So I made that Gonna do list – twenty things for 2020 and I am pleased to have got some under my belt. If I aim for two a month I should get there, and as January is a long month and February a short month, I got cracking and had a flying start.
Number 13 was Visit an Art Gallery
I went to the Woodend Gallery in Scarborough to see the Anne Bronte art project. It’s her 200th anniversary this year- she was born on the 17 January 2020, and sadly died here in Scarborough, where she is also buried.
Lindsey Tyson organised this project- 200 artists, 200 pages from the book The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. It was a tremendous undertaking and I loved so many of the contributions. Here’s a couple of my favourites.
This by Emily Gondal and
this by Lindsey Tyson herself.
Number 16- Go to the cinema– I have a bad habit of seeing trailers for films , think of going, but fail to act before the film leaves the cinemas. Writing this Gonna Do list and seeing the trailers for David Copperfield, made me realise that I needed to act straightaway and not just think about it. So I did, and we saw the film yesterday. I thoroughly enjoyed being in a cinema again and the film was good. It is hard to condense a Dickens novel into a 2 hour film, characters and scenes have to be changed or omitted. I think Dickens would have liked the film, if he had a part in it! I missed Barkis though, who married Peggerty, and did his wooing through Master Copperfield and his ” Barkiss is willing”. I still have fond memories of the BBC adaptation with Daniel Radcliffe as young Copperfield and Maggie Smith as his Aunt. I heard several members of the audience say they would now go and re- read the book, so that’s got to be a good thing. Mr E managed to stay awake through the whole film- just- there were moments! I don’t think I will get him to see Emma next month.
Number 20- Take part in the Great Garden Bird Count– This always happens during the last weekend in January. I did my count on Saturday 25 January. Totals of birds counted in the garden in my hour at any one time (11.30-12.30) were:-
Sparrows- 8- so hard to count
Not showing up in my hour were blue tits, goldfinch or chaffinch.The last two only come occassionally, but the blue tits just didn’t show up.
I bought mealie worms to entice the robins and blackbirds, all I can say is mealie worms are gross and Mr E says I must never ever bring them into the house again- apparently they are essentially garage critters. And that was just the dried ones, don’t thnk I could cope with live ones. Mind you the robins and blackbirds do devour them with great relish.
So that is three ticked off my list. I hope I shall get to more art galleries and movies during the year. It sounds odd to write a list of things to do that you enjoy but I am so glad I did as it really has lifted me out of the rut I had got into last year.
Some of the Gonnas are quite big projects, so I have also made a start on Number 8- Make a Quilt for Harry. If you recall he asked for an Oxford United one which terrified the beejeebas out of me. Then I found an Oxford flag with the Ox motif, and subsequently had the bright idea of breaking it down into small steps and only tackling a few at a time instead of trying to do it all in a couple of days. So far the motif has been transfered to bondaweb. More next month I hope.
Number 19 was Start to write family history– a notebook has been purchased and I have written three pages so far. I decided against doing it on a computer as I’d spend the whole time trying to keep track of spellings and loosing the flow. I have since realised that the little tales I want to record come to mind in quite random places. So for example, I was on a walk last week when I remembered how excited Mum got if she spotted an owl pellet, and her joy in dissecting it back home. Cries of “Oh look a mouse skull”. I had to hang onto to that recollection all the way home till I got hold of a piece of paper to jot it down. It might not be the most entralling memory of one’s Mother but it does sum up her character quite well, and is the sort of thing that would have interested me about my grandparents.
I wonder does anyone have any odd memories of family members which don’t amount to anything world shattering but do sum up an aspect of their character quite nicely?
So that’s my progress with my Gonna do in 2020 list. How are you getting on with your plans for this year, I would love to hear. More I hope to tell you about in February.