Monday, 28 May 2007
Wednesday, 23 May 2007
Tuesday, 15 May 2007
Some books I've read recently.
One Day in the life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
This was April/May's book club choice. I actually enjoyed it mostly. Although the theme is a depressing one the writer really makes you feel that you are part of this prisoner's life in a labour camp in Siberia. The humanity, caring, sympathetic and sharing nature of the prisoners really shines through despite the harsh conditions and treatment. This is also a story of the struggle for personal and spiritual well-being.Its no wonder that A Solzhenitsyn won the nobel prize for literature in 1970.
The Illustrated Olive Farm by Carol Drinkwater
A while back I read the 3 Olive Farm books by this author and I really enjoyed them. How this actress met Michel, a French film director, fell in love and bought an old dilapidated olive farm in Provence in Southern France. The books were thoroughly enjoyable, warm, amusing and very appealing. This is essentially a love story on many levels, both personal and of the country and its people. This illustrated edition is absolutely beautiful and tell the abridged version of their lives and is magnificently produced with lots and lots of photos. I recommend this strongly.
Lover's Hollow by Orna Ross
This is a great read for a first novel from this Irish author. It tells the story of love and revenge between families during a time of war and aftewards thoroughout the generations. Unputdownable once you get into it. Great holiday read.
Sunday, 13 May 2007
Yesterday spent a lovely afternoon in Powerscourt with my sister M of www.craftydogs.blogspot.com. It must be the most scenic cafe I have ever visited either in Ireland or other places I've been to abroad. These photos were taken from the outdoor section of the cafe. Unbelievable. We had yummy leek and potato soup with cheese bread and salad for lunch. Then after a lovely wander around the shops and garden centre we returned to the coffee shop for some tea and cakes( Strawberry custardy tartlet for me and baked raspberry cheesecake for M) Oh Yummy, Yummy, Yummy! That was Saturday.
Monday, 7 May 2007
Our knitting cafe was closed for the weekend and so we knit in the park. It was a lovely day. We took some food from the Food market in Temple Bar and brought it to a garden nearby in Dublin Castle. I bought a bruschetta at a bakery stall and it was really tasty, with roast veg and cheese, and a takeaway coffee. Spent a really enjoyable few hours knitting and chatting and enjoying the surroundings. Unfortunately I forgot my camera so no photos to post.
Still fininshing my Rowan cardi. Cuffs as well as the collar had to be knitted separately and then sewn on. I have one cuff finished and another started, so hope to get them finished and put together today. Then I have lots of little buttons to add as decoration, so it will be a few days yet before finishing. Then I want to start a small baby project and someting portable to take to knit cafe.
Yesterday I was out to lunch in my brother's. I bought a carrot cake in Avoca on the way. I have not had this one before so was a little apprehensive. It was absolutely yummy and so when I visit this shop again I will have to have another. Maybe I might make one myself today or perhaps a fatless sponge. Feel like baking.