What I’m Reading
A captivating fictional account of Shakespeare’s son, Hamnet, who died aged 11 in 1596.
Tim Dowling’s column, published every Saturday, is one of the favourite parts of my weekend. His chronicles, narrated with perennial gloom and dry wit, about the ups and downs of family life and his largely unsuccessful attempts at dealing with everything from chimney sweeps to neighbourhood squirrels, never fail to make me laugh.
What I’m Viewing
A reminder of the beauty that can be found beneath our feet, this Instagram account curates pictures of eye-catching floors shared by hundreds of Instagrammers. From brightly patterned tiles to intricate mosaics, these ‘selfeets’ will have you paying extra attention to where you tread the next time you venture out.
What I’m Listening to
In the 1970s, a young girl from Canada’s Cree community (a First Nations tribe) was taken by child welfare workers and placed for adoption in the US. Cleo’s family was told she was murdered while hitchhiking back home to Saskatchewan. CBC News investigative reporter Connie Walker joins the search to find out what really happened to Cleo, in a podcast series that is sometimes difficult to listen to but completely worthwhile to listen to.
‘I’m a semi-functioning human, but I’ve done pretty well so far. Sure I slept in 'til like three, but I made a great cup of tea, so that’s one gold star for me!’
An oldie but a goldie, Dodie’s song about celebrating little achievements makes for a lovely listen on blue days.