What’s been happening in June? 

June has been a bit of a whirlwind and seemed to pass by in a blur. The weather has been absolutely stunning for the majority of the month and it’s made me love calling Scotland my home even more than I normally do. I’m so grateful to live here, especially when the sun makes an appearance!

The month kicked off seeing Ed Sheeran live in Glasgow. He was every bit as good as I expected he would be and Thomas and I had a great night.

The following weekend we headed to one of my favourite Scottish spots – Archerfield. We were there for a weekend away with my parents, my brother and his fiancee. The weather was kind to us and we enjoyed walks on the beach, pottering around the shops in North Berwick, some delicious food and plenty of laughs. Archerfield weekends are always some of my favourite weekends of the year – partly because I adore Archerfield and partly because I get to be there with my most favourite people.

Thomas and I also enjoyed a wee day out in Scotland when we visited The Kelpies and The Falkirk Wheel. The weather was stunning and it was great to finally visit these two places, as we’ve talked about going many times but just never really got around to it. It’s so typical when things are nearby that you put them off for ages…or is that just me?
the kelpies scotland, june 2018

Other things that happened this month were going out for drinks with my cousin who visited from Aberdeen, lunch at One Devonshire Gardens with my family, a dinner party at our friend’s house and plenty of BBQs to make the most of the weather.

I also booked a couple of trips this month! My brother’s fiancee Michelle is having her hen weekend in Amsterdam in February, so we’ve sorted flights for that and now just need to find accommodation. If you have any recommendations for accommodation for 14 girls in central Amsterdam, please let me know!

We’ve also decided to go away on holiday with my family again next summer. We’ve booked an absolutely stunning villa in the south of France and I’m heading there for a week with Thomas, my parents, my brother Iain and Michelle who will be Iain’s wife by then! We had an absolutely amazing time in Venice and Sorrento two years ago all together so wanted to do the same again. We’re also thinking about spending 4 days in Paris or Marseille before we head to the villa. What do you think…Paris or Marseille?

Books I’ve read in June… 

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell was my first read of the month and probably my favourite too. It’s about a teenager who disappears and her mother’s struggle to live afterwards when she is never found. There’s one fantastic twist in this book and I couldn’t put it down because I wanted to see how it would end.

Innocent Lies by Chris Collett is the second novel I’ve read by Collett and it was just as good as the first. Two teenagers from very different worlds go missing on the same day and detective Tom Mariner has to search for both, but are the two connected?

My third read of the month was Vanished by Kendra Elliot. When a child goes missing an FBI investigation is launched and it’s quickly revealed that everything may not be quite as it seems. I liked the characters in this book and found myself getting emotionally invested in them. A really good read.

Lastly, I read The Silent Twin by Caroline Mitchell. It’s a detective thriller about a twin girl who goes missing leaving her remaining twin traumatised. It’s a page turner, as I couldn’t wait to see what happened next to the little girl and to find out who had taken her sister.

What I’ve been watching…

This month I’ve been completely hooked watching The Staircase on Netflix. If you haven’t watched it then I absolutely recommend you go watch it now. It’s so good!

It’s a documentary series following Michael Peterson who finds his wife Kathleen lying at the bottom of a staircase in their home, seemingly having fallen down the stairs. She dies of her injuries and the police decide it’s not an accident, but rather murder.

I love a thought-provoking programme and this really had me going. After watching it I really don’t believe Michael killed Kathleen. I kind of like the owl theory though. I thought it was a bit too out there when I first read about it, but I actually think it’s more believable than Michael having killed Kathleen. We’ll never really find out the truth and that’s perhaps the best part.

New posts in June… 

Reclaiming My Weekends

The Problem With Being a Travel Blogger

Six Years Self-Employed

Why is it So Hard to Choose Where to Travel?

A Two-Day Itinerary for Thurso and The Far North of Scotland

Visiting The Kelpies and The Falkirk Wheel

What’s happening in July? 

The good weather in Scotland is set to continue so I’m planning more days out in the sun, BBQs with friends and family and just generally making the most of it. It’s such a delight to have good weather for a prolonged period of time when we’re used to rain and dreary weather for so much of the year. I plan to spend as much time outside as possible!

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