As we are two months into the year, I thought I’d post an update on my 52 challenges.

I have completed 7 challenges and 10 are on target, as work in progress.

1 ~ Visit Gibraltar ✔
3 ~ Drive a left hand drive car on the right hand side of the road ✔
11 ~ Do some voluntary work ✔
14 ~ Make blueberry muffins ✔
32 ~ Observe a court case at The Old Bailey, London ✔
35 ~ Watch 10 movies that were made before I was born ✔
47 ~ Complete London Underground Circle Line challenge – my own version ✔

4 ~ Send a postcard every week for a year
6 ~ Blog for a year
13 ~ Complete 365 Photo a Day
16 ~ Complete “a sentence a day” journal
33 ~ Learn more photography techniques
34 ~ Learn more photo editing techniques
42 ~ Re-read my original gap year journals from 1985
43 ~ Reduce my alcohol intake, alcohol free weekdays unless special occasion
49 ~ Expand my blog network and blogs I follow
52 ~ Take a selfie every week for a year

It has been fun and we’ve had some special, memorable days at The Old Bailey, on the Circle Line and in Gibraltar.

Driving on the “wrong” side of the road was ok, I’ve proved I can do it, but I’ll always let Aussie Mate do the driving out of choice. Every time I tried to change gear my left hand whacked the side door, as habit kicked in before I remembered the gear stick was on my right hand side. Roundabouts were just scary!

I’m enjoying my volunteer shifts, meeting new people and experiencing a different side of life. I am baking a bit more than I’ve done in recent years too, after success of blueberry muffins and various flavour muffins in a mug.

The big surprise is my new love of old movies. We have already watched eleven movies that fit the category.
From Here to Eternity – 1953
..Montgomery Clift, Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr
Streetcar Named Desire – 1951
..Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh
The Wrong Man – 1956
..Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Anthony Quayle
Bridge on the River Kwai – 1957
..Alec Guiness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins
Giant – 1956
..James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson
Operation Petticoat – 1959
..Cary Grant, Tony Curtis
Hobson’s Choice – 1954
..Charles Laughton, John Mills
On the Waterfront – 1954
..Marlon Brando, Karl Maldon
The Wild One – 1953
..Marlon Brando, Lee Marvin
An American in Paris – 1951
..Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant
Sabrina – 1954
..Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart

We’ve a list of many more that we want to watch. We will continue with this challenge to see how many we can watch throughout this year.

There are some great films from the early 1960’s which are getting into the mix, even though outside the original criteria. Such as ….
To Kill a Mockingbird – 1962
..Gregory Peck

The “work in progress” challenges are going well, as I continue to enjoy photos, sentence a day, blogging, and improving my knowledge, techniques and networks.

So far, so good.