… I didn’t mean to disappear for more than a day or two, but life threw a few complications in my path and time slipped past. So time, I think, to get back into the way of things with an A to Z …
B is for Baxter. When life gets stressful I have been know to peruse clips of border terriers on YouTube. And I love this one of Baxter, encountering his own reflection. We had a very similar experience with Briar.
C is for Clarissa. Reading Samuel Richardson’s magnum opus according to the dates on the letters is an inspired idea. It’s still early days and there are more letters in later months, but so far so good.
D is for Dragonflies. A lovely hat pattern that I really want to knit before too long.
F is for The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West, which I have just pulled out of the Virago Bookcase to read.
G is for Girl in the Mirror by Sarah Gristwood, a lovely novel set in the latter years of the reign of Elizabeth I.
H is for Hitchhiker. I needed simple knitting, and this is simple but very, very effective.
I is for Interviews. I was second choice for the job i was interviewd for last Thursday, and the first choice accepted. Then I had another interview on Thursday, with positive feedback but no decision yet. And I have another one lined up on Monday. Please cross your fingers!
J is for Jon McGregor. I thought that the short story form would suit him, and now that I have begun to read ‘This Isn’t the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You’ I know that it does.
L is for Laura – Briar and I would like to wish her a very happy birthday.
M is for Muriel Spark Week. I plan to read some of her short stories, and maybe a novel too. You can find all of the details here.
N is for Never No More by Maura Laverty. A book I loved, and I’ve just remembered that I still have the sequel to read.
O is for Olivia Manning. I pulled ‘The Play Room’ from the Virago bookcase yesterday. It’s very readable, but not her strongest work.
Q is for The Quincunx by Charles Palliser. I was already thinking of reading it later in the year, so it was lovely to learn from Savidge Reads this week that it was a book that Essie Fox loved, and warmly recommended.
R is for Rain. Nearly all day.
S is for Summer in February by Jonathan Smith. A film is being made, just a few miles away, so I really must read the book.
T is for Tumblr, where I’m building a home for lovely images and passages that don’t fit into blog posts.
U is for Under The Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy, which is sitting on my bedside table, waiting to be re-read very soon.
V is for Victor Hugo. I’m still happily working my way through ‘Les Miserables’, in weekly installments.
W is for Wellington Boots. Briar loves them – she knows that when they appears she’ll be going somewhere good.
X is for XTC, who I still love. Let’s go for ‘Love on a Farm Boy’s Wages’ this time.
Y is for Yvette Edwards. A Cupboard Full of Coats is a book I was curious about, but it had slipped my mind until it appeared in the library yesterday.
Z is for ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. There’s a border terrier sleeping on the sofa …..