Monday, March 02, 2020

This week....

I'm reading....

I mentioned last week that I had just started The Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo. It was really, really good! I read most of it on Saturday afternoon and it was super easy to get lost in the pages. I'll be posting a review later this week (don't be shocked!!)

The book that I started after that was Saint-Germain-des-Pres: Paris's Rebel Quarter by John Baxter.  An embarrassingly long time ago I started reading The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris but I never finished it. I had read other books by the author so knew I enjoyed his voice, but never have managed to pick it up again. Maybe this will be my time!

I'm watching...

Nothing new really. We are still working our way through the series I have talked about in previous posts.

In life...

On Tuesday night we went to hear Neil Gaiman speak which was a bit of fun! The interviewer was a true fan and that definitely came across in the questions. Topics discussed ranged from death to his punk period, to his TV writing for Good Omens and Doctor Who, amongst other things!

During the course of the night, he did a couple of readings, including reading his upcoming children's story. I think he is pretty much the only author I know of who could get away with reading their upcoming childrens book at a reading which was organised by a writers festival!

The space where the talk was held is amazing. I have never been into this theatre before because it is generally not open to the public. It was designed by US born architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin who are more famous for designing Canberra, our nations capital. It is a beautiful art deco style theatre and I am so glad that I have had a chance to visit there now!

Yesterday we did the culture thing and went to see a couple of the exhibitions that are on at the National Gallery of Victory. The first one was called Kaws: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness which I really enjoyed.

The second was a joint exhibition of works by Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. I quite liked the art by Keith Haring, but really don't get the other one. I came out realising that whilst I took quite a few photos, none of them were by Basquiat.

I guess I just don't necessarily get modern art. I do keep on going to these exhibitions to try and learn about art and culture, but I don't always get it. At least I liked some of it. My husband wasn't a fan of any of it!

Last week I mentioned that we were on a short getaway. Have to say it was fabulous! The area is known for it's mineral springs so we spent a couple of hours at the mineral baths, bathing in the mineral water pools, the salt pool, the sauna (but not for very long), various spas and then followed that up with scones, jam and cream. By the time we got back to our hotel room we were buggered, but eventually we got enough energy to go for a walk around the local lake. I didn't take many photos but here they are

It was a fabulous couple of days!

It's a lovely area and we have talked  about coming back but there are also so many other areas within a short distance of Melbourne that we would like to visit too.

Obviously, we have our big trip planned but we also recently booked a weekend stay at Uluru (Ayers Rock) later in the year which I am super excited about as neither of us have been there before. Something to look forward to

I am thinking that maybe I need to split my This Week posts into two because I am finding that I have a lot to say which makes the posts a bit long.

Posts from the last week

Weekend Cooking: February Bakes
Bookish quotes: The Lending Room in the Little Bookshop on the Seine

I've linked this post to It's Monday, what are you reading? as hosted by Book Date


  1. Sounds like a great week...I love the photos!

    Enjoy your books and your week. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  2. Sounds like you’ve had a spectacular week Marg.

    Wishing you a great reading week

    1. It was definitely a good week Shelleyrae!

  3. Sounds like an amazing week. Come see my week here. Happy readng!

  4. I would love to see Uluru and hopefully I'll make it there some day. Sounds fabulous. And the Gaiman event sounds neat too. :)

    1. I am very much looking forward to the trip to Uluru Greg



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