Soldier Boys and Luncheon

And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie ♦♦♦◊◊ I normally associate Agatha Christie with Poirot, endless cups of tea and digestives, the refrain ‘I’m sure this was on yesterday’ and a beautiful woman who was taken too soon, or Dr. Who and a huge alien wasp. I recently admitted I’d never actually read any of... Continue Reading →

‘Henna party’ memories

This picture took me back to one of the most random and wonderful experiences I had in Qatar. Through working with and getting to know a local family, I ended up being invited to a huge Qatari wedding. It was an incredible experience, which I was so thankful to be included in. Two days before,... Continue Reading →

I have become aware that this problem demands an alternative solution…

The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden, Jonas Jonasson Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ There are too many funny and wonderful quotes to be found in this novel by Jonas Jonasson. The whole book grabbed me from the very first sentence. I don't want to ruin the plot, although at times it's too ridiculous to be believed anyway!... Continue Reading →

A Weeping Willow, A Narcissistic Mother, And Mysterious Pottery…

In The Light Of The Garden, Helen Burch. Two people recovering from the barrage of life. Mysterious pottery orders. A majestic but slightly sinister Weeping Willow tree. A touch of magic. I loved the phrasing and description in so much of this story. From the first page I felt swept into it, one of those... Continue Reading →

Rise, Warrior

Body balance class: a mixture of tai chi, yoga and pilates. I’m envisioning finding my zen in the middle of crazy busy daily life. Warning: I may not have fully embraced the spiritual side yet. My heart space needs some renovation, but it’s in the right place. Thoughts which go through your head when you’re... Continue Reading →

The sequel to the Fijian power cut

  The Nowhere Man, Gregg Hurwitz Rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ It only took me a year after having it recommended, and a Fijian power cut, to read the first in this series: Orphan X. I couldn’t wait to read The Nowhere Man, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. I’d characterise the protagonist, Evan Smoak, as a more human... Continue Reading →

The Festive Fiasco

Why is it so much darker in January than it is in December? I honestly think there’s some sort of conspiracy. Dark nights in December are cosy and sparkly and full of anticipation. In January? Nah. I feel like a gloomy mole person, scurrying about in the never-ending night. I’m now back in work, and... Continue Reading →

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