The month that was: October 2019

What happened:
We made the most of the last month of our National Art Pass, which we used to visit Apsley House (super opulent) and the Charles Dickens Museum with Olly's mum (both free with the pass). The next weekend my family visited and we mostly just hung out as the weather was so miserable, but we did brave the trampoline park with the niblings.

We saw Only Fools and Horses at the theatre, which was delightful - the plot is a little thin on the ground, but it did not matter because it was like a warm nostalgic hug watching that. I think we'll end up seeing it again - high praise indeed! We headed to the Olafur Eliasson exhibition at the Tate Modern, which was enjoyable, but I'm glad we got 50% off with the National Art Pass as a) it's quite quick to do and b) it's quite pricey full-price (£18).

Finally, we visited Eltham Palace and Gardens (free with the National Art Pass), which was heaving because it was half term but it's such a beautiful mish-mash of art deco wonder meets medieval England so worth a visit. We also headed to Kent to visit Olly's family and celebrate some birthdays.

What I ate: 
A big shout-out this month goes to Seven Dials Market, which we visited before the theatre. We shared awesome cauliflower pasta from Strozzapreti (though it wasn't strozzapreti pasta, disappointingly!), a Chiang Mai sausage bao wow from Yum Bun (fabulous flavours), a lobster and shrimp roll from Claw, and Olly had a Reuben from Monty's Deli.


What I watched:
TV-wise (of note), we finished watching The Politician (liked it), the first series of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (good, but I think she's a bit of an annoying meddler at times), Living With Yourself (fab) Inside Bill's Brain (fascinating) and the Olafur Eliasson episode from Abstract: The Art of Design (worth watching, especially if you're going to the exhibition).

Films watched: Detective Pikachu, Widows, El Camino, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Anchorman, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and The Laundromat. At the cinema: Judy (what a voice), Downtown Abbey (I've never seen the TV show, so it made me want to find out all the back stories), Zombieland: Double Tap (not as good as the first one) and Luce (thought provoking).

What I read: 
In October I read seven books and abandoned reading two books. Recommended from those (4* reads) are Graceling by Kristin Cashore and When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O'Neal.

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