Streams Of Consciousness & Sunsets

And now I’m back…. From far Up North

Where we had some absolutely stunning sunsets last week. Night after night, they were just absolutely beautiful. The skies do seem that bit bigger, up there.

[#nofilter (although the church looks a little bit like Batman, no?)]

I finished my project on Tuesday, and Yorkshire bade goodbye to me in typical cold and rainy fashion.

[This is the grate near the entrance which I’m terrified I’m going to drop my pass and/or car keys into every.single.day. Anyone else get weird hang ups about stuff like this?!]

Miserable. It’s like it’s Autumn already.


Up until Tuesday lunch time, I still didn’t know whether I needed to get on a plane to Finland that evening. I didn’t in the end, but it was a tense couple of hours whilst I tried to work out the logistics on that one.
Speaking of logistics, I still haven’t booked us a holiday. We’re supposed to leave in less than 2 weeks so…. I should really just book something already. I think I’m over-thinking it because it’s our 5th wedding anniversary, but I just need to get over it and find a nice quiet beach that we can go and sit on with our books for 4 days. That’s really all I want.
Small print update: my Dad has now had his Big Operation whereby they removed everything that had or was suspected of having cancerous tissue. It was a fairly serious procedure and he now has to take it slow while he recovers and gets used to his new setup. Still, he’s dealing with it all with remarkably good grace and even ate a big roast dinner 2 days post op, which made the surgeons roar with laughter when they found out. Not the recommended recovery plan, turns out!
I’m really enjoying being back home and (aside from the obvious things like seeing my husband) actually being able to do some cooking, organising and general nesting activities. It’s been great, although I’m now looking for my next project. Gluten free doughnuts maybe?
I will miss my temporary home up North, though. The hotel I stayed in did really feel like a second home by the time I left; I had my regular room and routines. The girls on reception were really friendly and we had a little moment when we realised this was the last check out. I’ll also miss this view in the morning, which never failed to relax me and make me feel like the day was full of possibilities and the chance of beautiful things.

All change! I wonder where I’ll be off to next?
-Rachel
Linking up with Kristin and Joey for Stuff and Things.
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16 Comments

  1. 20th August 2015 / 13:31

    lol @ your dad having a big roast dinner. yum! glad he is doing well! hope you book your vacay soon, and then share lots and lots of pictures because i am already jealous.

    • 20th August 2015 / 16:48

      I know, he’s hilarious. You’d think he’d know better, being a doctor himself! The vacay will be booked ASAP, because I need some beach in my life!

  2. 20th August 2015 / 14:08

    Lovely skies up there! The first photo is really gorgeous.

    Girl you need to just book something. It’s time! LOL

    Your dad with his roast. Too funny. I’m glad he did well though. Best wishes to his continued recovery.

    • 20th August 2015 / 16:46

      Ugh I know! It’s beyond time. I’m even annoying myself. Thanks for the well wishes 🙂

  3. 21st August 2015 / 14:12

    Hi Rachel thanks for visiting me over at Le Chic En Rose and I’m so glad you enjoyed reminiscing about your time in Australia – how lovely you got engaged over here too! My family come from Yorkshire (my parents now live in Harrogate) so interested to see you’ve been visiting the north. I always notice how much cooler it is than the south (we used to live in London so usually go there for a visit when we’re over and now our younger daughter is living there as well). Since we’ve tended to come over in April recently at the end of the long hot Perth summer, I really feel the cold when we first land in the UK! Your blog looks very interesting – I’ll enjoy browsing through your posts, best wishes Rosemary 🙂

    • 26th August 2015 / 23:15

      Hello! And sorry for the slow reply. I loved reading your posts, and look forward to working my way through more! What a coincidence that you have links to Yorkshire, and you’re quite right. It is always noticeably colder there than London! And it must be quite a shock coming over from a Perthian summer. It’s even quite freezing now, but we are having an unusually arctic summer… Thanks for visiting Rosemary! 🙂

  4. 21st August 2015 / 20:12

    Sometimes all you need is a nice relaxing vacation on a beach with a book. Normally I really enjoy the going all the time on vacations, but some of my favorite moments from Hawaii were relaxing by the pool with a good book in my hands!

    • 26th August 2015 / 23:17

      I know! It’s what I’m craving, but I’m so bad at actually sitting still. I’m so easily distracted. Maybe I just need to pick better beach reads? Anyway, one day I’ll master the art of the beach vacation!

  5. 22nd August 2015 / 23:56

    Oh that sunset is beautiful!

    It’s always bittersweet when your time somewhere comes to an end, but it’s good you had some lovely memories there.

    Glad to read that your dad is doing better too!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • 26th August 2015 / 23:19

      It really was! The hotel staff looked at me strangely when I went out to photograph it, so I can only imagine it’s totally normal for it to look that pretty there! That or it’s weird to take photos of the sky… Anyway, looks like I might be headed back up for a couple of days so I’ve not had too much of a chance to miss it…!

  6. 24th August 2015 / 19:10

    That sunset is so beautiful!

    I totally get the pressure of the five year anniversary! We had the hardest time picking where to go last year!

    • 26th August 2015 / 23:21

      It’s so silly, isn’t it, the pressure we put ourselves under for no reason?! I mean really, what does it matter in the end as long as you enjoy yourselves! Where did you go, in the end? And congratulations on 5 years!

  7. 25th August 2015 / 18:20

    Can’t wait to see what you have planned for your vacation! Hope it can be a nice relaxing break! Also glad to hear your dad is doing well and up in spirits 😀

    • 26th August 2015 / 23:23

      Thank you! I appreciate the kind words. Holiday may be on hold… Long story… But it will happen, and you’ll certainly hear all about the plans as and when they’re made!

  8. 27th August 2015 / 16:13

    Oh I totally know that feeling… I have to ride the elevator a million times at work and I’m always scared I’m gonna drop my phone/keys down the small space between the elevator and the floor. I told a coworker this and she told me that someone actually did drop their keys down there! And a person in the building had to go down below and grab them.

    • 27th August 2015 / 16:29

      Blaggghh that’s so horrible. Poor person who had to go hunting around at the bottom of a lift shaft! I think I have a fear of things falling through small gaps. Is that even a thing?!

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