Listening to: Nico's playlist and Elgar's Enigma Variations - Nimrod is my favourite piece. Watching: Michael Palin's travel programs via the BBC iPlayer. Reading: everything by new-to-me author, Mhairi McFarlane (she'll be mentioned in my For the Love of Books post at the end of the month). Making: lists for Christmas - gift ideas (most … Continue reading Right Now …
Back in April, as well as reaching out to friends around the world for their thoughts on lockdown, I also wrote a short piece about my own lockdown experiences. Six months on, I've written another, so grab a cuppa and pull up a chair. As I type this, London currently sits in Tier 2 - … Continue reading Covid-19 | Life in Lockdown – At Home Revisited
I took my Kindle back from The Brainy One and settled into a month of romance. I've read that the romance-genre is the hidden success of the literary world. Hidden because few people ever admit to buying/reading them. I'm of the opinion that we all need a little love in our lives, in whatever shape … Continue reading For the Love of Books | Currently Reading June 2020
Cup of Jo highlighted Brooklyn's rainbows and we could all do with a few rainbows in our lives right now. Daily walks with Tilly - time to enjoy her attitude to life. Birdsong in West London is now clearly audible thanks to the lack of road traffic, Tube trains and aircraft overhead. Never was memory … Continue reading Four Fun Things
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese: This engrossing story combines medicine, family, and politics to great effect. Moving between India, Ethiopia, and New York City, we follow the story of identical twin brothers, born of a secret union between an Indian nun and the British surgeon she assisted. Part coming-of-age story, part mystery, part sweeping … Continue reading For the Love of Books | Four Family Sagas
Twenty nineteen was another good year for reading. Having said that, I find myself with just three titles on my Favourites of 2019 list (last year I had six on my list): Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid: In April, I wrote that "initially I wasn’t interested in a story about rock … Continue reading For the Love of Books | Favourite Reads of 2019
Happy New Year! Final sunset of 2019 Let me begin by thanking you for reading, commenting and staying with me throughout 2019. It was quite a year. Let's also take a look at the all-important numbers: I wrote 253 posts, totalling 42,065 words. I have 138 followers. There were 1,604 comments, averaging 6 comments per … Continue reading Blog Review | 2019
Having seen Come From Away recently, I've been thinking a lot about that day. It's one of those days that no-one who experienced it in real life or through the power of broadcast media will ever forget. It was a day that began as any other - the commute to work, 14 miles from my … Continue reading On This Day | Where Were You?
Towards the end of the Summer holidays, The Boy Child and I went into the West End to see Come From Away at the Phoenix Theatre on Charing Cross Road. Come From Away is the story of what happened in a small town, Gander, in Newfoundland, Canada on Tuesday, 11th September 2001, when 38 international … Continue reading Come From Away
Four more spreads have been added to my 'Thrive' traveler's notebook ... New York City ... because you know it was never not going to be included. An outing with friends ... because we all need our friends in order to thrive. Our half-term visit to beautiful Guernsey ... And thoughts on a birthday ...