It’s Light Night All Right

Hordes of people cram into a churchyard to stick their heads in luminous flowers and hear the hum of nature. Light night is a brilliant institution; it’s understandable that it’s always too crowded to be bearable.
Admin1 is reading The Death of Kings by Rennie Airth. Admin2 is reading The Blood-Dimmed Tide, also by Rennie Airth.

Cloud of the Day: Flying Horse

A nice day, considering it’s October: 22.0 °C.
Admin1 is rereading The Outsider by Stephen King. Admin2 is reading The Guest List by Lucy Foley: a “Sunday Times bestseller”; a sure sign that a book is speedy, superficial and uses the word “adrenaline” as a substitute for conveying excitement through the text.

Jupiter Rising

Admin1 is reading Cold Kill by Rennie Airth. Admin2 is reading Death in Florence by Marco Vichi, another book set in the 1960s, this time featuring the catastrophic Florence flood.
We scored 12.5 on the Guardian Saturday Quiz which we had to do online because there were no newspapers in any of the shops yesterday. When the lights go out we’ll have beautiful views of the stars.

Out of Gas

Yesterday the sun shone and the petrol station was crammed with cars. Today it is raining and the pumps are coned off.
Admin1 is reading The Reckoning by Rennie Airth. Admin2 is reading Cold Kill, also by Rennie Airth; a complete departure from the cosy peri-WW2 fictions, this is a horrible and unlikely story about gangs of ruthless assassins versus a lone plucky young actress.

Conkerama

Autumn’s bounty of inedible chestnuts.
Admin1 is reading Telling Tales by Anne Cleeves. Admin2 is reading The Reckoning by Rennie Airth: events in WW1 resonate in a nostalgic post-WW2 world where the characters wait uneasily to see what the Labour government will do.
We scored 10 on the unchanged GWQ in the new-look magazine. So it’s the Guardian Saturday Quiz now.

The Sun Shines Down on Scott Hall Road

Admins 1 and 2’s traditional post-vaccine roadscape; this time for flu vaccines. How our arms hurt!
Admin1 is reading Redemption by Jussi Adler-Olsen and Admin2 is reading Luckenbooth by Jenni Fagan: a cursed block of flats inhabited by successive generations of weirdos, including William Burroughs.
We scored 12 on the GWQ.

Weather of the Day: Rain

We had 16.2mm of rain today; 14.1 in one hour. Too bad we had already watered the plants.
Admin1 is reading The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch. Admin2 is reading Earthly Remains by Donna Leon which is mostly about rowing so far. To be fair, the crimes in the two Donna Leon books are mainly environmental, and the detective who tries to solve them is a happily married family man who devotes his spare time to reading ancient Greek and Roman literature, which makes a change.

Critter of the Day: Dilophosaurus


Happy Birthday Lee.
Admin2 spotted this animatronic monstrosity outside a closed-down shop while searching for another shop that turned out to be inside yet another shop.
Admin2 is also reading Trace Elements by Donna Leon which is pretty boring so far, being mostly about the weather in Venice. You wouldn’t catch us banging on about the weather all the time…

Finding Jesus

Baby Jesus has been missing from our Nativity scene for years now but Admin2 found him in the cupboard while reading the gas meter. Admin2’s mother made the set from a kit of plaster of Paris moulds back in the olden days. Jesus looks like a self portrait.

Admin2 is reading Under the Wave at Waimea by Paul Theroux but abandoned it because surfing is boring. Admin1 is reading The 22 Murders of Madison May by Max Barry.
We scored 10 on the GWQ.