Februrary 2017

February 2017 wasn’t much of an improvement from January. There were some professional disappointments and personal disappointments,  but overall February being a short month means that in the grand scheme of things it was a tiny blip. So here were the things in February that kept me occupied and inspired.

The Reads   

Jesse Burton’s, The Muse: I love Jesse’s writing style, however I didn’t enjoy this as much as The Miniaturist. It felt a little heavy, with one character not remotely interesting to me or served purpose other than a vehicle for the story.

Anna Kendrick’s, Scrappy Little Nobody:  I thought this would deliver some good laughs, so in a moment of needing distraction and lightness I curled up to read this. Kendrick delivers comedy verbally with aplomb, written? well it falls flat and comes out as heavily edited waffle.\

The Authors

I love going to events where I get to meet authors, listen to them speak, and almost feel apart of the magic behind the creative living.

This month I met Tracy Chevalier at her last event for At the Edge of the Orchard and Australian author Hannah Kent on her UK tour of The Good people

Television

A slow month for the visual, but I was excited to watch a few of these things.

Full Steam Ahead: A BBC Documentary about the Age of trains, and the revolutionary way they impacted everyday life. It was from the historians that brought us War Time farm, Edwardian Farm, and Victorian Farm and it was brilliant.

A Place to Call Home: An Australian Drama that started to air before I left the sunny shores for England. So glad BBC were airing it recently and I immersed myself in post war Australia. I love all the characters, except for two, and I especially adore the Border Collie. Funnily enough,  said Border Collie belongs to a family friend.

The Adventures

This month Mr Turner and I travelled down to his birth town where his maternal side of the family resides. We waited for his cousins to stock up on babies to make it a worthwhile visit as we haven’t been down since June 2016. We were able to meet little Phoebe, Thomas, and 8 week old Lucy.

On the drive down we stopped at Hindon, a small village past Salisbury and Stone Henge. The major trade in the late 18th Century was coaching (Horse coaches!). In 1830 London coaches from Exeter left daily from The Swan, and nightly to Barnstaple from The Lamb Inn (Pictured)

We drove through the moors of Dartmoor, and the beauty of the landscape was overwhelming. But the most excitement came from our drive to Morwellham Quay,  Once one of the busiest ports in Britain, and now a preserved historical site to give tourists an impression of Edwardian life. Also, this is where the BBC filmed Edwardian Farm (see above for Full Steam Ahead) of which i’m obsessed.

 

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