Archive for September, 2011

Jane Eyre; a brief review

I watched the latest screen adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre a couple of nights ago, and really enjoyed it. I didnt really know if it would be my kind of thing but being that the story was written so long ago (first published in 1847) and its still being praised in the present day,  there must be something to it right?

I’m told the story of Jane Eyre doesn’t normally start as it does in the movie, normally the events run chronologically however in this film adaptation the first half of the story is seen via flashbacks. Although I cant compare to the ‘usually’ version I thought the flashbacks worked well. The first series of flashbacks take you a young (10 years old ish) Jane Eyre living quite unhappily with her Aunt Reed, where she is bullied by her cousins, and then subsequently sent to a girls school, which is grim to say the least. Although the story doesn’t dwell here I think its important as it gives an insight as to where Jane has been and what she has had to endure in her formative years.

Like most of the movie reviews I type I wont go into too much detail on the story, I’d rather not run the risk of ruining it because of unintentional spoilers, particularly when discussing films that are certainly worth a watch.

I was surprised how much I actually got into the language of the story, I don’t read many classic novels,  I will generally opt for a more contemporary literature. I think the fact that I did enjoy it is probably thanks to Moira Buffini for her work on the screen play and the cast for the manner of which they delivered their lines.

Talking of the cast, I spent a large portion of the movie wracking my brains to try and find remember who the actor was playing Rochester, it finally hit me that it was Michael Fassbender, who I’d recently watched in the latest X-Men instalment. Good as he was, credit really goes to the leading lady Mia Wasikowska who put in a stellar performance, my expectations are that I will see her many time more in many different roles.

Overall definitely worth a watch, good performances and I can see why the story is called a classic.


A bit late for pumpkins

Earlier in the year I came across some seeds from a pumpkin I carved a few years ago, for the sake of it I thought I’d plant them and see how they got on.  On the plus side, they actually did quite well and have now got as far as flowering (in the pic below) however I don’t think there is any chance that I’ll be carving a pumpkin from my own garden this year as the nights are getting a bit chilly and the count down is on to Halloween.


Off for a hike

I have a day off and I’m using it to go for a 16km hike in the woods.

Its 07:45 and every bit of my body is saying that a few more hours in bed would be a better option, but my ever-increasing belly shows I need the exercise and my dog’s constant harassing mean I should get out there and get going.

Fingers crossed the weather improves.


Sparkling clean glass on the wood stove

As the days are now reaching a daily temperature high that starts with a 1, rather than a 2 or a 3 I’ve started thinking about the colder months and making sure I am all set up when the roll round. One of the main things for this is he wood stove, nothing surpasses a roaring fire when you come in from a snowy dog walk.

Anyway the new woodstacker is built to help keep the snow off, and today I cleaned the glass on the front of the stove, and I have to say that after googling how best to approach this the old house wives trick of vinegar and newspaper came up trumps and worked a charm.

I had a kind of grayed out area, but it came off with little effort, If I’d known it was going to be this easy I would have done it months ago.

Catch up…

Having had a post generate a large amount of interest I seem to have all but dried up on the blogging front, this really hasn’t been intentional, but I have had some vacation time to enjoy whats left of summer and then whilst at work I have been busy, busy, busy.

So in summary I can say that I’ve watched a bunch of movies (X-Men the first class illustrating that James McAvoy is brilliant at whatever he does) I’ve been trying to help get my budget under control with, and I have been eating and drinking up a storm.  Home brew and more Dr Pepper ribs the main order of the last few weeks!

More posts to come on all of that once my day to due resumes some semblance of normality.

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