The Weekend Blog | A tough couple of weeks

28th May 2017

Statue of Liberty, New York

The last couple of weeks have been a bit of a blur. They’ve been tough.

Last week my Nan passed away. It came as a shock to us all, even though she was in hospital recovering from a broken hip at the time. She seemed to be making great progress and we thought it wouldn’t be long before she could return home.

I took a couple of days off work after her passing, mainly to look after myself and to focus on my mental health, and I feel like it did help me somewhat. My parents were on holiday at the time of my Nan’s passing and I had to pick them up from the airport when they returned. It wasn’t easy.

Then, of course, tragedy struck in Manchester at the arena on Monday night. I was starting to feel like I was becoming desensitised to such horrific events that seem to becoming the norm, but when it happens in a city just down the road from you, in a building that you, your friend and your family have spent a lot of time in, it really hits home.

I don’t know if it’s because I was already grieving, but I cried a lot. I even had a little cry on my way home from work on Tuesday after finding out Roger Moore had died. He was my favourite Bond and he always seemed like such a gentleman. 😞

In a desperate need to give myself something to look forward to, I started looking at holidays for the summer, and I ended up booking one.

So Tyrone and I are off to New York for a week at the end of August! 🗽 🚕 🇺🇸

I fell in love with New York when I visited a couple of years ago with my parents, and I’ve been eager to return with Tyrone ever since. I’m looking forward to experiencing my second favourite city in the world (after Liverpool, of course!) in the summer, as it was absolutely freezing when we visited in April, and I’m hoping that we’ll be able to cram lots more in with being there for 7 days rather than just 4.

No doubt I will bore you all to tears talking about my holiday over the next few months!

I’m back in Shropshire this weekend because it’s another long Bank Holiday weekend, and I needed to take my car for it’s MOT. Fortunately it passed, although I will probably have to get my break pads changed later in the year.

I drove back to Shropshire on Friday night and when I arrived we had a barbecue because the weather on Thursday and Friday was incredible. Then yesterday my parents and I had a lovely day out in Nantwich. I bought a dress for a wedding I have in July, and also picked up some more wool for a knitting project I’m working on (it’s a scarf…I’m knitting a scarf in the summer 😂).

I’ll be back in Shropshire next weekend for my Nan’s funeral.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  1. I am so sorry about your Nan. Maybe her res in peace. I am sure with time things will get easier for you and your family.

    What happened in Manchester was awful. I saw the news and I was really sad. Tragedies like this should really make us think about life and to be grateful for every moment we are alive. When I see such acts of terrorism, it really makes me angry with everything that is happening in this world. I often think about how we got here? What is wrong with this world?

    I am glad that you will visit New York again. I am dreaming that one day I will be able to go and visit it. I can’t wait to see pictures from your holiday <3

  2. Joy

    I am so sorry for the loss of your nan. Losing a loved one is tough. It’s good that you are taking the time to grieve and care for yourself. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. And what happened in Manchester is just so unbelievable. My heart is with all effected.

    It’s really exciting that you booked a holiday as well. Josh and I are planning one to Cape Cod. We wanted to go for our honeymoon but it was too pricey at the time but we wanted to treat ourselves to a much needed getaway.

    I love to knit so, I would love to see your scarf when it’s done! Also, summer is the perfect time to knit for winter 😊

    • Holly

      Thank you for your kind words. 💗

      I saw on Twitter that you were planning a holiday! It sounds like an amazing trip. My parents couldn’t afford to go on a decent honeymoon so they waited until their 25th anniversary to go to Greece!

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. xx

    What happened in Manchester was terrible. I couldn’t believe it when I saw it on Tuesday morning, when on Saturday and Sunday I was in Manchester and I had an amazing time and all was great. I hope these things will never happen again.

    • Holly

      Thank you. It’s so scary to think you were Manchester just the day before. My brother was at the arena the week before the attacks. It could have happened anytime.

  4. Amy

    So sorry to hear about your Nan. Hope you’re doing okay. It’s definitely important to look after your mental health when something like that happens.

    What happened in Manchester was awful. It’s so sad that things like that keep happening. Manchester is one of my favourite places and it really shook me to hear about it.

    Hope you enjoy New York! I’d absolutely love to go one day, it looks amazing.

    Hope everything gets better for you soon!

    • Holly

      Thank you, Amy.

      Manchester is close to my heart with my brother living there. It’s so scary to think this is happening so close to home now.

  5. I’m sorry about your Nan; I hope you and your family have found the time to heal and reflect, and if not, I hope it’s trending in that direction.

    The Manchester attacks were (in a word) gutting. It’s unfathomable to think of all the people who went to the concert to have a good time, and how it could have happened to anybody. It makes my heart hurt.

    You’re going to have an amazing NY trip! I used to live there, and it’s always a wonder of a city, no matter when or how long you stay there.

    • Holly

      Thank you for your kind words, Cindy.

      Yes, I think it hit me hard because I love going to concerts, and they’re my happy place. To think that it could end in such tragedy is heartbreaking.

      I’m so excited to go back to New York!

  6. I’m so sorry to hear about your Nan. Thoughts are with you and your family. I’m glad your were able to take some time off to take care of yourself x
    I’m very excited for you, that you’re able to go back to New York! I hope you have a wonderful time – I’m sure you will. Have fun with your knitting project – will you share it here? I am terrible at knitting so I’m always amazed at what other people can create!

    Hope you’re okay xx

    • Holly

      Thank you, Katy. I appreciate your kind words.

      I would love to share my knitting here! I was thinking about writing a post sharing some of my tips because when I started out I bought the wrong type of needles and the wrong wool for a beginner and I got so frustrated, haha! I’ve learnt my lesson now!

  7. Shanae

    I am so sorry for the sudden passing of your Nan. I hope you are taking time to heal and process everything, and know that you are in many people’s thoughts. I know nothing can be said to make it easier, but I hope you’re okay.

    Roger Moore dying broke my heart as well, and yes it is because he was possibly the best Bond in my opinion. New York? I have never been to NYC, but my husband has and said it’s a rather nice place to visit. Lots to see and do. I think the main thing I’d enjoy is probably the museums. I am a very history and art oriented person. I hope you take plenty of pictures to share, as I will definitely be visiting your blog frequently!

    • Holly

      Thank you Shanae. I really appreciate your kind words.

      Roger Moore was a legend. My mum has his autobiography, and I feel like I need to read it now.

      Yes, there’s SO much to do in New York! I’m carefully trying to plan the trip so I can fit in as much as possible. I love museums too. I really enjoyed visiting Ellis Island last time I was there.

      I’m sure I will flood my blog with pictures from New York!

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