Wednesday, May 11, 2011

One thing and Another

Don't know what is the matter with me, but I've been feeling jittery and impatient the last few days. Usually I don't have any trouble concentrating, usually I am quite calm -- but at the moment that is out the window! One thing I am desperate for is warmer weather -- in fact that has been my biggest problem living in England, especially in the North of England. The sun is shining at the moment and the sky is blue, but it's only 14 Centigrade (about 60F) and the wind is constant -- and has been for well over a week. And rain is predicted yet again during the day.

One great thing -- today my summer reading books so far ordered should be delivered! In This House of Brede is going with me on the plane Tuesday -- so I must not be tempted to open it until then. Another book, In Pursuit of Italy: A History of a Land and It's Regions by David Gilmour got fantastic reviews in the "Times" should be fun, interesting and informative.

Finally, I have been enthralled for the past few years by Henning Makell's Inspecter Wallander and more recently by Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole (my all time favorite name for a detective). It amazes me that I should be, for the most part a pacifist, but I adore murder most foul -- as long as it's fiction! Since I need to find a new detective series I've opted for two more Scandinavians: Karen Fossum's, Don't Look Back and Hakan Nesser's, Borkmann's Point. Is it odd that I should look forward to a 'relaxing' summer in the warmth reading about violent crime? Last year I read Alistair Campbell's first volume of Diaries -- that was an profoundly enjoyable summertime read and I'm going to be ordering the second volume as soon as it comes out in paperback in July! It's the best political commentary I've ever read!

As usual, the Man's plan to leave for France in early May has been scuppered! Gives me more time to order more books and less time to read them! Now we are not leaving until mid-July -- tenants are leaving yet again at the end of June. He turns 70 in early October and I'm having a devil of a time figuring out what to do with him! And will we still be in France? I know where I would like to take him, but found out yesterday that the Midland Hotel in Morcambe is fully booked for the entire week! Quel dommage and back to the drawing board...

Lunchtime! And in a short time we will be going to see the start of the musical tour of the "Balloon Project" in Liverpool, which was developed to a young man I've known since he was a babe, Ben Brown. We are going with his very proud father and very proud aunt. The Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts (LIPA) is a greatly sought after place and we are all so proud of Ben, not only for his talent, but for the lovely young man that he is.


  1. It's probably all the travelling you've been doing and are about to do, Broad. Though I love the places we go to, the getting there and back, plus all the preparation, is definitely unsettling and also much more tiring as we get older.

    Sorry your departure for France has been delayed until July, but I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time with all your books when you do get there. We leave in mid-June for Normandy where we have quite a collection of books which live there permanently, not all of which I've yet read. Crime fiction is up at the the top of the list of favourites for me too and I'm a retired vicar!

    Have a good trip next week and best wishes to your Mom.

  2. G'day Broad. I will try to get some of the books you have suggested. I too love reading crime fiction. Hope those jitters go away soon, maybe when you finally board the plane you will settle down. Hope all goes well with your trip and that you mum continues in good health. The warmer weather will make you feel better as well. It was our coldest day here yesterday for a long time. Only got to 8 degrees (Celsius) and today doesn't look as if it will be much better.Our lovely autumn days are nowhere to be seen at the moment.Have a good and safe trip. Take care. Liz...

  3. You've had quite a stressful few months with a lot of traveling, Broad. I hope, as England warms up a bit and France beckons, you'll start feeling more at peace. It sounds like you have a great summer reading plan!

  4. It sounds as though you'll be peacefully catching up with all your reading and then, just as you start getting bored, the trip to France and an impromptu birthday bash somewhere. Have fun, wherever you are.

  5. Interesting articles, i love much your country , Nice place. Best regard from Belgium


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