A selection of books from a couple of charity shops all for the grand sum of £6.50.
In my twenties (or was it thirties?) I read many of the American crime/ thriller novels of Ross Macdonald and John D MacDonald. Both authors are highly regarded and I remember much enjoying the books.
Decades later, on one of my occasional clear-outs, I disposed of their books and those of other authors. I remember thinking twice about getting rid of the John D MacDonald books because they had such fabulous covers. Interestingly I’ve started following a blog devoted to his book covers, and it was this that’s motivated me to re-read some of the two authors’ books. I’m sure the image on the right is from the range I had once owned but I can’t find images of the other books in that range.
I’ve only managed to find two ebooks by RM or JDM at my local on-line library. RM’s The Dark Tunnel was one of his early novels – and it shows! Absolutely terrible, though it won’t stop me looking out for his later works. However, JDM’s Nightmare in Pink is a superb read.
In these difficult times I’ve been getting my reading material from different sources:
- Re-reading books from my shelves
- ebooks downloaded from my local library
- Blackwell’s online bookshop
Today I ventured into our local Waterstones and came away with three books. I can’t say that wearing a mask for the length of time it takes me to browse is a pleasant experience, but it was fine. And it’s good to be back in a bookshop again!
As an aside I wasn’t sure whether I should use ‘ebook’ or ‘e-book’ in the text, but after looking up “E-book, ebook, eBook” on Grammarist, I decided to go with ‘ebook’.
This morning started out cloudy and cool, but quickly turned into a scorcher. Walking around the back of the prison walls I sometimes hear the prisoners out exercising, but not today. What they would give to be in my walking boots! This must be the third time I’ve done this 11-mile, circular walk, and on a hot day like today the mainly woodland walk provided welcome shelter from the sun.
I’m never happy with pictures taken in the trees, but these three are ok.
I’ve redesigned this blog to display posts in a list format instead of a magazine format. In addition there is a menu item under the HOME menu to display snippets of the blog posts in a magazine format.
A local walk on the beautiful Farthing Downs…
This was our first time away since the pandemic began, visiting old haunts on the Yorkshire coast whilst being cautious with social distancing. Scarborough was heaving, perhaps with all those people who would normally have gone to warmer countries at this time of year.
Filey is well worth a visit for its unspoilt sea-front and glorious sands and for its outstanding feature, the Brigg, a long narrow peninsula jutting into the North Sea. When the tide is out the nimble-footed can walk onto the rocks.
This is the first blog post for three weeks and it’s of a 10.3 mile local walk that took three and a half hours. Mainly woodland paths, I discovered some new areas to explore further. It was a good warm-up for some long Autumnal walks including, hopefully, some legs of the Solent Way walk I began last year.
I’m uncomfortable around dogs and so a pack of 6 largish dogs forced me to hold back whilst they disappeared into the distance. A few minutes later a pack of 10 small dogs appeared some distance away. I was less concerned by them but they caused me to wonder what might have happened had the 6 largish dogs come across the 10 smaller ones!
On a 6-mile walk, some artists were beginning their work in the park, where there were some lovely plants.
And at the end of the walk the new barbers was almost ready to open.
A Covid concert? No, just a photo-shoot.
It’s a nightmare going by car from North Surrey to Milton Keynes. Getting there it was the South/North Circular – a mere 14 miles in the first hour, followed by the M1 motorway. The return journey was M1 and M25 which was going well until it wasn’t. Five hours total driving is no fun on our road system.Continue reading “Stony Stratford”
I saw this film two years ago at the cinema, and thought it OK. I watched it last night on the tv and loved it! Many laugh-out-loud moments despite the serious subject matter. And it’s very quirky.
A little fly and a big fly, trapped in a spider’s web. I think that’s the spider tucking into the big fly. The little fly will be its pudding!
A couple of iPhone images from a stroll by the Thames.