Friday 20 May 2022

Books That I Wish I Had Written

Deborah - to be honest, I'm feeling a little creaky today. I don't feel bad enough to visit A&E, but I do feel grumpy enough to take pain killers. Thank you.

Eileen - My French is extremely rusty, but I could pick up enough that they were giving the sense rather than a proper translation, which niggled a little. I have seen the Olivier version, but a long time ago, and I think I remember how well they did Captain Jamie and Captain McMorris (sorry about mistakes in spellings). The Oliver version was definitely better than Tuesday.

And I am sort of pleased with myself as I came home via the roundabout where I had the bump on both school runs. I won't always do that, as it doesn't work if I go to the big Tesco, but I'll make a point of it for a few weeks. 

I am feeling grumpy and out of sorts. I've done the school run, some writing stuff and a little knitting. I failed to get a pic of the walking magpie.

There is a magpie who seems to belong to the street that never seems to fly. I've seen it waddle around near the birdfeeder and bully a few sparrows. This morning it was investigating something near the gutter, but when I trundled down the road it wandered across the road without any undue hurry. It also had a patch of blue colour on its wing - not the iridescence that you can get but a matt navy blue. One day I'll get a pic. It's quite distinctive and DH and I both recognise it.

I did get a pic of the first elderflower I saw on the street. It looks like ice cream

And we have wheat growing in the apple tree tub. I think it came from the bird food.

I ought to pull it up as a weed, but it looks so splendid. I'll have to get a better pic, but it's in a funny corner.

I've been reading The Vampire Knitting Club by Nancy Warren. It's about a knitting shop in Oxford and I wish that I had written it. It's so much fun. If you like Tales from the White Hart, then this is very like it, but better. There is a series and I expect I shall work my way through it. 


  1. Sorry to read that you are feeling grumpy and out of sorts. And a bit creaky, too. Hope you feel better, soon. (((HUGS)))
    Love the wheat growing in the apple tub! I hope you will allow it to grow - no doubt the birds will love it!

  2. That sounds like the sort of book I like. Many thanks.

  3. I love the scent of elderflower and they make such a delicious cordial.

  4. I have plenty of those kind of plants around my place lol. I don't pull them up either. I love wildflowers (or whatever you'd call them lol). My garden is not polished. Good thing too as the birds and deer seem to like it better.

    I think I might have that book on my kindle. I might have to check it out - so many books, so little time!

  5. Hazel (WitchHazel)4 June 2022 at 21:46

    I know this post is a couple of weeks old, but I wanted to come back to it to say "thank you" for recommending The Vampire Knitting Club. I am just starting the third book in the series now.

  6. Hazel (WItchHazel)4 August 2022 at 13:11

    Hello again. What a rabbit hole you sent me down! I've now finished *ALL* NW's Vampire Knitting Club books, AND the Vampire Book Club series, AND the florist series, AND her Great Witches Baking Show series, AND the linked-to-the-series novellas. I had to join Kindle Unlimited!

    It was a pleasant diversion.

    Thanks again