May the fourth be with you! Yes it’s May now, the last legal restrictions ended in Scotland finally and so life is feeling fairly normal – which is actually quite weird. Jacqueline Wilson’s new Faraway Tree book comes out at the end of the month, which I for one am looking forward to.
What I have read
I have more than caught up with my reading target (thanks in part to quite a few Nancy Drews) and in fact am now ahead. I have been trying to read for at least six minutes every day – that may seem arbitrary but it’s part of a Scottish campaign called Keep the heid and read – and of course I then end up at least finishing the chapter I am on.
What I have read is:
- Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins #1) – P.L. Travers
- Over The Edge (Nancy Drew Files #36) – Carolyn Keene
- The Little Wartime Library – Kate Thompson
- Margaritas and Murder (Murder, She Wrote #24) – Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain
- The Desolations of Devil’s Acre (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #6) – Ransom Riggs
- Bizzy and the Bedtime Bear (Enid Blyton’s Enchanted World #5) – by Elise Allen, reviewed here
- The Party Crasher – Sophie Kinsella
- Glass Houses (Morganville Vampires #1) – Rachel Caine
- A Catalogue of Catastrophe (A Chronicles of St Mary’s #13) – Jodi Taylor
- The Art of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Leah Gallo
- Textile Travels – Anne Kelly
- Scottish Mysteries – Donald M. Fraser
- The Greek Symbol Mystery (Nancy Drew Mysteries #60) – Carolyn Keene
- The Swami’s Ring (Nancy Drew Mysteries #61) – Carolyn Keene
- The Kachina Doll Mystery (Nancy Drew Mysteries #62) – Carolyn Keene
- The Naughtiest Girl Want to Win (The Naughtiest Girl #9) – Anne Digby, reviewed here
- Sleeping with the Enemy – Nancy Price
And I’m still working on:
- Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of the African American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race – Margot Lee Shetterly
- Dilly’s Hope (Dilly’s Story #3) – Rosie Goodwin
- Love Your Life – Sophie Kinsella
What I have watched
- The usual suspects Hollyoaks and House of Games.
- The Home Edit series 2 arrived on the first of the month, and that lasted me all of three or four days so I moved on to Baking Impossible (mixing engineering and baking to make cakes that look like boats but also float, or robots that can navigate a course etc) and Tiny Big Challenge (teams working to make rooms to go into a dolls’ house). I also finished Sparking Joy with Marie Kondo.
- Seeing as I have the Starz channel at the moment for Outlander, which we just finished, I also watched Men in Kilts which features two of the stars of Outlander touring Scotland and taking part in all sorts of traditional activities.
- We try to watch a film at the weekend and watched Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger (first time I had seen either), No Time to Die, and Saving Mr Banks.
- On Tuesdays my sister and I watched Save the Last Dance and Dirty Dancing,
- And lastly I have started re-watching Desperate Housewives. Despite having watched it at least twice before I still can’t remember just about anything that happens so I am surprised with every episode.
What I have done
- Now that it’s not quite so cold and wet we have had multiple trips to different beaches in April, and I have managed to find some pottery and glass every time, plus we did some litter picking.
- We took a trip to take a ride on the Falkirk Wheel and also went to visit the Kelpies which aren’t too far from the wheel.
- We also had our first big family Easter party since 2019. We all got together in my aunt’s garden for a picnic and the children did an egg hunt.
What did your April look like?