Ahh those long, hazy days which mark the end of the summer. There is a somewhat eery stillness which characterises the last few days of August; a sense that time, and nature, are at a standstill holding on tight at their most beautiful before change, inevitably, steps in to embrace us in the chaos of meetings, winter coats and our ever-expanding social calendars. Perhaps we’ve grown accustomed to closely observing the world around us, after this crazy year, and we’re growing increasingly aware of the mornings getting darker, our local businesses opening up and easing into a new normality and the sense of promise, gratitude and hope (with some nerves thrown in for good measure!) as we collectively turn to face the latter half of the year.

Whether you’re enjoying the last few days of summer on a last minute holiday, in the garden with a book or you’re back in the office, we thought we would share how we will be spending the next few days before September rolls around. After a little bit of a break, we are planning lots of exciting new features and interviews in time for Autumn so we look forward to properly catching up after the holidays, cup of tea in hand. In the meantime, our Three Beautiful Things have consisted of….

Re-discovering Old/New Hangs – For a lot of us, with lockdown came the realisation that, really, the things we were missing the most were simple activities that perhaps we took for granted. Seeing friends, treating ourselves to a coffee before work, a really good yoga class….you get the gist. In that spirit, and in order to support small businesses, we have been loving catching up with friends, relishing some solo time with a coffee or taking our laptop to our local cafés. We’ve loved re-discovering The Secret Garden Café, the best spot for lattes in the heart of Bute Park.

(Picture via @secretgardencafé )

Keeping it Retro with a Night at the Movies – When was the last time you went to the cinema? For us, it was a good while back so we were delighted to pack our friends in the car and head over to Splott Market to visit the drive-through cinema at Street Food Cinema. We couldn’t get enough of the retro vibes (so wish we went in some sort of Varsity jacket!), the delicious food on offer and the social distance friendly set-up. This is one to visit if you’re still hesitant about getting out and about post-lockdown and, why not, to try something different in the comfort of your own city (and car!). We note some extra shows have been added so if you want to book, you can find them right here.

Easing back into Exercise – Anyone else found themselves in a post-lockdown slump? At the beginning, we were upping our step count, yoga-ing with Adriene and virtual zumba-ing our way through that sudden, claustrophobic (but, of course, necessary) phase. Fast forward a few months and we’ve found ourselves a little lost – add to that the uncertain weather (if you haven’t been caught in an absolute rain shower in the last few weeks, we salute you!) making impromptu jogs and walks difficult and it’s safe to say our exercise routine needs a little TLC. We love the sound of the Polish up Studio for local classes with a focus on wellbeing – we’ll report back if we decide to book a class or two!

(Picture via @thepolishup.studio )

What is everyone up to this long weekend? Wishing you a happy, safe weekend and a joyous back to school season whatever you’re up to.


The Squiggles Team X