July Sunday Supplement
Welcome, July! We are now in to the second half of 2016 so for the last month I have been making new plans for the second half of the year. My word for the year, "Grow" continues to be a sort of foundation stone to all of my thoughts about this, in clarity, in confidence, and yes, in earnings too. How are your resolutions or your word for the year holding up?
July is for many the pinnacle of the summer- The school summer holidays start this month, the best of the seasons fruit and flowers are abundant, we are well into our summer wardrobes and are eagerly planning our summer holidays. Hurrah! Here are 10 wnderful things to make, do and celebrate in the month ahead.
- Plan a staycation. Whether you booked your holiday a long time ago or are still deciding what to do, plan a staycation either in your house, in a neighbouring town or somewhere else in your country. It's cheaper, better for the planet and can be surprisingly interesting too.
- Go Berrying. Visit a Pick Your Own farm to experience the most delicious and freshest possible berries and cherries. Yum!
- Plan the school summer holidays, if you have kids. Look for free events near you- there will be tons! Arrange a childcare swap with friends. Plan some day trips to visit friends.
- Have a day trip to the beach! Pack a picnic and take the train (and pop the waterproofs in the bag just in case!)
- Plan to go to a festival. Whether it's a huge 4 day celebration or a local day long affair, a summer music festival is always lovely. I'm off to WOMAD again this year and am also hoping to catch some local open air opera shows too.
- Do some exercise outside: It's light at 9.30 pm here in the UK so take advantage and get outside. Do a couch to 5k or take a swift walk around the park- or challenge yourself with a longer bike ride or run.
- Embrace your body as it is now Lots of people will be worrying about how their bodies will look in swimming gear this summer, but don't let it stop you wearing the bikini or clothes you want to wear. I've shared this article with you guys before but it's so great. "Mom's put on your swimsuit"
- Go to a car boot. It's Car boot season! Bargains ahoy! Go with a specific list to avoid cluttering up your home- or better yet- sell some stuff at one too!
- Visit a village fete. Tis the season for marrow competitions and bunting, Victoria sponge competitions and welly wanging. Find your nearest village fete and make a trip of it.
- Celebrate all things French! The 14th is Bastille day and a marvellous excuse to eat all your favourite French food; stinky French cheese, steak and show string fries, macaroons, French wine or pastry products.... mmmm
Dinner Table Styling Masterclass
This Saturday I am hosting a workshop with London Supper club Kino Vino. This is a hands-on masterclass, guiding you through the practialities of planning and arranging a beautiful tablescape. You will learn how to develop and execute the theme of a dinner party, how to use props to recreate your ideas and how to arrange floral compositions. I'll teach you how to select flowers, how to look after them and of course how to make the most beautiful floral arrangement to impress your guests. The masterclass will be followed by a rustic seasonal lunch prepared by Alissa Timoshkina, the founder of KinoVino. You will get the change to socialise with friends, old and new, over bespoke Prosecco cocktails, and take your beautiful floral arrangements home with you.
Stitch + Forage E course
It's been wonderful getting the feedback from the participants of my first ever E-Course, Stitch + Forage which encourages a slow, mindful and joyous summer on a budget. It's been brilliant watching the participants forage, make, gather and look after themselves so far, and we've also had a lot of fun pulling together the accompanying videos too. (more info/Sign up here to be kept updated!)
Folksy styling day
An opportunity for Folksy sellers to get their products styled by me and photographed by Kristy Noble in Leeds for only £95 per hour! more details here.
Here's wishing you an utterly wonderful July.