Much of May was spent catching up with friends and family, as well as spending time in my beloved Vienna. I swore I would post a photo a day on Instagram at the start of year for #project366 and five months in, I’d kept it up. Blogging about it has been a different matter, but bear with me…
With spring well and truly in the air, many of the photos I took were of the great outdoors as I continued to enjoy the best that Yorkshire has to offer.
I got to show it off too as our dear friends Bob and Kim paid us a visit from the Netherlands – cue excursions to York, the North York Moors and Whitby, as well as puffin spotting at the striking Bempton Cliffs.
As entirely predictable in May, sun regularly gave way to showers and vice versa. That, however, did not stop about a dozen of us thoroughly enjoying Bruce Springsteen play Manchester’s Etihad Stadium.
Armed with waterproofs and overpriced plastic bottles of Heineken, we stood in the rain watching the Boss sing his heart out for more than three hours. The most surreal moment of which was a rendition of Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, in May.
The month ended with a flight to Vienna to catch up with family and friends, not to mention attempt to find a wedding venue (Eek!). Nothing does me better than a trip back home and a week away was just what the doctor ordered.
Sun, swimming and cycling in the Lobau nature reserve near my father’s house is one of my favourite things to do in the summer.
This visit was particularly rewarding as we spotted the resident beaver, Flumy. His lack of appearance each time my other half is in town has become a bit of a running joke, so it was nice he rocked up for a change.
Finally, I kept myself busy by doing more free online courses on the Futurelearn website.
More unusual places I’ve done some online learning include the gym and the Leeds-Huddersfield train, although I must stress that the copy of the Daily Star was not mine in the above photo.
If you want to broaden your knowledge the website is well worth a visit, with courses on everything from the history of the EU, to Shakespeare, to the science of nutrition. I’ve done four and all of them have been superb, albeit very different.
After all, it pays to look after your mind as well as your health.
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