January

Saturday, 31 January 2015

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.


41 comments:

  1. Snowy blizzards on and off here in Suffolk, the wind chill is chilly indeed.
    Enjoying Wolf Hall too, and we said exactly the same thing about Sam, not as much fun as she used to be, all those stories in the war are much preferred to the last episodes.
    That robin photo really does deserve centre stage.

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  2. What a lovely January collage. I'm right with you on the bright cold days, we are having lots of those in Scotland at the moment! X

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  3. Your reading list is my sort of book, hen lit rather than chick lit, for those of us who have cares and responsibilities but are willing to cast them aside.

    I dusted my iPhone screen especially to read your post. Standards.

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  4. What a lovely list of books! I adore The Nine Tailors - it's one of my very favourite LPW books and perfect for this time of year! The Runaways is such a lovely read too. I haven't read Housebound yet, although I've had it for a while. Will look forward to reading it soon! I've also enjoyed the start of Wolf Hall. xxx

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  5. A gorgeous January collage! You've done very well with all that reading. This month has been a busy one here, and I haven't got half of the things done that I thought I would. We've recorded Wolf Hall, and I'm really looking forward to watching it. Enjoying the bracing frosty days too :)
    Cathy x

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  6. Settling snow here= 0
    Books finished this month= 0 (although several started and being enjoyed simultaneously)
    Cakes baked and eaten= too many to count
    February. I will try harder.
    Ax

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  7. Well that's a corker of a list Sue. Dusting before breakfast?! Dusting before the end of the month is a triumph in this house!

    Couldn't agree more about Wolf Hall and poor Sam in Foyles War. She seems ever so worn out... (And I don't like this husband nearly as much as the handsome chap she met when the guest house he owned blew up).

    Off to look into your book list for inspiration.

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    1. Agree about the husband, maybe his complete change of appearance is the cause of her glumness.

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  8. Not a spec of snow here in Torbay (yet!) but know this can happen (although snow here is a rarity.)
    Managed to read about half of Housebound when it was first published by Persephone Books, but got no further ...
    However, I've never read Nine Taylors, so will put this on my List (although I do recall a TV dramatization many years ago.)
    Little on TV appeals right now with the exception of Last Tango in Halifax which, while having a good storyline, has even better actors than any writer could possibly wish for. There isn't a weak one in the cast, all are totally so wonderful one forgets they are acting.
    One thing about Foyle's War is that I do wish Honeysuckle Weeks (Sam) would open her mouth a little bit more to allow words to be enunciated more clearly. The very clipped accent through a very slightly open mouth meant I missed much of what she said, whereas I could hear every word that Michael Kitchen uttered. But don't get me started on speech on TV ...
    Love your January collage!
    Margaret P

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  9. I have to agree about Wolf Hall ... totally top tele. I've been lucky enough to see Mark Rylance on the stage, the man is a genius.

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    1. Me too, Hamlet for the RSC in 1989. I also saw Jonathan Pryce play Macbeth a few years before that.

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    2. Anonymous10:40 am GMT

      Ooh! (Gives a little squeak of recognition). I saw Jonathan Pryce play Macbeth too! Had to really. Just love his voice, which does things to my knees. Kim

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    3. 1986 with Sinead Cusack as Lady M?

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  10. No snow here either. I think it's my fault, I bought two little sledges a couple of years ago and there hasn't been a flake since. I'm regretting missing Wolf Hall now, I shall look out for the next episode. Lovely collage, I especially like the marmalade picture. Have a good Sunday Sue. CJ xx

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  11. Mark Ryland could have stepped straight from a Holbein drawing - totally credible!

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    1. There was a brilliant documentary about Holbein on BBC4 a few days ago. Did you catch it? Waldemar Januszczak.

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    2. It was good wasn't it? Although Waldemar Januszczak is not my fave presenter.

