Monday, 27 June 2011

In which we try to get back on track with reading...

On Wednesday night, my wonderful K arrived home with a bright pink beanbag for me - we'd talked a while ago about the need for extra seating (particularly while the front room is being redecorated) and I'd identified a pink beanbag but we never got around to going to get it, and I had quite forgotten about it. As K is rarely spontaneous, it made me incredibly happy! Although Bernard has temporarily appropriated it as an excellent spot to sit on during the day while we are out at work (although he really requires a new tank top as I think his Christmassy one clashes somewhat).

Anyway, now that I have a decent reading spot, I am determined to try to get back on track with reading. As I wrote in my last post, being reunited with my unpacked book collection, has spurred me towards lots of rereading, the familiar book being profoundly comforting whilst feeling so displaced. But I want to move onwards. I have some exciting books tucked away for my wedding trip, but I don't want to wait another 5 weeks (yes, it is now that close!) to get my reading mojo back.

So, I mainly want to ask for help. I wasn't so good at keeping up with blogs in the early part of June, and I'd love some recommendations of good reading. If you're reading this, please do let me know the best book that you've read in the last couple of months - whether it's new or old or a reread of an old favourite - and perhaps I can seek inspiration that way!

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Watching things grow

Sorry for the hiatus - I was poorly after moving house and am still playing catch up. I don't want to moan, but moving has been far more exhausting than I can ever have anticipated, partly because the house needs so much doing to it, and partly because I've never actually moved house before, except gradually out of my parent's former home into the flat where I lived after university. The feeling of displacement is unfamiliar and unpleasant.

But there are blessings. I am reunited with my book collection and have mainly been rereading things. We have not had time to spend in the garden, but I did plant two tomato plants in a gro bag, given to me by a colleague which are thriving. I also need to plant out this sunflower which is now bigger than Bernard - another present from a colleague.

I don't feel much like blogging about books at the moment, but I am starting to feel like blogging about baking, because cake does help to make things better and I have finally tested out my new oven - so here's a picture of a battenberg cake - my first attempt at the same - which I made. Surprisingly easy I have to say and I was rather proud of the result.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Please continue to bear with us...

...we have moved house, but are exhausted. I found Bernard curled up like this last night.