31.1.15

January

Number of books read from my Reading List  - 2½
The Nine Tailors by Dorothy L Sayers was hugely enjoyable containing all the elements a fine detective story should do; an engaging detective, an intricate and clever plot, well-drawn characters and a detailed setting. 

The Runaways by Elizabeth Goudge was also hugely enjoyable containing all the elements necessary for a fairy tale; magic, animals behaving like humans, good triumphing over the wicked, wrongs righted and a happy ever after. A shame, I think for the title to have been changed from Linnets and Valerians to The Runaways. The original title seems much better to me. Also this particular edition (see my reading list for details) had several typos and missing words.

I'm half way through Housebound by Winifred Peck and again hugely enjoying it. It's about housework and is making me extremely thankful that I live in 2015. I'd never even considered dusting the dining room before sitting down to breakfast before reading this book.

Number of decent tv programmes watched - 2
Wolf Hall. Mark Rylance is staggeringly good in this, and Peter Straughan has done a wonderful job of condensing two enormous books into six hours of tv.

Foyle's War. Still excellent although not quite as enjoyable as the episodes set in Hastings during the war. Also, Sam seems to have lost all her joie de vivre since getting married.  

Number of times it has snowed in Worcester this January - 0
There have been plenty of bright frosty days though, which, as any Brit will tell you are much better than dark wet days.


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