I can’t believe it’s actually going to be May by the end of next week! We’ll be speeding through summer before you know it – and that flash of hot weather over the Easter weekend was just what the doctor ordered. I spent the first couple of days of the long weekend catching up with a few jobs around the house that needed doing, and then spent Saturday afternoon soaking up the sun in my local beer garden. Sunday and Monday was spent slobbing out on the sofa with plenty of chocolate. It was lush! So, aside from the lovely, summery weather, here are five things I’ve been enjoying throughout April…
I mean, who doesn’t love the blossom this time of year? It’s always been one of my favourite spring things and there’s a tree not far from my house that puts on a hell of a show every year. I pass it every day on the morning dog walk and I’ve really loved watching it slowly burst into colour. Even Bungle’s loved it; he’s obsessed with the carpet of pink petals and likes to sit there for a couple of minutes during his walk. Weirdo!
Game of Thrones
It’s back, it’s brilliant and… I’m bloody well terrified. Considering there’s been a year’s break from the annual summer visit to Westeros (…what a jolly holiday that would be…), I was amazed how easily I got sucked back into it all. What can I say? The first couple of new episodes were downright devious. Yes, not a lot happened in the grand scheme of things, but the truth is that the show’s producers basically spent two hours reminding us of why we love all these characters so much. And that’s devious of them because the white-walkers are going to turn up at Winterfell next week and slaughter them all. I’m scared.
Left Over Chocolate
Easter was a strange one this year; I feel like all the eggs and chocolate were in the stores for such a long time that I kind of forgot about the whole thing! Sunny and I did a lot of cream egg scoffing back in February instead. But, one of the best things about Easter is the left over chocolate and all the half price chocolate banging about on the shelves right now. We stocked up and have plenty to fuel us through a few binge-watching sessions at least.
If you fancy using up some of your leftover chocolate and doing a bit of baking, then you can’t go wrong with these Creme Egg Doughnuts that I made last year, and – in case you missed it – over on Instagram I posted a recipe for this Easter Tiffin Cake.
Alaskan Bush People
Okay, this one is a strange one – I know – but hear me out. Sunny’s obsessed with all those Discovery shows like Tanked, Storage Wars, Ice Road Truckers etc, and he happened to pick up the second season of Alaskan Bush People over on DMAX whenever he was working from home. If you’ve never seen it before then it’s basically a show about a family living out in the wild (the bush) in Alaska. Think Bear Grylls’ The Island, only years later… and in Alaska. I made fun of my husband for watching it at first, because it all seemed so ridiculous, but over Easter weekend I managed to get completely sucked into it and somehow we’re now balls deep into season five. Aside from the beautiful views of Alaska – of whales and bears – it’s just so interesting how the family live so far from everything and everyone, and how they chop their own wood, build their own houses, hunt their own meat and even invent their own appliances from bartered or salvaged materials. Plus the nine kids are all so interesting – from their names (Snowbird, Bear, Bam Bam…), down to their different talents and resourcefulness out in the wild. They’re such a tight, loving family too – you can’t help but root for them. LOVE IT.
Boring one and I’m probably really showing my age here, but I’ve started swigging Chamomile Tea at night (…in front of Alaskan Bush People) about an hour before bed and it’s really helping me to wind down, feel relaxed and sleep more soundly. During the day I’m a strict Darjeeling no milk kind of girl, but I can easily – so easily! – swig my way through five cups or more in a day. I’ve been trying to cut down on caffeine and have been trying to slip in a couple of cups of chamomile instead of my usual brew, especially in the evening. 🙂
So, come on then. Who do we think is going to snuff it in Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones? 😉