August was a very busy month. I enjoyed watching the Olympics and Paralympics, like the final at the wheelchair rugby, that was so exciting. I’m watching Paralympics online so I avoid in part the commentary between games. What I don’t understand is why the British commentators are rooting for anyone but the British athletes. I watched a bit from all sports available online and I think my favourite sport from the Paralympics is goalball. I felt inspired and yesterday I did one of my 40-before-40 goals to hike/walk for at least 10 miles. It took a bit over 3 hours and my husband and I had a lovely time getting to know our local area better. We’ve decided against travelling by car to a beauty spot and instead we walked in nearby woods and local footpaths.
As I mentioned before, I’m going to King’s College from next month (this is my second BA). I explained a bit more in that post. I will read history full time, so it’s quite a big change for us. It’s so exciting!
In other news, I started volunteering last month for the Royal Voluntary Service. As a NHS Volunteer Responder I helped with guiding the people wanting to get their jabs, answered questions regarding the vaccination (not offering medical advice, of course, for that there are doctors on site), and made sure people were feeling ok after they had their jab. I went to a few different places and my favourite was the mobile bus site. I’ve done a few shifts with them.
It is very rewarding and I am thinking to get a few more shifts next month, including in London, if I have the time. I wish I knew they were looking for volunteers from June, I would have joined sooner.
Lucy Worsley shared earlier this month a quote I liked so I’m including it here, from Giovanni Boccaccio who was reporting on the Black Death of 1348:
‘Some lived in isolation from everyone, refused to speak to outsiders, entertained themselves as best they could … others drank heavily, lived life to the full, and shrugged the whole thing off as an enormous joke.’
We went out a lot of times this month. One evening it was so nice on the docks that we stopped for cocktails on the terrace. How lovely is that view of Wirral?
This month we had a lot of meals out too. Everything pictured here is vegan, of course, and all but one places are vegan. The burgers in the middle were at an event organized by Meatless Farm, the rest are from either Liverpool or Manchester. Next month we will not have time to go out as often, so we took advantage this month. I love all the food and would happily eat all of these dishes again (and again and again).
1. A furry friend. 2. Date night. 3. I finished a book on Japanese flowers. 4. Searching. 5. About 5 bees had their lunch on the allium. 6. Butterfly & bees in the garden. 7. Olympics. 8. Volunteering at a vaccination centre. 9. Central library to get a book and return a few. 10. MF BBQ event. 11. The vegan kind boxes. 12. Sharing crisps with Festus. 13. I started reading Animal farm. 14. Dessert, vegan cheesecake. 15. AI Exhibition. 16. Books I’m preparing to read these days. 17. Pizza & cocktails. 18. 1930s car (picture taken a few days before). 19. Pizza at Purezza. 20. Desserts. 21. Knowsley safari park. 22. Cocktails at the Summer event at intu Trafford. 23. Festus after a quick shower in the morning. 24. I shared a new & exciting news. 25. I looked for a Roman recipe I knew I saved somewhere on the laptop. 26. Festus enjoys a doggy eclair. 27. Vegan hot chocolate at Hotel Chocolat. 28. What the pitta, Manchester. 29. My husband on the treetop course. 30. Long walk. 31. Books in August.
I finished only 7 books in August, but I imagine the number of books will pick up in the next couple of months and get closer to the 10-a-month I would usually do. I read a book by Japanese authors about plants and it was very interesting and it had a lot of wonderful illustrations too.
The history books were lovely and interesting, well worth a read. I loved Animal Farm, it is a real masterpiece. I was less impressed with the fiction book by Hobbes, not good enough and not to the standard she usually writes at, and the memoir by Robson was annoying, only gave him 3 stars because it was an unusual story.
Books I read in August:
Flora Japonica by Masumi Yamanaka – 4 stars
Daughters of Edward I by Kathryn Warner – 4 stars
The Secret Agent by Elisabeth Hobbes – 3 stars
Animal Farm by George Orwell – 5 stars
A Sensory History of Ancient Warfare by Conor Whately – 5 stars
The Crate Escape by Brian Robson – 3 stars
Himmler’s Death Squad by Ian Baxter – 5 stars