I keep meaning to write posts, to answer comments and emails, to visit other blogs, but life keeps distracting me.
One day – soon I hope – I’ll catch up with myself again.
But, for now, here’s an A to Z of this and that, some of the nicer bits of life, just to get me back into the writing habit.
A is for ADVENT WITH AUSTEN – quite irresistible! I’d like to reread Northanger Abbey, maybe watch a film or two, pick up Marghanita Laski’s biography, which I know is in stock in the library …
B is for BORDER TERRIER, and indeed for BRIAR. There’s nothing like a dog for reminding you what’s really important in life and for reminding you how unnecessarily complicated we make the world sometimes.
C is for CHINA COURT by Rumer Godden. Virago have acquired the rights to many of her out of print works, hopefully including this Cornish-set story. But I have an older copy tucked away in my library pile.
D is for DAISY BUSH (or oleria if you prefer Latin). It’s difficult to find shrubs that will thrive on the seafront, but this one is growing away.
E is for ELIZABETH CHADWICK. I’m nearing the end of Lady of the English and, even though I know the history and exactly what will happen, I am hooked.
F is for FINALLY FINISHED my Sedgemoor, nearly two years after I started knitting. It was going beautifully. until I realised that I had missed a pattern repeat before the armhole shaping on the back and both front. Discouraged, I pushed it to one side and allowed myself to be distracted by other projects. Eventually I picked it up again, ripped back a good bit and then knitted until it was done. I’ll organise proper photographs one day, but it looks just like the one on the cover of the magazine.
G is for GERMAN LITERATURE MONTH. This week features crime fiction and I have two books, both looking very promising, lined up …
H is for HARCOURT. Lustre by Ed Harcourt is lodged in my head, and it won’t come out.
I is for IT’S ONLY THE SISTER by Angela Du Maurier. Daphne’s sister writes of her life with such love, such verve, that it is impossible not to be swept along.
J is for JUNIPER. I found a sealed bag of juniper berries in the back of a kitchen cupboard, and now I am trying to remember what recipe I bought them for …
L is for LOW TIDE. It’s low tide at walk time in the mornings at the moment so my dog is exceedingly happy.
M is for MEDIAEVAL BAEBES, who I love dearly.
N is for THE NIGHT CIRCUS. I’ve been in the library queue for ages but now I have my book.
O is for OLIVIA GLAZEBROOK. I noticed The Trouble With Alice, her first novel in the Short Books catalogue and I nabbed a copy on ReaditSwapit. Looks good!
Q is for Q BY EVAN MANDERY, which landed in my porch a few days ago. I love the concept – what would you do if your future self visited, and told you that you must not marry the love of your life?!
R is for RAIN. Inevitable in Cornwall in the autumn.
T is for TREVAYLOR WOODS, a wonderful place to walk at any time of year, but especially lovely in autumn.
U is for UNWANTED by Kristina Ohlsson, which I hope to be reading very soon.
V is for VIRAGO SECRET SANTA, which is always a delight. Sign-ups are underway at the LibraryThing Virago Modern Classics Group.
W is for WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM by Fyfe Dangerfield. One of those songs that always works for me.
X is for XPRESS CARDIGAN. Back in the summer I offered to make my mother an aran cardigan for her birthday. She didn’t show much interest and so I shelved the idea. But a few weeks ago, when she saw my Sedgemoor, she was smitten and asked if I could do something similar for her birthday, which by then was just six weeks away. She picked a pattern – Paperboy Cardigan by Debbie O’Neill – and she picked some yarn and I began to knit. As fast and as often as I could. I have three weeks left and just the sleeves, the band and sewing up to do, so I think I’ll get there.
Y is for YARN SALES. I’m having a destash on ebay, partly to raise a little money while I’m not working and partly because sometimes I am seduced by a beautiful skein only to find there’s nothing I want to knit with it.
Z is for ZZZZZZZZZZZZ
Back soon …