The shed I want

Saw this in this month’s Ideal Home magazine and I want one…..

Isn’t it gorgeous?

This was also on the Ideal Home web site and is a great inspiration to get my shed sorted:


Last weekend at Ely Folk Festival

With the count down at school to the summer holidays, I haven’t had time recently to update this blog. However I’m home a little earlier tonight so thought I might write about last weekend.

The festival is one of my favourites as its quite small and very laid back.  The Friday night music was good especially Colvin Quarmby. and the chips from the Moor and Coast caterers were lovely. On the Saturday morning there was a procession in the town.

We returned to the festival site on Saturday afternoon and went to a meet the band session with Show of Hands, which was really informative as Steve explained really clearly all aspects of the sound engineer’s job and the effects it had.


I’ve borrowed this book idea from Rosie. I hope she doesn’t mind. It’s a list of books and you are asked to:-

Bold – those you have read.
Italicize – those you intend to read.

I’ve put my own comments at the side where I felt I needed to say something.

1 Pride and PrejudiceJane Austen
2.The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien – have tried several times but I just don’t understand its appeal
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling – Tried the first one but have never understood why they are so popular. Won’t knock it though as any book that gets a kid to read not just that book but several, has a place in this world.
5 To
Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee – have taught it several times
6 The Bible – well bits anyway
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman – again have tried but wasn’t for me
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller – began but never finished!
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare – I’ve read quite a lot of the plays and some of the sonnets but I can’t say I’ve read the complete works yet.
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier – keep meaning to read this.
16 The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien – this one I have read
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger – a student book that was started bit not finished
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger –
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres – seen the film, that’ll do for me!
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown – as No. 38
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen – the first Austen I ever read.
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale of Two CitiesCharles Dickens – my first and favourite Dickens, read at school.
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley again did this for A level, disliked it!
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret HistoryDonna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 GerminalEmile Zola
79 Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame BovaryGustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock HolmesSir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Monday 7th July

It has been a very busy week that culminated in a visit to Chesterfield to collect Sian and all her belongings.  Seemed strange to think we might never again visit the town. For those who don’t know the town is dominated by the spire of St Mary’s church. But this is no normal spire, see photo:

St Mary & All Saints Church,

There are various explanations, or legends to explain why it is crooked. The most rational one is that the timber used for the framework of the spire was unseasoned, and as it dried out so it warped. It has also been suggested that as its construction was suspended by the Black Death (1349), perhaps exposure of the timbers to the elements during the hiatus caused warping.

However, Folklore also has explanations. One legend is that the Devil sat on the spire, and his weight caused it to buckle – OR that he wrapped his tail around it to keep his balance, and it twisted in sympathy. Another is that the Spire was so amazed to hear of a virgin being married in the Church that it twisted round in an effort to see this wonder for itself. This legend further adds that should this ever happen again, the Spire will straighten up!