Thursday, May 03, 2007

A morning of skedaddling!

Well today l’m headed over the water to bring some of D’s things home from his dorm room and do a bit of food shopping. I’ve been up for ages already, have done the house cleaning, hung out the washings, loaded the car with flat packed boxes and now only have to hose down the flower baskets before l skedaddle.
My mum is going to look after wee S for me and take him to nursery so should be a quiet day out- l haven’t gone up to the city by myself in ages! I’ll have to treat my sonser to lunch.
D has his final exams between the 9th and 23rd May and then he’s home. These studies of his are like another language to me- ‘heat and flow’- sounds simple but l don’t know what way to turn his work books when reading them.
Last night l settled down as usual to get on with my reading. l am really enjoying the book called ‘Child of the phoenix’ by Barbara Erskine - a wonderful journey in the life of a Welsh princess who is caught up in the Celtic cause. The story line dates from 1218-1306.
Over the last fortnight l’ve read another two books- two very different books. The first one called, ‘The Little Prisoner’ by Jane Elliot is written by a woman who survived abuse as a child and it is utterly heartbreaking- a bit like the book, ‘A Child Called ‘It’’ by David Peltzer. You see the world from the eyes of a child who is just trying to survive - a difficult read in parts.

The other book was a great feel-good kind of read and very funny. It is called, ‘Big Stone Gap’ by Adriana Trigiani. I found myself laughing out loud in parts, much to the annoyance of my hubby who was reading his own book beside me. lol. The cast of characters are fantastic and the heroine is just so alive and l really liked her. You are taken on a journey of her hometown and life in Virginia and get to see the world through her eyes. For a short read it was a delight and l am going to look out more of her books.

Anyway folks- l am heading out- will take my camera and current book along to read on the ferry.

l know l need to get around to visiting with you all- thanks always for your friendships.
Here are just a few verse from a Robert Burns poem called Happy we are thegither.
The whole poem is HERE if you wish to read more. :)

Happy we are a' thegither,
Happy we'll be, ane an' a';
Time shall see us a' the blyther
Ere we rise to gang awa'.

Frien'ship maks us a' mair happy'
Frien'ship gies us a' delight;
Frien'ship consecrates the drappie,
Frien'ship brings us here the night.

34 comments:

Connie said...

Sounds like you have been occupied with your books lately. What a wonderful way to spend your time...Losing yourself in a story. Love it!!

I read Big Stone Gap...Very good.

Take care,
Connie

Susie said...

Haven't read those books but I love to laugh!!
My grandma would often use the term skeedaddle!
Have a safe trip and enjoy your lunch out!!
xoxo

"Early Bird" said...

I love Adriana Trigiani...I've read all but her newest book!!
:)

Val said...

Hope your journey was smooth, and that everything fitted in the flat pack boxes. It takes me back a year or two to my days of skedadling to collect/deliver them to Uni.

Enjoy the extra fun of vacation time with them all home.

HLiza said...

Sounds funny- skedaddle- but it's what i've been doing all the while before I'm stucked here in the house! LOL.. The books sounds interesting; I'll look for them whenever I can. Happy weekend!

PEA said...

I know how excited you are that D will soon be home for the summer:-) The very best of luck to him with his exams!! Hopefully your ferry ride was a smooth one and that you were able to have a nice lunch with D:-) I haven't read those books you mentioned but they sound very interesting!! xoxo

Jeanette said...

Hi Horizon
Have a very safe trip and a lovely lunch with "D" Hope all his things fit in the boxes.

Gwen said...

Hi Horizon.
Hope your trip goes well along with "D'S"exam results.
I would love to be able to read and enjoy it.But all it does for me is puts me to sleep.
By the ay I have a neighbour who is Welsh married a Scotsman and their first baby was born in Oz.
How's that for a mixture!!

CJ said...

You cartainly help me keep our motorised librarian busy! I'm always adding new names to my (very)long wish list,LOL! Enjoy your day in the 'big smoke' and have a great weekend ;)

MissKris said...

I went thrift store shopping with Dear Hubby today (Saturday as I read this) and came away at one store with a book by one of my UK writers that I haven't read in a long time so I'm sure it'll be like reading it 'new' all over again. Have you read Joanna Trollope's books? This one is "Girl from the South". I wrote her an email several months back after I'd read her latest book, a novel about a midlife woman dealing with menopause, and she wrote me the loveliest email back! I also found a big ceramic white bunny -- about 2 feet tall! -- for my garden that Dear Hubby has dubbed "Harvey" after the rabbit in the wonderful old Jimmy Stewart movie of the same name. I hope this comment prints 'coz it's a long one...but I haven't been able to get 'in' to write one most of the week. I HATE Blogger, haha! Hope this finds you well, dear friend...thank you for the lovely recent comment...so nice when you get a chance to visit! (((((HUG)))))

Kerri said...

