Life, lately

Beach Huts at Calshot Beach

Beach Huts at Calshot Beach

I thought it was about time to do a little life update post, y’know the random boring personal stuff that’s going on. Tomorrow Al and I head off to Krakow for the weekend, minus the children, and I’m very much excited about that, if not panicking slightly that I”m going to freeze. Having left my gloves in Iceland I’m hoping that I’ll be able to grab a pair at the airport as I’ve had no joy finding any in the shops around here – the frustration I feel when shops stock for the coming season instead of the actual season is unnaturally intense!

Beach Huts at Calshot Beach

Work’s going well, I’m totally loving it, which is obviously a positive thing. I feel that I’m starting to get into a routine, working remotely is one of those things that needs adjustments here and there. I find it far too easy to keep dipping into it constantly and so working on setting myself times has been an enlightening move over the past few days. I’ve also had this post from Me & Orla in my mind a lot this week: Working in Cafes and wondering might I be more focused with a change of scene from time to time?  Working remotely is one of those ‘there is no right way’ things and I’m enjoying discovering what suits me.

In other news I have an actual diary, a page to a day one, like my good friend Tanya uses. Strange how working online I choose something very offline and old skool to help me organize my time. For me, I love being online but organizing and planning needs to be written down. This takes me back to revising for my GCSE’s many moons ago, I’m a writer-downer. If I write it down I am far more likely to remember it, without even needing to look. Plus it’s helping me reclaim my handwriting, which has turned, how can I put this kindly? Artistic  after years of typing and communicating mainly online.

Beach Huts at Calshot Beach

Beach Huts at Calshot Beach

And finally my thoughts are with my best friend Tanya, off Mummy Barrow, who heads to Jordan with World Vision on Sunday, visiting families affected by the conflict in Syria. I am very much looking forward to seeing her coverage of the visit. Please do show her some support, it’s such an important thing she’s covering. Also, trips such as this are always very emotional to be part of, you see upsetting scenes, hear heartbreaking stories and taking it in after a lot of travelling and processing it is one of those things that doesn’t get talked about very much but is tremendously hard. You can read her post about going here or follow along on Twitter @mummybarrow.

I’ll end with this beach hut that we both stood outside on a blustering January morning, starting up at and chuckling to ourselves.

Beach Huts at Calshot Beach
Beach Huts at Calshot Beach

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  • Interestingly, I’m actually working from a cafe right now! The grandparents tend to take Joe off my hands on a Friday morning but stay in the house and I feel obliged to stay and play hostess if I’m there, so… I escaped. Luckily we have a lovely new cafe in the village with wi-fi. I’ve actually got a lot done but have also spent plenty on drinks and food.

    As for organising: snap. It has to be written down. I do have a serious notebook-buying habit and love a good diary too… paper is by far the best way to organise yourself.

    I hope you enjoy Krakow. It’s a fabulous place (even if I’m biased, being half-Polish). Make sure you keep the cold out with plenty of cherry liqueur and stodgy pierogis x

  • Have a fab time in Krakow, it is a place I really want to visit. I hope you write about it when you are back. Good luck to Tanya too, I will be following & supporting her trip. x

  • These photos are all really perfect, I love the perspective and the bright colours.

    And I fully agree with the challenge of working remotely, I find it incredibly hard working at home and concentrate much better in a cafΓ© environment (plus, erm, cake.).

    Have a fantastic time in Krakow, can’t wait to see your photos and hear your tales xx

  • Well if you don’t find any gloves, I hear your crotch and armpits are the best places for keeping your hands warm! I can vouch for the armpits; doing that saved my hands in Norway. Have an amazing time away, look forward to seeing your photos. Love the beach huts πŸ™‚

  • Oh I’m so loving the beach hut photos. Rainbow beach huts. Yes!

    I am glad you are enjoying your new job. I am a writer downier too. And I’m totally addicted to stationary. Like I think paperchase is my favourite shop hah .

    Have a great time in Krakow πŸ™‚

  • Hey annie! So stoked to hear about your new job – so wonderful that you get to combine all the amazing things you are skilled at! Love this post, it is brimming with joy. And love your photos as ever. x x x x

  • blue skies!!!!!! i hope you had a great weekend away. Lily is now 6 and Will and i have never done that. who do you leave the children with? even though we moved closer to family, they are still a six hour drive away… xx

  • oh hello!
    I’m a writer downer too.
    How was Poland… it seems funny to not have an every second up-date but I think it is actually a really positive thing for you (and probably Al too?).

    Cafes – YES! I find they really help me focus, despite being more people, noise etc. I find it less distraction and often more inspiring. Just being outside my four walls really changes my vibe (also would reduce heating adjustment issues).
    Love the new photo – you look vibrant! Go Annie – good times. Really pleased for you. X

  • oh hello!
    I’m a writer downer too.
    How was Poland… it seems funny to not have an every second up-date but I think it is actually a really positive thing for you (and probably Al too?).

    Cafes – YES! I find they really help me focus, despite being more people, noise etc. I find it less distraction and often more inspiring. Just being outside my four walls really changes my vibe (also would reduce heating adjustment issues).
    Love the new photo – you look vibrant! Go Annie – good times. Really pleased for you. X

  • Love that last beach hut. Gorgeous photos as always Annie, glad the new job is going well! Hope you had fun in Poland too! πŸ™‚

  • I do prefer to write things down too. I was speaking to Laura about scheduling work time and she sounds like it has changed her life – I really ought to try it instead of trying to cram in as much as pos when I can. I hope you got some gloves – the next season clothes thing annoys me too – especially when I need more new uniform for the kids.

    Glad you are enjoying work and it is going well but do miss updates about you and the kids (although hands up I am guilty for not popping over to see you as much as I ought) xx