Friday post 06/01/23: with a variety of outfits

Welcome to Friday’s post. Today, I am going to catch up with a range of outfits that I have worn during the last couple of weeks. Over the Christmas period, I chose two lovely velour tops that I have owned for a few years. They were from Lands’ End…

And here they are again!

As you can see, I wore the teal top with my gorgeous Johnstons of Elgin cashmere stole in navy, grey, turquoise, green and white…

Cashmere stole – Johnstons of Elgin

I have also worn some gorgeous Hermès scarves during the break. The clothes were a grey cashmere v-neck, a navy cotton jumper, with grey and navy cord trousers. These are by John Lewis and Lands’ End. I decided to continue with the same jewellery throughout: blue resin and silver earrings with silver bracelets and a lovely scarf ring.

Let’s look at the clothing collage first, then the scarf photos:

Clothing choices for Christmas holiday period

I need to show you the images of the scarves in full…

Le Jardin de la Maharani by Hermès
Hermès Story by Hermès
Les Secrets de Minos by Hermès

Three very different scarves lift simple, fairly plain, outfits to another level. They also create interest and raise my spirits!

Well, that’s all for this week! Happy weekend to everyone ❤️❤️❤️.

Love and best wishes,

 Anne 

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P.S. If you are interested in these lovely scarves, I have written detailed Scarf of the Moment posts for each of them:

Le Jardin de la Maharani 

Hermès Story

Les Secrets de Minos

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Reading roundup 04/01/23

Welcome to the first Reading Roundup post of the new year! Regular visitors to the blog will know that I record all of my books on Goodreads and use links from there to show you my reviews and progress throughout the year. I had a goal on there of reading 60 books in the year and this is what I achieved…

Now, of course there is a lot more to reading than counting raw numbers! There are also things like quality, genre, book length etc. to consider. After all, if I was just interested in achieving a huge number of reads, I could simply devour 100s of toddler picture books!

Anyway, I am pretty chuffed that, even with my post-stroke vision and memory issues, I read a lot of excellent and wonderful books. They helped to keep me going through very difficult times and uplifted my heart.

Thank you to all of the fine authors out there!


Over the break, I read three excellent books to round off the year. Here is the first one:

Children of Memory by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Children of Memory by Adrian Tchaikovsky is #03 in his Children of Time trilogy. Regular readers of this blog will already know that I am a massive fan of Tchaikovsky’s writing and imagination. This trilogy is superb and truly “out of this world”!

This is the blurb:

“Earth is failing. In a desperate bid to escape, the spaceship Enkidu and its captain, Heorest Holt, carry its precious human cargo to a potential new Eden. Generations later, this fragile colony has managed to survive, eking out a hardy existence. Yet life is tough, and much technological knowledge has been lost.

Then Liff, Holt’s granddaughter, hears whispers that the strangers in town aren’t from neighbouring farmland. That they possess unparalleled technology – and that they’ve arrived from another world. But not all questions are so easily answered, and their price may be the colony itself.

Children of Memory by Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author Adrian Tchaikovsky is a far-reaching space opera spanning generations, species and galaxies.”

The book demanded a lot of concentration, but was totally worth the effort! Here is my review from Goodreads:

Children of Memory (Children of Time, #3)Children of Memory by Adrian Tchaikovsky
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mind blown! That’s how I feel having just finished this amazing book. Reading this pushed me to the brink of my intelligence. It began, easily enough. Then, I started to question what was going on. At first I wondered if my non-scientific brain was simply misunderstanding the plot. I soon realised that it hadn’t! Something strange was happening. Something very strange indeed!

The last few chapters shattered all of my perceptions whilst, at the same time, confusing me as I tried hard to make sense of it all and keep up. Amazing!

I do hope there is another book in the series.

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I can’t wait to read another book by Tchaikovsky. He has written a fantasy series, quite a while ago I believe, so I may look for that.

Right, on to the next book…

Outback by Patricia Wolf

My second book was a random choice from Amazon. Outback by Patricia Wolf (D S Walker #01) looked intriguing, and so it proved to be. Here is the blurb:

“Two missing backpackers. One vast outback.

