Monday, 31 March 2008
Excellent novel set in Iceland. A body is found in the bed of a lake and the investigation focuses on the Cold War period when Iceland was strategically important. Unusual plot and well-developed characters. Reminded me of Herman Mankell's books which I also enjoyed.
Sunday, 30 March 2008
Thursday, 27 March 2008
Friday, 21 March 2008
This is the Pascal Full Moon, which fixes the date of Easter. The rule (of the western Christian church) is that Easter Day is the first Sunday after the first Full Moon following the Vernal Equinox, which was on the 20th March. Easter Sunday is therefore on the 23rd, which is one of the very earliest Easter Sundays which it is possible for us to celebrate, (unless other provision is made by the Church.) The last year when Easter fell on the 23rd was in 1913, and the next will be in 2160!!
Dumbarnie Links Reserve is a small area of calcareous dune grassland in the centre of Largo Bay. It is a habitat of a type that used to be much more extensive along the East Coast of Scotland., (before so much of it was turned into golf courses!!). The reserve is rich in a large variety of plants and wildlife. The site was purchased in 1998 by the Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT) with help from Fife Council, and is open to the public at all times. The reserve can only be reached on foot from Lower Largo or Shell Bay in Elie.
Thursday, 20 March 2008
I'm gradually getting up to date with Mark Billinton's novels. This one was a hostage situation, which I'm not too keen on, because the end is usually rather predictable - hostage is released. However, this one did have one or two twists and turns and was extremely well written. Characters of DI Tom Thorne and the police team involved are well developed in this series. Thought the ending in this one was a bit contrived though.
Wednesday, 19 March 2008
Tuesday, 18 March 2008
Monday, 17 March 2008
Sunday, 16 March 2008
Flowers in Bloom - Mid-March
Daffodils (mostly Miniature)
Hebes (2 different)
Wallflower - perrenial and biennial
Hellebores (2 different)
Primulas - various
Friday, 14 March 2008
Thursday, 13 March 2008
Wednesday, 12 March 2008
This is in the series about the lawyer Trish Maguire. Very good. Explores the idea that lawyers may have to defend clients that they disapprove of -in this case a multinational company. I thought this was going to be a campaigning novel against big business, but all is not what it seems and there are several twists in the tale.
I Saw You by Julie Parsons
This is a sequel to the novel Mary, Mary. Set in Ireland it is a gripping and disturbing novel, exploring retribution, guilt and love. It has a very scary end.
Tuesday, 11 March 2008
Monday, 10 March 2008
Sunday, 9 March 2008
On the way back from our trip to Cambridgeshire, we broke our journey and stayed overnight in the excellent Warkworth House Hotel. Warkworth is a small town between Alnwick and Morpeth in Northumberland. It is dominated by a 12th Century Castle which was built overlooking a bend in the River Coquet. There is a very pleasant riverside walk and I think the best view of the castle is from this walk.
Saturday, 8 March 2008
Looking up the cascade to the arches at the top.
At this time of year, there isn't an awful lot in flower in the gardens, but there was a great show of hellebores, and spring bulbs - still some snowdrops, and bright patches of crocus and the miniature blue iris.
Miniature irises (Iris reticulata)