Listening to: Genesis, Selling England by the Pound (Firth of Fifth is one of my favourite Genesis tracks. The piano, the guitar... just brilliant)
Reading: next on TBR pile
I have been slightly bad this week. Well. I had an Amazon voucher to use. And birthday money. And as a lot of these are old, they were on sale. And there is this whole concept of refilling the well (which seems to be working, because I have words bouncing around in my head - will be interesting to see what happens with this particular one as it could go one of two ways. Or maybe I could be uber-clever and combine both). So this week I’ve been merrily ordering:
- Music, for inspiration – Gary Allen, Brad Paisley and The Calling;
- Films, also for inspiration - Emma, Sense and Sensibility (I’m not a Janeite, but every ten years or so I make an effort to see if I’ve grown up enough to appreciate Jane Austen. I did enjoy Northanger Abbey when I was... all right, I admit, younger than my daughter – was precocious reader, OK? – but I utterly loathed Mansfield Park, which was a set text in my first year at uni. I much, much prefer George Eliot. However. I’m about five years late with my latest ‘have I grown up, yet?’ experiment, so have decided to cheat and go for Emma Thompson’s film versions, which may prod me into reading); Grease (because I think my daughter will love it); and Consuming Passions (DH cracked up and accused me of ordering it simply because it features my book cover – well, of course! I am still overexcited about that, and it deserved a screamer);
- Books, because they are food for the soul - The Glassblower of Murano (am planning a Venice book, so this will be background research of sorts; but also I couldn’t resist the title); Nicola Cornick’s new one, Unmasked (because she is one of my absolute favourite historical authors as well as a good friend – this will be SUCH a treat, so I might use it as a carrot to finish the new Med. Once I’ve done my revisions); Sophia’s Secret (which was shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year; I really liked Susanna Kearsley’s Shadowy Horses, I enjoy timeslip novels, and she’s a very nice woman too, so am looking forward to that); and Katie Fforde’s Wedding Season (because Katie writes sparkly, witty dialogue that makes me laugh out loud for the right reason.She’s a v nice woman too – I have this theory that authors are like their books, and Katie is warm and funny).
There is a new Radley picture bag out this week. (Jo, I spotted it before you emailed me. LOL.) And it’s cute. And I happen to know that Sonkai have a new stock of Murano glass beads. However. I think I’ve been bad enough this week. Am going to see Dad this morning: hopefully he’ll have a better day today than yesterday, though he’s not well enough to go out for lunch.