Wednesday Wind Up

What am I reading this week?
How to Be A Heroine by Samantha Ellis. It's been fun. Samantha is an Iraqi Jew who tells her life story through the books she has read, most specifically the heroines of the books, from Anne of Green Gables through Scarlett O'Hara and Cathy to... well, I'm still reading it,  so I don't know. She looks at the character traits she shares and sometimes doesn't share and relates them to her family situations.

I like how Samantha doesn't love all the heroines, how she decides that some of them are pains, essentially, for different reasons and how she changes her opinions on them across life and experience.

What have I watched this week?
Churchill. Pretty much any programme about Churchill. We're big history buffs in the house, so watching 4 hours worth of a state funeral in 1965 makes perfect sense to us. I have particularly enjoyed the drama documentary about Churchill's first 100 days. It had Robert Hardy playing Winston. Those of more mature years will remember that he played him in The Wilderness Years in 2005, and very well indeed. He seems a little older now, and less energetic, but then Robert Hardy is getting on a bit himself.

I really enjoyed watching the solemnity of the state funeral. The gun carriage bearing the coffin was pulled by members of the navy, the route was lined with silent and respectful people and, as Richard Dimbleby's suave voice said. "We shall never see the like again." I think not, as well. Who else could be buried without a complaint? One only has to think of Lady Thatcher's funeral to see how divisive a death can be.

Where have I been this week?
No where. Well, no where out of the ordinary. We had a quiet weekend, with house work and church on the Sunday. But when your church is St Peter's, Woolton there is an advantage.

It is, after all, a tourist destination in itself. Here is our most famous gravestone.

Can you see the name? Do you know who met here? One day I will do the whole tour; Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields, The Cavern Club and all!

How has my spending gone this week?
Gulp. I'm glad it's February. I bought my wool for my snowflake blanket and a little extra to finish my circus stripe blanket (that's what I've decided to call it; there are no muted colours at all, so it really pings like a circus tent!)

What are my WIPs this week?
My Circus stripe blanket. There are a lot of granny stripe blankets going around at the moment; Through the Keyhole, Life at Sylvan House and others I couldn't find are all granny striping at the moment. Fun. 66 rows done already.

Any Other Business?
No. It's a quiet week in the Cottage. Good job, really.  


  1. Fascinating. Do you get people visiting the church just to see the gravestone? Thanks for the mention, 66 rows done already? Wow! You'll definitely finish before me.

    1. People visit our church for the Church Hall; the place where John and Paul actually met. There's a plaque on the wall and I will do the full guided tour one summer day, when I have time and access.
      70 rows now :)

  2. The book sounds really interesting! I've a huge interest in Churchill, too. How lovely that you live so near Liverpool! You're whizzing along with your blanket!

    1. Liverpool is a brilliant city, with loads of history and plenty of popular culture. I love it.

  3. Gosh your blanket is really coming along, it will be finished in no time. My eldest son is a huge fan of the Beatles, no doubt he will be making a visit to your church hall when I tell him.

  4. That book sounds really interesting. I do hope you'll share more tales from Liverpool, I'll bet you have a lot of interesting things to show us.

  5. You're right about the granny stripe, seems there are lots of us at it! Thanks for the mention :-) the Samantha Ellis book sounds interesting.

  6. I love the idea of calling your blanket circus stripe! Sounds really fun. The book is very interesting and an unusual idea isn't it. xx

  7. Oh I shall look forward to your tour.
    Good luck with the blanket works.
    This month is an expensive one here too, two birthdays and lots of money needed for school, yikes!
    Lisa x


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