Well I am sitting here writing this well and truly on summer break. As I type it's a little after six on a grey and stormy July evening (I've already done the drowned-rat look once today! Soaked through and needing a towel as soon as I got through the door!), and I am relaxing with a cup of tea, waiting for my handsome boy to return from work. It's his birthday today - if you're reading this later, honey, Happy Birthday! Thank you for making my already blessed little world an even happier, lovelier place. I hope this year is so very good to you!

So we're well and truly into July now aren't we? And what a month it has been! The last few days of school were a true rollercoaster - laughter, tears, bittersweetness, kindness, snideness, love.... All in all though, I'm glad that chapter of my life is done. I had a wonderful four years at that school, but the time to move on had come. I'm lucky in that (I hope) I've made some friends I want to stay in contact with, but it was also time to get along. I'm so nervous about starting my new school in September but so very, very excited too!

Weekend was chilled and relaxed - on Saturday Matthew and I arose very late, went for delicious (and enormous!) Italian, the spent the evening relaxing in the garden with some candles, some cake, and some wine. Just a lovely time together, watching the swallows in the pale blue sky, then counting the stars twinkling through as twilight gave way to evening.

Sunday I got up fairly early...because I had birthday cupcakes to make. Then Matthew and I headed back to London (where I am right now). Monday I did some 'cleaning fairy' jobs around the house here, and was just about to get a little bored when....my darling friend Jenna texted to see if I wanted to hang out! Jenna's a Forres friend who lives in Edinburgh, butshe was in the city doing some stuff, and had an afternoon to kill. So we walked, drank tea, ate cupcakes, went on pedalos, pretended to be geese, drank lovely pear cider. Photos to follow once I'm home and on my own machine. We also did lots of wedding chat (Jenna's engaged) and I got to see the rock in person. Then Jenna went off to Stansted, and I went for a coffee before Matthew and I went on a little adventure to....IKEA! We wanted to check out some of the stuff we want to buy for the house...so much shiny! I'm excited for our plans. Then home for cuddles and a Swedish beer and some barbeque beef.

Next we stayed up till midnight so I could give Matthew a rendition of 'Happy Birthday' and he could open his gift (he liked it, yay!). Then today so far has been reading, napping, Nando's, cleaning and getting soaked. And now a relaxed evening ahead.

So why "Eastside"? Well, it's a silly nickname Matthew and I have for round here. I like it. Most of the people are friendly. It's lively. It's easy to get into central London. Sure, it's a bit loud and a tad messy, but it's a city - I'm hardly in it for rolling hills and birdsong. It's a new phase, and for every negative there will be a positive.... I'll keep you all posted!

Tomorrow, back to the village. Moving day is in ten days...I have to get packing!
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  1. Good luck with the move! I would love to meet up with you in London when I'm there in December. If I buy coffee will you make b.day cupcakes? :)

  2. Yay for summer break! Love it.

    Good luck with the backing. I'll see if I can telepathically and transatlanically conjure up some packing gnomes to help you.

  3. I'm so excited for you! A new adventure... is there anything better?

  4. Sounds like July is being very good to you...and I love the idea of relaxing in the garden with candles, cake and wine! You know how to live, Chica! :)

  5. I don't get to stop by as often as I'd like these days. It sounds as though life is well with you. I love the new layout!

    Adventures, Ho!


  6. Sounds like a fantastic weekend! But oh, how I hate packing and moving.

  7. That all sounds very nice. I'm going to keep that "cleaning fairy" idea for next time I have to do chores. It makes the whole process seem a lot more appealing.

  8. Sounds lovely Claire! Your blog always makes me feel warm and happy about life!

  9. You have the life...especially when you pretend to be geese...zman sends


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