However, through circumstances confined to home, I have been reading . . . oh boy, have I been reading. An eclectic mix, but variety is the spice of life, isn't it?
This first was a real bargain: it's a hardback worth £20 but bought for 1p on Amazon - only the postage to pay. It's absolutely brand new, no signs of being read at all. I've already cooked a couple of the recipes - one pot cooking suits me very nicely!
So mouth-watering . . .
This one is in the Vegetarian section - and being 'Cornish' I had to try it - Yummy!
And what a tasty dessert to finish a meal.
Next, a couple of autobiographies.
Well, no excuse for reading all about Mark Webber; I am a Formula One fan, but I confess that isn't the whole reason for reading all about him!
I managed to find a copy of 'Jeremy & Amy' after getting engrossed in the Monkey World series on TV recently; Jeremy is one of the directors and he is especially involved in looking after the chimps and orang-utans.
Barney Bardsley's book, "A Handful of Earth" came to my attention after reading beautiful, descriptive excerpts from it on Elaine's blog "Rosebank Ramblings". It's an account of the first year after Barney's husband died and how working in her garden helped her to gradually recover from her loss. After reading that, I couldn't resist her other book about her "Old Dog" who was also instrumental in supporting her through such a sad time.
I found this autobiography in one of the bookcases in our village community centre - free!
It's a powerful account of how the author discovered by chance that she was the granddaughter of one of the most reviled Nazi commandants, who would most certainly have ordered her death.
Finally, three fiction books: a Josephine Cox book, after hearing an interview with her on Radio 2;
"The Yellow Sapphire" because it's set on Dartmoor, where I used to live and "The Miniaturist" because it was recommended by several friends. I haven't read these last three yet so can't comment on them.
On one drizzly, windy and grey day, my friends and I decided to brave the weather to walk the three dogs then enjoy lunch afterwards. Yesssss!
My excellent Fish Pie with fresh vegetables (I was too full to eat the warm, crusty bread.) -
Fish & Chips for Barry, with a pint of Guinness.
and again for Linda but with a coffee. I had a cappuccino.
Two of our dogs relaxing after their exercise in Seaton Countryside Park.
Here's to some drier days.