Apologies for my blogging absence. I’ve had a bit of a non-creative couple of weeks. There’s been stuff going on in my life -some good, some not so good – that has sidelined creative pursuits. It happens.

Some of the good things include:

Performing stunning feats of acrobatic daring in the woods:


An outing to the Big City Far Away:

mama on the millenium bridge

And drinking tea on a balcony:

mama drinks tea on balcony

I have also been reading. A lot. I have read three more books towards the Treasure Hunt Reading Challenge:

For the clue of a “mythical creature” I read Tracy Chevalier’s The Lady and the Unicorn. I didn’t enjoy this as much as the Girl with the Pearl Earring but did think it did a great job of evoking the era in which it was written, and there was fascinating insight into the making of a tapestry.

For the clue of “something scientific” I read “The Radioactive Boy Scout“. This is a very readable and compelling account of the true story of a wayward young boy scout and amateur scientist who tried to build a nuclear reactor in his shed. As you do.

And for the clue of “something made of wood” (books are made of paper; paper is made of wood) I read “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak. Words cannot explain how this book affected me. I finished the last few chapters whilst in a public waiting room. I could not stop the tears. If you can read this without crying, you have a heart made of stone. It is brutally beautiful or beautifully brutal, I’m not sure which. Read it. Just read it.

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10 thoughts on “Absence

  1. Gjeometry says:

    Welcome back! The true story about the boy scout sounds rather daunting. I also wanted to let you know that I won a Pattern Pyramid and have posted it on my blog. Drop by and enter if you are interested, there are some terrific patterns in it!

  2. Janet says:

    No apologies needed. We all need to take some time away from blogging now and then. I’ve not been very active lately either. At least it looks like you had some fun and enjoyed yourself and that’s what is important.

  3. Allie says:

    Yep, it happens, and that’s ok. Now you have me curious about that last book, I’m going to go put it on hold….

  4. Sometimes breaks are good! I just put The Book Thief on hold at the library – I need a good book to read!

  5. I loved the book thief too, I also needed tissues! Even thinking about it now (and it has been a couple of years since I read it) the emotion is not far away…the sign of an excellent book. So well crafted.

    I hope the not so good stuff has passed or you at least have the strength to deal with it.

    • vivjm says:

      Oh yes, I can’t imagine ever forgetting The Book Thief – it’s definitely one of “those” books. And thanks for the wishes re the not so good stuff. I am working on having the strength to deal with the difficult bits of life!!

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