Last week, I reflected that I needed more balance in my life.

The word for this week could have been relaxation, but because the glorious sunshine was the catalyst for the chill out, the latter word wins.

During the past few months, I have felt unable to relax as well as reluctant to do relax. Left unoccupied, my mind wanders in to dark, unpleasant places.

Of course, that has left me feeling tired out. Combined with an increase in dosage of my medication, which makes me feel tired, hungover (unfair when I haven’t enjoyed the big night out to earn it) and with a brain like fudge, I’ve felt shattered.

September’s glorious sunshine is compensation for a disappointing August. I love summer and the sunshine, and have thought I had better make the most of it before the days get shorter, the temperatures drop and winter creeps in.

We’re fortunate in that our garden is a real sun trap and it often feels a few degrees warmer than it is. So, sitting outside with my book, if only for a couple of hours felt wonderful and like I was on holiday. Most importantly perhaps, it refreshed my mind.

Hurrah for sunshine – I’m making the most of it while it lasts.

The book I’m reading in the photo below is The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell. Highly recommended, as are all his books. He also wrote Cloud Atlas, which was made in to a film a couple of years ago. His books straddle genres, and I like the way he interweaves different stories and timelines. I cropped the photo so it doesn’t give away any spoilers!





The Reading Residence

14 Comments on Sunshine

  1. AutismMumma
    October 15, 2014 at 1:04 pm (5 years ago)

    It’s always nice to escape into a book for a while, especially in the garden. I love seeing where a good book can take me.
    Hope you’re feeling a bit clearer now.
    Thanks for linking up with #wellbeingwednesday 🙂

  2. Sara (@mumturnedmom)
    September 22, 2014 at 1:17 am (5 years ago)

    I love the sunshine, it doesn’t necessarily need to be warm (although that helps!) but just seeing blue sky and bright sunlight makes such a difference. I’m glad that you’ve been taking some time to relax x

    • Leigh Kendall
      September 22, 2014 at 8:18 am (5 years ago)

      Oh yes, a crisp winter’s day with a blue sky and the sun shining can be wonderful, and makes such a difference. I prefer the summer though! xxx

  3. meghanoc
    September 20, 2014 at 6:47 pm (5 years ago)

    this is my favorite- relaxing outside in the sun with a book! finding the right book that will sweep me away is the key 🙂

    • Leigh Kendall
      September 20, 2014 at 9:44 pm (5 years ago)

      Ooh, me too. I’ve been finding it difficult to get in to some books – the book has to be right xxx

  4. Lulu
    September 19, 2014 at 8:46 pm (5 years ago)

    Living in the Caribbean has it’s perks with warm weather year round, but sometimes I really just need the cold cause it can get too hot.
    Enjoy your book 🙂

    ~ Lu

    • Leigh Kendall
      September 19, 2014 at 8:55 pm (5 years ago)

      I bet, the sunshine would be wonderful but I guess it’s possible to have too much of a good thing! xxx

  5. Kim Carberry
    September 19, 2014 at 6:36 pm (5 years ago)

    I love the sunshine but up here in the North East it seems a long time since we had any…..Rain, mist and gloomy this week! Make the most of the sunshine while it lasts x

    • Leigh Kendall
      September 19, 2014 at 8:54 pm (5 years ago)

      Sorry to hear it’s been grotty up your way! Hope it cheers up soon xxx

  6. thereadingresidence
    September 19, 2014 at 1:17 pm (5 years ago)

    I, too, love the sunshine. Glad that you’ve been making the most of it and are taking the time out to relax. I saw a review of that book just yesterday and thought it looked good – must look out for it 🙂 Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

    • Leigh Kendall
      September 19, 2014 at 2:42 pm (5 years ago)

      Lovely, it would be great to hear what you think of the book! Thanks for commenting xxx

  7. pottymouthedmummy
    September 19, 2014 at 12:54 pm (5 years ago)

    I am a bit of a winter girl myself if I am honest, not rain but cold crisp days are what I wait for. But there is definitely something about a summer’s day and it lifting your spirits. Especially if you’re reading in the garden 🙂 xx

    • Leigh Kendall
      September 19, 2014 at 2:41 pm (5 years ago)

      Oh yes, cold crisp winter days can be lovely. But summer days are definitely my favourite! Thanks for commenting xxx


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