The Riverside Museum of Transport in Glasgow. . . . Tuesday Travels

The Riverside Transport Museum is a must see if you are ever in Glasgow.  The day we visited it was a wet day and we spent many hours in the museum as there is so much to see and read about.

A reconstructed street circa 1895-1930.  You really felt as if you had stepped back in time as each of the shops were kitted out as if the proprietors had just walked out the door for lunch.

Signs inside the pub.Horse drawn hearse.

This car was constructed to enable ease of maintenance.

Top two bikes used by Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman.

Photos taken from a distance make the vehicles look as if they are just matchbox toys but they are the actual sized vehicles.

It was a fascinating place to visit.  I didn’t think I would be very interested but I was.  I thoroughly enjoyed my time there.

If you go on the Hop On Hop Off bus you can get off right at the door.  The museum is free entry.

The Dry

After reading Force of Nature I was encouraged by my reading group to read Jane Harper’s first novel The Dry.  My sister also encouraged me to read it as she had thoroughly enjoyed it.

Luke Hadler turns a gun on his wife and child, then himself. The farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily. If one of their own broke under the strain, well…

When Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to Kiewarra for the funerals, he is loath to confront the people who rejected him twenty years earlier. But when his investigative skills are called on, the facts of the Hadler case start to make him doubt this murder-suicide charge.

And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, old wounds start bleeding into fresh ones. For Falk and his childhood friend Luke shared a secret… A secret Falk thought long-buried… A secret which Luke’s death starts to bring to the surface…

I was able to pick up a copy cheaply at Kmart and I would have read it in a day except I had to leave for Melbourne for our bike ride.  I finished the last few pages when we were in Melbourne.

It was a great read.  One of those books that you don’t want to put down.  I found I enjoyed it much more than Force of Nature as Falk, the character who was doing the investigating, played a far more significant part in this book compared to Force of Nature.

‘One of the most stunning debuts I’ve ever read…Read it!’ David Baldacci  That is a recommendation to feel proud of.

Misty Metung and some Spring pictures

I have started back into my morning walk routine.  The day before yesterday Chinamans Creek was rather misty and the weather was quite cool.  The previous night we had a decent amount of rain so that should help the garden.  Everywhere is so dry here that we really need several days worth of rain.

Lake King is home to black swans and they have returned in great numbers for Spring.  These are the first cygnets I spied on my morning walk.  The second morning I spied this pair.  The cygnets were having a rough ride as the waves were being chopped up by the strong wind.I am so lucky to live in such a lovely place as Metung.

 

We did it and we have the medallion too.

I have had a memorable weekend with a group of wonderful women.  We had a ball.Our Around the Bay ride was on Sunday 7th October.  We had to be at the start by seven o’clock and it was the first day of Daylight Saving so it really was an early start.  We managed and were at the start in plenty of time.  We saw those who were doing the 100 km start off but the 300km riders were long gone.  We set off at seven-thirty.

We had perfect weather and it was great to be riding on tarred roads as we usually do our riding on rail trails which can be a bit rough in parts.  It was a terrific day and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  There was a wonderful sense of achievement having finished this ride together.  The camaraderie of all the riders was great.  There were a variety of riders from the very young to the very old. We will definitely be doing another challenging ride like this one.

We stayed in an apartment very close to the start line and I thought you might like to see the view from our rooftop pool.

When we rode over the Westgate Bridge we were not meant to stop for photos but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to prove that I had been there.

Our team, the Metung Bike Chicks, raised $2642.24 for the Smith Family which is a charity that helps kids in need.  A huge thank you to all our sponsors.

Two wives and Lazarus.

I am still behind in my Reading Challenge but hopefully I will be able to catch up now that I am back from my holiday.Island Wife by Judy Fairbairns

I bought this book on Kobo so I could read it while on holiday in the Hebrides but the book brought much more to me than island life.  A must read for women who feel trapped in family life.

