Merry Spring! I always feel a little shocked when we get to the end of March. The first two months feel so slow, and then, BAM, we’re a quarter of the way through the year already. How did that happen? Time is weird. Have you had a good March? We have been out and about and enjoying the springy signs and the snow we got.
A few new tracks this month, but mostly reacquainting myself with some brilliant old stuff (and disco!)
Adam Buxton’s interview with Aisling Bea is really worth a listen. Funny and sad, they talk about getting soaked in exotic places, bad attitudes on filming sets and Bea’s father’s death.
I finished Matt Haig’s How To Stop Time, which was ruddy lovely. This month’s book club read was Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Eleanor is actually not very fine at all, she’s lonely and has a terribly horrendous past, but she is not one to feel sorry for. She is funny and intelligent and you find yourself wanting the very best for her from the onset. I read this book sick in bed in a day it’s that good. It’s heart warming and heartbreaking and all the usual clichés, and it’s really, really good. It lives up to its hype.
On Mother’s Day when I was parenting alone, I decided I fancied some flowers so took the kiddos to Columbia Road flower market. It was rammed but had a lovely, jolly atmosphere which meant we all enjoyed our trip. The kids each chose a little rose to take home and I brought back pussy willow.
I wandered around Abney Park in Stoke Newington and explored the graveyard in the snow. It’s beautiful there! So peaceful and quiet.
Also in the snow, we had our first visit this year to Myddelton House Gardens. It was cold and beautiful and we had the place to ourselves. I wrote more about it here with some very nice photos if I do say so myself.
I got a whole evening to myself! I spent a snowy Sunday evening at the Barbican Centre, mainly to see a sound and light installation in one of the roads that run underneath the complex. I think Tunnel Visions: Array was one of the most incredible things I have seen. It was so immersive that you found yourself in the music. There’s a little video here and watching that makes my hairs stand up on end again. I hope there is something like this again soon, it was amazing.
Our local farm has their annual lambing weekend and we got to see hours old lambs, tiny piglets and Arthur got free reign with a hammer.
We’ve been baking. Arthur and I made this lemon drizzle simnel cake, which was really moist and delicious, albeit very sweet. Deffo one to make again, but maybe with a little less sugar next time.
We’ve had World Book Day and Betsy dressed as Silky from the Magic Faraway Tree books. Boo is SO into these books at the moment, which is rather lovely to see, especially for Dave who read them as a child (I didn’t, the only Blyton I read was the Famous Five, which I am ITCHING to introduce her to).
I attended a workshop and made a huge hoop/wreath thing that’s full of ivy and eucalyptus that’s currently hanging above the telly. I love it, Dave isn’t so sure.
More snow! I still have a child-like glee over snow, even when it’s the spring equinox and was boiling this time last year.
We found some rocks! There’s a new game in town that entails finding painted rocks in various parks. There’s a Facebook group and everything. So much fun. We’re planning on decorating our own rocks to hide this Easter holiday.
Phew! That was a busy month! And with the holidays happening and the 100 Day Project, April is going to be even busier! Have have you been up to?