August 2020 round up

My work was tentatively supposed to reopen the week beginning the 24th of August but it’s still closed. When it does open it will only be click and collect so I won’t be needed for a while…

What I have read

This felt like – and really was! – another not-so-good month for reading as I haven’t felt motivated to pick up anything new. Only eight books read!

  • Tales from the Folly (Rivers of London short stories) – Ben Aaronovitch
  • A Book of Book Lists – Alex Johnson
  • Undead and Unsure (Undead #12) – MaryJanice Davidson
  • Doing Time (The Time Police #1) – Jodi Taylor
  • The Girl With the Pearl in Her Nose (The Chronicles of St Mary’s #11.2) – Jodi Taylor
  • Little Stars (Hetty Feather #5) – Jacqueline Wilson
  • Mary Anne and the Little Princess (The Baby-Sitters Club #102) – Ann M Martin
  • The Naughtiest Girl Saves the Day – Anne Digby

As always I’ve got some on the go that I haven’t finished (way more than these three but I only list ones I’ve actually picked up in the past month!):

  • Five Have a Wonderful Time – part one of the review is here
  • The Bermondsey Bookshop – Mary Gibson
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

What I have watched

  • I finally finished Malory Towers on the iPlayer, which I have been reviewing two episodes at a time.
  • We have started watching Richard Osman’s House of Games every night as we eat tea and it’s a very good quiz show. After that has been repeats of Travel Man where Richard Ayoade spends 48 hours in a different city with a celebrity guest. I’ve ended up half-watching while I’m on my laptop as I can never be bothered getting up to change the channel. It’s quite a good show though!
  • Red Dwarf: The first 3,000 years. This was a three-part documentary about the making of the show and it makes me want to re-watch the whole show again – maybe we will as we haven’t picked a new thing since finishing Angel in July.
  • Murder She Wrote. I’ve gone back to this after a bit of a break, and having finished season 9 I’ve now started on 10, and there’s only 12!
  • Mary Poppins Returns. Not as good as the original, of course, as nobody can compare to Julie Andrews but this was actually very enjoyable.
  • Having had a few days at home we’ve let Brodie watch some movies and so we watched Monsters Inc, The Aristocats and Cars. We also watched Jurassic World (again) and found it wasn’t as bad as we remembered, and X:Men Dark Phoenix for the first time, which wasn’t as bad as we anticipated (the adverts made it look like it was just a repeat of X:Men The Last Stand).

What I have done

  • More parks and walks, some picnics and we’ve even braved an outdoor farm attraction – where we navigated a maze and Brodie rode the barrel train – and our local wildlife park.
  • Went to the beach and saw lots of jellyfish (even caught a few for a closer look) and collected a whole bucket of shells.
  • Celebrated Brodie’s third birthday with a small garden party.
  • Continued the 5 weekly workouts I’ve been doing which have included Tabata, Boxfit, HIIT, Body Balance, yoga, circuit training, aerobics, stretching and pilates. I’m actually really sad that the gyms are about to reopen as that means no more free online workouts!
  • Gone back to my sewing and made a bit of progress.
  • Dug out one of my jigsaws to do (it was this one if anyone’s interested).
  • Had a little bit of free time as Brodie started nursery, at first only three hours but last week he did four hours on the one day he went.
  • Went for a Covid test as I had the cold and then it turned into a cough, and had to isolate for three days waiting for the results, not a lot of fun!

What has your month looked like?


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2 Responses to August 2020 round up

  1. chrissie777 says:

    Cute photos! – I started watching “Murder She Wrote” season 1, because somebody from the Facebook Peyton Place group told me that the set of Peyton Place was later on re-used in “Murder She Wrote”. Plus I do like Angela Lansbury and intended to watch this for a long time. – I’m also finishing watching season 2 of “The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams” with Dan Haggerty and am totally enchanted with it (it’s probably something Brodie would enjoy to watch as it has plenty of wildlife scenes). Watched it in the late 1970’s on German TV, but appreciate it so much more now. – I tried to read the “Guernsey Literary Potatoe Peel Pie Society”, but ended up enjoying the movie so much more. Unfortunately they didn’t film it on Guernsey. 😦
    I had several dentist appts in August, so it was not the best of months.


    • Fiona says:

      I love Murder She Wrote, this is at least my third watch through of the whole thing. I actually really enjoyed The Guernsey Literary etc Society book. It made me laugh and it made me cry. The film was good, it certainly brought the book to life.


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