Welcome and come on in and share a cup of whatever you want with me. I feel as though I haven’t seen any of your for ages and it certainly feels funny saying Happy New Year when already we are into February. I hope you all did have a wonderful time progressing into the New Year.
If we were having coffee I’d tell you that the cruise was just what my husband and I needed and it came at exactly the right time. It allowed us to sit back and draw breath and that is exactly what we needed. I have decided that I am going to do a series on the voyage as the places we stopped are ones I have always loved and I look forward to sharing them and cruising with you over the coming weeks.
If we were having coffee I’d tell you that to add to the pressures of selling and moving I received my thesis examination back. One examiner placed it in entirety in the top 10% of those she had marked, where the other examiner hated the creative work so much that she determined it had to be rewritten in entirety. Naturally I was initially devastated and I have lost what little confidence I had gained regarding my writing but because one loved it and one hated it I should be realistic and say it boils down to taste. I was over the moon that both thought my exegesis (scholarly dissertation) to be good. Although I haven’t rewritten my sequel memoir in entirety I have done a major edit and added some stuff. Some things that she wanted included I am explaining why I am not. This is a memoir after all and if it is not in my memory I am not going to make it up. I still have a little way to go but hope to have it ready to resubmit by the end of February. This time it is only subject to an internal review and doesn’t have to go off to external examiners.
If we were having coffee I’d tell you that we have moved into our rental accomodation and we are in a heat wave. This house has no fans and basic air conditioning and is so hot. Where our old house was so well designed to stay cool no matter the temperature meaning we rarely felt the need to swim to cool down, in this house, if we had a pool, we would be in it day and night. Luckily we have a date for our final move in March and I’m looking forward to not having to pack another box for some time. The move here almost killed us as it is only one door from where we were living and we decided to do it ourselves. Let me tell you though that a fridge is heavy no matter how far you move it (particularly as we didn’t have the right trolleys to move it with.) Anyway that is done and we will get a removalist for the next move. We have learnt our lesson. Roger feels his energy quietly leaving his body. I think once this is all over he will get back to normal. I hope so anyway.
I’m looking forward to reading more this year – both blogs and books. I’m planning on doing regular reviews of book I’ve read. Currently I am reading Ruth Park Harp in the South. It was written some time ago but gives a wonderful insight into living in the slums of Sydney (which are now expensive upper crust areas). More about it later. I have just done a review of Hinting At Shadows by Sarah Brentyn. What are you reading? I also went to see the film Lion. It is an Australian film set partly in India and partly in Australia and tells the story of a 6 year old Indian boy that becomes lost in India and is finally adopted by an Australian couple. Based on a true story I found it poignant, not a lot of fun but well worth seeing as it too gives an insight into a life that is so different from western expectations. Would you recommend any films that you have seen?
Well that is about all from me at the moment. Stay longer if you like and chat. It’s been so nice having you drop in.
Oh… Just quickly. Bundy and Muffin survived their 14 day visit with Mel and her flatmates. They even had a visit to Santa.