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The Sea of Stars

Water-stained pages, pebbles and traces of stardust

Friending Policy
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Hello, everyone!

I don't mind people friending me, but if you do friend me, leave a comment on this entry introducing yourself, who you are, and why you'd like to be my friend. It's disconcerting to have friend messages pop up and not know where you come from. And if I don't friend you back immediately, don't be offended. I like to take my time getting to know people. If you friend me without posting this entry, I won't friend you back. Too many of these leads to friends-only journals and while I understand the idea, I want to try and avoid that policy for the moment.

February Update
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  • I still haven't seen Black Panther yet but hoping I can see it either this week or next.

  • We went to Foston's Ash for Mum's birthday - my beef was dry but the dessert was nice. Everyone else enjoyed their meals.

  • I've decided to swap my electricity provider from Ecotricity to Bulb. I really liked being a customer of a local green energy company but the costs kept going up and up. I realise some of that is due to our backwards, fossil-fuel loving government but I couldn't keep paying over £50 each month. With the new company, I'm paying almost half of that and it's still green energy. I don't have gas and I have an Economy 7 meter so that helps.

  • Went to The White Spoon in Cheltenham with my friend Claire from work. I had skate wing, green curried vegetables, lentils, sea kale & smoked bacon; Claire had shin of beef with root vegetables and miso broth. Not only was the food delicious, the atmosphere was really cosy and welcoming. We are hopefully going back there in September for our birthday meal.

  • I have been looking at places for sale. I have lived in this flat for 10 years and I feel like that's long enough.

  • Films I have seen this month: The Post and The Mercy.

Books & Films 2017
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Christmas Cards 2017
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I posted all the international cards (for USA, Australia and New Zealand) yesterday, using the most current address that I have.

UK cards will be posted this week.

Woke up to snow today in Gloucester, it's been at least five years since that happened. We have an actual layer of snow, but it looks more like sleet than snow when it's falling. Driving will be interesting!

May/June Update
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  • Went up to see my friend in Twickenham and we visited the Dulwich Picture Gallery to see the exhibition about Vanessa Bell (sister to Virginia Woolf). I wanted to go and see this on April Fool's Day but parents were not enthusiastic and this was the only weekend my friend was free. They not only had paintings but lots of her furniture and crafts and letters. There was also a room dedicated to Patti Smith's photographs of Charleston where Bell lived and worked for over half her life (more info). There was so much to take in that we were overwhelmed and had to leave and have a picnic in the fresh air to recover. The house looked better, more put together. The visit ended on a rather bum note because my friend was going to a brunch on Sunday and so I felt like I needed to leave quickly in the morning. We agreed to go to another exhibition at the same place later in the year.

  • Drove down to Cornwall for my May holiday by myself for the FIRST TIME. The M5 was actually accident-free for once but it seemed to take forever once I actually hit Cornwall and went back onto the A-road. The infamous mist descended once I reached Bodmin and I am not surprised there are so many folk tales about it because it kept shifting and moving and you could see shapes in there. I was very glad I was in a car. There were roadworks so I had to keep to 40mph, which was lucky as I didn't feel happy driving any faster due to the total lack of visibility. The journey was also full of long hills, which my poor little car found rather hard. I was very glad to reach my B&B. It was a converted 1930s doctor's surgery, with free off-road parking and two cats (one friendly, one not). The weather was fairly miserable for the whole time I was there but I went to the Eden Project anyway (can finally say I've been there) and also visited Charlestown for an evening meal. I drove to Liskeard and took the scenic train to Looe (even on a rainy day, it was a nice ride). Looe was out of season and not particularly busy but I had some very nice fish and chips! I hope to go back to Cornwall next year at a time when I have some more money and the weather's better. I want to see the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Hopefully I can stay in the same place as it was so convenient and the owners were so nice.

  • I attended the AGM of Woodford Court's management committee for the first time. It was an interesting and useful experience. I felt as if I were masquerading as a grown up but nobody guessed I was an impostor!
  • Went to see a live production of Measure for Measure with my friend Hilburn at the Parliament Rooms/ in Gloucester Cathedral. The production moved between all three rooms, and since we were constantly standing or sitting so near the actors, it felt like we were taking part in the play (which led to some very tense moments). The guy who played Angelo was so tall and good looking that when he walked into the room, Hilburn and I instinctively looked at each other with raised eyebrows. He had a beautiful deep voice as well. Good thing he was at college and too young for me.

