Those of you who listen to the podcasts will be hearing plenty of my voice but for those who don’t I’m well aware that there’s been a bit of a drought on the old blog!
Rectifying that today with a post to just check in and say all well at CHMQ. Not much excitement to report so I thought I would share a few things that I’m loving this summer in the hope that I might inspire one or two of you to find something you also love.
So here goes – if you like this feature let me know and maybe it can become a regular thing!
This month I’ve loved brunch at The Bottle of Sauce. They’ve launched a new menu and between 9am and 12pm every day in August there is 25% off all food on the brunch menu! I recommend the veggie breakfast but the boys raved about the waffles.
I also recorded a podcast at Naunton Park in Leckhampton last week and was thrilled to spy a new branch of Baker and Graze- you now have two places to get your cinnamon roll fix!
I’ve really been enjoying iced tea this summer. After my planet friendly parenting event I hot footed it down to T2 on The Promenade in a bid to reduce my plastic use (did you know there is plastic in most tea bags?) and stock up on loose leaf tea. I tasted some iced tea and I’ve been hooked since. Try the mangoes and cream – sounds disgusting but it’s so refreshing and not sweet at all.
On the not so righteous front it’s all about he rosé. The lighter in colour the better. Anything with the word Provence on is usually a winner in my book.
I’ve started reading religiously for at least twenty minutes before bed and as a result I’ve been falling asleep much faster. I read ‘Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys‘ which is a memoir of Viv Albertine who was the guitarist in the 70s punk music band The Slits. It was a good read. Not amazing, but good. I learned a lot about the punk era and how bands had to promote themselves in the pre digital era – it was a different world! Viv also tells the tale of how she adjusted to motherhood, followed very quickly by cervical cancer and how she really lost the sense of herself after that. It was moving at times.
I then raced through ‘This is Going to Hurt‘ by Adam Kaye. This is the diary of a junior doctor. It’s hilarious, terrifying and tragic in equal measure and really really makes you think. Having worked in a GP practice for several years pre CheltenhamMaman I really understood a lot of the pressures he referred to. I’m excited to be welcoming one of my ex GP colleagues onto the podcast in September as I think there is so much we can do to bridge the gap between what the health service can do and what we expect it to do, particularly as mothers.
Obviously you’re all listening to CheltenhamMaman Good Mum Bad Mum (did I mention it was number one in the Kids and Family charts?) I’ve started listening to ‘Table Manners‘ a podcast where singer Jessie Ware and her Mum, Lennie, interview various people of interest over a meal that they cook. Loved the episode where they talked to Adam Buxton live at Latitude festival – sounds like it descended in to total chaos when he started throwing cherry tomatoes at the audience!
Obviously like many of you I have a Love Island shaped void in my life. I paid to watch Big Little Lies (I know I’m so late to the party) and was not disappointed. I felt it was quite different from the book (which I also loved) but the cast and the setting made it a pleasure to watch – definitely worth the download fee. We’ve also started watching Mindhunter on Netflix…. it’s slow for sure but interesting and funny and a bit dark so far. Think it’s a grower.
Couldn’t not share these with you. My absolute favourite things of the century. I’m wearing them with my darling Alex jeans that I can also never be without. Sadly think the shoes might be sold out but Bodega ‘s stock seems to just get better and better so keep your eyes peeled as I’m sure there will be some more belters coming in for Autumn Winter.
I’m still a massive National Trust fan and Croome has been my happy place this summer. The light, the colour, the spaces…. can’t get enough.
We also popped up the road to our local station on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire steam railway today and the Bébé was appropriately mesmerised.
What are your summer loves? Hit me up I need all the inspiration I can get!