Everyday life Life

July 2023

July was such an exciting month. Most importantly, I’ve graduated from KCL with a 1st Class (Hons), and last week I had the ceremony. We decided to spend a few days in London as well, just to celebrate. I will blog about the graduation in a couple of days.

graduation ceremony

Highlights from this month include the NAFO Summit, that I saw online. NAFO was opened by Gabrielius Landsbergis (Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs) and we had a pre-recorded message from Kaja Kallas (Estonian PM). I think she is amazing. It was fun and I asked for my fella. For those who don’t understand what I’m talking about, read here. We are brain-damaged cartoon dogs fighting russian propaganda and dis/mis-information online. It might sound funny, but there is real work done, and a lot of money raised for Ukraine. All of NAFO were awarded the Lithuanian Star of Diplomacy!

Another highlight is that we gave a ride to an elderly dog who was not feeling well. In the supermarket’s car park I saw a couple with a dog that was not well. So we asked if they needed help and they said they were waiting for a taxi. The dog is a big staff, so we knew it was difficult to find a taxi, so we gave them a ride. It brought back memories of our dog, when he was elderly and not well, so I’m so happy we helped them. The dog got excited about the ride and was feeling a bit better, which was wonderful to see.


The month started with us on a short holiday in Wales. I blogged about all the places we’ve been, so do check them out if you are curious. We went to see the Cwmorthin Waterfall, took a ride with a steam train on the Ffestiniog Railway, saw the Llanfair slate caverns and Harlech Castle, played Underground Golf which was amazing, strolled on the Black Rock Sands Beach and spent a day walking around Portmeirion. On top of that we had a lunch at The Eating Gorilla. The collage above shows a picture from each place.


We finished the month with that short holiday in London and, like in Wales, the collage above shows a picture from each place we’ve been to in London, starting with Tottenham Court Road. We ate at Cream.dream (twice!), Tofu Vegan, and Mallow. We had drinks at The George, which is opposite of Royal Courts of Justice and within a few minutes from KCL. It is an 18th century pub we used to go to after one of my lectures which was finishing late in the afternoon, so was perfect to stop for drinks there.
We also went to London Mithraeum, which I am going to blog about, soon.


1. Portmeirion. 2. Welsh beer tasting. 3. Started P90X again. 4. New flowers in my garden, planted this year. 5. Apples in the garden. 6. Moldovan leaders remembered the tens of thousands of Moldovans deported to Siberia after the soviet union annexed the territory, something I read about online. 7. Dried decorations made from alliums from the garden. 8. NAFO summit. 9. The Sustainability Show in Manchester. 10. We gave a ride to a man with his elderly dog (this is a random picture of the car). 11. Flowers. 12. Wine. 13. Cozonac (a recipe from my great-grandmother). 14. Celebrations to mark receiving the results. 15. Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden. 16. The white lilies have started to bloom. 17. Transporting churros for a picnic. 18. Finished The volunteer by Jack Fairweather. 19. We are watching Bones, a series I really enjoy. 20. Yummy treats at The Vibe Café. 21. Halva tasting. 22. Reporting vatniks on twitter. 23. The Lost Daughters of Ukraine by Erin Litteken, an amazing story I finished on the day. 24. Watermelon rind jam. 25. A bear pit, a remnant of a Victorian Zoo, in Wirral. 26. Liverpool. 27. Cream.dream. 28. Graduation!! 29. Benji’s buns opening of a new shop. 30. London Mithraeum. 31. Books in July.


This month I read “only” 7 books. I finished the 6 books by Agatha Christie written under a pseudonym. I’m glad I read all of them, even though only one received 5 stars from me. I also read a mystery by her, which was ok.

The last fiction book I read was The Lost Daughters of Ukraine by Erin Litteken, a book inspired by her own family’s story, from WWII. It was really good, about the less known aspects of WWII, which involved Eastern Europe. I didn’t know the scale of some of the operations, despite reading on WWII.

I also read about a Polish man who volunteered to go into Auschwitz to see what is happening there, a non-fiction book, but really lovely to read, The volunteer by Jack Fairweather. I definitely recommend that book too.

Iuliia Mendel was the press secretary of President Zelenskyy and her book is interesting, rather short, but has a lot of autobiographical aspects that make it very interesting. She talks about her experience growing up, going to university, getting a job, studying abroad. It’s fascinating and worth reading. Nichols’ Our Own Worst Enemy is the second book I read by him and it was really good. Another one that is worth reading, nicely written, and relatively short. He talks about the people’s lack of assuming their own responsibility and the rise of populism and divisions within democracies.

I reviewed all previous books on my book blog, Coffee&Books, but I am yet to review the one about Oxford, I will do that in the following days. The book about Oxford looks at the archives and talks about “town and gown” and issues between them, as shown in carefully selected papers from the archive. It starts in the 14th century and there are a lot of different details. I found the book unique, interesting, and entertaining. I highly recommend it.

Books I read in July:
Giant’s Bread by Agatha Christie – 4 stars
Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? by Agatha Christie – 3 stars
The Fight of Our Lives by Iuliia Mendel – 5 stars
The volunteer by Jack Fairweather – 5 stars
The Lost Daughters of Ukraine by Erin Litteken – 5 stars
Our Own Worst Enemy by Thomas Nichols – 4 stars
Oxford University by Alice Blackford Millea – 5 stars

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14 Comment

  1. Wow congratulations on your degree! What an incredible result too. So kind of you to give the poorly dog a lift, we need more kind people in the world! Each act of kindness makes it a better place to live. I helped a lady who was feeling dizzy get back to her hotel the other day and it felt nice to be able to give her a helping hand.
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  2. huge congratulations with your graduation. that was kind of you to help those people with their staff, hope the dog is ok. That’s some reading for this month

  3. Congratulations on your graduation and on getting a 1st. That was lovely of you helping out the couple with the elderly dog. Lovely photos from your holiday in Wales. Sounds like you had a lovely time. The Oxford University book sounds interesting. #project365

  4. Congrats on the graduation. Takes me back to mine a long time ago! Sounds like it’s been a good month – love the welsh photos – makes me want to go back and revisit lots of those places, and take N. Maybe in October.

  5. Congratulations on your degree! With our neighbour’s son also getting a 1st with honours, that’s two amazing results, although his graduation is still to come, later this week I think. Looking forward to sharing some of the images from your day 🙂

    A great round-up post, I don’t know how you fit so much into a month, but we probably did just as much when we were your age, I’ve just forgotten those days! 🙂

    1. Thank you. I will share some pictures tomorrow and a round-up of what I did for my degree, just a few highlights.
      We are busy. We rarely spend the day on the sofa watching TV shows or series, but keep active with all sorts of stuff. 🙂

    1. With Festus being so big, I knew how difficult was for them to find a taxi driver willing to take a big elderly dog in their car, so it was clear for us that we should help them. It was emotional for us, bringing back memories, but I’m happy we could help them.

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