My days are very similar at the moment, but I’m quite enjoying the change of pace. This is my garden. I’ve spent a lot of time out there working in it and just enjoying it. It’s looking good at the moment and I’m so lucky to have a large garden as it does make such a difference at the moment. There’s loads more still to do out there, but the good thing is you can really see a difference as you work through an area or clear a bed for planting.
I’m spending a lot of time reading at the moment. I’ve barely had the TV on at all. I’m spending a lot of time reading in the garden if the weather is nice. If the weather is not so nice or outside the warmer part of the day, I’m cracking on with jobs inside either for the blog or around the house. In the evening the idea of getting into bed early, with a good book, as been much more appealing than watching something, so I’ve gone with the reading. This picture is of my library books. I had nine out of the library when lockdown occurred. I have read the pile on the right, the middle pile are current reads and the books on the left I’ve yet to start. Normal People was a pleasant enough read, but from the quotes on the front and the fact it’s been up for awards, I was expecting something much better. I enjoyed Isabel Allende’s latest A Long Petal of the Sea. I’ve read a few of her books before and she’s a world class writer. Elly Griffiths is a writer I discovered by googling ‘what authors to read if you like Anne Cleeves books’. I’d finished the Shetland books and wanted something similar. Sadly I’ve now finished all of Elly Griffiths’s crime novels, so I’ll have to wait for a new one to be published.
The Louise Penny book is another one discovered from googling ‘what authors to read if you like Anne Cleeves books’ and this is book six of twenty, so there’s plenty of mileage there yet. I’ve just started The Other Half of Augusta Hope and I’m still reading Victorious Century: The United Kingdom, 1800–1906 as I only read a few pages at a time so I take it all in. So glad I had a good haul of books (both in number and quality) out from the library at lockdown.
The other thing I’m doing is taking some walks around the area. H likes me to walk with him up to his Dad’s – it’s quite a walk (about 40 minutes and I have to walk back too). I tend to leave H to do the last bit on his own, so that the walk is a more manageable one hour. This week I’ve been enjoying the blooms from this tree along the way.