Monday, 23 November 2009

Just in time

I finished my Mum's birthday present, Haven in Lavender Ice (Rowan Cocoon).

I've folded it in half in the photo above, as it's very long, I used three balls of Cocoon, which as ever is lovely to work with, super soft and squishy.

I'm off to Brighton for a week, to deliver this present, and breathe in some salt air...

Sunday, 22 November 2009

The West Wing Chicken

Am I the only one who sees something cooking on TV and has to have some?

CJ - What have you been doing?

Toby - Well cooking this chicken took some time.


CJ - I'd like to learn how to make a chicken like that.

Toby - Stick a lemon up it and throw on some rosemary

CJ - Yeah?

Toby - Yeah, a little salt.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

calling all Jane Austen fans

I have just acquired a copy of 'Jane Austen - A Literary Challenge' by Helen Barton.

It's been fun to flick through and test my knowledge of my favourite novels, but, I am not a true Jane Austen devotee - I know very little of her life and family, I never went to see 'Becoming Jane' at the cinema, and I haven't read any of her lesser known works, or any of the biographies. This seems to me a really good little book for an Austen fan, surely there is someone out there who would appreciate this fun, but also seriously challenging, book more than me? I propose a mini-swap with the first person who wants this book. As I live in Bath I'll trot down to the Jane Austen Centre and buy a few trifles to send off with it too if you like.
So if you're interested leave me a comment and we can correspond via email, UK residents only though, I regret to say.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

books books books - a little late

I sort of forgot to do my 'quarterly review' at the beginning of October, so I won't call it that anymore. So, books I've read Aug - Nov 2009;

currently reading ~

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky
Ramage's Diamond by Dudley Pope
LieutenantFury by G.S. Beard
BUtterfield 8 by John O'Hara

have read ~

1. Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh
2. Ethel & Ernest by Raymond Briggs
3. The Third Sister by Julia Barrett
4. North and South (again!) by Elizabeth Gaskell
5. Sharpe's Fury
6. Sharpe's Escape
7. Sharpe's Gold
8. Sharpe's Eagle
9. Sharpe's Havoc all by Bernard Cornwell
10. Life in Nelson's Navy by Dudley Pope
11. Scoop by Evelyn Waugh
12. misc Short Stories by Muriel Spark

books I've started but didn't like ~

13. The Penultimate Truth by Philip K. Dick
14. Star of the Sea by Joseph O'Connor
15. Walking Back to Happiness by Anne Bennett

more books I'd like to read next ~

Sharpe's ............. (all of them) by Bernard Cornwell
A Battle Won by Sean T Russell (the much hoped-for sequel to Under Enemy Colours)
Requiem for a Wren and Pied Piper by Nevil Shute
The Odin Mission by James Holland
Land Girls by Angela Huth

So I've read about the same number of books as in the previous three months, clearly I had much more time on my hands during the first three months, and I've now settled down to my true average rate of reading.

So in the last week I did that mythical thing, I found some truly good television programmes to watch! I highly recommend watching 'Beautiful and Damned' and 'Hooked on Hollywood' here if you didn't see them. There have some esp. interesting moments within them, including an inter-war makeover, Cecil Beaton photography, and some gorgeous film clips of Clara Bow in IT.

I discovered the website for the 'Do you doodle?' books does free doodles. Sometimes it's a good thing to get in touch with your inner nine year old. So I doodled!

Today I did something I've been wanting to do for several months, somehow I never got around to it, but I'm so glad I did because I enjoyed it so much, and it's so yummy! I made chocolate biscotti...