Friday, 15 August 2014

Restless July- Monthly Wrap up



July was a month of abundance; abundance of  much needed sunshine, ice cream and summer time music.  But the sweltering heat had made me a little restless too. I know I shouldn't complain, two weeks in to August there's a lot more rain than sun here. 

A resolutely chilled day at the sea side. 

 

I love going to the beach! which is a rare occurrence when you live in London. Regardless of all the thrill and excitement, I always manage to find a surreal feeling of calm and clarity at the seaside.


On a blissful sunny day we drove down to Hastings, with no prior planning and it was as abrupt as a day trip could be. Just how I like things to be. Sometimes those make the best memories.

 


Looking back I wish I'd taken more pictures, they came out came few and far between as I was awe struck by the beauty of this quintessential English town.



All together we avoided going to the modern parts of the town, and stuck to the old town rammed with traditional fish and chip shops, galleries, antique shops and quirky cafes. This is also the right spot if you are looking for something upmarket. 
  












When we got ravenously hungry, there were plenty of fish and chip shops lining the promenade to pick from. Of course any seaside adventure wouldn't be complete without gobbling up a grand portion of freshly made battered cod and chunky chips, and that's exactly what we did.






Hasting's glorious historical quarters enticed us away from the beach for a while. We took the liberty to use the old cliff railway to go up to the hill to explore more.























July Read: The ocean at the end of the lane by Neil Gaiman. 

 

 

If you are not convinced by fairly tales or mythical tales of witches and alike, this novel by Neil Gaiman will make you interested. By any means I am not the biggest fan of fantasy novels out there, but oh boy, I so loved reading every page of this book. The novel portrays a bizarre, yet wonderfully enticing story of fantasy world entiwined with reality, and all conveyed through the eyes of a young boy.

The story starts off with our Protagonist (an unnamed middle aged man) visiting his childhood home for a funeral. He wonders about until he reached a duck pond at the end of the lane of an old farm house. That's where the memories begun to unravel.

It's a story of adventure, mythical creatures and courage. I couldn't help but notice the great deal of sadness, and compelling sinisterness that surrounded the little boy's life.

Neil Gaiman's writing is so beautiful, his prose is almost poetic with wonderful words and flow. Here are few of my favourite quotes from the book. 

"I do not miss childhood, but I miss the way I took pleasure in small things, even as greater things crumbled. I could not control the world I was in, could not walk away from things or people or moments that hurt, but I took joy in the things that made me happy".
- Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the end of the Lane. 

"Grown-ups don't look like grown-ups on the inside either. Outside, they're big and thoughtless and they always know what they're doing. Inside, they look just like they always have. Like they did when they were your age. Truth is, there aren't any grown-ups. Not one, in the whole wide world."
- Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the end of the Lane.   


I have been watching lately- "Damages" TV series.

My latest obsession is a TV series called Damages. I found this legal show to be completely unique, and mesmerizing, nothing like what I expected it to be. The leading roles of Patty Hewes and  Emily Patterson, played by Glenn Close and Rose Byrne certainly do justification to the show.

This utopian thriller revolves around an extremely successful law firm owned by Patty Hewes (also a great trial lawyer herself) and the newly hired law school graduate, Ellen Parsons. It's full of bewildering twists and turns and nail biting moments. All I can say is, it's a must watch.


Music

These tracks have been playing nonstop lately. 

Chandelier- Sia . This is a hauntingly beautiful song with a great meaning. I just adore Sia's raw and heartfelt voice.



Hideaway- Kiesza. Brings me such joy and puts me in a bright mood.



Sky full of stars- Coldplay. Coldplay is my favourite band of all time! Another great hit that I could listen to all day. 





Here's the recap for the month of July. Hope you liked reading it. 

Bud xoxo