Elie, St Monans, Anstruther, Kirkcaldy, Fife. . . . .

I have just finished the latest Val McDermid book, Still Life. Again she has produced a terrific crime fiction novel and the bonus is that it is set in Fife, the county in which I was born.  The many place names mentioned in the book brought back memories of my years in Scotland. “Val McDermid…

An unusual read for me

I am not someone who reads fantasy or books that involve ghosts but I became thoroughly hooked by this book after I persevered with the first fifty or so pages. The book was one I borrowed from a member of our bookclub.  We swap our books when we meet and talk about books we have…

An old cookbook in our collection

The Presbyterian Cookery Book of Good and Tried Recipes was bought in 1975, the year we were married. I am not sure if it was the tartan on the cover that prompted the purchase or the fact that it was Presbyterian based or maybe even the recommendations on the back of the book? Anyway the…

An adult baby surprise

If you are a serious knitter you will probably know immediately what I am talking about and for the non-knitters I am not talking about an unexpected pregnancy! Elizabeth Zimmermann is the guru of knitting.  The first article I knitted using her instructions was a Baby Surprise Jacket.  If you link to this Pinterest page…

Just a few

My recent reads have all been crime fiction although the Strawberry Thief is not really crime fiction. Two Peter May books and two Robert Crais and one by Joanne Harris Freeze Frame is another in the Enzo Macleod series, book #4. “A promise made to a dying man leads forensics ace Enzo Macleod, a Scot…

A wonderful book.

One of the few books I would give five stars to.  I loved this book and loved it even more as it brought back memories of driving down the Araluen Valley to Moruya to visit my mum and dad.  There was also mention of the Canberra suburb Garran where I used to teach. The book…