February's entertainment

The Waiting Room [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by F. G. Cottam, narrated by David Rintoul

The Night Hawks (Ruth Galloway series #13) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Elly Griffiths, narrated by Jane McDowell

The King's General [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] [Re-listen] by Daphne du Maurier, narrated by Juliet Stevenson

The Riddle of the Sands [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Erskine Childers, narrated by Anton Lesser

We Know You Know [Kindle Edition] by Erin Kelly

Blood Orange [Kindle Edition] by Harriet Tyce

One Lost Soul (Hidden Norfolk Murder Mystery Series #1) [Kindle Edition] by J. M. Dalgliesh

Bury Your Past (Hidden Norfolk Murder Mystery Series #2) [Kindle Edition] by J. M. Dalgliesh


Total apathy

Here we are still in lockdown. I must admit that my Lockdown Lethargy has morphed into more or less Total Apathy and I'm not really getting anything creative under way.  One thing that's almost finished this week is this:

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Cardigan with short sleeves knitted in two strands of Regia sock yarn (frogged from an unworn garment - can't remember what it was) which is blocked, yarn ends trimmed and ready for buttons.  Buttons are black btw - rather rubbish photo.

On the go is a crochet shawl in Wollmeise Lacegarn, colourway Barisa (from stash). Nice simple stitch pattern but I'm not happy with the way the colours are working. They're too patchy for my taste so I'll overdye the shawl once it's finished. Not sure yet what colour dye to use, probably some shade of blue which will turn the green into turquoise. On the other hand, I could go for a 'nice serviceable purple'...

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I'm slowly adding more items to my Folksy shop when I can summon up the energy to sit at the laptop. Quick preview of this week's additions which will go live by Friday - sets of six twisted ring stitchmarkers and two progress keepers.

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January's entertainment

North and South [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Elizabeth Gaskell, narrated by Juliet Stevenson

The Reunion [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Guillaume Musso, narrated by Samuel West, Cassie Layton, David Rintoul, Clare Wille

I Read the News Today, Oh Boy [Non-fiction] [Kindle Edition] by Paul Howard

One, Two, Three, Four: The Beatles in Time [Non-fiction] [Kindle Edition] by Craig Brown

 

Thin pickings this month, I'm suffering from Lockdown Lack of Concentration...


New things

There's not much happening at Wibbo Towers these days. I'm immensely fed up with Lockdown Three and I do miss seeing my friends. I'm also slightly bored with my own four walls, lovely though they are, so I'm planning to move furniture round in the living room, starting tomorrow. I'm not sure whether this will work visually until I've done it even though all the measurements work. So I might end up having to move everything back...

On the other hand, there are new stitchmarker sets for sale in my Folksy shop.

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Clockwise from top left: Owls, Big Cats, Happy Sheep and Favourite Things. All are available in both knitting and crochet versions.


December's entertainment

Eye of the Red Tsar (Inspector Pekkala) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Sam Eastland, narrated by Steven Pacey

Where Roses Never Die [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Gunnar Staaleson, narrated by Colin Mace

The Memory of Trees [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by F. G. Cottam, narrated by David Rintoul

Chocky [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by John Wyndham, narrated by Daniel Weyman

Queen Bees [Unabridged Audiobook] [Non-fiction] [Audible] by Sian Evans, narrated by Carole Boyd

A Brief History of the Third Reich [Unabridged Audiobook] [Non-fiction] [Audible] by Martyn Whittock, narrated by Sean Barrett

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


Getting a bit Christmassy

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Well, there's Christmas bunting across the living room window and coloured lights round the door. I live in a tiny flat so there's no room for a proper tree but I do have a jar full of tree decorations catching the light on the windowsill.

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There's a little more sparkly stuff over on another side of the room and that's about it!


Folksy shop

I have a shiny new Folksy shop!

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Christmas themed sets of stitchmarkers for both knitting and crochet are for sale in my shop, all with free postage. I have non-Christmas stitchmarker sets and some gorgeous hand-embroidered jewellery almost ready to upload, so watch this space!