DS Lucas Walker is on leave in his hometown, Caloodie, looking after his dying grandmother. When two young German backpackers vanish from the area on their way to a ranch, he finds himself unofficially on the case. But why all the interest from the Federal Police, when they have probably just ditched the heat and dust of the outback for the coast?

As the number of days the couple are missing climbs, DS Walker is joined by the girl’s sister. A detective herself from Berlin, she is desperate to find her before it’s too late.

Walker remains convinced there is more at play. Working in the organised crime unit has opened his eyes to the growing drug trade in Australia’s remote interior. Could this be connected?

As temperatures soar, the search intensifies to a thrilling crescendo against the unforgiving backdrop of the scorching Australian summer.”

The book’s setting was an unusual choice for me, but it was both interesting and enjoyable and worth four stars.

Outback (DS Walker #1)Outback by Patricia Wolf
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Interesting thriller set in the Australian Outback. I have never read a book quite like this before. The scenery and climate are almost extra characters in the story and are very well described by the author. I’m feeling terribly thirsty now that I have reached the end!

The mystery and police elements of the book held my attention, although some of the middle sections could have been better. The ending was good and am looking forward to another book in the series.

One small point. The page arrangements could have been better. Sometimes, a new point of view was introduced without any warning. Perhaps a line could have been left to show the break?

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Now we have reached the third and final book of the holidays: 

Red Snow by Will Dean

This final book is the second in the Tuva Moodyson series by Will Dean: Red Snow. I really enjoyed the first book, so was looking forward to reading this. First we have the blurb:

“TWO BODIES

One suicide. One cold-blooded murder. Are they connected? And who’s really pulling the strings in the small Swedish town of Gavrik?

TWO COINS

Black Grimberg liquorice coins cover the murdered man’s eyes. The hashtag #Ferryman starts to trend as local people stock up on ammunition.

TWO WEEKS

Tuva Moodyson, deaf reporter at the local paper, has a fortnight to investigate the deaths before she starts her new job in the south. A blizzard moves in. Residents, already terrified, feel increasingly cut-off. Tuva must go deep inside the Grimberg factory to stop the killer before she leaves town for good. But who’s to say the Ferryman will let her go?”

Once again, I think that this book deserved four stars. Here is my review (apologies for the short length!):

Red SnowRed Snow by Will Dean
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this second book in the series. The book is long, but the daily life of a deaf person managing her condition whilst investigating incidents and people for her journalism becomes endearing as well as, eventually, gripping. Many very intriguing and interesting characters in this one.

Will definitely read more books in this series.

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In fact, I have a few books from this series nicely queued up for me to read when I am ready!

Phew! Well, that’s the end of a very long post for this week’s Reading Roundup!

Happy Reading to you all.

Love and best wishes,

Anne

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Happy New Year 2023!

Happy New Year by Irene Steeves on Flickr

Happy New Year 2023 to all of my friends and visitors!

May you have a great year!

We have had a pleasant and relatively peaceful time over the holiday period. It was so lovely to see and hug Younger Son. He brought with him a sense of fun, calm and wisdom which benefited us all. Presents were exchanged, good food was consumed and pleasant conversations were had.

I am looking forward to a year where we try to pull together to help our family.

Blog news: I am so pleased to be able to say that last year’s statistics were the best yet! I must admit that I am amazed that the interest in the blog increased so much in its sixth year! The usual format of three posts per week will continue, with breaks for illness or special holidays. Also, I will carry on the pattern of posts from last year: Monday for random musings, Wednesday for Reading Roundup, and Friday to show you outfits that I have worn during the week. And I promise to try to reply to your comments much more promptly than in past years – I really value your feedback.

Love and best wishes,

Anne

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Happy New Year by Irene Steeves on Flickr

 

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Merry Christmas to you all!

I am still trying to decide on the day of my last post before Christmas! Anyway, just in case I am unable to write more this week, I am taking the opportunity to wish you all a:

Ooh, those poinsettias are lovely. Here are some more:

I do hope that all you lovely friends and visitors have a tremendous festive season!

