Monday, September 30, 2013

That was the weekend

This weekend, I

:: visited the Estuary exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands with the Prof and two of my friends from the WI. It consists of paintings, photographs and films made by twelve artists, inspired by the outer limits of the Thames where the river becomes the sea. In particular I was fascinated by the work of  Stephen Turner, a slideshow with photos and diary entries from the 36 days that he spent living alone in the derelict searchlight tower of the Shivering Sands Seafort, a series of military platforms several miles off the coast, which were used during the Second World War.  

:: spent a happy hour or two with the Prof driving around in the Essex countryside. I really do find it so relaxing.  Not feeling so well lately, my two favourite comforting and relaxing places seem to be my bed and the passenger seat of our car. 

:: felt very fed up when the washing machine inexplicably stopped working and none of the lights would come on. 

:: felt very happy when two days later the Prof switched it on and all the lights came on and it appeared to have spontaneously fixed itself! Keeping a wary eye on that one...  

:: had a lovely lunch on Sunday. The Prof had meat pie and all the trimmings, while I opted for a delicious homemade carrot soup.   

:: spent a happy hour with tea, cake, and my lovely man, doing the Telegraph general knowledge crossword. Doing that on the weekend used to be a much more frequent occurrence in the past, and we don't find the time so often these days. Mind you, I live in hope of us one day having enough general knowledge between us to actually finish it, but we don't do too badly.  

:: delighted to realise that the '£2013 in 2013' saving challenge I set myself is doing so well! I am approaching £1000, which considering I've only been doing it a couple of months and it is just 'extra' money I have managed to make by selling things and doing a very small amount of part time work here and there, I am very pleased with. I think it might be a bit of a stretch to get to £2013 by the end of the year, but I'm hopeful, especially if I can manage some ebay selling or a boot sale. 

:: loving the last of the morning glory, flowering by our street door. 


  1. sorry to hear you've not been feeling well. but yes, there is something restorative to be found in the passenger seat of a car looking at pretty scenery!

  2. feel better!! I do the sunday crossword and save them each sunday for something to do when at the doctor's office. They are not extremely hard so I enjoy feeling "smart". You tend to enjoy lots of things I enjoy-especially a car ride!

  3. Oh I much prefer to be a passenger than a driver. Hope you feel better soon.

  4. It's interesting that you mention the Docklands. I recently read all three books of Call The Midwife which took place there. I understand that it looks totally different today than it did in the late 1950's when those stories took place. I hope you feel much better soon.

  5. I amazed by your 2013 success! And jealous of your countryside drives:) I have never really been to England outside of Heathrow (Ha!), but I do dream of getting there someday. And I would like to try my hand at the general knowledge crossword too! Although I am quite sure that my knowledge is far too pigeon-holed in specific areas to do me much good!


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