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.

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.

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.

The Day That the Rain Came Down

It hasn’t rained for two weeks but it bucketed down today, accompanied by thunder. It has only rained for 10 days so far this month, but we’ve had over 100mm of precipitation. Interesting, huh?
Admin1 is reading The Eight by Katherine Neville, an enjoyably daft conspiracy thriller about a mystical chess set, set mostly in revolutionary 1790s France and 1970s US/Algeria. KN is amusingly determined to shoehorn in absolutely everyone you’ve ever heard of to this barmy tale: various Bachs, Euler, Casanova, Diderot, Boswell, Robespierre, Newton, David (the painter), Wordsworth, the Freemasons/Rosicrucians, Talleyrand, Napoleon, Gadaffi, Catherine the Great, William Blake, Voltaire, Cardinal Richelieu, Marat, Frederick the Great, Rousseau … and many more. Not to mention myths of Ancient Egypt, Crete, Algeria, the Moors, Syria, Turkey and so on. Published in 1988, it’s a sort of mix of The Da Vinci Code, Tomb Raider, Mary Gentle’s Ash and Neal Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle (in order of (very!) sharply rising quality). I didn’t believe a word of it 🙂
Admin2 is reading The Waiter by Ajay Chowdhury, a spicy snack of a story about a disgraced detective turned waiter who carries on detecting.

Saturday Lager

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.

Red Sky @ Night

A fine sunset following our excellent Chinese family banquet during which we scored 12.66666 on the GWQ.
Admin1 is reading Smoke and Ashes by Abir Mukherjee. Admin2, who is really enjoying these Indian historical crime novels, is now reading A Necessary Evil by the same author; so far she has read the series in reverse order.
We are watching Unforgotten series 4.


It’s beginning to feel a bit like summer: 24.6 °C. May was thunderplumping, pothering and stoating, and most probably our wettest ever May: 144.3 mm, and definitely the cloudiest: 202.626kWh. It was also colder on average than April.
Admin1 is reading Fall from Grace by Tim Weaver. Admin2 is reading Ruin Beach by Kate Rhodes. We are watching Line of Duty series 6.

Weather of the Day: Rain

Another wet day; the nineteenth so far this month. We’ve counted more mm than kWh.
Admin1 is reading Death in the East by Abir Mukherjee, an interesting historical crime novel set in early 20th century London’s East End and Assam, India. Some anachronistic language, but good on the entrenched racism of the times. Starts with a weird annual mass suicide of birds in Jatinga, which is apparently real.
Admin2 is reading Cruel Acts by Jane Casey.
Happy birthday Dave!