Suffolk, UK

My March Scrapbook: Embracing the Unexpected & Staying at Home

If somebody had told me at the beginning of the year that by the end of the March, I'd have abandoned my little flat in Cork and fled back to my family home on the farm in rural Suffolk, I probably wouldn't have believed you. But here we are! March certainly was an interesting one. It was the month that shit got REAL and the United Kingdom went into lockdown. Naturally, the latter half of March has mostly been spent at home, aside from essential shopping missions and government sanctioned exercise. Nevertheless, I've managed to pull together a scrapbook of my month, sharing everything I've been up to. Grab a cuppa and enjoy!

Bedroom Revamp

Over the Christmas holidays, my Mum, fiancé and I repainted my bedroom. It took us a little while (and I got way too much paint in my hair) but we got there in the end! Part of our revamp of the room included buying a new bed, but it didn't get delivered until after I left for Cork, so it lay in its box unassembled until I returned in mid-March. This month, my Mum and I dismantled my very old, very creaky metal bed frame and fitted the new one together. After a slight problem (it turns out that Dunhelm sent us 6ft slats for a 5ft bed!) the assembly was complete and with that, so was my bedroom revamp! The grey works perfectly with my yellow colour scheme and I think it all looks fab!

Looks & Letters

While it can be really tempting to lounge about in pyjamas or trackies during lockdown, in March I've made a concerted effort to be properly dressed every. single. day. One of the perks of being back home is having a rummage through my old wardrobe and I've found some forgotten gems! First up was a checked Jack Wills shirt that I bought second hand for a winter wardrobe blog post back in 2018. I also enjoyed pairing some old red tie-waist trousers with the black cropped jumper that I featured in last week's fashion from my bedroom post.

Letters have been another important feature of my month. I've been sending out a few handwritten cards to friends I haven't seen for a while to hopefully make them smile, as well as writing letters to my regular pen friends. Writing long letters to Charlene, Beth, Kat, and Zoe has brought me such joy and allowed me to stay connected to people in a way that's much more personal than online communication. It's something I'll definitely keep doing throughout the lockdown.

Reading, Watching & Listening

After reading five books in February, my total plummeted to a measly two in March. With virus related worries early on in the month, my concentration was shot! However, I was eventually able to finish both Down the Rabbit Hole by Holly Madison and Beth O'Leary's The Flatshare. Holly's book gave a fascinating insight into life in Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion, although how much of her account was honest does remain to be seen! It was interesting to read this book alongside watching old episodes of The Girls Next Door on YouTube - you can definitely pick up on some of the tensions mentioned in Holly's book when watching the show.

The Flatshare was a gorgeous rom-com with relatable, likeable characters and a happy ending - a lovely bit of froth to distract you from the outside world. It was easy to predict how the plot would end up but I didn't mind at all, it was well written and there were enough sub-plots and interesting twists to keep you engaged. I sadly missed the Beth's Book Club chat for The Flatshare but I'll make sure I'm on time with April's book!

As for TV, I am completely obsessed with Season 12 of Ru Paul's Drag Race. I was utterly shocked at the first three queens to go home - I don't feel that they were the weakest in the competition. Right now I'm tipping Gigi Goode as champion, although I feel like Jan could be a dark horse. Watching Sherry Pie every week after her catfishing scandal isn't ideal, but they've done a good job of editing her out of the majority of the screentime.

I've also started getting back into podcasts this month. Although she's a controversial character with a capital C, I've been enjoying a few episodes of Trisha Paytas' podcast The Dish With Trish. She's had some really interesting and high profile guests, from Colleen Ballinger and Jeffree Star to Blair White, a trans YouTuber and political commentator. If you watch Trish on YouTube, you'll be surprised how professional and engaging the podcast is!

Food, Glorious Food!

Towards the end of this month, my Mum, sister, and I decided to cook dinners in rotation - we each take it in turns to individually cook a meal for the family. This is a great set-up because it means that we all take an equal share of kitchen duty, nobody gets bored, and there are three people thinking up meal ideas! My first contribution was pizza, made with homemade dough and decorated with an array of veggie toppings. I really enjoyed the process although kneading the dough was a little laborious! Rhianna Olivia's pizza dough recipe was a winner and the results were delicious.

Other culinary successes from this month include Huevos Rancheros, which I tried making for the very first time. I used the BBC Good Food recipe and it was really straightforward. It took less time than I thought to prepare and with the high protein content of the black beans and fried eggs, it was really filling too. I'll definitely be making it again. I also had a go at baking my own gluten-free focaccia, using a kit from Davina Steel. This smelled utterly amazing whilst cooking and when the finished product was dipped in balsamic vinegar, I was in food heaven! I just wish I'd taken a photo after it came out of the oven!

What have been your March highlights? Share in the comments below!