February was a very busy month, starting with a short holiday up north, where we’ve had a wonderful time. I’ve already blogged about the places we’ve been to, see the links for most of them in the round-up picture & details.
We’ve played pool and foosball in the game room at the camping site. It was fun and only a short walk away from our caravan, very convenient indeed. Camping while is freezing outside is wonderful. It’s so nice to watch the snow on the grass when you are cuddled up in warm caravan with a hot drink and a good book.
From that first holiday I’m also shared a couple of pictures of the North Sea, on a gorgeous day.
After going north, we went south, to London, for another short holiday. That trip included a lecture for Darwin Day and visits to Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace, Cutty Sark, Madame Tussauds, Royal Observatory and The Queen’s House, both in Greenwich. I will blog in separate posts about the last three.
We also went to Spencer House, a lovely Art Museum in one of the houses owned by Earl Spencer (brother of Diana, Princess of Wales). The house can be visited with a guided tour and I would recommend it if you are into art and architecture. The rooms that are open to the public are lovely, but I wish the guide would have spent more time talking about the family’s history. Furthermore, his attitude was a bit odd when he talked about the artwork the Spencers moved from the Spencer House in London to one of their properties in north during the German attacks in WWII. Everybody would want to preserve their assets and would move them between their own properties. Anyway, there are a few guides, so you might get the same one or another one.
1. Festus in the garden. 2. Preston Park Museum. 3. MIMA museum. 4. The Transporter Bridge over Tees. 5. Swans. 6. Nouri healthy balls, vegan and yummy. 7. We’ve got a delivery of water hog for our camping trips. 8. I tried a Body Shop bath bomb and it was fab. 9. Ahmad Tea, set we took with us in our caravanning trip. 10. Lunch at Bag of Nails pub near Buckingham Palace. 11. The view from Cutty Sark. 12. Darwin Day Lecture. 13. Madame Tussauds (from the previous day, but on 13th we were busy driving back home, so I’ve used an “old” photo). 14. Axe Throwing, on Valentine’ Day. 15. My husband and I got the same card for each other, for the 2nd time on Valentine’s Day. 16. Homemade vegan pasta. 17. 1000 years of annoying the French, the book I was reading at that time. 18. Work. 19. Stunning flowers. 20. I received my order at ASOS: two pairs of boots (link to the post about them, if you are curious). 21. Lantern display at Sefton park. 22. Starting renovating the spare room. 23. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. 24. Pizza for lunch. 25. Plantain chips. 26. Strawberries from Iceland, in their new packaging: the punnet is compostable and recyclable, the film is plant based and compostable, the paper is recyclable. 27. A squirrel I saw in the park, just a couple of feet away. 28. I’m reading What happened by Hillary Clinton.
In February I’ve tried a new ingredient: Teff, making an Ethiopian-inspired savoury teff porridge (it’s similar to polenta). I love trying new ways of cooking and new ingredients, so it was one of the highlights of my month.
I was delighted by all 6 books I read this month. I’ve read Darwin to mark Darwin Day and I did enjoy it a lot. In the following two years I’m going to read one of his books before Darwin Day. Lost and founder is written by the founder of moz (yes, the SEO tool so well loved by bloggers and PRs). Because I’ve attended a Darwin Day lecture with Richard Dawkins, I’ve started reading Science in the Soul next. Followed by a Munk debate regarding religion. I’m going to look at the Munk debates I’m interested in online. I think it’s better than reading the transcript in the form of a short book.
The next book is 1000 years of annoying the French, a masterpiece. The book is historic non-fiction despite its hilarious name. I loved it. It’s funny, but accurate and the author shares lots of interesting stories. I’m going to read more of his books. The last one, The Tattooist of Auschwitz, is yet to be reviewed on my book blog Coffee and Books, it is the next one on the list though. I loved it and I would recommend it.
List with books in February:
On The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin – 5 stars
Lost and Founder by Rand Fishkin – 4 stars
Science in the Soul by Richard Dawkins – 4 stars
Hitchens vs. Blair (The Munk Debates) – 4 stars
1000 Years of Annoying the French by Stephen Clarke – 5 stars
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris – 5 stars