Spring!

I’m loving this weather at the moment. Can only sit outside to enjoy it for half an hour at a time, and not strong enough to do it every day, and contrary to expectations I find that climatic conditions don’t alter my health condition in any way, but the sunshine and lovely birdsong does make me smile.

That’s it, folks. I’m still in the same way I was last time I posted. It’s a long old relapse, this. I’m mostly bedbound, mostly sleeping, mostly hurting too much to bear and so mostly drugged quite heavily.

My wife is reading a splendidly illustrated hardback copy of Mrs Beeton’s Every-Day Cookery, annotated throughout with pencilled menu notes.

On the first blank page inside the front cover, in a different hand of confident cursive blue ink, is this message:

To Bunny, in self defence, John. 1948

Making us smile. 🙂

My Christmas books

I’m one of those people who has every possession I need or want, so each year in November/December I create a books wishlist for my family.

We got over the but you know what you’ll be getting thing ages ago. They know I’m always happy to unwrap book presents on Christmas Morning, and better to give me a book I really want to read than take a gamble on a guess.

These are the titles I’m asking for this year:

  • Public Library and other stories by Ali Smith
  • The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain M Banks
  • Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)
  • The Celts by Alice Roberts

What books do you look forward to reading this winter?

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