Welcome to No Books Allowed. This is a monthly feature hosted by Raimy from Readaraptor, which is used to discuss things things in life which aren’t connected to books. This post can be used to talk about days out, music, TV, video games, films, etc for all those book bloggers out there who do occasionally do stuff other than read and go to book events!
So… this is my very first time doing No Books Allowed but as I already started posting about non-bookish things in my England Adventures post earlier and I always include some general bits and bobs in my Showcase Sunday posts, I figured it would be a nice way to sum it all up at the end of each month and join Raimy’s feature.
October was an insanely busy month for me but a very exciting one as well. I got a job so I had to move out of my previous house in Surrey at the very beginning of October and come to Buckinghamshire. Considering how much I hate packing and moving in general (but who doesn’t, I hear you say) it all went really well. It took me a while to fully settle in and get used to the fact that it’s totally different from the area I grew up in and what I’m generally used to but it’s all good now. It’s quite rural – especially compared to London – which of course has its ups as well as its downs. I still miss being in London – there’s something special about the hustle and bustle of the city, isn’t there? – but I love how quiet it is here. It’s definitely better when it comes to reading!
And the best part: we only just realised that Amber, who runs the blog Books of Amber, lives only a 20-minute drive away from here. Best news I’ve heard in weeks!
Meeting Sarah Hadland
This has no doubt been the highlight of
the month the year. About two weeks ago I went to see Simon Paisley Day’s new play ‘Raving’ at Hampstead Theatre and had a terrific day. Not only was it a hilarious and well-acted play but I also got to meet fellow tiny person/ cat lover/ raspberry fiend Sarah Hadland after the show. ASDFGHJKL! Twitter-reader folks may know that Sarah is one of my (very few) favourite actresses and has been on the top of my (very short) ‘People Who Are So Cool You Wish You Knew Them in Real Life’ list for quite a while, hence the extreme excitement. *bounces around*
Although I was pretty much in shock at the time (one would assume you grow out of this nonsense at some point… well, apparently not… moving swiftly on) she’s genuinely one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. And we have matching ‘geeky cat’ jumpers!
Earlier this month I visited Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, and all I can say is: it’s a must-see and perfect for a day out whether you’re on your own or with kids. The castle itself is relatively small – albeit very interesting – but the gardens and the surrounding areas (including an enormous lake and two walks) are huge so make sure to leave plenty of time for exploring the place and bring some packed lunch if you’re planning on visiting!
I was really lucky because the weather was still nice and warm when I visited so no frozen feet and tornado-like winds yet! Oh yes. Personal highlights: an adorable and oh-so-clever pig-shaped hedge (there were swans and reindeer as well! mind = blown) and yummy ice cream. There’s a little ice cream shop near the lake – they have the usual coffee/tea/cake (not sure about that, though) selection and possibly the best Cornish ice cream I’ve had in my entire life.
I also went to see Malaysia Night, an evening celebrating Malaysian cuisine, music and dance, at Trafalgar Square, which was also fun. There were around 20 restaurants serving traditional Malaysian dishes, plus dancers and… well, lots of people. We had to queue to get our food for absolutely ages and the food was quite pricey as well (especially if you wanted to try a few different things, which most people did) but I’m still glad I decided to go. I might have fallen in love with Malaysian pancakes, though. *happy sigh*
That was my October! What have you all been up to this month?