  • Father's Day meal took place at The Bell at Sapperton, which Helen and Dave had been meaning to visit ever since they moved to Stroud over a year ago but had never found the time, so at least I gave them that opportunity! The Sunday lunch was very good and Maddie behaved beautifully.

Testing, testing
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Sorry I went silent for so long!

March/April update:

  • We had a bin audit because someone had reported that the bins were a mess and we actually had someone from the council turn up for this. It was pretty hilarious because all the people who actually showed up to the audit already recycled as much as we could. The council rep made noises about having food recycling back but we told her that wasn't going to happen because until they collect all our non-perishable recycling every single time then we are not going to stick out old/decomposing food to attract rats and foxes.

  • I had a smart meter installed so I can keep better track of my electricity use.

  • Saw the version of Twelfth Night with Tamsin Greig as Malvolia, which was incredible. Also saw Dan Radcliffe in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Probably should have re-read Hamlet first as I'm not that familiar with it but it was still very funny.
  • We went back to Bisley House for Dad's birthday meal as he liked it so much last year. This time I arrived by myself, although I was still puffed out at the sheer climb.

  • My sister confirmed that she was expecting a baby boy.

Book Meme
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Sorry it's been a while. There is stuff to write about but when I have more time and energy.

Here is a book meme I stole from verdande_mi <3

Hardback or Paperback: Much as I love the durability of hardbacks, paperbacks are smaller, cheaper and more portable.

Borrow or Buy: My answer is the same as Verdande's, I don’t have the money to buy all the books I read and I don’t really see the point when it is so easy to borrow at the library. I love my library and I try to use it as much as possible. But a house without books isn't a home so I still have a lot of books in my flat, too many really.

Fantasy or Scifi: Fantasy, although I am trying to read more sci-fi.

What are you reading at the moment?
Shadows by Robin McKinsley, which is what she wrote instead of a sequel to Pegasus. It's not as good as that book but it's still pretty interesting.

Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft & Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon, a dual biography of mother and daughter and how Wollstonecraft's life and thoughts continued to influence her daughter even though she died after giving birth.

LJ 18th anniversary
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#mylivejournal #lj18 #happybirthday

If you're leaving LJ because of their stance on LGBT issues....
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February Update

  • Spent the first two days of February sick. Yaaaay. I'm really hoping that I don't have to take any more time off for at least the next two months.

  • Forgot to mention that I went to Sunday lunch at my friend's house in late January. Similar to my previously mentioned friends, this couple moved into their cottage in the Forest of Dean last year but have only just felt able to invite people around. The cottage is mahoosive and Edgar, their toddler, is a cheeky chops. The roast was amazing.

  • Had Mum's birthday at The Suffolk Kitchen in Cheltenham. Everyone had a good time and enjoyed the food. Mum liked it so much we went back a couple of weeks later to take advantage of their early bird offer - £10 for three small plates or £14.95 for a starter and a main. I had leek and potato soup, then fish of the day. Mum had cured mackerel with horseradish creme fraiche and citrus salad (segments of grapefruit and orange), then mussels in white wine & garlic sauce with chicken goujons.

  • I finally ate out with my friend again after she spent January fighting a resurgence of Crohn's disease. We went to the JRool Bistro in Stroud. We were the only customers in there from the time we arrived (just after eight) until we left (just before ten). Slightly worrying. I hope this was because it was a Thursday evening as it's a great place to eat.

  • I have finally decided that I will go to Cornwall for my holiday this year, but ALONE this time. I realise I didn't actually make an entry about what happened when I went to Cornwall with my friends in September 2015, because it ended up being exhausting on both a physical and emotional level. I may write one later just to get it all out. This time I will be going down by myself and staying in a nice B&B in St Austell, five minutes' walk from the train/bus station.

  • I just found out that the Dulwich Picture Gallery is hosting an exhibition of Vanessa Bell's paintings COMBINED WITH Patti Smith's photographs. I have now bought a ticket to London for April Fools' Day on National Express to see this.