Park in Warsaw - Poland
October In Review
October has been a truly wonderful month for me. While I haven't done much blogging - nor near as much reading as usual - I have been off exploring new places and simply basking in the Autumn glow.
This Months Highlights:
AUTUMN - This is the first time I’ve experienced a real autumn in almost five years. When I lived in China, Summer reigned nine months of the year, winter the other three. There wasn't much of a transition between them, so being back in England has been blissful. The darkening nights, the sunset colours (So many colours!) and the ground littered with acorns and horse-chestnuts … It’s so magical! And while I’m sure I sound like special maple leaf to you guys, I will never take another spring or autumn for granted again.
NEW BEGINNINGS - At the start of October my grandmother turned 88. A week later she made the decision to leave her house, and move into a care home. She is literally the BRAVEST person I know.
Watching her sort through all her possessions, each one a treasured memory, was heartbreaking, but for all the things she said goodbye too, she just tapped her head and said, “Everything is up here.” Then she tapped her heart, “And everyone I care about is in here.”
Starting over in a new place at her age is daunting, but no challenge seems to much for my grandmother. I just wanted to give her a shout out today, because I hope one day I can be half as brave as her.
POLAND - Yes, I’m travelling again. Its fantastic being back on the road. I’m also thrilled after 3.5 months to be reunited with my partner in crime (aka - the boyfriend) who was off being superman in Canada. Nothing makes you realise how much you love someone until circumstances demand you apart! ... although I forgot how much he hogs the the blankets.
But Poland is amazing! So far we have consumed so many pirogies (Polish Dumplings), lots of goulash and the most amazing pancakes I’ve had in a good long while. Then there have been some amazing parks - an unexpected snow day during one hike - all followed by the best hot chocolate EVER that I found in Krakow.
I'll be doing a post on my Polish adventures later in the week for anyone who is interested.
But now its November... and we are in Hungary, Budapest :)
- Hysteria by Lily Blake (Reign #2) ***
- Stolen Songbird by Danielle .L. Jensen ***
- The Songbird’s Overture by Danielle .L. Jensen **
- A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee **
- Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo ***** (Loved Loved Loved!)
- Water’s Wrath by Elise Kova ***
- Crystal Crowned by Elise Kova ****
- One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake ****
And that warps up October!
How is life for the rest of you? I hope you had a brilliant month too. Anything special in store for November? And good luck for anyone tackling NaNoWriMo this year!