It’s been a while since I shared a monthly Looking Back post, which is a shame, as I wanted to try and make it a full year! But as ever, my lack of blogging-related motivation let me down, until I decided to quietly try and blog every day in May, so here we are.
Looking back on April, I did some fun stuff! It’s not always the way, so this is definitely a good month to reflect on.
I went to see Half a Sixpence in the West End, at the Noel Coward theatre, with my best friends. We had decided that we weren’t going to buy Christmas presents, instead we’d head to a show together, and April was the soonest we could all get together! Actually, it turned out that not all of us could attend, as a snafu with a work schedule meant that Jen was missing. But we had fun, despite being a man down, and the show was wonderful! So much energy, and a great performance by leading man Charlie Stemp.
I went bowling for the first time in years, losing miserably but not really caring as I had a lovely night out with my ridiculous work friends. And then, on the bank holiday weekend, my friend Hannah and I took a couple of day trips.
First of all, we went to Lavenham, which is a picturesque little village in Suffolk, about thirty minutes from where I live. I’ve wanted to stop by for a visit for a while, but when I realised that a small part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was filmed there, I made an executive decision and we went!
This is me standing in front of the building that was used for Godric’s Hollow; much CG jiggery and whizzery was used to transform it, and the actors weren’t ever in Lavenham, but it still makes this Harry Potter fan happy! There are countless other beautiful buildings there; it all feels like you’re on a film set no matter where you go! The buildings are crooked and look as though they’d make you feel seasick if you lived in them.
Then on Easter Monday, as I wrote about here, Hannah and I headed to Cambridge for the day. And what a lovely day it was, complete with Zizzi’s lunch and a raspberry ripple ice cream. Oh, and plenty of beautiful old buildings to look at and photograph, and lots of blue plaques to find.
After Cambridge came a lovely meal at Giraffe with my best friends, all of them this time, and a lovely lunch celebrating my great-niece’s first birthday. I don’t know how a year has flown by quite so quickly; it only feels like a few months since I was meeting her for the first time and falling in love. Because I’m a great aunt (I made this joke on Instagram too), I bought her a basket of books.
And then, just last week, I headed to Southend to see The Shires in concert. I worked out that this is the fifth time that I’ve seen them live, and I think that’s a record for me! They really are so very good, and have a great mix of upbeat tunes and emotional, soulful songs to make for a really great evening.
Of course, no month would be complete without a trip to the BFI Southbank to see the one and only Mark Kermode: Live in 3D. This was my fourteenth visit to this particular show, and it was another great one. Greg Proops, Florence Pugh, Jarvis Cocker and Anne Dudley were the guests, all bringing laughs, expert chat, insight and inspiration, as Dr K’s guest so often do.
Added to this, I saw three films at the cinema (Free Fire, Fast & Furious 8, The Belko Experiment), and six at home (The Discovery, Pete’s Dragon, Bull Durham, Adult Life Skills, WarGames, Elvis & Nixon). A good month, all told!