Barbara Pym mug has arrived & much tea has already been sipped from it. In honour of the occasion, naturally I have to reread Excellent Women (the Folio Society edition even has a silver teapot on the cover).
But, I also want to reread Cold Comfort Farm after reading an article or a link that I now can't find. I can find this article in the Guardian about the joys of reading Gaudy Night by Dorothy L Sayers. Interestingly, the author of the article read Gaudy Night first & wasn't a fan of detective novels, although she went on to read the other Wimsey novels. I can see why someone who didn't like detective novels but did enjoy novels about academic life, writers & Oxford would enjoy Gaudy Night. Luckily I reread Gaudy Night just last week so I don't need to reread it again just yet. I would like to find some time to watch the TV adaptation again though.
this terrific radio program, part of the celebration of the 125th anniversary of Agatha Christie's birth. Jessica Mann talks to Janet Morgan, Julian Symons & others about Christie. It was first broadcast in 1982 as part of the Queens of Crime series. I wish I could hear the other episodes but I do have Mann's book, Deadlier than the Male, about the Queens of Crime, which was rereleased as an eBook last year. If only I can squeeze it in somewhere.
Claire Harman's life of Charlotte Brontë). Angela Thirkell is there because I keep preordering the Virago reprints of her books but not actually reading any of them. The book on Evelyn Dunbar is there because I read the Persephone posts about her late last year when they had an exhibition of her work in the shop. I love Alison Weir's biographies & always drop everything to read them but at the rate I'm going, the paperback of The Last Tudor Princess will be out before I get around to it.
Glenbogle from Monarch of the Glen, doesn't it?
post on Sue Hepworth's blog about enjoying life & going with the flow, not worrying about achievements but doing what you want to do. So, I decided to just let the next book decision take care of itself. Maybe I'll even get back to that March issue of History Today...
Here's a picture of a cake I made on Monday with more of the zucchinis that are going mad in the garden at the moment. I also used some of the yoghurt I bought by mistake at the weekend. I finally found a brand of Greek yoghurt without cream (why put cream in yoghurt in the first place?) But, instead of buying the Natural, I bought the Classic which has sucrose in it. Much too sweet for me. So, I searched online for a zucchini & yoghurt cake & found this one at Chelsea's Messy Apron.
No rambling post would be complete without a cat photo. So, here's Phoebe looking angelic & fast asleep on my bed last weekend.