Monday, 29 February 2016

Memorandum Monday

This is my first day of feeling well after being completely poleaxed by a nasty bout of flu. I was out of bed for the first time on Saturday, but actually just spent most of the day asleep on the sofa!  Sunday was a bit better and I managed to go out for a very short walk, just to get some fresh air. Today I was up for a trip into town to bank some money, and also indulge in some retail therapy.
I treated myself to some fresh flowers (see photo) and I still had some Christmas vouchers to spend so I treated myself to some new books. I've started reading 'The Versions of Us' by Laura Barnett which explores the idea that there are tiny factors, events or decisions that determine how our lives evolve and looks at how our lives may have been different if that factor, event or decision had turned out differently.  It's sounds quite profound, but it's an easy to read fiction book which follows three different versions of the lives of the main characters, determined by the different outcomes of one tiny event.  I'm enjoying it so far, but I only bought it this morning so I haven't really got very far!
The other new books are 'The Children Act' by Ian McEwan, about a high court judge who has to make a decision about a teenager who is refusing urgently needed medical treatment on religious grounds.  Next up is 'The Lie Tree' by Frances Hardinge. It's the story of how Faith tries to solve her father's mysterious death and of the strange tree in her father's belongings, which feeds off whispered lies and bears fruit that reveals hidden secrets.  Finally, I bought 'A Spool of Blue Thread' by Anne Tyler, which tells the lives of four generations of a family who have always lived in the same house.
I don't have anything else new to report so I'll give you all a wave and be back to see you tomorrow with a link up for the Winter Photography Scavenger Hunt.
Linking with Sian at From High in the Sky.


  1. Sorry to hear you've been feeling grotty. Hope you keep improving.
    Versions of Us sounds really interesting and well worth looking into. I'll try to remember!

  2. Lots of new books! That's a great way to start the week. I'm sorry to hear you have been so unwell and I hope you are taking it easy and getting your strength back gradually. Look after yourself this week Eileen

  3. Sorry to hear you have been unwell. I too couldn't resist a bunch of tulips when out shopping today! I have The Childrens Act in my Audiobook wish list.

  4. Gorgeous vibrant colours of tulips - such a cheerful flower. Glad you are feeling better. What a great way to spend your Christmas vouchers - books, such perfect friends.

  5. Hope you are feeling better today - I know several people who have had flu this year and really been laid low by it but are now on the mend. I read Versions of Us last year and loved it - hope you are still enjoying it

  6. Absolutely beautiful tulips!
    I'm so glad you are feeling better.
    All those books sound good - but I have just read The Lie Tree and thoroughly enjoyed it. You must read it for a bit of teenage Victorian excitement when you need a bit of a boost.
    All the best :)

  7. Glad you've recovered! I'm always interested in what people are reading. The only book I'm familiar with is Anne Tyler's. It's been on my to-read list for awhile. It's been quite some time since I read any of her books, but I read many of her early novels, and enjoyed them.

  8. Solrry to hear you have been unwell Eileen and hope you have made much improvement by the time you read this. The tulips are beautiful, good for you treating yourself. We all need to buy ourselves flowers!
    I am interested in the book 'The Versions of Us'. It sounds my kind of read so I will look out for this. I hope you are enjoying it. Be gentle with yourself, sometimes it takes time to fully recover x