Jane Austen Remembered

Today is the 200th Anniversary of the death of one of England’s most loved and favourite authors, Jane Austen. Jane Austen died in Winchester on the 18 July 1817 and is responsible for giving the world Pride and Prejudice and of course my favourite, Persuasion besides 4 other completed novels. To mark this anniversary the Royal Mint has released the first preview of the new polymer £10 note which will feature author.

Jane Austen 10pounds

The £10 note featuring Jane Austen will officially be launched in September. As well as the £10 note the Royal Mint have also issued a £2 coin depicting the silhouette of Jane Austen’s profile along with her signature. The £2 coin is having a limited distribution in Hampshire but I am hoping that eventually they will make there way north so i can get my mitts on one.

Jane Austen is one of my favourite authors. I love reading her novels and also watching the number of adaptations that have been made for TV and Film. I am also a fan of all the spin-off, inspired of and fan fiction that has been created over the years based on Jane Austen’s life or novels.

December 2017 will be Jane Austen month on my blog : what-is-hoped-for.com. During that month my whole blog will dedicated to the this great lady. I look forward to sharing my love for her works etc… with you.

Health & Well Being Sunday #4

First I have to apologise for this post as I have not had chance to plan it. I am constantly surprised about how quickly the weeks seem to fly by.

Since my last Health and Well Being Sunday post I have flown to Italy and back again. I spent 7 nights in the Eternal City (Rome) and also spent a day in Naples and Pompeii. It was wonderful but very hot and also very busy. Due to it being so hot I did drink a lot of water. Meal times were full of carbs – pasta, pizza and bread.

HardRock Burger
My Burger at The Hard Rock Cafe, Rome… yummy! 

I also went to The Hard Rock Cafe in Rome and had a burger which was wonderful. As you probably gathered there was not a lot of dieting going on. So, the diet and fitness plan start tomorrow… (honestly)…

So below is a quick list of things I want to achieve over the next two weeks…

  1. Running twice a week
  2. Drink Water daily (5 glasses)
  3. Healthy Lunch to take to work
  4. No extra sauces on food
  5. Keep a log of anything that passes my lips
  6. No Coke a Cola (I am addicted)
  7. Strength and Core Workout x 3 Weekly
  8. Have at least 1 hour me time a day (this is important as it is people who drive me crazy)
  9. Take photos of Health and Well Being Journal/Fitness Inspiration Book for Post 5
  10. Think of a way to make these posts a bit more interesting….

I will hopefully have a better post in a couple of weeks, I am sorry this is so rushed. Back to normal blogging activity this week.

Hope you all have a good week


My 101 Favourite Movies – Part 5

The final part of my 101 Favourite movies. As I mentioned in my first post I’m sure I have missed some out but this is the list as it stands at the moment. I am sure it will evolve. I hope you have enjoyed it?

Part 5

Three Wishes (1995)

The Age of Adaline (2015)

Pay It Forward (2000)

Inside Out (2015)

Up (2009) – The Spirit of Adventure with Carl and Ellie

What Dreams May Come (1998) – I love the concept of this movie

The Notebook (2004) – This is a pretty movie

Little Women (1933)

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

High Society (1956)

Kate and Leopold (2001)

Brave (2012) 

Letters to Juliet (2010)

The Snowman (1982)

Finding Neverland (2004)

Ice Age (2002)

Flight of the Navigator (1986)

The Theory of Everything (2014)

Hercules (1997)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) – Even though I like the first one, I prefer this one. Both looking forward and dreading War of the Planet of the Apes.

Somewhere in Time (1980)

So that is the end of my 101 Favourite Movies. Have you thought about your 101 Favourite Movies? It is not as easy as I think.

My 101 Favourite Movies – Part 4

The penultimate post…

As you may have noticed with the previous 3 posts that my movie tastes are fairly tame. I am not a fan of gratuitous violence, obscene speech or anything that I consider to be horror, I value my sleep far to much to watch anything too disturbing. I tend to stick with family features, comedies and musicals. The next 20 movies prove my point… lol! Sorry for being so dull…

Part 4

Mary Poppins (1964)

Mrs Doubtfire (1993) – The wonderful Robin Williams.

Guardian’s of the Galaxy (2014)

Clueless (1993)

White Christmas (1954)

Legally Blonde (2001)

Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Father of the Bride (1991)

Mean Girls (2004)

Pitch Perfect (2012)

The Princess Diaries (2001)

Galaxy Quest (1999)

The Burbs (1989)

Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure (1991)

Clash of the Titans (1981)

Labyrinth (1986)

The NeverEnding Story (1984) – This was the first movie I saw at the cinema.

Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

Zoolander (2001)

About Time (2013)

So what do you think of Part 4? Let me know x

My 101 Favourite Movies – Part 3

Well here we go again… Part 3 in no particular order.

Part 3

Titanic (1997) – I did love this movie so much when it was released. 

Never Been Kissed (1999) – Sadly I identify with Josie’s school days…

Men in Black (1997)

The Lion in Winter (1968) – Katherine Hepburn is one of my favourite actresses 

Great Expectations (1946)

The Goonies (1985)

Shrek 2 (2004)

Brigadoon (1954)

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Rebecca (1940)

Sense and Sensibility (1995)

Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Roman Holiday (1953)

A Knights Tale (2001) 

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

The Red Shoes (1948)

The Slipper and the Rose (1976)

Avatar (2009)


My Fair Lady (1964)

The Sound of Music (1965)

What do you think of Part 3 ? I have changed it several times…. Let me know?

