Recent doings #8

I swear I only just linked up for “What’s New With You” with Kristen and Gretchen so how is it that time again already? Inconceivable! (If you don’t get that reference I’m not sure we can be friends…)

August is going to be busyyy, what with my friend’s wedding in Luxembourg on Saturday, my birthday the following Saturday, a free jazz festival in Basel on the 19th and then the Basel Biermarkt at the end of the month! But that’s all in the future. The point of this link up is to talk about the past, specifically what I did in July. Here come my recent doings…

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Reading. I already did two reading challenge posts (here and here) so you know most of what I’ve been reading. Apart from that, I read Scribbleboy by Philip Ridley, which was mostly good but also kind of annoying. Each character had their own manner of speaking (e.g., speaking only in raps, one ending every sentence with “baby”) and some of them just really irritated me!

Watching. The BFG! The original animated film, not the new one. A childhood favourite and just as good as an adult ❀ Also, on a different note, fireworks. 1st August is the Swiss national holiday and Basel has fireworks over the Rhine on the 31st so we went to see them. We decided not to go to the official celebration on the actual national holiday and then discovered you can actually see the fireworks for that one from our window. Good to know!

Listening to. Travis (remember them?). We had tickets to watch them perform in Arlesheim, so I refreshed my memory of their songs before we went. It was a great setting for a concert and I really enjoyed myself. Fran just seemed like a nice, chatty older man rather than a member of a band that was once pretty famous!

Climbing. The tower of Basel cathedral with Jan’s mum. The things it never occurs to you to do until you have visitors… Here’s a photo of the view from up there:

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Going. (The category for places that are too close to really call it “travelling”!) To DelΓ©mont, which is in the French-speaking canton of Jura. We hiked a bit in the woods then looked at the pretty old town.

Eating. Ice cream! It’s been so hot here recently and what else does one eat when it’s hot? We finally tried out the little ice cream place just down the road from us that opened in April then also discovered a new Italian ice cream place in town when Jan’s mum and her partner were visiting.

Cross stitching. I can’t tell you… you have to guess πŸ˜‰

That’s it for today. What have you been doing lately?

If you’re curious about what other bloggers got up to in July, check out the link up.

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22 thoughts on “Recent doings #8

  1. That’s a busy month you’ve got coming up!

    I haven’t seen any fireworks in ages! They probably had one on the Belgian National Day, but I’m not sure… I should keep an eye out to see if there will be some at a later date.

    Failing that, I’m off to Disneyland Paris in November, so I’ll see some there!

  2. scribbleboy does sound crazy annoying.

    i hate when i say Inconceivable! and people don’t get it. like, what are they doing with their lives?!

    and now i want ice cream soooooo thanks for that.

  3. Sounds a good link up. I might try this at some point! Travis.I had forgotten about them.I did like them.Why does it always rain on me…Wow Fran is a chatty older man.Gosh i do feel old.lol πŸ˜‰ My niece and nephew have just been to see the new BFG film and loved it.x

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