Monday, February 21, 2022

This Week...

I'm reading...

Last week I mentioned that I was starting Summer in Bellbird By by Maggie Christensen which I read in a day and thoroughly enjoyed. My blog post should be up this week. This is the start of a spin off from the Granite Springs series. Reading this book reminded me that I had not finished reading the Granite Springs series and so this week I read A Granite Springs Christmas and I read half of the next book, The Life She Creates on the plane this morning. I foresee the last two books in the series in my very near reading future.

I still need to finish Cloud Cuckoo Land too!

I also finished listening to Comfort Me With Apples by Catherynne M Valente. What a strange and yet mesmerising story. This is a retelling with a difference and It;s really hard to even begin to talk about without spoiling.

Next up, I think I am going to start listening to Before the Coffee Gets Cold: Tales from the Cafe by Toshikazu Kawaguchi. My main reason for choosing this is tht it around 6 hours long which is a doable length for me.

I'm watching....

We are big fans of Escape to the Chateau so we were excited to see that there is a new series. My husband likes to think we are a bit like Angel and Dick, in that I think of an idea and then he has to make it happen. I think that is a bit harsh, especially seeing as sometimes they are his ideas!

I have also started watching two series about the River Thames which are Bridges that Built London and The Thames at Night which is hosted by Tony Robinson. I find all the hidden stories and historical information fascinating. It's right up there with train based travel shows for me.

We also binge watched season 2 of Starstruck on Saturday night. It was a fun way to spend a few hour.  The story focusses on a girl from New Zealand who is living in London when she meets a movie star. She is not great at relationships and so there are many ups and downs and hi-jinx all round. It's easy watching.


I spent Saturday morning getting cultured by attending an exhibition of scenes from the Sistine Chapel. Whilst it isn't the same as going to Rome, it was nice to be able too see many of the paintings from the frescoes up close and in detail. One of the things I loved was that Michelangelo really seemed to value books and learning and this was reflected in his paintings. I mean, we've all had that moment when we have been reading a really good book and we get interupted but we don't have a bookmark handy so we have to use our fingers to not lose our place.

We are currently in Tasmania on holidays and we spent Sunday at Port Arthur, which is a historical penal site and tomorrow we are heading up the coast. Look forward to more pictures next week.

Posts from the last week

Top Ten Tuesday: Books with No Words

Weekend Cooking: Big Night

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


  1. Gorgeous photos! Your holiday looks wonderful.

    I am curious about Cloud Cuckoo Land.

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  2. I'm gradually chipping away at a series too - Fool's Gold by Susan Mallery. Your vacation photos look lovely. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    1. I used to read series a lot but not so much anymore Kathy.

  3. Ha, love the pic from the Sistine Chapel. My Monday bookshelf is up!

    1. Thanks!! There were a few other bookish photos I could have shared!

  4. I have a friend who has been strongly suggesting that I read BEFORE THE COFFEE GETS COLD, so I probably will do so soon. But, like you, I may do it on audio.

    Have a great week! - Melinda @ A Web of Stories

    1. Audio was only about 6 hours which felt very doable to me Melinda!

  5. Love the pics! And I've seen good things about Comfor Me With Apples, I added it to my TBR.

  6. Thanks for sharing your pictures, enjoy your holiday!

  7. We did have a great holiday Cindy!

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