Friday, February 24, 2012
friday book review and a heatwave
I've been for a walk before the day heats up too much, watered some struggling plants in the front garden,hung out the first load of washing and just had a nice strong cup of tea. Next is the supermarket, to lay in supplies for the next few days of end of summer heatwave. I think it's going to be 35,37,32 or some such awfulness: fortunately the air conditioning man came with the replacement part on Wednesday so it should work ok for later in the day when we need it. I've already closed the house up to conserve the coolness. I try not to have it on for too long, but do we ever need it in this hot little east-west direction house.
I've only finished one book this week ( oh the shame): The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner. I know I read this as a child but had NO recollection of it except for the evil svart creatures. It is a quest story and a bit Lord-of-the-Rings-ish. I liked it a lot. There is a chapter set underground with the characters crawling through tiny tunnels which just about had me breaking out in a sweat - it was very claustrophobic.
I've also been reading children's picture books. Pen loaned me two more in the scary dolly series - one we definitely had at home because I remember the photos if not the story. The other is the very peculiar The lonely doll by Dare Wright. I have vague, vague recollections of this being in the primary school library when I was there a thousand years ago. I also bought second hand a most beautiful 70s Little Women picture book, but I'll put some pictures in my month's op-shop round up next week.
Finally the latest Elizabeth George arrived on my desk on Wednesday so I'm going to start this later today or tomorrow. I have a few chapters of Aurora Teagarden ( Charlaine Harris) 3 to finish before I begin.
Oh - thanks for the scarf love yesterday- I bought it at David Jones. I've been hunting for a spotty scarf for ages and they had a few - had to restrain myself and buy just one. It is very soft too, like baby kittens.
The health stuff - meh - very frustrating to get such disappointing results when I try so hard: so little salt in my diet, don't smoke, hardly any alcohol. Something I have no control over ( very HARD!) - but it is what it is and I've cursed and kicked a few table legs in my mind and I'm letting it go. The kids and I are going to have a GORGEOUS weekend - husband away - and I hope everyone else does too.