Saturday, 7 July 2012

A quiet week ahead

Jacob goes away with school on Monday, they are off to France for a week.  I am being a flustery mummy, packing and ironing and wondering if we've forgotten anything.

But I am very proud of this. I made a little wash bag out of some lovely fabric I was given (Thank you Dagi!)
I lined it with a strong carrier bag to keep it waterproof, a drawstring is speedier than a zip.

Even though it will be very quiet next week, I plan to do lots of crafting.  I have been looking at lots of beautiful blogs and am inspired to try to make a few things, finish my kitchen curtains and make the forgotten shelves in the kitchen more interesting.

Some flowers rescued from the rain in the garden.....

Friday, 6 July 2012

My reading list

Well its a very rainy day here (again!) and sent home from work early because the electricity went off. The house is all nice and tidy because some kind person got there first. I have tucked my guinea pigs up warm and toasty for the night, ( I tried to take a picture but all I got was a speedy blur) , so now its time to write about books. 

I have been reading a lot of very interesting books lately and some seem to naturally lead on to others, also lots of lovely picture books for inspiration and dreaming.

First some more serious books.

I read this non-fiction book by Lisa See ',On Gold Mountain' , Lisa is a descendant of Chinese immigrants and she writes about their journey to America and how the family grew and changed.  Very fascinating.
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Then I found another book by Julie Otsuka 'When the Emporor was Divine'.  This is a very moving story based on fact about what happened to Japanese people living in America during the war.Product Details
Very sad and moving....

My sister and I share a great love of reading, but we have very different tastes.  Sometimes we want to share our books and give them to each other as a present.  I received one of the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan.  A children's novel based on the Greek myths.  I picked it up several times but never really got into it.  This must have been a year ago, but last week I started it again and couldn't put it down, now I have gone and borrowed another one from the library.  I gave my sister books by Marina Lewycka and I think she was not to keen, but when we talked the other day, she had started reading 'We are all made of Glue' and was really enjoying it.

Now the look and dream and make books:
Go Slow England by Alastair Sawday. Beautiful places to go, to eat and just to dream about, an inspiration for a slower way of life.
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Homespun Style by Selina Lake- Just makes me want to head to the sewing machine and paintbrush!
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And dinosaurs.....  I have been busy knitting dinosaurs over the last few months, some in vivid colours ( I will post a picture when the latest one is completed)
So take a look at 'Knitted Dinosaurs' by Tina Barrett
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Hungry humans need my attention, then dinosaur making tonight. There are advantages to having a very wet summer (especially if you are a slug or a snail, but thats another story!)