Wednesday 27 April 2011

Musings - What do your series records say about you...

I was looking through our Virgin Plus box this morning and it occurred to me that our new daughter will one day be asking for her favourite TV programmes to be recorded. It got me thinking about what sort of things she will be interested in and in turn what she will think of my husband and myself.

So I decided to have a look at our series records and here is what I found...

- Glee / Spartacus, Gods of the Arena

- Extraordinary Dogs / Cougar Town / CSI: Crime Scene Investigation / Vampire Diaries / The Biggest Loser USA

- Bones / Justified

- American Idol / Glory Days / Celebrity Juice

- Ice Road Truckers / American Idol Results

- CSI New York

- No Ordinary Family / Hawaii Five-O

...I fear Katharine is going to be of the opinion that her parents are geeks, ha ha. :)

Tuesday 26 April 2011

Musings - Adaptations...

I have been inspired this week by a modern day adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.

It is my favourite fairy tale and I try to read and watch as many different versions of it as I can. As I said, this week I was inspired and that inspiration came in the form of 'Beastly' by Alex Flinn. Not only was I entertained by the modern plot but the characters were both easy to like and by the end of the book I felt that I knew who they were and what they had achieved.

Not able to put it down I read all 300 pages on Friday which had been a personal goal as I was to see the movie version of the book at the cinema the day after. While the film was not an exact copy I was able to appreciate that the changes they had made were an improvement to transfer the story from page to screen.

I will not go into detail as, this being a well known tale, I do not want to spoil the magic of Flinn's adaptation. But I will say please read the book and make sure that by cinema or DVD you make sure that you set eyes on Alex Pettyfer in the staring role. I only hope he did the author proud.

:) xx

Thursday 21 April 2011

Photo - My Little Monsters

Thursday morning and my two little monsters are blissfully quiet.
I fear this is the calm before the storm, ha ha. :) xx

Tuesday 19 April 2011

Book Challenge: Book 3 of 30 - Book That Makes Me Laugh...

Book 3: Book That Makes Me Laugh Out Loud

There are books that are hysterically funny, books that are filled with obvious and side splitting jokes but to make me laugh a book must be humorously witty in an unassuming yet page turning way. The book that makes me laugh, I am convinced, only works because of the talent and personality of the author who is an author that has promised me a pint of Guinness should I ever find myself in Belfast.

‘The Case of the Missing Books’ By Ian Sansom

Description (courtesy of
Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse meets the no. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency in the first of a series of novels from the author of the critically acclaimed "Ring Road". Introducing Israel Armstrong, one of literature's most unlikely detectives. Israel, a shy, passionate, intelligent, Jewish vegetarian has just arrived in Ireland to take up his first post as a librarian. But the library's been shut down and Israel ends up stranded on the North Antrim coast driving an old mobile library van. There's a lot of nice scenery, but about 15,000 fewer books than there should be. Who steals that many books? How? When would they have time to read them all? And is there anywhere in this godforsaken place where he can get a proper cappuccino and a decent newspaper? Israel wants answers ! Smart, funny and heart-warming, with a cast of brilliantly quirky characters, "The Mobile Library" is the first adventure of a reluctant hero to cherish.

Monday 18 April 2011

Photo - Katharine watching Harry Potter...

Here is a little picture of Katharine... I don't think she was too impressed with the Harry Potter DVD we were watching. She didn't even make it past the Pollyjuice Potion and the many many Harrys. Bless her.

Sunday 17 April 2011

Musings - Conforming...

I have finally conformed to trend and have signed up for an iPhone 4. I resisted for a long time but with my mobile contract coming up for renewal I thought, hey why not. Now it is my mission to disguise it within the confines of either an ugly or a ridiculous looking case. I will post pictures when I find one suitably funny looking.

PS. Once up and running I aim to be collecting a lot more photos, snippets and information on this new purchase so watch this space for even more nonsense.

:) xx

Tuesday 12 April 2011

Photo - My New Daughter!

I would like to introduce the new addition to the Redmond household...

Katharine Lorelai Redmond
6th April 2011 @ The Stroke of Midnight
7lbs 7oz

Monday 4 April 2011

Book Challenge: Book 2 of 30 - My Least Favourite Book

Book 2: My Least Favourite Book

I am a Yorkshire lass who lives a stones throw away from the bleak and barren moors depicted in my least favourite book. Yet neither my love for the moors nor my pride in local heritage can make me feel anything other than 'bleh' at such a miserable and bitter 'love' story.

'Wuthering Heights' By Emily Bronte

Description (courtesy of Amazon):
Lockwood, the new tenant of Thrushcross Grange on the bleak Yorkshire moors, is forced to seek shelter one night at Wuthering Heights, the home of his landlord. There he discovers the history of the tempestuous events that took place years before: of the intense passion between the foundling Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw, and her betrayal of him. As Heathcliff's bitterness and vengeance is visited upon the next generation, their innocent heirs must struggle to escape the legacy of the past.

Saturday 2 April 2011

Book Challenge: Book 1 of 30 - My Favourite Book

Book 1: My Favourite Book

In trying to decide on my favourite book I thought about what books I loved and books that I had re-read the most. In the end I chose the book which I have always championed to others.

'North and South' By Elizabeth Gaskell

There is something so powerful about Gaskell's imagary and the tense emotions that she is able to bring out on the page between the two main characters. John Thornton, to me, is everything enticing that is missing from a character like Mr Darcy and as an old romantic (and from the North, ha ha) I always turn every page in anticipation.

Description (courtesy of
Set against the backdrop of Victorian England's industrial north, North and South follows the fortunes of Margaret Hale, a privileged, middle-class southerner who is forced to settle in the northern town of Milton. Her distaste for the town and its people extends to handsome and charismatic cotton mill owner John Thornton whom she believes epitomises everything she dislikes about the North. However, as events conspire to throw Margaret and Thornton together, the two spirited characters have to overcome their repressed physical attraction for one another and conquer the prejudices of class and circumstance.

Friday 1 April 2011

30 Song Challenge - Song 1: My Favourite Song

Song 1: My Favourite Song.

This was a surprisingly easy choice even though I had expected to have to narrow it down from a few.
 Eddie Reader and 'Patience of Angels'.

I can't really tell you why it is my favourite... it is simply that one song that washes over me perfectly. :)
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