Monday, 6 December 2021

Book Group

Today has been Book Group and how we all love it.   Just five of us and we meet in my bungalow to enable me to attend these days.  We meet for two hours - coffee and a biscuit and then an intro by whoever has chosen the book and then a discussion. M's choice this month - Maggie OFarrell's 'The vanishing Act of Esme Lennox'  - a very well-written but disturbing book which brought back so many memories for all of us.   We really had the most fascinating discussion.   One which I feel could have gone on all day.

The weather has been pretty abysmal so that has been the sum total of what I have done today.   One minute a glishy sun through black clouds the next minute pouring rain.    Another storm (beginning with B this time after Arwen last week)promised for later in the week.   Hopefully this one is likely to hit the West more than the East - the poor North East has now had its ninth day without power.

It is certainly 'the dark days before Christmas' as my mother used to call them - four o'clock here and looking out of the computer room window it is pitch black.   Only fifteen days to the shortest day !


JayCee said...

I had never heard of the word glishy before. Is it related to wellies?
We are expecting the B storm here tomorrow. Several roads will be closed in anticipation of the storm damage.
No going out!

Rachel Phillips said...

The next one will see you snowed in.

Mary said...

I read the review on this book, it does sound interesting. When I worked at the state mental hospital in geropsychiatry, I was in contact with many longtime elderly inmates, male and female, who had been locked away so many years ago. Sadly, some women were committed by their own families only because they became pregnant as young girls - their real mental issues coming later after living in seclusion for so long I'm sure!

Glad your book club club comes to you Pat - that sounds so nice.
Hope the storm misses you and everyone stays safe.
Mary -

The Feminine Energy said...

Only 15 days to the shortest day and then they start getting longer once again. I rather enjoy winter as we're still doing our own lawn & yard work and enjoy the winter's rest from all that. ~Andrea xoxoxo

Derek Faulkner said...

It's Storm Barra Pat.

Heather said...

It is good to have a regular treat like your Book Group to look forward to. I daresay each of your members get the same lift from it. Hope power is soon restored to those unfortunate enough to have lost it - awful at this time of year. The west is bracing itself for the next one. Luckily where I live seems to miss the worst of the weather. Keep warm.

Chris said...

You are lucky your book club has kept going. We had all our books picked for 2020 but couldn't meet because of the lockdown and we're still waiting for the "all clear"!

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

15 days until the shortest day is good news. Dark so early is unsettling.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to have "glitshy" to add to my word collection - very evocative!


John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Sounds as though you had a very sociable and enjoyable afternoon.

Librarian said...

I imagine your book group as a lovely gathering of ladies who love to read and talk. So good that they come to your place now in order to spare you the journey.
Nine days without power? I wouldn't know how to handle one single day! Of course, us humans are experts in dealing with difficulties, otherwise we as a species would have never survived.

Yes, by mid-January, we will already note the difference in daylight!

Melinda from Ontario said...

I'm going to suggest 'The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox" as the next read for my book club. I read the intro and it sounded like an excellent read- something that would inspire a good discussion.
I can't even imagine nine days without power. It caused me to glance up at my robust book collection. Books would be my saving grace... along with warm blankets and some sort of food that wouldn't perish without refrigeration...hmmmm!

Rae said...

The book you have just discussed with your book club sounds very interesting. So much so, that I have ordered a used copy from Amazon. I often buy used copies as I purchase a fair amount of books and have had no problem with used copies as far as quality goes and it saves me a few dollars. Thanks for the idea. Ranee (MN) USA Fingers crossed the storm misses you or is much less severe than predicted.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Rae I always buy used copies too.
Librarian - good point you make about survival as a species.
Yes Mary - thankfully we have come a long way in our thinking since then
As a matter of interest - our Group has four ladies and 1 man and yes we are a lively group.
Thanks everyone.

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