Posts Tagged ‘January 2017’

Photo an Hour #42 ~ January 2016

The unthinkable has happened. I have got up to date with Photo an Hour! The February date is set for this coming Saturday, and this is January’s round-up! Who can believe it? Now let’s see how long it takes me to get behind again…

January’s day was Sunday 29th; Louisa chose a Sunday for a change as it was her little one’s first birthday. I had no great plans – I started the day at my best friend’s Anna’s house, having stayed over the night before, and then came home and did nothing. Prepare yourself for some scintillating photos!

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8am – Breakfast at the Divalls.

9am – Searching for something to take a photo of, I chanced upon these lovely canisters in Anna’s kitchen.

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10am ~ On the road; Anna and Rob dropped me home before going swimming. This interesting view is the A130

11am ~ One of the best things about being away overnight is getting home to discover what the postman has brought you. On this particular day, it was a book that I’d bought from Amazon, to try and help me with meal planning, something at which I am terrible.

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12pm ~ Getting home early-ish after staying out all night is always good, particularly on a Sunday, because it means you have a whole day ahead of you. I had a whole day of doing nothing planned! But first, to the shop, to buy food to accompany my laziness.

1pm ~ I have sort of decided to start watching Neighbours again. Except that since this day, when I watched a few, I haven’t done very well at keeping up. And as it’s on every day, this is a problem.

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4pm ~ At this point I had just woken up from a rather long nap! Tea, a blanket, and some blogging. I genuinely can’t think of many better ways to spend a cold Sunday afternoon.

5pm ~ More blogging – trying to get up to date with my end of  month posts, which went rather well for a change as they all happened at the right time, rather than in the middle of the month!

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6pm ~ Incredibly, I was still writing blog posts. I must have been in a productive frame of mind, something that doesn’t happen too often. I was watching The Voice from the night before as well. Because I genuinely love the blind auditions so much.

7pm ~ Oh look. It’s a photo of me uploading my photo an hour photos from the previous month, in a blog post about photo an hour. I think this post just swallowed itself whole.

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8pm ~ Because I’m stupid, I took a photo at 8 o’clock, instead of just leaving it, and now here we are with another odd number of photos. It was obviously too interesting not to take a photo of… Or not. I was looking at the Radio Times. I subscribe to it, so it comes through my door. I know that everyone thinks that TV listings magazines are redundant in this day and age, but I’m willing to explain, in detail, all the reasons why that’s wrong. If you’re interested.

So that’s that. Can you believe that I am actually up to date? Now my plan is to have a round-up of each month up within a week of the actual day, and I should actually be able to do a proper round-up, and include links to the people who play!

February’s Photo an Hour day is this weekend – Saturday 18th February. If you’d like a reminder as to when it will be taking place, please leave your email address here, and I’ll send you a reminder a couple of days in advance.

January 2017 Books

January

Not a stellar start to the year for reading in terms of numbers – I was hoping to start as I mean to go on with plenty of reading, but January got away from me. Luckily, in terms of quality, it was a good month; three really good books!

The Dry by Jane Harper *
This is the story of a murdered family in a small farming town in Australia. The inhabitants are already having to deal with the years-long drought that is devastating their livelihoods, so when the family are murdered in an apparent murder-suicide by the husband and father of the victims, tensions run high. Into this comes Aaron, childhood friend of the chief suspect; as a police officer he is drawn into the investigation, and finds secrets from years ago resurfacing. You can read my full review here; it’s a taut and tense thriller with the brutality of the drought conditions adding to the oppressive atmosphere.

The One Memory of Flora Banks *
Flora Banks has anterrograde amnesia, preventing her from creating new memories. She remembers everything since before she was ten, but since then, she relies on information that her mum gives her via a book to discover who she is; she had a brain tumour that caused her memory problems, but she has a best friend and parents who love her and who will always look after her. This has been her life for seven years, but when she kisses a boy on a beach, she suddenly finds herself with a new memory that she is able to retain. She is in love with the boy from the beach, and despite her limitations, she ends up on a journey to Svalbard to find him. This is a beautiful story, and though it might seem as though it’s a lazy YA book about a boy and a girl, it’s really not. It’s a journey of self-discovery for Flora, and although she thinks she has set out to find a boy, what she’s really done is set out to find herself. As cliched as that may sound, the story is anything but. It even turns itself into a bit of a thriller at the end, and it’s well worth a read. 

English Animals by Laura Kaye *
19 year old Mirka is Slovakian, drawn to the UK to escape a family situation at home. She finds herself in the employ of an upper-middle class couple at a country house, helping them with their new taxidermy business. To say too much about the story would be to give things away, but the story follows Mirka for a year as she becomes a part of this couple’s life, and things take a turn. Written from the perspective of Mirka, a woman whose first language is not English, emphasis is place on the otherness of people like Richard and Sophie, the couple for whom she works. Read my full review here.

Books marked with an asterisk were sent to be by publishers for a review.

Because my start of the year posts never got written, I never got around to rounding up last year’s reads, or setting myself a target for this year. I still might right a round up of 2016 in books, but for now, I’ve decided on 75 again. I didn’t manage it last year, but I’m nothing if not a tryer.

Books in 2017 – 3

Looking Back ~ January 2017

Who can believe that the first month of the year has come and gone already? Of course anyone with a basic understanding of how time works probably can believe it, but January always feels like a challenge, and getting through it is something that has to be ticked off, instead of enjoyed.

Whatever else has happened personally, January 2017 will always be the month when I was scared to turn on the news. Unbelievably, as I write this, it’s been nine days since the inauguration, and each new day just brings more terrifying developments. I can’t imagine what the next four years will bring.

But to forget about the macro, and concentrate on the micro, January was a fairly uneventful month, as the long first month of the year tends to be. I spent the first weekend of the month working at an event at Alexandra Palace, where I managed to grab a photo with Evy Lynch, also known as Harry Potter’s Luna Lovegood. I try not to be a total loser, but inevitably from time to time it spills out, but luckily she was happy enough to let me take a photo with her. (In the writing of this, I’ve decided not to share the photo here. It’s on my Instagram if anyone cares enough to take a look!)

Pizza Express Prosecco

I toddled along to Pizza Express to try out their Ultimate Comforts menu, review can be found here; I also went to The Den at 23 in Colchester so my friend Hannah could try their Quarter Pounder Cheeze Burger, which is apparently a vegan version of a Big Mac. I didn’t have it, opting for the hot dog instead, but Hannah gave it a massive thumbs up.

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And finally, as ever with a monthly round-up post, I should mention another Mark Kermode in 3D has been and gone with myself and my buddies in the audience. He’s booked in for another year there, so no doubt you’ll hear me mention it a lot again, though I think my attempts to attend them all will once more be stymied. January’s saw two top guests; Anna Smith, president of the Critics’ Circle and film critic, and none other than Mark Gatiss, who was on top form, very funny and engaging.

Mark Kermode BFI Southbank

Fun to Come in February

• Another MK3D at the BFI Southbank

• The wedding of a very dear friend from school 

• Hopefully another weekend with my niece and great-niece