The Disocactus x hybridus in our bathroom puts out another overarching display.
Admin1 is reading No Other Darkness by Sarah Hilary. Admin2 is rereading Real Tigers by Mick Herron, which features a devastating portrait of a popular but pernicious politician, totally fictional of course.
Outside is shrouded in clouds and sodden with rain, so here is a view from inside.
Admin1 is reading The Last Astronaut by David Wellington, a highly derivative cross between Rendezvous with Rama and Alien, complete with chestburster scene. How this awful, badly characterised and idiot-plotted novel got on the Clarke Award shortlist is one of the great cosmic mysteries.
Admin2 is rereading Time out of Joint by Philip K Dick. Nothing is real.
Our cats in an uncharacteristic affectionate pose. They spend most of the day annoying each other and half the night charging up and down stairs playing a crazy game of hide-and-seek.
Admin1 is reading Cover Your Tracks by Clare Askew. Admin2 is reading Nightshade by ES Thomson.
We scored 10 on the GSQ.
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.
This Disocactus x hybridus has been chilling out on the bathroom windowsill for years, producing one or two flowers a year, if any. This year it has gone crazy.
Admin1 is reading Let the Dead Speak by Jane Casey. Admin2 is reading Death in the East by Abir Mukherjee.
It’s Booktally Day! In the past 8 years we have read 2035 books, 260 up on last year.
Admin2 is reading Dog Will Have His Day by Fred Vargas; the plot hinges on a dog turd deposited on a Paris street at midnight.
The inside and the outside (and Admin2’s new(ish) phone) reflected in a shiny bauble.
Admins 1 and 2 have been watching True Detective Season 3 (thanks Admin2!). Admin1 is rereading Real Tigers by Mick Herron and Admin2 is reading The Silent Boy by Andrew Taylor.
Admin1 is reading Insidious Intent by Val McDermid and Admin2 is reading Speak by Louisa Hall; a clever novel about artificial intelligence, love and loss.
We scored 9.5 on the GWQ, close to our average score in 2018, which was 9.347692308…, continuing our year-on-year improvement.
Admins 1&2’s new dining table which converts to a snooker table. Thank you St Gemmas. Game on!
Admin1 is rereading Kolymsky Heights by Lionel Davidson. Admin2 is reading The Hit by Nadia Dalbueno.
Khofi ya tsiku: Malawi Pamwamba which was pamwamba (top).
With this lot on our team we managed to score 11 on the GWQ. Thx Gui, Lee, Bi & Fi, C, G & D.
Admin1 is reading Transcription by Kate Atkinson; finely written, but I wasn’t convinced by the denouement. Admin 2 is reading America City by Chris Beckett, a fabulous book about the power of publicity to change for the worse an America changed for the worse by climate change, and topical in the week of Hurricane Michael.
Our new toy tool: a drone with a movie camera, bought to look at the solar panels to see if they need a clean (and definitely not to have fun with). It’s pretty difficult to control in small spaces, but Admin1 is slowly improving with practice. This is the highest we’ve taken it so far.
Admin1 is rereading The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell.
Coffee of the day: Costa Rica Montanas del Diamante Tarrazu; smooth and citric.
Admin1 is reading No Echo by Anne Holt, which was totally implausible, not helped by the characters all acting like spoiled kids. Admin2 tried reading The Marco Effect by Jussi Adler-Olsen but discovered that we had already read it under the title of Buried and is now reading Gnomon by Nick Harkaway, which was visionary.
It was cloudy and rainy today so we did our jigsaw from 1978 that included Upper Volta, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and the USSR and watched Whitechapel. We scored 5.5 on the Guardian Weekend quiz. Bah.
This blog is 500 posts old today. Happy blogiversary!
Admin1 watched Gravity and is reading The Jewel That Was Ours by Colin Dexter. Admin2 is reading A Perfectly Good Family by Lionel Shriver, about squabbling siblings.
Today the solar panels reached the amount of money we made in 2013.