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This weekend, there’s a ding-dang double whammy of things I’m looking forward to. It’s only Saturday, and these just popped up on Friday, so I honestly have no idea whether they’ll turn out to be good or not but look: it’s the beginning of August and it’s either this or Big Brother. I’ll take my chances.

First up is Yola’s new record, Stand for Myself. It’s only been two years since her Walk Through Fire—an album I still listen to on a regular basis—so I’m super-jazzed up to hear a new set from her. Two or three songs from it are already out in the world, and it looks like I won’t be disappointed.

Second up is The Pursuit of Love, the BBC/Amazon adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s novel. At this point in my life, I feel like there are three hundred Mitford-related things I was supposed to keep up with (six is a lot of Mitford sisters) and I have failed miserably.  But this series seems like the sort of thing people might Talk About in that Downton Abbey way so I gotta keep modern and watch it all in one sitting, even though I am firmly anti-binging these days. You’ll hear my tirade about THAT in a future installment!  

Anyway: Yola! Nancy Mitford! Get all that done and then report back here with your writeups. Tally-ho, y’all!

About The Author

DG Strong took up knitting in 2014. He lives in Nashville with his sister, her rat terrier and a hound dog named Opal. He has a blog of drawings and faintly ridiculous rambling called The Psychopedia—there are worse ways to spend your afternoon.


  • Hello! I’m in the Uk so saw The Pursuit of Love a couple of months ago. 3 wonderful hours with the amazing Andrew Scott. I highly recommend it.

  • We are techie Luddites here. Is this available for all Amazon Prime members? How does one access this series. I hope it is available on iPads since we will br moving about a lot this month. And, yes, six is a lot of Mitfords.

    • If you have the Amazon app on your iPad you can watch it anywhere you can get decent wifi.

    • It’s a BBC show that Amazon Prime is streaming.

  • Last night, I stumbled onto Pursuit of Love & binged. What a treat, brought back all the joy of reading Nancy Mitford & yes, six is a lot of Mitfords. I feel I have read a lot about them & still have trouble keeping them straight, but I have decided not to bother about that & just enjoy it when they show up on screen or in print.

    • I feel the same way, except I try to avoid the Nazis

  • I don’t think I could possibly knit to this astounding music… so cAptivating and commanding of one’s full attention. Wow… I’m blown away. Love this, thanks so much.

  • Pursuit of Love is AMAAYY-ZIING. Visually stunning. It adroitly combines a couple books’ storylines and I still find myself thinking about it.

  • DG, you are officially an “Influencer” as the kids are saying these days.

  • Whoa, Yola! !!! I am jamming and pulling weeds this morning. Thanks, DG! This may be sad commentary on my life, but I am dependent on you for weekend entertainment.

    • I don’t think it’s sad, just shows you have good judgement!!

  • I may be able to complete my Diagonal Mitts while I watch The Pursuit of Love, which is delightful and thank you!!

    • Great minds! That’s my plan as well!

  • A nice change of pace from my usual viewing.

  • To help get through August I HIGHLY recommend We Are Ladyparts. It’s about an all girl, Muslim, punk band in London. Yes- ALL of those adjectives! It’s on Peacock.

    I’ve been obsessed with the Mitford gang for years (and years)! You Tube is full of Them. Lots of interviews with them in their later years.

  • Yola!!! Listened on Friday, and the new album is terrific. Her first album has been a favorite since I saw her at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in 2019.

  • I did a binge-watch of Pursuit of Love over the weekend — thoroughly enjoyed it. Though I will always think of Andrew Scott as the hot priest from Fleabag.

    • And his fantastic performance as Moriarty on Sherlock.

  • Love The Pursuit of Love, though I thought for a minute I had hooked up to Wes Anderson! Delightful characters. Visually gorgeous.

  • I love it when out of the blue someone remembers the Mitford sisters!

  • I love Lily James. Added to my Amazon watchlist.

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