I can’t start to talk about this month without thinking of the horrific accident that happened in yesterday’s F1 race. Romain Grosjean crashed into the barrier, with the car splitting in half and the part with the cockpit turned into a fireball, and I’m not exaggerating in any way. It was so distressing to see as I remembered Bianchi, the last driver to die in F1, or Anthoine Hubert, the F2 driver who died last year. Luckily Grosjean has minor burns on his hands and ankles, but he is fine and he will recover fast. It’s incredible how much the safety improved in the last 10 and 20 years of the sport. I opposed the halo when it appeared but, after yesterday, I completely changed my mind. The car doesn’t look as nice as it did before, but the safety is much more important.
In November we’ve been in lockdown for pretty much all the month. On 2nd of December we are going to exit lockdown and we, in Liverpool, will be in tier 2 (out of 3). Accepting going into tier 3 much faster than Manchester was, obviously, a very wise choice made by our local authorities, as our infection rate is significantly smaller than the one in Manchester. I’m comparing these two because we either go out in Liverpool or in Manchester, depending on what we fancy. So, unfortunately, Manchester is not on our places to go to these days.
These are our neighbours. The cat, which we call Einstein because he is not particularly bright, usually accompanies the dog when he goes out. They are so funny together. The neighbours told us their names, but I can’t remember the cat’s name, it was something a bit strange, so he is still Einstein for us.
My husband was greatly helped by Festus with his tasks.
Finally we managed to place an order at Rudy’s. They are the first vegan butchers shop to open in London, this November. As one can easily assume, they sold out from the first day in shop and online pretty much at the same time. Now they are selling only in shop until they can find a bigger kitchen to reopen the online shop too. But, they made Christmas boxes and we bought one. They are released at 2pm on Sunday for 4 weeks in a row and they sell out all the boxes within the first hour. We managed to be in the first 100 to order in the first 10 minutes of them releasing the boxes. I am so very excited about this. It is now in the freezer, waiting for Christmas day.
Furthermore, we ordered from another shop, Planthood, their vegan box for Christmas. That one will arrive on the 22nd of December. Planthood make plant-based meals. I think we will have their box for Christmas Eve and the Rudy’s one for Christmas, mainly because the Planthood is for two people and the other one is bigger, so it should last for Boxing day too.
The last things I need to for Christmas is to buy some vegan cheese and bake a bread, sort out the desserts, which I’m going to buy with the exception of the Christmas cake. It’s the first time I’m not cooking from scratch since I moved in with my boyfriend (now husband) a “few” years ago.
1. Catching up with a TV show with Festus. 2. Library trip before we went back into lockdown. 3. Matcha cake. 4. Knowsley Safari Park, November. 5. A surprise from my husband. 6. Got tested for COVID, part of the mass testing program in Liverpool. 7. Treasure from TkMaxx. 8. Vegan quiche. 9. I finished For whom the bell tolls by Ernest Hemingway, the second classic from my goal of 3 (overall, not this year). 10. Rainbow. 11. New setup. 12. Vegan Kind Lifestyle Box, November. 13. I was reading in the conservatory while Festus enjoyed a bit of sunshine in the garden. 14. New book, from my husband. 15. Festus. 16. A lovely card. 17. Science, Innovation and Society lecture, Liverpool University, with Jeremy Farrar. 18. Frost burgers for lunch. 19. My husband, working with Festus. 20. Vegan m*lk chocolate and Biscoff cheesecake. 21. Potato harvest. 22. The Social Dilemma, on Netflix. 23. A Mandarin lesson. 24. The Analogue Revolution by Simon Webb. 25. Order from Rudy’s Vegan Butcher, for Christmas. 26. Festus is watching us from under the table. 27. Wearing one of my Christmas themed masks. 28. Watching an old race, Schumacher’s first victory at Ferrari. 29. Salem Witch Trails on Amazon Prime. 30. Books I read in November.
In November I finished 8 books. Many of them are on the Spanish Civil War, which was the last module I finished for university. Now I’m going to start reading about the Salem Witch Trails, which is something I’m looking forward to.
This month I received two review copies, of books by Simon Webb. These were so fascinating. Now I’m reading another book by Webb and I still have two more books by him. Going back to the books I read, the Forgotten Slave Trade is so important because it offers a holistic view of a less known part of our past. I think that these days so much emphasis is placed on the Transatlantic slave trade that is forgotten that many more people were enslaved, both white and black, for centuries before and after, and that, sadly, the Transatlantic slave trade was far from being an exception.
The Analogue Revolution was another great book by him. It puts things in perspective, when it comes to what newspapers could do over a century ago. Misinformation and fake news is not a new subject, even if it looks like this today. I can’t recommend enough his books.
As for fiction, I read a classic, For whom the bell tolls, which was interesting, and a novel published earlier this year, A Long Petal of the Sea, which was pretty bad, hence the low rating. I only finished it because it was historical fiction and I was interested in those parts of the story.
Books I read in November:
Forgotten Slave Trade by Simon Webb – 5 stars
Memories of Resistance by Shirley Mangini González – 2 stars
For whom the bell tolls by Ernest Hemingway – 4 stars
Britain and the Spanish Civil War by Tom Buchanan – 5 stars
Milicianas by Lisa Margaret Lines – 4 stars
Free women of Spain by Marta Ackelsberg – 4 stars
The Analogue Revolution by Simon Webb – 5 stars
A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende – 2.5 stars
How was your November?