried before. I’ve done yoga at student societies and church halls and in my living room with YouTube before but never managed to fall into a routine. The yoga I do is self-led – you’re taught the flow of poses and you arrive when you like and go through the routine at your own pace. I love the non-competitive aspect of yoga, and it makes me feel so strong and capable. Within a month I was able to touch my toes! I was probably 9 the last time I could touch my toes. If you’ve struggled with yoga before, I highly recommend trying a class at a dedicated yoga studio. I’ve found the teachers are so attentive and I can trust them to know exactly where my limits are – they encourage me to do poses I think are too advanced for me and I’m always surprised when I can hold them! We all know that office jobs are bad for us but yoga makes me feel like all the parts of my body are slotting back into place after I’ve spent too much time behind a computer, or travelling with heavy bags.
I’m still struggling with skin problems. I’m pretty sure it’s eczema and I’ve had it all over my face, hands, arms and legs for the last year. I know it flares up when I’m stressed but I’m not sure it helps to know that, since a little bit of stress in life is unavoidable! I’m finding conventional medicine pretty unhelpful – all the GP can do is prescribe me increasingly stronger steroid creams. I think I might be allergic to gluten so I’m going to try being gluten free from next week onwards. I love bread so much and I have an unlimited supply at work – wish me luck! Have any of you experienced eczema? Have you found any natural cures or alternative medicine to be helpful?
For July and August I’m planning a thrifty summer at home (asides from a little staycation in the highlands.) James and I have booked to go to California in September (yay!!!!) and I need to save up! The fall of the pound post-Brexit is making saving a lot harder because you get less dollar for your pound now. I had never even considered the economic consequences of the referendum. Luckily, our expensive accommodation is already booked, so it shouldn’t affect our plans too much. I just have to resist the temptation of spending all my money on shows when the Edinburgh fringe rolls around in August.
I love travel as much as the next person but (controversial opinion alert) I think it’s a little overrated. Staying home for the weekend is one of my favourite things to do. I think I get it from my Dad – we call it “pottering” – when you just spend the day doing little chores and tidying and lounging. Weekends of pottering are my favourite. Throughout the year I spend so much time travelling. I go to London often and home to Leicestershire sometimes, and around the country to see my friends. I know I’m lucky to be able to travel but it’s so tiring. At the moment I’m really enjoying arriving at work on a Monday and feeling rested, rather than arriving at the office after taking the early Monday morning train from London and wanting to sleep for a week. With James living in Edinburgh over summer (rather than London) I’m cherishing these weekends with little planned. This weekend we might walk to the Botanic gardens and go for vegan pizza. I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather be!
What’s been going on in your life recently friends?