A round-up of things that have been read, music that has been listened to, places we’ve seen and other random shizzle. I can’t say I’m sad to see the back of January, this winter has been tricky for me, it’s been hard to shrug off the feeling of gloom. One of the reasons for this new series of monthly round-ups is to remind me of the good things that have happened and have a very nice memory keepsake of the whole year.


I have reacquainted myself with Desert Island Disks. It’s a wonderful show, perfect for a commute and I have binged somewhat. Favourite episodes include Charlie Brooker, Naomi Klein and Mickey Flanagan.

Music that’s been listened to this month, some new, some old, some new to me, including the new Eels track! You have no idea how happy that makes me.


I’m in a book club! This month was our first meeting. I’m excited about this for so many reasons. Firstly, the two other women I’m doing this with are super awesome and I’m so glad I know them and get to hang out with them. Secondly, we meet at a local curry house where we eat good food, have a glass of wine and have an actual conversation without having to herd any lively children. Thirdly, this club has got me reading again. Even if we only end up talking about the book for five minutes at the meet, I’m encouraged to make time to read and it has been wonderful. This month we read The Handmaid’s Tale. I’m rather ashamed to say this is a book I’ve not read before and it’s my first Atwood novel. How have I never read her before? It felt so relevant to this day and age, scarily so sometimes.

Also started this month has been Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic. I can’t tell you how much I am enjoying this book. Gilbert’s writing is honest and frank and really bloody funny. If you have any interest in anything creative then I urge you to read it. If you feel you’re not creative at all (you totally are, promise) then you really, REALLY should read this book. You won’t regret it.


We haven’t journeyed far from Enfield this month. Twice we have hopped onto a train to go into town, but we have taken it pretty easy this month. I saw some of the Lumiere Festival after work one evening, which was glorious and magical.

Lumiere festival

In need for more bright art at night, I took the kiddos along to the Winter Lights festival in Canary Warf. This was pretty special, if a little wet (it would not stop raining) and I mean to write a proper post about that very soon.

Closer to home, we popped over to our local farm and joined in with their wassail in the orchard to wake up the apple trees. We hung up bread on the tree to attract the birds who’ll eat the bugs and pests (don’t get me started on feeding birds bread though…)


I have been enjoying the second series of Harry Hill’s Tea Time which is Hill at his most surreal and odd best. I love it, it makes me literally cry with laughter.

But most importantly, this is what I saw a couple of weekends ago:

BLOSSOM! #springiscoming You have no idea how happy this makes me feel. It’s a glorious sight.

How was your January? Did you make it through the gloom? What are you looking forward to in February?


  1. I loved The Handmaid’s Tale. I remember reading it through the night, because I couldn’t put it down. Bit tired the next day at work, but it was worth it. The tale still haunts me. I’ll have to look up your other book choice.

    What an amazing rabbit lantern. I quite fancy making a lantern in this style. Maybe not so big.

    Have to admit, I’m not sorry January has gone either. Hope your February is good #MMBC

  2. Hi Charlotte, this year, January has been miserable here too. It doesn’t usually affect me too much, but I can’t wait for spring. I have never listened to Desert Island Disks, maybe I should give it a try… Being part of a book club must be fun. The thought appeals to me too, but although I read every day I am such a slow reader. I’m going to check out the two books you’ve mentioned…. The light festivals in the UK do sound perfect for adding a touch of brightness this time of year… The almond trees are slowly starting to blossom here, a sign that spring is not too far away!


  3. I love the sound of your book club. Time away from family responsibility, a curry and good company are all huge bonuses to getting to read new books! The Handmaids Tale first went on to my to-read list many years ago but fell off my radar until I saw the recent tv adaption. #mmbc

  4. Being part of a book club sounds so much fun, real conversation – something I seem to be lacking at times! I wonder what you’ll read next? I’ll pop back next month to see if you have any more recommendations! Lovely post x

  5. January has been incredibly long hasn’t it? I’m definitely glad it’s over! It sounds like you’ve had lots of positive things though – your book club sounds fab. I recently read The Handmaid’s Tale too after watching the TV adaptation. I really enjoyed it. #LikedandLoved

  6. Now your book club sounds amazing! Food and good company, can’t beat it!
    I’m not too fussed about January but I always look forward to Springtime. It brings some nice DSLR opportunities too when everything starts to bloom. That blossom looks beautiful 🙂

    Thanks so much for joining in with #MMBC. Hope to see you Monday x

  7. Gorgeous photos! I love the bread hearts, what a fab idea and I keep meaning to read the Handmaid’s Tale, I haven’t watched any of the tv series but I would love to read the book. Thanks for linking up with #LikedandLoved!

    Stevie x

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