Love and best wishes,

 Anne 

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Merry Christmas by Brian Hathcock on Flickr

Poinsettia by Choo Yut Shing on Flickr

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Friday post 16/12/22 with a gorgeous shawl

Hi! Welcome to my blog. On Fridays I usually write about the outfits I have worn during the week, with an emphasis on scarves. This week it has been very cold and frosty around here and my body has reacted by suffering multiple coughing fits. This has meant staying in bed most of the time. I did, however, manage to wear some of my larger and warmer shawls and scarves, so that was a plus point!

Here is my most precious shawl: Plumes en Fête by Hermès:

Outfit of the day 11/12/22 with Hermès’ Plumes en Fête shawl

I wore the shawl with a lovely pale grey cashmere v-neck jumper and pretty silver earrings. The shawl is so soft and warm and it drapes beautifully. These Hermès shawls are eye wateringly expensive and I saved up for ages to buy this one. If none of next season’s silk scarves appeal, I might just save up again for another one, even if it takes me all year! But the design would have to be perfect. This is a larger image of my shawl (taken from the Hermès website, so not completely accurate as to the colours):

Plumes en Fête shawl (H243433S 04)

The shawl is very large at 140×140 cms and I have another shawl of the same size by Liberty of London that I will wear next week if the weather continues to be so cold. Here is an image:

Liberty of London – Hera cashmere/silk shawl

This also really beautiful, but I am a bit nervous about the fringed edges!

Well, I think that it is now time to sign off now! Happy Weekend to you all.

Love and best wishes,

 Anne 

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Reading roundup 14/12/22

This might turn out to be the final Reading Roundup post of the year. I haven’t decided yet when I will start my break from the blog for the Christmas holidays, so I may fit another one in. Or not…

Sorry to be so indecisive!

The Kingdom of the Gods by N K Jemisin

This week’s book is the final part of N K Jemisin’s The Inheritance Trilogy: The Kingdom of the Gods. As usual, this was such a complex book that I really had to concentrate to read and understand it fully. Therefore, I didn’t have the time to read anything else. Anyway, this is the blurb:

“For two thousand years the Arameri family has ruled the world by enslaving the very gods that created mortalkind. Now the gods are free, and the Arameri’s ruthless grip is slipping. Yet they are all that stands between peace and world-spanning, unending war.

Shahar, last scion of the family, must choose her loyalties. She yearns to trust Sieh, the godling she loves. Yet her duty as Arameri heir is to uphold the family’s interests, even if that means using and destroying everyone she cares for.

As long-suppressed rage and terrible new magics consume the world, the Maelstrom — which even gods fear — is summoned forth. Shahar and Sieh: mortal and god, lovers and enemies. Can they stand together against the chaos that threatens?”

And here is my response on Goodreads:

The Kingdom of Gods (The Inheritance Trilogy, #3)The Kingdom of Gods by N.K. Jemisin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am in step with many other readers’ responses on here. This was a great ending to the trilogy, but the book had quite a few flaws. To be honest, I thought that my feelings of unease were due to my memory issues. In several places, I had to go back to earlier books or earlier in this book to check plot points or characters. By the time I arrived at the final chapters, everything seemed to come together, thankfully. All was rounded off nicely, which was great.

This is now the second trilogy of Jemisin’s that I have completed and I am certain that I will hunt out her other work. If she can write like this, absolute treasures must be in store for her readers!

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I am currently reading a very complex science fiction book – also the final part of a trilogy. Also a book that takes a lot of concentration to understand it fully! I will write about it in the next Reading Roundup post, all being well.

Until then: Happy Reading to you all!

Love and best wishes,

 Anne 

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Monday post 12/12/22 with a lovely haircut

Well, I think it’s lovely – thanks to my great hairdresser!

So, hello and welcome to my blog. If you read last Friday’s post, you may remember that I was supposed to write this on that day, but felt too unwell. Today’s post will, therefore, not be in the usual Monday style – not that this matters at all.

