Top 5 Tuesday: Books with food on the cover

During August we are being set scavenger hunts on a Tuesday by Meeghan. Therefore these are not necessarily top 5s just what can be found.

This week the challenge was to find books with food on the cover. I was surprised how few I could find searching through my shelves and my Instragram tags Wonderwall360books2020 and Wonderwall360reading2021.

1. The Rosie Project Graeme C. Simsion has a lobster 🦞 on the cover. I reread this one recently. This is my favourite of the books in this list.

2. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl of course has a peach πŸ‘ on the cover. I have two copies as have the original copy I read as a child plus I have recently bought Roald Dahl box set from a charity shop.

3. Each peach πŸ‘, pear 🍐, plum by Janet and Allen Albherg. I don’t have a copy of this book but it came to mind from childhood / reading to my nephew as having beautiful fruit illustrations on the cover.

4. Eat, Pray, Love by Emma Gilbert, the eat is spelled out in pasta 🍝. It is a rather disappointing cover the descriptions of eating in Italy are magnificent; pizza πŸ•, pasta 🍝 and ice cream 🍦. The Italy part of the book which started the book was the best for me after that it became duller for me!

5. I struggled to find a 5th! Then I pulled this book from my shelf; Homework Sucks by Simon Mayo and saw it had pizza πŸ• in the bottom right of the cover. It is a non fiction book of facts.

The Sewing Bee Final 🧡 πŸ

The result was…..

🚨Contains Spoilers🚨

As expected for several weeks that Serena won. She did make a slight mistake in the pattern challenge but still came first.

Serena seems lovely. I just find it irritating that a med student also has had time to get so good at sewing. Poor Raph he is actually studying textile design! How galling! He came up with a crazy fabulous festival outfit in round 2. I was not keen on the shiny red material he used in the final round. And unfortunately it was not fully hemmed.

After coming respectable third in the first two tasks Rebecca produced a dress of top finalist style.

Serena’s yellow Vinelle from Calling Eve inspired dress saw her secure a win.

That is that for another year!

June / July to do list 🎢 πŸŠβ€β™€οΈ πŸ¦” πŸ“š πŸ§Ί

Hathersage outdoor pool and swimming indoors after more than a year of no swimming so good to be back to it!

Currently considering nature for June 30days wild. More about 30days wild

Keep supporting hospitality businesses which have had to close during lockdowns by buying drinks and food.

Bookish picnic πŸ“š 🧺- thank you Elaine H for the ideas πŸ’‘!!!

Afternoon tea.

Beat the street

Sheffield bear trial

Festivals 🎢

June : Bangers and Cider

July: Sheffield’s very own Tramlines!

Books to be read πŸ“š

So far in June I have read The Rosie Project and the Colour purple for book club discussions later in the month.

Currently reading Trust me by TM Logan which I either need to return Tuesday or renew so trying to finish – not hard as it is a page turner.

Next rereading Rebecca for a book club at the start of July.

Then got some holiday related books to read.

Sewing Bee🧡🐝 Semi Final

🚨 Contains Spoilers 🚨

I was correct in my predictions in terms of who would make the final.

My semi final predictions

Inevitably Farie left the competition. Although Rebecca also had a shaky week, perhaps she has got her nerves over and will perform better in the final.

Raph had a good semi final and is looking good to offer some competition to Serena in the final. She is still looking like the one to beat!

The Sewing Bee 🧡 🐝 : Film Week

🚨 Contains SPOILERS 🚨

It was clear from the first two tasks it would either be Farie or Damien going. It came down to the final task where Farie wowed the judges more.

However I think it will be Farie going next week as she does not seem to have the same competency as the other three.

Next week is the semi final. I think the final will be Raphael, Rebecca and Serena. Potentially Serena will be victorious; she is consistent and competent but to me slightly annoying being a medical student who is also a talented sewing bee.

Sewing Bee 🧡 🐝 update

Last week I explained about the televised competition Sewing Bee. Here follows an update following this week’s episode. 🚨 Beware, it. Contains a SPOILER of who left!

I’m kind of sad Andrew went as thought he was a character. He was good at coming up with lines and bantering with Jo Lyccett.

Damien is also character, a manly cheeky chap. Like the twinkle in his eye! He has often been shown improvising and trying to bluff through tasks, so I never thought he was a serious contender. However this week in the final task he made a dress that wowed the judges and they say it was his best yet. It was a dress for a winter party with a trendy zip down the centre. You could reveal more flesh by unzipping the dress up or down!

I think the girls Serena and Rebecca are not really characters as they are so similar to each other you can confuse them! They are competent sewers though.

