My Star Blanket is slowly growing as I crochet another round and then undo half because I made a mistake. My concentration isn’t always great at the moment and my hands are sore from digging up dandelions in the garden, so it is a very slow process. It’s a lovely thick and warm soft blanket, so worth the effort.
I’m having a really good reading year, so far. I recently finished this and found it a good read, there are some interesting stories. Both sides of the family were so supportive of Ed and Yvette in their busy years. I loved reading about their family gatherings, and descriptions of family life with both parents being politicians. Appetite is part memoir, part recipe book. I’ve highlighted quite a few recipes in the proof copy I read on my Kindle. There’s nothing particularly exotic, but there are dishes that I haven’t made before, or those that I fancy making again. Cajun beans and custard are two that spring to mind. Ed Balls always comes across well on tv and this book portrays him no differently. It can’t be easy to write a book about oneself which is well balanced; not too self-critical or high in praise, Ed has managed it admirably.
Friends have given this five stars on Goodreads. At first I found the opening chapters rather twee, although I love the fact that it’s set in my home city. It’s enjoyable being taken back to when I lived in an adjacent street to one described by protagonist Esme, in her twentieth century setting. I remember cycling home from work and stopping in Jericho to buy a bottle of cider on a Friday night. It’s magical when you read a book and know every single place mentioned, isn’t it? I went into town yesterday because I wanted to buy some new tops in Seasalt, but mostly because this book drew me back to the city. I’ve found it hard to get back into the swing of my usual pre-pandemic (and let’s be honest it’s not over yet) activities and city life is one of them.
Anyway, I soon became engrossed in the story and now I’m finding it hard to put down. Have you read The Dictionary of Lost Words?
The only jarring note so far is that halfway through the (Australian) author has used the term ‘blow-in’ several times and it doesn’t feel right. I’ve never heard anyone use it here and thought it American. I’ve looked it up and according to the Oxford English Dictionary on my Kindle it is ‘informal, Australian slang’. Oh the irony!
Hidcote Manor Garden was looking stunning on Sunday. The magnolia trees are absolutely wonderful. Although I’ve visited many times over the years, I don’t remember seeing them in bloom, but then it only takes one windy day or a heavy rain storm for the petals to fall. This was lucky timing. Perhaps I’ve always gravitated there more in Summertime?
And, THERE WERE LAMBS!
I have a few videos of them hop, skipperty, jumping. Ahh the baas too, I’d forgotten how loudly tiny lambs can call. It was my first sighting of lambs this year and I stood on a log watching them for ages, absolutely mesmerised.
That was a little snapshot of some of my past week, what about yours…Have you seen lambs yet? Any book recommendations you want to pass on? Or new recipes? I think most of us love book and food talk.
I’ve been wondering again about continuing this blog, I’ve had these thoughts every now and then over the last few years, since I haven’t been able to crochet or knit so much due to my sore hand. It’s not a very dynamic craft blog anymore. When I see all the colour work and inventive crochet being done on Instagram it makes me feel like I’ve been left behind. But then I looked at the numbers of new followers on my blog’s Facebook page and caught sight of the WordPress stats for this month alone and felt really encouraged. If what I waffle here is continued to be read, then it’s my pleasure to carry on. Thank you and welcome if you’re a new reader and follower.
Reading your blog and enjoying the lovely pictures you share with us is a real pleasure! The blossoming magnolia against the blue sky is just heavenly, as are the lambs! 😉
Thank you so much.
The colours are stunning aren’t they? No editing or filters at all.
That magnolia tree is beautiful, I really should plant one in my garden.
I said the same Jean.
I love reading blogs, especially yours. I enjoy your book reviews and the beautiful photos you post of when you are out and about.
I do too, I wish some were still going. I miss them! Thank you for the lovely comments.
Not yet been back to Hidcote, thanks for the reminder. I think of your blog now as being about walks and food, it’s just evolved. My original tag line was Yarn, Yorkshire and all manner of Wonderful Things. Then we moved so its now Wool, Wiltshire and all manner of Wonderful Things. Our lives move on and if you enjoy blogging then keep writing. We all enjoy reading still.
I’m glad, thank you.
I would be sad if you stopped blogging. So many people have done that and it’s a shame. I like your projects and also your sunny outlook.
It is, isn’t it? You wonder what they’re doing and how they are, especially after reading for years.
Thank you very much!
Hello again! It’s always a pleasure to read your blog. The photos of the countryside and.your rambles amongst it are always a treat to read. :) Don’t try to just be stuck in.the box of craft blog, it’s much more fun to just be yourself and talk about your adventures too. :) just my two tid bits. Lovely blog. I’ve been an avid fan for about 5 years now I think; maybe longer. 🤔
Thank you very much Kristan.