Sunday, 8 November 2015

Book Clubs

I've always fancied joining a book club.  I'm an avid reader, I always have two books on the go (on paper and one audio) and I enjoy talking to friends about books we've read.

Unfortunately, in term time, it can take weeks for me to read a book.  One chapter before bed is often too much as my eyes close involuntarily as I am reading.  I also can't cope with anything too "worthy" in term time, and leave those books for the Summer holiday.

So, two friends of mine, who are also stressed out teachers with families and sing in the Manchester Chorale, suggested we form our own book club and only meet up after we have read the book - no pressure!

In Summer we chose this:


Then, in October half term, we met up to discuss it:

(of course, if we can escape for a couple of hours, 
we need to have a lovely afternoon tea while we discuss the book)

Now we've chosen this book:

It's the first of series, which I'm hoping I'll enjoy and want to read the rest.

We've tentatively suggested that we meet to discuss it between the rehearsal and the performance of a concert we're doing at the Bridgewater Hall in December (with Aled Jones, so excited!). 

Unfortunately, I haven't even bought the book yet and with the next month full of parents' evenings, report writing, open mornings and daughter's piano exam, hockey matches (she's taken up hockey, deep joy) and horse riding, never mind the Christmas preparations, I don't think I'll manage to read it, even if I can manage to buy it!

The trouble is, I don't want to be the one that says I haven't read it!

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Cinema Paradiso!

For the first time in over a decade hubby and I went to the cinema on our own, in the evening, to watch a film which wasn't made by Disney or Dreamworks.

While daughter was at a halloween party and sleepover (with the severed finger and eyeball cake) we splashed out on Premium seats and went to see Spectre.




Fabulous!

There was lots of this:


and this:


and this:


(The story was good as well! He he he!)


Monday, 2 November 2015

Halloween Cake

True to form, daughter and I have been baking, and for halloween we abandoned the traditional halloween cupcakes we usually make and went for a sandwich cake instead.

Red Velvet ....

,,,, with severed fingers and eyeballs!



Muuuhahahah!

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Half Term Hi Jinx

I've been neglecting the blog lately, having been seduced by Facebook, so here's a quick round up of what we've been up to in half term.

While hubby ate chocolate in Berlin we went in search of Mr Darcy at Lyme Park:


Had afternoon tea at Slattery's Patisserie and Chocolaterie:



Went for a walk and a picnic in Macclesfield Forest:



 I sang in a concert at the Bridgewater Hall
(this is my view when seated):
 

I've made a lot of pumpkin cake, had the first meeting of a book club my friends and I have founded (one in which we give ourselves plenty of time to read the book!) and I've done a couple of other things that will appear in the next two posts.........