May 2022 round up

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?

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3 Responses to May 2022 round up

  1. Anonymous says:

    Welcome back, I’ve missed this blog!

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  2. chrissie777 says:

    In mid May we had a trip to Germany to visit my mom in Braunschweig and my aunt and uncle in Eberswalde (it was very hot and no place had air condition). My aunt and uncle are both only 11 years older than me, so we always got along great!
    I took many photos on the Germany trip and came home with 90 old family photos which my uncle gave to me. My husband scanned them onto my computer and I put them on my FB page. Got lots of nice reactions.

    On TV we watched “Angela Black” (a British mystery series with Michiel Huisman from “The Age of Adaline” and “The Guernsey Literary Potatoe Peel Pie Society” (or some similar title)) and we will now watch “The Old Man”, a crime TV series with Jeff Bridges which was still not available on Hulu 2 days ago.
    We finished watching season 8 of “Law & Order” from 1998 and are awaiting season 9 from our public library.

    I’ve read the first 4 Adventure series books in May and June and started “The Mountain of Adventure” which is my least liked sequel together with “Ship” and “River”. But I’ll stick to it and read it nevertheless.
    I’ve also read 2 books on the Nazi art theft from WW II, one by Robert M. Edsel and another one from Sweden by a guy called Anders Rydell which is very interesting.
    Finally I am reading “Take my Breath away” by Linwood Barclay, one of my favorite crime novel authors.


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