Wednesday 28 September 2022

What puts you off a book?

We were booked to hear this author talk, this afternoon at the library, unfortunately she is not able to make it and it has been postponed till October 26th, will I still remember the story by then? I had 3 starts because I kept forgetting what I'd read the night before and to my way of thinking there were too many character names, so I kept getting muddled! 

As well as that it was set in Ireland, with some colloquiums and.....other things.

So, these put me off a book.

A lot of character names to start, and where they are police, some christian names and then referred to by their surnames. 

Not clearly defined chapters, when they are in different time zones.

Too faint and small font.

Too big a book, so heavy.

Local colloquiums or dialect.

Swear words and blasphemy.

Overtly sexual antic descriptions,

Too much dull description of scenery.

A Mills and Boone type book, basically 'chick lit.'

And these reasons are before I even look at what the story is about!

So, I found this book a hard read for me, but I read it because we were to hear the author talking about it. Dh read it too and came across several typos! But he liked it. 

Basically, and ex-policeman comes out of retirement to investigate old cases where the original cases had unsolved crime, as a hobby.  It was ok, but not my usual choice of book and I only read it because of the Author 'talk.' 

What puts you off?


Monday 26 September 2022

Simple things??

 A while ago we bought this weather station. it gives the temperature in the house too.

As well as pictures of clouds etc indicating the weather, there is a little man. He dresses according to the temperature, so he can be in shorts with a deck chair beside him or he can be carrying an umbrella. We love it! Simple things??

We consult it every morning and through the day too, do you think we're going through our second childhood? This morning it is telling us its 13.7°C so a bit chilly out there! There are already autumnal signs and we have put our heavier duvet on our bed. 

We've done a little gardening at the weekend getting the garden ready for winter. I don't wait till the frosts these days to lift my dahlias for the winter, I do it when I am able to; with just a little weeding on Saturday my achy muscles yesterday have reminded me of my age! So these days I like simple things that need little or no effort and do things when I can rather than when perhaps they should be done! 
Do you have days when you feel your age?


Friday 9 September 2022

🥪 👜 Ma’amalade sandwich Your Majesty?

She had the most amazing sense of humour, I'll never forget this..


Thursday 8 September 2022

Our Beautiful Queen

 A sad time for our country

Queen Elizabeth 2nd her reign...1952-- 2022


Gratitude Scavenger Hunt

1. Find something that makes you happy.
2. Something to give to someone else to make them smile.
3.Find something that you love to smell.
4.Find one thing that you like to look at.
5.Find something that is your favourite colour.
6.Find something that you are thankful for in nature.
7.Find something that you can use to make a gift for someone.
8.Find something that is useful for you.

Something like this was a favourite with my Guide Company when I was a Guider, and each Guide was given a match box to go off and find given objects. (I had all my friends collecting match boxes for months!)


Friday 2 September 2022

A Darling Visitor.

 We have a regular visitor and we're thrilled.

Who'd have thought that we'd have this little fellow in our garden, that was a barren grassy nothing when we moved here. Dh set up one of our bird feeders within a week of being here and we had 1 robin and about 4 sparrows at first. No butterflies, no bees not even a hover fly. The first flower bed dug did encourage some cabbage white butterflies and a few more sparrows, but insect life and birds were slow to arrive. Now it is alive with flying insects, bees and butterflies and this little fellow.

A few weeks ago, late at night, when we had popped Nell out for her last pee-pee, when we heard her bark then a very loud squeal. Dh rushed out and there bathed in the outside light was a hedgehog!
And he's been back a few times, and he's left little poos in the garden, so look like he's around a lot and we're delighted. We haven't put out any food, because with having with Nell, she'd wolf it down. Again, the other night when Dh had opened the door for Nell, there was the hedgehog, I rushed to get a good view and he was running like a 'bat out of hell' up to the top of the garden, to the safety of the hedge. We were cheering him on, and Nell stood there on the top of the steps behind us. 
Isn't that wonderful?
(Not our photos, he/she was too quick for us!)


Thursday 1 September 2022

Bill Turnbull

 This has made me feel so sad this morning.. Such a lovely man, age 66 has died.

He lived in the next little village from us in Suffolk; you could see his house from the main road going through his village and as we drove along and it came into view I used to say 'Good Morning Bill' every time


Good bye Bill.