I've now got stuck into my first fiction book for months - it is A.S. Byatt's The Children's Book and, despite guessing - correctly I think - who is going to be pairing up with whom over its 630 pages of a family saga, it is a good read (despite an over-abundance of metaphors). One Guardian review said it had been over-researched, that Byatt had put too much of a factual nature into it (it covers Edwardian/Great War times), but that sort of book suits me fine. It would be too much of a jump to go straight from OU course books to trivial fiction. I enjoyed an earlier novel of hers - the Booker winner Possession and I hope this is going to be as good.
We recently wanted to give someone a present and this particular person has everything she could possibly want. We decided in the end to get her some memory lane sweets - to remind her of her childhood. We settled on cinder toffee, space dust, flying saucers and sticky fudgy stuff called Chelsea Woppers. Saturday evening saw us all trying out the contents which were tremendous - if you are stuck on what to buy someone, for a silly present you could do a lot worse than go to here and order a retro box of sweets. Better still - make sure you are around when it is opened and look very interestedly at the contents.
You all know that I am a Byron nut and I recently found out that sometime at the end of July Rupert Everett is going to be presenting a two-part documentary for Channel 4 on Byron. I hope it is going to be good. I've never seen the BBC two part drama on His Lordship - the one with Jonny Lee Miller that was meant to be good. What a shame us expats can't access these 'watch it again' sites online.
A little while ago I blogged about the fact that I would be having an OU gap year. However, due to the generosity of Mr FF, this now looks increasingly unlikely. Despite the vast cost of the OU courses for people outside the UK it looks quite probable that I will be continuing my studies come September. I have my eye on this new course and it will be a pleasure to read Grimm's fairy tales as part of my studies. It will be my first Level 3 course (the hardest level) and I feel quite excited about it all.
The dog photo at the top is of Misty, one of our two bichons, after she fell into the canal where she goes for her daily walk. Mr FF was away (he would have had to be - he is much more careful than to let this happen) and Mr FF's ma and I were the dog walkers, talking away and not paying careful attention. We suddenly noticed that we were one dog short and after a little search saw a little white head happily swimming along beside us. The thing is that now she is always trying to get back into the water and it really is not a good look for white lapdogs. As a compromise I'm looking into buying a kiddie paddling pool for the back garden - she can swim round and round and I'll soak my hot little feet.