The week from last Wednesday has been a mix of lovely social events and just keeping my head down and working hard! And I started my Christmas shopping. I know. I don’t know whether I’m proud or ashamed!
The Christmas Gift I Bought: The White Company Inuit Slippers, £40 HERE. My mum is obsessed with these cosy boot-type slippers for their warmth and comfort. We had a heck of a job to get her a pair a few years ago because by the time she said she wanted them, there were hardly any left. So, I just happened to spot them on-line and scooped them up there and then! Done.
The TV Programme I’m Watching: The Missing. Give me a good Scandi Noir any day of the week and I’m happy. The Missing has enough elements of that genre to put me in my comfort zone, isn’t too gory (have gone off anything super unpleasant) and is a slow, tense unravelling of a story about a missing girl who returns several years later to her family. The programme stars Keeley Hawes and David Morrisey. If you missed it and are catching up you have a treat in store on iPlayer.
The Twitter Account I’m Following: @pastpostcard. This is such a lovely account to follow, featuring real post-cards sent in times gone by. Each tweet features just a snippet, ‘Had cocktails with Tony Curtis in yacht out in the harbour. Regards, Betty’ and the postcard picture (it looks like Nice or Monte Carlo). Even though it’s 140 characters, each tweet tells such a beautiful story. Another favourite is, “We are just off out with our chairs to sit on the cliff top.” I mean, you can just imagine when holidays were much simpler!
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The Soup I’ve Been Making: Pea Soup. I wasn’t foresighted enough to take a picture of this, which is my mum’s recipe, but it’s the world’s easiest soup, best served with bread and cheese on the side. 1 packet of frozen peas (not petite pois – far too sweet), Chopped onion (1 onion or half a packet), 1 Litre of stock (chicken or veg), Stilton Cheese and Seasoning. Literally cook up the onions in a large pan til they’re translucent; add the peas, add the stock and let it simmer for half an hour or so. Whizz it all up, adding more stock if you like it a bit thinner and a bit of salt and pepper. When you’re ready to serve, sprinkle small pieces of strong stilton into it. And, eat!
The Film I Saw: Girl On The Train. Keeley Hawes again! But, if you read the book, I think you’ll be madly distracted, as I was, by the fact that it’s set in America. Little things like the houses were so far away from the actual train that it’s impossible to believe that Rachel saw anything at all. It took all the way until half an hour from the end until things got exciting. If by chance, you haven’t read the book, it’s a psychological thriller by Paula Hawkins about a women with ‘issues’ (mainly alcohol) who takes the same commuter train each day, looking into the back gardens of houses that butt onto the track. One day she sees something so out of keeping, she knows something is wrong. Her investigation (mainly while drunk) leads to some intense revelations.
The Coat I’m Chasing: I definitely feel a new coat coming on… every year I say I don’t need another coat and then it turns out that I do. Except, ‘need’ has nothing to do with it! I’ve given up spending big money on coats (other than my winter dog walking coat which is like wearing a massive duvet – I am never cold in it so have sacrificed style for heat!) because I like the idea that you can change your coat with the seasons and I’ve also given up feeling guilty about it. A coat is no longer for life! I’m eyeing up this wool/cashmere and leather coat from Mango (£149.99 HERE) to wear with jumpers and jeans. Fashion coats are useless at keeping you warm so I have a black men’s size small Uniqlo light down gilet that I put underneath.
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