January

Everyone keeps saying how grey and dreary January has been.


I hadn't noticed.

However, if you do feel the year has got off to a soggy and depressing start don't worry because you get a second chance. Today is the start of the Chinese new year and to welcome the year of the horse we are eating sweet and sour horse chicken.



We are also scoffing these easy peasy crisp toffee chocolate bars.



Books

I am so pleased that my last post sparked so many interesting and interested comments. It is good when the comment box becomes a conversation. I now have a tremendously long list of writers to try which feels a bit like having a huge pile of presents to open. Thank you to everyone who commented and recommended. I have decided to tackle something contemporary for February, I am going to be reading The Vanishing Act of Esmé Lennox by Maggie O' Farrell.




Comments

  1. That's a great choice of book for your February read. I loved it - sure you will too, Sue.

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  2. There's nothing dreary about your January then Sue ~ lovely pictures. I had a wee chuckle to myself about your sweet and sour horse! I've only ever read one Maggie O'farrell book ~ After you'd gone, which I did enjoy but I read it a long time ago. She actually went to the same school as me but was a few years younger so our paths never crossed. Hope you have a lovely weekend :O)x

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  3. Just hopped over to read your blog and found out about the link to The year in books.
    I'm hopeless when it comes to working out how to do things so how do I get the link (picture of the open book) that you have on the right onto my blog. Any info would be gratefully received!

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    1. I can't find your email address so I hope you don't mind me replying here. If you click on the book logo to reach Laura's site you will see a box under her book logo with some html code in it. Highlight this code and copy it. Next go to blogger and find 'layout' . Click on 'add a gadget', scroll down the gadget options until you find html/java script. Click on this then paste the code from Laura's blog into the content box and click save. It will then be saved on your sidebar or wherever you have your blog gadgets. Hope tha thelps.

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    2. It worked easy peasy when you know how!
      By the way your photos definitely brighten a dull day

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    3. Thanks so much for this...I couldn't work it out at all!!

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  4. The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox is excellent. It did make me cry though. So much colour in your treasury! X

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  5. Doesn't look like a dreary January at your house Sue. The conversation on your last post was great, lots of fun with people joining in, it is great when that happens isn't it. xx

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  6. That books sounds great. I was born in a year of the horse. I didn't realize it was back around again.

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  7. Anonymous8:33 pm GMT

    Oh, that is a good but heartbreaking story. Just read Instructions for a Heatwave by the same author, if you like her writing definitely try it. A different story but family based and really well written. enjoy! Ali x

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  8. Yes, the month has been a mixture of grey skies, blue skies, brilliant sunsets, and green shoots in the garden. So not a complete write off - unless you were flooded.
    I have decided to join in the book thingy but I shall just post once a month about it without doing the linky thing, I must say it is no great effort to read a book a month, though some of mine are bound to be less high-falutin than others.Jolly interesting to read other choices, except it just leaves me with a very long wish-list!

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  9. Beautiful colourful mosaic Sue, I love it. The cookies look good, I have a couple of Martha's recipes that I like, except for the references to "sticks" of butter. I always have to look up how much a stick is. One day I'll remember. Hope you have a really good weekend.

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    1. 4 oz ;-)

      The recipe is actually by Lucinda Scala Quinn from her fab book Mad Hungry.

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  10. Snap! The Vanishing Act is my January book. However I'm not doing very well. Today's the last day of January and I'm still on page 66. No reflection on the quality of the book, just on my lack of determination.

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  11. Esme Lennox is a great book - I'd forgotten I'd read it. Did anyone suggest Kate Atkinson? - The Jackson Brodie books - I'm counting the months until I think I've forgotten enough to enjoy rereading them all

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  12. Oh your mosaic is a blast of colour! I really like Mad Hungry - especially the empanadas and the sweet potatoes. Haven't tried any sweet recipes yet, but those look worth a go.

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  13. Love your colours, Sue.
    And your book choice for February is (in my opinion, at least) a good one. I've read a few Maggie O'Farrell books but that's the only one I've kept on my bookshelf.
    Hope you enjoy it.
    Sarah.

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  14. I must admit that walking the dog has made me very aware of the endless rain but also very grateful for the dry bits between. Much mud in Cornwall just now!

    Still trying to read Cold Mountain but finding myself nodding off too much. Finally got a weekend without work so will be knitting and reading by the fire, though not both together.

    Have fun! X

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  15. Anonymous12:33 pm GMT

    I love English literature :)
    Jane Austen, my favorite" Mansfield Park"
    Charles Dickens, my favorite" Great Expectations"
    Emily Bronte "Wuthering Heights" beautiful
    Daphne du Maurier I recommend "The King's General"
    William Makepeace Thackeray "Vanity Fair"
    Philippa Gregory - great writer
    Susan Howatch "Penmarric"
    England has released many masters of literature :)
    Regards, Kasia from Poland

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  16. The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox was one of my favourites. I re-read it last year

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  17. Lovely warming colours. Do read more Daphne Du Maurier - I finished Jamaica Inn this morning and was gripped throughout. Great for Cornwall lovers xo

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  18. Anonymous3:49 pm GMT

    I love Cornwall and Daphne du Maurier books. Jamaica Inn did not read, I can not find, unfortunately :(
    Kasia from Poland

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  19. Sounds like an interesting book, I just finished Agatha Christie and the 11 Missing Days about when she herself vanished for 11 days.

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  20. With your love of British authors, have you ever investigated Cornflower's blog:
    http://www.cornflowerbooks.co.uk/

    I have absolutely loved everything that I have read from her recommendations! My biggest frustration is that many of the Kindle books on Amazon UK are not available to the American Amazon site. I don't know why either!

    I am currently reading through the Inspector Gamache series by Louise Penny who is a Canadian author. I am currently on book #9 of 10 and am sad that the story is coming to an end. I am pleased to see all the recommendations in your comments. It sounds like DuMaurier will be the next stories for me!

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    1. I read Cornflower -it was her mention of a Maggie O Farrell book the other day which decided my next read.

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  21. Anonymous9:01 am GMT

    I recommend Victoria Holt - I love her books :)

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  22. Oh, I loved that Maggie O'Farrell book. Good choice. I must look into the Year in Books now I'm back at a keyboard again.

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  23. Now anything by Maggie O'Farrell is worth reading. I very much enjoyed Vanishing Act and also The Hand That First Held Mine. They both fell into the hang the housework/ironing and any other chore and just submit to the pleasure of reading.

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  24. I loved 'Esme Lennox'. And everything else that Maggie O’Farrell has written. Great choice.

    I am currently rereading ‘Little Women’ ‘Good Wives’ etc. Don’t ask me why.

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