Whiling away the time...


Working my way though the DVD collection is proving rather enjoyable during lockdown. I spent a lot of last weekend's Bank Holiday enjoying a Star Wars marathon, now I'm onto old black and white movies. Last night, it was Lost Horizon, tonight who knows?

April's entertainment

Secret Service [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Tom Bradby, narrated by Juliet Aubrey

The Great Train Robbery [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Michael Crichton, narrated by Michael Kitchen

The Body in the Library (Miss Marple) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Library RB Digital] by Agatha Christie, narrated by Stephanie Cole

A Pocketful of Rye (Miss Marple) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Library RB Digital] by Agatha Christie, narrated by Joan Hickson

And Then There Were None [Unabridged Audiobook] [Library RB Digital] by Agatha Christie, narrated by Hugh Fraser

How to be a Footballer [Unabridged Audiobook] [Library RB Digital] by Peter Crouch, narrated by Peter Crouch

Lockdown [Kindle Edition] by Peter May

The Snowdonia Killings (A Snowdonia Murder Mystery)  [Kindle Edition] by Simon McCleave

The Harlech Beach Killings (A Snowdonia Murder Mystery)  [Kindle Edition] by Simon McCleave

The Dee Valley Killings (A Snowdonia Murder Mystery)  [Kindle Edition] by Simon McCleave

No Place to Die [Kindle Edition] by Neil Broadfoot

Seaside and architecture

It's lovely seaside weather at the moment, warm but feeling comfortable because of a strongish breeze.


Hove seafront looking west towards Worthing.


One thing I love about Hove is the wonderful jumble of domestic architectural styles. This is St Catherine's Terrace, a stretch of houses along the main coast road.

Opera in the kitchen and crochet

I love the free Nightly Met Opera Streams from their archives. Each opera streams for 23 hours and because of the time difference, I'm off to catch up with Wednesday's offering after I finish this blog post. It's Puccini's La Rondine starring Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna from January, 2009. Pic is from one of  last week's operas - Gounod's Romeo et Juliette - which had fabulous costumes.


There's been some crochet going on. This is my variation of Katya Novikova's Summer Memories shawl pattern. The body is worked in Wollmeise 100% Merino Superwash, colourway Ooohm, with stripes in Amazonas and Campari Piccolo. 


That's about all I have to report. Life goes on much the same day after day and I'm doing my best to stay cheerful and keep busy.  


March's entertainment

A Silent Death [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Peter May, narrated by Peter Forbes

The Guest List [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Lucy Foley, narrated by Jot Davies, Chloe Massey, Olivia Dowd, Sarah Ovens, Rich Keeble, Aoife McMahon

Original Sin [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by P. D. James, narrated by Daniel Weyman

The Lantern Men (Ruth Galloway Series) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Elly Griffiths, narrated by Jane McDowell

The Prisoner of Zenda [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Anthony Hope, narrated by Peter Joyce

The Mirror and the Light (Wolf Hall #3) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Hilary Mantel, narrated by Ben Miles

Penshaw (DCI Ryan Mystery) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Library BorrowBox] by L. J. Ross, narrated by Jonathan Keeble

The Quartet Murders (A Yorkshire Murder Mystery #2) [Kindle Edition] by J. R. Ellis

The Murder at Redmire Hall (A Yorkshire Murder Mystery #3) [Kindle Edition] by J. R. Ellis

The Catch (A Slough House Novella) [Kindle Edition] by Mick Herron

Three Rivers [Kindle Edition] by David Blake

The Long Call (Two Rivers #1) [Kindle Edition] by Ann Cleeves


I'm making the effort to get out of the flat every day for fresh air and exercise. Walking the streets round where I live seems to be the best way as the seafront and streets leading to the sea are busy. I suspect this might change when the weather turns grey and rainy!

Yesterday's walk was along Eaton Road (how could I resist?) past the cricket ground.


The Sussex Cricketer pub is boarded up ready for some redevelopment at the ground.


Staying at home

i don't really mind staying at home (I'm over 70, so being very cautious about Covid-19). Self-isolation feels rather like working freelance from home which I did for many years but this time it's without the work! 

My studio table is tidy and today's plan is to get out the pdf sewing patterns that I've printed on paper and stick the pages together. I'm in need of new clothes and have lots of fabric washed and ready to cut out.


Apart from sewing clothes, I have plenty here to keep me occupied and happy. Music, books, audiobooks are all essential to my mood (thank goodness for Spotify, Kindle, Audible and library apps) and there's a sizeable yarn stash to keep my fingers busy.