Saturday, 31 May 2014

May 2014 - Challenge Update

Challenge One - This months film was 'A Stolen Life' starring Bette Davis and Glenn Ford

Challenge Two - My return to school read - 'Animal Farm'  George Orwell

When the downtrodden animals of Manor Farm overthrow their master Mr. Jones and take over the farm themselves, they imagine it is the beginning of a life of freedom and equality. But gradually a cunning, ruthless elite among them, masterminded by the pigs Napoleon and Snowball, starts to take control. Soon the other animals discover that they are not all as equal as they thought, and find themselves hopelessly ensnared as one form of tyranny is replaced with another. 

Challenge Three - hats, hats and more hats for the BIG KNIT 

Challenge Four - Poppies, Poppies and more Poppies

Challenge Five - to read 13 books from my yet to be read shelf by the end of June.

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Two mothers must face their darkest fears. Will the truth destroy them, or can it set them free?

Carrie's life collapses when her five-year old son, Charlie, disappears on a Norfolk beach. She turns her life inside out to find out what happened but nothing prepares her for the most shocking discovery.  

Molly is desperate to protect her young son, Max, from his estranged father - a violent and unstable man. She can't do it alone, and time is running out for help to reach them.

Carrie and Molly's lives are about to collide - but will their love for their children have the power to heal?

Having read 'Moab is my Washpot' I continued to learn more about Stephen Fry and his life up to the age of 30 in reading 'The Fry Chronicles'.   The Chronicles leads you through his life at University, his longstanding friendship with Hugh Laurie and  Emma Thompson to name but two. You will get to know the man behind the stage show 'Me & My Girl'. You will also get to read about the high and lows of Stephen Fry's life that will leave you wanting to know what has happened in the next 20 years of his existence.  Well I believe there is another installment to come very soon.  

'The Fry Chronicles' is my 13th and final book from my 'Yet to be read from the bookshelf' challenge. There are of course still a number of books still left on the shelf and therefore having completed part one of this challenge I think part two will be to see how many more of the books currently residing on the to be read bookshelf can be completed before the end of the year. 



  1. Someone to watch over Me looks like a good read - I shall give that one a try.
    Your poppies are coming on so well, is it a button that you have put in the centre ?
    Kate x

    1. Morning Kate

      For a first novel I thought Someone to watch over me was fantastic. I love it when I get a first novel and it turns out to be so good you can't put it down and this one was definitely one of those.

      Yes the poppy population is growing nicely. It says to use 4 ply in the pattern but I have used DK as it seems to hold its shape better. It is a button in the middle to pull it all together and a brooch clasp on the back which you can get on line or at hobbycraft.

  2. Your poppies and hats look great. :)

    1. Yep think I'm going to have to find another tin as they are getting a little full now.

  3. Hi Mitzi, I remember Animal Farm from school too, I enjoyed studying this one more than Lord of the Flies. Someone to Watch Over Me looks like a good read. Your Big Knit hats and poppy pile is building up very nicely. Have a good week.
    Jane x

    1. Hi Jane, Oh goodness yes I much preferred Animal Farm to LOTF any day. Someone to Watch Over Me was really very good and certainly worth seeking out a copy.