What happened in March? 

March has been such a fantastic month, with so many good things happening.

I celebrated my parent’s 40th wedding anniversary. My amazing dad surprised my mum with a private dining experience with all the family and a trip to Marrakech (I know, my dad is #HusbandGoals!). Our private dining experience in Glasgow was superb and it was pretty much the perfect night, apart from Thomas missing it as his work sent him to Africa at the last minute. Nights like that make me remember how lucky I am to have such an incredible family.

After that Thomas and I headed off to Bulgaria on our first ever ski trip with Thomas’ sister Andrea and her partner Richard. It was my first time in Bulgaria (my 39th country!) and we spent a week in Pamporovo in the Rhodope mountains. I adored the mountain scenery but after a bad fall on the very first day, I wasn’t able to ski much. Aside from the skiing, I enjoyed a spa day, some gorgeous food, fantastic company and lots (and lots) of Bulgarian wine.
pamporovo bulgaria
pamporovo bulgaria

Just after we returned from Bulgaria I celebrated my 28th birthday. I had a lovely day spent at the beach in Scotland with Thomas and our pooch Ben. Then we saw some family and topped off the day with Thomas cooking me an amazing meal.

Aside from that we also enjoy a couple of ice hockey matches, dinner with friends and family and two-night visit from Thomas’ parents. What a busy and fun month!

Books I read in March… 

My first read of the month was Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. This is an incredibly powerful novel about prejudice, racism, power and justice. A definite must-read.

The Woman Next Door by Cass Green was the second book I read in March. It’s a psychological thriller about how two neighbours deal with a murder. It’s a page-turner and an easy read if you’re on holiday or travelling. I read it on the plane to Bulgaria and it was the perfect way to pass the time.

Then I read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman and adored it. It’s a book people have been recommending to me for ages, but I just hadn’t gotten around to reading. I’m so glad I finally got around to reading it. Honeyman has created a fantastic character in Eleanor Oliphant and I found something so comfortable about the writing. I highly recommend this.
the bright hour by nina

Next up was All the Good Things by Clare Fisher, a novel I enjoyed but didn’t love. It’s about a young girl who’s in prison and trying to navigate her way through counselling sessions there. Her counsellor suggests she write down all the good things that have happened to her and thus the reader is taken on the journey through her life and how she ended up in prison.

Then I moved onto Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng and absolutely adored it. I couldn’t put it down. It’s a fairly dark tale centred around two families living in an American city. The novel explores themes of motherhood, teenage love and friendships, secrets, lies, heartbreak and the idea of perfection.

Lastly, I read The Bright Hour by Nina Riggs, another book that was highly recommended to me. It didn’t disappoint. Riggs shares moments from her life after she is diagnosed with breast cancer. It is sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking and at other times, confusingly normal.

Blogs I read in March… 

This Travelletes post made me so excited to be returning to India early next year. Prepare yourself for some gorgeous images and to want to book a trip to India after reading this!

Wanderlustplusone’s post about the lesser known things to do in Rome made me want to get back to the Eternal City and try out some of her ideas.

Brooke from World of Wanderlust’s images are always gorgeous and this post about the most photogenic cities in the world had me wanting to book flights to pretty much all of the cities she includes.

New posts in March… 

Pictures from Pamporovo – My First Ski Trip

Thoughts on Turning Twenty-Eight

What I Miss About Cruise Holidays

16 Days Without Work (Kind Of)

Newcastle Gateshead; The Perfect Spring Getaway Location

March Reads: Books I’m Taking on Holiday

What’s happening in April? 

This morning I’m driving Thomas to the airport as he heads to America to watch The Masters (a massive golf tournament) with my dad, my brother and another of his golf pals. Whilst they’re gone I’m going wedding dress shopping with my brother’s fiancee Michelle and we’re planning a couple of ladies dinners too!

In the middle of the month, I’m heading to one of my very favourite places – Archerfield Estate. Each year I head there several times with Thomas, my parents, my brother Iain, his fiancee Michelle and usually Ben the dog too. We always have an amazing time and as we haven’t been there since October, I’m really looking forward to being back. There’ll be plenty of fantastic food and drink, great company, walks on the beach and the golf course and some exploring of the local area. I can’t wait!
dirleton scotland
dirleton scotland

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