Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Time flies ...

... when you are having fun! Yes, I am back , the weeks have flown by with shearing,housework and wedding preparations.
The weather has helped a lot with the farm work ---- most of the shearing completed (although the Swaledales  won't be ready for a couple of weeks) and hubby has now started cutting the grass for either silage or hay, depending how long this glorious sunshine lasts. If it is short lived the grass will be made into silage , brilliant sunshine will give us very good hay, so the next few days are very important to this farmer.

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Weddings...

...both Royal and otherwise have been on my mind recently. Two of my daughters joined myself for a wonderful day watching the Royal Wedding. It was fantastic! Her dress , the service , the bridesmaids were all so lovely. Yesterday , the bride was seen supermarket shopping , pushing her trolley along as we all do, (although I don't think there are security men following me in Morrisons, lol!) but she is obviously enjoying her 'normal' married life.

Now for the 'other' weddings ; well two of my daughters are tying the knot this year, one in September and one in December, so there is plenty of wedding talk in this household. Up to now we have one wedding dress, two bridesmaid outfits and one mother of the bride outfit. The priest, choir , church flowers are all arranged and cars and cake are being organised as I type. All the above are for the Septmeber wedding and most will be repeated for the Winter bride.

There is much preparation to be done for 'the' day , but it is exciting!The day will be wonderful although I'm sure there will be a few wedding nerves, I can't imagine how nervous William and Kate must have felt in the Abbey, and her father with such a long walk to the altar, oh my perhaps we have nothing to be nervous about after all!

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Easter Sunday

                                                                   'HE IS RISEN !'


Wishing  readers all the blessings of  Easter.

Sunday, 17 April 2011

Palm Sunday

'The next day the crowds who had come up for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took branches of palm and went out to meet Him, shouting,
'Hosanna! Blessings on the King of Israel, who comes in the name of the Lord.'   John 12, 12-13.

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Thursday, 14 April 2011

The Pelican Brief

The Pelican Brief by John Grisham.

'He seemed incapable of creating such chaos, but much of what he saw below could be blamed on him. And that was fine. He was ninety-one, paralyzed,strapped in a wheelchair and hooked on oxygen'.

These are the first lines of this action packed thriller. The 'He' in question is a legendary high court judge and the first of the assassins victims.
As the story unfolds the killer's appetite for murder continues , all judges or law lecturers.
The U.S. President is drawn into the plots and his contact with unscrupulous business men is made apparent.

However, when an innocent law student who has written her own account of the business dealings involved is made known to the killer ,she is literally running from state to state for her life.

This was my first John Grisham novel and it won't be my last. A fantastic novel , very well written , the author has not resorted to sex and swearing , which is an added bonus for me.
Highly recommended.

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Wordless Wednesday


'Follow my Leader!

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Saturday, 2 April 2011

Mothering Sunday.


Mothering Sunday.

Tomorrow  being the fourth Sunday of Lent is Mothering Sunday. Traditionally a day when mothers are honoured in the U.K. This custom began many years ago and as time progressed the Church under her title 'Mother Church' was also honoured.  The Church and all it represented was recognised as a spiritual help in combating evil and protecting people from harm.
As the years passed the church festival and 'Mothering Sunday' combined to form what day we experience now.
 In addition to remembering our earthly mothers let's not forget our heavenly Mother, Our Lady. For she is a devoted Mother and we are her children. Our Lady is always with us, always ready to help and guide us through our earthly life.
So as well as buying gifts and cards to show our appreciation to Mum, lets not forget that we are also children of Mary.

Lord,
I ask but one favour of you this day,
That of dwelling in your Church
Not as a scholar,
Nor as a philosopher,
Not as an athlete,
Nor yet as a hero,
But simply as a child of Mary,
your Mother. Amen.

by Pierre Charles, S.J.

April.

