Music for Monday: Ghost Town by The Specials

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This weekend we were away, doing all types of Halloween-y things, including dancing one too many times to The Time Warp and Monster Mash.  It was fun though and, at first I was going to share one of these songs with you today.  Then, yesterday, whilst carving pumpkins and talking ghosts I started singing Ghost Town by The Specials.  And now it’s stuck in my head and I can’t get it out.  I know technically it’s not a spooky song (given it’s about how crappy life was in the late 70’s if you were unemployed in Britain – though maybe that makes it a scary song?) but it’s got ghost in the title so it fits – kind of – with the season….
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My Sunday Photo: a spooky sarcophagus (just for Halloween)…

In keeping with the season, I thought I would share a photo I actually took this summer on a visit to Witley Court & Gardens and the neighbouring Great Witley Parish Church.

There, we were able to take a tour of the crypt – where this photo was taken and where I get to the “in keeping with the season” as the crypt, like this photo, was just a little bit spooky …

p.s. I’m also quite please how this turned out given it was behind glass – no glare!

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Smile (it might make someone’s day)…

selfie-465563_1920A couple of years ago, at a work’s conference, I was lucky enough to hear from a guest speaker who told the story of how he had been contemplating suicide and how a complete stranger, seeing he was in trouble, had taken the time to stop and talk to him, to find out what was going on and help him get help.

It was an amazingly powerful story but one thing in particular stuck with me.  It was when he said that, as he went out on what he thought would be his last day, he had made himself a deal – if one person smiled at him, just one, he wouldn’t kill himself.  For people who are feeling sad or lonely, he said, one smile can make all the difference. Continue reading

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

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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