The View from Here: on an afternoon in April

The view from here on this soft and mellow April afternoon has been filled with small and simple joys

We have sunshine.  I took a longer walk than usual, striding along the top road with the warm wind in my hair, skylarks singing in the heavens and solitary seagulls hanging at jaunty angles against the clear blue sky.  I checked the wires for newcomers.  The wires were empty.  Soon, I thought.

Soon. Continue reading “The View from Here: on an afternoon in April”

Six Degrees of Separation: from Memoirs of a Geisha to …

It’s been a busy couple of weeks and this month’s Six Degrees of Separation caught me by surprise.  Hosted every month by Kate at books are my favourite and best, we each begin with the same starter book and link a further 6 books to make a chain.  Each book only needs to link to the one immediately before it.  Being late to the party this month, I managed to resist reading any other chains until I’d got my own links in place.  Continue reading “Six Degrees of Separation: from Memoirs of a Geisha to …”

My Third Classics Club Spin

2nd March

On March 1st the latest Classics Club spin was announced.  This will be spin number 17 for the club and my third.  It’s a year since I last participated – in part because it took me almost all that time (with gaps) to read my last spin choice, which was J. B. Priestley’s The Good Companions.  That book finally finished (though not yet reviewed – no great surprise there), I’m ready for the next spin.  Details of how it works can be found here. Continue reading “My Third Classics Club Spin”

Six Degrees of Separation: from The Beauty Myth to …

Six Degrees of Separation is hosted by Kate at books are my favourite and best.  Every month Kate chooses a book as a starting point for a chain of six books, each one linked in some way to the book before.  This will be my third chain and I’ve found it the most difficult so far – but only because there seemed to be so many possibilities to choose between, especially to get off the starting block.  Perhaps, given the current focus on our weather here in the UK, it’s no surprise that wintry words find their way into my chain. Continue reading “Six Degrees of Separation: from The Beauty Myth to …”

Greenbanks by Dorothy Whipple



I have Jane at Beyond Eden Rock to thank for introducing me to Dorothy Whipple, through her Birthday Book of Underappreciated Lady Authors.  I’d never heard of Dorothy Whipple before and being a little cautious, I turned to the library for a book to read to mark her birthday – just in case I really couldn’t get on with her.  I needn’t have worried.   I read Greenbanks, which was Dorothy’s third published novel, and I loved it. Continue reading “Greenbanks by Dorothy Whipple”

An A – Z of those I own

Part 2: D – F

Time to move on in the alphabet; it’s now the turn of D, E and F.  All six from the first two lists of those I own and those I don’t have been read (with Christmas and various other books threaded in between).  And the close contender which just missed the cut for ‘B’ in those I don’t – The Birdwatcher by William Shaw – is being read this week. Continue reading “An A – Z of those I own”