wellinghall: (Sea otter)
Recent books have included:
- a re-read of Bill Bryson's "Notes from a Small Island"
- Susan Cooper's "The Dark is Rising" (nearly finished)
- dipping into Des McHale's "Wit"
- likewise with AC Fox-Davies' "The Art of Heraldry"
- just started Christopher Priest's "The Affirmation"
- and I have been re-reading some of Saki's short stories.

Films have included:
- "The China Syndrome" on television
- "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" on DVD (along with various Fred and Ginger films).
wellinghall: (Terracotta)
"Then," said Moung Thwa, turning to his neighbour, "If the people of Britain are a Democracy - "

"I never said they were a Democracy," interrupted Moung Ka placidly.

"Surely we both heard you!" exclaimed Moung Thwa.

"Not correctly," said Moung Ka. "I said they are what is called a Democracy."


The closing lines of "The Comments of Moung Ka", by Saki (H H Munro).
wellinghall: (Buzzard)
I have taken the opportunity afforded by my convalescence to finish reading Raptor, by James Macdonald Lockhart. My mother in law GlassLady gave it to me as a birthday present earlier this year. The book covers the fifteen British bird of prey species, interweaving them with the life of the great naturalist William MacGillvray. It took me a little while to get into the book, but I am pleased that I persisted with it. Thank you, GlassLady.

I am, of course, reading several books in parallel; but I have now taken our new Folio Society copy of The Norse Myths, ed and trans Kevin Crossley-Holland, off the shelf. I have only read his introduction so far.

Others on the go include Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising (nope, never read it before) and The Knight in Medieval England, 1000 - 1400 by Peter Cross; and, just finished, The Natural History of Orkney by RJ Berry (part of my anniversary present to [livejournal.com profile] adaese earlier in the year.
wellinghall: (Goldie)
Three good things for Monday:
- Tony Hawks on The Unbelievable Truth
- University Challenge and Only Connect coming up
- leftover pie* for pudding :-)

*I like pie.

ETA: Fame at last! I have been credited in an SF Encyclopedia post on FaceBook!
wellinghall: (Goldie)
Let's re-start the "three good things" posts:
- Bristol Water have agreed to refund the plumber's bill
- we keep finding a few more books to dispose of
- Genesis and Roger Taylor on TOTP 1982.
wellinghall: (Goldie)
Three good things for Sunday:
- we have shifted the second compost bin, and are now ready for the tree surgeon
- we had ham, and blackberry and apple crumble, for dinner
- I have enjoyed reading the facsimile 1st edition Hobbit.
wellinghall: (Goldie)
Three good things for Thursday:
- I had a better night's sleep last night
- TOTP 1982 is on TV later
- Poul Anderson's A Midsummer Tempest has arrived in the post.
wellinghall: (Goldie)
Three good things for Tuesday:
- I'm not as tired as I was yesterday evening
- The John Rae society have bought the Hall of Clestrain
- I have a new David Langford ebook to read.
wellinghall: (Goldie)
Three good things for Saturday:
- I am reading "Churchill's Navy" (but why oh why print some pages in black on green?)
- I am drinking Kir
- there will be sweet potato pie for dinner.
wellinghall: (Goldie)
Three good things for Monday:
- Just a Minute, University Challenge and Only Connect for our audiovisual entertainment
- Unnatural Death for my literary entertainment
- and leftovers, in the form of chicken curry and blackberry and elderberry crumble, to entertain my tastebuds.
wellinghall: (Goldie)
Three good things for Saturday:
- we had lunch at the Salutation in Ham today
- I have read Jo Walton's "My Real Children"
- we had chicken curry, followed by blackberry and grape Eton Mess, for dinner.

And a fourth - I got a good night's sleep, and didn't wake up until 7.30!
wellinghall: (Goldie)
Three good things for Wednesday:
- we had raspberries for pudding
- I have sorted out a few more books for the stall at work
- I have got the Kindle app on the desktop working.
wellinghall: (Goldie)
Three good things for Tuesday:
- I have read "My family and other animals", which [livejournal.com profile] adaese bought for me in Oxford
- people keep liking my photographs :-)
- I have sold two books.
wellinghall: (Goldie)
Three good things for Monday, staycation edition:
- I have started to re-read Have His Carcase
- I listened to Just a Minute on Radio 4
- and I watched University Challenge and Only Connect on BBC2, and did tolerably well.
wellinghall: (Goldie)
Three good things for Tuesday:
- I am, bit by bit, getting the decking clean
- there are some very shiny books on BBC4
- I am enjoying listening to XTC's music.
wellinghall: (Goldie)
Three good things for Sunday:
- I am enjoying the final book in the Temeraire saga, "League of Dragons"
- we had roast pheasant for dinner
- followed by Cranachan :-)
wellinghall: (Tolkien)


ETA: If you click on the picture, and then zoom in, you should be able to read most of the titles.
wellinghall: (Goldie)
Three good things for Thursday:
- we are still getting blueberries from our bushes (just!)
- my book on the charge of the light brigade has only reached the 1840s, but there is lots of juicy gossip about Lord Lucan and Lord Cardigan
- and dinner is almost ready :-)
wellinghall: (Goldie)
Three good things for Wednesday:
- I have new (2/hand) books on the north west passage and on the charge of the light brigade
- I started the Madeira cake that adaese made yesterday
- the sprinkler has a pleasantly hypnotic effect.

I have been doing these "three good things" posts for more than a month now (with, admittedly, a couple of days off). Should I continue?
wellinghall: (Goldie)
Three (belated) good things for Monday:
- enjoying the nice weather
- listening to Just a Minute on Radio 4
- re-reading The Inimitable Jeeves.

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