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“Maybe who we are isn’t so much about what we do, but rather what we’re capable of when we least expect it.”
– Jodi Picoult

It’s funny how things change in the space of six months – and priorities realign. Anyone stumbling across this blog would think it’s been abandoned – nearly six months ago I last wrote about the heatwave! Those in the future would have found this blog and think that the heatwave wiped us all out… Therefore it was definitely necessary to write a new entry to alleviate any fears that future readers might have. Of course in the online world I haven’t been quiet, but my blog entries have mainly focused on my book reviews over at Tea Leaves and Reads as well as getting stuck into the third and final year of University.




2018 is almost over and what a year it has been. The biggest highlight definitely has to be engagement – and the exciting wedding planning that has been underway ever since. There are so many little achievements alongside that, too many to list, but definitely another reason to dust off the Good Things Jar for 2019 and start to keep track again.



(This picture sums up our new car… Maisy was, for the first time, confined to the ‘Boot’ (Trunk if you’re American) and absolutely hated it. We love it! No more hairy seats!)

2019 brings excitement – my sister’s Wedding is in March, the first three months of the year will be spent preparing for that.. and then my Thirtieth Birthday (needs capital letters) will be upon me in April. Whilst navigating the first quarter of the year I’ll also be doubling up on my University ‘years’ – doing two at once from January until August to get the pesky thing finished. It means a brand new job (placement) for me from the 2nd of January as although I am employed full-time part of my third year means going on placement with a completely different team and client group. By October I should know whether I’ve survived enough and done enough to become an NQSW – Newly Qualified Social Worker.. and then follows a year of assessment in employment to ensure that I can meet the standards required. Social Work is no easy feat… anyone who thinks it is needs a good talking to!

This year we made the decision to turn our guest room into a library… it was the best decision we ever made! Courtesy of IKEA and their amazing bookcases, it turned out the size of the room was the absolute perfect fit for their corner mahooosive bookshelf. So here are the in progress and ‘after’ shots. We’re still working on the room and once the massive pile of Christmas presents is dispersed over the next few days we will be able to straighten it out and take a few more photos (especially of the Reading Chair, very important.) The best thing about having this set up is that now every book I own can be accessible.. rather than in the loft making me feel guilty. And there are also at least five spare shelves… ;)


So for various reasons, photography with the Proper Camera, has taken a backseat. Wedding photography this year has been on hold and will be again for 2019 – as my weekends are spent either writing essays and reading (uni) books, or attending tutorials. Who knows what the future holds.. but one of my goals for 2019 is to enjoy photography for fun again, before I decide whether to go back to it professionally. It’s also so easy these days to just snap a photo on the iPhone.. in fact every photo in this blog entry is brought to you courtesy of an Apple Product. Fancy that. Camera phones are a game changer these days.



I also got the chance to meet my hero – Jodi Picoult – the woman who continues to inspire my love of reading (and attempting to write!) She visited the UK on her ‘A Spark of Light’ Tour with the release of her new book. It was absolutely amazing to hear her speak about the book and her writing… Truly an experience I will never forget.

There are so many other things to mention that have happened in the last quarter of 2018 – and prior to that! The most wonderful baby was born in the Summer and lots of memories have been created and experiences shared with his amazing parents and the rest of the friendship group around him as well as family times and just evenings spent with William where it’s us two and we play a board game, or watch a series, or just chill… The year has been good in so many ways.













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I titled this blog in such a way so that people in twenty years time can google stuff and see exactly what we went through – those who survived the 1976 Heatwave showed no such consideration to us did they! I suppose they could blame the lack of social media…. About that… social media makes EVERYTHING seem a hundred times worse. If you believed everything you read you’d believe that multiple hospitals and surgeries had to close due to the heat, roads melted and swallowed up whole houses, 50,000 lightning strikes hit the UK in ONE HOUR igniting several billion acres of fields…



It wasn’t quite like that, but it was a hot one and there were times when it did appear as if the whole country had gone mad. The heatwave began with the smell of smoke wafting into Hampshire from Salisbury Plain, much of which is a desginated military firing zone. Because of this and unexploded ordinance the risk to people putting out the fire was deemed far greater than those who the smoke was wafting towards. Rightly so! Then there were the ‘central reservation fires…’ The episodes every few days when someone on the motorway would chuck a cigarette end into the centre of the road and ignite the long grasses growing there. There were the threats of hose-pipe bans (South hasn’t had one so far), and the days when being alive just seemed realllllly difficult at thirty degree heat and 28 degree C for sleeping in.



People now talk about the Heatwave and blame it for their inadequacies or inability to do something… Oh… Forgot to take the bin out? It was the heatwave… Driving like an idiot…? Heatwave. And so on. Work carried on however and in my particular air conditioned office (rare around here), I still went to work with a cardigan and scarf. This completely messed up my body temperature when I went outside of course and I spent most evenings alternating between shivering and nearly passing out. But I can’t imagine the working day without air con!


Anyway, I can’t really remember how many days it’s been but we left June in sweltering temperatures and it’s now the 28th July, for some places in the UK there has been 50 consecutive days without rain. We’re not used to that – we’re basically Seattle Lite here!


Oh and the time between the last blog entry and these latest ones…? Blame the heatwave. I do.

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