This morning we woke to a winter wonderland. Cheers Storm Larisa.
The weather station was a bit under the weather
but by afternoon it had mostly melted. The staff at Alley Cats Cafe Bar and Music Emporium had managed to keep their cat snow sculpture intact in an impressive act of maintenance while all around everything was dripping.
Admin1 is reading Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell.
Haven’t seen anything interesting lately so here are our cats keeping the bed warm.
Admin1 is reading Righteous Prey by John Sandford (reliably entertaining). Admin2 is reading Bewilderment by Richard Powers which was much better than I anticipated after the snorefest that was The Overstory: a steal from Flowers for Algernon, which he quite rightly referenced, with lots of environmentalism and a serving of schmaltz but a good dollop of skiffy sensibility too.
The temperature topped out at 39.2 °C today; our hottest day ever recorded. It was too much even for the heat-hardy admin2 who came over all faint after walking the kids back from school at peak celsius.
Admini is rereading A Song from Dead Lips by William Shaw. Admin2 is rereading Light Perpetual by Francis Spufford.
At our family dinner tonight (stroggers and blood orange drizzle cake) Gez was drawing on a silver sweet wrapper with a toothpick. We did not see it, but here is a photo of a cat rendered to look like silver paper.
Admin1 is reading Black Summer and Admin2 is reading The Puppet Show, both by MW Craven.
We scored 11.5 on the GSQ.
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.
Owing to roadworks, Admin2 took a different route today and spotted this charming arrangement on some steps.
Admin1 is reading The Other Mother by Michel Bussi. Admin2 is rereading Big Sky by Kate Atkinson.
Admin1 has been playing Assassin’s Creed Origins, a vast open-world game set in Egypt, circa 57BC. Some effort has gone into making it accurate, with consultant historians and linguists, and it’s undeniably impressive.
Here’s an eagle’s-eye view of Alexandria at sunset, taking in the Hippodrome, the museum, the famous library, the theatre, docks and ending up at the Ancient Wonder Pharos lighthouse, rediscovered in 1968.
There are also pyramids and the Sphinx…
…and, of course, cats:
Meanwhile, Admin1 is reading The Chalk Circle Man by Fred Vargas and Admin2 is reading The Other Mother by Michel Bussi.
Admin1 is rereading Seventy-Seven Clocks by Christopher Fowler. Admin2 is reading The Ghost Riders of Ordebec by Fred Vargas.
We scored 10 on the GWQ, thanks to knowing the answers to some of the questions. And we completely forgot it was Pie Day.
The cat is tired out after a hard day, just like us.
Admin1 is reading Cold Christmas by Alastair Gunn (daft plot, borderline readable). Admin2 is rereading, after many years, Satan Wants Me by Robert Irwin, and was transported back to a world of great music, drugs and crazy ideas.
This is the neighbour cat who has singalongs and standoffs with our nice cats. And sneaks inside and eats their food, as is obvious.
Admin1 is rereading Mortal Causes by Ian Rankin.
Coffee of the day: Ethiopia Rocko Mountain Reserve Natural Process: citrussy with curranty overtones and absolutely delicious.
Titan and Ganymede being friendly for once…
Admin2 is reading The Disappeared by Ali Harper, distinguished by the protagonist having the same name as Admin2 and the action being centred on the street where she once lived.
A spaghetti and meatballs (actually biscuit, truffles, jam and nuts) cake in honour of His Noodly Majesty the Flying Spaghetti Monster, bless his noodly appendages. It fooled the cat.
We had our sunniest April day ever (10.83kWh) and scored 10 on the GWQ.
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.
JOY is written in the fur, on one side only. The other side reads YOB.
Admin2 is reading Middle England by Jonathan Coe, a funny and disturbing book about brexit.
We scored er um 6 on the GWQ. Things can only get better.
Typical summer weather at last; cold and wet and windy.
Admin1 is reading Golden Prey by John Sandford. Admin2 is reading The Birdwatcher by William Shaw.
Coffee of the day: Brazil Ipanema, tall and tanned and young and lovely.
We scored 7.5 on the GWQ.