I didn't really spend much time in nature this month, but as the seasons change in Melbourne to Autumn, the camellias emerge. I am lucky enough to live in a little townhouse complex with some lovely camellia hedges.
Watching new things can often be overwhelming for me, so I return to the comforts and the haunts of movies I have watched before. This month I watched all three of the Lord of the Rings movies again.
It's more than twenty years since Fellowship of the Ring came out, and I still love the craft and the passion in the making of these movies. Of course, everyone looks incredibly young, Liv Tyler in particular.
The world-creation is extraordinary, and one of my favourite things about this trilogy. However, the total lack of diversity in the cast now is a glaring mistake and quite confronting. Hopefully the new show on one of the streaming platforms goes some way to fixing this.
SMALL SCREEN SWOON
For those of you who read last month's blog, I am still making my way through Supernatural (and probably will be for the rest of the year!).
I've just started to watch Shining Vale, starring Courteney Cox and Greg Kinnear. Only one episode in, so let's see how that goes. I quite like a tv show based on creeps and horror, and hopefully this is like the earlier seasons of American Horror Story.
A FULL PAGE
I started a small review of the books on my bookcase, mostly to make way for the new ones not fitting. I refuse to buy a new bookcase so I need to make my current collection a bit skinnier.
And in true Kate fashion, instead of just popping them in the donate pile, I am re-reading them before I donate. Gotta make more work for myself 😉
I have started with Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project - I first read this maybe a decade ago and I have a slightly different perspective on it now than when I first read it. I understand the sentiment and the purpose, but through the lens of sustained mental health issues, I am troubled by her lack of awareness of these, and how people in those situations may not be starting from the level she is, or able to commit that much energy to anything when having a daily shower seems like a commitment.
I don't follow as much farshun as I used to, but I still follow Fashion Critic and love see what she highlights.
The standout for me this month was Golda Rosheuvel at the season two premiere of Bridgerton.