I knew I’d end up crying when I picked this book up. Lily and the Octopus is is a charming piece of magical realism from Steven Rowley. The story is about a gay writer called Ted and his dachshund, Lily. Lily is everything to Ted – they hold long conversations, have very set routines and…… Continue reading What I read… Lily and the Octopus
I do love summer. This week I’ve bought a whole watermelon and I’m looking forward to that wonderful fresh taste. I might blend some and make some watermelon ice lollies! Yummy! Menu Monday Smoked salmon, cheese and crackers. Tuesday Gammon, egg, chips, peas. Wednesday Tuna and pasta. Thursday Aberdeen Angus burgers, salad. Friday Orzo salad…… Continue reading What I ate… Week 21
As I mentioned at the start of the year, one of my new year’s resolutions was to read more non-fiction books. We’re almost halfway through the year and I am way behind on my target. This book is at least partially responsible for that. I love Mary Beard. She’s a Professor of Classics at the…… Continue reading What I read… Confronting the Classics
Menu Monday Smoked mackerel salad. Tuesday Hampshire pork steaks and chips. Wednesday Halloumi, mushroom and collard greens pasta. Thursday Roast chicken thighs, roasted vegetables. Friday Smoked salmon pasta. Saturday Tofu stir fry. Sunday Roast lamb, mashed potato, vegetables.
OK so this book has taken me ages to get through. According to Goodreads I first started reading this in January 2016. That’s well over a year ago and I’ve not long finished it. Was it really so hard or boring that it takes a normally prolific reader 12 months to read? I’d say no. It’s…… Continue reading What I read… Life After Life
Darn Margaret Atwood – the older you get the less it appears you think of the human race! Atwood famously claims she doesn’t write science fiction, only speculative fiction and this book is seated firmly within her favourite sub-genre: dystopian speculative fiction. In the near future the economy has tanked. As vast swathes of the…… Continue reading What I read… The Heart Goes Last
The permanent roommate gets to fly out to Naples this week for work. Alright for some – while I spend my week in the grey and cloudy Midlands he’ll get to sample some culinary delights in the sunshine. We were supposed to take delivery of some new pet chickens this week but sadly a new…… Continue reading What I ate… Week 20