Forward thinking

Being a great lover of stationery, I was delighted to be introduced to a new system of organisation: the bullet journal.  I’ve seen so many different people with bullet journals, and they have so great ideas for different pages that I can create within my own. This new found bullet journaling is very exciting to me, and I love being able to fill it in every day.  I’ve only just started mine, but thought I’d share my Pinterest board with you today, as I think it’s a great little system and could become something wonderful to look back on if you can dedicate yourself to keeping up the system. It can be as simple or as complex as you like – it’s completely up to you and that is what makes the system work so well.  I’ve created a little Pinterest board with loads of different images of pages from other people’s journals.   Follow Beverley’s board Bullet journal on Pinterest.//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js  Do you have a bullet journal? What do you use yours for? How long have you been journaling?  instagram | twitter | goodreads

What we’ve been watching: Happy Valley

TITLE: Happy ValleyRELEASE: 2014-RATED: 15NUMBER OF SERIES: 2 (to date)NUMBER OF EPISODES: 12 (to date)CREATOR: Sally WainwrightMY RATING: 4.5/5BEN’S RATING: 4.5/5  DESCRIPTION:Sarah Lancashire stars as Catherine Cawood, a police sergeant in a small town in Yorkshire where drunkards, drug addicts and teenage pregnancies are a way of life. Her world is turned upside down when the man she believes is responsible for her daughter’s death – Tommy Lee Royce – is released from prison. She is convinced Tommy is dangerous and it’s only a matter of time before he hurts someone else…  NOTABLE QUOTES:“I’m Catherine, by the way. I’m forty-seven, I’m divorced, I live with my sister – who’s a recovering heroin addict – I have two grown up children. One dead and one who doesn’t speak to me. And a grandson.” “I understand, you get frustrated, but we have to find better ways of dealing with it.” “How would you like to make half a million pounds?”

 MY THOUGHTS:We watched the entire first two series of Happy Valley while at Ben’s house in Aylesbury, and honestly I’m so glad that we did.  This series is a BAFTA winner, and I can see why. It’s one of the only series I’ve been truly gripped on from start to finish – the acting in it is absolutely amazing and the plot line is amazing, particularly in the first series. This isn’t just ‘another TV crime drama’, it’s so much more than that.  The second series was just as good as the first for the most part, although I was a little disappointed with the ending. I think me and Ben both agreed that we were a little dissatisfied with the ending, particularly as the series had been so good until that point. I suspect it’s been left that way to make room for series three. When the third series does eventually come out, I’m almost 100% certain that Ben and I will be settling down to watch it.   BEN’S THOUGHTS:So, Happy Valley was suggested to Beverley and myself by my dad, during her week in Aylesbury. From the first two episodes, we were hooked, taking every possible opportunity to watch it. Averaging two episodes a night, we finished the two series before Beverley had to return home!  Series one: absolutely incredible! The build up of the characters and plot was insane. There were so many plot twists and unexpected moments which never failed to surprise us and give us a thrill. 
Series two: still an incredible show! Also had a great build up and was still very gripping. All-in-all, this show was absolutely superb. However, I wasn’t so sure about the ending to series two. I sort of wish it had had an alternative ending, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it!   instagram | twitter | goodreads

The Highlights: March 2016

Much like February did, March has flown by. I’m so excited to finally be getting away from the winter wardrobe and towards summer. Sunny days make me happy. 
Some of the highlights:– A spontaneous night at Bluewater with Ben– Wearing sunglasses for the first time in 2016– Reaching and exceeding three months with Ben- Taking a week off of work to chill in Aylesbury with my wonderful better half- Leaving work in daylight for the first time this year- Reading one of the most beautiful books ever written- Celebrating Ben’s birthday (and finally getting to give him his presents after waiting so long)From my Instagram:

 

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9/9



With the looming end to what has been one of the best weeks of my life, I woke this morning feeling quite sad.

This was my first trip to Aylesbury, and definitely won’t be my last. I’ve created lots of new memories with my wonderful boyfriend, and I’m feeling quite reflective as I write this while sitting alone in my own bedroom on my own bed.  My relationship with Ben is forever evolving. In such a short space of time we’ve been through so much together and I find new things out about him every single day. He’s incredible. I’m delighted to have met someone who brings such positivity to my world. I couldn’t ask for a better partner.

To round off the week, Ben wanted to say a few words so here they are: “The journey to Ashford on Good Friday was a bit manic and changed (due to rail-works), however it was worth it, because I got to see Beverley at the end of it! She waited for me at the station, and then we spent the night in Canterbury, which was mega cute!  

“The next week was spent in Aylesbury, and I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better week surrounding my birthday, spending the most-part of nine days with my gorgeous better half, and getting daily cuddles and kisses was just asdfghjkl!  

“All in all I just want to say a huge, huge thank you to Beverley; for my amazingly thoughtful and wonderful presents, for being a genuinely, and naturally awesome human being, and for being a partner I could never have dreamed of having! Thank you, and I love you, Beverley – my best friend, and my world!” heart emotico

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8/9

 Today, we spent the morning chilling at Ben’s house before heading out to the park with Ben’s aunty and cousins after lunch.  Ben and I also went for a wander into town, so that he could spend some of the birthday money he had received from friends and family. The walk to town was a bit of a trek, but it was good to have a browse round the shops.  In the evening, we headed out to Da Vinci, an Italian restaurant, with two of Ben’s friends, Sam and Oriana. It was a perfect way to round off a perfect week. instagram | twitter | goodreads