Sunday, July 22

Orange slugs and lots of reading

A non-crafty post this time! One of the great things about traveling surely is experiencing new things and doing things a little differently than you would do when you stay at home. We just returned from France and near the cottage where we stayed there was a forest with these HUGE orange slugs. It was quite impossible to walk casually through the forest because the path was littered with slugs. We  named this particular path through the forest the 'Snail Trail' although technically these weren't snails of course ;)

Without the distraction of my laptop and the internet I also did a lot more reading than I usually do. I finished reading Lustrum by Robert Harris which was an interesting read about the life and politics of the Roman statesman Cicero seen through the eyes of his slave and secretary Tiro.  Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs was a last minute buy recommended by my friend and I really enjoyed it a lot. It's a magical story about a boy who is trying to find out what happened to his grandfather (who passed away) and he only has some strange old photos of peculiar children as a lead.  Chris Priestley's The Dead of Winter should really be read in snowy and cold conditions not in sunny France. It's a very enjoyable Poe-esque (as in Edgar Allen) ghost story. Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough was a real page turner. Two sisters are sent to stay with their aunt in a village were some tragic and mysterious things happened in the past. The story, set in rural England some years after the second World War, is very well written and proper scary! And then I ran out of books...luckily my husband was able to upload another book to my e-reader: London by Edward Rutherfurd (which I'm still reading it's over a 1000 pages) Lives of fictional characters are woven into the eventful history of the city of London. From a Celtic fisherman to (where I am now in the book) nasty medieval merchants.

Next time I promise to share some the crafty things I did in the past few weeks!


  1. That is a rather revolting slug, thank you for sharing!

  2. I read London when it first came out (I think), it kept me very entertained on my commute to work (it was great reading about London and looking out of the bus window and seeing London iykwim), it's a brilliant book, one of my favourites.

    1. I think it was first published about 15 years ago or something. I'm enjoying it very much so far!


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