After a few fraught days – and believe me, a blog with problems is only a first-world problem, so not really a problem in the great scheme of things, just an annoyance – I now have my blog up and running again. I found an excellent person on the website Fiverr (correct spelling), a website where those with computer skills advertise their services. This highly skilled person has not only ironed out the glitches for me but totally transformed my blog, and I do like it – and I hope you will, too.
I would just like to mention that the header photo is the view across Torbay, towards the town of Torquay, from the grounds of Berry Head Hotel.
So now, onwards and upwards.
I will kick start with talking about a lovely new book which arrived this week. I had read Janice McLeod’s first book, Paris Letters some time ago …
I thought it was a joy from beginning to end and couldn’t wait for her next book which has only recently been published …
This book is quite different but lovely in a different way from the first. It is a year’s journal of living in Paris, a city I have never visited but I have loved every moment of my virtual visit with Janice as my guide. I now know the difference between Napoleon whom we defeated at Waterloo and Napoleon (his nephew) who instigated the re-building of the city; I know a little more about Hemmingway and the writers who met in Paris; I know about Chanel and her perfume No 5 and why it was named thus; indeed, I know a lot more about Paris than I did even a few days ago. I read the book in the garden …
(My red nail polish sort-of matches the lovely French red on these photographs, does it not?)
It was a very hot afternoon and I was sitting in the shade of our walnut tree.
I also read the book in bed with my early morning brioche and apricot jam (how French is that?) …
Sadly, I finished this book all too quickly. It really is the kind of book that you can romp through and that is its only drawback. But it is so attractive, so informative, that I know I shall read it again and again, each time learning something new (or rather, reinforcing what I read before but which I thought I’d forgotten).
I will be posting again before too long, perhaps on books (ones I have just acquired; and another post on a theme, perhaps books on birds and wildlife as I know there are several readers who are keen bird watchers.)
Again, I’m delighted to be back writing again.
Have a lovely weekend, everyone.
Until next time.