Monday, February 27, 2017

Music Monday- Castle on the Hill - Ed Sheeran

Oh I am loving this song so much this week.  No big fancy effects from Ed, just talent and a guitar wins every time.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

St Vincent

After weeks of packing and moving , and a day of chores I decided to sit down and watch a movie this afternoon.   St Vincent is one of those independent movies that tells a simple tale of how sometimes family is not only the people we are related to, but the people who come in on our lives.  Vincent us the cranky old neighbor who provides care for Oliver while his mum works.

An entertaining 4/5 watch for me.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Sleepwalker - Chris Bohjalian

The Sleepwalker didn'the keep me awake at night wanting to read it.  Mum Annalee goes missing overnight, which her family blame on her longstanding history of sleepwalking.  Her daughter Lianna seems to be the only one who really wants to know what has happened, as she saved her mother once before.   Maybe she could save her again? 3/5

Monday, February 20, 2017

My Story - Jo Malone

I have a couple of books to catch up on, it has been a hectic week or two moving house and trying to make the most of the nice evenings.  Being tired I only manage a page or two before sleep.

Jo Malone, the famous London Perfumer ticks all the boxes in her autobiography.   A simple childhood with money struggles, hard work, opportunities, health struggles etc.   I always like to hear about some one from humble beginnings becoming so successful, it gives all of us hope that we just need that one great idea and lots of hard work.  4/5

Monday, February 13, 2017


I have been hearing good things about Kedi a documentary about the street cats in Istanbul.   I was lucky enough to visit this amazing city in 1994, so I really would love to see this one.

Is there anything you are looking forward to seeing?

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Our Souls at Night - Kent Haruf

Addies husband has been dead for a couple of years, when she approaches Louis with a proposal to come and keep her company at night.  As their friendship develops, neighbors and family begin to offer their opinions about the relationship.

A sweet little book about age and love that I devoured in one sitting.  4/5

Monday, January 30, 2017

Peggy & Me - Miranda Hart

Miranda hart is one of those actresses that at times seems hilarious, and in the next moment is annoying to watch.  I find her books a little that way too.  In this book we get to meet her best friend, wee Peggy a dog who helps to heal Miranda's broken heart. 3/5

Sunday, January 29, 2017

My (Part-Time) Paris Life - Lisa Anselmo

Lisa decides after her mother's death, to buy a small apartment in Paris and recounts her life in the famous city.  There were parts of the story I enjoyed like hearing about city, the food and the people that live there.  I wish I had a job that would let me travel there a couple of times a year. 3/5

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Hidden Figures

I really liked watching Hidden Figures this afternoon, maybe I was in need of a distraction and although I had seen the previews before other shows, the movie itself had much more to offer.  As you might all know it tells the true story of three bright women, working at Nasa in the 60s.  As well as fighting racial prejudice and sexism, they had to prove how smart they were in a community of scientists and engineers.  

All three main characters were lovely to watch, with the right amount of humor and warmth depicted.  I did have to wipe back a tear or two and be sure to watch the credits.   5/5

Sunday, January 22, 2017


Another rainy day in the city, and it was feeling like mid winter as I put on my boots and rain jacket.  Still it was nice to get out and meet a friend for some food and a movie.

I had seen the shorts for Lion a few times.   Sarno is a small 5 year old boy from a small Indian village, living with his mum, younger sister and big brother.   When they become separated how will he find his way back?

Dev Patel does a great job as the grown up Sarno, but it is the young Sunny Pawar who for me is amazing in this movie who steals the show.  I didn't need tissues but there were a couple of tears building up.  Be sure to stay till the end too, as the last few minutes are important.   5/5