Holidays: We are booked to go to Devon in July. Currently the holiday company has cancelled all bookings up to the start of June and are offering refunds, or to rebook them for the same time next year with a 20% discount. If they cancel ours in July, no problem, and we’d definitely take up the offer for next year. However, if they don’t cancel, but we decide not to go, we’d have to cancel by 28th May, and if we then re-book for next year, the cost is an additional £600. Alternatively, if we take the holiday, do we want to have to wear a mask whilst we’re out (it looks as though that will happen) and be restricted as to where we go? It’s a lot of money to pay out if we can’t really enjoy ourselves. Maybe it would be better to wait. Furthermore, is it fair to the local residents who will still likely be subject to social distancing, to have an influx of visitors? On the other hand, tourism is a major (probably the major) source of income for the area and it many local businesses rely on a busy season. I guess it’s a case of wait and see and defer our decision.
Dreaming: One night last week I had a dream that my tooth crumbled and I was left with a gap. Wondering what crumbling teeth indicate in ‘dream speak’, I looked it up… “The crumbling teeth seen in your dream can indicate a loss of control in life or that you are unable to defend an attack by your enemies”. Sounds about right!
Biscuits: I almost never buy biscuits but we have no sweet treats in the house so yesterday I made some orange flavoured ones. It was only after I’d mixed the ingredients that I realised the recipe called for icing sugar rather than caster sugar, but not prepared to waste a whole bowl of mixture, I went ahead and baked them. They were fine. Next time I may try some nutty ones.
Books: I’ve read two and three quarters* in the past week. The first was a recommendation, The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder, Sarah J Harris. If you liked The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, then you’d probably like this too. Amazon describes the protagonist, Jasper, thus:
1. He sees the world completely differently.
2. He can’t recognise faces – not even his own.
3. He is the only witness to the murder of his neighbour, Bee Larkham.
I enjoyed it, but not as much as the next one I read, One Moment by Linda Green – which coincidentally has a few similarities – a boy with social difficulties who lives with his widowed father. It is however, a totally different story and the various relationships are portrayed beautifully. I’ve read others of Linda Green’s books and found them enjoyable too.
The *three-quarters mentioned is the book I’m currently reading and I’m liking this one too. The Other Half of Augusta Hope by Joanne Glen focuses on two young people, one UK based, and the other in the African country of Bunundi. Their stories are moving along together – hugely different and yet there is an undeniable similarity. For a debut novel, I think it’s outstanding. It’s one of those that I could read at a sitting but don’t want to finish.
And that’s it for today, folks!