Friday, 30 June 2017

June In Pictures

London Baker Street Regents Park 21st Birthday Celebrations

Hello loves!

We're going to be taking a step back towards vintage Owlet today. I was looking for photos to write a guide to Bristol (don't worry, it's coming!) when I realised just how much I'd managed to cram into June, so I thought it might be nice to give you a bit of a rundown of my personal highlights.

London Sanderson Hotel with InTheFrow and British Heart Foundation Charity Dinner

We kick off the month with a trip to London on 2nd June. I was very fortunate to be invited to Victoria's (InTheFrow) British Heart Foundation dinner. I got into London about 12pm and met up with my friend Alicia. We used to go to school together, and I hadn't seen or spoken to her again until the last few months so we spent the entire day chatting in a coffee shop just off Oxford Street. I picked up my dress from the Arcadia Offices (I know I've said this loads but thank you so much Simona!) and headed to the hotel. The meal was beautiful, and it was lovely to meet everyone.

I was originally planning to stay in London but was really sad to be missing a family event in Bristol the next day so I cancelled my hotel booking and went home the same night. 

Charity Band Night At Failand Inn Bristol Pub with Bradley Stoke Radio

Charity Band Night At Failand Inn Bristol Pub with Bradley Stoke Radio

On 3rd June it was time for Sands Festival. This is a charity event that our family friends put on in the beer garden of a local pub every year - this year's festival was in aid of a local children's hospice. BSR brought the stage and we spent the day enjoying the sunshine and listening to some great local bands, late into the night.

I pretty much spent the rest of the week in meetings and running errands so we'll skip that.

Madness Band Performing at Bradley Stoke Community Festival in Bristol, UK

Every year we have a community festival in Bradley Stoke. There's stalls from local community groups and businesses, bands play on the stage and local residents showcase their talents. This year was particularly special because the town council is 25 years old, and it's 30 years since they started building Bradley Stoke so it was a sort of birthday party, and obviously you can't celebrate without a bit of Madness. Well, Nuttiness to be precise but they were amazing and the whole field got up dancing.

We're going to gloss over the next few days as I spent them in bed having managed to get sun stroke (even though the sun was only out for two hours- joys of being pale!).

Birdcage Walk Clifton Bristol Tourism Summer City Walks

While I was in bed with my horrendous sunburn, I was scrolling through Instagram and found a new place in Clifton called Birdcage Walk. When I finally recovered I hopped on a bus into town and spent the day wandering round my local area and enjoying the sites - if I ever get round to writing it there will be a post eventually. We also made a new friend and he was amazing.

Mayor of Bradley Stoke Memorial Service at Westerly Crematorium Bristol

Mayor of Bradley Stoke Memorial Service at Westerly Crematorium Bristol

On 14th June there was a remembrance service held to honour everyone who has lost their lives during service since WWII. In case you didn't know ( I don't think I've actually mentioned it on here yet) Dad's the mayor of Bradley Stoke this year, so he was invited to lay a wreath on behalf of the council. The service was really moving - you can always count on a room full of service men and women to sing God Save The Queen at full volume.

Yours Clothing Swindon Opening New Store with The Owlet Blog
Photo: The Swindonian (thanks guys!)
The 16th June is a double whammy as this was an extra busy day. In the morning I was invited to open the new Yours Clothing store in Swindon. I actually said "Who have you got to cut the ribbon?" to which they replied "You're doing it". I didn't realise this when I was asked but it's probably up there with one of the coolest things I've done with The Owlet.

Bristol Charity Event Willow Brook Centre Bradley Stoke Radio

It was then a mad rush back to Bristol to get ready for Stars of The Stokes. This is an awards evening to recognise the most inspiring residents in our local area. It's a lovely feel-good event, and a really good disco follows. A lot of people made the most of that....

Summer Barbecue Picnic with Family Bradley Stoke, Bristol

18th June was Father's Day in the UK. Considering we're always busy, Dad's idea of a perfect Father's Day is to do nothing. We had a lie in then went to Argos to buy a barbecue (that we later spent three hours building - I didn't enjoy that as much). We sat out in the sunshine, drank Prosecco and enjoyed our food. I think we ended up sat outside until about 11pm in the 30ยบ heat, and it was lovely.

Summer Barbecue Picnic with Family Bradley Stoke, Bristol Swimming in the Pool

21st June is arguably the most important day, and also the turning point for this awful weather that we're now stuck with. We decided that there was no use hiding in the air conditioning anymore, so went and bought a pool. Pretty much as soon as I'd filled it, the clouds came over and we haven't had a sunny day since so sorry if you were enjoying the weather!

On 24th June we had another BSR event - this time in Staple Hill supporting Armed Forces Day. There was an amazing parade down the high street and into the park where the Priest prayed and the Salvation Army band performed. I'm really lucky to do some amazing things with The Owlet but it's days like this when the whole community comes together that really keeps me grounded. BSR events are my happy place.

I hope you've enjoyed my June rundown - if you did let me know, and I might make this more of a regular thing. While writing this I've made myself late to go out - tonight I'm going to a press event where we get to see Bristol Zoo after it's closed to the public, but I'll do a whole separate post on that, I'm sure!

What's been your favourite moment this month? Let me know what you've been up to in the comments below.

Love and Feathers, 
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