What’s been happening in August? 

It’s been a pretty packed month. I watched Thomas’ older brother get married, picked our bridesmaids dresses for my brother’s upcoming wedding, visited work clients and had some gorgeous meals out with friends and family.
august, yellowcraigs beach north berwick

August also involved a dreamy long weekend away at Archerfield Estate lodges. Those of you who are regular readers here will know Archerfield is one of my favourite places and my weekends there are always some of the best of the year. I totally relaxed with an aromatherapy experience in the dreamiest of spas, drank lots of rosé, laughed with my family, walked on the beach, enjoyed the sunshine and ate some great food. It was totally relaxing and I can’t wait to be back there again in just a few weeks!

Books I read in August… 

I managed to finish eight books in August and have started on another one already too.

I read Building a StoryBrand by Donald Miller at the request of one of my clients who wants to begin to use the marketing techniques from this book. It was a really, really great read and got me thinking about changing up all the marketing copy for my own business. I definitely recommend it if you’re involved in marketing or run your own business.

I moved onto The Murder Exchange by Simon Kernick, which was probably my least favourite thing I read this month, but still enjoyable. I expected to really love it after hearing great things about it but I just found that I couldn’t completely get into it.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris was the third book I read in August and it was definitely my favourite. It’s an incredibly powerful story that is in parts harrowing and in others uplifting. I’ve been to Auschwitz before, which I think made everything easier for me to imagine and so it felt more real. A must read.

Then I tore through The Retreat by Mark Edwards in just two days as I was so intrigued to find out what was going to happen. It’s a thriller with a good few twists and turns along the way that kept me reading on.

Friend Request by Laura Marshall was my next read and I sped through it quickly too, for the very same reasons. It’s a psychological thriller with mystery and intrigue, but a little too much padding around the themes. An easy holiday read if that’s your thing.

I moved onto Beneath the Surface by Sibel Hodge. It was an interesting novel about the inside horrors of the pharmaceutical market and how that goes wrong for those who try to blow the whistle on dodgy drugs with horrific side effects.

Last up was psychological thriller The Friend by Teresa Driscoll. I really enjoyed this and got through it quickly, wanting to see what the outcome would be. It was a little drawn out in some parts but mostly very good.

New posts in August… 

The Ultimate Guide to North Berwick

Incredible Food Experiences Around The World

700 (+3!) Blog Posts

Things to do in The Algarve

Best Scottish Seaside Towns

Big Feed Glasgow: Scotland’s Biggest Indoor Street Food Market

What’s happening in September? 

As this article goes live I’m actually on my way to Portugal for a week in the sun! Thomas is meeting me at the airport (he’s been there for the past 5 days on a golfing holiday) and we’re staying in Vilamoura for our time in Portugal. We’ve got a little rental car so we’ll be doing some day trips and some exploring along the gorgeous coastline. I can’t wait to take some time away from my business and just relax!

Then, later on in the month we’re heading back to Archerfield for another weekend with Thomas, my parents, my brother and his fiancee. We’re going the day after my dad’s birthday so there’ll be bubbles, birthday cake and plenty of celebrating!

And that’s it for another month! As always, thank you for taking the time to check in to my blog and read about all my adventures and musings. If you’re not already then please follow along on Twitter and Facebook to stay even more up to date.  

Emma x