The latest rain delay in New York allowed me to get the washing in before it started bucketing down here. I probably would have left it otherwise πŸπŸ˜…

I’ve entered a print exchange happening later in the year. It’ll be the first time I send my prints out into the world, other than to family and friends. Ideas have been bubbling for a while and today I did a rough sketch for the design.

Coloured pencil sketch on paper. A stand of trees against a blue sky is reflected in a large puddle covering a field.

Sweetheart, 2021 - β˜…β˜…β˜…

Two hours spent reliving the awkwardness of being a queer teenager.

The Beautiful Game, 2024 - β˜…β˜…

Enjoyable to watch but come the end I felt it could have been so much more. The characters deserved more depth and exploration of their stories.

Spent a week in the Netherlands and now a good portion of the ads that top and tail my podcasts are in Dutch 😝

Finished reading: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid πŸ“š

I’d been avoiding reading this. Why? I stubbornly dig my heels in when people tell me I should do something. But, I finally picked it up to take on holiday and it was just what I needed. It took me entirely by surprise. And I loved it!

Finished reading: Bessie Smith by Jackie Kay πŸ“š

Back from holiday and determined to do more with the photos I’ve taken (other than posting them here and then letting them languish in my photo library). Any recommendations for printing photo books in the UK? πŸ“Έ

I’m visiting the Netherlands soon and would welcome recommendations for places to eat/drink and visit (beyond the obvious tourist stuff) in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Delft and Utrecht πŸ‡³πŸ‡±

Love Lies Bleeding, 2024 - β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

A film of contrasts. Seedy and sexy. Tender and violent. Blurred lines between fantasy and reality. Horrific with a hint of humour running through it.

Top Gun: Maverick, 2022 - β˜…β˜…

What on earth was all the fuss about?

Finished reading: Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers πŸ“š

I have no idea what possessed me to read this. While the mystery element interested me at first, the lazy stereotyping and abrupt ending made the whole experience supremely disappointing.

Amanda Palmer on rest and seasons

I’ve been trying to clear out my podcast feed, starting by prioritising a handful of episodes to listen to each week. I started with a 4-year-old interview with Amanda Palmer (listen or read the transcript) on the now defunct Routines and Ruts podcast. The upside of coming to this episode now, is that there were some nuggets of wisdom that align with the current focus of both my work and my personal projects.

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The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, 2022 - β˜…β˜…β˜…

Good fun… if you like Nicolas Cage. Dread to think what this might have been without the counterbalance of Pedro Pascal though who is the real star for me.

Grey and damp here today so I keep returning to this lovely pic from the garden yesterday

White blossom in foreground with glimpses of blue sky behind.

Had a tiring week so I was going to spend the day on the sofa in my pjs. Then my buddy invited me over to mow the grass at their new place. Turns out pushing a lawn mower is my happy place ☺️

Finished reading: The Devotion Of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino πŸ“š

A good spin on the classic detective story. Recommended in book group at work. I’ll definitely look out for more in this series.

Got lucky with our tickets for the snooker. Appears (if I’ve interpreted the order of play correctly) that we’ll be watching local boy Gary Wilson vs former World Champion Stuart Bingham 🀩

Just spent an hour thinking about and then practicing how I write my name. How’s your day going?

Crocs. With heels. I have now seen it all 😲