What’s been happening in July? 

It’s been another month of almost exclusively glorious weather here in Scotland. We’ve been enjoying sunshine and plenty of blue skies for weeks now which, if you’ve ever visited Scotland you’ll know is rather rare!

I’ve been making the most of the weather as much as possible. There have been barbeques, sunshine drinks, lots of walks, bridesmaid dress shopping for my brother’s wedding next year and plenty of catch-ups with friends and family.

Then, at the end of the month, the weather took a turn for the worse the very weekend we were supposed to be going camping in St Andrews. With thunderstorms forecast and weather warnings in place, we decided to cancel our trip as three days in relentless rain wouldn’t have been fun for anyone! We’ve postponed our trip a little while – hopefully we’ll make it sometime in August.

Since our camping trip was cancelled we decided to visit the Big Feed in Glasgow instead. The Big Feed is Scotland’s biggest indoor street food market and is full of amazing food vendors. We indulged in mozzarella sticks, arancini balls, nachos, pizza, churros and all washed down with delicious drinks. It’s also totally dog-friendly so my pooch Ben was able to go with us. Great food, good drinks, live music, a fun atmospher and dogs everywhere = perfect!
big feed glasgow

Books I read in July… 

July has been a really good month for reading! I’ve managed to make my way through no less than seven books and have already made a start on book number eight!

My first read of July was Alex Cross Run by James Patterson. I’ve read all of the Detective Alex Cross novels in the series up until this one and, after having taken a break from the novels for a few years, it was nice to dive back into the world of Alex and his family. The story is a page-turner for sure.

While My Eyes Were Close by Linda Green was my second read of the month. It tells the tale of a mother who closes her eyes during a game of hide and seek with her child in the park and when she opens her eyes her daughter has simply disappeared. The novel follows their search for their daughter and the question of whether she’ll ever be found.

Thirdly, I raced through Perfect People by Peter James. It wasn’t my normal type of novel, but I really enjoyed it. It’s about the theme of genetics and controlling them in order to make the ‘perfect people’. Thought provoking and a little creepy to think these things could really become a serious consideration in the not-so-distant future.

I moved onto Guilt by Association by Marcia Clark who, incidentally, was the lawyer in the OJ Simpson trial. She’s created a very likeable character in District Attorney Rachel Knight and this fast-paced novel follows her as she investigates two trials – one for work and one far more personal.

The Marble Collector by Cecilia Ahern was my fifth read of the month and it also happened to be one of my favourites. It’s all about memory, family, relationships and it was a total change from my normal type of read. Refreshing and heart-warming in parts.

My sixth read of July was Immoral by Brian Freeman, another book I really enjoyed. It’s a psychological thriller with plenty of twists and turns. It’s over 450 pages long and I finished it in just 4 days as I wanted to find out what was going to happen!

Last, but not least, was Looking Down by Frances Fyfield. I picked this up in paperback form for free and it was definitely my least favourite read of the month. I wouldn’t recommend.

New posts in July… 

Why Visiting 40 Countries Before 30 is Important to me

What to do on Rainy Travel Days

Summer Holiday Packing Wishlist

The Joy of NOT Writing About Travel

Getting Sick as a Freelancer

We’re Going Camping! Any Tips for Novice Campers?

What’s happening in August? 

August is set to be a packed month full of really fun things! First up we have the wedding of Thomas’ brother – fingers crossed for a sunny day.

Then, the very next day we’re off to one of my favourite places, Archerfield Estate. I’m heading there with Thomas, my parents, my brother Iain, his fiancee Michelle and Ben my dog for a long weekend of fun. The ladies are visiting the spa whilst the gents play golf and there’ll be plenty of beach walks, good food, wine and laughter.

Towards the end of the month Thomas is heading to Portugal on a golfing trip and when his golf trip is over at the beginning of September I’m flying out to Portugal to join him for a week in the sun. That means while he’s away I’ll mainly be working hard to get all my client and blog work finished so I can enjoy a well-deserved week off.

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