Friday, 2 August 2019

Five for August

Hello

Thanks for popping in.

It can't be August already surely!  It's been a wetter week here but not as wet as up North where Yorkshire has suffered quite a bit of flooding.  The dandelions in our front lawn grew just that bit too long to look smart and intentional and became untidy.  Now they're cut, I'm missing their sunny faces.  What else has been happening this week?

1.  A coffee and cake at the Reading Lido.


2. More books, well it was raining, my excuse for  this week!


Yet another excellent, though poignant and often upsetting, novel by this Author.  I have another of hers lined up already!


Another mystery by Louise Penny including her familiar characters complete with sll their foibles from previous novels.  Who did it this time!  

3.  I found out about Artist Faith Ringgold on the BBC's Imagine programme.  Aged 88, she has her first European exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery in London at the moment.  Their website says:

 'For more than five decades, Ringgold has consistently challenged perceptions of African American identity and gender inequality through the lenses of the feminist and the civil rights movements. As cultural assumptions and prejudices persist, her work retains its contemporary resonance. ' 

It was an excellent programme.  She produced work spanning 50 years trying to highlight the problems in society by painting, making quilts and even writing and illustrating children's books.




4.  Having had a couple of problems with train journeys this week, where trains have been cancelled causing a couple of hours wait,  I've made some claims for compensation.  It's quite easy to do online and you can claim for journeys delayed by 15 minutes or more.

5. We're getting a new firestation/ambulance station/police station in the village.  So far the old firestation has been demolished and building work is on the go, the artist's impression shows what it will look like when it's completed.



Have a great weekend!

Cheerio

10 comments:

  1. We've had quite a bit of rain, and thunderstorms too. I'm glad to see investment in the emergency services local to you, our local police station has been closed down and we had to campaign to keep the fire station open, I'm happy to say we succeeded with that.

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    1. Our police house was sold off too so combining the 3 vital services is a great idea to save money, I'm glad you managed to hang on to yours too.

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  2. I would be interested in Imagine, but often miss such arts programmes because of the late evening schedule. I expect it'll be on catchup. A fun sun umbrella at the lido.

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    1. I usually watch it on IPlayer as it's far too late for me these days but the programme is just my cup of tea. Have a good weekend.

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  3. I have seen some terrible scenes where the rain has caused so many problems all over the TV this week. Gad to see money is been invested in the emergency services, so many have been closed.

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    1. Oh isn't the flooding dreadful and the precarious position with the dam in Derbyshire is a nightmare. Nothing will be the same in Whalley Bridge whatever happens.

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  4. I can't believe it is August already, the flooding is awful we passed through Whaley Bridge on our way to Lyme Park just a couple of weeks ago and now the village has been evacuated. I've read both of the books you mentioned, it's nice to have a good book to read so you can forget the rain ouside:)

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    1. It's dreadful usn't it and I read yesterday that Lyme Park's grounds had suffered too and their dry stone walls had been damaged. I'm so pleased to have found a few new authors to try, I'm finding it hard to put the books down! 😊

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  5. Wow that's an impressive Emergency services building for a village - shame you can't get them to add on a train station to make up for all the inconvenience of the train delays!
    Happy reading!
    Wren x

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    1. Thanks! It looks good, we're lucky that they've decided on this upgrade in these days of closures. x

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