Geez – one month down, eleven more until Christmas (sorry, couldn’t help myself). January is done and dusted and I already feel like I need a holiday. Tell me I’m not the only one? Anyway, here’s what we’ve been up to this month…
- Deutschland 83: loving this new series on Channel 4. It’s a tense spy drama set in 1983 about an East German soldier who goes undercover in the West Germany.
- Everest: a film about the survival attempts of two expedition groups on Everest. It’s based on a true story so I did a bit of Googling whilst watching it and discovered there are 200 frozen bodies on the mountain! Bit of a grim thought and not exactly comforting for those attempting to reach the summit.
- About Schmidt
- The birds for the RSPB’s Big Garden Watch. Runs from 30th – 31st January so there’s still time if you want to take part.
Christmas bought lots of good books my way. First on the reading list was A Year of Living Danishly. I’m a bit of a culture vulture when it comes to anything Nordic; I couldn’t put this book down! Poor Scott has had to put up with my spouting lengthy facts about Denmark every day. He bought me Ernest Journal number 3 for my birthday; a beautiful piece of print work packed with stunning photos. I don’t think I’ll be reading it on the bus, it’s too nice to shove in a bag with my lunch.
Lots of homemade knekkebrød (Norwegian crisp breads). I’ve tried a few recipes but this one by Arctic Grub is my favourite. I’m addicted! They are nice for breakfast with mashed banana and a drizzle of honey on top.
On Sundays I’ve been making a big batch of Italian almond cookies with jam to eat as our sweet treats throughout the week. They are dairy free, gluten free and made from a handful of ingredients. In my mind, if there’s no butter you don’t have to feel too guilty about eating them.
I’ve had a good run on knitting projects over the last month. Purl Soho’s Seafaring Scarf was my Christmas project and this week I cast off a Goats of Inversnaid hat and gauntlet set. I’m so pleased with them! Once I’ve taken photos I’ll write a separate post with all the pattern and wool information.
Not my age; I turned 31 a couple of weeks ago! The photo below is me on my birthday. I don’t like posting pictures of myself that much but in my old age I thought I might look back on this seemingly sporty photo and reminisce about my youth. If I’ve gone crackers by then I might even remember this as the day we cycled to France!
We hadn’t been out on our bikes for a while so this ride was a hard slog (cursid Surrey hills!) but really good fun. And there was a lovely pub lunch waiting for us at the other end :)
Getting hygge (pronounced ‘hoo-guh’). Hygge is all about cosiness and contentment over the Winter months. For us it means blankets, candles (essential), good food, films and our hobbies. I love this time of year. I like being outdoors in the cold and you can’t beat stepping into a warm house at the end of the day. Also, knitwear.
How has everyone else’s January been?