Another grey and gloomy day here and I feel tired and washed out. I am beginning to wonder if I am reacting to the clock change. It sounds a bit silly, but Elder Son comes in for a cuddle and chat most mornings before he gets ready for work. Now that usually happens at about 7.30 to 8.00, but my body still thinks it is an hour earlier, which is far too early for this ill and retired body! I hope this feeling eases off as the week goes on.
So, I got dressed with a view to going out, but that has not happened again. Never mind, at least I can look glam in my gorgeous Parures de Samouraïs scarf for myself and Lovely Husband.
I have experimented a bit today with the scarf knot. Instead of simply draping the bias folded scarf around my neck, I have given it a few twists first, then tied it in a crisscross knot using a MaiTai horn scarf ring, before turning it so that the ends fell to one side. This seems to show off lots of the different colours in the design.
I am also wearing three of my Halcyon Days enamel bangles. The coral and cream really set off the scarf and the pretty patterns go well together. The bangles stack nicely together as they are all the same size, but can vary in width.
- Silk scarf – Parures de Samouraïs 90cm – Hermès. Tied in a twisted crisscross knot.
- Aqua cotton mix cable jumper – Lands’ End.
- Navy cotton jeans – Cotton Traders.
- Coral enamel and gold bangles – one patterned, one plain – Halcyon Days.
- Cream enamel and gold patterned bangle – Halcyon Days.
- Crystal and gold earrings.
Over the weekend I finished After She’s Gone by Lisa Jackson. To be quite honest, I am not sure why I bothered to finish it. The book really was pretty awful. The main characters were unlikable and their motivations illogical. The plot was quite gripping, but, at the same time, rather silly. All in all, not a great read and not recommended! I must still have some hang ups from my youth, though. It was drummed into us at the school that you always had to finish every book that you started. Similarly with food on your plate. I keep trying to shake off that kind of thinking, but it is hard to stop ingrained habits.
When I was a school librarian, I tried to keep a balance when talking to students about finishing books, in that I would suggest that they read a few chapters before giving up. Some books take a while to take off and then, when they do… Others, well you know quite quickly that they are going to take hold of your imagination, or not…
Today, I am continuing to read the book I requested from the local library: Elly Griffiths’ The Janus Stone, the second in her Ruth Galloway series. I love Ruth as a character, as I said when I finished the first book. She is a forensic archaeologist and my first degree, in Ancient History and Archaeology, involved some degree of archaeological digging. Mind you, I was terrible at the practical stuff! During the 1970s I took part in digs in Droitwich, Leicester, and Orkney. I don’t mind getting muddy, but I was hopeless at seeing the different soil colours in the layers and tended to ruin digs by powering down and down with my pick axe! I will always remember the rescue dig in Leicester in the scorching Summer of 1976, sitting in a hole, covered in sweat, dust and mud. Those heavy cast iron wheelbarrows! Those thin planks on the way to the spoil heap! 😄😄😄