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Tuesday June 30, 2020

Books in June

  • The Broken Shore by Peter Temple [read by Peter Hosking]
    BOM-TheBrokenShore.jpg This was another great discovery from Michael Robotham's Desert Island book list at the Crime Vault website. A book that is really suited to the spoken word, though it needs to be - and was - excellently read in wonderful conversational style by Peter Hosking.
    This novel is from 2005, and won the CWA Gold Dagger in 2007. Robotham says of Temple:"he was truly one of Australia's great writers, who never sacrificed the nuances of character, setting, or back story for the sake of plot or pace, giving equal care and attention to even minor players..... a terrific story full of simmering corruption and prejudice, glorious observations, and some of the best writing in the genre"
    I felt I wanted to hear more about these characters, but sadly Peter Temple died in 2018 without revisiting them, but I shall certainly be looking out for more of his books, as well as more narrations from Peter Hosking.

  • Sleeping Dogs by Chris Simms [read by Dean Williamson] BOM-SleepingDogs.jpg
    The usual (how blase I am becoming about excellent writers!) exciting police story from Chris Simms. I'm not so fond of Spicer as a character - pugilistic rugger bugger - can't empathise much - but that makes no difference to the fast paced excitement of the stories in which he features.
    Fighting dogs are central to this story, along with illegal activities that go with it. I was very interested in the descriptions of the mystery killer dog, based on the thought-to-be-extinct Alano, and was driven to read about it further - comforting myself that it might be mostly a creation of Chris Simm's imagination...

  • Agatha RaisinMysteries:
    Pushing Up Daisies
    , the Witches' Tree, the Dead Ringer, and, Beating about the Bush
    by M C Beaton [Read by Penelope Keith]

    I thought it was a long time since I had read any of these books and sure enough there were 4 waiting in the wings. As another one (Hot to Trot) came out in October, I was surprised and very sad to read that Marion Chesney had died in December 2019. I knew she was an older lady - in fact, as I had suspected, in her 50s when she started the Agatha Raisin series, since Agatha had retired from her high powered (1980s) job on her 50th birthday. But unlike Chesney, Agatha stayed forever in her 50s, pursuing the unattainable dream of true love to the last, with the author retaining a fresh style and keeping well up with modern life.
    On the latter theme, although the idyll of retiring to the Cotswolds was always a little tongue in cheek, I noticed in these last few books a much greater implicit criticism of the outsiders moving there expecting to step into some fantasy world of the past. I have to admit I enjoyed this aspect of the fictional village with its Ladies' Society, all addressing each other with formal titles rather than Christian names, and its fêtes and afternoon teas, and was disappointed to find it suddenly labelled anachronistic with the Ladies' Society disbanded. However, having lived in the Cotswolds herself for many years, and clearly no longer a naive incomer, I think she found such people wearing and did not want her now mainstream books to encourage them any further in their folly.
    So now it only remains for me to read Hot to Trot with suitable reverance and delight.

    BOM-PushingUpDaisies.jpg BOM-TheWitchesTree.jpg BOM-TheDeadRinger.jpg BOM-BeatingAboutTheBush.jpg

Posted on June 30, 2020 at 11:40 AM. Category: Books of the Month. | Comments (0)

Thursday June 18, 2020

The day today...


Slight snag.
no "h" available at Hobbycraft.

Posted on June 18, 2020 at 10:41 AM. Category: Crafts. | Comments (0)

Wednesday June 17, 2020

The day today...


Posted on June 17, 2020 at 10:40 AM. Category: Crafts. | Comments (0)

Tuesday June 16, 2020

The day today...


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Monday June 15, 2020

The day today...


Posted on June 15, 2020 at 10:39 AM. Category: Crafts. | Comments (0)

Sunday June 14, 2020

The day today...


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Saturday June 13, 2020

The day today...


Posted on June 13, 2020 at 10:37 AM. Category: Crafts. | Comments (0)

Friday June 12, 2020

So what day IS it?

I'm making my own "days of the week" pin-up board.
[Because I can...]


Posted on June 12, 2020 at 10:54 AM. Category: Crafts. | Comments (0)

Monday June 8, 2020

The Stone Age


We dug up all the elderly heathers (vandals I know - but over many years they had completely taken over the bed and got beyond merely leggy), and we found the original rocks.
Small beginnnings.

Posted on June 8, 2020 at 10:04 AM. Category: The Garden. | Comments (0)

Thursday June 4, 2020

Beekeeping for beginners


A delightful and unexpected gift from Tony and Cathy - we have a Sherlock Holmes interest in common so he thought this was the best thing for retirement. (And he was right).

Posted on June 4, 2020 at 12:32 PM. Category: The Garden. | Comments (0)

Day Three

What day is it again?

Posted on June 4, 2020 at 8:10 AM. Category: Oddments and stray thoughts. | Comments (0)

Wednesday June 3, 2020

Day Two

Sandwich Sudoku from Saturday's Guardian completed.


Posted on June 3, 2020 at 8:42 AM. Category: Oddments and stray thoughts. | Comments (0)

Tuesday June 2, 2020

Retirement: Day One

Dressed for Socially Distanced lunch with sister.
Champagne and ice cream.

Car gone; laptop gone; authorisations removed; phone line discontinued.

Posted on June 2, 2020 at 2:37 PM. Category: The Garden. | Comments (0)