Saturday, 8 August 2015


Scurryfunge (verb)

Old English; to rush around cleaning when company is on their way over.

Over the last week or so we have done a lot of scurryfinging. And I'm fairly certain that we'll scurryfunge at least twice more before the month is out. 
Why do we always leave the cleaning and tidying until the very last minute? Still, "scurryfunge" sounds nice and feels nice to say.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

A stroll through the dunes

Yesterday morning I enjoyed my dog walk so much that I thought I might share it with you.

I loved all the wild flowers but you'll see that Gus was of the opinion that I'd taken enough photos of them and not enough of him. So he laid down on the Harebells! 


Sunday, 2 August 2015

Book: The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon

This is book five of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series of books about a woman, Claire Randall, who steps through an ancient stone circle in Scotland and finds herself transported two hundred years into the past. Anchored in this 'new' time and place by Jamie Fraser an outlawed highlander and the love of her life, together they have travelled to America and built themselves a new home and a new life in the wilds of the colonies.

As ever though, life is not easy and Claire knows that times are going to get a lot more challenging for them and those they care for before too long.

I really enjoy these stories and the idea of Claire's displacement in time. In essence, this is an historical romance and as such is a wonderful piece of escapism from everyday life. There is rather too much sex for my tastes but I can gloss over that (although the female characters' obsessions with their breasts in this book was annoying) and I once again enjoyed getting lost in this fanciful tale. However, I do have to say that this time I felt the book was needlessly long. Had the author cut some of the sex, a lot of the breasts and a fair amount of the description and meandering musings I feel that the story would have lost nothing and gained much. Which is not to say that I won't be reading the next book in the series - I will - but I will not be jumping straight into it now. I will be taking a break and indulging in some shorter stories and light reading before diving into my next epic.