Friday, September 30, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday

My niece performed at 'The Royal Albert Hall' in London on Sunday night (which is what the picture is of), with 1000 other children who are involved in the 'Theatre Train' drama scheme (

I had planned to go and see it, but for unforeseen circumstances I couldn't go. I'm gutted.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sunday Snippet

I would like to say that I read loads this week. However, I haven't really managed to pick up a book at all over the last seven days.

I haven't even begun to think about writing two long over due reviews of 'Slipstream' by Elizabeth Jane Howard and 'The Lantern' by Deborah Lawrenson, let alone sit at my computer to make any progress with the novel I am writing. All of this, is because my social life seems to have become insanely full all of a sudden.

In the last week alone, I have met up for coffee with friends, started going to a Gospel singing group (which people who know me in the real world think is hilarious, because I can't sing....I'm still going to go, because I feel like doing it) and I have been to the cinema to see 'Horrible Bosses' (which isn't a bad film, I recommend it if you need a giggle). Next week is looking equally full, with 2 trips to the cinema on the cards and other social events, I hope to find some time to dedicate to the blog.

Incidently starting 1st October will be a new, exciting weekly series called 'Chapters In My Life' appearing on my blog. There are some great guest posters lined up to take part in this, so mark that in your diary!

Anyway, seeing as I haven't even read page 1 of my new read 'The Long Song' by Andrea Levy, here's the first line of the novel:

Page 1- 'It was finished almost as soon as it began.'

'The Long Song' by Andrea Levy

Have you had a busy week? What are you reading at the moment?

Friday, September 23, 2011

Word of The Week

Aglet- a metal tag or sheath at the end of a lace used for tying, as of a shoelace.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sunday Snippet

Page 238- 'They walked from the station to the prettiest square, shaded with plane trees, which cast dappled light over the shops and houses. It was a place such as one always hopes to find.'

'The Lantern' by Deborah Lawrenson.

Happy Sunday!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Word of The Week

Astraphobia-an abnormal fear of thunder and lightning.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

(Nearly) Wordless Wednesday

I can't wait for the second series of this brilliant drama to start on Sunday.....

Sunday, September 11, 2011

September 11- Ten Years On

Everyone can remember where they were, when the atrocities on September 11 2001, took place. I was still on my summer holidays, waiting to begin my first year of University. That afternoon, I had been watching an action film with my dad and when the film had ended, we were channel flicking.

Suddenly a news flash appeared saying that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Centre. Thinking that this could have been a light aircraft involved in a freak accident, we tuned into a news channel. Myself and in fact no one, could have imagined the reality of the events unfolding before our eyes.

Ten years on, the world is a different place. Some of the pain has eased, but the memory of those events and the innocent people whose lives were destroyed on that day, will remain in mine, and everyone's minds forever.

Anyone who saw the BBC's coverage of the service of rememberance for the victims and the families that lost a loved one a loved in the attacks, could not help but feel moved. This poem read out by one of the victim's family, was particularly moving:

For Katrina's Sun Dial (Time)

Time is too slow for those who wait,
Too swift for those who fear,
Too long for those who grieve,
Too short for those who rejoice,
But for those who love, time is

Henry Van Dyke

No matter how much time passes, I will never forget that day in September. No one else will either.

Sunday Snippet

This week has a fairly good reading week, but I could have done better. My slowness in reading doesn't mean that I am not enjoying my latest read, 'The Lantern' by Deborah Lawrenson however. So far, I'm finding this a beautifully written, intriguing read.

Usually on 'Sunday Snippet', I post a quote from the page that I am currently on. This time however, I wanted to share with you this 'snippet', which caught my attention. It perfectly describes how myself and I suppose many other people, develop a passion for reading:

P45: 'I have always been a reader. As a child, I loved books, though there weren't many at home. But as soon as I went to school and was given one to look at the lovely pictures, and turned the pages to find more of the same, I was happy. Such colours and strange and vivid images! I marvelled at how they were all closed up, asleep with their secrets unseen until you reached up and took the book down from the shelf'.

'The Lantern' by Deborah Lawrenson

Whatever you're doing, enjoy the rest of the weekend. I'm off for Sunday lunch and generally having a relaxing afternoon. The sun here is as hot, if not more so, than it was in August, so it's impossible to do anything very strenuous.

What have you done/doing this weekend?

Happy Sunday

Friday, September 9, 2011

Word of The Week

Aptronym- a name that fits some aspect of a character, as in Mr. Talkative and Mr. Worldly Wiseman in John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress or Mrs. Malaprop in Richard Brinsley Sheridan's play The Rivals. The term aptronym was allegedly coined by the American newspaper columnist Franklin P. Adams, by an anagrammatic reordering of the first letters of patronym (to suggest apt) to denote surnames that suit the occupation of the name's bearer (such as Baker for a baker). Both aptronym and the synonymous euonym are rarely encountered.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday

My mum is notoriously bad at keeping any kind of plant alive. It has become so bad, that the only form or foliage she is able to keep is a 'Magic Tree' and that could hardly be counted as a plant.

Things changed however, when I bought my mum a Poinsetia plant. For those who don't know what they are, Poinsetia plants have red leaves and generally associated with Christmas. When I bought the plant for mum, I thought we'd be lucky to have it in the house for a week but, by some miracle, it has lasted a whole 9 months so far!

Recently though, we have been on tenterhooks over the health of the Poinsetia plant. It's still growing nicely, but over the last week it has developed some strange mottling on the leaves. Like this:

Whilst I think that this patterning on the leaves is normal (but then I know very little about gardening and plants), we all would like the Poinsetia to stay alive long enough, to see next Christmas. So, for those who have some knowledge in plants, will this plant fine? If not, s there anything we can do to save the plant? Any help will be greatly appreciated!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Sunday Snippet

I finally finished 'Slipstream' by Elizabeth Jane Howard last night. It's not the sort of book I would normally read, but it was definitely interesting. A review will appear on the blog next week.

Now, I am about to begin reading 'The Lantern' by Deborah Lawrenson, a book I have wanted to read for quite some time. I have been a follower of Deborah's blog for quite a while now and judging by her wonderfully written posts, I know that 'The Lantern' is going to be a good read.

Here's the first sentence of the novel:

'The rocks glow red above the sea, embers of the day's heat below our balcony at the Hôtel Marie.'

'The Lantern' by Deborah Lawrenson

Whatever you're doing, enjoy the rest of the weekend. I'm always interested in what people are reading, so if you feel like sharing a snippet from your latest read, either post it in a comment here or add a link to your 'Sunday Snippet' post.

Happy Sunday!

Friday, September 2, 2011