Thursday, October 31, 2013

From the Archives - Runaway Cows

While out driving in Bowmore on the island of Islay in Scotland in 2004 we came across this message from a local farmer.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Hanging my Head in Shame

I call myself a reader but this year my reading activity has been abysmal.

I record the books I read each year in Librarything tagging them with Read 2006, Read 2007,....Read 2013 etc.  The stats for 2006 and 2007 are high because when I was working I had access to lots of picture books and I was able to read these quickly in morning tea and lunch breaks. Looking at my statistics I see that I have really dropped the ball in the last few years. I hope that my lacklustre effort in 2011 is an error and that I just forgot to record what I read.

Read 2006 (110)
Read 2007 (124)
Read 2008 (67)
Read 2009 (75)
Read 2010 (91)
Read 2011 (18)
Read 2012 (26)
Read 2013 (36)

I lay the blame for this on the internet. I spend more than an hour each day engaged in reading but it is not the sustained reading that one gets from books, it is more like reading articles in newspapers and journals. I am just reading short bits and pieces that are educative and informative and I am learning from them but it is not the sustained reading one gets from books. 

Over the past few weeks I have made an effort to read for an hour or so each night and have thus added a few more titles to my tally for 2013. 

The last book I read is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society  that has been sitting on my bookshelves for way too long. This was an excellent book that drew me in, tugged at my heartstrings and gave me a history lesson. Simply told through a series of letters it chronicles the journey of young author, Juliet Ashton, to Guernsey to meet with members of a literary group with whom she has been corresponding. 

Read it.

Friday, October 18, 2013

From the Archives - Under Renovation

From time to time I am going to post a picture from our travel albums.

Today's photo was taken in January 2004 in Bratislava, Slovakia when The Hotel Danube foyer was being renovated.

Friday, October 4, 2013


On my genealogy blog last week I wrote a post about my favourite season, spring. When looking for photos to illustrate that post I realised that I hadn't taken any snaps this spring season so I grabbed my camera and went for a stroll. Unfortunately it was too late to get decent photos of the camellias or azaleas but I found a few plants still in bloom.

No words are needed to describe why I like spring, these photos are explanation enough.

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