The sun was shining and we were heading to Ruscombe, where the streams are cool and the long grass tickles my tummy as I run through it chasing birds that I know I will never actually catch, as they swoop up and down, taunting me from the sky above my head.
Not only was I about to embark on my favourite part of the day, I was doing it with four of the humans I love the most. Life couldn’t really get much better!
A couple of weeks ago my hump day was improved significantly when I found out I would be seeing Bastille the following Monday.
I had entered to see a whole host of incredible musical acts at the Apple Music Festival, which takes place across 10 nights in September. After receiving emails one by one to tell me I had been ‘unlucky this time’ I finally got the email I had been waiting (and hoping) for.
Going to a festival and being on the beach are two of my favourite things to do. For me they are both the epitome of summer, places where I feel at my happiest and most content. If I could spend all my time here, I definitely would.
So, when I saw a festival that takes place with a beach as the backdrop, I had to go. Just imagine, one minute you are dancing to your favourite bands as the waves lap the shore in the distance and, a short walk later, you are strolling bare foot across a golden sandy beach towards that turquoise sea, looking back up on the festival scene behind you.
In 2010, while doing work experience at my local paper, I accompanied one of the journalists to interview Jessica Brown Findlay ahead of her first role as Lady Sybil Crawley in Downton Abbey. At the time we knew little about this new period drama or the success it was set to have.