So Christmas is over for another year and some of us have already returned to work following the Christmas break. I have been fortunate to have had two weeks away from my desk, a time to spend with family and a time to re- charge my batteries. In my last post I talked about the challenges I have set myself for this year and as today is my last day of R & R before I return to work tomorrow I thought I best get started with my challenges.
|Challenge One - To watch an old film|
at least one per month.
Challenge One is to watch an old film at least one per month. I started with 'The Story of Esther Costello' (1957). I remembered watching this film over 30 years ago. It tells the story of Esther Costello who after an explosion is left unable to hear or see. She is taken under the wing of Margaret Landi played by Joan Crawford, and with a lot of love and care is taught to communicate using sign language. The Esther Costello Foundation is soon created and monies come flooding in to help other deaf, blind children. What starts out to be in aid of a good cause soon becomes of interest to Ms Landi's philanthropist husband. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Monsarrat published in 1953 and again in 2011.
|Challenge Two - To read a book|
we had to read at school and didn't
Challenge Two - Is to read a book we had to read at school. Most of which I didn't enjoy at the time and so I am hoping that some 35 years on that with age I will appreciate them more, although I think I may struggle with my nemesis 'Lord of the Flies'. But to begin with I decided to go for Harper Lee's 'To Kill A Mocking Bird'
I am now half way through and I can report I am really enjoying this book so I'm hoping that will bode well for my future readings.
|Challenge Three - Innocence Big Knits|
for Age UK 2014
|Challenge Four - To make at least one|
Poppy per week for this years Remembrance
Challenge Four will be to make at least one Poppy per week in readiness for this years remembrance day and this year will also mark the centenary of the beginning of the first world war.
|Challenge Five - To read 13 of the 26 books |
currently on my
'to be read shelf' by the end of June.
From this selection I have started reading Kate Morton's 'The Secret Keeper'. I won't go into what this one is about until I have finished it and will add to my blog Tea & Biscuits & a Good Book.
And finally I have started a new project for 2014. There will be in excess of 300 squares in this blanket and later in the year I will let you know who this is going to be for. At the moment it is a secret.....
So there we are a New Year and my challenges have begun.
What challenges or resolutions have you set for yourself for 2014.
Have a good week one and all