The skip man came today to take away the full skip. He was very good and even picked up some rubbish that had been out the back for ages and was nothing to do with me.
Have finished my 1000 piece jigsaw that I had for Christmas. I have enjoyed doing it. I can wash the Christmas table cloth now!
Another author I have enjoyed reading is Kate Mosse. I read Citadel first last year and this year I read Winter Ghosts, Labyrinth, The Taxidermist's Daughter, and Sepulchre. I have also read 5 books by Karen Menuhin, who is a new author. They are murder mysteries set in the 20s among the upper classes and are quite amusing. A touch of Downton Abbey with a dog.
Earlier in the year I read Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy. I did Far from the Madding Crowd at school and have also read The Mayor of Casterbridge. They are all set around Dorchester in Dorset where he lived. We have visited the cottage where he was born and the house he had built when he married. They are excellent books.
Other books read include The Librarian of Auschwitz which was fascinating and harrowing at the same time, All the Light We Cannot See which accompanied the CAL I am doing and was very good, Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy (I love her books and have now read them all), The Handmaid's Tale (not my usual choice but ok). several Philippa Gregory's (I have now read all of the Cousins War and the Tudor Court series, all of which I enjoyed very much) and Mary Queen of Scots by John Guy. I first got interested in historical fiction of this period in time after visiting Hardwick Hall and hearing all about Bess of Hardwick. I bought a book about her by Mary S Lovell which was fascinating. She was the richest woman in England after Elizabeth I and was married four times. Her last husband, George Talbot the Earl of Shrewsbury was jailor to Mary Queen of Scots for 16 years before she was executed.