2018 Photo Calendar

I have made my own calendar for quite a few years now.  It means I can make it the size I want, and arrange the dates how I want (mainly meaning a Mon-Sun week, not Sun- Sat), and include my own photographs to make it more personal.  At one point I made complicated and exciting collages of photographs, but I have simplified in my old age.  Nowadays, I use one image for each month, that comes from the same month in the previous year. Continue reading “2018 Photo Calendar”

Christmas Stocking

I made this Christmas Stocking for boyfriend last year, but wanted to keep it a secret then until Christmas Day.  This is our first Christmas living together which means I had the opportunity to decorate the house properly so it’s tinseltastic round here now! Continue reading “Christmas Stocking”

Christmas Tree Skirt

We don’t have a regular Christmas tree but use a large Yucca Plant that boyfriend has had for ages.  So I dress it up with tinsel and festive do-dads but it still has that ugly brown plastic pot.  I made a cover for it a while back but I needed to make another one for Christmas. Continue reading “Christmas Tree Skirt”

Photo-a-Day November

In September I tried to do a selfie-a-day which was a little dull tbh, just lots of pictures of me.  I guess that’s pretty obvious.  But a few years a go I did a-photo-a-day and quite enjoyed it.  I just used my phone, and got a nice collection of photos which summed up the month nicely.

It’s tricky to remember to take one everyday, especially if you’re having a boring day of just going to work.  But it is boyfriend’s birthday so we’re away in London for a few days. And I have another couple of days off to do some Christmas shopping. Continue reading “Photo-a-Day November”

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini

Well this is a very angry making book!  I’m not sure why I picked it up exactly but I whizzed through it super fast (for me anyway) and then spent my days at work completely distracted, worrying about the characters.

A Thousand Splendid Suns

This book is set in Afghanistan, from the 1980’s to early 2000’s and an amazing number of changes happen in that, relatively, short space of time.  Another book to make me realise that I have no idea what’s going on in the world.  It’s also quite hard to get your head around the fact that this stuff happened within my lifetime, and yet a lot of it seems so medieval.

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Flatbread, Cauliflower Tempura, and Crispy Tofu

So I had a day off work and boyfriend cruelly insisted that I cooked tea, so mean.  He suggested a vegetable soup but I had more ambitious ideas.

I decided to do Cauliflower Tempura with Falafel, but I failed to buy chickpeas so the falafel had to be swapped for crispy tofu. And I found a quick and easy recipe for flatbread.  It sort of worked.  The flatbread was the most successful, the tempura was ok but too oily, and the tofu was a little bland.  My photos are all pretty rubbish because it’s winter and I lose the light at about 4pm now.

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November Photo A Day

In September I tried to do a selfie-a-day which was a little dull tbh, just lots of pictures of me.  I guess that’s pretty obvious.  But a few years a go I did a-photo-a-day and quite enjoyed it.  I just used my phone, and got a nice collection of photos which summed up the month nicely.

It’s tricky to remember to take one everyday, especially if you’re having a boring day of just going to work.  But it is boyfriend’s birthday so we’re away in London for a few days. And I have another couple of days off to do some Christmas shopping.

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When We Were Orphans by Kazuo Ishiguro- Book Review

Kazuo Ishiguro was recently awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, a very pleasing development.  He’s an amazing author who you can genuinely recommend to people because he’s not too ‘wordy’.  Not much really seems to happen in his books, I think because they are all written in the past tense which automatically removes the sense of drama and urgency.  Still there are moments in all his books (well all the ones I’ve read) that are like being hit in the face with a brick, in an emotional way…

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