It is so unusual for me to actually leave the house that I take the opportunity to wear some of my nicer clothes and accessories when I do go out. On Friday, I chose my Hermès men’s wool scarf, Sweet Dreams, in a range of blue shades with touches of grey and white. With this I wore grey clothing and silver accessories, including the scarf ring. Here are the before and after photos:

I am so pleased with this ensemble! The dark grey jumper is from WoolOvers, the leopard print coat from Masai Clothing Company and the scarf ring and earrings were presents. Here are some of my accessories (yes, I know that I have showed you some of these recently!) and a full image of the scarf:

At the moment, a large triangle version, in cashmere/silk, of this Sweet Dreams design is available from Hermès and I must admit that I am very tempted! You can see all of the colourways of this, and the original wool square like mine, on my Scarf of the Day post.

Love and best wishes,

Anne

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Friday post 09/12/22 with apologies

Hello and welcome to my blog! Today, I have been to the hairdresser’s for a lovely cut and blow dry and I had intended to write a post with lots of photos. Unfortunately, since arriving home, I have felt really exhausted and so cannot write a full post. Instead I will try to write something over the weekend to upload on Monday.

So, Monday’s post will look like a Friday post! In that case, let’s make Friday’s post look like a Monday post, with this from Twitter…

Screenshot from @OptimoPrincipi on Twitter – accessed 07/12/22

Here’s hoping you have a very Happy Weekend.

Love and best wishes,

Anne

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Reading roundup 07/12/22

So… we have arrived in December already! Time is really speeding up for me these days. Perhaps that is because I read so much Fantasy and Science Fiction!!!

Yet again, I have only managed one book this week. I think that N K Jemisin’s books need a lot of concentration and careful reading. They are impossible to skip through…

The Broken Kingdoms by N K Jemisin

This week’s book was the second part of N K Jemisin’s The Inheritance Trilogy: The Broken Kingdoms.   Here is the blurb:

“A man with no memory of his past and a struggling, blind street artist will face off against the will of the gods as the secrets of this stranger’s past are revealed in the sequel to The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, the debut novel of NYTbestselling author N. K. Jemisin.

In the city of Shadow, beneath the World Tree, alleyways shimmer with magic and godlings live hidden among mortalkind. Oree Shoth, a blind artist, takes in a strange homeless man on an impulse. This act of kindness engulfs Oree in a nightmarish conspiracy. Someone, somehow, is murdering godlings, leaving their desecrated bodies all over the city. And Oree’s guest is at the heart of it. . .”

This really was an excellent read and well worth the full five stars on Goodreads. This was my review:

The Broken Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy, #2)The Broken Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I think that I enjoyed this second book in the series even more than the first one. The main character was really interesting and well-drawn and I must admit that I am hoping she is the heroine of the third book. Judging by the series so far, I expect that she won’t be. I certainly enjoy Jemisin’s fantasy writing and, yet again, her imagination is stunning.

I was going to have a change of pace and read something else next, but I simply can’t wait to see how this story turns out! On to the final book >>>>>>>>>

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So, that is exactly what I have done! I am now about a third of the way through book three, The Kingdom of the Gods, and I will write about it next week. As my reviews of the first two books have been very short, I will try to be more expansive.

That’s all for now – Happy Reading to you all.

Love and best wishes,

Anne

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Monday post 05/12/22: under too much stress!

Welcome to Monday’s post. I had decided to skip today’s post because I am feeling so stressed and ill, but I will try to write something. Unfortunately, Lovely Husband and I have been struggling to manage Elder Son’s difficulties all weekend. I am not going to spell out any details, for his privacy, but will just say that we are totally wrung out and exhausted. All we can hope is that circumstances pan out OK for him and that he will then calm down.

Whilst all of that was going on, I hunted for, and ordered, some amusing Christmas gifts for all three of my “chaps”. We usually give ES and YS cash presents, alongside some clothes, but I decided that it was time for me to stop choosing clothing that they might not even like! Instead, I have bought some items that I hope will amuse them. Let’s wait and see if I have hit the mark this year!

Now, I will try to loose myself in a book and hope that I can stop worrying!

Screenshot from @womensart1 on Twitter – accessed

What a gorgeous picture!

Love and best wishes,

Anne

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