A few more nice things that have cheered me up recently.
Samin Nosrat and Hrishikesh Hirway’s joyful podcast Home Cooking is back with more episodes. I’m so glad they didn’t stop at four. If you only listen to one episode, make it the one with Nadiya Hussain.
If you’re interested in trying some new recipes, the Community Comfort cookbook that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago is fantastic – 100 recipes inspired by global heritage. Profits raise funds for the bereaved healthcare colleagues and families of Black, Asian and Ethnic minority victims of Covid-19.
I think I’ve decided that ‘bird twitter’ is one of the best twitter communities (along with poetry twitter but that’s a different story). The bird enthusiasts and photographers of twitter give me life. Some of my favourite accounts are @CarlBovisNature @CardiffBirder @theowlwhistler @Jamesoneillii
On a related note, if you’re local #WildCardiffHour is one of the most delightful, heartwarming social media events of the week. It takes place from 7pm to 8pm on Tuesdays and is just people sharing photographs of the wildlife they’ve spotted around Cardiff from the previous week. Follow @wildcardiffhour
One of my other favourite twitter accounts at the moment is @wikivictorian which shares beautifully curated ‘random’ stuff from the 19th century to the 1920s. Entertaining, startling and thought-provoking all at once.
I have a nice-things-only rule for Instagram and spent yesterday evening chuckling at my latest follow ratethisbench an account set up by Sam Wilmot to, well, rate benches. It is hilarious and rather touching.
If you’re looking for something fun to read, I recommend the Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells. I re-read all the novellas recently and just finished the fifth book, which is a novel, and it gave me all the feels in a good way. No grimdark, just a cranky cyborg with a past trying to prevent its humans from geting killed.