Monday, 24 October 2016
Wild Flower Albums and some recent reading
Several years ago D bought me this lovely wildflower album (published 1937) as a birthday present.
Recently I spotted a similar album on ebay which had been published the year before in 1936 and couldn't resist buying it. Both albums contain 50 wildflower cards and I think they are delightful and so charming. Lovely to see some wildflowers which were no doubt far more plentiful in the 1930's!
I really enjoyed this book by Katherine Swift - it contains articles that she wrote several years ago when she was a gardening correspondent for The Times. It follows the months of the year and, having visited the garden, it made the book extra special. I would very much like to return to Morville early next Spring and see the tulips and enjoy another cream tea :)
I do like books by Susan Howatch, in fact I find once started I can't put them down - having finished the Starbridge series, I moved onto the St Benet's trilogy, set around a Christian healing centre in London and containing a couple of characters from the Starbridge novels. Sadly, I don't think Susan Howatch has written any more books since the St Benet's stories.
Reading "Dead Water" and "Thin Air" by Ann Cleeves has brought me more or less up to date with the Shetland books. A new story has recently been published but I'll have to wait until it comes down in price!
"Too good to be True" is a quick read featuring Detective Inspector Jimmy Perez from the Shetland series and
"Offshore" is a short story collection containing stories about DI Jimmy Perez and DI Willow Reeves from the Shetlanders and a story about Vera Stanhope before she joined the police force. Enjoyed both of these books although perhaps not as much as the longer stories.
Now I'm more or less up to date I think I may put the Shetland series dvd on my Christmas and Birthday List and will now move onto the Vera Stanhope novels.
I had perhaps better explain that I wouldn't normally read as many books as this!! but I had a bad cold a few weeks ago and then developed bronchitis which meant there wasn't a lot I felt like doing for about a week - apart from reading!
I always over-estimate the time I will have available for reading when I am on holiday and before we went to Devon in June I bought half a dozen or so books for the Kindle which I still hadn't read. Much as I love my Kindle - buying is so very easy that you can often get carried away buying books on special offer for 99p or £1.99 which Amazon is always suggesting that if you liked such and such a book then you might like this. It is not a bad way of trying new authors but there are some you will enjoy and other's you won't.
I bought this book purely and simply because it was set in Holder's Hope, Herefordshire and this is one I did enjoy. It is well written if perhaps a little over long. The book time slips between the early 20th century when the garden was created and the present day when a young man and his girlfriend discover the derelict garden and research the history. It is sad at times and is definitely a house and garden with a secret!
Another book I enjoyed with an interesting plot/characters and it has that many twists and turns that it was difficult to put down.
Another time slip story between Rebecca and Sarah who lived in Red Hill Hall in Victorian times and the present day where Gemma is researching the history of the hall and the discovery of two pistols. I don't like criticising books but I really did not enjoy this at all - far too predictable. In fact, if I had read this when I was well I don't think I would have got past the first chapter.