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Friday Night Lights: What to watch, make, read, eat, buy + do this weekend

October 23, 2020

Welcome to another edition of Friday Night Lights! Perhaps it’s your first time here? If so I am so pleased to meet you. If you’re an old hand than I offer you our secret handshake and special wink.


Now let’s get into it!

What have you been watching? I have been tucking into some new and old favourites and adding stuff to my watch list as well …

1/ I FaceTimed my mum last night to show off my favourite t-shirt dress and she reminded me that Rebecca (as previously discussed in Friday Night Lights) is now on Netflix. I started watching it last night but was too tired to concentrate. What I saw, I LOVED, though. (THE CLOTHES!!) I am going to watch the rest this weekend when I am less tired, so that I don’t miss a single detail. Also? The original 1940 film version of Rebecca is on YouTube here.

2/ Have you ever watched Ackley Bridge (above)? It’s on Amazon Prime and I started on it this week. It’s great! Perhaps you know that, though. Good one, if so!

3/ Call The Midwife. This is a re-watch for me, and I’m savouring each episode instead of rushing through, binge-style.

4/ This week we also have an excellent suggestion from Susan H. How To Be Champion Storytime on YouTube. Get amongst it! Thank you, SH!

5/ Never Too Small because I am thinking about home-y stuff a lot, lately. Thank you to Rebecca for the tip-off.

6/ And KATE sent me a message about the reboot of All Creatures Great and Small. I’m excited to watch it! I loved the original so much and rewatched it recently via YouTube before some twit removed the videos. Good one, Kate!

Speaking of homey, have you ever thought about the enduring allure of rattan. Gotta say I have. I LOVE rattan. Lulu Lytle does too and she’d like to tell you about it. More here.

Goodness! The colourful floors in this house (below) are pretty amazing! More (colours) here.



David Byrne liked reading aloud to his friends. (Related: I’m currently reading Persuasion aloud to my dogs and they are absolutely loving it.)

Dancing through Harlem! I cried. So good. Found via Swiss Miss.

Everybody! A green puppy was just born in Italy! Whut?! They called him Pistachio!! See the photos and read about it here.

Incredible photos of birds taken mid-flight. Just gosh. So beautiful. See them here.

Speaking of birds, perhaps you’d like to go virtual birdwatching with Frankie Magazine and Remember The Wild? I think it’s a good idea. I spend a LOT of my time talking to birds I don’t know. More info here.

THIS is one of my favourite columns to read in the whole wide world.

I bookmarked this, but didn’t get to it yet. –> Louise Gluck: Whisperer of the seasons.

Dear gosh I would love one of these beautiful glass French Presses from Yield Design Co. So gorgeous they bring a tear to the eye!

Found via Miss Moss.

Silvia’s Foccacia

If you know me, you know that focaccia is one of my favourite things. Perhaps you feel the same? I am trying a new recipe this weekend, this time the one by gorgeous-face Silvia Colloca. Recipe here.

15 Minute broccoli pasta with basil oil

Rin loves broccoli pasta, so I am going to make this for her when dinners at home are allowed again in Melbourne. Recipe here.

Fish Finger Sandwich

I’m not hugely into fish, but I think that someone dear to me would LOVE this recipe. So simple, so stodgy, so crispy! Recipe here.

Perfect Spaghetti and Meatballs

Kerry recommended this recipe and I’m not one to argue with genius. (Max? I think you would love this?) Recipe here.

Madeleine Dore: Let your pile of small good things grow.

Lucy Jones: Pathways in the urban wild.

Pip Lincolne: Eff you, everyone. (Also I love you!)

Rumer Neill: Planting a garden is scientifically proven to make you happier.


My favourite gent … Charlie McCormick! That smock! Those blooms! Follow him on Instagram here if you like dahlias and pups and beautiful scenery, homes and food. (And why wouldn’t you?!)

Jiminy, how delicious are these patchwork knitted jumpers from WonderCo Creations Lydia Mael?! UTTERLY delicious, that is how delicious! See more here.

Also? I love this puff-sleeved dress! (Below) I would make it longer, naturally, but it’s also beautiful just as it is. Grab the Mindy Dress pattern at The Foldline.

My friend Rhonda’s book has just come out in paperback, in case you missed it the first time around. It’s excellent and I LOVE it. You should grab a copy, quick sticks.

Nigella’s new book is nearly here. Can not wait to snuggle down with this one!

And I’m about to start Night and Day by Virginia Woolf, because I’m dead keen on this online lecture series from Cambridge. (I recently read The Voyage Out for this reason, too!) I enrolled in this weekend’s lecture a while ago, and I’m hoping if I spend carefully I will be able to afford next month’s Night and Day one too!

Pip Newell! Second-hand digger + fancier of beaut, quirky and spiky things. More here.

What could be better than Dolly Parton and Patti LaBelle in puff sleeve sequins playing their acrylic nails as they sing? (Also did you know that Dolly just donated $1 million to fund COVID-19 research?)

I hope you enjoyed FNL for this week. I DO try to write it every week, but sometimes my health is not up to scratch and I miss a turn. Sorry ’bout that!

x pip

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Previous editions of Friday Night Lights …

9 October

25 September

18 September

11 September

4 September

PS: For those following along … You may have noticed that I have abandoned the ‘newsletter’ platform in favour of a good old blog post for Friday Night Lights. I find those platforms pesky and too much like work! Blog platforms are my happy place. Hopefully it’s still easy to read.


  • Reply Kerry October 28, 2020 at 7:47 AM

    Um, “Pip of the Week” is the best idea EVER.

  • Reply Kate October 25, 2020 at 10:02 AM

    You are the queen of the awesome internet find, but let me put you straight on Charlie’s smock. That’s no smock, that’s a Scout campfire blanket. A blanket with a hole to stick your head through, keep cozy around the campfire and stitch your camp patches onto. Everyone should have a campfire blanket.

  • Reply Kylie October 23, 2020 at 10:46 PM

    I love, lurve, luff, Friday Night Lights Pip! I hope you keep writing them forever and ever. Seriously.

  • Reply Asha October 23, 2020 at 9:37 PM

    Thanks for the recommendations. Loved it <3

  • Reply Reannon October 23, 2020 at 9:34 PM

    Aaahhh so much goodness! And those floors! They remind of Elsie’s teal floors in her first Nashville house.
    And I hope my comment about not being able to find FNL last week didn’t make you feel pressured? If so I’m so sorry, that wasn’t my intent at all. You know I love you & all you do xx

    • Reply Pip October 24, 2020 at 7:18 AM

      Aw NO! I would never feel pressured by YOU, peach!! I LOVE making FNL! It is a great way to spend my day, pottering about and putting it together. x

  • Reply Michelle October 23, 2020 at 8:47 PM

    Tanken yoo! This post has made my day (well night) Pip! So many treasures I’ll be scooting back here all week. Having watched Rebecca yesterday (instead of working – oops)…I look forward to hearing your report. In the meantime, I’ll be trying to find the new ACGAS to see if Tricki Woo gets another bout of pricky-paw. xx

  • Reply Molly Bunn October 23, 2020 at 7:27 PM

    Love it Pip!
    I’ve recently rediscovered your blog (what happening to blogging, it used to be so popular) and you inspired me to head back to my own blog and start posting again! I have no idea what I will post about (there are more saved drafts than published posts) but I love reading your blog to get some inspiration! I did my own version of Something Good ??

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