It’s Monday (July 5, 2021)

If you’re in the US and have the day off today, hope you’ve been enjoying the long weekend!

We watched fireworks from around the neighbourhood from our house. Technically fireworks are illegally in my city but the neighbouring cities all sell fireworks so obviously people are still buying them.

And we had a nice backyard bbq and a backyard hangout, reading books, listening to music.

In case you missed it, last week, I posted my “It’s Monday” post on Wednesday, as we’d been away in Mammoth Lakes and Yosemite that week. So check out my post for some photos of this beautiful area!

Some things last week:

We’d been having nice weather last week! Very nice and cool mornings!
Matcha and sakura softserve in a taiyaki (fish) cone of sorts
Taking a walk around the lake



Surprisingly, I’m reading a physical book. And it’s a book I actually own instead of a library book as usual!

Watching: Clarkson’s Farm on Amazon Prime. I’ve enjoyed watching Top Gear/The Grand Tour for years, but I wasn’t so sure about watching something with just Jeremy Clarkson and without the other two (Richard Hammond and James May). Clarkson isn’t exactly the easiest person to watch. On the other hand, I’ve happily watched James Mays’ Oh Cook! (yes! He has a cooking show, where he faffs about in the kitchen and surprises himself by being able to cook some things) and Our Man in Japan.

Clarkson’s Farm is really a show about farming. Clarkson had bought a farm in Oxfordshire in 2008 and then decided to farm it himself. He of course buys himself a Lamborghini tractor (no joke), starts plowing and sowing and all that, and also has chickens and sheep. He does have the help of a shepherd, land agent, and a farm worker, also the help of random other people like a veteran sheep farmer and someone who seems to build stone walls?

It’s really entertaining. But also, a sobering look at how hard it is for farmers. Too much rain. Not enough rain. Then the pandemic hits them in episode 5 and the value of the sheep drops drastically.

Listening: No books, just music.

Eating: Homemade walnut bread for breakfast

Drinking: Tea


We still have some bbq leftovers for today, so I don’t need to make dinner. Hooray! I’ll figure out the rest of the week another time….

Last week:

I read: Wicked and the Wallflower (Bareknuckle Bastards #1) – Sarah Maclean

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee

The Princess Trap – Talia Hibbert

I posted: It’s um Wednesday? (June 30, 2021)

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date


  1. Sounds like a good vehicle (I didn’t mean that as a pun) for Clarkson. I think he had got too unpleasant as a person on screen and off so going back to something more serious and less flashy could make him less annoying.

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    1. I suppose part of the fun was watching him do physical work and not just driving cars around. But it really was an eyeopener for me with regards to farming!


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