06 June 2016

It was wild!

The weather was wild along our east coast this weekend, with torrential rain, strong winds and huge waves. It seemed as if it would go on forever but it never does. 

Today is windy, helping to dry the ground. To prove the low front has moved away, the clouds broke up and there were patches of blue sky. All things pass.

23 May 2016

My book of the month: May

Oh this is a most wonderful story. It only took five pages to hook me and, I confess, books rarely do that to me so quickly!

Set in England, there are two threads to the story. The first starts in 1796 with Jane Austen and shows us the development of her novels and her relationship with mentor, Richard Mansfield. The second thread is set in the present day and tells how Sophie Collingwood traces a literary mystery.

If you enjoy old books, Jane Austen, mysteries, and love, then First Impressions is for you. I loved it.

Read more about First Impressions on Goodreads.

11 May 2016

Three things

So many things to like, but here are three that I like this week.

1. Colour in the shops

Gorgeous teapots, spotted in T2 yesterday. Thanks for allowing me to snap this shot!

2. Shapes in the garden

The beautiful shapes of a tree fern, silhouetted against the sky.

3. Reading Harry Potter

I've never read this series before and am enjoying immersing myself in the first book. So many new stories to discover!

What things are you enjoying this week?

03 May 2016

My book of the month - April

I missed posting this in April but you won't mind that, will you?

This is the 17th novel in the Alexandra Cooper series and I enjoyed it more than the earlier ones. I loved the change of point of view for most of the book; the first 70 or so pages is from Alex's perspective but the rest is Mike Chapman's. This revealed the man behind the tough NYPD cop; something we haven't understood too easily in previous books.

Yes, there still was New York history - it was essential to the plot - but not too much. Normally the books in this series are packed full of historical facts that seem superfluous to the story. These are the pages I skim and immediately forget. The author's change of style is a welcome one for me.

You can read more about Devil's Bridge on Goodreads.

20 April 2016

Life up close

Give me a new toy and play will follow! I recently bought an inexpensive macro lens to attach to my tablet so I could gain a different perspective on common things around me. 

This is a section of my pine table top. More battered than I thought!

Detail of a woven placemat.

A piece of scrambled egg. Gross! Perhaps it's not always desirable to see objects in such detail?

05 April 2016

Creativity interpreted

Creativity is an elusive concept; explaining how it works is intensely personal. I'm always fascinated by individuals' understanding of the process. 

If you're in Australia, I recommend you watch Matilda and Me on iview (it's available there until 18 April). It's the story of Tim Minchin and how he came to write the music for Matilda: the Musical, a most wonderfully joyful musical, which I thoroughly loved.

I was taken by his description of his process and how all his creativity comes out of his head through his fingers and into the piano keys. Wonderful viewing.