I love the work of Raymond Briggs! So it is with great joy and glee to read on the Ethel & Ernest blog that there is a trailer for the up and coming film by Lupus films. October 28th is now in the diary and I can’t wait!!!!
I read in a book recently that it helps to make lists of things that make you happy in an effort to boost your mood. So I thought that as this blog is about things that make me smile, why not use it to boost my mood – your mood even.
Today is Thursday. For me Thursday was has been the day I treat myself. Twice in the last week I’ve seen the phrase of Cheat Day – I don’t think of it as cheat – more treat. All week long I’ve had a longing on me for a cream cake but I resisted, knowing that I would have it on Thursday. Had I had it when I originally wanted it, I probably wouldn’t have stopped at one! So as a reward for not going over the top – today I had a cream donut and it was delicious!
Whenever we go to Waterford it’s always to visit family, never really to visit the place. So yesterday that’s what we did.
On International Women’s Day, March 8th, I spotted a post within a group on Facebook that said:
“International Women’s Day exhibition at City Library, Lady lane. Opening today featuring unveiling of Blue Plaque to Rosamond Jacob, Tapestry by Waterford Women’s Centre and profiles of more than 120 forgotten Waterford Women”
Now, I had recently been reading about Rosamond Jacob, an Irish Suffragist, a Republican and an activist to her last day – she had been born in Waterford in 1888 and moved to Dublin in 1920 (She was also a Diarist – a wonderful insight to history) So the above post definitely tickled my fancy!
Saturday dawned and off we went via Bus & Luas to Heuston Station and off on the train we went to Waterford.
When we arrived down the library was closing for lunch so we went off to the Medieval Museum and then to the Bishop’s Palace Wow! It’s amazing that when you think you know something, even just a bit of something, then all of a sudden you realise you don’t even know the half of it. Sometimes the realisation that there is some much more out there – it really is a mind blower!
After wandering around those two museums and realising we’re really going to have to make more time for them, we headed back to the library. As we were wandering slowly along the ladies, himself called me to a particular sheet:
I couldn’t believe my eyes! Their brother William was my great-grandfather. Yes we know their story but to see if acknowledge,d here in a library, by others, well, it’s heart-lifting! These stories get lost as generations come and go – even within families – so it was truly wonderful to see them here. It has also given me that little bit more impetuous to get the stories before they (the stories) are gone.
So yes – this was definitely a day that has made me smile (even if we didn’t get to the blue plaque)
I’m rather pleased to say that my last three reads are actually books that I’d previously started but never finished.
The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin – I didn’t think I’d read much of this book but a bookmark still in it tells me I had actually gotten almost 100 pages into it! However upon re-reading it I couldn’t remember anything about it at all! On the other hand in the re-read I couldn’t understand why I didn’t finish it first time around! I have the second book in the series on my shelf just waiting to be picked up.
My second read – previously I had only read a chapter or two of this book. On the other hand, I’d seen the series, the film, and listened to the audiobook – so it really was time to pick up the book and read the words for myself. Yes I’m referring to the first in the Karla Trilogy – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré!
The series and the film follow each other fairly closely. The book was written in 1974 and the series was made in 1979 so period was in keeping with the book. There was one or two small changes made – locations – that when it came to the film they too, kept the places changed – I’m not sure I understand why. On the other hand I did enjoy the book and Alec Guinness was Smiley for me the whole way through.
This had come to my attention last year (or was it the year before?) I couldn’t find it anywhere so in the end I ordered it in the library. Unfortunately for me the mood had passed by the time I’d gotten it. It’s a short read – 85 pages and I only got about 28 pages into it when I had to return it. So when I saw that Penguin had just released it as a Modern Classic this summer, I knew I had to get my hands on it and try it again. Now one habit of mine is to find out how many pages are in a book and figure out where the half way mark is. When I did that here I spotted that the story was signed off as such, as if it were a letter. So that was how I read it – as a letter. I devoured it which I’m rather pleased with as I’m a slow reader. I loved it – I loved that warm summer – slightly struggled with the phonetic accent but that wasn’t the stumbling block that it possibly was last time.
Now I think my next read will be a new purchase but I’m still not entirely sure which.
This is the autobiography of Alan Cumming. It was read by himself on BBC radio 4 recently as the book at bedtime. For me it was a little bit past my bedtime so I got the audiobook from the library.
Can I just say WOW!
I remember watching his episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” and thinking that’s tragic but isn’t it lovely that his grandfather was held in such high esteem…
Nobody would have guessed the turmoil he was going through while the filming of that episode. That episode is used as the framework for the book – for him to tell us who he is – where he came from. On twitter I said it swung from harrowing to happy – reading it, it interchanges between the Then of childhood to the Now of filming the programme.
Speaking of remembering seeing Alan on television – I saw him on The Late Late Show (RTÉ) talking about his relationship with his dad and I don’t think it’s too much of a spoiler to say it wasn’t a happy go lucky childhood. However listening to his lilting accent, his voice somehow protects us from his words. You really are routing for the “Then” & “Now” Alan to come through, despite the fact that you kind of know that he has, you are so wrapped up in the story.
This story is very redemptive – by the end of it I would have loved to say to Mary Darling (his Mam) – you did a great job! to Grant – please keep looking after him, he’s mad about you. To Alan, Thank You! Thank you for The HighLife, the photos, and your honesty.
If you don’t read (auto)biographies then listen to this one!
This is supposed to be full of things that make me smile – given how often I post here you would be forgiven for thinking I never smile! Sadly I’m going to shift the blame to facebook and it’s got nothing to do with my lack of effort 🙂 – honest!
We all know how it goes – you’re scrolling down your feed and you see something that you think is worth sharing for a number of reasons, so it’s easy enough – press share and the jobs oxo! Well from now on I’m going to try and cross post a few of the more “Aww! cute” things over here – I might do an all in one post rather than each time…
So having said that I’m going to do an all in one post here’s an individual post ’cause rules were made to be broken!
and most recently White Iceland the photo on this page that I love is The Orange Tunnel!
this is a sample of his fantastic work:
– not going to make it too big – click on the links behind them holds such beautiful visions!
This is the one thing that isn’t making me smile – he had an exhibition in Paris November-ish time and we just couldn’t get over. Hohum – I’ll just have to keep checking back just in case there’s another one.