Where did it go? June I mean.
It seems to have speeded past all barbecues and glazed foreheads. There’s the internal struggle of trying not to say you’re too hot because that’s not allowed. Even when we wake in the middle of the night with desert mouth – tossing and turning and dreaming of air-con. We must remain britishly grateful at all times.
I kicked off the month in London seeing Nick Cave play at Victoria Park. I managed to get a seat and it was amazing. I won’t go on about it since I already have – so if you missed my write up go and read it here.
I’ve been getting all kinds of creative. There was a time when I painted and made my own cards, but if I’m gonna be honest it has been a while.
A few weeks ago I got back in the saddle with a jewellery making class at Oliver Bonas. What did I learn? Well, firstly that all the Bonas family are cool af. They’re nailing the haven’t-tried-too-hard chic. Their head of design is gorgeous, and matching earrings are practically a thing of the past. Also, fun fact – Manchester is their biggest store (did you catch that London?).
So about the earrings – well it’s quite hard tbh, and fiddly. Successful results require concentration levels akin to a mindfulness session, but that’s not to say that it wasn’t fun.
June Trekstock meetup
The following week, it was time to get to know my inner Potter (not Harry! I mean the clay stuff that you made at primary school after Papier-mâché and Bubble Painting). I didn’t just rock up either – the session was organised by Trekstock for the June Manchester meetup (due to diary clashes or treatment, this was the first of these I’ve been able to make). It was casual and everyone was friendly, and we shared our experiences of cancer treatment whilst making ‘pinch pots’. Steve (I hope I’ve correctly remembered his name!) was a very patient tutor – rescuing my creation on more than one occasion. Oh, and the place? The clay studio is just lovely. I’m already eyeing up longer courses!
June was also MRI time, and after a wait of a week for the results, it was good news – I remain stable which is a big relief for me, my friends and family.
There’s now a Monki store in the Arndale Centre (Manchester) and I feel like I should tell you about it. It’s seriously Instagrammable, and I found loads of gorgeous stuff on the rails. The sizing is a bit weird so my (stating the obvious) tip is to try a few different sizes.