I hope everyone is well and having a good week so far. This is what I have been up to other than reading this week…
I have been practising my Ukulele quite a bit in the hope I can take my Grade 1 exam when exams are allowed. This is something I am really enjoying and it is wonderful learning a new skill.
I’ve been thoroughly enjoying blogging and reading everyone’s blogs. I love to see what everyone is up to and what books people are reading.
I’m keeping up with my exercise and really enjoying it. I’ve nearly finished season 2 of Criminal Minds whilst using my Elliptical machine. I really enjoy exercising but it has been a struggle in this heat.
I’ve upgraded my teaching and recording set up so I no longer use my laptop speaker and inbuilt mic. This has already created a massive quality improvement in teaching and recording so I am hoping to have some more pieces up on Sound Cloud soon.
I made a new recipe called Whittingham Buttons, they have proved very yummy and I will be making them again as they were really easy to make.
This week’s studies have been fascinating as I have been learning all about how the ancient Greeks and Romans dealt with child birth and child bearing, it has been rather gruesome at times. Now I have begun learning about the ancient sewage works.
So that about sums up my week so far. I hope everyone else is also having a good week, please drop me comment with what you have also been up to.
Firstly, a big hello and welcome to my new followers! Thank you for following and I hope you will enjoy reading my blog.
So here is what I have been up to this week…
I have been really getting into my exercising over the last few weeks and so I also treated myself to some new leggings. I love bright fun leggings so I went for a Sesame street theme this time, sadly the socks don’t match but they are Pokemon so I think they are ok.
We are still going on our daily walks and this week we found some lovely stones on our travels.
I made a Carrot Cake! My first ever Carrot Cake and it was wonderful, probably my best cake since baking in the AGA. Now planning my next baking adventure, suggestions most welcome.
I finished the Sherlock Holmes jigsaw which was interesting because I had no picture to follow and had to work it all out. I have two jigsaws left to do: a 3000 piece Star Trek jigsaw and a 1000 piece dog jigsaw. The only problem with the 3000 one is that it will take up the whole dinning room table.
TV series and movies
I have now started the second series of Criminal Minds and have discovered that I haven’t actually seen some of the second series so that is proving to be a nice surprise. We are also still enjoying movie nights, we have watched Absolutely Fabulous, The Fantastic Mr Fox, Chalet Girl and The Colony.
Studying continues and ukulele practice.
That is my week so far. I hope everyone else is having a good week.
I hope this post finds everyone well and safe. So here is what I have got up to this week other than reading.
I have started another Jigsaw and now just have the sky left, I always find the sky to be the worst part in a jigsaw.
Cooking and Baking
I have been trying to do a recipe each week that I have never made before and this week was spaghetti carbonara, it was very yummy. I also made one of my favourites, rhubarb crumble with soya custard.
We are still going on daily walks and regularly go and see these three sheep we have affectionately nicknamed the Three Amigos!
I have been really enjoying practising the flute everyday for at least an hour, it is so nice to enjoy playing again.
I bought a Ukulele and so today I started learning how to play it. Thankfully, I used to play the guitar so it is all coming back. I’m really enjoying learning a new skill so will see how it goes.
So, that is what I have been up to this week. Please drop me a comment with what you have been up to as well.
I have bought a few books over the last few days to get me through lockdown, hopefully they prove to be good.
Half A World Away by Mike Gayle
This is the book I ordered off Wyre Forest Books for their online book club.
The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel
This was on my wish list for quite a while so I used some of my Waterstones points to buy this and a jigsaw puzzle.
The Gates by Richard Pierce
I read and reviewed one of Richard Pierce’s books on my blog. It was one of the first books I reviewed on here, Pierce was lovely by sending me a free copy of his book with a very supportive letter encouraging my new blog. Very excited to read these short stories.
Belgravia by Julian Fellowes
I’ve been watching this on TV and really enjoying it so thought I would see what the book was like.
This was another Waterstones points purchase. I have been really enjoying jigsaws recently so hopefully this one will be good.
So that is my recent book haul. Please let me know if you have read any of these.
Finally, I have time to sit down and reflect on 2019!
Firstly, I want to say a massive thank you to all of you who support me, read my blog, follow my blog and for just being amazing. Thank you!
I have been blogging for over a year! This is quite a shock to me and I am really impressed that I have managed to keep this blog going for over a year. I have also thoroughly enjoyed reading and following fellow book blogs.
Overall, I have read 71 books that equals approximately 15921 pages.
I have also read a lot more poetry and explored a lot of quotes. I have also tried to read different genres from my usual comfort zones.
I have discovered a new favourite author, Elly Griffiths and a new favourite poet Christina Rossetti.
I haven’t visited as many Waterstones stores as I would like but I am hoping to tick off more in 2020, especially in London.
I bought loads of books in 2019 and sadly have not read them all, so my TBR Pile has grown alarmingly large. I really can not help myself where buying books is concerned!
The other thing I learned in 2019 was that I really do not like reading challenges. I really struggled to keep to my Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge and really hated feeling confined to list. I found it useful whilst away on holiday to know I have a list of books to read on my Kindle but as soon as I was home surrounded my all my lovely books, I just wanted to pick and choose what I wanted. So inevitably I did not complete the challenge and have decided I will not attempt one again in the near future other than my Goodreads challenge of how many books I plan to read in a year.
The other thing learnt this year was how to switch off properly. For the first time ever I went on a resort holiday and to begin with I struggled at this relaxation business and kept thinking I needed to do things but then I realised I could just spend the day by the pool and read and not feel guilty. It was a wonderful experience and one that I hope to repeat. I managed to read a wonderful amount of books as an added bonus.
So I think that is a round up of my 2019.