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  12. I love all the Dorothy Sayers detective books I have read; and I recently read a biography of her. Her life is fascinating; did you know she had a baby before she married, shocking at the time. My husband and I are happy to see the new Foyle's War episodes. Isn't Honeysuckle Weeks darling?

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    1. Gosh I didn't know that, how interesting, I shall have to read up on that.

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  13. I'm really enjoying Wolf Hall too - I haven't liked Damien Lewis in anything until I saw his Henry VIII! And you are right, Mark Rylance is excellent. Looking forward to next week!

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    1. Oh but he was fantastic in Band of Brothers.

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  14. I live in Fernhill Heath and work in Solihull. There's been masses of snow at work (huge flakes on Thursday). I think Worcester enjoys it's own little micro-climate! Jx

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    1. My mum lives in Birmingham and reported lots of snow on Thursday, so much that it prevented her from driving to Droitwich where there was none.

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  15. Love your January mosaic..... I am reading "Rebecca" at the moment and I am admiring and enjoying her prose immensely. du Maurier is a great discovery.... I am watching Wolf Hall too but I can't stand Damien Lewis..... (Didn't in Homeland either). I love the costumes, locations and the little details filmed....It is lovely to see scenes where women are embroidering, a popular pastime during the 16th century or when Cromwell's daughter was touching the embossed painting and calligraphy of the Book of Hours..... All very charming indeed.... Pati x

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  16. brilliant pictures!! lovely range of colours :) x

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  17. Sue, your January report was educational and amusing. I was reminded of some things I meant to do during January. Grand that good old February provides more opportunities. (I did some dusting yesterday...although I have no dining room to patrol.)

    I can also report seeing Mark Rylance on stage, several Easter afternoons ago, in Jerusalem, here in NYC. I treated myself to a fourth row orchestra seat. Wow.

    xo

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  18. I must look out for your books, I need 'new' authors. I re-read all my E M Delafield at the beginning of January and have since read a Neil Gaiman and a Peter May; Started A Blackbird's Year today.

    Your mosaic is super.

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  19. To me the most amazing thing about the Nine Tailors was the wonderful explanations of bell ringing. Sayers was not a bell ringer but was inducted into societies, given awards, etc, on the strength of her descriptions in this book. An extremely complex but naive woman born much too soon!

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    1. Incredible detail regarding the bell ringing as you say. I loved the terminology and the wonderful names of the bells.

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  20. I'm late to the party with Wolf Hall but determined to catch up. Looking forward to Indian Summers and thinking of making a kedgeree prompted by bottom right or is it something else?

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    1. Kedgeree with smoked salmon. I'd not heard about Indian Summers but it looks like one to watch. Makes me want to watch Jewel in the Crown again.

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  21. Hey Sue,
    I am also enjoying Wolf Hall. No snow here, although there is plenty on Dartmoor.
    Leanne xx

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  22. I'm loving Wolf Hall too. I read the books in December, and am delighted that the BBC are showing it with perfect timing for me!

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  23. I like the sound of The Runaways (despite the changed title).
    Plenty of snow around these parts. It's very pretty but to be honest I'm longing for spring...

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  24. And I seem to remember, Sue, that Linnets and Valerians had lots of wonderful food...

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  25. Have read and re-read The Nine Tailors, her expositions on bell ringing is incredibly enlightening - I can now bore for England on the subject!! The Elizabeth Goudge is one of hers I haven't found as yet, but I love her writing. Agree re Foyle's War - I think they don't know what to do with her character any more. Sad.

    I had to flick back through enormous numbers of posts to find this - I haven't been blogging or reading much this year. There seems to be a bit of a resurgence with other bloggers however, who post very often. My absence balances that out!Lx

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    1. I seem to be absent quite a bit at the moment too Lynne.

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  26. Anonymous7:43 pm GMT

    Have you decided five years is enough?I hope not.

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  27. No, but my laptop has. My new one is due to be delivered tomorrow. Inspiration has also deserted me -temporarily I hope.

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