AGS, PCS, TUC etc supporting the Spaniards who are walking from Portsmouth to the COP26 in Glasgow.
Admin1 is reading River of Darkness by Rennie Airth. Admin2 is reading Cover Your Tracks by Claire Askew.
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.
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…
Well that’s how it was billed, but nearly all the chalk was in one patch (exception for ELMO LOVES YOU next door to us) and Auds and Bobs preferred to draw all over our patio. Admin1 is reading Dark Memories by Liz Mistry, a confusingly overpopulated crime novel set in Bradford which belongs more in the misery-lit genre. Admin2 is reading The Golden Rule by Amanda Craig; a corny Cornish gothic romance overlaid with trendy topical talking points (and impossible to believe that a former advertising strategist dealing with a couple of public-facing characters would not have cleared everything up with an internet search). Yesterday was our warmest day this year: 30.7°C.
We scored 11.5 on the GWQ.
Happy Birthday Chris!
Admin1 is reading The Trawlerman by William Shaw (thanks Admin2!). Admin2 is reading Agency by William Gibson.
Beers and a delicious veggie supper at a new pub table in the evning sunshine. Thx Gez and Dave, and props for scoring 13 on the GWQ.
Admin1 is reading The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman — readable, but amusing rather than funny and somewhat twee. Admin2 is reading This Night’s Foul Work by Fred Vargas, which was marvellously convoluted.
A birthday tea indoors for the first time in over a year.
Admin1 is reading Burnt Island by Kate Rhodes.
We scored 10 on the GWQ and would have done better if we’d thought a bit more.
Admin1’s second jab today, and a lovely day for it too. Here’s the traditional shot of Scott Hall Road … and here’s some graffiti with the Jab-berwock seen on the way back :
Today we reached 1,000,000 points for our BOINC research into COVID-19, various cancers and Asteroid hunting:
We also have a brand-new weather station to set up over the next few days, and we both celebrated by visiting newly reopened charity shops, and bought some books!
Our first time together in the garden for many months, on the hottest day this year so far: 25.2 °C and our third warmest March day ever. We had spinach quiche (thx Bidi for the recipe), salad, bread rolls, pigs in blankets, nectarine cake and ice cream, and would have had pizza but the breadmaker slushed the dough so we had toppings instead.
A party balloon appeared in the sky to celebrate the occasion.
Admin1 is rereading White Corridor by Christopher Fowler and Admin2 is rereading Human Croquet by Kate Atkinson, her second, or probably rejected first, novel that combines time travel and parallel worlds with domestic abuse and confusions over parentage.
Carrie comes to our quiz night, and she has news for us!
Thanks to her participation we scored 11 on the GWQ.
Admin1 is reading Exit by Belinda Bauer and Admin2 is reading Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami, which was an absolute treasure after all the mediocre books that have come our way lately.
Opening his presents on the other side of the window. This would have been a week of family feasts with Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, Pancake Day and the boy’s birthday all in five days but stuff got in the way.
Admin2 is reading The Scent of Death by Simon Beckett, which was loathesome and disgusting. Quite apart from the decomposing corpses in the derelict hospital, just about every other character involved in this atrocity gets stabbed, clubbed, electrocuted, blown up or run over. Simon sounds very sciency about the odours of decay but he can’t tell a corona from a penumbra.
Some very filling pancakes with all the fillings. Remember the days when disinfectant and hand sanitiser did not feature on the dinner table among the condiments?
Admin1 is reading The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch.
A celebration in cyberspace for children, parents, grandparents and cats.
Admin1 is reading The Troubled Man by Henning Mankell. Admin2 is reading The Long Call by Ann Cleeves.
50 years eh? In celebration we had our sunniest August day ever: 11.44kWh.
Admin2 is rereading Dead Clever by Scarlett Thomas.
It is 19 years since Admins 1 and 2 got married and today we ate the first of our homegrown cauliflowers with our homegrown peas. They were the tenderest tastiest peas and cauliflowers ever.
After the meal we zoomed in on the GWQ and scored THIRTEEN points. Props to Audrey who knew all about Mary Anning!
Two households together at a social distance for the first time in 100 days.It was lovely to see you all and have beer and cake just like the old days.
It was our sunniest day of the year:13.26kWh.
Admin2 is rereading A Book of Scars by William Shaw.
A coffee cake with Tia Maria icing and lots of presents. Today is the hottest day of the year: 33.3 °C with plenty of sunshine: 12.5kWh. Admin1 is reading Seventy-Seven Clocks by Christopher Fowler.
And Eid Mubarak too!
How sad to be just one kilometre away and unable to taste the cake, especially as we made it.
Admin1 is reading The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths.
They are all wearing masks to prevent identification.
Admin1 is reading Gallowstree Lane by Kate London, which was outstandingly good.
Last night’s tiny thin pink crescent moon half hidden by cloud and below the much brighter Venus, marks the start of the month of fasts and feasts in isolation.
Admin2 is reading The Confusion by Neal Stephenson.
We scored 10.5 on the GWQ.
Rainbows in windows is the latest meme to give community spirit to a nation of shut-ins. Tonight millions of people gathered at doors and windows to applaud the NHS. People have never been so united while avoiding each other like the…
Today was the sunniest day this year (and our fourth sunniest March day ever): 7.928kWh.
Admin1 is reading The American Boy by Andrew Taylor … readable, but a bit of a slog. Admin2 is reading The Runaway by Ali Harper.
We scored 8 on the GWQ.
The Conservative government has only had a majority for three weeks and already the anti-war crowd needs to hit the streets. At least this time there are Labour banners for the first time in twenty years.
Admin2 is reading Now You See Them by Elly Griffiths (thx Admin1); more entertainers, more murders.