It’s almost been a month since I last posted blog, which is the longest time I’ve not written a post for! This is due to many things, including the hot weather. I’ve been feeling pretty tired for the last few weeks, due to it being muggy during the night. I shouldn’t really moan about the long spell of hot weather we’re having in the UK, but it does make it difficult sleeping at night and it’s not fun being in the office when it’s so nice outside. Although around this time last year, I wrote an update about what I got up to, rather than focusing on the topics I normally blog about.
For example, I went to the Caves of Nottingham last weekend with a group of friends. It wasn’t quite what I expected- the tour didn’t take that long but the history was very interesting. I didn’t know that the caves were man made, and that people took refuge inside the caves during the Second World War. It was also a great way to cool down with it being so hot outside. After the tour of the caves I visited Ye Old Trip to Jerusalem, the oldest inn in England. Just by Nottingham castle, it was very quirky inside and I had a lovely pub meal, which was beef and bone marrow suet pudding.
I also went away to Birmingham for a weekend in June with my boyfriend, which was really nice. We had a look around some of our favourite shops in Birmingham, had a very tasty meal in a Brazilian restaurant in the Mailbox, and visited the SeaLife centre. It was during this weekend that England played a match as part of the World Cup. I’m not a football fan, but it was funny to hear people cheering throughout Birmingham when, I’m assuming, England scored a goal (or penalty).
Despite the fun stuff I got up to, last month was actually quite stressful for me as my car failed its MOT. I should’ve known this day was coming soon, as my car was 17 1/2 years old and had been making rattling noises for quite some time. Although earlier this year my car survived a trip to the Peak District, driving in hazardous conditions and almost getting stuck in a blizzard. The costs of the repairs would’ve been more than the value of the car, so it was time to invest in a new car.
For two weeks it felt like I had lost an arm. Since I still live with my parents, my car is a form of independence for me, so having to rely on lifts to work felt horrible for me. I am grateful for my parent’s support during this time, and they also helped me with selecting a new car and sorting out insurance. I have had my new car for just over two weeks now, and it’s beautiful to drive. I now have a radio that works, and air con which couldn’t have come at a better time. I am now the proud owner of brand new Hyuandi i10!
While I was car-less, I went to Torquay for a weekend conference. I have mentioned before on my blog that I am a member of a friendly society, which I have done a lot of fundraising for. Running my first half marathon last year was in aid of the society’s chosen charity, the Association of Air Ambulances. Once a year around June, the society holds it’s annual AGM where members from around the UK attend. It was a great opportunity to meet members I hadn’t met before, and learn more about how the society works. There was also a presentation by a representative of the Association of Air Ambulances, which was insightful into the fantastic work they do. I had a little bit of spare time to explore Torquay, but I would love to go back to see more of the lovely seaside town.
You can see now that I had a very busy month. I wanted to write a blog one weekday evening, but I’ve been feeling tired after work and have been practicing solos for a concert I’m singing in tonight (which I’m feeling very excited and nervous about!). I will try my best to write some more content this month, although I am off to Spain for two weeks soon so I will be getting myself ready for that!
Happy reading and blogging!
Clare Bear 🙂