Always Marry An April Girl

Praise the spells and bless the charms,
I found April in my arms.
April golden, April cloudy,
Gracious, cruel, tender, rowdy;
April soft in flowered languor,
April cold with sudden anger,
Ever changing, ever true --
I love April, I love you.

by Ogden Nash.

Thursday, 31 March 2011

Beyond the Sunset.

'Beyond the Sunset' by Anna Jacobs.

The first part of this novel is set in Western Australia. The year is 1864 and the four Blake sisters have travelled to Australia on the wishes of their Aunt . Twins Maia and Xanthe and their older sisters Cassandra and Pandora have left their home in Lancashire and not all are happy 'down under'.
Living in the Migrants' Home Pandora dreams of the cobbled streets of the U.K.Back in their home town the Aunt has died and these girls have inherited her shop in Oldtham. To contact the girls Zachary Carr , a responsible employee of the shop is sent by solicitors to trace the sisters and encourage them to return to claim their inheritance.
The journey to Australia takes months and Zachary has adventure on the way , but these are insignificant compared with the return journey. Not all the sisters are keen to leave their new home . When Zachary returns with his passenger life in Lancashire, and particularly the shop has changed and not all for the better.

This is my first 'Anna Jacobs' novel and I can't recommend too highly. The descriptions of the Australian outback compared with the Lancashire town were well written and the romantic adventure is certainly a page turner.
Excellent.

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Camera shy?

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Sunday, 27 March 2011

Third Sunday of Lent.


'We beseech Thee , O Lord, grant us that taught by wholesome fasting, and abstaining from harmful vices, we may the more easily obtain Thy pardon.'

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Unfortunately the World's top University...

... didn't win the boat race.

Today saw the 157th University Boat Race on the river Thames in London. Oxford v Cambridge.The winners last year were Cambridge, the world's top university,but unfortunately couldn't succeed in the race today.

As you can guess I am a great fan of the Cam rowers and the Uni having two very close relations in their alumni, so today was disappointing but --- next year Cambridge , next year!!!!

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Three hands in the fountain.


Three Hands in the Fountain by Lindsey Davis.
A Marcus Didius Falco Novel.

Rome, August - October, AD 73.
In ancient Rome , water fountains were numerous and as such there was often blockages around the pipe work. These pipes led to and from the aqueducts and the sewers. Lowly workers were employed to maintain these waterways. The water pipes were laid for the convenience of the public , both in the communal baths and in private homes.
The time between the hot months of August and October the fountains were used constantly . The heat of the sun and the excitment of 'games' in the arena made for thirsty citizens. Many people having travelled far and wide to be spectators.
As one fountain is reduced to a trickle workmen investigate the cause , only to find a human hand blocking the outlet. Marcus Didius Falco and his assistant, Petronius are summoned to solve this barbaric mystery.
When another hand is found in a fountain across the city the public panic and officials commission other investigators.
Now Marcus is a pretty 'laid back ' guy but when the city is bustling with travellers enjoying the last of the summer he springs into action to try and find this sadistic killer . Can he find the culprit before another hand is discovered?

This was my first 'Marcus' novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it, the sights and smells of ancient Rome were very evident and made for an interesting read.

Friday, 25 March 2011

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Wordless Wednesday


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Sunday, 20 March 2011

Second Sunday of Lent



'Understand my cry:hearken to the voice of my prayer, O my King and my God: for to Thee will I pray, O Lord.'
Psalm 5. 2-4.

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Friday, 18 March 2011

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Wordless Wednesday




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Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Teaser Tuesday



Here is the format for Teaser Tuesday----

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teaser----
'I had warned Marina again to take care because the aqueduct snatcher might be working in her neighbourhood. She, quite reasonably, had then enquired whether I really thought any pervert would pluck up the courage to attack two of the Braidmakers' Old Girls after their monthly meeting night out? A ridiculous idea , of course.'

Page 209 , 'Three Hands in the Fountain' by Lindsey Davis.
More teasers can be found here.