Song Of The Day – Cathy Davey – Little Red (live)

Michael introduced me to Cathy Davey when he watched the film The Disappearance of Alice Creed and her song Holy Moly was featured at the end. I do like Holy Moly, but I really love Little Red. It’s such a great song and I can’t wait to get the album it features on, The Nameless.

Cathy is an Irish singer-songwriter. She actually has three albums, the other two being Something Ilk and Tales of Silversleeve, and these are also on my to buy list!

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Dereham Windmill


I am always on the lookout for places for Michael and I to visit in the future. We’ve never been to Norfolk before but it is on our list of places to go to. I’ve always been interested in visiting attractions like lighthouses and windmills, and there’s a windmill in Norfolk that I can’t wait to visit. I love reading about history and what people’s lives were like in the past.

Dereham Windmill was built in 1836 by millwright James Hardy for Michael Hardy who was a miller and baker. It is the last of several windmills in the Dereham District. Between 1914 and 1918 it was used for grist milling, oats, barley etc. for animal feed including acorns for pigs. Wheat was no longer milled for flour. Unfortunately though, the the mill ceased working in 1937 and was derelict by 1949. In 1972, it was given a Grade II listing and in 1978 the mill bought by Breckland District Council from Greens (Nurseries) Ltd. for the princely sum of £1. The mill was opened to the public by J. O. C. Birkbeck on 14th September 1987. In 2002 the mill taken over by Dereham Town Council. The weather wasn’t kind to the mill and in 2004 the mill lost part of a sail during a gale. In 2006, the sails were removed for renovation with £600,000 Lottery Grant being applied for. In 2010, the Mill had to be boarded up and left weatherproof as all attempts at funding had failed. Between October 2011 and July 2013, funding was organised and the windmill underwent further renovation, including replacement sails. Finally, in September 2013, the windmill re-opened to public as a “Community Exhibition Centre” which includes exhibition space for local pupils’ work with information on the Windmill’s History. You can find out more about upcoming exhibitions here.

Dereham Windmill can be found at the end of Greenfields Road in Dereham, NR20 3TE

You can find out more information about the windmill at their website:
http://www.derehamwindmill.co.uk

Film Review: Life After Beth (2014)

Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines, Paul Reiser, Matthew Gray Gubler, Anna Kendrick
IMDb synopsis: A young man’s recently deceased girlfriend mysteriously returns from the dead, but he slowly realizes she is not the way he remembered her.
(Source: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2581244/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1)

My verdict: I saw the trailer for Life After Beth a long time ago and I couldn’t wait to watch it. Then I read other people’s reviews and most people seemed to pan it, which was disappointing. I noticed it was on Netflix and decided to give it a go. I have to say that I did like it, but it was slow in parts and there was, as usual in films about zombies, no explanation for how the people came to be zombies. I think Aubrey Plaza is great in anything she’s in, and I have always been a big fan of John C. Reilly’s, so I would have watched it until the end no matter what. It’s a funny film and I’m glad that I watched it, but I wouldn’t rush to watch it again.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Song Of The Day: Gloria Estefan – Get On Your Feet

I have been a big fan ever since I was a child. One of the first things I ever bought with my pocket money was her Homecoming Concert on VHS (because I was only 11 and this was in 1990!). I was watching a Gloria Estefan YouTube Mix when this came on, and it immediately took me back to childhood. Such a great weekend tune!

Liebster Award

Liebster

Thank you so much to restinbitchface for the nomination, I love your blog. So many people seem to edit their life on WordPress/Twitter/Facebook/social media into one big happy life so it’s refreshing to find a blog where someone says, “this is me.” I love reading your posts.

INSTRUCTIONS:
You need to answer 11 Questions as asked by a Liebster awarder, then Give 11 facts about yourself, then also supply 11 questions to your nominated Liebster Award Receivers.

The 11 questions from restinbitchface are:

1. If you could give your younger self a bit of advice, what would it be and why?
Don’t stress! I used to worry what people thought of me so much so that I used to each my lunch in the toilets in whatever job I was working in because I’ve always been overweight, and let’s face it; people don’t want to see fat people eat, do they? It took me until I was in my mid-20’s before I could eat properly in public. Sometimes I’ll be eating at my desk at work now and I’ll remember that feeling and it just doesn’t compute. I couldn’t imagine doing that now. Besides, it’s not very hygienic! I’m 36 now and I love having that feeling of, “I don’t care what you think”. It’s so freeing.

