A beautiful bright and evanescent rainbow briefly lighting up the autumn leaves to celebrate Admin2’s booster jab.
Admin1 is reading The Midnight Hour by Elly Griffiths. Admin2 started reading Too Much of Water by LC Tyler but is probably going to look for something else [update: rereading The Pesthouse by Jim Crace].
Warm rain from a Spanish plume, soon to be followed by an Arctic blast.
Admin1 is reading All the Hidden Truths by Claire Askew. Admin2 is reading The Midnight Hour by Elly Griffiths.
A sunset panorama.
Admin1 is rereading Finders Keepers by Stephen King. Admin2 is reading River of Darkness by Rennie Airth.
We scored 12 on the GSQ.
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.
Winter is coming. September was warm for September; better than August and had more rain per rainy day than any other month but less sunshine than average.
Admin2 is reading The Long Firm by Jake Arnott; fiction with real characters from the 1960s London crime scene with the final chapter from the POV of a social studies lecturer living in Chapeltown.
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.
We’ve had more sunshine so far this year (1,366.747kWh) than the whole of our two worst years, 2012 and 2016, and there are stll three gloomy months to go.
Admin2 is reading Telling Tales by Anne Cleeves which began very promisingly but turned into a standard whodunnit.
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.
A red snapper escaping from an electric eel.
Admin2 is reading Redemption by Jussi Adler-Olsen.
We scored 10 on the GWQ.
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.
Criss-cross clouds. We’ve also had the pleasure of seeing a couple of Perseid meteors this week.
Admin1 is reading Dog Will Have His Day by Fred Vargas. Admin2 is reading Providence by Max Barry.
We scored 12 – yay! – on the GWQ.
Admin2 is rereading Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson which is disturbingly Leeds-based.
More rain, and at last a bow!
Admin1 is reading This Poison Will Remain by Fred Vargas. Admin2 is rereading When Will There be Good News? by Kate Atkinson.
More stormy weather today, and this beast briefly had a splendid pileus on top, which vanished before we could grab a camera.
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.
A pillar of darkness between the werewolf on the left and the fine upstanding man on the right.
Admin1 is reading A Climate of Fear by Fred Vargas. Admin2 is reading The Trawlerman by William Shaw.
We scored 11.5 on the GWQ.
A parhelion in a wispy cloud on a sunny day at last, following a night of noctilucent clouds.
Admin2 is reading Reprieve by James Han Matson; all hell breaks loose in a house of horrors.
Admin1 has been reading Black Sun by Owen Matthews and Admin2 has been reading A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee. We now have new books so need a new photo soon. Meanwhile we scored 12 on the GWQ, thanks to a spread of lucky guesses, mostly.
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 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.
In the midnight hour a delicate veil appears in the northern sky with Capella shining above. It is by far the earliest day in the year that we’ve spotted this summer phenomenon.
Tis the season for noctilucent clouds and circumhorizon arcs but we haven’t seen any yet. Meanwhile here is a halo over the library.
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.
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!
Followed by sunshine, thunder and painfully large hailstones.
Admin1 is reading Chasing the Dead by Tim Weaver. Admin2 is reading Burnt Island by Kate Rhodes, a readable but forgettable crime novel set in the storm-tossed Scillies.
We scored 10 on the GWQ.