I read three books on American politics by the BBC's North America Editor, Jon Sopel - If Only They Didn't Speak English; A Year At The Circus and Unpresidented: All 3 books are informative, amusing and offer an unbiased account (because he's BBC and the books are published by BBC Books) of behind the scenes … Continue reading For the Love of Books | Currently Reading February 2021
During February of 2020, I didn’t buy anything that wasn’t considered necessary – no to new clothes, no to new books, no to slices of cake in our local dog-friendly café. I’ve just completed another Frugal February (certainly an easier task in an era of Covid-19 and stay-at-home orders) and I feel good about it. It’s … Continue reading Frugal February | A Month of No Buying
After the announcement from Boris earlier this week, there is definitely hope that we are on the way out of this ... I've included what I've/we've been binge-watching and six numerical facts, alongside some positive signs of Spring and a reflective moment: Lots of good news re the vaccine rollout program and continued speculation that … Continue reading Covid-19 | The Journal, Part 12
Having squared away all the missing layouts from 2020, I've moved on to gaps in the albums featuring my nephew and The Boy's current album (which is Volume 7 - I had thought that when I revamped The Boy's early albums last year, I would free up album and storage space. Not so. All I … Continue reading Scrapbooking in 2021 | Filling in the Gaps
"Make mine a decaf coconut oat latté, please. "
Or conversely, which literary character wouldn't you like to share Lockdown with? Interior of John Sandoe Books Jane Eyre would be calm but judgmental; Heathcliff's moods would be impossible to live with. Christian Grey would require his own dungeon and take up too much room; Bridget Jones would be cheerful and not too horribly upbeat … Continue reading Which Literary Character Would You Like To Share Lockdown With?
This is a perfect way to jazz up roast chicken. 🙂 Ingredients: Serves 3. 3 chicken breasts Salt and pepper 3/4 cup of apricot jam 1 tablespoon of grainy mustard 1/4 cup of water Leaves from 2 sprigs of thyme (optional) Method: Preheat oven to 200C/180 Fan/400FPlace the chicken on a rimmed baking tray lined … Continue reading Apricot-Mustard Baked Chicken
The grimness continued with a astonishing threat from the EU. I don't usually swear when scrapbooking but, really ...? It's paired with grief at the loss of a wonderful man. I included Captain Sir Tom's obituary and a photo of Number 10 with the Union flags at half-mast. 😦 I also included a cartoon and … Continue reading Covid-19 | The Journal, Part 11
How did you spend your weekend? Despite being under a stay-at-home order, this past weekend turned out to be quite a full one. 🙂 Saturday - Up at 08.00, bed at 22.30. Step count - 11,623: Shower and breakfastWalked 4 laps of the park with Tilly - the outside temperature was -3C, so I kept … Continue reading How Was Your Weekend?