Not my favourite month, but I am trying not to be miserable about it, and it's never a good plan to wish your life away. Not when you're probably over half way through it. (I'm 50 this year, it's got me thinking!)
Colour, that's what I need. Colour, print, and a vintage frock.
The girls and I headed into town to the Crucible Theatre on Friday evening.
Oliver! was great. I am not the biggest lover of musical theatre, but the production and performances were strong, and of course I know all the songs. It's been such a long time since I saw any live theatre, I had forgotten that wonderful sense of excitement and expectation when the house lights go down and the music starts.
I know Littlest looks as though she's nodding off. She wasn't, she was just being a twit. She was actually saucer-eyed, and because she didn't know the story, she was horrified that Nancy was murdered.
I was rather taken with the Dickensian street girls' costumes, and feel I may have to do my own Oom Pah Pah tribute post at some stage. So there's something to look forward to.
I am also inspired to read some Dickens for the first time in 30 years. I'm an English Literature graduate who has never read Bleak House, and that's a bit shameful. This year, I am trying to intersperse my usual reading with the occasional Piece of Literature I Should Have Read But Haven't.
I started with Heart of Darkness, because it's short. I'm aware of how shallow that sounds, but it's the truth!
On Saturday, we went out for brunch, taking in the River Sheaf and a playground along the way.
As you can see, Seldom Seen's new specs have been glued back together, and he is rocking them. Give him a sharp 1960s suit and a gun, and he's Harry Palmer.
1960s Tom Jones for California maxi dress - vintage fair
Cardigan, bangles and necklaces - charity shopped
Boots - Ebay
(The peacock feather bangle was a gift but I can't remember from whom... Was it you, Princess Tan-Tan?)
There is stew with dumplings in the oven for tea, as befits our first major frost of the season (my poor camellia will suffer even more) and a chilly day.
Homework has been done (albeit painfully).
The week's plans include a PTA meeting, tidying up (Must Be Done), an attempt to sort out the Cupboard of Doom (ditto), and maybe some sewing.
And what better way to start the week than by meeting up with Patti and her friends for Visible Monday?
See you there!