My 101 Favourite Movies – Part 2

Here is Part 2 of My 101 Favourite Movies List – 21 – 40

As I mentioned before they are no particular order…. enjoy!

Part 2

Independence Day (1996)  – Well I had to add it didn’t I…. Plus I love Will Smith in this. Shame the second one was a bit of let down. 

The Jungle Book (2016)


The Princess Bride (1987)

National Treasure (2004)

The Avengers (2012)

Star Wars – The Force awakens (2015) 

La La Land (2016)It was wildly over-rated but I loved the soundtrack. 

E.T – The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961)

A Portrait of Jennie (1948)

Robin Hood – Prince of Thieves (1991) This is the movie that opened my eyes to the whole world of movies. Before I used to watch movies but after this I appreciated the costumes, settings, the art of the performance etc… I credit it with changing my perspective when I was about 12 years old. 

Les Miserables (2012)

Pirates of the Caribbean – Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) 

Unbreakable (2000) I enjoy M.Night Shyamalan movies because his concepts are really interesting he just has trouble executing them. I think a lot would or do work better as novels however this is one that worked well. 

Frequency (2000)

Star Trek into Darkness (2013) Chris Pine and Benedict Cumberbatch in the same movie… that is all I am saying. 

Phantom of the Opera (2005) 

The Holiday (2006)It’s just a great feel good movie. 

The Lion King (1994)I remember sitting at the cinema and the opening scene just gave me chills, it was so fantastic.

Much Ado About Nothing (1993)  – My favourite Shakespeare comedy. 

So this is the end of Part 2… I hope you don’t think there are too many turkeys in there? Part 3 coming soon.

Health & Well Being Sunday #3

My plans for this month have been thwarted once again by the UK weather.

If there is one thing I have learnt in this life, it is that things do not always go to plan. Life has a way of taking the best laid plans, turning them upside down and then rearranging them back to front. In the UK we have gone from a heatwave to a deluge.

As the proverb states…

“A Dripping June, Sets All in Tune.”

Just as the rain allows nature to restore an even balance. A little analytical thinking in our own abilities can stop the ugly head of over confidence rising.

The past two weeks have been interesting. I have gone from hardly moving due to the heat to moving loads because it is cooler and I can.  From feeling ill to well to ill again and back to being well at the moment. I strongly suspect my body is not a big fan of changeable weather.

I have been naughty this week, I have had two takeaways over the past couple of days. I don’t usually have takeaways as I am not a big fan but due to circumstances I didn’t really have much of an option.  They were nice though. Yum! Got salad today. 🙂

Bad Habits 

Trying to sort out my healthy eating habits has made me realise that I have got into some bad food habits.

Mayo/Dressings/Sauce – Full fat of course. Adding extra calories to meals. I have now stopped buying mayonnaise but that does not stop me from reaching for a pre-made sandwich loaded with the stuff. This is why I need to sort my lunches for work.

Coke Cola – Since coming back from America I have not been able to stop myself from drinking this stuff. I cannot drink diet due to the sweeteners so it is full fat, sugary coke all the way. I am not drinking it everyday but I am having at least 2 glasses a week which is not good.

Crisps – I am addicted to crisps. Any kind of crisps. Along with the coke not a good combination.

Below is the progress on my last goals…

1. Running twice a week – start building up stamina

Well just after my last post the UK had a heatwave. As much as I enjoy nice weather, I don’t like melting. So, that week I did not run or walk at all. This week I have done a lot of walking but no running, still building stamina!

2. Carry on with Health and Fitness Journal – add a “Well Being” section. (Might move it into a ring binder.

I have not got round to taking a photo of this yet but I will. It is not in a ring binder. I found a scrapbook which I have decided to house it in. It is looking good so far!

3. Healthy Eating – Organise my lunch better for work. Get ideas so can start when come back from holiday.

I have a whole section on healthy eating in my journal. Now I just have to decide what I am going to eat.

4. Increase my Water intake

Due to the heatwave this was a lot easier to accomplish than I initially thought.

5. Start a strength workout – need a stronger core.

Yep! Okay again due to the heat I only started this over the last 7 days but I am loving it. I love that feeling you get after exercising.

6. Begin Planking… again!

Errr.. well I am doing it. I am just rubbish at it… lol! I used to do about a minute but now it’s about 5 seconds.. oh dear!

7. Keep to a schedule

First I need to create one. I plan on doing this once I get back from my hols.

Over the next couple of  weeks I am off to Italy so a couple of my goals are going to go on the back burner. I cannot work out in a tiny hotel room but I will doing a lot of walking. I also suspect I will be doing a lot of eating. I was watching an interview where someone said the food in Italy was so good they cried. I am prepared to be amazed. I’m not really a foody but I will be making healthy choices where I can. Apart from when we go to the Hard Rock cafe then it will be a burger.

So, I am not listing my goals for the next two weeks. I will be doing as much as I can and I will let you know how I get on when I get back. Ciao!! x