Saturday, January 12, 2019

Reading Challenges

It doesn't matter how many books are in my waiting-to-be-read pile, how many books on my shelves I want to re-read, there are still those times when I can't find anything to read Books get picked off the shelf, twenty or so pages read and then back on the shelf they go, as I couldn't 'get into' them. No doubt lots of you feel the same way at times.

This is where the book challenges can be so useful, and there are many to choose from. Penguin are having a 'Classics' reading challenge including the likes of 'The Picture of Dorian Gray', 'Persuasion', 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'The Communist Manifesto' - a variety of reading to choose from as you can see! Pinterest has lots to look at too, and Good Reads is another source. Never one for finding following the herd, doing as I'm told particularly easy, I have made up my own reading challenge, a sort of pick and mix from a few challenges, including the Penguin classics.

The first two are - a children's classic, and I chose 'Alice in Wonderland', buying a pretty hardback copy, a Puffin Classic (V&A Collection) and the other is to read a book with a red spine... 'The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes' fitted the bill, sitting as it was on my shelves. This is the story of three remarkable women... Masha, whose spirit was broken by tragedy and who spends her time in the local cemetery, but whose life is changed by meeting, quite by chance, two other women... Kitty Muriel, a convent-school educated woman who doesn't believe age is a barrier to new and exciting experiences, and Sally Red Shoes, a bag lady. The three women help each other, often unwittingly, changing their lives on the way.

Happy reading!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

And this is me....


First of all, this is not a blog for those who lead hectic lifestyles - unless you want to see what the grass is like on the other side. It is not really a blog for social butterflies, for those who like to have a full social diary, who need people around them.

It's more for those of you who like me perhaps, live a quiet rural life, who prefer hearth and home to partying; who are happiest in their own company, or that of a special someone; who like the simple things in life, cooking using fresh ingredients, recycling and upcycling (if there's a difference), pottering in the garden, crafting, sitting quietly with a book perhaps. Who enjoy an afternoon snooze, and don't feel guilty about it; like to daydream and stargaze; who aren't interested in so-called 'celebrities' or Royals-watching; and who still enjoy writing proper letters with pen and ink and pretty stationery.

It's not going to be a blog with daily writings I don't think, simply because my life is so quiet I doubt I could find anything to write about each day. Rather it's like an old friend who pops in now and then for a cuppa and chinwag.

I should point out that I am not particularly technically minded, a bit of a Luddite probably as I don't use social media sites, have a mobile but don't know how to use it - though I can just about manage to remember how to switch it on, which is a start at least! So there won't be any fancy stuff on here, just words. I love words and language, ours is so diverse and wonderful, Italian is so romantic, even if it's only reading a shopping list! I dislike the use of abbreviations, there's so much of it around, a sign of laziness as far as I'm concerned, and most of it I don't understand.

Briefly, I'm in my 69th year - never expected to get to this age - live in a little old house in a village 'twixt coast and countryside, so the best of both worlds within minutes reach.
My other half is retired, but works voluntarily once a week which gives him something technical to do and me a bit of time to myself, something i think we all need, no matter how much we love our husbands/partners. We have a large garden, and at the bottom we grow cut flowers, herbs, veggies and fruit, the other two thirds is given over to shrubs, trees, perennials and annuals, lavenders and heathers and so on.

I craft, read, write short stories, potter in the garden, cook, snooze, daydream, listen to R4 when in the mood, or music.  But a quiet, silent house doesn't bother me at all. I know some people like or need to have noise around them all the time, the silence bothers them in some way, but that has never been the case with me, even from my early teens when I was at home alone all day with a mum who went out to work and a dad who was away most of the time. Never felt lonely or alone or bored, and that without the 'aid' of modern technology, not even a television! 

I may, from time to time, share an opinion about something that's caught my eye in the news, often that opinion will not be agreed with by anyone else, but we do have freedom of speech in this country... though there are times when that isn't necessarily a good thing, as with the case of Anna Soubrey this week and her detractors.

So, if you'd like to pop in for that proverbial cuppa and chinwag, share an opinion or two, chat about books you're reading, new recipes you've tried, what's happening in the garden, you'll be more than welcome. I know I said I like my own company, but on here I'd like to be a bit gregarious!

Thanks for reading and please, if you are able, feel free to leave a comment.