Thursday thoughts

My rockery snowdrops at their best right now- so delicate, so pretty.

snowdrops 2019

After a foggy start, it’s been a gloriously sunny day, and so unseasonably warm that the lorry drivers and warehouse staff  at work were sitting outside on the picnic benches at lunchtime. But since getting home, I cannot get warm. The radiators are hot and I’m wrapped up with a cosy scarf round my neck.

Wednesday often brings a tea-time visit from eldest son and eldest grandson. They tend to favour fish finger sandwiches, some kind of raspberry dessert, a short chat and an early departure. It’s nice to see them but I know they value the time for just the two of them so I usually try and busy myself whilst they chat. It’s always good to see them. Grandson (12) is  acting Headmaster at school tomorrow for the day. The real head recently held ‘interviews’ for those interested in the position and he was the successful candidate. I can’t imagine quite how this will pan out so shall await the feedback with interest.

Work has been busy lately but quietened down this week (it won’t last) so I was able to tie up lots of bits and pieces and have a good clear out of paperwork that dated back long before I joined the company.  It was very cathartic. Since I started there 18 months ago, staffing has increased by over 30% which increases every element of the work. Fortunately I have recently secured a few hours admin help to call on when necessary.  The company would happily allow me to work longer hours but I am adamant that I do not want to be contracted for more than my basic sixteen.  However, I do work a bit longer if I really need to.

I’ve just finished reading ‘The truths and triumphs of Grace Atherton’ which I didn’t not enjoy but I did feel it became rather tedious in places. The author has clearly researched cello making (or perhaps already knew about it through her own experience) but I felt that the book was used as a vehicle for showing that knowledge off just a bit too much. However, there were a couple of very touching relationships which were beautifully portrayed.  Has anyone else read it? What did you think?  The book is the latest in a trend for titles which include a woman’s first and surname – The vanishing act of Esme Lennox, and Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine. It’s interesting how these trends for titles emerge.

Whilst on the subject of reading matter, I’m delighted to discover that Graeme Simsion has written a third (and sadly final) book in the Rosie series. The Rosie project, (followed by The Rosie Effect, and due out in April – The Rosie result), is one of my top ten favourite novels.  I’d not normally choose a book described as ‘laugh out loud’ but this one came highly recommended and although I didn’t laugh at all because I didn’t think it was actually intended to be funny, I still loved the story. I think I may re-read the first two before buying the new one.

Book N


  1. It’s difficult to get warm when one is thoroughly chilled inside. A hot drink can help plus wrapping up warm (as you did) but somethings i have to get moving about to warm up.


  2. I know what you mean about too much description. I remember reading a Catherine Gaskin book many many years ago when she described the process of wine making (although I think it was set in Spain) and quite honestly I feel it was like a technical manuaL I seem to remember there was another book of hers like that and it did put me off reading any more of her books.


    • I suppose we are more inclined to accept something with a lot of detail if it’s something we know about or have a particular interest. In the book I mentioned it was cellos and I have no particular interest in them! I hope ‘sunny Devon’ is suitably sunny at present. We are enjoying some lovely spring-like days at the moment. I doubt it will last!


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