Borrow Box and another great read.

I have posted previously about using BorrowBox from your local library but this is just a short reminder of how great a facility this is.

This book, which I read as an ebook using BorrowBox from our local library, was one that I read in two sittings.  A great read.

“It’s been twenty years since Detective Cormac Reilly discovered the body of Hilaria Blake in her crumbling home. But he’s never forgotten the two children she left behind…

When Aisling Conroy’s boyfriend Jack is found in the freezing black waters of the river Corrib in Ireland, the police tell her it was suicide. She throws herself into work, trying to forget—but Jack’s sister Maude reappears in Ireland after years abroad, determined to prove Jack was murdered.

Meanwhile, Detective Cormac Reilly, who was recently transferred to Galway from his squad in Dublin, is assigned to dig into a cold case from twenty years ago—the seeming overdose of Jack and Maude’s drug and alcohol addled mother. Other detectives are connecting Jack’s death to his mother’s, and pushing Reilly to arrest Maude, and fast. But instinct tells him something isn’t quite what it seems…

This unsettling small-town noir draws us deep into the dark heart of Ireland, where corruption, desperation, and crime run rife. A gritty look at trust and betrayal where the written law isn’t the only one, The Ruin asks who will protect you when the authorities can’t—or won’t.” (Penguin Random House)

Construction is going ahead

The latest project in Metung is the extension of the boardwalk into Chinamans Creek.  The work started in August just before we left for our holiday overseas and it is now evident that some work has been done.  I don’t know if it is going to be finished by mid December as is the anticipated finish date on the Council notices.

Apparently there was a delay as permission was required for the removal of some native vegetation.

Keeping our fingers crossed that it will all be finished before the busy Christmas period.

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.