Friday 29th March

Complicated feelings as today is the day, Britain would have originally left the EU. Amazing that we seem nowhere nearer to a solution and all options are still very much up in the air. Unsurprisingly, my MP is a hardline Brexiteer and despite the fact that he voted against no deal, he wants a hard Brexit. He also voted against teaching children in school about gay families. I am not surprised only surprised that so many people locally seemed surprised when I shared this fact.

I trapped a nerve in my back yesterday while gardening, so today will be a slow day. Little bits of work that need doing, some tidying – slowly – but anything that lies on the floor will remain there. I simply cannot bend down.

Yesterday, while sorting out the front garden (and the reason why I now have a trapped nerve), I was finishing off the audiobook “Diary of a Bookseller” by Shaun Bythell and it was the perfect antidote to Brexit Britain. Shaun runs a bookshop in Wigtown in Scotland and yes, I have been there, because I am a sad book person. Because of this, I picked up Orwell’s Bookshop Memories off my shelf, it’s in a collection of essays I found year’s ago in a National Trust bookshop. You got to love National Trust bookshops just for this reason. Anyway, listening to the audio out front made me laugh out loud and I wonder what random passers-by thought of me.


Not much exercise was achieved this week. First I cut my heel open, so I have been hobbling around in shoes with the back trodden down, now the trapped nerve. I really hope for a better week, although I admit that if me having backpain would result in Article 50 being revoked I would be ok for another week of trapped back nerves – that’s how desperate I am. But I know I am kidding myself. Even if it was revoked, this issue will not go away and the effects of this referendum will haunt this country for a long time.

I also finished The Conviction of Cora Burns by Carolyn Kirby and The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. You could not pick two books more different from each other than these too. I liked both of them and shall talk about them in my wrap-up on Monday on YouTube.

As always when I feel a bit sorry for myself, I bought some books. From ebay and trying to find independent booksellers selling them. (After effects from Bythell’s book).

The first one just sounded so mad, I had to have it. Moonraker’s Bride by Madeleine Brent.


Published in the 70ies, this is a historical romance. I am trying to fill the Martha Stewart shaped hole that will appear once I finished the last of her mystery romances.

And then I also bought Claire Coleman’s Terra Nullius. An Australian science-fiction novel. I am in the mood for some sci-fi (Started Semiosis last night and so far loving it.)


On that note, happy Friday.

Author: Melanie

I read, I eat (and cook) and I like to go places.

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