November's entertainment

Longstone (DCI Ryan #10) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by L. J. Ross, narrated by Jonathan Keeble

The Moor (DCI Ryan #11) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by L. J. Ross, narrated by Jonathan Keeble

Borderlands (DCI Ryan #12) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by L. J. Ross, narrated by Jonathan Keeble

17 Carnations [Unabridged Audiobook] [Non-fiction] [Audible] [Re-listen] by Andrew Morton, narrated by Cameron Stewart

Agent Sonya [Unabridged Audiobook] [Non-fiction] [Audible] by Ben Macintyre, narrated by Ben Macintyre

Secrets & Lies [Unabridged Audiobook] [Non-fiction] [Audible] by Douglas Thompson and Christine Keeler, narrated by Sophie Cookson

The Glass Hotel [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Emily St. John Mandel, narrated by Dylan Moore

The Patient Man (Jackman & Evans #6) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Library BorrowBox] by Joy Ellis, narrated by Richard Armitage

Bedlam (Alexander Gregory #3) [Kindle Edition] by L. J. Ross

In the Woods [Kindle Edition] by Tana French

The Warehouse [Kindle Edition] by Rob Hart


October's entertainment

Angel (DCI Ryan #4) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] [Re-listen] by L. J. Ross, narrated by Jonathan Keeble

High Force (DCI Ryan #5) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] [Re-listen] by L. J. Ross, narrated by Jonathan Keeble

Cragside (DCI Ryan #6) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] [Re-listen] by L. J. Ross, narrated by Jonathan Keeble

Dark Skies (DCI Ryan #7) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] [Re-listen] by L. J. Ross, narrated by Jonathan Keeble

Seven Bridges (DCI Ryan #8) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] [Re-listen] by L. J. Ross, narrated by Jonathan Keeble

The Hermitage (DCI Ryan #9) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] [Re-listen] by L. J. Ross, narrated by Jonathan Keeble

Death on the Nile [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Agatha Christie, narrated by Kenneth Branagh

They Disappeared (Jackman and Evans} [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Joy Ellis, narrated by Richard Armitage

With Clough, by Taylor [Kindle Edition] by Peter Taylor

Imposter (Alexander Gregory #1) [Kindle Edition] by L. J. Ross

Hysteria (Alexander Gregory #2) [Kindle Edition] by L. J. Ross


September's entertainment

A Mind to Murder (Adam Dalgleish) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by P. D. James, narrated by Daniel Weyman

Cover her Face (Adam Dalgleish) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by P. D. James, narrated by Daniel Weyman

Oliver Twist [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Charles Dickens, narrated by Martin Jarvis

Holy Island (DCI Ryan #1) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] [Re-listen] by L. J. Ross, narrated by Jonathan Keeble

Sycamore Gap (DCI Ryan #2) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] [Re-listen] by L. J. Ross, narrated by Jonathan Keeble

Heavenfield (DCI Ryan #3) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] [Re-listen] by L. J. Ross, narrated by Jonathan Keeble

The Lazarus Prophesy [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by  F. G. Cottam, narrated by Saul Reichlin

Insidious Intent (Tony Hill, Carol Jordan #10) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Library BorrowBox] by Val McDermid, narrated by Jonathan Keeble

Beekeeping for Beginners (Mary Russell Mysteries) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Library RB Digital] by Laurie R. King, narrated by Robert Ian MacKenzie

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

The Nidderdale Murders (A Yorkshire Murder Mystery #5) [Kindle Edition] by J. R. Ellis

Cut Short (Poe and Bradshaw short stories) [Kindle Edition] by M. W. Craven

Close to the Bone [Kindle Edition] by Susan Wilkins

Before the Poison [Kindle Edition] by Peter Robinson


August's entertainment

The Crown in Crisis [Unabridged Audiobook] [Non-Fiction] [Audible] by Alexander Larman, narrated by Richard Trinder

Chaos [Unabridged Audiobook] [Non-Fiction] [Audible] by Tom O'Neill and Dan Piepenbring, narrated by Kevin Stillwell

The Peer and the Gangster [Unabridged Audiobook] [Non-Fiction] [Audible] by Dan Smith, narrated by Andrew Cullum

