The wonderful weather has continued, with a few breaks here and there, for weeks now and I feel that we've been truly spoiled. It really has been glorious. It has been so hot and sunny it's felt like summertime and yet with it only being late May we have all the summer months to look forward to. I've really been enjoying my garden this spring, I've bought new garden furniture and have been making the most of the lighter, warmer evenings by spending much more time outside, as anyone who follows my Instagram feed will know!
Having been pretty much out of the social media world for several years I came back to a changed landscape and found myself a little out of touch when it came to platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram. I haven't really explored the former and don't have much curiosity for it but I've really taken to Instagram. However I quickly realised that users have really upped their game and the photographs I was scrolling through were in another league altogether. Looking back at my own Instagram feed I had a little sinking feeling as I realised that my iPhone snapshots, often with the unmistakeable yellow tinge from harsh indoor lighting, were not going to cut it if I wanted to reach a wider audience.
I think us Brits can be forgiven for getting a little over excited when we get get hot weather as we get such little of it, relatively speaking. I guess we appreciate it all the more because of that, and we know to make the most of it while it lasts as it's so fleeting in the UK. Although we are now in sunny springtime there is a good reason for the phrase 'April showers' so the last thing we were expecting was a heatwave, especially as we had snow just a few weeks back, but that's exactly what we've had. It was surprising but very welcome and just what we've needed - everything is just so much better when the sun is shining. Shorts come out from the back of wardrobes, music blares out of open car windows, shops get ransacked for barbecue food, it's fabulous!
This year hasn't been as I'd anticipated so far, getting off to something of a false start for me. As last year drew to a close I had to say goodbye to a dear friend, my cousin-in-law's father, when he sadly passed away. Unfortunately this was to be the first of several bereavements, the next being an uncle at the beginning of the new year and then my own father at the end of January, the latter throwing me into a turmoil with not only the grief to deal with but also a funeral to arrange and my father's affairs to sort out.