I love the month of May so thought I’d share my May 2022 Favourites, the weather is getting warmer, people are coming out from hibernation and we seem to socialise more. It just feels like such a good month. Also, my youngest baby has his birthday at the end of the month. So, what have I been enjoying this month? I have a few things I want to share with you.
I’ll start with the beginning of the month and work my way from there because there’s quite a lot this month. It’s been good!
I didn’t ever use to drink alcohol so I am quite in the know about tasty, non-alcoholic drinks but I made a new discovery this month.
REAL sell non-alcoholic sparkling teas. They’re like sparkling wine with the most beautiful flavour. They’re perfect to enjoy on a warm evening in the garden if you’re steering clear of alcohol. Royal Flush is my absolute favourite, it’s made from First Flush Darjeeling tea, it’s refreshing and floral tasting. I also enjoy their Dry Dragon, which is made from Dragonwell Longjing green tea. This one has more of a fresh citrusy taste to it. You can see these don’t the REALKombucha website. They retail in places like Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and even Harvey Nichols. Fancy!
So, another drink I discovered this month, whilst at a festival (which I’ll tell you about later) is Saxby’s Cider.
My alcohol drinking palette is rather fussy so it needs to be really delicious for me to drink it. This one tastes like apple juice. It’s a craft cider that is very drinkable. Saxby’s is made from English trees in Northamptonshire. Following the festival, I ordered some of their original cider online from their website. Delicious.
My Brother’s 50th Birthday
We had a family party for my brother for his 50th birthday. I adore our family get together. We’re a really close-knit family but we do live relatively spread out around the southwest of England. There are around 24 of us all together so there are quite a lot of people to cater for. We took a coolbox of food and everyone brought different elements for the party so it wasn’t all on one household. Thankfully, one of my brothers has a huge house on a really beautiful country estate so there’s plenty of room for us all to get together.
You can see Bodhi (my grandson) here playing with his BigJigs bucket and spade here (kindly gifted). BigJigs are made from silicone naturally derived from quartz sand so it’s a brilliant sustainable option for a plastic bucket and spade. They’re really easy to clean and I love that they’re sustainable. In the background, you can see my Kikkerland Wicker Cooler Seat, (kindly gifted) which is a cool box that doubles up as a seat!
I had a new tattoo this month. It’s a Hamsa hand, a palm-shaped amulet, which is a universal symbol of unity and protection. I thought it was quite symbolic because it’s said to ward off bad thoughts and following my previous battles with agoraphobia, I could do with all the help I can get!
Camp Quirky 2022
Camp Quirky is a handmade campervan festival for self-builders. I’ve been waiting to go since I saw it on a YouTube video in 2019. Having a van has definitely changed my life for the better and I wanted to see what others had done with their vans and just be around like-minded people. Some of the vans were insanely well done. We stayed two nights and had such a good time. Oli (our 15 year old) came with us, as did a couple of other friends. It was in Northamptonshire, which I’d never been to before. I haven’t been to a festival for so long, I thought I’d find it a bit difficult being so far away but nope, it was fine.
TV & Movies
We haven’t been watching much TV, as always, but we did binge-watch an entire TV series in one evening. It was called Heartstopper and my teenagers (who are both gay) absolutely loved it. It was such a sweet show. We also watched The Adam project, which was really good. Another couple of films I enjoyed were Senior Year and some cheesy film about a wine merchant who falls in love with a guy (predictable but I liked it).
Dorset Adventure Park
We went to the Inflatable Water Park at Dorset Adventure Park in Corfe, Dorset with the teenagers and my brother and his partner. It was so much fun! The perfect destination for adventurous teenagers and adults alike. Not gonna lie, I spent most of the time bobbling about in the water as pictured above but we absolutely LOVED the inflatables. We’ll definitely be going back next year and no, I wasn’t cold in the water. You can hire wetsuits so I was toasty in the lakes.
Oli’s 15th Birthday
I couldn’t possibly write about my May 2022 Favourites and not include Oli’s birthday in it somewhere. His birthday is the very last day of the month and this year, he turned 15. My youngest baby. We went for breakfast with family at our local Wetherspoons and then he skipped off to his Dad’s house with his new longboard in tow.
Also this month, my oldest baby (now 24), his wife and my grandson moved back nearer to us too. He’s now only a 15-minute drive away compared to the hour and a half trek he was previously. This makes me a very happy mum. I hope you’ve all had a great month too.