Let's get the book club out of the way first. After chatting about the 'crawdads' book we were all more or less agreed - not a great work of literature, like the curate's egg, enjoyed more by some than others. As to next month's choice (The Count of Monte Cristo) a general feeling that almost a thousand pages (of very small print) is really too much (one member of the group apologised but said he would watch the film instead). So there is another book and reading Monte Cristo is spread over two months. The choice for next month is 'My father's glory and my mother's castle' by Marcel Pagnol. And the thousand pages of small print has become optional and spread out. But interestingly as regards the Crawdads book,there are two of us in the Book Group who think that the writing, the use of metaphor and simile, the structure of the book take precedence - we both liked the book more because we felt it was very well written even if at times the story was weak and not always believable. To each his own.
And the weather today? A topic of conversation I would say as it is bitterly cold and Priscilla and I dare not venture out in the very strong wind. Snow showers were forecast and as afternoon has advanced they have arrived but are only slight and pass in a minute. I wonder how Thelma is faring up on the North York Moors - when the wind is in the North, as it is today, they seem to come off worse than we do here.
So my quota of people to chat to falls short today. There is nobody about apart from folk - the same ones every day - well wrapped up and scuttling round with their dogs on their daily walks and all looking desperate to get back home into the comfort of central heating. How lucky we are to be past the days of an open fire when we all sat as near as we could and burnt the fronts of our legs while the backs froze. I remember those days well. A couple of phone calls and the same of e mails has been my lot today since J went.
Did you watch last night's University Challenge final? I have followed since day one and have not missed one episode. Warwick thoroughly deserved to win - they have been so knowledgeable from day one. I do think that a good range of differing subjects amongst the four contestants makes a difference - say English, Maths, Physics, Politics/Economics - or maybe Geography. It is all so good humoured and ''gentlemanly'. And having Simon Armitage, our Poet Laureate, on to 'present' the prize to the winning team was a nice touch (loved his shirt) (rather looked as though he would be happy when the hairdressers opened next week). Good to see that our young people are just as clever as the young always were.