Hello and welcome to Three Good Things, my regular series celebrating the small things that bring me joy each week. Find out more about the series here.
The first exciting thing this week is the arrival of my long-awaited Giffords Circus tickets! I adore Giffords Circus, a Thirties style circus that tours around the Cotswolds and surrounding area each summer, and am counting down the days until I get to see them again. After all, anticipation is a big part of having fun, I think.
My daughter and I share a love of paper-based fun and this book from Flow International has been lots of fun over the Easter holidays. It’s completely filled with colourful pages, stickers, envelopes and bunting. It’s just a lovely, joyful item to own and we’ve still got masses of it left to use up. I got mine from Colours May Vary . I think it’s sold out from the Flow online store but the regular magazine, which is full of positive psychology and paper craft is also utterly charming and worth investigating.
Last on my list of Three Good Things this week is a film. ‘Starred Up’ is a gritty British film set in a prison, as a young offender, Eric Love, arrives at an adult prison to serve time alongside his father. With strong language and strong violence throughout, it’s harsh to watch but has some excellent, complicated characters, including Rupert Friend as a psychologist trying to help Love, (played by Jack O’Connell) to find a new path in life. Although I’ve never set foot in a prison, it felt incredibly realistic and the violence never feels as though it has been sensationalised. It’s not exactly a happy film, but I did feel that it had a quietly optimistic ending and we left the cinema with lots to talk about, which I always think is a sign of a good film. I’m really glad that I got the chance to see this, and absolutely recommend it.
See the official trailer HERE.
What are your Three Good Things this week? I’d love to know. If you write your own Three Good Things post, do let me know and I’ll mention you here next week!