[Photo by Susanne Feldt]
Hey friends, how are you doing? I hope you'll forgive my self-indulgence here, but I wanted to write a little tribute to start off this Weekend Link Love. My Great Uncle Jim passed away this week, and since I won't be able to attend his funeral next week, and writing this blog is what I do best, it feels a fitting place to write a few sentences. There are some people who are so full of life, that you can't quite believe it when they're gone - and my uncle Jim is definitely one of those people. If there was ever someone who typified the word 'eccentric', it was him, and he was one of our favourite family members for that very reason - the very life and soul of any party. At my wedding, he twirled around every girl who would have him - and despite his slightly advanced age, he put the rest of us to shame and surprised his dance partners with his excellent moves. He was the sort of man, who, on deciding he wanted to climb Mount Everest, went and did it. Just to Base Camp, mind you, but I'm pretty sure he was in his late 60s by this point! He was late to every gathering but brought with him stories and a certain joie de vivre that will be sorely missed. The reason we will sadly be unable to attend his funeral is that we'll be attending a wedding ourselves, and as my Dad pointed out, I have no doubt that it's a much better tribute to tear up the dance floor with joy - so that is exactly what I shall be doing.
As well as shedding a few tears and laughing at some excellent memories, this week has been fully consumed by house-moving. Things have been put into boxes, dates have been set (not in stone, but they are there!), sofas have been bought and new flooring has been picked. I am so excited to get my hands on this house and transform it from the tired, sad state that it is in to something vibrant and new. It's a lovely house, it certainly deserves it. I've also been reading up a storm, ready for my book club brunch this morning, and baking lots of rhubarb-based items. I'll leave you with these lovely links...
- I hope that one day I have the opportunity to put these tips into use: how to throw a dinner party in an hour.
- 10 bookstagrammers you should be following.
- I love this on new skill anxiety. There's a lot to be said for jumping in feet first.
- Related: you should write, even if nobody is listening. I want to start a creative writing project this year, so I'm keeping these words of advice close to my heart.
- On the enduring appeal of Bridget Jones. I'm disappointed to see that the new movie doesn't stay true to the books, but I'm excited to see it anyway.
- How can you make a Pinterest kitchen in real life?
- 28 of the most powerful lines of poetry every written.
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