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  1. What's the weather like?

    Weekend was pretty much a washout as it rained most of the time, especially yesterday. Did manage to do a bit of gardening in the dry bits though, planted some cornflower seeds and some sunflower seeds, and potted up a couple of things.
  2. It has been done before, I think Frances Barber played the Bolter but that's all I can remember. I watched the first episode of the new version, hated it. too much narration, most of them were irritating, apparently it does get better but I never was a Mitford fan so will pass on this one.
  3. Living in a box - Living in a box
  4. Your Hobbies, Collections, and Obsessions

    Still too cold to plant anything out. I now have 2 tiny cosmos seedlings, sweet peas still doing well, possibly a few zinnia seedlings though some seem to have disappeared, still no scabious, something is growing in the hollyhock pot but not sure what it is yet! I did buy some dahlias over the weekend which look nice, and hope to plant a large tub with all wildflower seeds, to encourage bees. But it still gets quite chilly at night, and is very damp.
  5. Never Ending Book Titles

    Girl with a Pearl Ear-ring - Tracy Chevalier
  6. Shout to the Top - Style Council
  7. Novels That Shaped Our World

    I think it was the Victorians in general who shaped Christmas as we know it today, it was Prince Albert who introduced the idea of the Christmas tree.
  8. The Swans

    I love this series - as you say they're very well written and gripping, although book 8 is a bit of a blip, but then they pick up again. Just got one more to read..... picking one of these up is like meeting up again with old friends!
  9. The Strings of Murder

    I've got these as well, they sound great!
  10. A Book blog 2021 by Books do Furnish a Room

    I did enjoy this book but ultimately felt slightly let down, as Books... says above, I felt the London storyline didn't really go anywhere - I felt it almost seemed to belong to another book and would have made a good story of it's own - and in that way it did sort of fizzle out a bit at the end. I did like the characters though, and the setting is great - the Blackwater estuary is an area well worth visiting.
  11. What Are You Watching Now? - 2021

    Been catching up with a couple of things I missed first time round - just got the last episode of The Night Manager to watch, which I'm really enjoying, and I've started watching the first series of The Killing, another series I haven't seen - Scandinavian drama, it'll never catch on! I have seen the 2nd and 3rd series so it's good to finally go back to the beginning.
  12. Will give it a go, though it looks a bit frenetic. Haven't read the book either.
  13. Your Book Activity - May 2021

    Yep I couldn't believe it won awards.
  14. Thought it was about time I started a log on here. Just finished the 7th book in the Poldark series ("The Angry Tide") which was hugely enjoyable but a little political occasionally as Ross is now a Member of Parliament. But his rivalry with George Warleggan is as strong as ever, and his marriage to Demelza is on shaky ground, and their attempts to get back on track aren't helped by Ross's recklessness. And there's a shock at the end too. 8/10 Also just finished Falling Love by Donna Leon, another entry in the Venice-set series featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti, who is called in to help when his friend, opera singer Flavia Petrelli, seems to have a stalker. Probably not the best book I've read in this series, but still enjoyable, with it's cynical sense of humour intact. 7.5/10
  15. Madeleine's Book Log - ongoing

    "Dreaming of Italy" by T A Williams - this is a feelgood story which reads like a love letter to Italy and it's food. Emma is an Englishwoman who's been working in Hollywood for several years, her studio needs a hit and is pinning it's hopes on "Dreaming of Italy", and she is given the horrible job of finding suitable locations in Italy, as the film is set during WW1 a historical adviser, Mark joins her team to make sure that the locations are suitable for the film's period. She's immediately attracted to Mark but as she's waited so long to get to this point in her career she's not sure whether to follow her head or her heart. No surprises for guessing how it all turns out. This was a nice easy read with lovely descriptions of Italy and it's food. 6/10
  16. What's the weather like?

    No it's more like April showers isn't it? Yesterday started out sunny but with a cold wind, then it rained most of the afternoon, with a few sunny bits in between, and got really cold in the evening. Sunny and cold again so far today.
  17. Never Ending Book Titles

    The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest - Stieg Larsson
  18. Your Book Activity - May 2021

    I found The English Patient pretty unreadable as well, if I hadn't seen the film I wouldn't have had the faintest idea what was going on.
  19. Never Ending Book Titles

    The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
  20. What's the weather like?

    Same here, most of the Bank Hol weekend actually wasn't bad, tried to rain on Sat and Sunday but then gave up, and was sunny later in the day. Yesterday was the same but it started to get very windy around 5/6 in the evening and by the time I went to bed it was very windy and raining heavily. Dry now but still very blowy!
  21. New Members - Questions, Problems?

    I do that too.
  22. Reading Very Long Books

    Personally I agreed with JK about her point about eradicating women's rights, after all, when did you last read about issues with male only toilets/changing rooms etc, it always seems to be the female designated areas which get the headlines. However she could have used slightly better phrasing. We have unisex toilets where I work, but there are still also male and female toilets as well, so I guess that keeps everyone happy. But the issue always seems to be about male to female situations, rather than female to male ie a person born female but now identifying as male, wishing to use male toilets/changing rooms.
  23. Blue Monday - New Order
  24. What's the weather like?

    It was lovely and sunny at the weekend, but still that cold wind. Predictably, rain is forecast for later in the week, as the Bank Holiday draws near. Did manage to go out for tea yesterday though, sat outside at the café in one of the local parks.