Hang on, it's actually July 16th today... phew! I couldn't keep that up for long. I was in serious danger of sounding less than authentic.
Love, love, love the book One Day... the film's, erm... okay.
Well, I think once I've finished Thinner (borrowed - 0 cost), and Adam Neville's The Last Days (99p), I may find time to sit in the park or garden and read One Day again.
But if you fancy doing something a bit more organized, try your local what's on pages and you might find something that will either be low-cost, or won't cost a bean. I'm all for no beans.
I'm aware that the frustrating thing about me is that I let people know about stuff after it's too late for them to join in, so I thought I'd give you my pick of what's going on in Northants and Bucks. This list is not exhaustive, and there is no guarantee that you won't be tempted to part with money at these events (guard against temptation where possible!!!), but access is entirely free.
Bands in the Park: Every Sunday until 21st September in Abington Park from 2-5pm. Free.
Lots of exhibitions, craft sessions, writing sessions at the various Northampton museums. The guide is here. Quite a lot of the activities listed are free.19th and 20th July Cosgrove Canal Festival & Craft Fair with trade boats, craft stalls, cake stall. children’s games plus Milton Keynes Play boat. All funds go towards the restoration of the disused Buckingham Canal. Saturday 10am - 6pm Sunday 10am - 4pm. Free event Cosgrove Lock, Grand Union Canal, Lock Lane, Cosgrove, Northamptonshire MK19 7JA
25th July Thurning Feast Mini Fair with Archery hosted by Robins Reach Archery www.robinsreach.co.uk. Games & Stalls. Hog Roast. Food Stalls. Real Ale Tent (Digfield Ales).
Free Entry. Start time 5.00pm with live music starting at 6.00pm till Midnight
Thurning Northants ( 6 miles South East of Oundle) Northamptonshire PE8 5RB
2nd and 3rd August – NNestival at Midsummer Meadow – bands, stalls, spoken word, lots of lovely stuff.
We are Most Amused – free comedy at the Victoria Inn, 8.30 for 9, 2 Poole Street NN1 3EX, on the 2nd Thursday of every month, so next one is 14th August. Got to plug it really!
Saturday 19th July – Properstock in the grounds of Bradwell Abbey, Milton Keynes.
Features several stages of up-and-coming musicians, DJs and spoken word, with 50 stalls, a graffiti art showcase, food and refreshments to buy, an inflatable obstacle course, jousting and castle and a circus skills workshop. Headlining is Heart of a Coward.
Saturday 19th The Librarians by Pestiferous perform two free 20 minute sets of physical comedy at Milton Keynes Central library. Performance times 2pm and 4pm. This is part of the festival fringe. Tickets are free, but they would like you to register attendance here.
Sunday 27th July. World Picnic, Campbell Park, Milton Keynes. This takes place between 1 and 6 and features music, dance and the Scribal Gathering spoken word tent. Go see the fantastic Danni Antagonist and The Antipoet.
Also in Milton Keynes, a number of different arts events between 18th and 27th July as part of IF Festival. Here’s a link, filter by free stuff.
All summer, nationwide… Change4Life and Spogo have arranged a load of low-cost and free fitness sessions. Check here to find one near you.
What about you? How are you planning to make the most of your summer in a frugal fashion?