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Lately 5 Things We Did July 2018

Anyone else have fond teen memories of a fairground visit? Not the visits with your family, oh no, I mean those times with your best friends? You know, that time in your teenager life when you were just becoming aware that ‘boys’ are ok after all. Especially ‘older boys’ not the silly boys in your class at school. Do you remember that time in your life? July 2018 brought back many happy teenage memories for me because we visited a fairground again…


Lately 5 Things We Did July 2018 new potting shed


July 2018

Thing One: The Fairground


Nothing New That Kimono Is On Repeat

July 2018

Thing Two: The Hair Cut:

My 16 year old decided he wanted his head shaved! The heat was getting to him (hottest July ever in the UK!) as he is a skateboarder, we agreed it made sense. Marc did it for him in the garden, they were both laughing as the hair came off…


I was a little shocked, my boy suddenly became a man!



Lately 5 Things We Did July 2018


July 2018

Thing Three: The House Of Next:

I risked London transport, on one of the hottest days of the year. To attend the Next a/w 2018 press preview it was all about christmas!



Next Christmas House, A/W18 Fashion Preview & Talk.

July 2018

Thing Four: The Potting Shed:

A happy life is all about the little things, being content with what you have, not wanting to be anywhere but where you are. I am sure you will agree with me? Finding that balance is probably the hardest thing! At the age of almost 55 I have found it.

The icing on the cake on my list of “little things” was when Marc put a shelf and a worktop up in our garden shed for me to keep my gardening equipment on. Plus hooks to hang my tools up. To say I was overjoyed was an understatement…like I said its the little things.


From this…  using up scrap wood, we always recycle!

Lately 5 Things We Did July 2018


To this…it made me so happy!


Lately 5 Things We Did July 2018


July 2018

Thing Five: I’m crocheting a cardi for winter.


I crochet in the evening when it’s cooler. Usually whilst watching the TV (I’m so sad that this season of Poldark is over)

The name of the pattern I am making is the ‘Gin O’clock Cardi’ by Iron Lamb

So appropriate I think, because my evening summer drink of choice is a simple Gin and tonic?



Gin O'clock cardi July 2018 lazy daisy jones



I crocheted a couple of other projects in July 2018 too. I made a small bag and two stool covers for the garden. All my own patterns, I just made them up because I can!

However I am sure there are lots of similar patterns on Ravelry or Etsy?


Lately 5 Things We Did July 2018


I made a small bag and two stool covers for the garden;


What did you get up to in July 2018?

My year of 2018 so far in ‘Lately’ Posts:

Lately 5 things we got up to in January 2018

Lately 5 things we got up to in February 2018

Lately 5 things we got up to in March 2018

Lately 5 things we got up to in April 2018

Lately 5 things we got up to in May 2018

Lately 5 things we got up to in June 2018


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  1. 07/08/2018 / 12:50

    What a terrific idea for a blog series, I love it! Lots of fun facts about you too Ashley. You’re a clever lady xx

    • 07/08/2018 / 14:22

      Thanks Michelle, it’s nice to see about of life and fun about what really goes on behind the pics eh?
      Clever hmmmm? Imaginative yes!
      Have a great week….bestest
      Ashley xxx

  2. 07/08/2018 / 07:41

    I chrochet a few years ago in the winter evenings. I actually liked it. Perhaps I should start again? Have a great week!

    • 07/08/2018 / 14:21

      You really should Nancy, I find it calming, it helps me focus. Apart from the fact that I can never sit still and do nothing!
      Its brilliant get going….
      Bestest Ashley

  3. 05/08/2018 / 06:11

    Looking forward to seeing the cardigan. Loved what Marc did to the shed!
    Laurie xx

    • 05/08/2018 / 11:41

      Thanks Laurie, its a long one!
      Cant wear it until the weather cools down! xx