Tuesday 31 January 2017
Sunday 22 January 2017
I have also just bought a rhododendron 'Tinkerbird' which is meant to be happy in a pot as it is a dwarf variety. It is supposed to be very hardy, having been bred in Scotland and is also said to have a jasmine scent in May. My plant is looking healthy and has lots of buds. I will let you know how I get on with it.
Sunday 15 January 2017
However, I have also got 'real' books which I have either started or am going to. I usually have a few on the go at any one time.
So, in the photo, there is Nella Last's War (the Mass Observation Exercise diary kept by Nella Last and which Victoria Wood dramatised in 'Housewife, 49'). This brings home the way life had to go on during the Second World War, with rationing and managing on very little.
There is also The Invisible Woman which I was inspired to read following a film of the same name which I watched last year. This is the story of Ellen Ternan and her family; she was involved with Charles Dickens but was 'invisible' to society. So far, it is fascinating and presents an interesting picture of the lives of Victorian actresses and how they were thought of/treated.
'To Walk Invisible' over Christmas which I really enjoyed and this made me want to read the biography again. (It is still available on iplayer for the next thirteen days to watch if you are in the UK). 'To Walk Invisible' was a dramatisation of the adult lives of the Brontes, following Branwell's downfall and the sisters' fame beginning to spread. It was beautifully acted and set and Haworth looked just as I imagined it should.
Finally for now, there is The Mitford Girls which Mum bought me for Christmas. I haven't started it yet but have looked at the photos. With their connections, it should prove to be a fascinating story.
Thursday 5 January 2017
I have mislaid the label for this one, so am not sure which it is (Ferner Osten? Kleine Fontane?), but it stands beautifully upright.
Sunday 1 January 2017
As has become somewhat traditional for me, today is the day I review my aims for 2016 and decide on aims for 2017.
- Make more felt - I made a grand total of two new pieces, one of which is not finished. My other craft activities took over, including, of course, paper crafting. So, not great progress by any means. However, I have reserved a table at a craft event in November 2017, so that should give me the impetus I need to get making again.
- Read interesting books - Definite success here. I read 84 books in 2016, many old friends which I enjoyed re-reading. There were also some new ones including: Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey; The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier; several Miss Marple stories by Agatha Christie (and three more waiting on my Kindle); several books containing accounts of children's past lives and the Cazalet Chronicles by Elizabeth Jane Howard. I shall do my best to keep the eclectic mix going during 2017.
- Be Creative - I can safely say that I have continued my creative journey with kumihimo necklaces, stamping onto polymer clay, paper crafting (and making some Christmas cards). I am hoping to use some of my Blockwallah stamps in lino printing, but felting has to come high on the list (see the first bullet point).
- Get rid of/donate things I do not want or need - I made a tiny bit of progress with this one, but if I had a report, it would be 'must try harder'. I have far too much stuff and must really sort myself out. Another aim for 2017.
Happy New Year to you all and I hope it is a healthy, prosperous and peaceful one.