Saturday, 17 September 2016

Snapshots Of Summer

It really has been a rollercoaster of a Summer.
Now that Autumn is steadily approaching I have been looking back over the last couple of months trying hard to maintain my focus on the positive.
It seems like an age (yes, it has been) since I last posted but in all honesty my heart wouldn't have been in it until now. Thankfully life has turned a corner, as it does, and things are finally looking up.
We were fortunate, with many sunny days spent walking or at the beach - Lily's new favourite place to be.
                           
We spent a wonderful week in a cabin on the shores of a loch in Scotland. Such a beautiful area to which we hope to return.
Last month my birthday was celebrated with a picnic lunch on top of Latrigg, a small fell which overlooks the town of Keswick. It couldn't have been more perfect. The views are fantastic up there and the weather was gorgeous. I felt so blessed in that moment as I sat and admired the view.

It's quite hard to believe we are now already halfway through September. As a family we are gently discovering our daily routine as the days become shorter and the nights grow longer. Lily has settled in brilliantly at her Pre-school, work is going well and everything seems to be slotting into place.
My walking miles are on track this month and I am tying to focus on maintaining my physical and mental wellbeing.
Unfortunately, my desire to do any crafting seems to have all but disappeared, for now at least. I am hoping to find some inspiration soon. In the meantime I intend to embrace this last week of Summer as it is going to be all cosy sweaters and gingerbread lattes before too long although, for once, I am quite looking forward to it.

J. X

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  1. Welcome back lovely and happy belated birthday to you! I agree with Lily, the beach is my favourite place too. We have not been to Latrigg for years, we must fix that soon, your picture of the view is stunning. The cabin in Scotland sounds idealic too. I hope you are having a good weekend, take care and have a good week xxx

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    1. Thank you Lisa. The beach is pretty great for relaxing isn't it. X

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  2. Glad you are feeling a little better and have been able to return to walking. Now that Lily has started pre school it will hopefully free up a little time for crafting. I have recently started on my Christmas crafting and loving it. Take care.

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    1. Thank you. Yes I do have a little more time but I still haven't had any inclination to craft yet. I'm very much looking forward to Christmas so maybe I should look at creating something festive too. X

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  3. Beautiful photographs and I recognised the views in some of them. Glad you are settled happily now and every good wish for your future. Catriona

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    1. Thank you Catriona. They are beautiful views. X

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  4. I thought I recognised Latrigg before I read your words, looks like you had a beautiful day for your visit.

    Hope things continue to improve for you :)

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    1. The view from the top is quite unmistakable isn't it? Thanks Jayne. X

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  5. Happy belated birthday! Glad to see a new post from you and to hear that things are looking up again. Lovely pictures! I haven't felt like crafting much lately, myself. I hope you have a lovely week and that things continue to go well for you.

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    1. Thanks Bless. I'm glad things are looking up for you. Have a good week. Xx

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  6. Nice to see you back blogging Jules, glad things are looking up for you, beautiful photos it has been a lovely summer and gone so quickly. Take care.
    Marlene xx

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    1. Thanks Marlene. It has gone fast. I think more so as we have kept busy this year. X

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  7. lovely to see a post from you, your pictures are beautiful. take care x

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  8. happy belated birthday. Such beautiful photos. This time last year I had one of the grimmest times in my life. Felt like it would never end, but eventually it did. Life has a habit of shoving poo your way when things were going along nicely, but you do get through it. I hope things are happier for you now. xx

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    1. Thanks Sadie. Life does throw some rotten stuff at times doesn't it? It is a work in progress but things are already much better. X

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  9. some breathtaking photos Jules, thanks for sharing with us!

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    1. Thank you. I'm looking forward to seeing photographs of your new venture very soon. X

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  10. Such a beautiful spot to celebrate your birthday. I think we are starting to feel a little autumny as there has been talk of a trip to Keswick, we always visit as the weather starts to change - no idea why, it just happened.

    Glad to hear things are starting to look up for you :)

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    1. It's funny you should say that. We usually go for a walk near Grasmere when Autumn arrives, the changing colours of the scenery are beautiful there. Like with you it just sort of happened. Keswick is often a New Year visit for us. X

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  11. Thank you for joining in with my Christmas swap. One of the things I love about the swap is how it introduces us to new bloggers. Many congratulations on your wedding, you chose a beautiful place for your honeymoon, such lovely photos. I'm going to have a read back through your previous posts now.

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    1. Thank you Jo, I'm looking forward to it. X

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  12. Hi Jules, glad to hear that you're feeling more positive and things seems brighter for you.

    What a lovely place to spend your 'honeymoon'and your picnic lunch sounds lovely. So pleased that Lily has settled into playgroup. I bet it seems strange not having her with you all the time doesn't it? xx

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    1. Thanks Suzanne. Yes, it does seem strange when she's not around and I do miss her but it does mean I can get on with the cleaning and tidying and I can manage to get out for the occasional run. X

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  13. What beautiful photos, looks like you had a lovely summer :)

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    1. Thank you Susie. A lot of happy memories. X

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  14. What beautiful photos. I'd love to be there.

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  15. Perfect place for a birthday picnic, with lovely weather too ☺

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    1. Thank you. We really struck lucky with the weather. There were a lot of people climbing Skiddaw that day too, with it being so clear. X

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  16. Goodness Jules...how I managed to miss this post until this evening I don't know, but I've found it now. Glad to hear things are on the up for you. Long may it continue. x

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    1. Thank you Jackie. Your daughter's wedding looked wonderful. I'm so happy you all had a fabulous day. X

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  17. Such wonderful photos AND I've only just realised that you got married recently! Many congratulations Jules xx

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  18. What fabulous pictures. You certainly have a very good eye for a landscape. Lovely.

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