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TV For The Summer

I’ve given up on Arrested Development Season 4.

There. I said it. I am not cool, I am not a hipster. I understand I will not, now, know the right catchphrases to say at cool dinner parties, and I will not know how the ending brought all the parts together in complex magnificence. People will complain to me that “ohh but it got sooo much better after episode 7”. You know what? That’s too long! If you haven’t hooked me, Alison Gerber self-confessed television junkie by episode 7 then you’re not trying hard enough.

Instead, rather than waste my life on a project that was doomed from the start, I am going to watch new shows that are exciting and filled with possibilities of awesome. So, without further ado, here are the

5 TV Shows I Will Be Watching This Summer

1. Hunted. Has been axed after one series on the BBC but this won’t stop me checking out this spy/government thriller. Frank Spotnitz of The X-Files heads to the BBC to write a series about a British Spy who can “trust no one”. Possible X-Files with British accents? Yes please. Also, it has Melissa George (yes, Angel from Home and Away) as the new Scully, she even does the pouty lip thing like Gillian.

2. Parade’s End. This one is easy. Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes from Sherlock) in a BBC/HBO period drama based on a Ford Maddox Ford novel. Batchy, in a tuxedo. How can that NOT be good.

3. Broadchurch. Every now and then I find myself missing David Tennant on Doctor Who. I know, flame away. But he’s just so…cute! Anyway, here he is now, sporting a beard, in one of those slow-burning crime stories, “a town full of secrets”, lots of surprises in the finale etc.

4. Utopia. I like this because it looks weird. A cult graphic novel that predicts a series of terrible disasters lands in the hands of seemingly normal, everyday people, who then become paranoid? Or are they being watched?

5. The Fall. This is the MOST exciting thing for me for the Summer by far. I mean, DVD on pre-order exciting. Gillian Anderson (Scully from the X-Files) returns to crime genre for the first time since the X-Files as Stella Gibson. The show was a hit in the UK and has been renewed already for a second season.

So that’s it: my 5 for the Summer. Feel free to plan to come over for a TV marathon if any look exciting to you! And comment below if there’s something amazing you are watching you think I should add to my list!

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New Photos of Ivy

Nana and Pa Jones have requested “NEW PHOTOS OF IVY”, which is basically the whole content of this post. Well, they are photos of a blurry mess resembling Ivy, who is the world’s most un-photographable child, constantly on the move except for that one time she climbed into the refrigerator and got stuck there, evidence of which I have included in this collection. Don’t worry Nana, we have since rectified the refrigerator problem and she can most definitely get herself out of it now when she climbs in.

Enjoy!

If you should visit us: Things We Can Do in October

This post is inspired by my parents, who are coming to visit us this year during the first week of October. I thought it might be fun to share with all of you the special things that happen around here that month, just in case anyone else is thinking of visiting MA at a similar time.

Early October is a perfect time to go leaf-peeping! We can take a drive up into the White Mountains to look at some of the beautiful fall scenery. Really, pictures do not do it justice – you will have never seen leaves such vibrant colors before, anywhere from fluorescent pinks to bright lime greens.

Topsfield Fair happens during the early weeks of October: America’s longest continually running fair, and it is just down the road from us. There are plenty of animal exhibits, flowers, fruit and vegetables and bees, America side-show food to eat, a rodeo, and best of all – the annual Giant Pumpkin Competition.

Russell Orchards, a local huge orchard will still have apple picking going this month. This means a hayride, all the apples you can eat (straight off the tree: and let me tell you, you have not eaten apples until you have eaten these apples), followed by a hot apple cider and apple cider donuts freshly made. The orchard also has animals that roam around for kids and they make their own fruit wines for the grown-ups.

And of course, the biggest thing going in Massachusetts in October is Halloween. At the Gerber house this usually consists of the kids dressing up and knocking on the doors of our building on campus as well as the neighboring one (you can see them doing this in the picture above, alongside their friends Oliver and Isaac). If you are really brave (or insane), you could make the trip into Salem, which is the number one tourist destination in the world for Halloween. The traffic is crazy in Salem at this time of year, though, so I would definitely recommend taking the train.

One last completely random must-see: there is a guy down the road from our place who spends hours and hours making a themed scarecrow display each year, last year was Star Wars. I know it seems weird to make life-sized things out of straw, but actually they are pretty awesome.

Of course there are plenty more things to do in October that are available to visitors year round. If there is a special month you would like me to feature on the blog, don’t forget to say so in the comments below!

Welcome to the new blog!

I felt like the family blog needed an upgrade, and after some deliberation here it is! I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy this fabulous little family of mine. To all of you here with us in the States, and all those far away in sunny Australia: lots of love, Al.