I know, this is becoming usual for me. After a good run of regular posts I disappear for a while and then pop up again after a few weeks. It's been one of those years, where I've come to expect the unexpected! I hate abandoning my little blog like this, but I'm certainly not ready to let it go yet. So here's what's been happening since I last posted...
After putting it off and doubting myself for a few years I finally bit the bullet and signed up to study an English Lit degree with the Open University. This started a couple of weeks ago and the first course isn't one I would have chosen personally but compulsory for my overall degree. It's an introduction to the arts, covering Literature, History, Religious Studies, Art history and Music (as well as others) ...scary! I can tell you right now, what I know or care about Art History could be written on a pin head. (Who knows though? Maybe I'll find I'm an art appreciator after all) We've started with Cleopatra and are studying her reputation, which IS fascinating (Plus I get to watch Liz Taylor's epic portrayal..how gorgeous?) Anyway, most spare minutes have been spent with my head in the study books!
Some of you, especially those who follow on twitter, will know that my Nana's health has been deteriorating this year and causing us a lot of concern. Well recently she moved into a care home very near us, which has been a very bittersweet experience. On the one hand we know she is safe, she's near us and the staff are fantastic. It really is a nice place. Of course though it's tinged with sadness and guilt that it came to this and we've all found it a bit traumatic. Anyway, here's a photo I took a few weeks ago when we went out for lunch in a local garden center, with Lucy. I love this photo and it has pride of place on my fireplace.
I've also been working like a maniac. I work in retail, and as anyone else who works in a shop knows, from September Christmas arrives. The last few weeks have been so busy setting it all up. My nails are wrecked through the millions of cardboard boxes I've opened! We have managed to find a bit of time to enjoy the lovely autumn weather we've been having recently though. This is a photo taken last weekend at The Lodore Falls in Keswick, The Lake District. Beautiful!
Reading wise, it's been a bit on the quiet front. Though I've just finished What's Left Of Me by Kat Zhang and will be reviewing it this week.
So that's what I've been up. How about you? Hope you're all keeping ok!