It’s the end of the month review, a month, which was a calamitous time for the Conservative party but that’s all I will say on the matter, apart from if you pop over to My Other Blog you won’t find any new pieces after the one on the total bemusement we all felt when that narcissistic buffoon put himself up again to become our leader. If you have been out of touch and/ off grid Johnson is not our leader as he withdrew himself – phew. Not that I think we are in a much better place, considering what is coming with Hunt’s budget. However, I’m not immediately commenting on our new PM, just hanging in there and waiting and watching. But I will no doubt be commenting on Sunak shortly.
Meanwhile, at the beginning of October I went on holiday to Dungeness, a place I find blissful, but others might not – it really is a marmite thing as it is so very bleak, but hey I love it, so there it is. We continue to entertain friends to lunch and tea, and on one occasion, I had a blissful afternoon when a young friend of mine came round and we went through my 40+ hats.
This is a hat I bought new, years ago, and is, sad to say, the one I wear at funerals.
It’s not often I meet someone as besotted with hats as I am. This hat below is interesting as it has a firm brim that will never wobble like the one above, and is covered in velvet. It was bought in a charity shop for next to nothing but I have never worn it. I must find an occasion!
This was bought new this year for £5 from a charity shop
I think you might agree that Lisa really ought to be a model. This green beauty of a hat is another charity shop find and I will definitely be wearing it in Lewes if it could just stop raining!
We continue to pop over to see our grandson Oscar who lives nearby, I went up to London with my daughter, and we also went three times to The Depot, our independent cinema, see below for my reviews.
Blogging wise, I have made some great friends though blogging and one of them is Gail at Is This Mutton who has organised the #7dayskirtchallenge in which I am participating on Instagram – you shall see all of them soon, but here is one of the skirts I bought a couple of months ago.
It’s a really cheery little skirt and I wear it with my favourite yellow jumper and yellow shoes. Here’s a close up of the print.
The weather is cooler now and wet, wet, wet. That new yellow raincoat of mine is being tested to the full, and I can happily say it is well and truly waterproof. The constant rain we’re having seem is definitely making up for the drought we had in the summer. Btw, skirts are now my preferred wear when I go out and about and I am on the lookout for these items in my local charity shops.
What we watched – films
We watched three films at The Depot and the first one was just the loveliest film you could imagine, it was Mrs Harris Goes to Paris with the indomitable Lesley Manville as Mrs Harris, a humble cleaner who saves up enough money to go to Paris to buy a designer frock. With some wonderful casting it was just the right side of sentimentality (as in not sentimental) but gosh, was it the sweetest thing. And the frocks! I sighed and practically fainted with delight at them. A totally lovely film so 5***** from me plus one or two, I’d say!
Then there was Queen of Glory, which was an indie comedy set mostly in the Bronx, although it included many short clips of Ghana as this was the tale of a second-generation Ghanaian-American finding her feet and maybe her destiny after her mother dies. It was a low-budget film and it kind of showed at times including the slight plotting, nevertheless it was a heart-warming film and I learnt a lot about Ghanaian culture, which interestingly tied in with my trip to the V&A and seeing for myself many Ghanaian fabrics which I recognised and felt a slight affinity to because of watching the film. However, I can’t make up my mind whether it was a 3 or 4**** film. Go see if you can or watch on television via Amazon Prime.
And my third film at The Depot was The Banshees of Inisherin, a glorious tale of men and their friendships in a remote island off the coast of Ireland. It was written and directed by Martin McDonegh, who also directed In Bruges and Three Billboards, and the film reunited Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell. With that kind of writing, acting and directing, my word what a film, what quality, what beauty, it was above and beyond good, so it is another 5***** plus one or two!
Whilst at home we also watched Catherine Called Birdy (Netflix) which was a no from me, don’t bother, The Farewell (Netflix & Amazon), a Chinese/American film, which was OK but not as good as I expected. And Elvis (Amazon), with which I was disappointed.
