Life Lately | April

Life Lately | April Tomorrow, we roll into the month of May. This is my personal favourite as it usually means that the weather is getting slightly better and we can spend more time outdoors without risking frostbite. The sunshine also makes me think I’m some kind of Charlie Dimmock prodigy as I dash out and spend too much money on plants that will inevitably be dead by the end of June (by accident. I’m not some deranged person who deliberately murders perennials).

Anyhow, here’s how April went.

Enjoyed a spa day 

My little sister is getting married in June so, as her bridesmaid, I’d been getting busy planning her hen do! I did what a professional social media executive does best and set up a Facebook group, including various polls and such. The general consensus was that a spa day and meal was the preferred option so I booked us in for a day of tranquilly at a local luxury leisure club.

Here I met my sister’s future mother in law (keep up people) for the first time and she is hilarious – I’m already looking forward to seeing her at the wedding. We all relaxed and spent hours in the water whilst nattering about wedding plans. Sadly, I couldn’t make the meal afterwards but it was so lovely to catch up with our loved ones.

Explored the UK

April turned out to be the month of adventure for us. Adam and I stayed in a beautiful hotel in Buckinghamshire and enjoyed a rare night of ‘us time’ (not a euphemism). If you haven’t seen it already, you can read the full review here. We also spent a day in Oxford and went to the Peak District over Easter to see my sister-in-law who was holidaying there.

Last week, Adam and I took a whole five days of annual leave from our respective jobs in order to spend some quality time together so did a fair bit of exploring then too, as well as spending a morning lazing about in bed watching Netflix like responsible adults. Oh, and after a brief spate of sunshine the week previously, it absolutely pissed it down/was freezing cold on every single day of our leave. Great timing, eh?

I managed to get accidentally drunk in Manchester last Sunday morning before checking out Tim Peake’s spacesuit/spacecraft at the Museum of Science and Industry which was fun, followed by a quick mooch around the National Football Museum.

Later in the week, I went over to Lancaster to see family and enjoyed a walk around Williamson Park. The day after, Adam and I had a spontaneous jaunt to Blackpool, eating fish and chips on a very windy beach before wasting twenty quid in the arcades. Seriously, those penny machines are addictive!

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Saw Frank Turner in Manchester 

Yes, again. For the thirteenth time to be precise. I coerced my youngest girl into coming along and met up with my dearest friends, ready to sing our hearts out. I’m fortunate enough to have a friend who got me on the guest list this time and found out just before we got to Manchester that he’d actually reserved me two spots, meaning we had a spare ticket.

In the spirit of Frank’s new album, ‘Be More Kind’, I put a shout out on social media and gifted my ticket to fellow fans 11-year-old son, which made me feel like a pretty alright human being. Lisa – 1 Touts – 0.

We missed the first support, The Homeless Gospel Choir, however, managed to catch the Canadian band, Arkells, who are now firmly on my Spotify list. Despite Frank suffering from a terribly timed throat infection (this was the first night of his world tour), the gig was as epic as ever.

The atmosphere is always unrivalled, kind of like being at a party with 2,000 mates who happen to have awesome taste in music! He also showcased the new single, ‘Make America Great Again‘ which I’m yet to warm to (‘1933′ is an old-school, angry masterpiece though and I listen to it at least once a day), however, the lyrics: ‘Let’s make America great again, by making racists ashamed again‘ reminded me why I fell in love with his music many moons ago.

How was your April?

Lisa Valentine That British Betty Blog

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  1. 2nd May 2018 / 10:56 am

    Today in “Lis and Lisa are in fact the same person”: I have also seen Frank Turner a number of times that must be well into double figures by now (including in Boston, but not last month because the Scottish date was in Edinburgh and I had to get my hair did for my bestie’s secret wedding, but I did see him acoustic in January so it all evens out…). Also, my little sister is getting married, albeit next year.

    I love us.

    I’ll be in Manchester in June btw, although I’m not sure for how long – I’m reviewing Taylor Swift on the 8th, and the next day is my birthday so I might want to beat a relatively hasty retreat back up north. But I’m determined to share a couple of cocktails with you at some point this year!
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    • 3rd May 2018 / 9:44 pm

      Are we twins? This is hilarious. I saw Frank at an acoustic gig in January too and my sister happens so get married on your birthday!

      Yes! Don’t worry about June (enjoy the gig!) but it would be amazing to meet up at some point 💕
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  2. 30th April 2018 / 9:12 pm

    Wow it sounds like you’ve had a really fun and busy month! Lots of exploring indeed – I’m with you on the penny machines by the way, I can honestly spend hours (and a bloody fortune) trying to win the stupid prizes from them! Also the spa sounds heavenly – I had something similar for my hen do and it was great! Loved seeing all your photos from this month – and let’s hope you’re right about May’s weather!
    Beth x Adventure & Anxiety

    • 3rd May 2018 / 9:42 pm

      I’m glad I’m not alone in my penny machine addiction! Thanks lovely. Me too, some sunshine would be wonderful xx

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