Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Three projects for Spring

There must be something about the sun you know. After nearly a year of neglecting my blog, along comes the first proper day of spring sunshine and it has me itching to dust off this space of mine and write again. It may also be because spring always feels like a good time to shake things up a little, whatever it is, here I am tapping away at this page for the first time in a very very long time, and enjoying it as well. 

Blogging, or blogging well should I say, is absolutely a labour of love, so if the heart isn't in it its damned near impossible to fake. I've had no desire to blog or create for the longest of times, while still very much calling myself a blogger on insta so sorry about that guys, but I think I'm ready to give it a a go again, although somewhat sporadically I'm sure.

Blogging isn't the only thing I want to do this spring though, in fact I have a couple of other projects in mind that I want to get underway as quickly as possible. Partly because, as I've already mentioned, spring just feels like the perfect time for a refresh. I've felt a little stagnant as of late, coming home from work with all the right plans and ideas but actually spending most of my free time napping or scrolling through my phone fairly absentmindedly. But also because, as you'll know if you follow me on twitter, Marc is away at the moment, for another 5 weeks at least! This means that I have even more time to myself than usual, and if I don't find something to fill it up with I'll probably drive myself up the wall. 

Marc himself is also probably the single most driven person I've even known, so it would be nice to be able to tell him that I've spent my time on something actually productive when he does finally come home. I miss the sense of accomplishment that comes with doing something interesting with ones spare time, rather than watching 3 hours of The Goldbergs every evening, which is only a slight exaggeration I'm sure. 

So my first plan to be, and one that ties in rather nicely with the resurgence of my will to blog, is to finally book a proper photo shoot with a photographer. I've been umming and ahhing about whether it would be worth it, whether I could afford it, and ultimately whether I could manage it without looking like a total wally for absolutely ages, and I think I'm just about ready to take the plunge! I've seen some of my absolute favourite bloggers really move forward with their content after deciding to hire someone to take legit professional photos for them, and honestly, I kind of want a piece of that. 

Because don't get me wrong, Marc is an excellent insta husband (a title I'm sure he's absolutely thrilled about) and does a brilliant job even with my whinging, but I just feel like hiring a photographer, whose actual job it is to take photos, is something I'd really like to give a go, if only the once. In fact, I think it was probably this post by the wonderful Beth that made me really think about it as a possibility, as well as making me realise that I wasn't silly for wanting to try it either, because I think I did feel a little silly! I won't make any promises just yet, but fingers crossed I can be brave enough to try.

Project number two then is something completely different and it's just to read more books. I have a terrible habit of buying new books almost every week (I adore a Sunday charity shop book hunt like nothing else) but then letting them sit on my shelf for months without giving them a second glance. Having all this extra time to myself is the perfect opportunity to start making me way through my to be read pile and I'm looking forward to making that time something to really look forward to as well, cup of tea and plate of biscuits and all.

I've made my way through four books already since Marc's been gone, including the Island by Nicky Singer a book I'd give a very strong 4/5, so fingers crossed I could be on to a winner with this one.

Finally then, and probably the most seasonally appropriate project of the lot, is to create a proper balcony garden. Since the start of this year I've been thinking a lot about trying to maximise our tiny bit of outside space which in all honestly has been very neglected since we moved in over a year ago. I adore caring for our few very well loved house plants, so introducing a few outdoor bedding plants seemed like the natural next step, and I've now become a bit of a woman obsessed.

I've planted some pots of mixed pansy's and viola, with the help of Mamma Drury an actual plant queen, and I have plans for more plants in late april/may when the weather is hopefully a little more consistent. I can't stop searching for photos of balcony gardens on Pinterest, and i've been quizzing my mum on the benefits of peat free soil. Flowers and plants have such a wonderful calming effect, and tending to them and watching them grow and thrive feels good for the soul in a way I can't really explain.

I'm so ready for a bit of a shake up and I'm currently feeling very optimistic about my chances! Lets just keep our fingers crossed I remember all this on the days Netflix seems a little too hard to resist though shall we? 

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