Monthly Archives: November 2011

R is for Ravensheugh Sands

Ravensheugh Sands in East Lothian, Scotland. The view below shows the beautiful, unspoilt beach, with Bass Rock on the horizon. Bass Rock is the home of thousands of gannets. Enjoying the view: An ABC Wednesday post to illustrate the letter … Continue reading

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White Nights by Ann Cleeves: a Book Review

White Nights by Ann Cleeves is the second in her Shetland Quartet, featuring Detective Jimmy Perez. The first book is Raven Black, which I read and wrote about last year. I enjoyed this one just as much as the first and, although I think … Continue reading

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Saturday Snapshot: Bridges on the Tyne

Every now and then we go to Newcastle upon Tyne, usually only managing to go round the shops, but on Tuesday we decided to see a bit more of the city. Even though it was a grey, misty day (as these photos, … Continue reading

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Book Beginnings: Westwood by Stella Gibbons

One of the books I’m currently reading is Westwood by Stella Gibbons. It begins: London was beautiful that summer. In the poor streets the people made an open-air life for themselves under the blue sky as if they were living … Continue reading

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Britain in Books

A few days ago Cath at Read Warbler wrote about doing her own personal USA Challenge, which got me thinking about doing something similar but based in Britain. I love books with a strong sense of location so it seemed … Continue reading

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Gillespie and I by Jane Harris: a Book Review

Gillespie and I by Jane Harris is a cleverly told story, narrated by Harriet Baxter, alternating between events in 1888-90 (in Glasgow) and those in 1933 (in London). In 1888 Harriet moved to Glasgow where she got to know the painter, … Continue reading

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Saturday Snapshot – In the Garden

Autumn is now well set in here. Our garden is well on the way to being covered in leaves. There are still some leaves clinging to the trees like this red maple: whereas others still have their leaves, like the … Continue reading

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They Came to Baghdad by Agatha Christie: a Book Review

I made copious notes as I read Agatha Christie’s They Came to Baghdad because it’s such a complex plot and there seemed to be so many significant events and people that I wanted to clarify what was happening. This is not one … Continue reading

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R.I.P. VI Challenge Completed

Carl’s R.I.P. VI  challenge ended on 31 October and I’m pleased that I completed Peril the First, which was : Read four books, any length, that you feel fit (my very broad definitions) of R.I.P. literature. It could be Stephen King or Sir … Continue reading

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P is for Pissarro

 Camille Pissarro (1830 – 1903) was one of the French Impressionist painters. In 1866 he moved to Pontoise on the banks of the River Oise, on the outskirts of Paris and lived there until 1884. He loved the area and painted … Continue reading

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