Saturday, February 06, 2016

Happy National Libraries Day!


If you're anywhere near South Queensferry Library today, drop in and say Hi - I'm there for the celebrations from 10:30 - 12:30 - it's going to be fun!  And if you can't make it that far, go to your own nearest library and tell the librarians they're lovely.




A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.
Henry Ward Beecher

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Royal Ontario Museum

I love the ROM.  My mum and dad used to come here - first year of university I lived across the street - some of the exhibits are fondly rediscovered old friends - and I always find out something completely new when I get the chance to go.  It was first opened to the public in 1914, expanded and adjusted over the years, and then in 2007 they added THIS - the phenomenal Michael Lee-Chin Crystal -







Next time you're in Toronto, find the time to go - I think you'll love it too!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Wait for me - I'll be back soon -


Saturday, January 16, 2016

My Week

At the beginning of the week I was off to the Borders again, to Broomlands Primary School in Kelso - then to Edinburgh for the first judges' meeting for this year's Pushkin Prize entries - and then ...

... and then I started sorting the paper avalanche that is my study.


(Thanks to Awesome People Reading for this image of the lovely Buster.)

I never tidy my study.  I just live my life based on the myth that I can always find any bit of writing that's lost in the mess.  But it really was getting ridiculous.  So this week I knuckled down and knuckled under and culled and collated.  And thoroughly understood why, normally, I never tidy my study.  But it's done.  Ish.  As done as it's going to be.

I think I'll leave the country before I mess it up again.  

(I'm off to visit family in Canada, so next week's post will be a place-holder - see you when I get back!)

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Rannoch in Black and White

Last week it was Rannoch in colour - this week in black and white -





And, for good measure, a sleeping tangle of new year's cats -


Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Colours of Rannoch

Okay, so it rained every day. And most nights.*  And the week we were there wouldn't have been the only one this autumn/winter that would be true of.  But look at the colours** all that wet grayness was the backdrop for!








* It didn't matter - it was still a fabulous time.  
** Totally untampered-with - if anything, the real colours were even richer.


Happy New Year!


P.S.  I'm over on The History Girls today with a summery historical photo quiz, to counteract the weather - come on over and have a go!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Bye till January!

This last while I've been about a bit -

Down in the Borders doing primary and secondary school events with Live Literature Scotland and Borders Book Festival.

On the 26 Children's Winters Advent Calendar - Goodnight.

Posting on An Awfully Big Blog Adventure with a poem by Maya Angelou - A Brave and Startling Truth

And now I want to send you all good wishes for a Happy Christmas and a New Year full of books!

(And a few cat pictures.  My furry boys have grown from small handfuls of delectableness into armfuls of delight - 




So big!  So beautiful!  And Christmas trees LIKE being re-decorated innumerable times, right?)  

I'm signing off now until the first week in January - see you then.