“A memoir of a woman’s life on a remote Scottish island – from 19-year-old girl to wife of one to mother of five, hotelier, domestic miracle worker, to empty nester to writer.

‘An unflinching and hugely entertaining story of family travails and triumphs’ Kirsty Wark
‘A sensitive, brave and honest look at a life lived in the wake of others’ needs’ Daily Mail

Dream of living on a remote Scottish island? ISLAND WIFE tells the story of a woman’s life. Judy, at 19, met her future husband, who whisked her off into an adventure, a marriage of over forty years, and a life on a remote Hebridean island.
Along the way she bears five children, learns how to run a rocky hill farm, a hotel, a recording studio and the first whale watching business in the UK – all the while inventively making fraying ends meet. When her children start to leave home, things fall apart and there is sadness and joy in how she puts things back together. Funny and tender, this is a book of endless horizons and a breath of fresh air.

This is a frequently beautiful autobiography that may well become a lifebelt for the thousands of women who find themselves drowning in the confusing storms that so often attend being a mother, wife and hard-working professional. — Herald Scotland”

The Other Wife by Michael Robotham“A secret wife. A secret life. A killer who knows.

William and Mary have been married sixty years. William is a celebrated surgeon, Mary a devoted wife. Both are strong believers in right and wrong.

William and Olivia have been together twenty years. Olivia was once a tennis star, but her career has long since faded.

Clinical psychologist Joe O’Loughlin knows only one of these stories to be true. But when he is called to his father’s hospital bed after a brutal attack, everything he once knew is turned upside down. Is it possible his father, the upstanding citizen, was leading a double life?

And who is the strange woman crying at William’s bedside, covered in his blood – a friend, a mistress, a fantasist or a killer?

A confronting psychological thriller from one of the greatest crime writers of today, Michael Robotham.”

I have read all of Robotham’s books and this one did not disappoint.  A fantastic thriller, a must read.

Back to Lazarus by Judy WalkerThis is a book I bought as a free book on Kobo.  I am so glad I did as it was a great read.  I will be reading other Sydney Brennan books.

“When I was six years old, my father killed my mother. He beat and choked her to death. I’m told that he was found hanging from a homemade noose in his cell. I want to know why he waited so long to do it.

Sydney Brennan isn’t sure how to answer her client’s question, short of holding a séance, and the Tallahassee detective has some questions of her own. Why does Noel Thomas remember so little about her childhood? Why is she delving into her father’s suicide now? And, most importantly, why isn’t Noel telling her the truth?

Sydney crisscrosses the Florida Panhandle, reconstructing the tragic Thomas family history. The violence that destroyed the Thomas family connects to a present-day web of deceit and corruption through a desperate man willing to do anything to keep his secrets safe. To discover his identity, Sydney must go Back to Lazarus, back to the town where Noel’s beautiful but troubled mother began her inevitable descent over twenty years ago. But by following in the footsteps of the murdered woman, does Sydney risk sharing her fate?

Rooted in bars and back roads and Panhandle prisons, forgotten towns and forgotten people, at its heart Back to Lazarus is about stories: the stories people tell us, the stories we tell ourselves, and what happens when we realize it’s all a lie.”

Too many decisions to make

I am in the market for a new car as my trusty Peugeot, which I have had for fifteen years, is at the stage where things need to be done to it.  The air-conditioning has packed in twice now so it is time to find a new car.  What a mine-field that is.

I thought it would be relatively easy to work out what I wanted but there are so many additions on offer that need to be taken into consideration.  I think I have narrowed it down to two models but I now need to consider the economics of purchasing either a diesel or petrol model.  The cost of servicing is also a consideration that needs to be taken into account.  I wish there was some sort of button that you could press that would calculate for you, on average, how much it would cost to run each model over a certain time and distance, taking into account the cost of servicing and fuel along with the original cost of the vehicle. Wishful thinking.

I have had test drives in several cars but I have yet to make a decision.