“These are a few of my favourite things”: May 2018

“These are a few of my favourite things”: May 2018

I can’t quite believe that May is already over and we are now officially in the first summer month! I’m a culprit to constantly looking forward, counting down the days until my next adventure and living in the future. As much as I wish I could be one of these “live in the moment” kinds of people, I’m just not. However, as important as it is to live in the moment, I think it can be just as important to look back and reflect on all the new things you tried, places you went and successes (no matter how big or small) you made. So here’s my collection of “favourites” from May:

Funniest Moment:

On the first bank holiday Monday a mummy duck and 13 ducklings ending up in our back garden. They were so terrified and went right to the far corner of our garden. In order to get them out, my Dad had to break down one of our fence panels. It took about half an hour to get them out of our garden but then I just wanted to make sure they got back to the river safely, so I ended up herding them through the village all the way down to the river. On the journey more and more villagers came out of their houses to help guide the ducks down to the river. There were around 12 of us in the end – what a community moment! Everyone cheered when the ducks made it to the river – it was definitely not how I thought I would spend my bank holiday Monday!


Biggest Achievement:

Reaching the summit of Cadair Idris. I climbed it when I was 10 but didn’t quite make it to the summit because the clouds came down, it was freezing and I couldn’t see anything in front of me. Dad and I vowed that we would one day go back and reach the top – it only took us 12 years but we did it!


Favourite Purchase:

It has to be my denim jacket. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to buy one but now I can’t remember what I used to wear before…


Favourite Café:

PAUSE CAT CAFÉ (Bournemouth) – Oh. My. Goodness. I have wanted to go to a cat café for years and I FINALLY went! Coffee + cake + cats = Frankie’s heaven. I thought it was a little steep to ask for £5 per person entry fee (especially if you are a family of 4 or 5) but think it is really lovely that all that money goes towards the cat’s welfare and health. I completely fell in love with a cat called Marijke – she is a 1 year old Maine Coon and is absolutely B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!

Song of the month:

My obsession for The Chainsmokers is growing by the day and although I have loved their music for a long time, there’s something about the summery days that have put “Something just like this” on repeat!


Word of the month (I know, it’s a little geeky but what do you expect from a soon-to-be English student?):

Pellucid – translucently clear

Something New:

I think trying to do something new every day is a very unrealistic goal, but doing something new every month is a realistic goal. So in May, I had my hair cut and coloured and absolutely love it! After wanting it done for about 6 months I finally plucked up the courage. I had it cut short 5 years ago and have been growing it again ever since – it was definitely time for a change!


Goal for next month:

I absolutely LOVE reading when I get into it, but for some reason there’s always something that stops me from doing it. I think a big part of it is that I have to sit still (which if you read my Hygge post you’ll know I struggle with) and I have to focus solely on the book. My mind constantly wanders so I find myself having to keep rereading the same page and not get any further. At the start of the year I set myself the challenge of reading 5 books in 2018 (I know this is not many for most people but for me it is a lot.) So far I have only managed 2 and June will be the halfway mark for the year leaving me with 3 books to complete in 6 months. So, June’s main goal will be to read more often, perhaps even every day.


Francesca Louise


“Sometimes you will never know the value of  moment until it becomes a memory.” – Dr Suess




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