September 2020 Round Up


I can hardly believe that it is autumn already, even though it has felt quite wintry the past week. Not ideal when we are currently not allowed to meet anyone else indoors! I am still on furlough, though what will happen when that runs out on October 31 I don’t know.


What I have read

After a poor two months I made a concerted effort to read more. It lasted at least the first half of the month, then it tailed off again. I still managed 11 books, which brings me to 128 for the year so far.

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Anne Shaffer
  • Hey, Seymour! – Walter Wick
  • The Bermondsey Bookshop – Mary Gibson
  • Abby’s Twin (The Baby-Sitters Club #104) – Ann M. Martin
  • Claudia, Queen of the Seventh Grade (The Baby-Sitters Club #106) – Ann M. Martin
  • The Bookshop Girl – Sylvia Bishop
  • The Adventurers and the Temple of Treasure (Adventurers #2) – Jemma Hatt, reviewed here
  • Five Have a Wonderful Time – reviewed here and here
  • The Flat Share – Beth O’Leary
  • The Island of Adventure (audiobook) – reviewed here
  • The Nothing Girl (Frogmorton Farm #1) – Jodi Taylor

I’ve still to finish:

  • The 1950s Scrapbook – Robert Opie
  • Undead and Uneasy (Undead #13) – MaryJanice Davidson
  • Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts (The Factory Girls #1) – Mary Gibson

What I have watched

  • I can finally put Hollyoaks back on this list! I watched about 14 episodes in the last week of September as I somehow completely missed its return to TV!
  • 42 – This is classed as a biographical sports film which does not sound like something I would watch or enjoy but it was actually very good. I didn’t understand some (well, most) of the baseball stuff but it didn’t matter too much.
  • Murder She Wrote seasons 10 and 11
  • More House of Games, this was on Dave but suddenly disappeared from the schedule. Luckily we found it on the BBC iPlayer!
  • Mythbusters – I’ve watched this all before but it’s easy to have on in the background
  • Princess and the Frog – the only Disney Princess film I hadn’t yet seen. It was OK, but I didn’t feel like it lived up to some of the hype it gets.
  • Something I did think was great was Enola Holmes. Milly Bobby Brown was great in Stranger Things and she’s possibly even better here. I’ve not yet watched Enid with Helena Bonham Carter and yet Enid was who I was thinking of when watching HBC play Enola’s mother.

What I have done

  • Reorganised Brodie’s bedroom including putting a new flatpack unit together (all by myself!) when he decided he was going to sleep in his ‘big boy’ bed all of a sudden. So no more cot!
  • I made a little more progress on my Tigger cross stitch, but I suspect Covid may be a thing of the past before I ever finish it.
  • I ate out twice, first time(s) since early March.
  • We took a ride on Kerr’s Miniature railway which has been around for 85 years but is sadly about to close due to diminished visitor numbers.
  • I started the TOMM Christmas plan and bought my first Christmas present as well as advent calendars. It still feels a bit early but the goal is to be finished with everything by December first so I can enjoy the festive season.
  • I met my new nephew – outside of course – and had a cuddle. I now have one niece and two nephews.
  • We had days out to Crail which is seaside village with a historic harbour, and Kirriemuir, the birthplace of J.M. Barrie, which has Peter Pan themed play park.
  • We’ve visited a few parks and the beach and gone for a few walks as well. Brodie has discovered the joys of stepping on crunchy leaves, one of the few good things about autumn.

Brodie has been at nursery 4 days a week, so I’ve taken a lot less photos than usual!


What has your month looked like?

 

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4 Responses to September 2020 Round Up

  1. chrissie777 says:

    My month of September was a lot of reading (Geneen Roth, “Piece of my heart” by Peter Robinson (DCI Banks series # 16), “Into The Wilderness” by Sara Donati…I liked it better than “Outlander” by Gabaldon, “Living Fossil” by Kenneth S. Thomson on the coelacanth, a fish which is 180 cm long and was thoght to be extinct, populated the earth 70 million years ago when dinosaurs still existed, and was found in Africa in 1938) and we have reached “CSI Las Vegas” season 14 (two more to go).
    By myself I continued watching the 1964 – 1969 TV series “Peyton Place”, absolutely addictive!

    From 24th to 27th of September we spent 4 days on the isle of Nantucket/Cape Cod. All four days we had beautiful weather. I took 260 pics and just posted some of them on my FB page, but it was still too warm (especially with wearing a mask) and way too crowded (people didn’t care about social distancing at all).
    Two years ago we went 3 weeks later to Nantucket and there were much less tourists. Unfortunately we had a bad storm on the ferry back to Hyannis. So my husband wanted to go this time in September.

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    • Fiona says:

      You have wonderfully eclectic reading topics, Chrissie! I saw your Nantucket photos, it looked like a lovely place, pity about the people though!

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      • chrissie777 says:

        I take it as a compliment, Fiona, what you kindly said about my reading topics. 🙂 – Nantucket is one of the prettiest places in the US, comparable with the North Sea island Sylt in Germany. I’ve never been to Sylt, but talked to a few people who went to Sylt and to Nantucket.

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