Farie studied fashion although she now works as an accountant. Therefore she can design some amazing garments. However the making of them does not always go so well! She often has not finished the first of the week’s task which is making a garment per a pattern. Therefore I can not see her winning, unless in the final she gets her timing together and completes the pattern challenge flawlessly then makes the garments she is capable of in the other tasks.

Raphael is also a strong sewer and a contender for winning. Even though apparently he only started sewing during lockdown last year!

My love of Sewing Bee 🧡 🐝 and last week’s upcycling programme

I think I have watched every series of this . I started watching when I accidently stumbled upon it on BBC 2, when it was presented by Claudia Winkleman. it is now presented by comedian Joe Lycett and is on prime time BBC 1 at 9pm on a Wednesday night. It is a competion show similar to Bake off. With a competiotor being eliminated each week until the finalise when a new winner crowned.

Each programme always has three tasks:

  1. Make a garment per a pattern
  2. Innovation i.e use old fabric / clthese to make something new
  3. The made to measure – a spectacular outfit fitted to a live model.

For example, Last Wednesday when the theme was upcycling. The first task was to use a pattern to make waist coats from cutting up clothes. Then for the innovation challenge they were given army surplus clothes to make a garment. Last weeks last challenge was to use old denim to make a dress. The winner of this was really inspiring it was a dress made with lots of denim cut into waves to raise awareness of environmental impact of the amount of water needed to make new denim therefore why denim should be reused. It also featured a whale and was a very stylish shape.

What will tonight bring?

Does anyone else watch? I have a friend who does so we enjoy comparing notes!

First post lockdown 3 beer

The UK officially wnt into as third lockdown at the start of the year. Prior to that areas were in tiers. Sheffield being in a tier 3 leval prior to lockdown 2 and between lockdown 2 and 4 meant lockdown meant it has been months since pubs in Sheffield open. I was lucky that I was in the lake district in tier 1 area when the second lockdown started so was able to go into some pubs then.

According to the governments roadmap out of lockdown 3, pubs were able top open from April 12th and serve customers outside. It was a week before I went in for my first drink. Many local pubs have not opened yet for some this is because they do not have sufficient outdoor space to merit opening. Additionally it appears my local Wetherspoons are currently undergoing some refurbishment. I tried post a 10mile walk on Saturday 16th April to get a drink but the three pubs close to the end of the walk that were open were all full to the limits of their outdoor capacity. One of them had people queuing and we were told it be an hour and half or two hours before would get in!

I have had my first drink in a pub since November in the Lake District on a sunny Monday lunchtime at the Plough in Bradfield on 19th April.

Also on 12th April non essential shops and places like hairdressers were allowed to open this makes life more pleasant. For example, I bought books in a charity shop yesterday and I have a massage booked today.

Just another pandemic Easter 🐣 …

The title should be sung to the song just another manic Monday. The next line I’d wish it was… but filling my title not directly what my line would be. Certainly this Easter 🐣 is not one expected or wished for last year.

End of March 2020 just before the first lockdown started I hopefully bought theatre 🎭 tickets for two shows in December 2020. Both were cancelled at this stage think still some chance of them being rearranged.

On Monday 29th March lockdown restrictions were eased from only been able to meet one person outside from another household to been able to form a group of 6 outside from up to 5 households or two households only outside if those two households add up to more than 6. Non essential shops and pubs remain closed until at least 12 April. My nephew is having his 9th birthday as second lockdown birthday πŸŽ‚ . Worse than that he will be isolating on his birthday due to someone in his class testing positive. Therefore we can not spend time with him outside and he can not leave his garden.

To end on a positive note I have 4 days off work until Tuesday πŸ™‚ Hopefully there will be Easter chocolate. I have been looking for signs of spring. I have ticked what I have seen and hope to complete the list over the next few months; last year it was 31May when I first saw cygnets 🦒

Spring Checklist
Snowdrops βœ…




Cygnets 🦒

Butterfly πŸ¦‹

Daffodils βœ…

Tulips βœ…

Frogspawn βœ…

Eaten Easter chocolate βœ…

Top 5 Tuesday: 5 books that got me into reading

This month Meeghan has got us into thinking about children’s books. Here are the first books in that got me into reading and on 30th March my topic is the books I would give to my children.

1. The books that school had to start us reading were called The Village with Three Corners.

2. Roald Dahl George marvellous medicine

3. Charlie and Choc factory by Roald Dahl.

4. Enid Blyton books.

5. The Worst Witch by Jill MurphyπŸ§™β€β™€οΈ

The Worst Witch