2. If you had to go into a Nuclear Bunker, what would be the 5 things you take in with you?
a) ooh, well, my husband Michael for one! I’d miss him so much if I left him behind

b) enough food and drink that we’d survive
c) my friends and family as we’d miss them too much too
d) a first aid kit to keep everyone safe and well
e) tools because you never know when you may need tools

3. Reading books or a kindle (tablet type gadget)?
Ooh, a tricky one for me as our books are available in both paperback and Kindle. We did try paperback only, but people complained that they wanted to read them on Kindle so once Amazon changed their tax tactics (try saying that fast!), we put them back on Kindle. I personally prefer paperbacks as I love their smell, the feel of the book, the bookmark sticking out of the end of the book signalling how far you’ve read and how long’s left. I love bookshops too. You couldn’t replicate an online only store in bricks and mortar, it wouldn’t feel the same.

4. Dinner in or Dinner out?
I’d have to say dinner in. Since Michael got his brain injury from a car accident in 2009, he hasn’t really been able to eat while in noisy, busy or unfamiliar places. When we’re out and about, we tend to get sandwich meal deals and eat them in the car, and that’s romantic enough for me 🙂

5. What’s your favourite meal?
I love mexican food; nachos, chimichangas, tacos, burritos and fajitas, and there has to be jalapenos! I think my favourite Mexican dish is chilli topped nachos. I want some now!

6. If you could change one aspect of society, what would it be and why?
That everyone would treat everyone else fairly and equally. Thin people aren’t “better” than fat people because they’re thin for example. Everyone is equal for what they contribute to society, and if everyone’s contribution was positive, just imagine what kind of world we’d live in. Sometimes when I get a bit “isn’t the world an awful place”, I take a look at websites like Kindness Blog, TED Talks and Huffington Post’s Good News and I feel a lot better.

7. If you could send a message into Space, what would it say?
I’d ask for aliens to come and make society more economically and politically equal, and give us their take on religion!

8. What is your favourite thing to do on a stormy night?
Sit with Michael, all snuggled up and watch the rain 🙂

9. What do you do to cope with stressful situations?
I used to eat to be honest. I was always an emotional eater, and I think some of that came from having PCOS with regards to it being sugary food. Now, I try and think about what part of the situation is making me stressed and see if I can change it. If I can’t change it, I try and just deal with it. I love the Reinhold Niebuhr quote, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” I’m not a religious person but this is how I deal with things now.

10. If you could change anything about your past, would you and why?
Not a thing from before I was 30. I have realised many, many times that if I had passed my driving test (I failed 3 times and I still don’t have a driving licence, only a provisional), changed jobs at all, made any other decision than the ones I did, then I probably wouldn’t have met Michael. I met him when I was 30 years and 26 days old so anything before then; no. Since I met Michael? Loads! I haven’t dealt with life situations very well in the last 5 years, but I have really turned that around in the last 6 months.

11. If you could have a meal with 11 (going with the theme here) people, dead or alive, who would they be and why
Good question!

– Michael, it wouldn’t be the same without him there
– Paul Rudd because he’s cute AND hilarious
– The boys from McFly as I love them and their music
– Monica Bellucci because Michael finds her really interesting
– Art Bell so that he could delight us with his knowledge of the weird and supernatural
– Joseph Gordon-Levitt because I love his work and find him really interesting
– Christopher Hitchens because it’d be fascinating to hear his argument with the next person,
– Alan Watts because he’s one of the few people with a deep enough knowledge of religion to argue against Hitchens (sadly, they are no longer with us)
– Freddie Mercury because he’s a legend and could entertain us all
– Peter Ustinov because he was a raconteur extraordinaire
– Napoleon because he’d be fascinating

11 Facts about me!
1. I’m from Leeds and I lived there for the first 19 years of my life, then various times in between city moves around the UK

2. I love Fimo modelling clay and I have had some for ages but I don’t quite know what to make yet. I have a feeling that when inspiration strikes that I’ll make cool things
3. The 80s are my favourite decade but then, I was born in 1978 so my childhood took place in the 80s. The music, the fashion, the films, the television. I’d go back to visit if I could!
4. My ideal job would be working with charities and community projects, helping to publicise their fundraising events
5. I cannot walk properly in high heels and I much prefer ballet pumps or trainers
6. I am a fiend for tea and Michael makes the best cups in the world!
7. My first foreign holiday was an island hopping holiday around the Greek islands Santorini, Ios and Naxos and it was amazing. I was 28!
8. I have a scar on one of my bumcheeks as I cartwheeled into a rose bush when I was about 8!
9. I love bike riding and I have a bright pink Pashley Poppy bike
10. My favourite films are Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, Strictly Ballroom, She’s The Man and Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.
11. I’ve been using internet since 1999, when everyone thought that the only people who went on the internet were “perverts and weirdos”. I’m glad I stuck with it!

