I’m a little bit later doing this than usual, because I was away on holiday. The holiday was in June, though, so I won’t be rounding that up until next month!
What I have read
What I have read is:
- Love Your Life – Sophie Kinsella
- The Naughtiest Girl Marches On (Naughtiest Girl #10) – reviewed here
- Dilly’s Hope (Dilly’s Story #3) – Rosie Goodwin
- The Secret of Haven Point – Lisette Auton, reviewed here
- The Sea of Adventure TV Novelisation – Nigel Robinson, reviewed here
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
- The Last Library – Freya Samson
- A Summer Wedding for the Cornish Midwife (Cornish Midwife #2) – Jo Bartlett
- Read Between the Lines (Ms Right #1) – Rachel Lacey
- Amongst Our Weapons (Rivers of London #9) – Ben Aaronovitch
And I’m still working on:
- The Diary of the Naughtiest Girl – Jean Willis
- Wedding Bells for Land Girls (Land Girls #2) – Jenny Holmes
- The Clanlands Almanac – Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish
What I have watched
- I attempted to make inroads into the many episodes of Hollyoaks I have recorded but I think I have more or less given up on it now. I have too many to watch to catch up, and so after more than ten years of never missing an episode I think I’m done with it.
- I have stuck with House of Games, though. Also Taskmaster.
- I’ve also carried on with Desperate Housewives and am on series five.
- We slogged through Zero Chill on Tuesday nights, and it remained awful so I don’t know why we bothered.
- We started the new series of Stranger Things and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
What I have done
- We went ten-pin bowling, first time I’ve gone in at least twenty years. Safe to say I was not good, even with the bumpers on. We also did crazy golf that day which I was marginally better at, but it was probably good that we didn’t actually record our scores.
- I did a few toy repairs with a 3d pen which is much harder than it looks, I can barely draw in 2d let alone with a third dimension. One held up quite well (the tow bar on a car) the other did not (the skids on a helicopter).
- We took yet another trip to the beach but also visited the castle beside it, something I’ve only done a couple of times before.
- Made my first cheesecake which although very runny tasted OK.
- I continued my sewing classes and learned how to do machine embroidery – basically setting it up and it does it for you with a preprogramed pattern!
- Visited the sea life centre for the first time since before the lockdowns, and also spent a bit of time at the beach
- Saw the Loads o’ Lorries event at the transport museum
- Visited the botanic gardens on their open day and went pond dipping
- Was a (fully-dressed) life model for the teenage art class in the library (I was asked to fill in at the last minute).
- Took Brodie’s Paddington to work and let him get up to all sorts of mischief
What I’ve bought
I often go months without buying anything Blyton-related and then buy two things another month.
In May I bought another issue of Enid Blyton’s magazine to fill a gap in my collection, volume 2 issues 14 and 15 still elude me, though.
I also bought this magazine as I hadn’t seen it before. It’s one from a series where you got a magazine and a classic children’s book every fortnight so it was nice to see Blyton be included as a classic.
What did your May look like?