Last week was the first week of my two week Easter holiday and so far, it's been great. On Tuesday, one of my best friends from school got married, so we spent all day and evening at the wedding. It was a small and relaxed wedding, which are my favourite kinds. It was a good opportunity to catch up with all my friends from school/sixth form and swap news.
In the week, it was also my sister-in-laws 18th birthday and Tom's Nan's birthday, so we've had a good mix of time in the new house and time out with friends and family. We went for a delicious curry for my sister-in-law's birthday, and then we took Tom's Nan out for the day for her birthday. I've also managed to fit in a bit of shopping with my Mum and sister.
When we've not been out, we've been working on the new house and just getting used to the fact that we actually own a house now. Priority number one has been eliminating the mahogany woodwork (which is everywhere) as it makes the whole house look much darker than it should do. Painting the bannisters was extremely fiddly and time consuming (you can just see my book room at the back of the picture too).
Today, I've been doing some gardening. I've planted carrots, onions, chillies and cherry tomatoes and am hoping to plant some more fruit and veg in the week. We had a great vegetable harvest a few years ago, but last summer the sheer amount of rain killed most of our plants - here's hoping for better conditions this year! And then this evening, I'm babysitting my nephew as my sister and her husband have to attend a rehearsal dinner for a wedding they are going to tomorrow.
Next week is another week of holiday, so I'm hoping for another week like the last. Tomorrow we're furniture shopping (browsing at least), as this house is a lot bigger than our last, and we need to fill some spaces!
As far as reading goes, I've been doing a fair amount but I've been in a picky mood. I've picked up lots of titles and then put them down again, deciding that I'm not in the right frame of mind for them. I'm steadily working through A Dance with Dragons, which is a massive book but excellent. This week, I've been reading: