Sounds of the Holidays

I bet you’ve not heard some of these retro Christmas tunes. Great listening if you are a fan of tunes from the 1950s! I’ve been under the weather for a few days and this has been cheering me up and getting me into the Christmas mood.




10 Rillington Place

If that address sounds familiar, then like me, you are probably a fan of true crime stories. The BBC is currently airing a three part drama about one of England’s best known serial killers, John Christie. Tim Roth and Samantha Morton play the roles of John and Ethel Christie. Roth is amazing in the part. Christie is so nondescript; balding, bent, shabby and whispery voiced, you would never have thought that totally forgettable exterior cloaked a sexual predator and murderer. Samantha Morton’s Ethel is a quiet, retiring woman who’s dawning realisation of what her husband really is makes her first an unwilling accomplice and finally, a victim.

Tim Roth and Samantha Morton in 10 Rillington Place

Christie murdered his wife and at least seven other women, including the baby daughter of one of his victims, and hid the bodies in the house and back yard of the tenement building he lived in at 10 Rillington Place in what is now the upmarket area of Notting Hill in London. But between 1943 and 1953, it was a grimy, run down neighbourhood and Christie’s hunting ground.

Christie was hanged in 1953 but only for the murder of his wife Ethel, something I find odd because he confessed to the other murders. Two of which the wrong man, Timothy Evans, had been accused and hanged for in 1950.  Evans was posthumously pardoned in 1966 when further examination of evidence revealed how poor the police’s investigation had been and had in fact, led to the sentencing of the wrong man while giving Christie three more years to commit further murders.

10 Rillington Place airs on Tuesday nights on BBC. Final episode is next Tuesday, the 13th of December.

Children outside of 10 Rillington Place


Police keeping public out of the house


Police excavated the back yard as well as taking out walls and tearing up floors to find Christie’s victims. He buried his wife Ethel under the living room floor.


Black and white photos courtesy of Old London on Twitter



60 Points in 60 Seconds with Superdrug 

I love shopping at Superdrug for the great variety of brands, competitive prices and if you order online like I do, free delivery! If you are a Superdrug Health & Beauty card holder and they have a valid email address for you, you should have received this email. I almost missed this offer from them because it went to my junk folder.

Take a minute (or two) to complete a simple product questionnaire, enter your Superdrug Health & Beauty card number and presto! You get 60 points added to your card.

Don’t worry if you can’t find your points card, the email will have that information at the bottom of the offer. Offer ends at midnight on December 4th, so don’t miss out check your inbox (and that junk/spam folder!)


Advent, Season of Anticipation & Hope


Advent – what is it? You don’t see it mentioned much anymore. It gets drowned out in the retail noise of “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday”. And if your inbox is like mine, its under assault with advertising emails. Ditto the television, radio and every social media outlet I use.

But for those of us who still subscribe to the Christian outlook of the holiday season (we are still out there), Advent is a season that is looked forward to with great anticipation.

The word “advent” means “coming” or “arrival”. In this case, the coming of the Christ Child. Beginning on the Sunday nearest November 30th, the season of Advent covers the four Sundays preceding December 25th. It focuses not just on the past, but also on the future and with hope, a future that will bring light to the darkness.

Its easy to get bogged down in everything that’s wrong with the World and admittedly, the modern Christmas seems to add to it with its message of Excess All Areas. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Ultimately, how you choose to observe Advent and the Christmas season is entirely up to you. You don’t have to be of any particular religious persuasion to use this period to give more time to being thoughtful, to showing little acts of kindness to others, to remembering there many out there with much less than you or I, and to be grateful for the real wealth we have; family, friends, good health, count your blessings, all that good stuff, at the risk of sounding preachy.

I guess what I mean is making a bit more of an effort to be human to each other; the best part of our humanity. So as another Advent season begins, take a few minutes to step back and remember a quote from Dr Seuss:




In November

New month, nearly half over, and what is left of Halloween is sitting amongst the wildflowers in the backyard and looking quite pleased about slowly rotting away.



We have had at least two hard frosts this month, so I’m amazed that the wildflowers are still blooming. I planted them late in the Summer this year, so I didn’t think I would see them until next year. It was a nice surprise to see them appear last month. I”m hoping they will come back next Summer as well.

Canadian poet, writer, song writer and novelist Leonard Cohen died today. My favourite line of his is “There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” Too many of the world’s lights have been extinguished lately.


I’m avoiding much involvement in the U.S. election fall out. Suffice to say a big dose of humour is in order. I found this around and about and it made me smile. It represents all the U.S. presidents to now, in case you needed the explanation.


While the Christmas retail madness is out of the starting gate, don’t forget to take time to remember the people, past and present, who make our over-indulged life possible.



Happy Halloween!


Foster Grant made Halloween novelty glasses! Who knew! Judging by the price, this was awhile back.

Saturday night I got my jack o’ lantern carved and ready to greet any potential trick or treaters tonight! I should say I cleaned it out, hubs carved it.  I tend to go in for the happy jack look rather than something scary.


We got out for the day on Saturday too, the overload from work is ramping up again, so I took advantage of what might be my last free weekend for the next two months. We had a late lunch at The Rock, a really fine old pub in Tettenhall, then a stroll round the park before heading home. I got this photo while we still had some light left.


The clocks went back an hour last night and gray November is knocking at the door. So light your jacks and welcome the spirits of All Hallow’s Eve into your home tonight.


Lazy Autumn Vegetable Soup — mirandasnotebook

I haven’t made soup in months and I love a good vegetable soup, which is possibly one of the easiest to do. Miranda from Miranda’s Notebook, has this ridiculously low effort recipe for us. Why not give it a try! Just follow the link to her page at the bottom of this post.

One of my favourite things to do when I’m feeling lazy over the weekend (or when I want a super speedy weekday supper) is to cook up a quick pot of creamy vegetable soup. The recipe I use is one adapted from Elizabeth Bard‘s courgette soup in Picnic in Provence, and I feel grateful to…

via Lazy Autumn Vegetable Soup — mirandasnotebook


Wonderful Wooden Watch + Giveaway — Prettygreentea

If you haven’t spotted wooden watches, you are in for a treat. You tend to think of leather or metal when it comes to watches, but wood makes a really beautiful change of look. Polly from Pretty Green Tea is hosting a giveaway with Jord watches for you to have a chance of getting one of their beautiful wood watches on your wrist. Have a look! Just follow the link at the bottom.

If you’re on the hunt for a unique watch then you’re going to love what I’m sharing with you today. Introducing my beautiful new JORD Watch. Isn’t it pretty? It was kindly sent to me from the team at JORD. I’ve been wearing it for just under 4 weeks so I think it’s about time to share my thoughts…

via Wonderful Wooden Watch + Giveaway — Prettygreentea