Another month has passed in one of the weirdest years I think anyone has ever experienced. August is usually a month of summer sunshine, of evenings spent in pub gardens and on the beach with friends, bank holidays and Brighton Pride.
I’m not sure about anyone else but socially distant meet ups have left me feeling exhausted. When there’s a whole group of us spaced out on the beach, trying to chat to someone over the other side of the circle is pretty difficult and it’s been frustrating seeing other groups of friends clearly not following the rules.
I have welcomed the opening of restaurants and coffee shops though and the Eat Out to Help Out scheme has been nice. Meeting with friends over coffee or for a meal has been a much more relaxed way to catch up. I haven’t gone out with friends to the pub since they’ve reopened but it’s not something I miss. I’ve been to a couple with Rich though.
This month has obviously been different to 2019 August but personally, it’s been a great month. The most exciting news has to be that Rich and I bought a house! In late July, we decided to start looking around to see what properties caught our eye and found one which met all of our requirements. After a second viewing and looking round one other property, we put in an offer and are now in the process of sorting all the paperwork for it to eventually become ours.
It was such a surreal but exciting feeling when the offer was accepted and we’re already making lots of plans about what we’d like to do to the house. The décor is fairly dated and there’s a couple of walls we want to knock down to make a bigger bathroom and a kitchen diner. We’ve left a little money aside to start doing it up so once we have the keys, work will start on it before we’re able to move in.
Aside from the very exciting house news, I haven’t been up to a whole lot else. I had some time off at the beginning of the month but just used it to chill out and have a beach day when the weather was hot. I even swam in the sea one evening with friends and we watched the sun go down which always makes me feel so lucky to live by the sea. (Our new house is a 2 minute walk from the seafront!)
Rich and I also visited Bath over the bank holiday weekend. It’s such a beautiful city and we enjoyed just wandering round and visiting the Roman Baths. We stayed in an Airbnb in Larkall which is about a 20 minute walk from the city centre but was perfect for a quiet, short break. It was also above a bookshop which was my main reason for choosing it!
Bookshops were a key part of our visit and we visited three over the weekend. My favourite was Topping and Co pictured below which had these stunning ladders on each aisle of bookshelves. I picked up three books in all which I thought was pretty restrained for me.
We ate at some lovely places over the weekend including The Cosy Club where I had the most amazing tapas. Sadly, I didn’t take any photos as I ate it too quickly. We also ate at The Real Italian Pizza Co for Lunch where we had calzones (picture above doesn’t do justice to how good they were!) and had a drink at The Raven. One night, we cooked a pasta meal at the Airbnb, look how cute our little set up was!
Reading wise, I’ve read some great books this month including The Secret History, Rodham and The Kite Runner which I have just finished today.
Next month, I’m looking forward to a couple of birthdays, bringing out the cosy jumpers and starting Ask Again, Yes which has been on my wish list for ages.
How was your August?