Friday, 20 February 2015

10 Things: Week 7

Wow week 7 already? Where is 2015 flying off to? Nearer to spring and better weather I hope!

1. Read Still reading that Val McDermid on my Kindle. Although I have started another in-the-bath-book: Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry. Last year or possibly the year before (as time does fly) a friend in book group was off to India and picked A Fine Balance as her book group choice. I remember the stunned faces of some members of the book group when she showed everyone a copy because it's the size of a doorstop with titchy writing and looked like it might be the sort of book that took the average reader a few years to read. As it turned out it was the best book of that years book group choices. A book that stayed with me long after I'd finished it. A book where I felt I knew the characters and wanted to stay friends with them long after the final words had been finished. When I saw a copy of Family Matters by the same author at a book crossing get together, I had to give it ago and it's shaping up to be a good read too. One of the best things about book group is reading books by authors I'd never heard of or considered reading.

Reading


2. Made: I made the supertote and blogged about it here. It's my second full sized version.

3. Watched: The Bourne Legacy. It was Saturday night I was faffing about on the laptop with the film on in the back ground. I don't think I did the other Bourne films after the first one as they were too hard to follow for a multi-tasker like me. Anyway, I'd pretty much missed a whole chunk of the film before it caught my attention and from then on I was hooked. I think  Jeremy Renner's  character jumping out of a cupboard and saving the day (the first of many times that I saw.) might have just helped.

4. Worn: I got a rain hat in the Seasalt sale. Actually I got some trousers too. They've not been worn yet. My Mum said I look like an old lady in the rain hat and snickers every time I put it on. I love me a hat though. Any excuse. The trousers were a bargain. I've not bought from Seasalt before as I had browsed a couple of times online and anything I liked seemed expensive.  The sale prices make purchases more palatable. If I was better at selfies I'd don the hat and let you make up your own mind about my old lady status. Maybe I'll just do a post with me in every hat I own.

5. Eaten - Shrove Tuesday I made pancakes. Not my best effort. I was tired and hungry.


Cooking Pancakes

6. Visited/Seen: Last Saturday Mum and I made our first trip of the year to Waterperry Gardens, where the snowdrops are out in full force.

Waterperry Gardens - Snowdrop Weekend

Waterperry Gardens - Snowdrop Weekend

Waterperry Gardens - Snowdrop Weekend

Waterperry Gardens - Snowdrop Weekend


7. Recommended: I have to recommend getting outside and if you can find a nice park, garden or similar so much the better. I'm not a fan of winter. I am a fan of the bit of winter where you start to see signs of spring. They do me good. Make me feel better and really lift my spirits.

8. Stash: In 2.5 yards Out 2.5 yards

9. Birds: No more birds on my year list. To be fair I haven't been out anywhere bird watching and as Chief pointed out it's amazing my list has so many from pretty much just the garden.  Chief did buy me a bird identification book that he thought was really good as it has photographs of the birds in different stages/positions. I was reading up about Dunnocks. The book says they have 'red hot sex lives' taking multiple partners. Who knew those shy little birds that flit about under my bird feeders have red hot sex lives?! It just goes to show it's right when they say it's the shy ones you have to watch.

10. And finally: It's strange times. I don't even know how to articulate this at the moment. Suffice to say bereavements are hard. I'm trying to keep up beat and focus on the positives. Chief is on his way down as I type. Sometimes a girl could just use a hug.

9 comments:

  1. Sorry to read 10. sending you a virtual hug. I would love to see you in the hat, just to see if your mum is right! take care

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  2. I definitely want to see you in all your hats - one at a time, mind, not all at once! Sorry to hear you're having a sad time, take care xxx

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  3. sorry you have had a bereavement, a difficult time. Would love to see the hat! I tried to read the Robinson Mystri book but gave up. Currently reading Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey, very good so far

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  4. Sending hugs for your sadness. Life takes along time to get back to feeling anything like normal with a bereavement, my dad died a few weeks ago and it still doesn't feel real. xx
    I will look out your books by Rohinton Mistry, reading is my sanity help along more than sewing because it so easy to delve into at any time. My book group has been going for nearly 10 years now and it is my favourite night of the month. I am aware that makes me sound like a really sad person but we have become a group of really close friends too. x

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  5. Dude, are you okay? I hope Chief has magic hugging properties. Jeremy Renner is a hottie, no? And I'm giggling about the Dunnocks!

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  6. I was sad to read number 10 and I am thinking of you at this sad time, a virtual hug from me.
    xxxx

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  7. Your photos capture the "awakening spring" of Waterperry Gardens. Thank you for the book recommendation. I'm sorry for your bereavement. I also am sending virtual hugs.

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  8. I just picked up a copy of A Fine Balance today at my favourite second hand bookshop, it is happily sitting in my to read pile. x

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  9. One day (hopefully very soon) when my new bathroom is fitted, I will have an 'in the bath' book. Just as soon as the bloody bath is fitted!

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