My questions
1. If money was no object, what job would you be doing (if any?)

2. What’s your favourite colour, and why?
3. If I beemed down in an alien spaceship and wanted to be shown your favourite place, where would you take me, and why?
4. If you could meet one famous person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
5. If you could ban one bad habit in people, what would it be and why?
6. If you had to look like any celebrity, who would it be and why?
7. What are your 5 favourite songs and why?
8. Do you have a signature dish that you are brilliant at making?
9. Which fictional detective would you most like to be and why?
10. What’s your favourite book and why?
11. What place most sticks in your mind and why?

My Nominations!

abbiosbiston

Cinema Parrot Disco

Enjoy By Paula

Fitness On Toast

Flux + Flow

Grandma Eileen’s Vintage

Insidethelifeofmoi

Nanny Cool

Nostalgia Pie

Tea With Erika

This Was Dinner

Matt Adams and Someone you Love

I recently found out about Matt Adams and the Someone you Love project. Their About Me says: ‘Someone you Love is a three part video and photo series that aims to brings New Yorkers together by engaging them in positive activities in the unexpected places.’

The first video I saw was Write Someone You Love where Matt encouraged people to send postcards to people they love and the take-up was huge! At the end of the day, Matt took the postcards home, put stamps on each one and posted them in the mailbox for everyone. Such a lovely idea, and after I’d first seen this video, I hand made cards for my mum and grandparents, and they loved them so much. I would definitely do this again, as I enjoy crafting anyway, but making people smile is so worth it.

As well as the Write Someone You Love videos, there are also Call Someone You Love and Kiss Someone You Love.

The links above take you to the webpages so that you can see all of the photos from the day, but you can take a look at the videos below!

 

Lily-watch: the update

I recently blogged about the lillies in my garden starting to bloom and I realised that I hadn’t followed up with photos of them since they have bloomed: so here they are! I haven’t measured them, but they are fairly large. We even have a baby stalk which grew late on and hasn’t flowered yet, bless!

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We also have rose bushes in our garden and I took this shot at the same time 🙂

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I think the sun was too bright for my phone to take bright pictures, hence the “dull” appearance, but I think you’ll agree that the flowers look lovely anyway 🙂

Feature on: BoJack Horseman

I am a big fan of Netflix and the highly random things it suggests that I might like watching. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I would say that “BoJack Horseman” is definitely on the winner’s pile. Series 2 starts on Netflix on Friday 17th July and if you haven’t watched it, I recommend binge watching all 12 episodes before the big day.

So, who is BoJack Horseman? His Wikipedia page says, “In a world where humans and anthropomorphic animals live side by side, BoJack Horseman, the washed-up star of the 1990s sitcom Horsin’ Around, plans his big return to celebrity relevance with a tell-all biography that he dictates to his ghostwriter and recent love interest Diane Nguyen. BoJack also has to contend with the demands of his agent and on-again-off-again girlfriend Princess Carolyn, his freeloading roommate Todd Chavez, and his frenemy Mr. Peanutbutter, who is also Nguyen’s boyfriend.”

BoJack is played by Will Arnett, Princess Carolyn is played by Amy Sedaris, Diane Nguyen is played by Alison Brie, Mr. Peanutbutter is played by Paul F. Tompkins and Todd Chavez is played by Aaron Paul.

Below is the trailer for the second season of BoJack, just to whet your appetite!

 

Made Television on Sky

As you may or may not know, I’m originally from Leeds even though I live in Liverpool now. I recently found out that I can watch Made In Leeds TV outside of Leeds, and that I could do so by following the below instructions (but this only applies to Sky):

As you can see from the image, this also applies to Bristol, Cardiff and Tyne & Wear, so you can watch those channels also if you’re out of the natural catchment area 🙂

You can find out more at their website: http://www.madetelevision.com/