Today is a beautiful sunny day, the sort which inspires drying your laundry outside in the garden. Yesterday was lovely too. Aren’t we lucky to have enjoyed two consecutive sunny days in March, and on a weekend? It would be a crime to spend today reading, but that’s precisely what I intend to do although I might do a little of it in a chair in my garden. It’s a day for cleaning the windows really, but this month’s book club read is the rather gripping whodunit by Susan Hill called The Various Haunts of Men and it makes me […]
Actually my 500th blog post was yesterday, but who’s counting! Everything is perfect just exactly as it is. At this blogging milestone I wonder about why I write and I think it distils down to this: I love words. It really is that simple and it really is a love. OK, as an accountant turned coach I always loved (and still love) numbers but my first love, way before the delicious logic of maths, was words. As a child and later a teenager up in my bedroom in the school holidays, decades before electronic geekery was the first route to […]
A coach called Rachel Turner once asked us in a workshop way back “if this was your last day on earth, what three things would you spend your time doing?”. I regularly play this game with friends during long al fresco Sunday lunches. Mostly my friends include reading as one of their three things. The other two are usually about a good meal and then something about family/friends/loved ones. Sometimes people combine those last two into a good meal with with family/friends/loved ones, usually so they can squeeze in a final shag. Sorry, I know that’s a bit indelicate, but […]
Getting up every morning to sunshine, the sheer reliability of it. My swimfloat in our private pool, reading and sunning while keeping cool. Fantastic lobster, croissants, crayfish, barbecued and grilled meat from Argentina and Venezuela the like of which we never see in UK supermarkets. Cheap petrol. An automatic car again – hooray. Lots of sleep, opportunities to snooze and do nothing. My new laptop. Films and books and lots of time to enjoy them and lots more time besides to just look at the views of waving palm trees and water. Friendship and laughter, home-baked brownies and cookies. French food and […]
I am not sure about the word pastimes because its rather Victorian and also it implies one needs something to pass the time with. Generally I don’t. My bleat is usually that I dont have enough time. But a month off does have its rewards, namely plenty of time for pursuing a couple of my favourite hobbies, watching films and reading. Its not the first holiday we’ve been on where the landlords have left a random selection of DVDs in their property for our delectation and delight. As soon as we arrived, I mooched through over 25 or 30 and selected five I […]
But right now, I find myself in the middle of a tempestuous re-ignition of a lifelong love affair with Books. Without wishing to 'fess up to also being a Scanner and let you know precisely how many books I am currently reading simultaneously (eight!), I will tell you about my catholic reading tastes. In fact, I could be described right now as being on a reading jag such is the obsession.