Sorry about my absence but Rachel recommended a new author (new to me) - Olivia Manning. I nipped over to Amazon and bought her 'The Levant Trilogy' and enjoyed every word. I am ashamed to say that I had no idea where The Levant was and had to look it up in my Atlas. It is the countries of the Eastern Mediterranian and the three books are about that region during the Second World War. I have just e mailed Rachel to tell her how much I have enjoyed the books.
Now \(|it is the month end and I allow myself a set amount to spend each month on books and before you ask what is wrong with the Library - I am housebound, the library only opens on certain days and is run by volunteers and I would have to get a taxi to get there. The taxi is expensive so nipping to Amazon Prime is not much more expensive and the book comes through my letter box the next day.)
I was intending to buy Olivia Manning's The Balkan Trilogy but having looked at my World Atlas to look at the area where the Levant book was set I realise just how out of date the Atlas is. It still has Yugoslavia in it and of course the area around there was carved up a few years ago (with, as usual, many lives lost). So now I have a problem - do I buy the Olivia Manning this month or do I replace my Atlas?
To other things. Did anyone manage to catch a glimpse of last night's Northern Lights display? As is usual here in North Yorkshire - whenever this is forecast we have dense cloud cover. Interestingly there was an expert on Breakfast this morning saying that the wonderful Reds showing at the moment are nothing like as intense when viewed with the naked eye. Apparently the camera enhances the redness.
Have any of you ever seen the Northern Lights? I haven't and I have been above the Arctic Circle quite a few times. It is on my Bucket List but there are quite a few things still on it and I presume I have not all that much time left. (some days you could almost (but not quite yet) replace 'presume' with 'hope' but with Summer on the horizon and the garden looking inviting, it is more a case of 'hang on a minute'. My pair of blackbirds are back - Mrs B is standing on the hedge top and Mr B on the fence is serenading her.
And, while on the subject of relationships (!) for want of a better word, my "lover" has gone (if you don;t know who I am talking about scroll back two or three posts and you will find a photograph of him sitting on my knee) back home with his owners who have returned from Thailand. I am waiting for my friend to let me know whether he was happy to see them or not. I shall miss his visits.
Until tomorrow dear bloggie friends.