On Wednesday this week I go into hospital for my second hip replacement, 5 months after the first. I’m dreading the process and yet also impatient to have both over and done with. Depending on how things go, I may, or may not, be around on my blog for a bit. I’m hoping to feel […]

This week, one week after the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, and two weeks after Her Majesty lay in rest in St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, just a short walk from the 3,000-year-old castle at the top of the hill, it seems quite appropriate to share with you my August visit to the Edinburgh Tattoo. […]

Having spent Sunday night in the throne room at Holyrood Palace (see my recent post for photographs), today, the Queen’s coffin will travel up the Edinburgh Royal Mile to St Giles Cathedral, the High Kirk (parish church) of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh. Just over a month ago, I explored this 12th century cathedral, […]

One of the reasons I was excited to visit Holyrood Palace this time around, was because of the chance to see a small selection of paintings that are normally on display in Buckingham Palace, but were on loan to the Queen’s Gallery. In particular, I was excited to see paintings by Rembrandt for the first […]

This year I’m having to work extra hard to make up for the need to take 3 months off: 6 weeks to recover from each hip replacement, with the second looming at the end of September. No time for a full holiday this year, but a few busy days sight-seeing in Edinburgh provided a welcome […]

Here’s one of those from May (during my post op recovery period) that I forgot to review: Murder on Mustique by Anne Glenconner My rating: 4 of 5 stars Anne Clenconner is in a unique position to write this book. The central character, Lady Vee, is a thinly veiled version of herself, drawing on her […]

Having read ‘A Murder On Mustique’ (and goodness! I must get around to reviewing that one!), which is a murder mystery peopled by characters only thinly veiled from the real inhabitants of the island, including Anne Glenconner herself – I was intrigued to find out more about the real woman behind this charmingly-written book. To […]

Another of the books I read while lazing around, recovering from hip surgery. Sometimes a cosy mystery that doesn’t challenge the mind can be just the thing! Chicken Culprit by Vikki Walton My rating: 4 of 5 stars Having started a different cosy and given up within 2 pages, annoyed by the amateurish writing, I […]

Another of the many books I read while laid up following my recent hip replacement – which, by the way is going very well. I’m now 3 months post op and aside from pulling a muscle (too enthusiastic with my PT exercises, surprise, surprise), it’s pretty much fixed. 4 months is the magic number for […]

Blurb ‘Fantasy as it ought to be written’ George R.R. Martin Robin Hobb returns to her best loved characters in a brand new series. Tom Badgerlock has been living peaceably in the manor house at Withywoods with his beloved wife Molly these many years, the estate a reward to his family for loyal service to […]