I hope your day over the water was fun. I can't believe how the time has flown since D went off to Uni. Thanks for the book reviews :) I wish I could find more time to read.
What a fun poem!
We're having a few days of lovely sunshine. Perfect for outside work. The lawn needs mowing!!

Merle said...

Hi Horizen ~~ I hope you had a great day and lovely lunch with your son.
I do hope he does well in his exams.
Also Congrats to your daughter on her
success. Those two have sure grown up and have both done so well, no wonder you are so proud of them. My
Mum used to say Skedaddle also.Take
great care Sarah, Love, Merle.

smileymamaT said...

Those sound like good reads. I'll have to do a bit of research on "Big Stone Gap" as I too grew up in Virginia, so I am wondering what time period it takes place in. Hope you had a relaxing day "over the water". Thanks for the book recommendations!

Margaret said...

Hope you had a good time in the big smoke with your son I am sure you are looking forward to his time home. I wish him well in his exams.
The books sounded very good, I always read last thing at night and at breakfast. My cat's don't object to my reading at table.
Cheers and hugs Margaret

Margaret said...

Forgot to say I loved the poem
Cheers and hugs Margaret

Gwen said...

Hi just popped in to say hello

Betty said...

Horizon, I'm missing your postings something terrible. Have you run away from home? Please come back.....Bety

Cathy said...

Your new blog look is beautiful!
I came by to wish you a Happy Mother's Day and was pleasantly surprised. I hope you and your lovely family are all well...

slap me happy said...

hi sis , I finally got back onto the pc lol. Busy here as ever but doing ok and getting on with it. Hope your lot are all well and happy too. xx shona

Alice said...

I hope you had a wonderful day in the city. Also hope your son enjoys his break at home.

I had to laugh about you 'not knowing which way to turn his workbooks when reading them.' Reminds me of doing a test for a job recently - I couldn't even understand the PRACTICE test, let alone the real one!

Betty said...

Horizon, I surely do miss reading your blog. Are you okay? Please come back to blogland and play with us. We miss you.....
Betty

Kerri said...

Just popping in to say hello. I know you must be busy. Hope you and all are well.
The spring days seem to whiz by in a blur. There's so much to do, and not enough hours in the day to do it all.
The weeds are getting ahead of me. But the lawn is mowed at the moment. Not for long though. Nevermind, everything is green and growing!
Keep well my friend.

Carmen said...

Hello, glad to read again about you and glad to hear you are very busy but enjoying yourself! Yay!!!
I love some of the books you mentioned, the only I haven't read is the one about the princess and the Celtics, maybe one of these days. Take great care of your self and hope to hear soon from you and see your new pictures of the city.

Sharon Kay said...

I enjoy the visit with you and your family and I love the pictures of your country......and I love the book reports.....Sharon K

slap me happy said...

show us some pics of mums new garden sis, she was so so excited about it all on the phone, describing it all bit by bit too lol, you really made her day
xx
shona

Tea & Margaritas in My Garden said...

Hope you had a really nice day all to yourself.

tea
xo

june said...

Hi there, love your journal. The poem by Burns is one I enjoy too. Hope you had a great weekend
Hugs June xxx

Betty said...

Horizon, Thank you for coming by and leaving a comment. I have missed you so much and hope you are posting again very soon.....
Hope everything is well with you and your family......Betty

Merle said...

Hi Horizon ~~ Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I am glad that you enjoyed the One Flaw in Women.
I hope you are keeping well and the family also. You are missed, but there are other things than blogging.
Hope to see you back one day soon.
Take care Sarah, Love, Merle.

Lorraine said...

Missing you, Horizon. Hope all is well.

"Early Bird" said...

I hope you know how much we all miss you!!!
(((hugs)))

Cursed Tea said...

hello hellooo - anyone out there???

where are you - hope everything is OK!!!

Thinking of you - just popped in to say Hi

Best Wishes
Kirsty

Susie said...

You're missed! Hope everything is OK and you're just very busy!!
xoxo

slap me happy said...

post something new sis am dying to see M's pics frm her prom and mums garden makeover ones too. love to G and the kids
xx
shona

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