So, the last few weeks have seen a lot of things happen. I’ve spent more time than i would’ve liked travelling but the outcome was (mostly) good.
The kittens have now gone to their new home and all reports assure us they’ve settled in well. I still have moments where i look out the window expecting to see them cavorting in the garden, but my fatcat is so good at distracting my attention that this never lasts too long.
We had a successful house-warming. Well, except for the fact that it rained so much we couldn’t barbecue. Never mind though, hey? That’s just part of the joy of living in the UK. Overall, lots of food was eaten, LOTS of drinks were drunk and we managed to have the house tidied and sorted before going to bed. Thank god for starting early and everyone getting so drunk that they had to leave at a reasonable hour.
The past two weeks have been filled with visiting family. We started with a few days with my folks. It’s always a bit odd as they live in the middle of nowhere and if you don’t have a car, you’re kind of stuck in the house. The benefit, however, is a few days without any phone signal or internet. I love how peaceful it is and having a forest on your doorstep is perfect for wistful wanderings. The trip was made more odd by having to attend a funeral on the last day. Although, it wasn’t a close relative, it was still an emotional affair and I don’t think i would’ve been able to cope if not for my partner coming with me.
Next on the list of holiday trips was an overnight stay in Oxford. We drove up with friends to attend a reading by Neil Gaimen and Phillip Pullman. I’m not overly familiar with either writer but the experience was amazing. It was so interesting hearing professional authors talk about why they love to write and giving an insight in to how they go about it. Unfortunately, again, this trip was marred with a slight downward turn after the talk was over. A slight family emergency meant tears and stress before bedtime. Luckily, it was all sorted and the trip back went without incident.
I got to have a few days by myself last weekend, during which i continued with my mission to cut down the tree in my back garden. It’s a large deciduous tree with ornamental berries and it’s huge. I’ve been removing a branch at a time so far as there’s not enough room to take down the whole thing in one go. My progress has been hindered by the fact that the darn thing is FULL of spiders and, subsequently, spider babies. I got caught in a shower of spider babies on Sunday that left my shaking. I know they’re just common garden spiders but that doesn’t matter when around 100 of the things have fallen on your head. Bleurgh!
This week has been spent travelling to London, down to Dorking and then back to London. We were visiting my boyfriends family and trying to squeeze everyone in. Not the easiest of things! We made sure that we planned it so that we had a few spare hours in London by ourselves yesterday. Aside from getting a little lost, we spent the time eating at Shake Shack (delicious), visiting the Moomin shop (amazing) and then a quick wander over to Forbidden Planet before setting up camp at Victoria Station to wait for our bus home. I can fully recommend Megabus Gold if you want an inexpensive way to get to London from Cardiff. Lots of leg room, comfy seats and free muffins made what could have been horrible, an almost delightful experience. Nothing beats the joy of snuggling down in my own bed last night though.
Tomorrow, i’m planning to visit Cardiff Comic Con and am mostly looking forward to visiting the Geisha Wigs stand and seeing the Lou Scannon and Stiffs guys.
Hope you’ve all had a pleasant few weeks as well!