Saturday, 16 November 2013

Boxes of books

Today I took a box of books to another box of books :)  The ongoing downsizing includes a radical overhaul of  my book collection; I sorted out a load that I will never read/read again and boxed them up and took them over the hill to Bingham's Melcombe (or it could have been Melcombe Bingham, not sure which one!) and popped them on to the shelves in their fabulous little telephone box library there.

It looks very much like this one in a photo from the BBC website

I tidied up the shelves a bit and left a couple of dozen books.  I came away with some Terry Pratchett books for a friend and a brand new still sealed 10 CD set of Ella Fitzgerald. Good result I think :)


Friday, 15 November 2013

National recognition for Shetland textiles collections

Just the best news!

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I watched this film the other day and thoroughly enjoyed it; based on the life of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. I like her art, although I don't understand it all. The film helped a bit in my understanding of some of it though, and I'll do a bit more reading and research I think. A film of a life full of passion, love, colour, love and lust. Recommended.


Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Holiday time

I'm on holiday again, aka housesitting for my friend who is away for a while. I've got a cat to look after a few ducks and some hens. Not much to look after in the garden at this time of year, so not too strenuous I have brought several knitting projects and other bits with me to get on with.

I arrived just after lunchtime, and spent the afternoon drinking coffee and watching a film - Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, which I really enjoyed - not much substance to the storyline, but some terrific character acting in it I thought.  Catching up with films that I've been meaning to see for a while will feature a lot I think over the next ten days, as will the knitting.

Monday, 11 November 2013


I enjoy eating out sometimes, especially when the food and drink is this good

Main course - The Ship's bouillabaise

In the bar

Pudding - coconut pannacotta with mango and pineapple salsa and mango sorbet

Excellent couple of pints of Cheddar Ales's Potholer

Starter - beetroot marinaded gravlax with crayfish tails and a horseradish cream
Cannot recommend the place highly enough - lovely knowledgeable staff, good beer, beautifully presented food, local produce, comfortable bar, open fire, decent cutlery, sensible portions, excellent value for money ,  unobtrusive service and quiet music. 
Give it a go.