Poetry (1)

I’ve shared some of my poetry on here before. I’ve been conscientiously trying to write more this year on the theory that if I make myself write, I will in time hit inspiration.

Below is a poem I wrote a few moths ago… comments are welcomed.

I was beaten today,

tossed by the tides of time

and I lost.

So I retreated like a child

back to comforts long known…

tea and an old book.

And once again they held my hand,

buffered the darkness

and steered me through the night.

 

Lindy xxx

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What I’m Reading this Week… (3)

Well my reading has not progressed much from last week! I’ve been so busy with university I’ve only managed to finish one book (Michael McIntyre’s autobiography). Lets hope that this week is a little more productive!

I have a maths assignment to write so all of this pile is getting perused!

I’m still reading PD James. Its good, but I’m not totally into the characters yet.

This is my favourite book from childhood and I still like to re-read it, so I’m hoping this week if I get into a reading slump it will save me!

What are you reading this week?

Lindy x

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Book Review: Name of the Wind

Oh my oh my did I love this book. It has been sitting on my shelf for over a year now. I thought it looked good, brought it on an impulse and then it sat on my shelf and it mocked me. It was just so thick and I never considered that I had the time to read it. So it just sat there. And looked at me.

Yet over the Easter holidays I was in full essay avoidance mode and I decided to start it. Goodness me was that one excellent decision of mine! In the end I finished it in under a week it was that good!

This is a really well written, structured and plotted novel that grips you from the get go. The characters are interesting, complicated and their motivations are believable, pretty important in a novel that is 600+ pages long!

I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys epic fantasy novels or just simply well plotted and interesting books. Despite this novels length I was never bored with the story and was ecstatic to find out that there was a sequel and that its part of a planned trilogy.

You can bet that the sequel is now on my library request lists!

I leave you with this quote from the back cover, and if this doesn’t make you want to read the book I don’t know what will!

‘I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I have burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.

My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.’

If you have read this book let me know- did you enjoy it as much as me?

Lindy xxx

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Tiny Sad Bird

My craft of choice recently has been embroidery. Its small, can be done in little snatches and is oh so soothing after a long day.

This little fellow is adapted from a pattern I found on the art blog of the crazy talented Gennine (seriously check her out- so amazing!) I adapted the pattern to fit the size of hoop I wanted to use and off I went. When I finished this little fellow just looked so sad to me that I added the tears. Not sure what he is crying about though.

To get the deeper colour on the tail I mixed strands of thread from the two colours I had already used. Both artistically pleasing and thrifty (I hate wasting thread!)

What have you made this week friends?

Lindy xxx

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What I’m Reading this Week… (2)

I finished Patrick Rothfuss the Name of the Wind! I took a lot of dedicated ignoring of my assignment but I did it… full review coming later in the week.

I’m going for easy reads this week as I am going back to university😦 As you know I’m a fan of biography and Michael McIntyre is pretty darn funny so I’m hoping the two have met in a joyous union here.

I will be reading this book for the foreseeable future! It just takes so long!

This I picked up for 50p at a charity shop- deal! And we all know how I can’t resist a bit of crime fiction!

What are you reading this week friends?

Lindy xxx

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Book Review: Calories and Corsets

Calories and Corsets by Louise Foxcroft is a non-fiction title which I borrowed from my library as an e-book on a whim. (Yes, I am still amazed by this service and now borrow more e-books than physical books from my library!) It is a brief history of dieting and diet fads that spans from ancient history to the modern day.

I borrowed it mostly because I am a sucker for non-fiction titles and I enjoy reading popular history titles. I wasn’t disappointed by this book. It is a light and airy overview of diet history that focused mostly on recent history say the 1700 onwards. Which was logical considering that this was the point from which fad dieting really began to explode as a phenomenon.

What I found most fascinating from this book was really how little fad dieting has changed in the last 300 years. All of the modern latest ‘quick fix’ diets have all be done before and low-carb diets are in no way a new invention! I was also interested to find out that the medias obsession with celebrities weight was not new either- apparently Lord Byron in his day was quite hounded for his eating habits! Louise Foxcroft’s writing was engaging and I never lost interest; I think I read this in about 2 evenings.

All in all a good easy read that makes you think about your own eating habits and how history has an amazing tendency to repeat itself.

Lindy xxx

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Skirt Sewing

So I was bored the other night, James was out and I was left alone with my sewing machine…. I wonder what happened! About 3 years ago I brought this very ugly, 3 sizes too big dress for the grand total of £3, meaning to do something with it.

I thought the colours were nice and had considered turning it in to a skirt, and only 3 years later, I got round to it! The dress had a zipper up the side which I wanted to preserve because I didn’t have another one in my stash, and I’m not very good at putting them in any way.

This is what I came up with…

In order to preserve the zipper the skirt has a deep fold over at the waist band which I added a sash to. I cut the bodice of the dress off and re hemmed the raw edge. I then had to take the side opposite to the zipper in a little so it fit snugly round my hips and added the sash.

I am really pleased with how this turned out. For £3 and about 45mins I now have a nice new summer skirt. Now if only the weather would start co-operating with me!

Lindy xxx

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