Spring isn't my favourite season (it isn't my second favourite, either) but I can appreciate the changing colours and signs of life, with the promise of spicy buns (must seek out a recipe) and chocolate treats (woe betide if someone forgets to buy me a Lindt dark chocolate bunny, I've dropped enough hints) along the way.
It looked so invitingly bright and calm outside the bedroom window the other morning that I decided not to do the usual lounging around in 'jamas with a cup or two of strong coffee until I've properly woken up, and joined the mister and Boo on the first walk of the day in the little park round the corner.
The swings in the deserted play area were irresistible, much to Boo's noisy disgust
and the Transporter was just visible in the distance.
In other news:
It seems I've managed to crochet stripes at long last, thanks to a very helpful group of crafty ladies in Saltburn. I'm not sure I'm working the edges correctly, though, and may well end up with a large striped triangle.
I've discovered the brilliant Terry Pratchett.
Up to now I've avoided his books, assuming a genre that wasn't for me, but reading Dodger has me wishing I'd found him much much sooner. This book isn't part of the hugely popular Discworld series but is set in early Victorian London with a main character, young cheeky chappie Dodger, scraping a living from scavenging the capital's sewers where he feels most at home. The story starts with him leaping to the rescue of a young woman one rain soaked night, a gallant deed which sets him off on an entirely new path on which he meets the likes of Charles Dickens, Benjamin Disraeli and even a certain Mr Sweeney Todd. It's funny, witty, wonderfully descriptive, with a clever interweaving of historical events and fictional characters, and thoroughly enjoyable. If, like me, you're new to Terry Pratchett's writing, you'd do well to begin with this. You won't be disappointed.
My little family is about to increase. Yep, the Girlie and her husband are expecting their first baby in the summer. Which gives me the perfect excuse to buy more books.