an acorn kind of life

This has been an excellent winter for television.

Streaming, I mean.

One of our favorite “channels” is ACORN, for $5.99 a month via Amazon Prime (but also available on its own).  There is a 30-day free trial, too.

Definitely a bargain, considering the cost of a dozen eggs!


This was my absolute hands-down favorite show.  Two eccentric friends spend their weekends trying to find treasure in the fields surrounding their small town.  It’s a gentle comedy series with a quirky cast of characters who make up the Danbury Metal Detecting Club.  There are three seasons, plus a very welcome special that was released recently.  I hated to see it end.  It starts out very slowly, but watch a couple of episodes and give the show time.

Oh, how I wish I could buy a metal detector and join the club!

I really do.

This was an odd one. I could easily have quit after watching one of the four episodes, but we stuck with it. Set in rural Ireland, it features a policeman who spends his days trying not to do much of anything except eat junk food until a skeleton is discovered buried on a nearby farm. We found it difficult to like any of the characters at first, but the mystery was a good one. And the people involved became more appealing the longer we watched. It was definitely worth the time, if sad.

We watched this film a few nights ago and enjoyed every minute.

From Amazon UK review: Part biopic, part musical, and part fantasy, this is the inspirational and incredible true story of Neil Baldwin. Neil refuses to accept the label of learning difficulties and leads an extraordinary life where he becomes everything from an honorary graduate of Keele University to the Stoke City Football Club’s kit-man.

Have you seen any of these shows?  What did you think?


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2 Responses to an acorn kind of life

  1. Ruth says:

    Haven’t seen any but the “true life based” Marvellous appeals to Mr. I like that type of story whether in books or film…though the “Outlander” series.(one of my favorites)..books or film isn’t based on any real people, the attention to historic detail is really excellent…and Jamie Fraser isn’t bad either!!!!

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