After a long time with no holidays during the pandemic, we not only had a week away in September but also a weekend in October!
What I have read
October was another slow-ish month for reading. I started one I thought I would enjoy but have found it rather dull and difficult to get into, which has then had the knock-on effect of stopping me from picking anything else up for a while. Still, I reached (and exceeded) my goal of 100 books!
- Come Again – Robert Webb
- Five Go To Billycock Hill – reviewed here and here
- The Cornish Midwife (The Cornish Midwife #1) – Jo Bartlett
- The Library Book – Rebecca Gray
- 84 Charing Cross Road – Helene Hanff
- The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street – Helene Hanff
- Dead Over Heels (Aurora Teagarden Mysteries #5) – Charlaine Harris
And I’m currently reading:
- Tinker, Tailor, Schoolmum, Spy – Faye Brann
- Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of the African American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race – Margot Lee Shetterly
- Death of an Avid Reader (Kate Shackleton #6) – Frances Brody
What I have watched
- Hollyoaks, though I allowed about three weeks’ worth to build up on the Virgin box before binging my way through.
- Only Connect and Taskmaster
- I watched the rest of Hetty Feather and just could not get enough of it! Every episode ends with a preview of the next and it was so hard to turn off the TV. It was brilliantly acted and although it deviated quite a lot from the books after the first couple of series, it was still excellent and true to the characters.
- After Hetty Feather I began on the new adaptation of The Worst Witch. This is not as good or as well-acted but it has some amusing moments.
- We didn’t watch any moves on Tuesdays, instead we watched the last episode of the Spice Girls documentary that channel four were showing, and the BBC’s one-off of Spice Girls performances at the BBC. Then we started season two of The Baby-Sitters Club which has just landed on Netflix.
- Only Murders in the Building, which was very quirky but fun. I hope it does come back for a second season.
- The first Scream movie, seeing as it was Halloween. I don’t usually do horror/slasher films but I’ve seen this so many times I’m OK with it!
What I have done
- We had a weekend away in Aviemore, staving in an AirB&B for the first time. Thankfully it turned out to be a very nice little house as I was a bit nervous!
- While up there we visited The Highland Wildlife Park, Landmark and The Highland Folk Museum.
- Back at home we’ve visited our local museum (The McManus) twice, the V&A, and the Discovery. We also visited a funfair when it came to town, we spent a fortune but Brodie enjoyed most of the rides. (The ghost train and a faster spinning ride ended in tears).
- We did one of our favourite walks again which takes up past a stony little beach which is absolutely covered in sea-glass and pottery. The tide was in but I still collected loads. We also went for a woodland walk ending on a larger, sandy beach even though it was coats and wellies weather.
- We rode on the big Ferris wheel that comes to town during the holidays sometimes, and went for fancy desserts at Kaspa’s after.
- We decorated the house for Halloween, and I took Brodie to a special Room on the Broom story-telling and craft session at the library. We also collected twigs and a stick and made our own broom for teddy.
What has your month looked like?