Happy List :: Twenty-Five

It's been quite a while since I last wrote anything for this little space of mine. Honestly, I've been in a bit of a funk. I lost inspiration for things to post, outside deadlines took over and I decided to give myself a little break to come back refreshed. That was the plan anyway. The reality is that the last few weeks have been pretty tough, especially as our family cat Cleo passed away. She was very old but it still came as a shock out of the blue. She had such a big personality, the softest fur and loudest purr and she is missed daily by all of us. 

Considering the difficult few weeks I thought it was best to start back with a happy list, to focus on the positives that have been the recent bright spots. I also still had some Edinburgh pictures left to share!

  1. I had the day off on Monday, so I decided to take myself and my book to a coffee shop to get some reading done with some green tea. 
  2. Last Friday R and I met up with some friends to celebrate a birthday. We tried Chapter Pizza in Canterbury and ate tasty sourdough pizza which were made all the tastier with a 20% off voucher. I also had a few amaretto sours which were hands down one of the tastiest cocktails I've had in a while. If you're ever in Canterbury city I would definitely recommend giving them a try, especially as they had a number of vegan options which were given the thumbs up by G.
  3. A few weekends ago R and I went to the Curzon in Canterbury with my parents to see Dunkirk, which was obviously brilliant. As a cinema fan it was also nice to see the screening so full of people. 
  4. Our pepper plant has finally started showing signs of some peppers! I also discovered a few weeks ago that a tomato plant had seeded itself in our courtyard garden in-between the paving bricks which was a happy surprise! We now just have to be super careful we don't walk on it as it's right in the middle of the path.
  5. In July my middle sister and her partner came for a weekend visit. We both work weekends so it's always a struggle for us to find time in the year which we both have free so it was so lovely to see her. We played board games and watched movies and had a nice chilled time with them. 
  6. R and I tried out the Greek restaurant Zeus in Canterbury a while back. It's been on our list for a while but we always ended up going to the same places for dinner instead. I'm so glad we gave it a try as it was delicious and we had a lovely friendly waitress. The cherry juice was also really tasty!
  7. When my parents were visiting we spent an afternoon watching Pride and Prejudice (the Colin Firth version of course). It was the perfect lazy afternoon.
  8. This summer R and I have been giving spinning a proper go. We haven't been for a week or so but we had got into the routine of going 3 times a week and it was really fun, even if I did always come out exhausted with a bright red face!
  9. I popped round my eldest sister's house one afternoon when I was back in Sussex and got to spend some time with her and my niece which was lovely. 
  10. I picked up some bright yellow roses to liven up our living room and to cheer me up one day when I had a horrible head-cold. They really made a difference to my mood, and even better, they're still going strong!

How has your August been so far?