I follow quite a few bookish and travel blogs and one thing I really enjoy reading is when they have a regular weekly feature.
Whispering Gums has Monday Musing on Australian Literature and Simon of Stuck in a Book has Weekend Miscellany. Many of the titles use alliteration. I was doing Saturday Squawk but I wasn’t happy with such a crow like cawing title. I generally have time on the weekends to do something regularly but what to call it? Sunday Sundry? Weekend Sundry? Weekly junket? If anyone has any suggestions let me know. I want to do a weekend round up of what happened the previous week. Posts will be related to combined topics of books or articles read; travels, nature, photography, films, theatre or animals. Winter will be upon us very soon and the symptoms are here now so to prevent getting a good case of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorders) from the short, darkened days I need some motivation and accountability that I haven’t been hibernating in my cozy bed with three cats and two dogs. So suggestions are welcome but for today it is simply Weekend Sundry.
So what happened this past week? (No, I will not mention ‘THAT wedding.”- yes, I watched it)
Travel: This past week saw me taking the bus into town (Hobart) a couple of times to get my walking exercise in. I love taking the bus. It’s a great venue for people watching and working on my photography. I wander around and try to accrue 5000 to 10,000 steps. I have included some photos from Thursday’s walk. I met friends for coffee on both Thursday and Friday. We found a new (to us) burger restaurant on Friday and both of us being hungry gorged ourselves on hot kebabs in a wrap and the best hot chips I have had in a long time. We will be back. Sorry too busy scarfing the delicious food and forgot the picture taking.
Our play reading class is on term break for three weeks but will start up again in June. Our writing group meets every Wednesday afternoon except the third Wednesday of the month so quiet this week on that front also.
However my Photography class met this week as it was the third Thursday. I love going to the photography class and hopefully one day my photos will be consistently at the top of the challenge ratings instead of the bottom or the middle. I have read one must take at least 10,000 photos to even be classified as a beginner. I have decided to post up at least five photos per week on my facebook page during the winter months. I need to have my camera on me more often. The more photos taken the more one’s eye develops for what is good. I’ll share a few of them here.
Books? I have been listening to Walking The Himalayas. I have talked about Walking the Nile ages ago and Walking the Americas by Levison Wood. I am listening to this book by him from Audible.com. I am not enjoying it as much as the previous two. He begins his walk in Afghanistan and then heads to Pakistan. He and a friend are following the Himalaya mountain range from start to finish. He goes on and on and on about the history of these countries. I find, as I read travel writing, I don’t want a great deal of the history. I want to hear about the travels: the accommodations, the trails, the people met, the experiences along the way. If I wanted to know about the history of the country then I would read that separately. I find his style seems to be describing the history of the countries for the first third of the book then get to the actual travel. Also as there is so much in the news about these countries (this is a fairly current book) I get satiated about those locations. He is now in northern India and has met with the Dalai Lama which I enjoyed. I think once this book is finished I will let whatever else he has written drop though I do have the dvd’s of two of these trips booked at the library. I would especially like to see Walking the Americas as that was my favourite book. I saw Walking the Nile on the ABC, I think it was.
Miscellaneous: Mr. Penguin is housesitting a friend’s farm now for six weeks so I am busy with our five animals. He is spending his days rounding up sheep, and caring for a big labrador and an elderly cat.
Our animals and I are all having a pyjama day today for Sunday. Might be a day to read some more (start something new), maybe one of the books I mentioned for Mother’s Day or soak in a hot tub with a photography magazine and learn new photoshop tricks. All I know is I won’t be travelling, socialising or exercising very much today.
Before I leave- just reminding you to help me think of a title for these weekly (hopefully) posts. I know how clever some of you are.