A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgleish) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by P. D. James, narrated by Daniel Weyman

Devices and Desires (Adam Dalgleish) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by P. D. James, narrated by Daniel Weyman

The Crown [Unabridged Audiobook] [Non-Fiction] [Library BorrowBox] by Robert Lacey, narrated by Alex Jennings

Babes in the Wood [Unabridged Audiobook] [Non-Fiction] [Library BorrowBox] by Graham Bartlett and Peter James, narrated by Leighton Pugh

The Kennedy Curse [Unabridged Audiobook] [Non-Fiction] [Library BorrowBox] by James Patterson and Cynthia Fagen, narrated by David Pittu

Persons Unknown (DS Manon Bradshaw #2) [Kindle Edition] by Susie Steiner

Remain Silent (DS Manon Bradshaw #3) [Kindle Edition] by Susie Steiner

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

Home Fixtures: Writings to support the Homeless World Cup [Kindle Edition] by Ian Rankin, Nick Hornby et al


July's entertainment

The White Russian [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Tom Bradby, narrated by Robert Powell

Walking the Wire [Unabridged Audiobook] [Library BorrowBox] by David Baldacci, narrated by Kyl Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy

Too Much - Never Enough [Unabridged Audiobook] [Non-Fiction] [Library BorrowBox] by Mary L. Trump, narrated by Mary L. Trump

Forced Confessions (Benson & de Vere #3) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by John Fairfax, narrated by Daniel Weyman

Blacklight (Dark Yorkshire Series #2)  [Kindle Edition] by J.M. Dalgleish

The Dogs in the Street (Dark Yorkshire Series #3)  [Kindle Edition] by J.M. Dalgleish

Three Women [Kindle Edition] by Lisa Taddeo

The Cutting Place [Kindle Edition] by Jane Casey

The Murder Game [Kindle Edition] by Rachel Abbott

Missing, Presumed (DS Manon Bradshaw #1) [Kindle Edition] by Susie Steiner


June's entertainment

The Poet [Unabridged Audiobook] [Re-Listen] [Audible] by Michael Connelly, narrated by Buck Schirner

The Black Tower [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by P.D. James, narrated by Daniel Weyman

Ice Station Zebra [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Alistair MacLean, narrated by Jonathan Oliver

Body Breaker (Avison Fluke #2) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by M.W. Craven, narrated by John Banks

Summary Justice (Benson & de Vere #1) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by John Fairfax, narrated by Daniel Weyman

Blind Defence (Benson & de Vere #2) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by John Fairfax, narrated by Daniel Weyman

The Curator (Washington Poe #3) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by M.W. Craven, narrated by John Banks

Black Sun [Kindle Edition] by Owen Matthews

The Mathematical Bridge (Nighthawk #2) [Kindle Edition] by Jim Kelly

The ZigZag Girl (Stephens & Mephisto #1) [Kindle Edition] by Elly Griffiths

Nazi Wives [Non-Fiction] [Kindle Edition] by James Wyllie


May's entertainment

The Magpie Murders [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Anthony Horowitz, narrated by Samantha Bond, Allan Corduner

To Catch a King [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Charles Spenser, narrated by Richard Trinder

Born in a Burial Gown (Avison Fluke #1) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by M. W. Craven, narrated by John Banks

Witchfinder [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Andrew Williams, narrated by Richard Mitchley

Dark Sacred Night (Renee Ballard #2) [Unabridged Audiobook] [Audible] by Michael Connelly, narrated by Christine Lakin, Titus Welliver

The Royal Baths Murder (A Yorkshire Murder Mystery #4) [Kindle Edition] by J. R. Ellis

In the House of the Seven Librarians [Kindle Edition] by Ellen Klages

The Devil's Cliff Killings (A Snowdonia Murder Mystery) [Kindle Edition] by Simon McCleave

The Great Darkness (Nighthawk #1) [Kindle Edition] by Jim Kelly

Divided House (Dark Yorkshire Series #1) [Kindle Edition] by J. M. Dalgliesh


Whiling away the time...

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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.

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Hove seafront looking west towards Worthing.

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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.