Tuesday, 17 August 2010

August is a Wicked Month!


Half way through August already, the sun keeps shining and I am reminding myself to enjoy this glorious weather. We have been to the sea to swim and have lunch, there has been free music in the local villages plus a Folk Festival and visits to friends for BBQ's and generally having a good time. And on Saturday we had a party to celebrate our wedding anniversary. All good fun. Summer is a busy time in the south of France and we are doing our best to fit in as much as possible.
And just to prove that we are still fitting in a bit of DIY the photo is our new dining room. This is part of one of the two extensions we have had built. The furniture and contents have been in store since we moved here more than two years ago, so it was good fun to open some more boxes. We are still working on the kitchen with the floor tiles due to be delivered at the end of August, then we can really make progress. We are also working on the study[old kitchen] which will mean that I can finally get all my books out.
The title of this post refers to a book by Edna O'Brian. I have been re-reading an assortment of books out of neccessity, although last week we cycled to Quillan to our friends book stall and I found two books I wanted to read: Isabel Allende's The House of the Spirits her first novel which for some reason I had not read, it's an amazing book. She is a real story teller with a remarquable style, I could barely put it down. The other book was by Margaret Forster: The Diary of an Ordinary Woman. If you get the chance to read this book do not make my mistake which was to read the Authors Note at the end of the book as it rather coloured my enjoyment. Nevertheless another excellent book from this Author. We shall cycle to Quillan again tomorrow so I can change my books, hopefully I can find some more gems. And I am beginning to feel like picking up my pen again after rather a long break when I just could not feel inspired. Sometimes you just have to accept that. Now I think it's time to sit in the sun and see if I can come up with some ideas for the wip. Oh it's a hard life sometimes but someone's got to do it.

8 comments:

Chris Stovell said...

It's all looking lovely over at yours - you must be delighted to have unpacked some treasures. Interesting comment about author's notes - useful!

Chris Stovell said...

Wah! Forgot to say congratulations on your wedding anniversary!

Debs said...

It's lovely when you can unpack treasures that you've not been able to enjoy for a while.

Happy belated anniversary too, and thanks for posting about those books, they sound very interesting.

Bluestocking Mum said...

Good that you have been able to unpack some of your treasures.

I totally agree about Diary of an Ordinary Woman (and anything by Margaret Forster.)

Tommy said...

This is a really intriguing blog. Keep writing and I'll keep reading!

Jackie said...

Well done...looking forward to more pics! Beautiful room...nice to see a sheep in the pic too!!!

Fran said...

Know exactly what you mean about the author's note at the end of the Margaret Forster book! I didn't read it until I'd finished the book, and I am so glad. A wise warning to everyone! I absolutely loved the book and vow to read more of her stuff now.

Jenny Beattie said...

I was absolutely furious to be led astray by that book. I had loved it but felt cheated.