Light in the morning (40.2021)

I started the week in Scotland, and spent a long, leisurely Monday travelling back by train from Fort William to London. I managed to have my solo time on the West Highland Line after all, staring out the window and watching the scenery slipping by, while I nibbled at my packed breakfast, dreaming of one… Continue reading Light in the morning (40.2021)

Books, music, tea (38.2021)

It's been a week with some grim news - the delays in diagnosing and treating cancer caused by Covid-19; the fuel shortages that the government is insisting don't exist; the collapse of several energy companies as gas prices increase just as winter is approaching. Sometimes the news implies that we are on the verge of… Continue reading Books, music, tea (38.2021)

…and we’re back (36.2021)

Books and Reading: I know a lot of people write about what they read, and reader-bloggers often talk about how they want to read more books from people from other cultures. For any book bloggers who are interested in reading outside their comfort zones in terms of translated novels, the Calvert Journal has published this… Continue reading …and we’re back (36.2021)

Putting the pieces back together (31.2021)

It's strange how pieces from different places connect sometimes. I'm not talking about jigsaws here (for once). I heard this week that one of the more interesting novels I've read in recent years, Drive your Plow over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk, has been made into a movie called Spoor. I found… Continue reading Putting the pieces back together (31.2021)

The big reopening (15.2021)

While countries across Europe are looking like into lockdown again, here in the UK we have reached a milestone in reopening - pubs and shops and hairdressers and gyms are now open for customers. Except pubs (and restaurants and cafes) are only open for custom in outside spaces. And yoga studios can't open because that… Continue reading The big reopening (15.2021)

Hints of spring; yet more winter (5.21)

This week I had my performance appraisal. It went well. My main concern was that when the discussion started, I looked out the window and saw a bee stuck in a spider’s web right in my eyeline, struggling to get itself free. And while I’m trying to say good things about what I did last… Continue reading Hints of spring; yet more winter (5.21)

Last week, this week, sorry I’m late (42.20)

I’m a little bit late catching up on last week. I was on holiday, and it took me a little longer to get my thoughts in order when I got home. This ad is old news now; I think they have been pulled when public reaction went so strongly against them. It’s so wrong in… Continue reading Last week, this week, sorry I’m late (42.20)

In the Peak District (36.20)

My name is Michelle and I'm a book addict. On our recent 10 day tour of the Peak District and surrounds, I came back with 12 new books. All second hand mind, but 12 of them. Do you know how much 12 books weigh? A lot. Especially when you add them to four books that… Continue reading In the Peak District (36.20)