Things have been busy this fortnight so I'm finally catching up with my Zine About May, even though May feels like it was a long time ago.
It rained a lot, I remember thinking April showers had been postponed. I put yellow flowers in jars around the house and mistakenly called them marigolds when I think they were actually chrysanthemums. Either way, they lasted a really long time and were very cheery! We celebrated a birthday and I made a nice cake from a recipe on Dishes to Delight, I managed to catch the bluebells and I went to a pub for the first time in a long time. I had some nice commissions and saw my photos in action at Firstsite, which is always lovely! The sun came out on the last bank holiday, I found a tie in a gutter and we were finally invited for our vaccines, which felt like a hugely positive step!
Things I enjoyed in May:
Food: New recipe of the week kept going and involved another tofu recipe which has become a regular mid-week meal as it's super easy: Spicy Sesame Zoodles with Crispy Tofu (though I used noodles rather than zoodles because I do not enjoy courgette (zucchini); Chocolate Wool Bread, which was delicious; Yorkshire Teacakes, another Nancy Birtwhistle recipe, which were also great but I'd maybe add more fruit next time and Macaroni Cheese with Cauliflower and Broccoli, but without the cauliflower as I was specifically looking for a recipe that would use up some broccoli.
TV & films: We carried on with the Marvel films in May, watched some not great films but also watched Nomadland which was excellent and finally watched Jiro Dreams of Sushi which was also great (I think I watched it on Prime but it seems to not be available there any more).
Reading: I read an actual book! Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata was admittedly very short but I enjoyed it and am definitely much more into reading again now. I started reading A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami too - basically I just want to be in Japan again! I have also been reading Talk Art by Robert Diament and Russell Tovey which I got from our brilliant local bookshop, Red Lion Books - I really enjoy their podcast and it's lovely to sit in a nice chair with a cup of coffee and read about different forms of contemporary art each weekend. My Stack Magazine this month was Open Sesame and it was great, so interesting and I learnt a lot about the world's biggest online shopping platform, Taobao!
What have you been enjoying?
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