Currently Listening to: Stay Out by Nina Nesbitt
I don’t know when everybody considers summer to be at an end, but for me it was always the Sunday before I went back to school and although I don’t go to school anymore (YAY for university starting MUCH much later) the feeling stuck. Summer, for me anyway, feels done.
I’m not upset about that. I LOVE autumn. It’s my absolute favourite time of the year. I am still warm from the fading glow of hot summer days and looking forward to my absolutely favourite time of the year, Halloween & then it’s Bonfire Night and then straight after that (at least for me it’s straight after) it’s Christmas.
I think this quote from the WONDROUS Catherynne M. Valente perfectly sums up Autumn:
“Autumn is the very soul of metamorphosis, a time when the world is poised at the door of winter – which is the door of death – but has not yet fallen. It is a world of contradictions: a time of harvest and plenty but also of cold and hardship. Here we dwell in the midst of life, but we know most keenly that all things must pass away and shrivel. Autumn turns the world from one thing into another. The year is seasoned and wise but not yet decrepit or senile”
So this weekend my family spent all day clearning & tidying & clearing and I sat (because I am still in the leg brace) and pondered summer, the things that happened, the good and the bad.
So, summer started with a surprise. It was a 21st birthday surprise given to me by my two best friends in the entire universe. Here they are:
It’s a bloody awful photo & does not illustrate the amount of beautiful they both are, but this was on the way to the said surprise & I was so excited! They took me to see Billy Elliot in the West End, and it was pretty amazing. I LOVE musicals (and almost exclusively listen to soundtracks on my ipod!) and I’d never seen Billy Elliot before. It did not disappoint – it was breathtakingly beautiful and heartbreaking. BUT even better then that was the fact that these two people are in my life & would do something that nice for me! I am a lucky, lucky girl!
The next thing that happened this summer was Fathers Day. I loved this day, mainly because we got to give this to my dad:
There’s not much else to say about that day, except it was lovely and I had fun & sometimes appreciating those moments, those moments that aren’t supposed to be a MASSIVE deal, are way way better then moments that are massive deals.
The next thing was that I realised that this photo is 14 years old:
First of all – that hair?!!!!! I obviously did not believe in brushes back in the day. But seriously, I cannot believe that this photo is now fourteen! It’s crazy to think that I am 21, that little boy is 19 and that cutie pie baby is also fourteen. As someone who does not deal that well with change, it’s crazy to think how far we’ve all come. That little boy is off to Uni, I’m nearly finished Uni & that baby is a fully fledged teenager.
Okay, after I got over the shock of growing up (actually I’m kidding I will NEVER get over the shock of growing up!) I went right back to my childhood with yet another birthday present (I was spoiled rotten this year). Ever since I was a kid I have been obsessed with Monty Python. My dad is a massive comedy nerd, and I’m British so it was pretty much meant to be. So when we all heard that Monty Python were doing some gigs at the 02 in London, we just could not pass up seeing them.
These were our seats! We were so so close and it was so funny and just a once in a lifetime experience. I have to say though the best moment was right at the end was when the entire stadium sung ‘Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life’ – the atmosphere was just magical.
And then there was Turkey. I am absolutely terrified of flying, so this was a massive challenge. But with the help of my family, I managed it and I am so glad I did it – Turkey was so much fun!
I got back from Turkey and picked up my dog.
LOOK AT HIS CUTIE PIE FACE! I missed him so so much, and he was ill when we were away so I was so excited to have a little cuddle with him. I think I forget how important he is to me sometimes, but he really he the best, most perfect dog ever.
A few days later I set off for V Festival. I have never been to a festival before & have ALWAYS wanted to go. Luckily, my lovely friend Hannah is a festival veteran & so off we went. It was PERFECT. There was lots of walking, and overpriced food and wee chucking but it was so so good. I saw so many people I love and I discovered so many more people I now love and I got to spend a weekend with Hannah who is one of my favourite people.
AND then (I feel a dun dun dun should be an appropriate thing here) I dislocated my knee, which I have already told you about. I’ve now been in a brace for 10 days & I have to walk on crutches & I have to walk really REALLY slow and I can’t make tea and carry it too my room and for a while I couldn’t concentrate on anything because of pain and fear and it was/is horrible.
But tonight I was in a bad mood for what seemed like the billionth day running, so I decided to make a list about all the amazing things that happened to me this summer to cheer me up. And it worked, kind of. I had an AMAZING summer, and one bad thing doesn’t ruin that. Sometimes bad things happen & I can either be grumpy and lay in bed all day watching rubbish reality TV, or I can get up and try and bend my knee and do productive things & not let this setback get the best of me.
I hope you are having a FANTABOULOS weekend & I hope you had a great summer, and I leave you now, with a picture of my very cute, and very fat cat: