Music for Monday: Road to Nowhere

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This week, it feels like I have been bumping into Talking Heads – there music has in the movies my daughter has been watching (yes, kids movies) and it’s been on the TV shows I’ve been watching (well one – Mindhunter, which you should definitely check out).

Talking Heads are a band I used to love but seem to have forgotten about.  The same with David Byrne, who I have seen live two or three times and think is brilliant as a live act.  Not anymore.  They have been on repeat on Spotify this whole last week and the vinyl has been dug out and danced along too.  I have missed them!

This was the song that started it, so I thought I would share…

What do you think – are you a Talking Heads fan? And what have you been listening to this week – let me know I’m nosey and need to know!

Enjoy!

Emma x

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Favourite things #3: running apps

favourite thingsEarlier this week, I wrote about my new found love for running.  And when I say new, I mean very new, in that I’ve only been doing it for four weeks.  Perhaps it’s not as odd as I first thought that I enjoy it as I used to do long distance and cross country running at school.  It isn’t like this is the first time I have tried running again though in the 30-ish years since I last donned my trainers properly.  It’s just the first time it seems to have stuck.

The reason – running apps – and this whole idea of going from “couch to 5K” in eight weeks.  Whilst I know they won’t be for everyone, they have worked for me.  There are a lot out there, and I feel like I’ve tried them all, well at least the free ones (because I’m cheap!).  Three have stood out and I thought I would share them here for anyone who, like me, needs a little motivation to get out there… Continue reading

Feeling the burn…

So, something has happened to me these last few weeks, something I never in a million years would have expected.  It started when I quit work and began planning for the future me, the one that wouldn’t always be tired, and stressed, and grumpy with – well, pretty much anyone who crossed my path some days.

First off, I decided to get a little creative and start using a bullet journal.  It was fun.  I got a bit carried away.  One of the things I got carried away with was putting together an exercise plan.  Wasn’t one of my goals now I had time on my hands to get fit after all?  It’s not the prettiest plan you’ve ever seen (though it does have different coloured squares for different exercises) but it turns out it works.  Every day I take a look and do what it tells me to do. Continue reading

Music for Mondays: El Camino by Elizabeth Cook

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So one of my not-so-guilty secrets is a love of country music, mainly female country singers with a bit of attitude.  Every now and again, I have to spend an afternoon listening to them, songs that are always so damn catchy and lift my spirits, even if the subject matter isn’t always sunshine and flowers.

Feeling a bit blah about the state of the country and the world at the moment, a pick-me-up is just what I’ve needed this last week and so I’ve been listening to old favourites on my runs.  This one, El Camino by Elizabeth Cook, has one of those choruses that always finds me singing along.

What about you – what music is on repeat on your playlist this week?

Enjoy!

Emma x

Favourite things #2

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I am an eternal collector of things – material and otherwise – and constantly on the search for new experiences, small and large.  Often, I become slightly obsessed and things become my “favourites” until something else comes along to obsess about.  Every now and then I thought it would be fun to share these favourites (I last did it at the end of August) – and maybe you can let me know what you are loving right now too – so I can find my next obsession?

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Baked it myself: Apple Crumble

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I’m a big believer in cooking and baking from scratch whenever you can, always nervous about what I might find in pre-made food.  I wasn’t always this way, quite happily filling my cart with boxes of ready meals and ready deserts but once I realised how easy most of the food I liked to eat was, and how much more able I was to control the ingredients, I became hooked.

Now, the kitchen is my favourite room in the house, and I value the time I get to spend with my daughter cooking and baking.  This weekend we made a family favourite, apple crumble, baked to a family recipe.  There isn’t a lot to making crumble, which is one of the reasons I like it (anything with more than five steps has a tendency to put me off!).

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Music for Mondays: I Won’t Back Down by Tom Petty

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So this week’s Music for Monday does seem like a bit of a no brainer in that I’ve picked Tom Petty, who – sadly – died last week. Tom Petty is one of those artists that I feel like has been around forever and whose songs I seem to know all the words for, though I don’t own all his albums. Even if it’s a song you don’t know, you do instantly know it’s Petty as soon as you hear the first few bars. His music was distinctive, as was his voice.
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My Sunday Photo: a new life for an old church

A few weeks ago we went to one of my favourite places, Beamish, a living museum that we have visited every few years since I was little.  Each time, there is something new to explore, which is one of the things I love about it.

This time it was a small church that had I had passed time and again during my childhood as it was literally 10 minutes down the road, but which had closed due to lack of attendance.

Beamish saved it, moving it brick by brick to it’s new home at the museum.  It was actually moved in 2015, but we haven’t been since it was reopened.  It’s a lovely little church, one I hadn’t been in despite how close it used to be to me.  You can see a story of how it was moved here.

This photo shows it in it’s new setting, with a bit of tweaking using my photo-editing software to make it look old-worldly (not actually sure if that is a word but went with it anyway!)….

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