This is going to become a monthly thing – looking back at the previous month reviewing what I got up too. My first post in this series was last month a combined look at July and August
We started the month with a house guest – caring for Henry a Jug – Jack Russell/Pug cross. This is the second time he has holidayed with us. Its fabulous having a dog for company. Mr Fitz and I have always had a dog until we lost our last boy, Murphy, our beautiful border terrier. We chose not to replace him, I’m happy with that decision but it doesn’t mean I don’t really miss having a dog around, my heart wants a dog but my head tells me it’s not right for us at the moment with our many opportunities to travel. I have written about pet bereavement and losing Murphy, take a look if it is a subject of interest to you.
Where Did I Go:
I spent quality time with my brother and sister in law and we visited a local town, Poynton, for a look around, gentle walk and a coffee. We all enjoy exploring local areas now that we are all retired. It;s great to have the free leisure time to really see places.
As you will know again and again, Mr Fitz went on our first cruise holiday as the focus of Mr Fitz’s 60th birthday celebrations. I will elaborate much more on this in future posts. But the cruise with P and O on Oceana was absolutely fabulous and we cannot wait to do it again.
My niece left for Leeds University and I took her out for lunch and bought her some items to make her room homely and comfortable.
I enjoyed afternoon tea with my friends at The Holiday Inn in Manchester, a prize won by one of them and kindly shared.
I spent a lovely afternoon and evening celebrating my friend Janette’s birthday enjoying food and cocktails at The Slug and Lettuce Deansgate Manchester – you can read my review of this over on my sister blog.
As usual I haven’t read nearly as much time as I would like. Not wanting to read anything too serious I returned to read book number 18 in a lovely series of 19 books by Rebecca Shaw. The one I’m reading now is Village Rumours. The series is about one delightful fictional village, Turnham Malpas, in England. The lives are all intertwined in great stories. There are 19 in the series so I am near to completing the lot. However, they do not have to be read in chronological order. After the first couple when you have got to know the main characters, I don’t think it matters too much. I certainly haven’t read them in order and have possibly missed 1 or 2 in the middle. A really pleasurable read.
I have started to rewatch Murder on the Orient Express but have not completed it. This film was one of those fims that actually got me to venture to the cinema when it was released. I dislike the cinema, I will discuss this one day. Now it’s being shown on Sky I want to see it again. Being a huge Agatha Christie fan I am very critical of actors playing her main characters. David Suchet plays Poirot exactly as I see him in my mind, but I do think Kenneth Branagh is a close second. I also wish to say that I think the cinematography is magnificent.
I did however manage to watch a whole film though on Sky, Mr Fitz chose All The Money in the World. The true story of the kidnapping of John Paul Gettys grandson in 1973. John Paul Getty was the worlds richest man at that time. I was 13 when it happened and I vaguely remembered the story unfolding, particularly the shocking package sent to the press by the kidnappers in an effort to ensure the ransom money was paid. A shocking true story presented well. All I can say is that his mother was one tough cookie!
What I watched on TV
Autumn always brings great TV. I got caught up like many others with the BBC drama The Bodyguard. A fabulous gripping drama, from the writer of The Line of Duty, that had twists and turns and kept you on the edge of your seat right to the end. I haven’t come along a single person who guessed the final plot line.
I also love to watch reruns of old TV shows on Sky, either Dram channel or UK Play. At the moment I am enjoying reruns of London’s Burning about the staff at a fictional London Fire Station. Dated but still enjoyable.
What I Bought
Bits and bobs for my cruise, mostly toiletries and travel items.
My best find was a local shop that sells new and pre loved Pandora charms and jewellery. I love my Pandora bracelet and I got a voucher for my birthday to purchased my first stacking ring. My bracelet is full and has been recently updated but the best thing about this shop is that they have a swap system. You an sell or swap unwanted charms. As mine had recently been updated I had a couple that I did not want anymore. I managed to swap 3 with a £2 admin fee for a pair of Pandora earrings valued at £40. I was really pleased to find this
My husbands 60th Birthday surprise night away and a makeover of our en suite bathroom. I haven’t got a confirmed date for this but we are starting to choose a style and colour scheme.
That is a brief snapshot of my months activity. Have you read any good books or have some good TV or films to recommend for me, I’d love to hear from you