Elvis was interesting though, as both Tom Hanks who played Colonel Parker and Austin Butler as Elvis were excellent, but the story? No. Because, of course, Elvis’ end is sad, as was the ending of the film. The thing is the film was directed by Baz Luhrmann, and so the film began in typical Luhrmann style with colour and glitter galore, but slowly the ghastly influence of Colonel Parker picked away at the glorious talent of Elvis and it all went downhill. Hence, I began the film in awe of the Luhrmann influence and the Mrs Maisel type of colouring given to all the characters, but by the end I was just depressed. I ended up not liking the film, and yet, it deserves at least 3***. Try it and see what you think.
We have finished watching For all Mankind (Apple), an alternative tale of the space race. I found it surprisingly good and very well acted – we loved it. Also finished The Capture (BBCiPlayer), actually we watched two seasons of this as we’d missed the first and then I heard Alistair Campbell say something on his blog (The Rest is Politics) about season two. All I can say is it is a very gripping account of the manipulation of CCTV to purportedly convict criminals and terrorists. However the state corruption involved to support this deep fake technology is the nub of the story. Honestly it was implausible (you hope) and slightly silly, but wow, were we gripped by every episode – eminently watchable. And Bad Sisters (Apple) also kind of ridiculous but so very watchable, although I say this every time, the Flemish version, Clan, was far superior. I do not know why people remake excellent television and films that are in a foreign language. For goodness sake, watch the original, I always shout when I see reviews of remakes. But this one was good, although as I said, totally unfeasible and yet addictive!
Currently we are watching, the second season of The White Lotus (Now tv) which is all about rich people having an unhappy time in a hideously expensive hotel. It should be awful but it’s actually very funny and again very addictive. Also watching Wisting (BBC iPlayer) which is in its original language, thank goodness. It’s a typical Nordic Noir detective series, need I say more except, how I love these series set in cold climes! Also watching the fourth season of Stranger Things (Netflix). This is not for the faint-hearted so don’t watch if you have the slightest worry about violence and gore. For something more lighthearted we always watch GoggleBox (All4) which is not only delightful and funny, I also watch the participants (who are watching telly you don’t want to watch) for their political views which are often to the point and very blunt – but above all it is funny and don’t we need some humour these days! And finally for something nice and gentle we do love Celebrity Masterchef (BBC iPlayer) which we watch sparingly over the weeks. It is just a lovely programme to watch after a serious and doom laden documentary, or the news which is often just as dysfunctional as any of the tv drama mentioned above.
P.S.I shall not be watching The Crown as it is too near our time now and doesn’t seem to me to be the same as it was in the earlier seasons, when you felt you were watching ‘history’ (I do know its fictional) nor shall I be watching I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. They’ve gone too far by paying that Matt Hancock a fortune to appear when he should working in his role as a backbench MP. For those of you not in the know, he was the Secretary of State for Health during the pandemic but was sacked when he didn’t follow the distancing rules – ha! There’s more to him than just his dismissal – haha, but I’ll leave that for the moment. He’s a gonner now but I won’t help that show by watching his downfall.
I do try to buy my books from charity shops now but I am finding them quite hit and miss. For instance, I bought two books and got half way through and thought, my time should not be spent on you, and back they went to the charity shop. But on holiday I picked up Ice Road by Gillian Slovo, oh what a good book. Set in Leningrad it rather reminded me of Helen Dunmore’s The Siege but this is just as good but different. Possibly Helen Dunmore’s book is better but don’t let me stop you reading this wonderful book.
Also read After You’d Gone by Maggie O’Farrell. Look it’s great, I love all Maggie O’Farrell’s writing but I just wanted to take the main protagonist by the scruff of her neck (so to speak) and say, ‘get a grip, woman’! You’ll know what I mean when you read it. And Rose Tremain’s Islands of Mercy was a good old saga set in both Bath and Borneo. I loved it.
That’s all for now, we are still working on the IT situation and Mr F might be able to sort it over next weekend. As he will be working on the actual blog it won’t be available over the coming weekend. I do hope that will be the end of our IT problems! Thank you for bearing with 🙂
With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper